My crochet CAL blanket

Crochet is the first craft I taught, and that was over 40 years ago. I went on to teach other crafts and, for many years concentrated on decorative painting, jewellery making, tatting and embroidery.

Then, about ten years ago I was lucky enough to become part of enrichment programmes on cruise ships and, so that I had more skills to offer, I added crochet to my CV. The classes were very popular with passengers as they could attend a class and had lots of free time to practice before the next class.

I recently came across a Facebook group called All Things Crochet Sanctuary where I found the most beautiful pattern for a CAL (crochet along) blanket.

The group is run by Lynda from Lynda’s Craft Room and Lisa from The Wee House of Crochet

These clever ladies designed the “Pandemonium Blanket” within a few days of the UK going in to lockdown. Although it is a big project, there is nothing intimidating about it as new files are released each week. Because of the colour and pattern changes every few rows it does not become boring as most of the crocheters doing it can’t wait to see what the next section looks like. Every file has clear stitch instructions so the pattern is suitable for beginners. What a wonderful way to to while away the hours when in lockdown and the bonus is that you are creating a beautiful heirloom.

This is where I have reached with mine; I am taking it slowly because, as you may know, I broke my shoulder a couple of years ago, and try not to irritate it too much.

There are so many things to love about this pattern – I especially like the petals, bobbles, chain loops, tulips and dragonflies. I can’t wait to see what else the girls come up with.

I designed this section with cupcakes myself and the pattern worked quite well. It takes a lot of time and patience to work out the number of stitches and placement, so kudos to Lisa and Lynda for designing the rest of the blanket.
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There are lots of comments and pics on the All Crochet Sanctuary Page and this blanket, made by Nicki Taylor is one of my favourites. I really like how she added some hearts – although hearts are not included in the pattern Lynda and Lisa actively encourage us to remove or add patterns if we wish. This does sometimes mean adjusting a few stitches at each edge, but it is do-able (is that even a word?)

A big thank you Lynda and Lisa. If you would like to join them, for a fun weekend, when the lockdown is over they do hold crochet sanctuaries at a beautiful venue in Cheshire.

If you live in, or near, Edinburgh I will be teaching various crafts in Colinton Library. I also travel teach in the UK and beyond – tatting, jewellery making, decorative painting, origami. Furoshiki, designer gift wrapping and silk ribbon embroidery. Please see my project gallery for projects

Bye for now – stay safe and carry on crafting

Gill x

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