Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Crochet Garlands


It's been nothing but crochet on the home front lately. Oh, and cooking - there's been a lot of that too - as I replace my wine calories with cake calories. I've been making, among other things, two crochet garlands. This one here is my favourite. I love this pattern, the way each square is a solid block of colour edged in white, and that dense, intricate design. My mum is making a blanket from about 200 of these squares (it's going to be gorgeous) and I wanted to try out the pattern. So I made one, darned in the ends, blocked it, admired it, and didn't know what to do with it. Then I saw Sandra's post and thought yes, a garland, so I made four more and strung them together. 

Aren't they pretty? I love these muted shades. The pattern is from Susan Pinner's book Granny Squares, a book I am loving and coming back to again and again, for the patterns as much as the projects. And it's for you lovely lot, as part of a giveaway I'm planning for the end of the month. More on that later. How exciting! I will be sad to part with it actually - oh well, I'll have to make another for myself.


And here we have garland number two, and my mantlepiece one again doing a serviceable job of being a prop for photographs. 



The pattern for this one is by Emma Lamb from issue 24 of Mollie Makes magazine. (still working through that challenge...nearly there...)


This one is a birthday present for a friend so I chose the colours for her, not me. I thought about what she likes and the colours she has in her house and went with that. It was actually a lot of fun working with shades that I wouldn't necessarily choose - like red - and I like the way it works with the grey and white.


I was struggling to think how to present the garland so that it didn't get tangled. Wrapping it around this postcard works well and made it easy to wrap.

The yarn for both these garlands is Debbie Bliss cashmerino. Goodness, I bought that yarn in April 2012 when my friend Rachel and I went on a learn to crochet course. I've added another ball of pink and one or two of cream to it, but that original stash of yarn has made a this cushionthis scarf, these two garlands and a scarf for my niece, which I just finished tonight and will photograph tomorrow. It's expensive yarn but I feel like these balls are never ending and I still have a little of each colour left. If only they really were never ending, now that would be the perfect yarn.


39 comments:

  1. Never ending yarn? Now that sounds like my kind of yarn Gillian ;o) gorgeous garlands, I really love the first one and those muted Debbie bliss colours are grand indeed. I have also made one of Emma Lambs flower garlands and wasn't very happy with mine, so it's way down at the bottom of a basket somewhere. Yours turned out a treat, I am sure your friend will love it x stay cosy x Penny

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  2. Oh they ate just beautiful! I have that book and magazine and I've been on a short course but haven't been able to master crochet yet :(. Your pretty garlands have inspired me to try again :) I'm making over my daughter's room and they would look lovely on her wall! Well done Gillian!

    Sophie xo

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  3. Both of the garlands are delightful Gillian. I am sure that your friend will love the flowers and your packaging is great too - looks very professional. Bet you never thought your fireplace would be so useful for your staging, but it looks great.

    Not sure if I like the idea of never ending yarn, I couldn't buy any more if it never ended - and I will be glad to see the back of some it when I finally turn it into something...

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  4. Very cute garlands Gillian! and I can only begin to imagine what your Mum's blanket will be like once finished. Awesome I expect. Would be lovely to get a peek at it when it's done ;) I know what you mean about never ending yarn. I feel that way about my stash of Catania. It really is quite incredible what you can get out of one ball. I'd like to try the DB cashmerino. What a lucky birthday girl, I'm sure she'll treasure it x

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  5. Love banners of all kinds. Love yours. The blanket will be great. I want to learn to do that this coming winter.

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  6. I swear I dream about crochet bunting/garlands. I wish I could crochet like that. xo

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  7. They are both so lovely! The first one coordinates so nicely with your artwork. I am so excited to learn more about your upcoming giveaway!

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  8. I love them both. I'm planning to try a pattern similar to the squares you did, to make a blanket for my daughter...eventually. I love the mustard color you used there, I will have to look for similar to add to my Baby Cashmerino collection.

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  9. I like the the beginning of the post: "It's been nothing but crochet on the home front lately." :-)
    Both garlands are beautiful! And the pattern for the square is very interesting - both lacy and solid. Will you show your mum's blanket when it's finished?

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  10. Lovely bunting, especially the first one. It has lovely texture to it. I bet the blanket looks wonderful.

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  11. Those garlands are lovely! I made a version of the Mollie Makes one also as a present for a friend in the Spring. I can feel the urge coming on to make an autumny one! Love the packaging up round a postcard - very neat! Hope your yarn carries on lasting so well! E x

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  12. Lovely stuff. It is sometimes good to work on small stash projects, they make you feel good. Jo x

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  13. Oh so very pretty! I too love the muted colours but it doesn't make them dull. It makes them just perfect! Have a great day my friend. Hazel x

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  14. Both garlands are absolutely beautiful although, I must confess, the squares are my favourites. I love the white borders and the colours you've chosen are perfect. I don't wonder you don't like to give them away!

    S x

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  15. I adore the first garland, so start and simple, but really effective. I am still going to crack crochet at some point!

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  16. Hi Gillian,Love your squares!!!They are lovely and would work well with anything!!!Have a happy hooky week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  17. They are beautiful Gillian and I'm sure the present will be greatly appreciated.

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  18. hi gillian,
    both garlands are so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    wish you a wonderful day in your cosy home,
    hugs regina

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  19. Love your photos for this post...liking the pattern in the square garland..

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  20. These are beautiful garlands Gillian ... I love the square one especially and the yarn looks lovely ... your mum's blanket will be a stunner ... the block pattern is one of the prettiest I've seen ... enjoy your baking ... Bee xx

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  21. Lovely! I've tried the Mollie Makes one but have struggled with the instructions! I'm not that good with instructions! :) x

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  22. Oh yes, I have the pattern for that garland too, and I will be making it once I've learned to crochet! My course is in a couple of weeks time, I can't wait, in the meantime I am cross stitching - as you said not very good for the eyes (or for the back), and such slow progress as well but I'm doing a little bit every day and enjoying it!
    Happy baking and well done on your alcohol free month!!

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  23. Love both your garlands, but especially the colours in the new square one. Thanks for your kind comments re Betsy, we had some good news yesterday and hope to be home next week. mel x

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  24. They're so pretty, and such a lovely gift for a friend. I could do with some never ending yarn, I've just run out of a colour I need.

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  25. Gillian, I am feeling just a little envious right now as I have done no crochet lately and to be honest, it is making feel rather unwell (it must be because I am addicted right?!). Anyways, I so love your pretty little garlands, I don't think any garlands come close to crochet garlands and I love how you have done yours. It is a shame one is going as a pressie! Enjoy the baking, its the perfect time of year for eating cake with lots of cups of tea. Wishing you a happy week lovely Gillian xoxo

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  26. Gillian,

    Love the garlands. Really do. But also love your very versitile fireplace. Still covet your print too.

    Leanne xx

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  27. Your garlands are so pretty! I do love a galand I think I might have too many here it's like it's been yarn bombed! Hope you have a lovely week x

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  28. Crochet love obviously runs in your family!
    I'm sure our friend will love her present, a like a dash of red too.
    Lisa x

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  29. Loving the garlands they really are happy, your crotchet has really come on! Xxx

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  30. What a lucky friend you have!! That's a gorgeous flower garland and the squares?? divine... I love that tall flower in the white vase as well, and the bird... just awesome!
    Tammy x

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  31. I love your garlands, your friend will be thrilled with her flower garland x

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  32. Gillian, these are absolutely gorgeous! I love them both. I feel very inspired after looking at your creations here. It's reminded me that I've done nothing creative for weeks and I miss it! Your friend is very lucky :-) Mel x

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  33. Both garlands are gorgeous. Funnily enough I am working on a little crochet garland at the moment too. Like the sound of never ending yarn too I think!
    Marianne x

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  34. Missed this post. Both garlands are gorgeous Gillian :)

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  35. beautiful! lovely colour choices for both and I love that pattern on the first one x

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  36. Both garlands are fab but I LOVE that first one. Your mom's blanket is going to be amazing! I hope you'll share a pic when it's done. x

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