My first A Weekend With…post starts off with a heroine of the blogging world… Lucy from Attic 24.
If you are a crocheter, the chances are you’ve either heard of her, follow her, seen her patterns being used by others or know someone who loves her home. She lives in Skipton, and posts picture of her home town regularly. She also helps to organise and promote Yarndale in September every year, which is a fantastic experience and well worth a visit if you’re a yarn addict!
I asked Lucy if she wouldn’t mind answering some questions, and here are her answers.
- Where are you based?I am originally from Dorset where I grew up by the sea. In my mid twenties I fell in love with a Yorkshireman and after travelling abroad and moving around the country a bit we eventually settled down in Yorkshire. That was almost twenty years ago, and although I do miss the sea I’ve come to love living in Yorkshire. My home is in Skipton, a historic market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. There is a strong sense of community here, with uber-friendly people and stunning countryside all around.
- How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for almost 9 years now, in fact my blogiversary is coming up on 12th March 2017 : http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2008/03/the-beginning.html
- What’s your blog mostly about? I describe my blog as a “creative lifestyle” blog, as I mainly write about my everyday life, things that inspire me and things that make me happy, with a strong emphasis on colour, creativity and seasonal living. I treat my blog as an online diary, where I enjoy chatting about the weather, outings, holidays, my home, my studio and the things that I am creating. Over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve become well known for my crochet designs and patterns which I love sharing for free on my blog. It gives me such a buzz to inspire creativity in others and to pass on some of the joy that crochet, colour and yarn gives me.
- Do you have a favourite picture on your blog? What a tough question! I must have many, many thousands of images on my blog as every one of my blog entries is picture heavy. One that springs to mind is a picture of a stack of my crochet blankets – blankets are my passion and such a vital component of my life. I love designing them, making them, using them and filling my home with them.
- What’s your favourite post? The posts I love most on my blog are generally the ones that are about the little details and observations of everyday life. I think it’s so important to recognise that our days are made up of a huge amount of small pleasures and visual happiness and all we need to do is slow down, open our eyes wide and appreciate everything around us. I love to use my camera to capture the small things that make me happy, whether they are at home (a small jar of home grown flowers on the table) or out and about (the reflections in the canal). These are fabulous posts for me to browse back through, a visual diary of ordinary life which reflects the seasons and the way in which I see the world. These posts reflect gratitude, which in turn creates happiness.
- Have you heard of hygge? Do you think your blog shows hygge? Well who hasn’t heard of hygge??!! It’s become such a trend of late and the word is everywhere on social media. There are books and blogs and recipes and creative projects and hashtags galore! And yes, from what I understand of the word’s meaning, I do really think my blog shows hygge. It shows in the way I add colour, texture and cosy comfort to my home (a crochet blanket must surely be chockablock full of hygge, no?!), but also in the deep gratitude I feel for all the simple goodness in my life. For my home filled with love and family, for my colourful and creative life, for the simple holidays we take in the English countryside, for celebrating each and every season and the way my life is gently inspired and influenced by all things seasonal.
- Who are your blog heroes? Can you share one or two of your favourite blogs with us? My favourite blogs are those which are honest and true to their authors, with photographs which delight and inspire. I love our blogging community and the talented and creative folk who take the time to document their lives and share with the world. It’s a wonderful thing to feel inspired, and my favourite blogs give out inspiration by the lorry load. One of the first blogs I ever started following is Alicia Paulson’s blog “Posie gets Cozy” and it was her blog that inspired me to learn to crochet (along with Jane Brocket’s Yarnstorm blog ). I love Alicia’s friendly writing style and her photography always makes me sigh with pleasure. Many of my favourite blogs are no longer active, but I still hold a soft spot for the delightful ladies who inspired me back in the day when I was new to blogging – Jane, who wrote as Posy and Vanessa of Cocoa Rose textiles spring to mind. There is crochet inspiration in these blogs, but mostly I love them for the whole package – the appreciation of visual pleasures, home comforts and seasonal living.
Oh my. What a lot of colour in one place! I must say a massive thank you to Lucy for being my first volunteer on A Weekend With… I think reading Lucy’s blog over again really has confirmed for me that the principles of hygge… togetherness, love, atmosphere, company… have been part of our lives for years. I know that having a word for such moments has made me consciously appreciate them more. I hope having a good read through Lucy’s blog (or reread, if you’re a fan) will help you appreciate them even more.
I post on social media as How to Hygge the British Way on Facebook.I’m also on Twitter and Instagram and as a member of The Hygge Nook on Facebook as well.
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Way back in March, I was introduced to Lucy’s Attic 24 blog and her Granny Stripe Blanket. The gorgeous Granny Stripe blanket is an amazing array of colour and at around £1.85 per 100g ball of yarn (Stylecraft Special Double Knit) I had to have a go!
Lucy’s Attic 24 Granny Stripe blanket uses 17 balls of yarn in the following shades: Pomegranate, Plum, Meadow, Fondant, Wisteria, Aspen, Saffron, Aster, Shrimp, Lipstick, Lavender, Spring Green, Magenta, Sherbert, Clematis, Turquoise, Cloud Blue. Due to Lucy’s Attic 24 fame some companies are also selling Attic 24 yarn packs which consist of a ball of each beautiful colour (it works out a bit cheaper to buy your yarn this way!).
Once my yarn arrive, it was time to play! Should I go for a rainbow stripe blanket?
Or more of a zingy feel with complementary stripes? You can see from the photo below which layout won!
Although Lucy uses her colours in a random order, I opted for a repeating pattern as after a day at work, it meant I only had to reach for the next ball rather than think about colours. To make sure I could remember the colour order, I made a note on each yarn label to indicate its position in the sequence.
As I began to work my Granny Stripe blanket I decided I needed another yellow stripe to break up the turquoise and cloud blue – the beauty of using this yarn is that its easy to find in the UK so getting hold of my 18th ball was no problem.
So, my final colour order was: Pomegranate, Plum, Meadow, Fondant, Wisteria, Aspen, Saffron, Aster, Shrimp, Lipstick, Lavender, Spring Green, Magenta, Sherbert, Clematis, Turquoise, Saffron (second stripe), Cloud Blue.
Before you start your blanket Lucy recommends making a small 21 chain sample – this is a top tip and it really helps you to understand the pattern and how it is formed.
It’s also best to start your fabulous blanket when you are feeling in a ‘counting’ mood as it’s all about getting the count of your first few rows right. By the time you are onto row 4, you will be well away! You’ll be hooking your UK treble (US double) clusters into the previous row spaces without thinking!
Lucy recommends using a 240 chain foundation stitch for a double bed size blanket – I found this to be about right – although I didn’t think my foundation chain was long enough when I started, as your blanket grows, the width (as well as length)seems to increases like magic! The way my blanket worked up, I was able to get 5 stripes (10 rows) out of each ball of yarn.
Here’s my blanket after my 4th colour,
And after my 7th colour change…
…….90 colour stripes and 7 months later…
……. it was time to work in my ends….
And Voila! My Attic 24 Granny Stripe Blanket was there!
Incase you’re wondering – this is what was left of my 18 balls of yarn.
To work my blanket border, I used 3 more balls of Stylecraft yarn. Again, I thank Lucy and her Attic 24 blog for my border inspiration! First I worked a UK treble (US double) cluster round in Plum. To make my corners flat, I worked *1 x UK treble cluster, 3 chain,1 x UK treble cluster* into the corner space.
…. this was followed by a round of UK Treble (US double) stitches in Clematis. To keep the corners smooth, I worked 3 UK trebles into each corner space.
…….and then it was second round of UK treble (US double) stitches in Lavender, followed by a round of UK double (US single) stitches in Plum….
…….and a final Picot style edge in Plum. The Picot style edge was worked into the back loops of the previous round to try and keep edge-curling to a minimum. The Picot pattern was formed by working 3 slip stitches (to move you yarn with no height across your blanket edge), then working 1 UK double (US single), 3 chain and a further UK double (US single) all into the next stitch to create your Picot shape – please see Lucy’s blog for the full “official” version!
Voila! One finished Granny Stripe Blanket with its border!
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? I have used 15 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK worked on a 4mm hook to make my Cosy Stripe Blanket.
? These 15 balls are enough to make a single bed size blanket with a finished size of approximately 4ft x 6ft / 120 cm x 180 cm.
? If you crochet loosly, you will need to make sure that your starting chain and first row measures roughly 120cm otherwise you will need more than 15 x 100g balls. It’s fine to reduce your starting chain to achieve the correct size, just remember to make your starting chain a multiple of 3.
? If you wish to make the blanket bigger, i.e., to fit a double or king size bed, you will need to increase the number of stitches in your starting chain…..the starting chain should always be a multiple of 3. You will also need to purchase extra yarn if you make a bigger size.
? I’m writing this pattern in UK crochet terms, as follows ::
tr treble :: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (two loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through remaining two loops (note :: this is equivalent to the US dc stitch)
Note that the Cupcake Stripe Blanket is a different color pattern of this blanket.
Blog page with color information
For more information, see: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/cosy-stripe-blanke...Sours: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cosy-stripe-blanket
Pattern - Neat RippleYarn Used - Stylecraft Special DK - Cottage colour pack from Wool Warehouse
Ravelry project page - here
This is the other big present I made for Christmas this year (the first being Neil's Lord of the Rings scarf) and was a long time in the making - but this only makes the finishing, giving, and sharing all the sweeter! Katy had asked me to make a blanket for her over summer, when I first started my stash buster blanket (which, if you are wondering, I am on square 8 of 9 now) and I said I would as long as she bought the wool for it. Not too long after this I thought it would make a much better Christmas present, so I didn't bring it up again and happily neither did she - the plan was in place.
I had always fancied making an Attic24blanket, and longed to purchase one of the special Stylecraft colour packs available on the Wool Warehousewebsite, but needed a really good excuse to. A Christmas present was just the excuse I needed. Although Katy expressed an interest in a granny square blanket, I really wanted to push out of my comfort zone a little and do something different, plus with the way her room is currently decorated I didn't think a granny square blanket would fit as well as something else. Every ripple blanketthat I've seen online is so beautiful, and that's what I decided Katy would like best. I settled on the cottage colour pack, which happened to include the printed pattern for the blanket, and got to work.
I spent 3 months working here and there on this blanket, in secret, in between everything else that I was trying to do. I say trying, I would say I was actually quite successful before Christmas. I get a lot of my projects with deadlines done on the bus though, which wasn't an option with the blanket! This was certainly a bedside project.
I worked with 15 colours and followed Lucy's pattern (of Attic24). The colour choice throughout the pattern works so marvellously, following Lucy's instructions and using the same yarn she does means you get a wonderful 'random' assortment of colours, without the worry of deciding what you think will look good next, but everything still manages to complement each other row by row. The finished blanket looks really great with crisp lines between colour changes and those lovely waves.
The only downside I found to crocheting this blanket was after a row or 2, even with the lovely colours and yarn, it did get quite boring. Fundamentally the blank is just blocks of 4 double crochets (triple crochets in UK terms) but you can't just mindlessly go forth and crochet as you have to count each block of 4 to make sure you double up and reduce at the right points. I don't enjoy such counting but it had to be done, and it is so pretty I would probably still consider doing another!
Another interesting point - I started this blanket before the Spice of Life CAL and so I didn't appreciate how important tension is with everything: not just for clothes in knitting, as I always naively assume. The pattern said to use a 4mm hook and that's what I used. Admittedly, with a blanket, and as a gift, it didn't really matter in the end because I just worked until the blanket looked right (with the help of Neil, dad and Ben) but I was panicking at one point that a) I would never finish the blanket because I supposedly had 40 more rows to go (20 more colour changes), and b) I would run out of yarn before I even got to the end. As it was I only needed to do 64 colour changes as opposed to 84, and as you can see above the blanket fits happily on a double bed. I think I ought to have gone down a hook size if I wanted to get more colours in there. But no matter - it meant I could give Katy all the left over yarn which she could either use herself (being a budding knitter) or have me make her a matching cushion cover if she wanted.
All in all, I would heartily recommend this pattern and yarn pack to anyone wanting to make a lovely crochet blanket for themselves or as a gift! Just get ready for a lot of repeating over 4 stitches.
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Incredibly simple and really beautiful at the same time, this pattern only uses the treble crochet stitch. For those who are new to crochet, The Cupcake Stripe Blanket pattern by Lucy of Attic 24 comes with lots of extra pictures and step-by-step instructions. This way, crocheting this beautiful blanket becomes a pleasant and enjoyable experience for everyone. A cute linen stitch edging is used to finish off these stripes in a really beautiful and charming way.
♥ I have used the Cupcake Yarn Pack (15 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK) worked on a 4mm hook to make my Cupcake Stripe Blanket.
♥ These 15 balls are enough to make a single bed size blanket with a finished size of approximately 4ft x 6ft / 120 cm x 175 cm.
Check out the original source for this pattern with all the directions and full written pattern at: Attic24
Thanks to Lucy for the article inspiration and featured image.
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