Crochet fail

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Crochet fail

I thought I could get away with a shortcut. It failed.

You see, I thought I could get away with sewing my squares together without blocking them first . I could not.

I thought that by sewing them together their bulgy square shape would miraculously turn into flat straight edged squares, once tethered to its neighbour. They did not.Circles within squares crochet blanket

These are just the strips. I didn’t take a photo of the strips sewn together. I was too cross.

I wondered about just blocking the blanket, right at the end but I knew I couldn’t be sure.

So late last night I carefully released each square from it’s neighbour. It was tricky as I had obviously used the same yarn to sew the squares together. I cut the wrong strand only twice.Circles within squares crochet blanket

I know I can pull the corners out and they will stretch into shape. They have a high percentage of wool content so they should block. I have to work out what to pin them to when drying. Any ideas without going out and buying something? I have 25 squares. Ideally I would like to do them in just 2 or 3 lots. I’ve no patience for one or two at a time.

If this fails I’m going to have to crochet some small diamonds to go where the corners of the squares join to prevent the distortion of the blanket. It’s not a look I was striving for but it might rescue the blanket.

To calm my beating heart I’ve started a simple stash busting colour block cushion.

Colour block crochet cushion

I’m loving how this is turning out.

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Oh no! I saw this fab tutorial and keep meaning to make it, does it help a little?
    http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/diy-blocking-station-crochet-squares/
    I remember when I first started crocheting and a blanket was the first I made, the pattern didnt mention blocking so I was terribly disheartened when I saw my finished result compared to theirs! x

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  2. Oh no! I saw this fab tutorial and keep meaning to make it. Does it help?
    http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/diy-blocking-station-crochet-squares/
    When I first started crocheting I decided to do a blanket from a pattern and they didn’t mention blocking so I was really disheartened when I saw mine compared to theirs. x

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  3. Have your through about adding an edging to each one to make it easier to join together? They might lay flatter that way too. Just a thought. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Short cuts always seem such a good idea at the start but rarely work out long term – been there, done that 🙂

    Hope you manage to sort it out the way you want. Fingers crossed for you x

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  5. I’ve used my ironing board to pin squares to – not sure if that would be a big enough size. i do love the colour of what you’ve made.

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  6. They look good so your finished blanket will be great! Crochet is very forgiving. I use my dry bath towels for blocking. I told in half and lay 2 towels in top of each other. The pin and steam with a hoovering iron. That always gets them into the shape required. Hope that helps. You have learnt something from this experience and by sharing it others have/will learnt/learn so this is a step forward in the right direction👍💃

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    • Will try this too. I would usually use a towel for blocking a garment but thought it wouldn’t hold a square in place as I’m going to have to stretch the square quite a lot to get it the right shape. But maybe using 2 towels, as you have suggested, might do the trick.

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  7. Don’t know about blocking as I never do it but your colour block cushion looks ever so neatly done!

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  8. I usually put a thick towel on the carpet and stab them into shape with pins straight through into the carpet. Give a good spray to dampen them – i use the iron (or anything that sprays – it’s all I’ve got!) then leave it over night.
    Good luck 😃

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  9. I am an ironing board girl – I put the pins in at an angle and it seems to work fine….

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  10. Wow Lucie, I am loving the start of that cushion!! So simple but so great! How do you get your crochet so even and tight?? It looks flawless!

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  11. Very frustrating for you but it does look as if it’s going to be wonderful when it’s done. Hila does give great advice – she helped me out this week with a Gabriola dilemma – Dr Hila column perhaps! Looking forward to seeing the finished article x

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  12. I too use the foam blocks. I have picked mine up dead cheap from homebase in the past, or you could try a boot sale? Good luck.xx

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  13. I mostly use an old shower curtain with a towel on top on the carpet…

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  14. Pingback: Blocking success! | Love, Lucie

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