Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lap Throw




I made this throw from a pattern in Vanna White's Color it Beautiful Afghans (pg 32). I changed the colors and the striping sequence to suit my own taste! This is such an easy pattern to follow. I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in "Navajo Ombre" and "Dark Country Blue". It is made using 2 strands of yarn held together and an "N" hook so it works up quickly!

Vanna's book can be purchased here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moonlight Mohair Scarf



I found this awesome yarn at Big Lots for $1.50 a skein and I thought that it would make a beautiful scarf and I was right!

Finished size for this project: 7 in (18cm) x 55 in (140 cm)


Moonlight Mohair Scarf pattern:


3 balls Lion Brand Yarn Moonlight Mohair in "Rainbow Falls" (or any #5 bulky yarn)
Size "K" crochet hook

Chain 21

Row 1: sk 2 ch (count as 1 hdc), 1 hdc into next and each ch to end, turn. (20 hdc).

Row 2: 2 ch (count as 1 hdc), sk first st, 1 hdc into next and each st to end working last st into top of turning ch, turn

Repeat row 2 until all 3 balls are used (or to desired length). Finish off. Hide any loose ends.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby Stuff

Here are a couple of my favorite baby sweaters. I did not design them so I will show where the patterns can be found.

This first one I have made several times because it is so adorable. This one was made with Red Heart Soft Baby in "Kitten" and "Powder Yellow".



It can be found in this publication leaflet by Coats and Clark:




My other favorite was designed by Kelly at Bella Bambina. I have also made this several times. This one was made with Caron Simply Soft Shadows in "Soft Merino". I love the self-striping effect. This sweater buttons in the back which makes it easier to put over baby's head.



This pattern can be found at Bella Bambina.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My Favorite Crochet Links

Here are some links to some of my favorite crochet websites.


Crochet Pattern Central - Has numerous patterns that are well-organized

Bella Bambina - She has patterns for the cutest baby sweaters (and are very easy!)

Ravelry - Has loads of patterns and other helpful things

Bev's Country Cottage
- Has lots of great baby patterns

Coats and Clark
- The makers of Red Heart yarn have awesome free patterns

Lion Brand Yarn
- They have a lot of free patterns that I love

Friday, March 13, 2009

Gingham Baby Blanket


Gingham Baby Blanket

I forgot to measure it before I gave it away as a present but it's a perfectly sized square baby blanket. I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby which made it perfectly soft!

Yarn: worsted weight yarn
Color A: Hot Rose
Color B: Pink
Color C: White

Size "I" crochet hook

Stripe sequence, Strip1 (make 4): 12 rows A, 12 rows B, 12 rows A, 12 rows B, 12 rows A, 12 rows B, 12 rows A.

Stripe sequence, Strip2 (make 3): 12 rows B, 12 rows C, 12 rows B, 12 rows C, 12 rows B, 12 rows C, 12 rows B.

Strip ins:
Ch 16

Row 1: sk 2 ch (count as 1 hdc), 1 hdc into next and each ch to end, turn. (15 hdc).

Row 2: 2 ch (count as 1 hdc), sk first st, 1 hdc into next and each st to end working last st into top of turning ch, turn

Repeat row 2 for a total of 12 rows. Change color according to stripe sequence.

Finishing:

Whipstitch strips together alternating strips 1 and 2 using color B.
Rd 1: Join color B in any stitch on the edge, ch 2, hdc in next st and evenly around with 3 hdc in the corners. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.
Rd 2: Ch 2, hdc in next st and in each hdc around with 3 hdc in the corners. Join with sl st to top of ch 2, finish off. Hide all ends.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Circle in a Square Block

Circle in a Square Block

Small version: using H hook and 1 strand worsted weight yarn = 4 inches (10 cm)
Large version: using N hook and 2 strands worsted weight yarn = 6 inches (15 cm)

With color A, ch 4 join with slst in first st to form a ring.

Rd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc 15 st in ring (16 dc), join to top st of beg ch 3.

Rd2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around (32 dc), join to top st of beg ch 3. Change to color B

Rd3: ch 2, hdc in next 2 st, dc in next st, shell in next st (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), dc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, dc in next st, shell in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, dc in next st, shell in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next 5 st, dc in next st, shell in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, join to top of ch 2, finish off.