Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How I fix a Crochet Granny Square Blanket.

Over the last few years I have fixed a several blankets, the op shop blankets (which I MUST buy!) often need a repair before they can be used, so I have mastered my own little technique. I am showing you how I go about it, there maybe other tutorials around with other methods (don't know, haven't looked) this is just what works for me.

Don't get me wrong, its not fun, its fiddly and time consuming, what I could crochet in about five minutes would take me about easily half an hour to fix. Also I am left handed so I am working on what is technically the back of the blanket - but that's OK!

This blanket belongs to my mum, its the official 'throw over the grand kids that fall asleep on the couch' blanket, so a wee bit sentimental. Its worth putting the time in to fix these pieces that have meaning to us, keep them going for several more years.

This blanket needed a round and a half replaced. The pinky rounds have perished badly from sun damage, the rest of the blanket is sound and only needed one other repair. I am replacing it with a fairly similar colour using a 5mm hook.

Firstly I cut away the half of the first round where  the round above it was also being replaced,

 Then that part is simply crocheted around half the square using a 3DC, 1 chain repetition.

Right, for the second half of the round  I was dealing with having to integrate my crochet back into the round above. Heres the fiddly bits.
First thing I do is wind of several meters of yarn from the ball and break it off, thread on a large tapestry needle.
Begin cutting away the damaged round, I usually cut away a few sets at a time, this exposes the bottom of the stitches from the round above, it will hold the stitch and even though its now stitched onto nothing so long as you dont go pulling on it.
Push your tapestry hook through the bottom of the stitches. and pull the yarn through, keep cutting away stitches and inserting your yarn all the way around the round (or as far as the damage goes), then pull all the yarn through (wind it into a little ball to keep it tidyish).

Right so at this point I have done a set of 3DC and 1 Chain, now I need to get my crochet to go though all the bottom of the stitches from the round above so I can add my next set.
You already have your yarn going through so now just need to get your current stitch through to the other side so you can continue.
OK give your current stitch a bit extra in the loop and take your hook out.
Push you hook through the opposite side of the stitches (from the round above), pop your loop around your hook and pull back through (you might find it easier to use a smaller hook) and da-da your loop is now on the other side.

Do your next set of three and 1 chain, (you will need to pull a bit of yarn back through) get a bit of a loop, pop your hook through the opposite side, pick your loop back up and pull it through, carry this on all way around - easy, just fiddley.

Once I had completed that round I did the exact same thing from the remaining half round.

Hope this helps you guys with being able to keep your blankets on your bed and out of the dog kennels (it seems like every dog kennel has a poor old crochet blanket in it).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


For the longest time I have been getting requests for my Hot Water Bottle Cover pattern and finally .......

ITS HERE.......

Well it will be, I am releasing it on the evening of the 3rd of November (NZ TIME) and you can pre-order your copy now, all I need is your email address so comment here, hop on over to my facebook page and "private Message" me using the message button on my banner or email me alexandramackenzie@hotmail.co.nz EASY AS!

The pattern is $7.50 NZD
Suitable for a beginner
Great for using up scraps

But wait..... there is more.........

If there are 50 paid orders for the Hottie Cover Pattern by the 10th November I will be giving away a finished Hot Water Bottle Cover on my facebook page, so get your orders in, LIKE my page and cross your fingers.
The good news is we are halfway there already!!

But wait....... there is still more........ (I know!!) 

Just to sweeten the deal even more, the first 50 paid orders will also receive a bonus 2nd pattern free - whoop whoop!!! its justs gets better!!

This is a super easy Flower Motif, make a garland, coasters, mobile, applique it to a cushion or headband - versatile?? yes I think so!

And whats more - you guys will be the first to get this pattern, not available for purchase yet, super spesh!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lilac Love

I love love love Lilacs and I am quite fond of potholders.
A lilac inspired potholder - yes a great idea!!

I had to scrounge around the bottom of the yarn baskets to gather enough pinky purply variety, add a touch of cream and begin. Bound it all together with a bright leafy green and viola  - a Lilac inspired potholder is born.

Potholder pattern available HERE 
More patterns HERE

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Hippy

This is my (biggest) little girl - just recently turned four.
I made this headband for her late last night simply cause I thought she would like it.........and she does.

Was super easy with the simplest of simple flowers, might make another for my other (littlest) little girl with a wee bit more thought into the colours of the flowers.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Right Ol' Tea Cosy

Made up this wee (I mean huge) Tea Cosy over the last few days.
It made using my Tea Cosy Pattern but BIGGER, this will fit a 8 - 10 cup pot comfortably.

All I did was add another round to each granny Square before joining them together - everything else was exactly the same.

Dont you love the bubblegum pink PomPom!!

Monday, October 14, 2013


The Granny Star Pattern has been released in my Etsy Pattern Store.

Its a super easy pattern, suitable for beginners and experts alike.

Perfect Christmas crafting - make a Christmas garland or singular decorations for the tree. 
Try stuffing your stars for a cute decoration idea.

Is it a handmade Christmas for you this year??

Sunday, October 13, 2013

If I had a Super Power it would be the ability to crochet problems away - not big proper problems like poverty and hunger, but little mundane problems like keeping all my garlic in one place instead of on the bench, window sill, under the onions and wherever else it might be lurking.
So this weekend I used my super power for good, some neon / neutral crochet goodness.

Told ya it was good, now I am thinking I might need a few more of these in differing sizes.

It was so quick to whip up just going around and around and around (and around and around).

So, what shall my Super Name be - Super Crocheter? The Woolly Wonder? The Yarnanator!!............any reference to "hooker is a def NO!!