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Stash busting – 100 days of crochet challenge

I’m a sucker for punishment; I regularly make myself too busy and then stress out because I have too much to do and want to lay on the sofa watching Gilmore Girls but feel guilty for stopping. So what did I do when I returned from our holiday in Greece in August? I started a new one-a-day project… to keep me super busy!

I’ve called it #100daysofleannescrochet over on Instagram and the idea is quite simply to crochet a granny square a day and join it to a blanket. I made a similar blanket for Freds earlier in the year and this one will be going to a local cat charity. I’ve got far too much wool and stash busting for animal charities feels like a good use of my limited time.

I’m recording the whole thing on Instagram using #100daysofleannescrochet so pop over to see how it’s grown. I haven’t taken on a daily craft project like this since the sky blanket and there have been a mixed bag of days; one where I get it done as soon as I wake up, and others when I’m doing it in bed literally falling asleep as I crochet. This week marks the half way point and I love knowing that by Christmas (providing I get the border done) I’ll have made another blanket.

So if you’re looking for stash busting ideas, this is a pretty good one and by doing it daily makes it really manageable. I’ve also written a previous post on stash busting ideas, should you be on the lookout for project ideas!

Are you working on any interesting craft projects at the moment? I’ve had to restart a Christmas present, which I would be annoyed about, but I’d rather get it right and give a gift I know will be the best it can.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Attic 24’s ripple blanket – my first crochet project

Just over a year ago I’d come to the conclusion that crochet just wasn’t for me. No matter how many times I tried, I ultimately got cross, made a mess and any attempts to teach me usually ended up with raised voices or wool thrown across the room. Oops. Then I went to the Knitting and Stitching show and picked up three balls of very bright wool and said to myself “I’m going to make a ripple blanket out of these”. And hey presto, that will to learn and determination to finally be able to crochet was born.


Making Attic 24's ripple blanket, my first crochet project


Thankfully I had my friend Tam on hand to help get me started. I think because I had a plan in mind for the wool that it gave me that push to finally learn it. Here are a couple of pictures from those early days.

It took me just over a year, in between other projects, but the ripple blanket is finished and I feel pretty proud of it. Once I got the hang of the stitches, granted Tam did the first chain row for me, I found it quite relaxing. There’s something quite soothing about the ripple blanket and how it goes up and down and the stitches change regularly, but not too much to make it complicated. Plus, Lucy’s pattern is a dream to work with – her instructions are so clear and perfect for someone who’s new to the craft.


Attic 24's ripple blanket - my first crochet project!


So if you’d like to have a go at making a ripple blanket yourself I’ve jotted down some of the bits and pieces you’ll need.

While the yarn might not seem the best quality (only £1.25 a ball!), I have to say I quite liked working with it. It’s quite thick, but smooth to work with and glide over a crochet hook. I wouldn’t rule out working with it again in the future, so worth checking out.


Making Attic 24's ripple blanket, my first crochet project


The finished size of the blanket was: 132.5 x 187cm; it comfortable covers our bed. I worked in the following sequence: Green (two rows), blue (two rows), pink (two rows), cream (two rows), green/blue/pink (one row), cream (two rows). For that middle one row I changed it each time; I introduced the cream just to break up the blanket from the boldness of the other shades!

What do you think? Have you made a ripple blanket before? If not I really recommend it, especially as a first time crochet project. Choose yarn or colours you really love and just go for it!

Thanks for reading,

Leanne x

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Making a cosy stripe blanket

One of the best things – if not the very best thing – about crafting is being able to make something for a loved one. I made Attic 24’s cosy stripe blanket for a friend of mine, who is expecting her first baby this month. I made it back in March so I’m pretty happy to finally be able to share it with you today!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


If you’re a regular reader you may remember seeing this very colour scheme pop up in my baby colour scheme ideas post last month. It was the closest I could come to sharing what I’d made before the baby shower and I referenced the colours chosen as being a middle ground between neutral and gender specific. I knew my friend was expecting a little boy, but didn’t want too much blue, or anything too bold, and felt like she’d want something more ‘natural’ and warm, so after playing around with my yarn pegs I decided on Stylecraft Special DK’s Cream, Stone, Parchment, Duck Egg and Soft Peach. There’s an argument to say Soft Peach isn’t really boy-proof, but with the balance of the other shades I think it’s fine.

Before I go into anymore details, here’s a bit of essential information you need if you’d like to make a cosy stripe blanket.

You’ll need:

A couple of other bits of information for you:

  • The finished size of the blanket was: 78 x 91cm
  • I adapted the pattern with a pram/buggy in mind, so worked to 124 trebles and 40/41 granny’s
  • Lucy works with a 4mm hook, but as my tension can be a little tight I opted for a bigger hook – one that I’m more comfortable using

I’ve mentioned the shades I worked with, the ordering was Cream, Stone, Duck Egg, Cream, Parchment, Soft Peach. The Stone and Parchment shades felt close, so I opted to keep them apart. I think it was my Mum who said there was a classic Neapolitan ice cream feel about the colours together and I quite agree!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


The cosy stripe blanket had been one I’d had my eye on for a long time and after A LOT of back and forth about what I should make for the baby, I decided to go for the cosy stripe – mainly because I liked the stitch combinations and felt like I would be able to make it. I don’t consider myself as a pro-crocheter just yet, so I wanted something I wouldn’t struggle too much with.

It was certainly a step away from the ripple blanket I’ve been working on and did present me some challenges; those challenges taught me more about crochet so weren’t negative ones in the slightest. The one area I struggled with – and ended up unpicking half of it because – was not adding/forgetting stitches, specifically on the rows of trebles. This caused the blanket to angle itself and grow very oddly, so I unpicked it and made a note of exactly how many stitches should be in each row. Yes, checking them after every row might seem tedious, but for me it meant no more mistakes and that I’d be able to keep its shape.

Once it was finished there was still a little wonkiness, but a quick wash sorted that out; that’s another good thing about Stylecraft Special DK – wash proof. Perfect for a baby!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


How cute is this border? I love the shape of each of the blue sections, kind of like a semi-circle.

All in all this project has a thumbs up from me; the pattern was fun to work on, I loved the colours I chose (even after a couple of moments of doubt), it turned out well and the best thing? My friend loved it when I gave it to her at the baby shower. To make something for her baby felt incredibly special, and I hope to make lots more for him in the future!

So have you every made the cosy stripe blanket? Big thanks to Lucy for Attic 24 for sharing her patterns, they’re always a joy to work on. Love to see pics if you have made one!

Leanne x

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Making a granny square crochet blanket using scrap yarn

Hello! I thought I’d drop in today with some pics and notes on a recent project I finished – a granny square crochet blanket. The idea was to stash bust as much as possible, and to give Freds a nice blanket he could cuddle up on, have in his vet basket and take to the cattery when we go away in August.

I pretty much made it up as I went along, there was no real order to it or decision on how big I’d make it; my main aim was very much to stash bust. Here are a few in progress pics…

I opted to slip stitch into squares for the final round of each granny, meaning I didn’t have a big pile of squares to sew up at the end. My big mistake was not weaving in my ends as I went, so I’d definitely recommend doing that! Just look at the mess I had to tidy up, all when I thought I was really close to finishing it.

It’s also worth noting that the yarns I used were quite different, some sometimes a square would come up smaller/bigger than the others. I thought I might need to block it at the end but, to be honest, it’s a blanket for Freds and I kind of like that some squares aren’t quite the same.

Some quick notes for you too:

  • I made 100 squares in total – the blanket took on a 10×10 form
  • I used a 4.5mm crochet hook
  • The finished size of the blanket was: 105x100cm

When it came to the border, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do but in the end I went for two rows of trebles followed by a double crochet stitch for the edging. I’m not too hot on my crochet terminology still, so do correct me if I’m wrong. This project was a great learning curve for a newbie-crocheter, so as well as stash busting I felt like I learnt a lot.

And here’s the finished blanket…


Making a granny square crochet blanket using scrap yarn - all about stash busting! Post from This Little Space of Mine



Making a granny square crochet blanket using scrap yarn - all about stash busting! Post from This Little Space of Mine



Making a granny square crochet blanket using scrap yarn - all about stash busting! Post from This Little Space of Mine


Isn’t it pretty? I loved working with all the different colours, making it up as I went and literally just picking colours as I went – I really didn’t overthink it and matched up colours as I went along. I know some people would also work in rows, but for the majority of this make I worked from the centre out.

And my stash of yarn? Very much busted, but still a whole lot of yarn to use! I’m thinking of making a few more of these and donating them to a cat charity; Freds loves his blanket and cuddles up on it next to me when I’m working at home.

Have you worked on any fun crochet projects recently? Love to see some pics!

Leanne x

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5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns

How are you today? Over the last month I’ve talked quite a bit about colour scheme concepts – thanks for all your lovely feedback on my ideas! I thought today I’d wrap it all up with a look at 5 crochet blanket ideas. All 5 ideas use lots of colour, so you can keep it bright and colourful, or perhaps neutral, dark or these could be good for baby blankets in more pastel colours. The options are endless and I hope this post gives you some ideas!

If you fancy a recap, here are my recent posts on colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft yarn:


5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - via This Little Space of Mine


5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns

1. Cherry Heart’s ‘Weekender’ blanket

I’ve been cooing over this blanket pattern for a while and one day I will make it, perhaps with all my leftovers or Stylecraft’s newest colours. Sandra’s blog details the pattern for the hexagons and the exact shades she used, so you can always replicate what she made too.  Pattern and further details can be found here.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Cherry Heart's Weekender Blanket via This Little Space of Mine


2. Janis Cortese’s ‘Vintage Fan Ripple’ pattern

I find this pattern fascinating, very unique and with the right yarn could make for a really cosy blanket for the colder months. Of all the patterns I researched and looked at for this post, this one really stood out just because it’s so different. The pattern can be found here and this photo is courtesy of Chiaki Creates; how much fun are her colour choices?

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Janis Cortese's 'Vintage Fan Ripple' pattern via This Little Space of Mine


3. Tamara Kelly’s ‘Blackberry Salad’ striped baby blanket

This year I learnt all about bobble stitch when knitting, so I’m intrigued by bobble stitch in crochet and how similar/different they’ll be (other than the obvious needles vs hook!). Plus, the pattern is called ‘Blackberry Salad’ – I love it more already! The pattern can be found here (plus lots more great photos). Photo courtesy of FaithR.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Tamara Kelly's 'Blackberry Salad' striped baby blanket via This Little Space of Mine


4. Ana Contreras’ ‘Fantasy’ blanket

Crochet blankets with lots of textures and shapes (as well as colour!) always stand out from the crowd for me and, as I learn more about crochet, I love that I’m now able to look at a photo like below and recognise some of the stitches. The pattern can be found here and this photo is courtesy of Kate at Beak Up Crafts who made this for her baby boy when she was pregnant; I bookmarked it a long time ago and love Kate’s colour selections!

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Ana Contreras' 'Fantasy’ blanket via This Little Space of Mine


5. Attic 24’s Granny Stripe blanket

I couldn’t write a post about crochet blankets without including one of Lucy’s creations. The Granny Stripe blanket is where it all began (I think) and it’s another project on my list to have a go at – perhaps with leftovers from the Heidi Bear Pony’s I’m currently making. A very versatile pattern; you can find the pattern here and this photo is courtesy of k2create on Flickr.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Attic 24's Granny Stripe blanket via This Little Space of Mine


So what do you think? Do any of these take your fancy? My favourite is Cherry Heart’s ‘Weekender’ blanket and I might start that in the new year with the new Stylecraft colours. That being said, my work in progress is quite long and I’ve promised to complete some things before starting anything new – oh the woes of a crafter! These would all make for great stash busters so hopefully it’s given you some ideas.

I’m tempted to do a similar post for knitting blanket patterns – would you be interested in seeing that?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and thank you for taking the time to have a read.

Leanne x

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Photo credit: Cherry Heart, Chiaki Creates, FaithR, Beak Up Crafts and k2create