Well it is not exactly crochet that is nail biting, but I do sometimes use it as an antidote to stop me biting my nails. I have noticed this all the more so in recent weeks when I have been watching the euro 2020 football matches. It keeps my hands busy while nervously cheering on England. And this evening with England in the final will be no exception. I have learned that it is best to work on projects that don’t require much counting because I keep looking up and turning my attention to the TV. The perfect crochet is the back of a cushion cover or similar, just requiring repeats of the same stitch. Or a patterned project, where the foundation and the counting has already been done and it is easy to pick out where you are in the pattern when you return to your work. The new round of the 2021 blanket fitted that bill, as we had already laid the foundations in previous rounds. The squares in the Hobbycraft granny square month crochet along needed a bit more attention so I did not crochet them during matches and I found them very relaxing to do on evenings when there was no football.
This week, we are building on the stems of the flowers we started in previous weeks.
Tapestry needle and sharp scissors
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The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
The blanket is worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each row and you continue working in the same direction as before.
[Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.]
For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet. Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet. These chains count as the first stitch in the row
Ch – chain
Dc – Double crochet
2fptrtog – work two front post trebles together
Start crocheting here:
Ss to corner, [dc, ch 1, dc] in corner space, 4dc, **skip 1, ch 1, *2fptrtog (over trebles from round 32), ch 1. From * 3 times. 4dc. From ** 11 times in total. 1 dc. Repeat for each side.