Crochet with Kate: Meadow Picnic Blanket!
Our Kate, brilliant blogger at Just Pootling and designer of fabulous tutorials, has created a picnic blanket for you with a dual purpose that will keep little children amused for hours!
When the sun shines is there anything more perfect than packing up a picnic and heading out for a little al fresco eating? This Meadow Picnic Blanket has to be the ultimate in this year’s must-have picnic accessories, and with its ready made fields and daisies it could even be spread out and used inside should the English weather stay true to form! The blanket is made up of 25 squares. Each square measures approx. 29cmx29cm and uses one ball of Cascade Pacific Chunky yarn (110m/120 yards).
- 9 x squares in Spring Green (16)
- 8 x squares in Bronze Green (87)
- 8 x squares in Forest (50) – all using one ball of Cascade Pacific Chunky per square.
For the border and to sew the squares together she used 4 x Cactus (33).
For the daisies (29 large and 25 small), Kate used 1 ball of Yellow (12) and one ball of White (02)
The squares are worked in htr (hdc in US terms) and I used a 6.5mm hook. The second round of the border is worked with a 6mm hook.
To make the square:
CH 31. Working your first stitch in to the second chain from the hook work htr all the way along the row. At the end of the row ch1 and turn. Work row to form a square ending with a RS row.
At the end of this row work 2 dc (sc in US terms) in to the corner st and continue working one round of dc (sc in US terms) all the way around the edge of your square so that all four edges are finished neatly off.
Cut yarn and sew in ends. Make the correct number of squares in the various greens.
Once all of your squares are completed lie them out in the colour order that you want them.
Pin the strips of squares together. I worked from bottom to top first and then from right side to left side.
I used Cactus Green to join the squares together by working dc (sc in US terms) all the way along each row.
Round 1: Working with a 6.5 mm hook work all the way around the entire edge of the blanket in dc (sc in US terms). To create a blanket stitch effect work your dc (sc) into the second row of stitches down along the top and bottom edges, and two stitches in on the two side edges.
Once you have worked all the way around the edge your blanket should be looking something like this:
Round 2: Work a round of regular dc (sc) all the way around – sl st the last st into the beginning of the previous round.
Round 3: With the WS of the blanket facing you, sl st into the next sl yo and pull through, yo and pull through, yo and pull through, yo and pull through (4 x times). You will have nine loops on your hook. Yo and pull through all nine loops. Sl st in to the next st, repeat bobble pattern in to the next stitch, sl st, and so on all the way around your blanket.
At the end of the round finish off with a sl st, cut yarn and sew in ends.
The daisies: I used two different sized daisies for my blanket, a small one and a large one.
Small daisy: make a magic ring, work 5 dc (sc) into the ring and pull the ring closed.
Join in the next colour and *ch 3. Work a further 3 tr (dc in US terms) in to the same st, leaving the final loop of each tr (dc in US) on the hook. Yo and pull yarn through all four loops.
Ch 3 and sl st in to the same st.Work from * to * to repeat petal.
Work 5 petals in total, finish with a sl st to join, cut yarn and sew in ends.
Join in the next colour, * Ch 3 and then work a further 4 tr (dc in US) in to the same st, leaving the final loop of each tr (dc in US) on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through all 5 loops. Ch 3 sl st in to the same st.
Sl st in to next st. Sl st in to next st and repeat from *
Make 5 petals in total, sl st to join together, cut yarn and sew in ends.
Place the flowers strategically on the blanket and stitch into place!
And you’re ready for a sophisticated meadow picnic!
Or delight your children and grandchildren with the best EVER farm playmat!
Don’t forget to look at Kate’s other brilliant tutorials and our Crochet Club posts!
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