Despite using a snappy stitch, progress around the border has been slow, but I’ve finally finished it!

After finishing the main part of my crochet Pom Pom blanket using a wavy stitch, I was undecided on what to do for the border. I had a few ideas in mind ranging from a basic dc stitch around in different coloured rows, a fan effect around using trebles, or waves around. However after seeing the crocodile stitch in Simply Crochet magazine issue 26 I knew this was the one to go for, as it is a bit different and a perfect match to the slightly crazy Pom Pom blanket!

Also I have never tried this stitch before and I love to try something new. It did take a while to get the hang of, especially as I had to change it slightly from the pattern to get what I wanted with the stitch so that it would point outwards from the blanket rather than inward to the blanket. I did wonder why I decided to pick something I hadn’t done before and it has taken me a while but it was definitely worth the trouble as it really finishes the blanket off and gives a bit of texture around the edges, and now I have a new stitch in my inventory! I already have another project in mind using it! I did a row of dc stitches around the edge first in pink ready for the border to go on to. I then used an orangy colour for the first set of crocodile stitches around.

To get the crocodile stitch to go around like it has;

I competed row 1 of the pattern the whole way around around the blanket to make the v posts;

Ch4, trb into stitch at base of ch, *skip 2 stitches, trb1, ch1, trb1 into next stitch (this created the first v group), repeat from *the whole way around. This them created the v group posts for the crocodile stitch to go into.

As I then wanted the stitch to point outward I fastened off after row 1, then reattached the same colour wool at the base of a treble post from row 1;

ch3, then I completed 4 trb up to the top of the post, ch1, then 5trb down the next post in the v, rather than the pattern which went down the first post then up the next. Then the same as the pattern I *skipped the next v post and Then at the next v stitch I started at the base, 5trb up to top then 5trb back down the next post. Then I repeated from * the whole way around the blanket.

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~ Trebles going up the first part of the v post

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~ Trebles going down the next side of the v post

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~ Completed crocodile stitch

Next I repeated row 1 and 2 again in the next colour and fastened off. Making sure that for the row after creating the v posts that I put the trebles up and down the v posts in the gap made between the crocodile stitches on row 2, so that they were not directly behind the previous crocodile stitch but in the next v post along.

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~ Creating the second round of v posts

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~ Two rows of crocodile stitch, second round of stitch completed in the v post between two crocodile stitches on the first rows

I did one round in orange and one round in the pink from the blanket, I didn’t do any more as I thought it would make the border too heavy.

I can’t believe I am at the end of this project – it is the biggest crochet project I have undertaken, and it has taken me a while to get through but it has been worth it, I absolutely love this blanket it is just what I wanted. Perfectly snugly for all this cold weather, I think I am going to hibernate in it for a while!

I am really pleased I have managed to get two big projects finished of my list in the last week – this pom Pom blanket and the granny square blanket, however, there are plenty of new projects lining up to fill their space!

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I think my vision is starting to become wavy after all these rows!

I was very excited when my new batch of Pom Pom wool arrived after my flow of crocheting waves upon waves was rudely disturbed after running out of it! My excitement was subdued slightly by the prospect of balling the skeins but after a dramatic battle of winding against a barrage of Pom poms my excitement had fully returned and I was ready to get back crocheting again!

After a huge 83 rows in total the main part of the blanket is finished!! I have decided that I want to do a border around the edge of it before I have finished it, I can’t quite decide between a few things I have in mind, so I am going to have a think and good look at the blanket and decide what I think will look best before starting!

Even though I don’t know what edging I will be doing, I have at least decided on the colour – I have an orange colour the same colour as one of the Pom poms to use, and I might also use the pink colour from in the blanket I have already used. Hopefully I will have the edging finished a lot quicker than the rest of the blanket! Almost at the end of the biggest crochet project I have undertaken – won’t be long until I can cosy up in it – I can’t wait!

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It was all going so well, too well!….

I’ve been cracking on with my crochet wavy blanket (with its brilliant Pom poms!) and am about a third of the way there, I had just finished a ball of Pom Pom wool and reached down to get my next when I suddenly realised there was no more wool left!!! Panic ensued as I searched all over and through my entire wool stash in vain hope of finding some I had put in the wrong place, but to no avail there was none!

The shop I had bought it from previously was too far away to get to, so I scuttled online and managed to find some in the colour I needed, it’s now on its way so hopefully I can get back on and finish the quilt in the next few days! I am really hoping to get it finished soon as it has been freezing the last few days and it will be perfect to getting rid of the chill! Although on a brighter note I think it is looking great so far, and at least I managed to find some more, it would have been a disaster if I had a half finished blanket! Next time I need to make sure I count how many balls of wool have properly before starting off!

Now I have to take a break from the blanket I think I will have a go at getting some of my patchwork quilt squares on the go, or maybe a nice crochet scarf I have seen….there’s just so many projects I can pick from!

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Waves upon waves..with a couple of Pom poms thrown in for good measure!

The idea for a crochet blanket happened when I saw some wool in a shop with Pom poms attached – Designer Yarns jester wool in baby mint (colour 6). I liked it to much I bought a load of it with the idea of making a blanket. However I couldn’t quite decide on what pattern to do and it has taken me a while to find something I like for an idea. When I made the book mark using the wavy technique I really liked the effect and decided I would make the blanket using this pattern and alternate between the Pom pom wool and other colours.

I selected a 4mm hook, and started with a chain of 196 (14 sets of 14, and 3 for a turning chain). I used the same technique to start the wave pattern off as I did for the wavy bookmark I completed previously, following the guide on http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html%20. I find this a very helpful guide to follow to get started. I have decided to do 3 rows in the Pom Pom wool and 2 rows In the next colour before going back to the Pom Pom wool. The other colours I have chosen are a blue, yellow, purple and a pink.

I’ve got a couple of rows completed so far an really like how it’s coming together, I am hoping it doesn’t take to long to make as I want to start using it already!

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