Isobel's Little Blanket
This is small blanket or cot cover made from 12 crochet squares in chunky yarn (so quick to make). It's based the usual granny-square principle, but a very pretty example of it incorporating the central flower motif.
There are a couple of new stitches used in this pattern, as well as basic chain, dc, and treble. There is a "cluster" used in making the central flower, and crab stitch for the edging.
Working all into the same stitch, **yoh,
draw through loop **; repeat from
** to **
4 times (9 loops on hook); yoh, draw loop through all loops on hook; yoh,
draw loop through stitch on hook.
Crab stitch is worked exactly as you do double crochet - but from right to left instead of left to right. It seems very awkward but just force yourself to do it; push the hook through the stitch to the right of your needle, pull through a loop, then yoh and pull through both loops on hook.
It creates a very attractive twisted ribbed edge.
There a is you tube extract inserted at end of this item - or go search the web for "crab stitch" for a variety of explanations.
Motif (make 12)
Starting at the centre of the square: using 7mm hook and first contrast, (plum), make 6ch and join in a ring using a slip stitch.
1st round: 8dc into the ring and
join with a slip stitch to top of first dc.
This completes the motif.
To Make Up
Make 12 squares altogether.
With 7mm hook and 3rd contrast (lime), join 2 squares together; hold
right sides together and slip stitch through the back loop of each dc,
leaving the front loops exposed as a decorative ridge on the right side
Join 3 squares in a row, then join the 4 rows together.
Finally, using first contrast (plum) and right side facing, work a row of dc all around the blanket, and work 2 or 3sts into the 4 corner sts, to make it curve properly. Then, keeping the right side facing you, change to a 6mm hook and go back the way you came, working one row of crab stitch right to left.
Sew in all ends.
Block the blanket by pinning it out and dampening; leave to dry. You can press very lightly with a damp cloth - just hold the iron above the cloth so it heats it but do not press down. You want to leave the texture of the stitches in place, so do not press heavily.
Here is a You Tube item showing how to do crab stitch,
(a picture painting a thousand words and so on).