Stash Buster Blanket

I finished this blanket a few weeks ago. I’m very proud of it because, aside from the white for the border and joining, I didn’t buy a single ball of new yarn to make this blanket. It was all made from yarn already in my stash, hence why the colours are so random! But I love it!

Cowls

I know it’s still the middle of summer, but I have recently got a bit carried away making cowls. It started with me learning to knit, and needing some practice, so I started with the cream cowl and added a giant button (from Simply Crochet magazine). Then I made the stripey cowl, inspired by some lovely pictures I’d seen on Instagram. Then I wanted to try my hand at basketweave stitch, so I made the grey one. I even added one of my ‘Hand crocheted by Josie Calvert Briggs’ labels 🙂

They’re all my designs, so let me know what you think!

FREE PATTERN for Spiral Squares

I spent ages looking for a pattern for spirals in squares, and could not find one I liked, so I followed the instructions to make a spiral here. I then figured out how to turn various sized spirals into squares, so that I can make a blanket with fading spirals.

Fading Spirals

 

So here are the patterns for all 4 squares. To see detailed pictures on how to start the spirals, please follow the link above to the Snovej blog.

Abreviations

MR – Magic Ring

CH – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

ST(S) – Stitch(es)

SL ST – Slip Stitch

FO – Fasten Off

Notes

I am using US crochet terms.

Yarn used is Jarol/Woolcraft Heritage (lovely to work with).

4mm crochet hook.

Total number of stitches around the outside of the spiral will be put in [square brackets] at the end of each round, total number of stitches made that round will be put in <these arrows> at the end of each round.

Large Spiral Square

Large Spiral Square

With yarn A make a MR, CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop so it doesn’t unravel when you’re working with the next yarn.

Change to yarn B, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop.

Change to yarn C, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop. [12] <12>

Pull the MR tight, then begin working with yarn A again. In the next colour: 2DC in the next 4 STS.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [24] <24>

Return to yarn A: *1DC in next, 2DC in next ST* repeat 4 times.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [36] <36>

Return to yarn A: *1DC in next 2 STS, 2DC in next ST* repeat 4 times.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [48] <48>

Return to yarn A: 3HDC, 3SC, Sl ST, FO

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [48] <21>

Join yarn D (border colour) to any stitch and CH4 (counts as 1DC, CH1), 1DC in same ST, *1DC in next, 2HDC, 5SC, 2HDC, 1DC, (1DC, CH1, 1DC) in next* repeat from * around. [52] <52>

SL ST into corner space, CH3, (1DC, CH1, 2DC) in same space, *DC in each ST to next corner space (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in same space* repeat from * around, FO. Weave in ends. [68] <68>

Medium Spiral Square

Medium Spiral Square

With yarn A make a MR, CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop so it doesn’t unravel when you’re working with the next yarn.

Change to yarn B, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop.

Change to yarn C, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop. [12] <12>

Pull the MR tight, then begin working with yarn A again. In the next colour: 2DC in the next 4 STS.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [24] <24>

Return to yarn A: *1DC in next, 2DC in next ST* repeat 4 times.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [36] <36>

Return to yarn A: 2HDC, 2SC, SL ST, FO.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [36] <15>

Join yarn D (border colour) to any stitch and CH4 (counts as 1DC, CH1), 1DC in same space, *1HDC, 6SC, 1HDC, (1DC, CH1, 1DC) in next space* repeat from * around. [40] <40>

SL ST into corner space, (CH3,1DC, CH1, 2DC) in same space, *DC in each ST to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in corner space* repeat from * around. [56] <56>

SL ST into corner space, (CH3,1DC, CH1, 2DC) in same space, *DC in each ST to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in corner space* repeat from * around. [72] <72>

Small Spiral Square

Small Spiral Square

With yarn A make a MR, CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop so it doesn’t unravel when you’re working with the next yarn.

Change to yarn B, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop.

Change to yarn C, and work the same in the MR: CH1, 1SC, 1HDC, 2DC, pull up a long loop. [12] <12>

Pull the MR tight, then begin working with yarn A again. In the next colour: 2DC in the next 4 STS.

Repeat with the other 2 colours. [24] <24>

Return to yarn A: 1HDC, 1SC, SL ST, FO.

Repeat with other 2 colours. [24] <9>

Join yarn D (border colour) to any stitch and CH4 (counts as 1DC, CH1), 1DC in same space, *5SC, (1DC, CH1, 1DC) in next space* repeat from * around. [28] <28>

SL ST into corner space, CH4 (counts as 1DC, CH1), 1DC in same space, *DC in each ST to next corner space, (1D, CH1, 1DC) in space* repeat from * around. [36] <36>

SL ST into corner space, (CH3, 1DC, CH1, 2DC) in space, *DC to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in space* repeat from * around. [52] <52>

SL ST into corner space, (CH3, 1DC, CH1, 2DC) in space, *DC to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in space* repeat from * around. [68] <68>

Blank Square

Blank Square

With yarn D: In MR – CH3 (counts as first DC), 11DC, join to top of CH3. [12]

CH3, 2DC in each ST around, join to top of CH3. [24]

CH3, *2DC in next, 1DC* around, join to top of CH3. [36]

CH4 (counts as 1DC, CH1), 1DC in same space, *1HDC, 6SC, 1HDC, (1DC, CH1, 1DC) in next space* repeat from * around. [40]

SL ST into corner space, (CH3, 1DC, CH1, 2DC) in space, *DC in each stitch to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in space* repeat from * around. [56]

SL ST into corner space, (CH3, 1DC, CH1, 2DC) in space, *DC in each stitch to next corner space, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in space* repeat from * around. [72]

 

I haven’t finished messing around with these yet. I think I’m going to make a blanket with spirals fading from bottom to top. These are my squares so far:IMAG2729

 

I will take some more (better) pictures when it’s done, but I hope this has been useful to you. If you see any errors in the pattern, or if you want me to clarify anything, please let me know.

You may use the pattern freely, and sell items made from the pattern, I only ask that where possible, you credit me.

Thanks for reading! 🙂