Thursday, 30 October 2014

Petal Patch Motif

Hello Lovelies, I thought I would show you my latest WIP. It is going to be a blanket, and I've made all the squares - 130 of them. I now need to join them and have a think about border / no border.


This project started very much with the colours. I had peach and coral and buttermilk and duck egg in  my head and wanted a cosy blanket for my bed to layer with my four star quilt. I do often buy yarn online but I needed to see the colours to know they were what I was envisaging, so I knew I would have to buy from a shop. It was actually at Fibre East that I eventually found what I was looking for, the stand was stocked with a delicious merino dk yarn called Knit By Numbers in so many gorgeous colours it made me go all faint! I picked out my corally colours from this stand, for some reason I cannot remember I didn't pick up the blue colour and instead added later the Sublime extra fine merino wool dk in shade 307. 


This is in no way a sponsored post by the way but I do have to sing the praises of the Knit by Numbers yarn, it is just so beautiful! It is so soft and lovely and the colours I have are very subtly variegated. A real winning luxury yarn! Here's the link to buy online if you're interested.

To start with I was going to make hexagons to form this blanket, and there are some super patterns out there to choose from. I pondered and considered but in the back of my mind I felt I wanted it to be a pattern of my own, so I sat down with my hook and yarn and had a little experiment. As you can see I ended up with squares not hexagons! They are made up of treble 3 togethers, and I think this stitch looks like a little petal (hence the name), the last round is half trebles. I've used my favourite stitches here, and I love the effect (I know, sad isn't it that I have 'favourite' stitches? You understand though don't you?)

Anyway, I have a way to go with this blanket but in the meantime I thought I would share my pattern with you. I am giddy with happiness with my little 'petal patch' motif and I hope you like it too!



So if you fancy giving it a go here is the pattern:

(I have used dk yarn which I would normally use a size 4mm hook for. However for this I found the squares came out flatter using a 4.5mm hook, maybe it's because there are quite a lot of stitches in the square. I suggest you do a test and see how the tension works out for you)

Special stitches:
Tr2tog = yarn over hook, insert hook into chain space and pull loop through, yarn over hook (4 loops) pull through 2 of the loops. Yarn over hook, insert hook back into same chain space and pull loop through, yarn over hook (5 loops) pull through 2 loops *. Yarn over hook  and pull through remaining 3 loops.
Tr3tog = work as above up to * and then yarn over hook, insert hook back into same chain space and pull loop through, yarn over hook (6 loops) pull through 2 loops, yarn over hook and pull through remaining 4 loops.

Starting with a slip knot on your hook ch4 and join with slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 2, (working into ring) tr2tog, ch 4. (tr3tog, ch 4) 3 times. Slip stitch into top of first tr2tog. Fasten off.


Round 2: With next colour start in any 4ch corner space. ch2 , tr2tog, ch1. tr3tog, ch4. (tr3tog, ch1) twice - all in first 4ch corner space.
 *In next 4ch corner space work: tr3tog, ch1, tr3tog, ch4, (tr3tog, ch1) twice. Repeat from * 2 more times. Slip stitch into top of first tr2tog. Fasten off. So you now should have 4 lots of 'petals' with ch4 in each corner.


Round 3: With next colour start in any 4ch corner space. ch2 , tr2tog, ch1. tr3tog, ch3. (tr3tog, ch1) twice - all in first 4ch corner space. *In next ch1 space tr3tog, ch1. Repeat from * twice more.
** In next 4ch corner space work tr3tog, ch1, tr3tog, ch 3 (tr3tog, ch1) twice. Repeat from * including the ** section 2 more times. 
tr3tog, ch1 into the next 3 ch1 spaces. Slip stitch into top of first tr2tog. Fasten off. So you now should have 4 lots of 'petals' with ch3 in each corner, and 3 'petals' on each side.


Round 4: With next colour start in any 3ch corner space. Ch2, 1htr, ch2, 2htr.
* 2htr in each of the next 6 ch1 spaces. 2htr, ch2, 2htr in next 3ch corner space. Repeat from * 2 more times.
2htr in each of the next 6 ch1 spaces. Slip stitch to top of first ch2 made, fasten off. Weave ends.


A nice border to finish off your petal patch square :o)

I have tested the pattern as I have gone along but if you do spot anything that is not quite right please let me know.

I hope you enjoy making this square, and if you do I'd love to see!
If you put a picture of your square on Instagram it would be cool if you could use #petalpatch


Happy hooking! 

'till next time...  
 

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