I first came across this style of blanket when I discovered @Tipsytessie on Instagram. I was totally awestruck by Therese's beautiful quilt inspired crochet and after months of itching to have a go but not having the time (story of my life!) I finally got a chance to dabble.
For my blanket I am using the following yarn colours
Scheepjes Colour Crafter for the stars
Stylecraft Special DK for joining
- Hint of Silver
Orion seemed like a fitting name for this one!
The star blocks are made up of a series of solid granny squares joined together, some in just one colour and some in two colours.
Here is my video tutorial for the one colour granny squares.....
I'd never made two colour solid granny squares before so I followed Therese's very helpful tutorials which she has saved to her Instagram stories. I have to admit that I did find them a little fiddly at first and did adjust the way I do them very slightly to suit me. If you'd like to learn the way I make two colour solid grannies you can watch my You Tube video here....
To make the star block you need to make four solid squares in one colour, four solid squares in a contrast colour and then 8 two colour granny squares making a total of 16 squares.
The joining of these squares to form the star block was a real learning curve! The most common way that I came across was mattress stitch but I tried and tried and I just couldn't get it to look neat and I found it slow and oh so tedious! I knew if I carried on with that method I would get fed up and the squares would end up at the bottom of the WIP pile and likely never be picked up again!
Bottom line is that I just don't like sewing squares together! I much prefer to crochet them together so what followed was a lot of trial and error to find a way to do just that that gave an invisible looking join as mattress stitch does and I did this by slip stitching the squares with right sides together. The squares need to be joined in a specific order to form the block, it's a little complicated to explain here so I have put together a video tutorial here.....
This blanket is still a work in progress so I can't give you any size information or how many star blocks to make yet but I will update the blog when I have more to share :)
I hope you have found this colour combo inspiring I'd love to see how you use it! If you want to you can use hashtag #littledovecolourcombo to share your creations on social media.
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Thank you and happy crocheting!