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Crochet along with The Little Room of Rachell

So some months ago I decided that I would join in with a crochet along that Rachell over at The Little Room of Rachell is doing… I have been really bad at joining in with this and I have decided over the next few weeks I am going to try and catch up some, having only done 4 blocks (rachell is currently on block 82!!)

We are using Jan Eaton’s book called 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans. The colour theme that was decided was cottage garden and we are to make all the blocks in the book (although I may skip some of the more open blocks as I am planning on making a blanket with my blocks). I have been following Rachell’s blog closely and reading with interest what she has done and how she has found the patterns as she always gives lots of tips and any alterations that she needed to make.

I decided that I am going to start again from scratch with my squares as I can’t remember what hook I was using when I started them and I’m not very happy with the colour scheme (they are on my flickr account  if you want to have a look) I have ordered myself some sidar wool  from deramores while they have their 15% off offer on all sidar yarn and went for the bonus hayfield pack.  I will probably stick to the colours in this pack as I want to make sure that the blocks all go together.

I’m going to use a 4mm hook although Rachell has found some of the blocks are different sizes when completed so I may change the hook to suit the square to make them a similar size… We shall see! I’m excited and I feel motivated to get this started along with all the other WIP I have going on! 🙂

So here is the first square that I have completed which I had already done, but it will actually match my new colour scheme so it will be staying for now. It is block number 4 and is called Bobble Diamond. I have to say it took me a long time to get to grips with the bobble stitch as I tried it shortly after I learned how to crochet, so it may have been a bit advanced for me at the time. The square was made using a 4mm hook. I found it strange that the bobbles were on the ‘wrong’ side when I was doing them so they popped out on the opposite side I was completing them on.. I may have miscounted my rows. I also find that when doing bobbles the stitch after has to be nice and tight otherwise the bobble becomes a bit flat. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this? The block measures 6″ x 6.25″ and was done using a 4mm hook.

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I’m pretty happy with this and looking forward to doing some more later on today. I will upload some more photo’s later on in the week and show you my progress as hoping my wool will have arrived! Squeee!!

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