Saturday, 3 March 2012

Granny Bobble Stripe



Did I ever mention that I like bobbles? ...  perhaps? ... once or twice? ...

Despite feeling sure that there are many now bellowing at their computer, "Karen, will you change the record, give us something different PLEASE...", I must return to an old favourite for just one more tweak.

I was inspired this week by the phrase "I think I can, I think I can" which I came across while blog surfing on MAD MAD ME blog - http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/  Charissa used the phrase while blogging her progress on creating her own Almond Blossom Bag (or Bohemian Purse).  Take a look over there; she has a great, humorous style of writing that I personally love... (course,     ahem,  she was very complimentary about me, but that's not why I urge you to take a look honestly ...  she genuinely is really good!)

Anyway, it took me back to when I was working on my Granny Bobble Blanket and while looking at the rounds of colourful bobbles develop it struck me one day how great it would look in stripes rather than rounds.



With usual abandon I flung my granny bobble blanket aside and set about turning the pattern into flat stripes instead of rounds, and to my frustration found that I couldn't...  You see the problem was that the bobbles are only ever worked on the front side of the work, the work is never turned.  Working only on the front side, from right to left, on each row is fine on rounds, but worked flat and never turning can cause the crochet to gradually skew to one side, making your lovely crocheted rectangle turn into the leaning tower of Crochet!  I think this is due to the chain loops at the top of the stitches (the bits that you work your next stitch in) just sitting to the right to the rest of the stitch below, so each subsequent row is slightly to the right. (or could be left don't quote me!)  I tried various ways to get my stripes right, before admitting "I don't think I can"...  and that was that... until I read Charissa's blog this week.  It made me want to look at it again; I knew there must be a way and...  wait for it....  wait for it.....   de dat de dat de dat de daaaaaah..................................  there wasn't!! 

Naaaaaaaaah....  sorry couldn't help myself, there was really....  it was nearly a blog post to nothing there...


I found that where I had been going wrong was in starting my new rows by working my first stitches of the row directly into the stitches of the row below; that doesn't work and sends you squewy.  What does work is to work into the spaces created by the stitches below, that keeps you nice and straight. 



So, do you want the pattern?  Okey dokey...

Granny Bobble Stripe


I NOW HAVE A NEW WEBSITE AND THIS PATTERN CAN BE FOUND AT -

http://psicrochet.com/portfolio-items/granny-bobble-stripe/


I knew I could!!! 

Now, I have a few ends to sew in....

Happy crocheting...
xx

48 comments:

  1. Oh that is so pretty - thanks for sharing your pattern with us. :)

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  2. That is totally gorgeous. It makes me want to drop all my current projects and get bobbly.

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  3. It looks fabulous!! Another thing to put on the list of things I would like to make... It grows longer and longer! ;)

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  4. Yummy! I love bobbles too! In fact, I'm working on a bobble blanket right now that is stripes...but it's not rainbow this time around. I find that others, like me, are quite drawn to the rainbow effect...especially with bobbles. What is it about bobbles that appeals to us all so much? Their little nubbiness, the texture...I don't know...it has to be tactile in some measure, I think! Or is it just visual? Well, whatever it is...I love 'em! And love your blankie too! Interesting thoughts on lining them all up...I need to puzzle that through. My current creation is purposely offset so I haven't had to worry about it quite like that. Hugs, Annette

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  5. I love this! It's so fun and colorful...

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  6. hi karen,
    it looks fantastic......i love it!!!!!!!
    have a nice week,
    greetings from germany,
    regina

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  7. Thank you very much for sharing this amazing pattern. I love it someone kind shares a pattern I haven't used before; it gives the old grey matter new fodder for project plans :D

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  8. That is such a gorgeous pattern love the bobbles on it and those colours are fab. dee x

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  9. I adore your pattern - and those colours are just amazing! I am now suffering complete and utter crochet envy!!

    Have a fab week,
    Leah
    x

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  10. Just popped back to say thanks for your visit and comment over in my little piece of blog land! Have a great day!

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  11. Wow that´s a great explantion ,thank´s for sharing it, from Tenerife gelesan

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  12. C'est magnifique, j'aime beaucoup...
    Peony

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  13. Pretty, pretty and more pretty! Thanks for the pattern.

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  14. Love the bobbles and the rainbow! I may have to make a bobble scarf now!

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  15. I love this! I was wondering if I have your permission to pin it on Pinterest?

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    1. Hi Beth; thanks for you comment. You are quite welcome to pin it on pinterest.
      Karen
      xx

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  16. Thank you for this lovely pattern, this would make a wonderful blanket. Not sure when to start it, but I'll keep this one in mind!

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  17. I LOVE the colors in this! would you share what kind of yarn and colors are used?

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    1. Hi, and thank you very much; the yarns I have used are mainly the uk brand stylecraft special dk. It is an acrylic yarn that has the most amazing colour range and it's really cheap.
      best wishes
      Karen
      xx

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  18. This is fantastic!!!! Goodness, I want to make one immediately. :)

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  19. Hi Karen! I have only just found you via Hilly Town Blue... I can't figure out why I haven't found you before... but now I have, I am delighted! I LOVE bobbles... thanks so much for this tutorial.. I shall add it to my list immediately... :)x

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  20. Thank You for the tutorial..Love it so much..:)

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  21. What beautiful color!!!! Perfect for spring!

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  22. Hi Mrs Karen !....this is so lovely,I have a question for you .It's about the flower and a granny.Please , Can you get in contact with me.This is my e mail for my crochet projects luna764@gmail.com...Thanks and have a wonderful week.


    :0) Luna

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  23. gorgeous- love the colors, love the stitch, love your writing!

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  24. Wauw, just love everything you make. Going to follow you.
    X Siel

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  25. It looks fantastic. I'm sooo tempted to try it but I'll keep plugging away at the daisies as I've plenty more of them needing done... So kind of you again to share your patterns, they're fab!

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  26. I like your blog, i'm follower now
    kisses for you from Argentina♥♥

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    1. You make beatuiful colourful things and you have a very nice blog.
      KATRIN W.

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  27. hi!
    i love this pattern!
    thanks for the tutorial, i want make it!!

    Giuliana

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  28. Just stumbled upon your lovely blog and I'm very glad I did! Your patterns and your choice of colours are inspirational. I can definitely see a bobble or two being made sometime very soon :O)

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  29. Love all the bobbles! And thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

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  30. love the colors and the bobbles! i'll have to save this for a future project.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Pinning it! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. I'll be back to make this soon.... :)

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  32. Hello!!! First of all WOW! Secondly, Im so pleased to find you!! Your blog has just completely brightened my day! Im so inspired by all that you do Im going to add you to my blogroll!

    Love Julia x x x

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  33. Love this! It will be my next project. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    Lena. :O)

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  34. You've done it again! You've made something amazing and shown us all how to do it. What a wonderful, creative woman you are. I am floored, humbled and so grateful to you for mentioning me in such a complimentary way, thank you.

    Charissa

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  35. Oooh lovely! This will go down on my list of 'things I want to make'. I had to smile when I read that you flung your granny bobble square down with abandon, I know that exact feeling of when something new takes your fancy! Thanks for sharing
    Jo :)

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  36. I love this pattern. You make such nice things with bobbles. You couldn't do a pattern with the granny bobbles in a hexagon shape, could you? :)

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  37. thank you for sharing the pattern. these are georgious and really different...

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  38. Amazing pattern! Thanks for sharing :)

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  39. precioso...agradecida...agradecida...

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  40. I need a "video" on the "bobble"... love this very much! Love Granny Squares!!
    ~Tess

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  41. Sorry guys. I have a really, really dumb question and I apologize in advance. I'm lost with the first sentence in this pattern. :( What does this mean:
    "Chain a multiple of 3 + 4 (my first project for this pattern is a scarf; I chained 34"

    I don't know what "chain a multiple of 3 + 4" means?? Sorry, please help and thanks!

    Leslie :)

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  42. Love this stitch, it is exactly what I was looking for! I have two more projects to do and I cant wait to start this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Amazing what you can do with bubbles :) I too love bubbles

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