From Bavaria – via Australia

The Masterpiece blanket continues to grow, with another square arriving from Australia a couple of days ago. I have got such a lot out of the project, including (as I’ve mentioned before) learning new skills

Another parcel of joy from Australia

Another parcel of joy from Australia

Some time ago I commented on a post by Dani (who lives in Teddy and Tottie Land) about her beautiful Bavarian crochet and she promised to post a tutorial about how to do it (you can now find it here). But more than that, she offered a Bavarian crochet square for the Masterpiece. Her lovely square arrived a couple of days ago, along with a gift of a fabulous book (alcoholic afternoon tea anyone?).

Getting started on my square

Getting started on my square

And so, having a worked example in my hand, I decided to give the tutorial a go. The instructions include loads of photos and I found them very easy to follow, but it’s always much easier to understand how to make something if you can actually look at a real example made by an expert. With all this help, I had no trouble producing a Bavarian square of my own. It’s not up to Dani’s standard, but I think that I will include it in the Masterpiece as a demonstration of an unexpected yield from the project.

Dani's square on the left and mine on the right

Dani’s square on the left and mine on the right

So, thank you Dani… I can feel a Bavarian blanket coming on!

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23 Comments

  1. How many nations have contributed so far? Bavaria is of course an extra!

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  2. Fantastic first try. It looks very like Dani’s.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  3. crazyguyinthailand

     /  March 22, 2014

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  4. Pretty crochet, and I’m impressed you just picked up the hook and yarn and made one equally pretty.

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  5. Your Bavarian square is beautiful. What a fast learner. I’m so pleased it all arrived in one piece. Gosh! I didn’t realise there was so much alcohol in the tea time treats!!! I just loved the pictures (didn’t read the recipes!!) That will make for some interesting afternoon teas! Thanks so much for highlighting my Bavarian tutorial – and for letting me be a part of your magnificent Masterpiece. Dani xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  6. Gorgeousness! You clever girls you :). Can’t wait to see the finished item.

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    • Thank you…I’m hoping the Masterpiece will be finished by May. As for a whole Bavarian blanket… I’m trying to finish some things before I start any more (haha).

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      • Lol! I am hanging out to attempt to WIN myself a Bavarian blanket from Ms TeddyTotty herself so that I don’t even have to pick up a hook but knowing my luck I am going to have to nut out that amazingly long and detailed gorgeous tutorial that I downloaded (just in case I don’t win which is a heinous thought! πŸ˜‰ ). I just discovered your wonderful blog via a pin on Pinterest. I didn’t even realise that you were careening around on the peripherals of the blogs that I follow πŸ™‚ Hi, excellent blog by the way πŸ™‚

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        • Thank you… interesting that you arrived via Pinterest. I had been toying with posting photos there for ages, but only go round to it very recently with encouragement from Kate (http://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/)… so glad that I did.

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          • It’s a great way to expose your stuff to other people and if you get your dear constant readers pinning, it adds mass. I have found HEAPS of amazing blogs that I wouldn’t have found ever just by surfing. Using images makes a more powerful search in my mind as you bypass not being able to know what is in the post and you can see directly what the post is about. I love Pinterest! πŸ™‚

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          • Cheers for the blog by the way πŸ™‚

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  7. Both squares are gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of Bavarian crochet before so checked out the Teddy and Tottie tutorial and will definitely give it a go in the near future. I’m always amazed (and very thankful) to bloggers who put so much time and thought into sharing their craft – it’s a wonderfully detailed tutorial, isn’t it? Katrina x

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    • Dani’s tutorial is great – I found it really easy to follow, especially because of all the photos. Now I’ve got the hang of it, but can’t remember all the steps, I’m going to create a text-only version that I can print out and carry round with me to use rather than having to have my laptop on! You are right – the effort that goes in to creating this sort of tutorial is amazing… I may have to send Dani a little thank-you πŸ™‚

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  8. Your attempt at a Bavarian square is commendable ! I have been wanting to try this. Infact this was one of my choices for you but ended up with the swirl and the snail !!

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  9. Thank you for introducing me to Bavarian crochet. Both squares are a treat!

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  10. Never even knew that was a thing – excellent discovery!

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