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Friday, 15 May 2015

V-stitch Centre Panel: Wade's Blanket CAL (Part 5)

Hello and welcome to Part 5 of the Wade's Blanket CAL, hosted by Zooty Owl and Kokopelli Design.

It is not too late to join this Crochet-A-Long!     The patterns will remain on our Blogs - so you can crochet along at your own pace.      

Here are the links so far:






At this stage of the crochet along you should have 4 panels of squares.  This week we will begin joining the panels with a series of stripes.

Please feel free to share your progress photos with Andrea and/or me on Facebook so that we can include your photos in our Gallery

granny blanket
Today's pattern is:


YARN WEIGHT:   DK (8PLY / LIGHT WORSTED WEIGHT)  The amount of yarn required depends on the size of the blanket you would like to make. The one pictured in the photo is 110cm x 110cm - I used just over 600g (1800m) of yarn. A 150cm x 150cm would probably take 800g - 900g.   For the 110cm x 110cm blanket I used 8 squares each of the first three 12cm x 12cm patterns and 16 squares of the 6cm x 6cm pattern (Part 4) 

HOOK SIZE:   5.00mm

The most important thing is that your tension remains even throughout the blanket - this will ensure that you will have an evenly shaped blanket at the end of the project.

granny blanket

Zooty Owl's Colourway:   Denim Blue, Blue, Turquoise, Lime, Bright Green, Lemon and White.  

granny blanket

Make your strip the same length as your square strips, as you will join two of the square strips with the v-stitch stripe. You can make the stripe as wide as you like, changing colours as you like. The v-stitch stripe will be the centre stripe.

(NOTE:  For the swatch piece Andrea made 16ch, which makes for 7 v's in the end.    Andrea's v-stripe for the blanket is 27 v's and changes color every other row, so her blanket will fit a single bed in the end.    My v-stripe is 22 v's and I have striped mine as follows:    *3 rows "denim";   1 row bright green;   3 rows blue;  1 row white;   3 rows turqoise;   1 row lemon* repeated until the strip is long enough)

Foundation:   Chain an even number of chains.  (Tip: We recommend doing the starting chain and leave a long tail. Then start your pattern rows from the "start" end of your chain row - that way you can always add or take away ch stitches in case you have miscounted the chains).

Row 1:   3ch, 1dc in the "start" chain (or 2dc in the 4th ch from hook if you just turn your work);  skip 1ch. 2dc in the next ch. Continue to the end of the chain.   (Add or take away ch stitches if needed.     Break of yarn for foundation chain). Turn work.

Row 2:   3ch, dc in between the "V" cluster of the last row. 2dc into the next "V" from the row before. Continue to the end of the row. (Can you see how the v's open up in the bottom row?).   Turn work.

Repeat Row 2 until your work is the same length as your square panel!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Andrea or me via our blogs (in the comments section).   You can also find us on Facebook:   ZOOTY OWL and KOKOPELLI DESIGN


  1. Totally do not understand how to do the Tip on the foundation chain. Would really like to figure it out as it sounds like it would be a handy thing to learn. Is there a step by step tutorial somewhere online to learn this visually?

    1. I will do a little tutorial when I have a bit of spare time - but basically you work your foundation chain and your first row in two parts. You do the chain as long as you like - then do not break off (just leave a long loop). You then rejoin your yarn for what will be your first row at the beginning (1ch) of the foundation chain and start working towards the looped end (this just ensures that you can either pull out a few foundation ch stitches or add a few if you happen to have miscounted your foundation ch) - Hope this explains it a bit better??

  2. I love visiting your blog. I dabble with crochet on a basic level, but
    I must say I love how crochet is going these days. I think we've all
    seen, had, done the traditional granny square blanket for so long now,
    it's such a change to see all the funky creations out there now. ie patchwork
    crocheting....it's awesome.
    Cheers, Anita.

  3. Thank you for your description of V-stitch - I've been wondering how to do it for a while and this makes it really clear!

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