Just Dunny (Toni)

Crochet outside of the lines with Toni (Justdunny)

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How many loops on the hook? UK & US terms

Having grown up with only UK terms, this is a question I hadn’t heard before finding crochet on the internet - mostly in US terms.

It might help those who find it hard to swap between the two sets of terms to know US terms relate to HOW MANY TIMES YOU DRAW THROUGH LOOPS. UK terms relate to HOW MANY LOOPS ARE ON THE HOOK!

The terms are almost the same, except in US terms, sc (single crochet) takes the place of dc (double crochet) in UK terms. Then the terms all move up one step - US dc becomes tr (treble or triple) UK, etc.

So in US terms, sc means draw through once, dc means draw through twice.

In UK terms dc means there are two loops on the hook before drawing through, tr means three loops on the hook before drawing through.

In both terms, all basic stitches relate to drawing through two loops until there is only one left.

So don’t be afraid if you see a different set of terms...

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Log Cabin variation in blues & grey

Grey is not a colour I use very often, but was looking for something to add to some blues, black and cream.

The bright colours I usually choose aren’t always appealing to males. This blanket was aimed at a wide appeal.

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As with the geometric mandala, I’ve let the colour graduation do the work and kept the design fairly simple.

BLUE BURST CENTRE WHOLE 071115signed.jpg

Some simple bands of colour around the edge and done.

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Rising Sun - log cabin variation

The log cabin method gets addictive. For a variation, I worked some squares with a curved centre. Once that happened, some embellishment was needed - so the Rising Sun was born.

As always, the brights against a dark colour appealed to me.

RISING SUN alt log cabin rnd centre 081014 signed.jpg

Working out from there, it seemed sensible to stick with solid colours so the features would stand out.

RISING SUN alt log cabin rnd cnr 021114 signed.jpg

Some granny squares and a few of the curved squares finished the idea.

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Stormy Monday

With plenty of scraps last year, a rainbow project was calling me. When I spotted some blues and greys, the idea for a cubist sort of sky scene occurred to me.

The idea was to start with bright centres, represent clouds and sky with a rainbow.

I ended up with a sort of babette. The resulting blanket was donated to a local group who deal with mental health.

RAINBOW STORMY MONDAYfinal 290415signed.jpg

Quite happy with the result!

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Fill in the gaps - granny

I spotted a method of working granny shells to fill in a square from the outside in a while ago and decided to give it a try.

There was a stack of variegated yarns I’d picked up cheaply, so just started to “doodle”.


Squares are worked, joining at the corners, then granny shells worked from the outside in.

Once I got the hang of it, the method is quite quick and simple!


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Sunny Mandala variation

3 Jan 2015

Just finished this variation of the Mandala layout. The watery end with the waves was a bit of a challenge! I find it really hard not to be symmetrical. Just managed to get a bit of a random feel in there LOL

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Probably the hardest part is juggling the yarns I have on hand. As I donate everything I get for the blankets to charities, I have to get the yarn as cheaply as possible. It makes it difficult to work sometimes as different brands are very different to work and I can only use the colours I have on hand. it was getting a bit tight with the quantities of a few of the colours in this one!

I’ve worked the central squares so the outer “suns” are off-centre so the blue edging of the central shape pops a bit more.

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IMPORTANT note about my “patterns”

I’ve seen a lot of comments about the way I write my “patterns”.

My intention is more to write design notes with instructions, often for original techniques like the no-hole corners. This seems to be confusing to those who only crochet following row-by-row instructions. I do apologise for the confusion, but encourage all to read through them first and see what inspiration comes to you.

I’d like to encourage all to think about what they’re crocheting, how it’s put together, how shapes are produced, how colours interact and what else might work - crocheting outside the lines.

A few of my designs have been worked in more than one way - the original Mandala geometric was given some curves. The alternating sized strips log cabin has now been given some curves. Changes to how colour is used can completely change the work.

I’m not sure I’ve produced a piece of crochet that was an exact...

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Traditional Log Cabin blanket

by Justdunny (Toni)

You are welcome to make items from this pattern for your own use. Please do not duplicate, distribute, re-post or copy any of the contents. You are welcome to link to this page.

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All rows begin with chain substituting for the first stitch or a standing stitch. I have used three different squares with slight changes in colour layout. A chart is included in the written instructions.

For the square pictured, I’ve used 8 ply (DK) acrylic yarn with a 4.25 mm (US G) hook.
This pattern does not require a specific tension or yarn, but the size of the square will vary with different materials. 


NOTE – I have used UK terms throughout.

• beg – beginning
• ch - chain
• sl st – slip stitch
• dc – double crochet (US sc)
• tr – treble (US dc)

COLOUR CHART for blocks worked after centre

Please note – all centres are worked in red in the pictured...

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by Justdunny (Toni Andmarc). Please leave some kudos so I know you’ve been here.

Continuing the pattern for the central part - http://justdunnycrochet.svbtle.com/magic-carpet-ride-mandala-experiment-pattern

After squaring off the central mandala, I have continued to increase the size of the blanket. You may stop at any size you desire.

swirly sun mandala frame & outer SIGNED.jpg

Just adjust the number or size of the medallions added at two ends to make the blanket rectangular.

swirly sun mandala medallions joined SIGNED.jpg

There is a picture chart in the pattern that will help with the little white accents added between the medallions.

swirly sun mandala square motifs EDGED CLOSE.jpg


  1. Work one row in PURPLE – (1 tr in next 3, 1 ch, sk 1). You’ll fill the gaps with the next row.
  2. PURPLE – work 1 tr into each tr, 1 dtr into mauve row below in ch gap to end.
  3. MAUVE – 1 tr in each st to end.
  4. MAUVE – start curvy part – 5 dc, 5 tr to end. Rather than counting the number of sts on a...

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Original Mandala variation in progress

by Justdunny (Toni Andmarc). Please leave some kudos so I know you’ve been here.

I’m often asked to fill an order. It’s just not my ball of yarn ;-)

A while ago I was asked to do a blanket in similar colours to the mandala blanket, but with just mitred granny squares. I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

When pressed months later, my response was that I’d try to do a variation of the mandala blanket (I try never to make the same thing twice) and see what came out. It’s been quite a good exercise! There are elements to refine and embellishments for interest.

Here’s a progress shot -

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Will update as go. Often there are changes along the way, but my yarn is limited in these colours, so I don’t have a lot of room to move.
5 July 2014

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