"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Saturday, June 30, 2012

From Bud to Bloom...Beginning a Blanket

We have two little Joseph's Coat rose bushes on either side of the front porch
and one of them had an
open bloom today :)

Thanks to each of you who helped me
sort out what pattern to use with
my Stylecraft yarn!
I have just typed out the pattern from the booklet I showed you in my last post.
 I am going to give it a go :)

 I was talking to my oldest daughter about it and mentioned that the pattern includes half double crochets.
"That's just a single crochet, right?" She asked.
Brilliant logic :)
I wonder why it is not so...
Do you know?


  1. Im so gald you are doing that blanket! I've not seen one like that before so can't wait to watch your journey!

    Love reading your blog - all the time!

    xxx Kate xxx

  2. The rose is just gorgeous!! beautiful mixture of orange and red!! Good luck on the blanket... can't wait to see pictures!

  3. The roses are so pretty!!! I can't wait to see what you make with your Lucy Pak. I have a favor to ask of you. I was at my knitting group yesterday...The Knitty Biddies. I shared my Jubilee with them, and they all swooned, as they have watched me make this blanket, and most of them have also fallen in love with the yarn and the colors. They want to order some too. I cannot for the life of me, remember the website where I ordered it in England. Do you still have that information by chance so that I can share it with them? I know that when I ordered it, there was a special going on for free shipping. But it was quite a fair price for the yarn. It came very quickly too!! If you do have it, could you email it to me? My email address is :
    Thanks Gracie....
    XO Kris

  4. Beautiful! Thank you SO much for posting a photo:)
    Have fun with your latest craft project!

  5. Actually, I think a half double crochet is when you yarn over, pull it through as if for a double crochet.. but instead of yarning over and pulling through and doing it again, you yarn over and pull it though all 3 loops at once. So, indeed, it's a different stitch all it's own. I think I missed seeing what design you've decided on? Fun fun.. pretty rose! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. The rose is so beautiful gracie as I'm sur your blanket will be and as I know you are. Love Anne x

  7. Oh, those flowers are beautiful! I hope you have fun with your latest project...I can't wait to see it's progress :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend x x

  8. What a beautiful rose, I haven't heard of that one. It does have quite a few shades! And your penstemon and basket are both lovely.

    (I'm no help at all with crochet - I just know that UK and US terms are different!)

  9. Lovely post, Grace. I like your first motif! Congratulations!
    I can't wait to see it trimmed in black.
    Yes, I do know the reason for half double rather than single crochet.
    With a single crochet, you don't wrap a yarn around hook before inserting it into stitch, so the stitch is low and thin.
    With a double crochet, you yarn over before inserting into the stitch, yarn over again, pull through stitch. Then work off hook two loops at a time. This makes it double the height or more, depending on the yarn.
    For a half double, you start like for a double, with the yarn over before inserting hook into stitch, then yarn over again and pull through stitch, yarn over again. Then you just keep pulling through ALL loops on hook at once. This makes the height half way between single and double. It is fuller than single, but not as tall as a double. Make sense?
    It is nice for height and fuller texture, too.
    Love your flowers!

    1. Thank you SOOOO much for explaining this, ShelleyJo!!! :) It makes perfect sense...now :)

  10. Ohhhh...such a beautiful rose, Gracie! You know I love roses, and this creature is marvelous. All of your flowers are beautiful. (I just love garden photos like these!) :)


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