Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Happy Scrappy Squares

I have been working on a Happy Scrappy Squares blanket that is inspired by the blanket that Sandra from Cherry Heart is making.

Mine differs a little because I am using a different stitch count, not making the blocks all to the same size and using whatever yarn comes to hand.

I told you yesterday that I am not good at following other peoples patterns!

Sandra is mostly making her blocks square where as mine are rectangular and Sandra is using, I believe, all sock yarn, whereas I am using a mixture of things.

I decided to make this blanket to use up the little tiny bits and pieces of yarn that I have.  I am only putting it in the blanket if it meets the following criteria.  It is a leftover tapestry wool that I have, or one of a large bag that was given to me, is a teeny tiny scrap leftover from a ball of wool or is wool that has come as a magazine freebie.  That means that it really is scrappy!

The idea is that it looks as though it came from the 1970's.  Which, I think it does!




My blocks are mostly fairly small because of the fact that I am using really small amounts of yarn.  Of course as I work further across it the look will change because the little ends that I will have will be different and there will be less tapestry wools included.  That is OK though, it is all part of the look that I want the blanket to have.

The other thing that I love about this is that I plan to only work on this on Sunday and to work only on this on Sunday.  So far that plan is having mixed results!!

If you want to see Sandra's blanket go here.

Happy scrapping!

Amy

35 comments:

  1. Perfect example of What's old is new! Looks like a fun blanket to make. I think you're going to love it.

    Cindy Bee

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  2. Interesting. Great way to use up those little bits of yarn. It does have a retro look to it. Looks like an enjoyable project to pursue.
    xx Beca

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  3. From the 70s, yes, exactly! Well done Amy, I really love this kind of patchwork.So creative you always are!

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  4. I think this is such a good idea. I have leftover sock wool as well as other scraps of wool so I'm quite inspired to make something similar myself, I mustn't start anything else at the moment though, I've got quite enough on the go right now.

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  5. That is looking good, fun way to use up scraps.

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  6. I love the array of colors and the randomness of the colors. I think that is what makes a scrap blanket fantastic!!

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  7. What fun, my friend! And speaking of fun...your squares are so happy and bright.

    Joyful hugs to you!

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  8. Wow, a brilliant use of oddments. If I were a betting woman, which I am not I would put money on you not just working on it on a Sunday, bet you can't put it down.

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    1. I am being really good and only doing it on Sundays, however, I am not being so good in only working on this on Sundays, other things creep in too!

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  9. The colours are really joyful and a great way to use up all those odds and ends. It will be fascinating to see how it develops.

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  10. So bright & cheery & definitely a throwback to the 70's! Great job.

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  11. I love a bit of scrappy madness. Hope you are well Amy! Jo x

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  12. yay it looks 70's to me, looking forward to seeing it grow
    Clare x

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  13. Loving the retro feel. These happy scrappy blankets always seem to work even when you'd think they couldn't possibly with such randomness - I prefer a bit of random! X

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  14. Oh I love your SUNDAY idea!

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  15. I like your scrappy progress, Amy! I guess you do have to stay with one yarn weight, right? Otherwise it might get wonky. I can tell you are having lots of fun!

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    1. No, I am using whatever yarn comes to hand so the weight is going from chunky and thick down to thin sock yarn! The way it is worked means that some areas end up being more "open" than others, but because the squares are joined all the way round the surrounding rows just pull them into shape so no distortion. Anything goes with this one!

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  16. It's going to be so colourful, I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't resist something crazily colourful! x

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  17. That's a good idea for scraps & it looks vintage to me. I purchased a pattern for scraps only a few weeks ago, but it was knitting instead. Must be something in the air, as a lot of people seem to be in clearout or use it up mode. Take care.

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    1. Scrappy blankets do seem to be very popular right now. Enjoy yours!

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  18. Looks like a great way to use up all those scraps. You've got some wonderful colours in there.

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  19. Great way to use up scarps. Hugs,
    Meredith

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  20. Such a great use of all of those scraps!! It reminds me so much of one of the first blankets my Mom crocheted (in the 70's to early80's) Lol

    Very colorful and fun! ;) xoxo

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  21. HI Amy....
    Looks like a fun project....I have my fair share of small ends of yarn!
    I am making another afghan right now...for Erikas bday in September...I'll be finished before then!
    Off to the cottage in the morning...YAY!
    Have a great weekend my dear...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  22. This looks like a lot of work, but what a great way to use up your yarn! It's going to be a nice one!

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  23. Such a great idea to make use of all those oddments. I'm no expert so have to ask, are the ends being woven as you go along?

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    1. Yes and no! As I have worked past a block I weave in the ends. But, if I am yet to crochet past the end of a block I wait and weave in the ends after I have crocheted past. I just find it easier to do that. So, mostly they are woven in. If I am blocking something - which I will not be doing with this - I now wait and sew in ends after blocking as I find that is better for me. Blankets though need them doing straight away as far as I am concerned!!

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  24. Definitely looks like the 70s LOL! Looks like a lot of fun -- and what a great way to use up all of your scraps!

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  25. Beautiful!! It's going to be great :) xx

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  26. Beautiful, colorful and retro-looking - love it!

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  27. It does look pretty, and yes, a bit 70s, Amy. I am guessing you must have a lot of little scraps of wool, to be aiming at a blanket. Well done. I should be making a scrappy quilt from left over bits of fabric...maybe one day... xx

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  28. It reminds me of Dr Tom Baker from the 70s Who's scarf!! Perfect X

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