Crochet Girl Gang CAL part six – Side triangles, sewing up and finishing touches!
Welcome to week six, and the final elements of the CAL! This week, you’ll be making the side triangles to make your blanket into a rectangle, learn how to sew up your blanket and finish with pom poms or even a few tassels.
We’ve got lots of helpful videos for you this week, as you learn to make up granny triangles for the sides of your blanket, and use the whip stitch to sew up your blanket. Emma from Potter & Bloom has used fabulous pom poms at each corner of her blanket, whilst Emma from Steel & Stitch has plumped for sumptuous tassels instead.
If you’ve just joined us, the Crochet Girl Gang CAL blanket is made up of five gorgeous motifs inside granny square and triangle shapes, which are then joined to form the final blanket. For a little bit of background and how to get involved you might want to start off here. You can also find Part One of the CAL here, Part Two of the CAL here, Part Three of the CAL here, Part Four of the CAL here and Part Five here, for reference.
Side triangles – which colour?
If you look at the images of the blankets in both colourways, you’ll see that both designers have chosen colours for their side triangles from their palettes: Emma Potter uses Seafoam Blue and Peach Orange.
The Potter & Bloom colourway
For the Steel & Stitch colourway, Emma’s side triangles are made in Mandarin Orange and Tomato Red:
So you can choose whichever shades you prefer, or the ones that you have most of left. The outer borders of the triangles use the same formula as the squares and triangles you have already worked: two rounds of border colour, two rounds of motif colour, finishing with one row of border colour again.
How to make the Side Triangle – Make 10 (five of each shade)
With your chosen side triangle colour, ch4, ss to form loop.
Round 1: ch4, 3tr into the loop, ch3, 3tr into the loop, ch1, tr into the loop.
Round 2/3: ch4, turn, 3tr in ch sp, (ch1, 3tr, ch3, 3tr) ch1, 3tr, ch1, tr in 3rd ch. Ch4, turn, *3tr in ch sp, ch1* rpt, (3tr, ch2, 3tr), *ch1, 3tr* rpt, ch1, tr in 3rd ch
Round 4: With the border colour, ch4, turn, 2tr in ch sp, *tr in each st, tr in ch sp* rpt (2tr, ch2, 2tr) at corner, *tr in each st, tr in ch sp* rpt, 2tr in ch sp, tr in 3rd ch (16 sts)
Round 5: ch4, turn, 2tr in ch sp, tr in each st, (2tr, ch2, 2tr) at corner, tr in each st, 2tr in ch sp, tr in 3rd ch (20 sts)
Rounds 6-7: With your motif colour, rpt round 5 (24 sts, 28 sts)
Round 8: With border colour, rpt round 5 (32 sts)
If you find that your squares and triangles are not as flat and shaped as you would like, it will make it easier to block them before you sew them together. You can do this in two ways – with cold water or steam.
Cold water blocking
Pin each square on to foam pads or a thick towel on the floor, ensuring that they are all pinned to the same shape and size. Spritz each square and triangle with a mist of water until damp, and then leave overnight to dry.
Pin each square on to foam pads or or a thick towel on the floor, or work individually on a table or ironing board, ensuring that they are all pinned to the same size and shape. Hold a steam iron above each square and let the warm steam billow down over each square and triangle until damp. Do NOT allow the iron to touch the work! Allow the squares and triangles to dry overnight.
We’re sewing up our blankets with a simple whip stitch. Emma from Steel & Stitch’s video below will show you how to sew or crochet in your ends and sew the squares and triangles together.
Both of the blankets have been edged differently. Emma Potter has added a row of trebles all the way around her blanket, and added cheeky pom poms to each corner, and Emma from Steel & Stitch has worked a simple border of the hump stitch you used for the Stocking Stitch square in three different colours, and added decadent tassels to the corners.
You can add a finishing edge of your choice (or not!) and add pom poms or tassels! Here are videos to show you how to create both.
This CAL is all about sharing the love so we want to see your progress and plenty of encouraging comments. You can share your updates and photos on Instagram using #crochetgirlgangCAL and #crochetgirlgang!