Midweek Roundup of my BAMCAL Blanket Progress (and a pattern too)

Midweek Roundup of my BAMCAL Blanket Progress www.yarnya.co.ukI shared my BAMCAL blanket with you just over a week ago and thought I’d give you an update on how it’s coming along … and wow, this blanket is growing quickly!

I’ve made the last few squares, sewed them together and added have them to the blanket. Next up is border time!

Amazingly the blanket fitted into my awesome project bag (I swear that thing is from the same batch as Mary Poppins’ bag!) so I took it along to knit and natter with me.

I had the most delicious chocolate cake made by another lady in the group and in between mouthfuls I went round the whole blanket adding in an extra row of chain 3 loops to help even out where the squares had been joined together. This was all before I even dared to look at the border pattern I had chosen.

I chose the All Shawl pattern by Doris Chan to border my blanket, but as it is the border for a shawl there wasn’t an explanation for corners. Damn … I sure don’t make things easy for myself. But it is the perfect border for my blanket and I knew it would look awesome.

Before I spent too much time working the border for the whole blanket only to rip it back out if I wasn’t happy, I decided just to crochet the corner part of the pattern until I was pleased with it. I worked and ripped it back, worked it again… ripped it back again… I did this a lot trying to figure it out … spent a whole afternoon on it, but I think I’m finally happy with the result. Plus, I jotted down my re-working too so I could spare you all the trouble of figuring out the corner if you should ever decide to use this pattern for a blanket.

At first I thought extra chains on the corners would do it … but it kept curling and then, when the chains were long enough to lay flat, it just looked too chainy. So I sat back and looked again at the pattern. There are two main parts to it – a shell and a pineapple-ish bit. I gathered the shell part would be easier to expand round the corner, plus the pineapple-ish part looked the prettiest, so having that either side of the corner would be lovely.

Anyways after what felt like an age trying to work this out. Here is my amended corner for this pattern using US terms as that is what the pattern used (note – I worked this pattern into a row of chain 3 loops instead of a row of Single Crochet that the pattern called for, so I skipped a loop whenever the pattern said to skip stitches):

Midweek Roundup of my BAMCAL Blanket Progress www.yarnya.co.uk

Please note, this image is just to show the amended section and doesn’t show the entire border.

Abbreviations in US terms as that is what the pattern is written in:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tc = treble crochet
  • shell = (2dc, c2, 2dc)
  • picot fan = explained in the original pattern

Corner Row 1 = After making the final pineapple-ish stitch of the row, skip a loop and do the following instead of a shell – ch2, then (2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2, 2dc) into the corner loop, ch2 and continue with the pattern.

Corner Row 2 = After making the last set of 5tc’s do the following instead of a shell, working into the spaces made in previous corner row – ch1, 2dc in first 2ch space, ch2, shell in next ch2 space, ch2, 2dc in next 2ch space, ch1 and continue with the pattern.

Corner Row 3 = After making the ch3 loops do the following instead of a shell, working into the spaces made in previous corner row – ch2, 2dc in first 2ch space, ch2, shell in second ch2 space, ch2, 2dc in next 2ch space, ch 2 and continue with the pattern.

Corner Row 4 = After making the ch3 loops do the following instead of a shell, working into the spaces made in previous corner row – ch3, 2dc in 2ch space, ch2, shell in next ch2 space, ch2, 2dc in next 2ch space, ch3 and continue with the pattern.

Corner Row 5 = After making the ch3 loops do the following instead of a shell, working into the spaces made in previous corner row – ch4, shell in ch2 space, ch 2, shell in next ch2 space, ch 2, shell in next ch2 space, ch 3 and continue with the pattern.

Corner Row 6 = After making picot fan in ch3 space do the following in the shells made in previous Corner Row – ch1, sc in ch4 space, ch1, picot fan in ch2 of shell, ch1, sc in ch2 between shells, ch1, picot fan in ch2 of shell, ch1, sc in ch2 between shells, ch1, picot fan in ch2 of shell, ch1 and continue with the pattern.

Hope that all makes sense! And if you’re planning on using this border for a blanket I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions or problems with it.

Hope you’re having a lovely week 🙂

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9 comments on “Midweek Roundup of my BAMCAL Blanket Progress (and a pattern too)
  1. Jane says:

    Love the border, where can I find the instructions?

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  2. Elaine Mills says:

    How do you get the rest of the pattern for the border…..I’d like to try this some day….Love the border?

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  3. […] of course I had to rework the pattern round the corner. If you missed how I did that you can refresh your memory here where I shared the altered […]

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  4. Bessie V says:

    I love it, Tanya! I love the border too! Can’t wait for you to finish it and show us a complete picture!

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  5. Bekki Hill says:

    Very pretty border, looks FAB! Definitely a good investment of time getting it right. Thanks for sharing the instructions – if I ever get as far as making a blanket, I’ll bear it in mind.

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