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Monday, 19 September 2016

#sixtymilliontrebles

Since Trailwalker I really lost my creative inspiration. I still felt the need to create but just couldn't think of any new ideas. I didn't appreciate initially how much the walk took out of me both physically and mentally. I spent a lot of time with my laptop propped up on the bed in front of me adding to the rounds on my sock head hat (til I went a bit wrong on the decreases). I then had a Facebook notification from a crochet friend who said she had added me to a Facebook group, Sixty Million Trebles. You may have seen the hashtag #sixtymilliontrebles flying around. This project aims to create crochet and knit blankets for refugees in Syria to a total of sixty millions trebles to represent the current number of refugees globally at the end of 2015.




The blankets will be installed in London next year and will then be distributed to Syrian and UK charities.Watching the news at the moment makes me feel so helpless, so this is a project I can really get behind, and one I feel can make a real, practical difference. Coupled to this, the monotonous trebles of blanket making was really all my brain could cope with.

I still had a fair amount of yarn left over from my rainbow disco blanket, so thought to create something along similar lines. Having worked the disco blanket in granny squares I wanted to try something different, a corner to corner blanket (or c2c if you are down with the lingo). The fantastic thing about this stitch pattern and construction is that you start from a single corner and work outwards, before working back down when you reach your desired size. This has the advantage that it works up very quickly initially and requires next to no maths- you just crochet till you get half way.

I took the opportunity of a camping holiday in the Isle of Wight to get cracking. Here are a few progress snaps from my Instagram feed.....





I will be writing this pattern up and it will be available for free for the duration of the project. I will then add it to my Ravelry store and proceeds will be donated to a charity working directly with refugees in Syria.  I will also make a tutorial for the corner to corner pattern- please pester me if you don't see a post on this soon!!

I urge you to check out the Sixty Million Trebles Facebook page and see if you can help achieve this massive goal.

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