What has happened to me? Making blankets for dogs – oh dear!
When Big Bro and Little Bro saw how much their Border Terrier, Haggis, seemed to like this blanket they asked if I could make for a blanket for her.
I had made one for Pebble, who lives with my daughter and her children, so how could I refuse.
My son and his wife both love to wear tweed, and since Haggis looks a bit tweedy herself, I searched for a picture of Harris Tweed and used the App (yes sorry NanaCathy an APP!) ‘CrochetStudio’, which was introduced to me by one of the ‘Friends of Attic24:Dorset’ group.
And got the colours for Haggis Tweed. I tried a few options. You can add and subtract colours from your chosen range of yarns.
In the end I went with 9 colours:
Dark Brown, Walnut, Copper, Warm Grey, Charcoal, Graphite, Waterfall, Parchment and Sandstone.
I made the blanket in Extended Linen Stitch (also called Extended Moss Stitch), which gives the most wonderfully dense, warm, reversible fabric.
It looks a bit like weaving when the colours blend together. There are several You Tube videos describing how to do the stitch. I followed this video, but did not find it helped with the edges. If I ever work out how to do it so that the edge does not wrinkle, especially on the side where the colour change is made, I will make a photo tutorial. Have you made anything in this stitch?
I would really like to work it out as I think it is my favourite stitch for a warm and cosy snuggly lap blanket.
Using a 4.5mm hook, the finished blanket is 97cm x 71cm
Chain 141sts to start.
Each row is 140sts and takes just over 3 grams.
2 Foundation Rows in Dark Brown
2 rows Walnut, 2 rows Sandstone, 2 rows Parchment
2 rows Mocha, 2 rows Warm Grey, 1 row Waterfall
2 Walnut, 2 Parchment, 2 Dark Brown, 2 Sandstone, 2 Warm Grey,
2 Parchment, 2 Mocha, 2 Walnut, 1 Copper, 2 Charcoal,
2 Parchment, 2 Warm Grey, 2 Mocha, 2 Sandstone, 2 Walnut,
2 Dark Brown, 2 Graphite, 1 Charcoal, 2 Warm Grey, 1 Waterfall,
2 Parchment, 2 Mocha, 2 Walnut, 2 Sandtone, 2 Dark Brown,
1 Walnut, 2 Graphite, 2 Warm Grey, 1 Copper, 2 Mocha
2 Charcoal, 2 Dark Brown, 1 Sandstone, 2 Walnut, 2 Warm Grey,
2 Parchment, 2 Graphite, 1 Dark Brown, 2 Walnut, 2 Mocha,
1 Waterfall, 2 Warm Grey, 2 Mocha, 2 Sandstone, 1 Charcoal,
2 Graphite, 2 Walnut, 2 Dark Brown, 1 Sandstone, 2 Parchment,
1 Waterfall, 2 Warm Grey, 1 Copper, 2 Walnut, 2 Dark Brown.
Dark Brown, Copper, Waterfall, Warm Grey,
Last Row of the Edging was in Crab Stitch in Walnut.
If I made something in the Haggis Tweed selection of colours again, I think I would use a higher proportion of dark browns and less of Parchment and Warm Grey, but I don’t think Haggis will mind the current selection.
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