Sunday, 15 May 2011

Mumsnet Blankets

Once upon a time, not that far away, there was a place for mummies and daddies to talk about their lives. In this magical place, it was safe to discuss any issue under the sun, and children were the main topic that posters had in common.

Unfortunately, this happened in real life and not all stories have a happy ending. One poster lost her son to a brain tumour. Another lost her husband to cancer. The third lost her husband to the Black Dog of Depression, and the fourth lost her son to a heart condition called William's Syndrome.

To show their support for their internet friends, many people from the forum got together and decided to make something to comfort these families. Some had a little spare cash, others some time, and so they made blankets. Each person made as many 6" squares as they could from either Debbie Bliss Cashmerino or Rowan Cashshoft and sent them to me to be assembled. And so, here are some "work in progress" photos:

To crochet the heart border:
Htc until you get to the place you want the heart. I put them on the corners and the join between squares.

Dc, ch3, sl st in next st, sl st in previous st (quite a tricky maneouvre!)

Htc, HExTC, 2 ExTC, 2 Htc, picot, 2 Htc, 2 ExTC, HExTC, Htc, Dc in first sl st.

Carry on htc!

Now for my weird stitches! HExTC is Half Extended Triple Crochet. Yarn over twice, through stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, through 2 loops, yarn over, through remaining loops.

ExTC is Extended Triple Crochet. Yo twice, through st, yo, pull through, yo, through 2 loops, yo through 2 loops, yo, through 2 loops.

Picot: Dc, ch 2, sl st in DC. Makes a neat little point!

Please let me know if it works for you ;)

1 comment:

  1. The blanket is gorgeous and will hopefully be a comfort to those who have lost their loved ones, knowing that they are not alone in their grief.