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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things hand made. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as 'Colour-Heaven' on Flickr or 'CosyKitty' on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Puffs and Clusters

Afternoon everyone! Halfway through the week again already, and edging ever nearer to Christmas.  I haven't even started shopping yet, I expect it'll be a mad dash last minute, as usual.  Anyway, I hope you've all had a good week so far? I've had fun experimenting with new stitches this week.  Trying to push myself to attempt more difficult patterns.  Let's just say it's been an eventful learning experience.  You can't beat a good ole fashioned traditional granny square, super quick to work, and easy too, but I thought it about time I moved out of my comfort zone.  So, armed with a small selection of my lovely new cotton, I got to work.

Most of my work up until now has consisted of simple treble crochet stitches, working in rows or in the round.  I've absolutely loved working my Granny Stripe by the wonderful Lucy at Attic24.  I love the simplicity of it's pattern.  I've spent many evenings  recently cosied up, hooking back and forth, back and forth.  Row upon row of colourful treble crochet.  A really great project for the colder months.  Any excuse to climb under it, I'm there :) 

However, I think it's time to start exploring the array of other crochet stitches that are available.  Half trebles, double trebles, clusters, shells, bobbles, popcorns & puffs. So many lovely combinations to try. Do you want a sneaky peek at what I've been working on?


Some of you may recognise this as the Sunburst Granny Square by Priscilla Hewitt. I followed a link via Ravelry to the free pattern, and decided to just follow the first 4 rounds, translated to UK terms. 

I found it a little difficult at first, especially the puff stitches, but I think that's due to the fact that I was using a small 3.5mm hook and quite a fine yarn.  After a few attempts though, I think I got the hang of it.

I've added a more detailed view so you can better see the stitch definition. 

Stitch Detail
There was no planning involved, I just picked colours from a similar palette for each block, and slip stitched them together. I think it could be the start of a new patchwork project , hmmm let's see?! 

Back soon x x x

16 comments:

  1. Stunning! I know what you mean - granny squares are really easy projects, but sometimes you need to tackle something new. I tried the Sunny Spread Squares lately. Looking lovely but so much more work than the squares.

    The Sunburst is on my list as well. Pondering about a Baby Blanket using that pattern...

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  2. Ooh those squares are soooo pretty, love the colours going from paler to darker. What yarn are you using? It looks very lovely!
    Victoria xx

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  3. Oh they are gorgeous! Isn't the internet a wonderful place to be inspired and learn from. It's unbelievably exciting when you master a new stitch and being able to share it with like minded hooking addicts is just lovely. Can't wait to see what these turn into.

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  4. Wonderful!!! I tried this granny and couldn't do it :O( so lucky to see yours :O) hugs, Raphaele

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  5. Just wanted to say that I'm loving your blog. Colours are great and very inspirational. Like you, I'm spreading my wings from granny as I gain in crochet confidence. Have added you to my favs and look forward to reading more. Ps came here from meme rose.

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  6. It is just gorgeous, I love the way you merged colors together.
    So beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. Ooh, that pattern is high on my to do-list! I love the way your squares turned out :-) And I was seriously swooning over the first pic as well, ahh, now that's what I want for Christmas! ;-)

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  8. Well, I just read back through your posts and I feel very at home here! Beautiful work and a lovely new blog.

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  9. I love the effect the graduated colors, from light to dark, has on the squares when seen from just a little bit of a distance. Very nice. Your stitch work is as beautiful as ever on this work. I truly enjoy your crochet. Thank you for sharing it.

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  10. I used the sunburst granny in a vest, which is unfortunately not finished yet! it is such a great granny, I love it!!!

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  11. Your eye for color is wonderful!! Thank you.

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  12. Your blog is lovely, Always spurs me on, your colours are always great.
    A special time going through your happy items.
    Caro NZ.

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  13. Very beautifull ! Thanks for the details !

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  14. Gorgeous! What yarn did you use and how did you fasten them together?

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