You call those scraps?

Hi everyone,

I thought you might like to see the start of my new project. You may recall the knitted blanket I finished recently, the brightly coloured squares one. Well, would you believe I could make an even brighter blanket?

I had quite a lot of scraps of all the different colours from the knitted blanket as you can see here. My other half exclaimed “You call those scraps?”. Well, any bits and bobs that are left over from previous projects and not bought specifically for a particular item are “scraps” in my eyes. There’s about 1200g of Double Knit yarn here.


I did add a couple of balls from my old scrap bag to make up the weight that I needed to make this lovely free pattern from the Not your Average Crochet blog. The pattern was originally run as a Crochet Along but I missed that opportunity ages ago. It has loads of close up photographs and is a dream to follow. I have never done many of these stitches before so I’m learning a lot Smile.

Some of my photos were taken in poor electric light and are just provided to give you an idea of my progress. I’ve just taken the final photo in daylight which gives a much better idea of the colours but it still isn’t as brightly coloured as in real life.

Have you got your sunglasses ready? Be warned.


It was easy to begin with. Just make sure the starting chain has the correct number of stitches.


Those Catherine Wheel stitches were challenging for me but I managed in the end Smile. Easy bits to follow…


More easy bits including the star stitches in pale blue. This photo has gone very blue on its own!


Here is where I’m up to now.


It’ll be about 52 inches long and I’ll keep going adding more rows until I run out of scraps. I’m already looking for the next woolly project but won’t start anything else until this one is done. It could take a while Smile.

Happy hooking!

Avis x

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  1. I look forward to your progress on this blanket. You are off to a great start. One of these days I will get time to get the crochet hook out and try my hand at some of the awesome stitches that Hannah did during that SAL.

  2. claire93

     /  January 12, 2015

    looking good Avis ^^
    I love all the bright colours and interesting stitches

  3. I love that you are making that blanket – I participated in the CAL when Hannah did it originally, and still really love my blanket. Your bobbles bob a whole lot better than do mine – good job! I laughed when I saw your scraps – yes, you are right – if they are leftover, they are scraps and bits. So amazing that you have enough for a whole extra blanket!

    • Ha-ha! No, my bobbles don’t bob that much. I gave each one a huge tug before I took the photo 🙂 I actually don’t like to have scraps to store so I always use them up before buying more, however big they might be LOL.

  4. your blanket looks fab! I’ve just been over to look at the pattern and I had to pin it, such a great idea to use yarn scraps.

  5. Wow it looks great! The colours are amazing and all the stitches look interesting.

  6. Isabel's Needleworks

     /  January 12, 2015

    WOW Its Gorgeous! I love the way you have the colours mixed and matched 🙂

    • Well, the colours don’t really match at all LOL. Maybe that’s how it works. I think so anyway 🙂

      • Isabel's Needleworks

         /  January 12, 2015

        lol I guess I mean they all seem to contrast nicely ? I was having a bit of a brain freeze there LOL

        • and I was just playing with your words LOL. Anyway, I’m not surprised your brain is freezing in those temperatures! We are battling with the wind here at the moment, not the flatulence kind I hasten to add 😉 There’s a howling gale going on outside!

          • Isabel's Needleworks

             /  January 12, 2015

            LOL thats funny, not that you are battling gales of wind.. puts some rocks in your pockets as my Mom used to say and don’t fly away 🙂

            • Now that’s something I haven’t tried yet LOL.My Mum used to say don’t pull a silly face in the wind because it will stay like that. Where did they get those ideas from? You’ve just given me an idea for another post. Would you mind if I see how many silly old wives tales I can gather here on the blog?

  7. I’ve had my eye on that pattern as a possible follow-up to my current project. I love doing different stitches. Yours is coming on a treat and I do love how cheerful it’s looking 🙂

  8. It’s lovely and I’m impressed with your “scrap” reasoning…that probably also means you can buy more yarn, can’t you? After all, those bits are only scraps!

    • No, I refuse to buy more yarn until I’ve used up what I have of the same weight. There is also some sock wool in my drawer but that is finer so I’ll allow myself to buy more DK when I’ve used this up because that’s different on my scrapometer. I bet you rather like that reasoning too LOL.

  9. That’s fabulous, the brighter the better, I say. Those stitches make it so much more than the average granny squares blanket, and I can tell you’re having lots of fun…

  10. Wow I love it!

  11. witchylin

     /  January 12, 2015

    What a fabulous use for “scraps”. Some of those stitches are amazing. It will be so warm when you have completed it.

  12. Wow! It looks brilliant! 💝

  13. Gorgeous looking stitches and colours, Avis.


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