Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hot off the Hook

Yes, its Ta-Da time for the baby blanket I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

This is the first time I’ve used the join-as-you-go method to actually make anything and I must say it was fun doing this blanket. For the record, I used Magnum 8ply with a 4.00mm hook. No pattern – just plain old grannies and for the border I just played around till I got something I thought was suitable.

A few days ago I decided to set myself a challenge to make 50 hats before the end of our Year of Projects. I will be donating some of these hats to Vinnies Night Patrol which is run by St. Vincent de Paul. The van visits several locations in my city, giving free soup, food and drinks to people in need. Some of these folk are homeless and live on the streets. Since the weather here in June is starting to get very cold I want to do my little bit to help keep these people warm and perhaps make life a bit more comfortable for them. The baby and children’s size hats will be donated to a local women’s refuge. Therefore, to enable me to do this, I’m modifying completely changing my list to now read “50 Hats for Charity”. Of course I’ll be wanting to make other things as well but I think it would be more realistic to just have the hats on my YoP list. And so, here’s hat No. 1 – this is the Urban Shells beanie which can be made in any size. I used Magnum Soft 8ply with a 4.50mm hook. The pattern was designed by fellow Australian Katherine Crombie and can be found here.


  1. What a lovely blanket, I've not tried the join as you go method yet, but it seems to be such a great idea and obviously worked well for you. the border is really pretty.

    Your hats for charity is a lovely idea, especially as you say the weather is getting colder, your first is lovely, what a pretty pattern. I look forward to the other 49!

    Thanks for the advice, I know it has to be a small project so maybe I could find a nice hat, maybe I'll check out yours over the next few weeks.

  2. What a brilliant idea - making each granny monotone! It's really effective. It looks great altogether with its border!

    Also a very cute hat!

  3. That is my favorite hat pattern. I bet I have made 50 charity hats using that pattern. Isn't it a fun one? They always come out so pretty.

    I love the blanket. So pretty and I like the border you chose. Wish we were closer so we could chat and crochet together.

  4. I absolutely love the blanket. What a precious gift.

  5. Beautiful blanket - such gorgeous colours!

    Pretty hat too. I'm sure that you will help to keep many people warmer this coming winter.

  6. The blanket turned out wonderful! Looks very warm and cuddly.

    I commend you on your charity to the needy. I will be routing for you on your 50 hat challenge. Your first hat is very pretty.

  7. Dear Dorothy,

    I absolutely *LOVE* that baby blanket!! You did a spectacular job on it! I also think you're a sweetheart for doing the charity hats. I'm proud to know you.

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Beautiful colors, you really don't need fancy stitches to make an awesome blanket. The traditional granny square is sooooooo awesome on it's on and sooooooooooo versitile. Thanks for the visit.

    I've used the join as you go, but...I'm not a big fan of it; so don't use it often. Though I am with the ghan I'm currently working on, but stitching it together vs crocheting it together...which I really don't like and won't do again. I like how it lays flat, the seam, more then crocheting it together, and a bit more then whip stitching piece by piece, but find it harder to work in tails from the edging.

  9. Your blanket looks super, I really like the diagonal striping arrangement

  10. I love the blanket, and your charity hat project is really wonderful. I look forward to seeing all of your creations.

  11. Totally awesome blanket. You did such a wonderful job!
    Awesome goal for charity hats! I have a friend who's trying to knit up charity projects for every state in the USA.

  12. Hi Dorothy, beautiful work as always.. Which lucky mum will enjoy wrapping her baby in that??

  13. By the way Dorothy, forgot to say that I love the edging, very effective.. :))

  14. Love your blanket and the edging turned out great! It makes it look a little more girlie.

    I love using the join-as-you-go method with grannies. I'm glad I took the time to learn. YouTube is wonderful for learning that kind of thing.

  15. Dorothy that blanket is gorgeous!
    I have yet to try to the join as you go method......

    Welldone, you!


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