Friday, 10 April 2015

A SUPERB LEGO BRICKS BLANKET


free crochet lego brick blanket pattern

LEGO  BRICKS BLANKET


Blankets are a fun projects at any time.. and especially so after you’ve been breaking your head over thin yarns and convoluted patterns.  Lego is by far the most beautiful of toys – versatile, colorful and fun.. and to have a lego blanket.. kid-dream come true I’d say.

I was thinking of creating a pattern for a Lego brick myself and suddenly chanced on this exquisite free pattern.  This fantastic pattern has a video link – and what I love most about this video link is that the super designer does not waste any time in talking about anything.. just goes straight into the project – my kind of video ! J
I have, however, tweaked it just a bit.. so I’ll just add my notes here and give you, yet again, choices n decisions  

This is the photo that inspired me

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 550 gms of our lovely Indian Vardhaman millennium DK ply acrylic yarn , ~   with a 4 mm crochet hook
General info : This blanket can be made using any yarn and suitable hook.  If you use a larger hook + thicker yarn, you just end up with larger rectangles :)

Size : 52” x 30”

I made my blanket with 81 rectangles (so 9 rectangles x 9 rectangles).  I did a quick check of a few color combinations and then decided how many rectangles of each colour I’d need (see charts below).  I’d already decided on which my colors and have chosen Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Grey.  I will join with white and do a similar white border all around.  

 and just so I have my color palate in front of me, I made this little chart on Microsoft Excel and then decided which one looked better.. difficult decision, huh? 

Stitches used :

fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

“Pop”  stitch :  The designer has used the following stitch and called it a “Pop” stitch.  
It is 5 trc, all in the same st… so just writing it again here for convenience.

Abbreviations used : Using U.S terminology
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             ch : Chain
  
The designer has a superb video that is totally self explanatory.  My notes here are only for the small start change, the use of the wonderful chainless dc start, and a finishing idea / difference.

Start with 14 fdc.  Turn.
The designer has started with a 17 ch and then dc in the 4th ch on to get a row of 14 dc.  Ever since I discovered the fdc, I find that the start this gives is easy, even and neat – and I just cannot use any other start – however, this is just a choice.

Here on , the pattern is that of the designer - so do visit the link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9b5i81Ao1U for the pattern

Row 1 : sc in the 1st 2 dc , 5-trc tog (or “pop / popcorn” stitch) in the next sc ; 
*sc in the next 2 sc ; “pop/popcorn” st in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 sc ; sc in the last 2 sc.  Turn

Row 2 : dc in the 1st sc ; dc in each st till end.  Turn.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 once more.

Finishing : sc in each st till end ; 1 more sc in the corner sc ;
Turn your work at 90° and work an sc in each horizontal bar of dc all the way down ; 
1 more sc in the corner st ;
Turn your work at 90° and work on the bottom of your start fdcs, do an sc in each st across ; 
1 more sc in the corner st ;
Turn your work at 90° and work an sc in each horizontal bar of dc all the way back up ; 
1 more sc in the corner st (back where we started out).  
Join with a sl-st to the first st.  
Fasten off and weave in ends.

One lego block made. Size : 5.5” x 3”

Once you’ve made all the lego bricks / blocks you need, you will see the beautiful join that the designer has made – the white chains showing up on top add a lovely edging that make this more like a lego pattern.  Kudos to this beautiful design and more so that this wonderful person has shared this all for free !!

Now I thought I would add a row of dc’s around the full blanket to give it that little bit of an extra width – which meant that instead of the cute little chain joint that the designer has shown, I had to make a slight variation in my join between Lego rectangles blocks.  So this is what I’ve done.  Lets imagine two rectangles A & B.  
So I’ve attached my white yarn at the corner of Rectangle A, and sc in that same st , 
ch 1, sc in the corner st of Rectangle B ; 
*ch 1, sc in the next st of Rectangle A ; ch 1, sc in the next st of Rectangle B* ; 
rep *to* till you are at the last corner of your rectangle.  Fasten off and weave in end.

Rep this for all rectangles till you have them joined in the pattern you wish.  Then I ran one round of dc’s all around the blanket, with 3 dc in each edge (or you could do a 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc corner) ; and then joining with sl-st at the 1st st.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Block as per yarn specifications.

I am also considering doing a rep of Rows 1 and 2 all around the edge, giving it this white lego bricked edging .. but that depends on  how much (white) yarn I have left. J

You now have a choice for starting, joining and finishing your blanket.. and you will have one really cute project at the end of it all J

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