Give peace a chance

My heart goes out to all those affected by the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which has left 84 dead and many others fighting for their lives. I have an apartment in the city and it has always felt like a safe place – I’ve never felt afraid there even when I have been out at night on my own. However, this latest tragedy just shows that all it takes is one warped individual to wreak havoc and create fear.

President Hollande has tweeted “France is afflicted, grieving but she is strong and will always be more than the fanatics who want to hit her”. As France concludes three official days of mourning I hope with all my heart that all affected by the tragedy can find the courage to remain strong in the face of such hatred and cruelty.

I had to do something, however small, to show my solidarity with all who were in Nice on 14th July so I have crocheted this simple baby blanket in the colours of the Tricolore:

Tricolore

I  found this very useful chart on Pinterest and it seemed fitting to base the sizing of the blanket on the dimensions of a security blanket:

blanketchart

In the end, my security blanket measures 14″ x 20″. I’ve crocheted it in Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK but I think any DK would work. I used 50g each of three colours: Nocturne, Ivory and Poppy.

Using a 4mm hook and Nocturne (blue), chain 70.

Row 1: Work 1 double crochet (dc) into 4th chain from hook, * 1 chain, miss 1 chain, 1 dc into next chain, repeat from * to end, turn.

Row 2: 2 chain (this counts as first dc and first chain space) miss first dc and work 1 dc into first 1-chain space, *1 chain, miss next dc, 1 dc into next 1-chain space. repeat from * to end, working last dc into chain space at edge, turn.

Repeat row 2 until the end of the ball of blue cotton. Change to Ivory and repeat row 2 until this stripe is the same size as the blue stripe. Change to Poppy and repeat row 2 until this stripe is the same size as the ivory stripe. Fasten off. Sew in ends and block gently.

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