You could say I've well and truly caught the crochet blanket bug as I'm back with a second blanket pattern less than a month after my first. However, this is such a quick and easy make I just couldn't resist. Also don't worry, I have remembered that I don't actually have a cat (yet), inspired by Leanne from This Little Space of Mine, this little blanket will be headed to my local Cat's Protection Centre.
The pattern is a super simple eight round granny square joined with a slip stitch. This was one of those patterns that just evolved as I crocheted, if I'd planned things a bit more I think I'd have done a seven round square and then used the join as you go method for the eighth round, as it would make the pattern even quicker. I'll try that for the next one! As it is the cat blanket took just a few evenings to make and used up some stylecraft special DK in Lavender, which I seem to have a particular excess of. The border is Parma Violet also stylecraft special DK.
Ch - Chain
Tr - Treble crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
Round 1 - Ch 4, sl st to form a magic loop
Round 2 - Ch 3, then tr 2 into the centre of the magic loop ch 2, *tr 3, ch 2 three more times. Until you have four sets of trebles. Sl st into top of the chain 3.
Round 3 - Sl st along to the corner, then ch 3, tr 2, ch 2, tr 3 into same space. *tr 3 into next space, ch 2, tr 3 into same space. Repeat three more times until you have eight sets of treble 3. Sl st into top of ch 3 to join, then break yarn.
Continue in pattern until you have eight rounds on your granny square.
Make six granny squares.
Join together with a slip stitch through the back loop only of each square.
The finishing touch is the gorgeous scallop border, I used this pattern by Kimberly Pye.
Insert cat below!
I'd love to know if you've made a blanket for your pet, or donated one to a animal shelter before. Happy crocheting!
These mini egg Easter cupakes are so good (I won't lie to you, I'm eating one as I type up this post), they're basically mini eggs and buttercream on top of a mini egg filled sponge with a hint of orange citrus - to stop them being too sickly. So, if you're in need of a Easter bake to share with family and friends, or let's face it, just need an excuse to buy another pack of mini eggs then look no further. Also it's totally fine, encouraged even, to sample a few of the mini eggs just to make sure they're okay before adding to the mixture. ;)
Makes about 14 cakes
You will need
Piping bag and nozzle
Family sized pack of mini eggs
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
175g self raising flower
250g icing sugar
Line your muffin tin with the paper cases and pre-heat the oven to 200C.
Mix the caster sugar, egg, milk, butter, baking powder and self raising flower together into a bowl.
Grate the zest of the clementine into the bowl. Then cut in half and juice. Add the juice to the mixture.
Pour in most of your mini eggs, keeping some back to decorate with later.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for about 15 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.
While they cool. Mix the margarine and icing sugar together to make the icing. Leave the mixture in the fridge until the cupcakes are completely cool.
Ice a 'nest' onto the top of each cupcake and decorate with the remaining mini eggs.