I finally finished the baby blanket after a total restart and a small set back in the new design. I think this finished size will be perfect for covering and using in a car seat or for a bassinet blanket. I left it this size because I did not have enough of each color to […]
Baby Blanket Set Back and Moving Forward I have been working alot on the baby blanket. Last week I posted my progress with these photos. Later that day I picked it up again, I was crocheting away when I noticed that my stitches seemed really loose and the edges were growing. I counted my […]
There’s really no wool, just sounded good with all the other “W” words.
The wind is really blowing this morning! There have been some really big gusts that shake the old mobile home.
So I had to keep a tight grip on my WIP’s to take these photos.
I am still working on the simply soft puppy print baby blanket. I have not gotten bored with it enough to send it into hibernation. It is because I like the new stitch pattern I am using now. It better suits this yarn. The wavy stitch had single crochet and half double crochet in it. This made it difficult to keep them loose so I could fit the hook in the next row.
I have gotten quite a bit done. I think at 13 inches it is about half done. I think it will make a good bassinet blanket or fit nicely over a car seat.
I did start a new hat, so I can take small breaks from the blanket. I am trying to find projects that I can use up my retired, discontinued yarns that I have bought at my local thrift store. These older yarns tend to be a bit rough, so I wanted them used with like yarns rather than the newer lines of yarn. They are all old Red Heart lines such as wintuk and caress which is a brushed yarn. It is soft but it is really fuzzy. Also if I remember correctly it shrinks when dried too long or too hot in the dryer. I used it in a beanie with other yarns and it shrunk up and really fuzzed out so you could not even see the stitches. I guess you could say it felted. If I miss a stitch and have to rip it back the little fuzzies get tangled making it a pain to do so.
The beanie is about half-finished. I am using the Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie Pattern designed by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. I decided not to make the heart graph in it though. I just want to make a nice warm beanie. This front post double crochet beanie does just that. This is the only color of this brushed yarn I have and as I said I wanted to keep like yarns together of these older yarns.
Yarn Stats for the beanie. Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn 3 oz/ 185 grams in 281 Rust.
I have 2 skeins of it so this beanie was a good fit as it does use a bit of yarn. I would not have to worry about running out before I finished the beanie. I am still on the first skein. If it doesn’t use up all of this first skein, I am thinking of making some matching mittens as I will have a whole other skein to work those with.
I still have not found the motivation to sew the liner for the Blue Market bag.
Designed by Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite
There is no rush to get that done.
The Skrappy Triangle Shawl
Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
is back hibernating now that I have used up
the small balls of scrap from my stash.
And that wraps up this Wild Wooly Windy WIP’s Wednesday!
NOT THIS KIND
THE CROCHETING KIND! 😛
After frogging ” THE PENCIL CASE”, my intrest in it was renewed along with the fresh start when I decided to give it a point. So I finished it straight away. Oh, by the way I used the entire paper towel tube, I didn’t remove a piece as per the pattern, when I cut it.
Project Name: Pencil Looking Pencil Case
Pattern Used: Crochet Pencil Case
Incorporated: Halloween Treat Bag
Both Designed by: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots .com
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and SC back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled Scrap Balls of black, peach and pink.
Other Materials: Paper towel tube and a 1/2 inch diameter Neon Yellow Button
Measurements: 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.
I have also finished crocheting the Blues Market Bag/Purse. Now I just need to find the motivation to get the sewing machine out to do the liner.
Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished on: 03/07/2017 crochet
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue, 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 12 inches wide base is 3 inches x 11 inches
I found a few more balls of scrap going through my stashed yarn. So I was able to add 2 1/2 rows to the Skrappy Triangle Shawl. It now has a section of Christmasy rows.
Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish .blogspot .com
I also finished two hats. The first one is a baby/toddler summer bucket hat in blue variegated yarns. I used my children’s size pattern, but because I crochet on the tight side and variegated yarn tends to crochet up smaller the circumfernce was more suitable for average head sizes of baby/ toddlers from 6 to 18 months of age.
Project Name: Child’s Multi-Blues Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat
Designed by: Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs . com
Started on: 03/07/2017
Finished on: 03/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single, Half double, Double Crochet and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 814 Robin Blue Knit and Crochet Yarn
Vonnel 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight Pop n’ Yarn in 605 Blue/White (Variegated)
Kitten Spun Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/Dark Blues Ombre Knitting
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Children’s 6 to 18 months
The other hat was this black bowler hat for Martin.
Project Name: Martin’s Bowler Hat
Pattern Used: Mini Brim Hat
Designed by Dianna Judge from Artsy Daisy Crochet . com
Started on: 03/10/2017
Finished on: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Super Saver 8 oz. in 633 Dark Sage for hat band.
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 7 inches when laid flat. Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 1 inch wide when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler size was made by only doing 20 rounds then doing the brim.
I made it to match the one I made for his daddy, Justin.
I had to make a dark sage hat band for Justin’s too. He did not like the neon colored one that was crocheted right into the hat. The reason I just made a hat band for Martin’s is I didn’t have two skeins of this color yarn to hold two strands together. So both hats have removeable bands.
Another way to get things off your WIP’s list is to frogg the project, so I decided to frogg the wavy blue green baby blanket.
I was not liking how it was coming along. I only have one ball of the puppy print and I think I was over using it in the stripe pattern. After I got it all ripped out, I decided to crochet a blanket using the pattern I am using for the light and airy spring scarf. I also have a better idea what I will be doing for the stripe pattern. So actually a baby blanket is still in the WIP’s but just in a new form. 😀
Speaking of the light and airy scarf I decided to frogg it also. I liked the pattern, but I realized that I did not have enough different variegated blue and no variegated pinks to do the color stripe pattern I wanted. I plan to start this project again. I will be finding yarn that I have enough of to complete what I have in mind the next go round. 🙂
And An Old WIP
I saw this pattern on All Free Crochet for a Double Diamond Baby Blanket it gave me ideas for making my first granny square blanket. I had found a similar granny square pattern in the following Kindle e-book “How to Crochet 16 Quick & Easy Granny Square Patterns” I chose the Solid Granny Square pattern by Tamara Kelly from Moogly. This is a free pattern book. I was having trouble with the written directions for both of these patterns, so I found this Youtube video “How To Crochet A Solid Granny Square For Beginners” by Bella Coco . It is a different technique than the one given in the blanket pattern and the one by Tamara Kelly. I was able to understand it and follow along. I did go to Tamara’s blog and found a video tutorial for her pattern. I now understood her directions after seeing her video, but I had already had six squares made using Bella Coco’s technique. No need to change boats in mid stream. So I read 3 different patterns and watched videos for 2 of them so there is more than one way to make a solid granny square. I picked the one that worked for me. 🙂
I am going to make it in orange, black, and green. I will arrange the squares in a jack o’ lantern pattern. It will have 6 rows of 5 squares each. I am using a H/8 – 5.00 mm hook and Double crochet stitch, and slip stitch. I have the one green square, one black square and 4 orange squares done. That completes the first row.
This is the layout for the rows.
O = 255 Burnt orange Red Heart Hand Knitting
G = 0368 Paddy green Red Heart Super Saver
B = 0312 Black Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo
O O G O O
O O O O O
O B O B O
B O O O B
O B B B O
Kay gave me some greyish/black fleece material that will make a perfect backer for it. I have looked at a couple of videos on different ways to join the squares just to get some ideas about that. I still have plenty of time for researching the best method for me. It will be for Martin’s 1st birthday present from me.
I have also been working on another WIP.
Do you remember this ole thing?
This is the hooded scarf I started back in December.
I have been working on it off and on between small projects.
I think I am down to my last 5 rows.
I then will flip-up the last 6 – 8 inches of the scarf part to make the pockets.
I think I will work on it steady now and maybe have it finished in about a week or so.
My daughter really liked Martin’s baby blanket that I crocheted for him. She really liked the stitch that I used.
The pattern is Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket by Tamara Kelly
She liked it so much she wished I could make a beanie that would match the blanket. Well not long after she had told me that. I was surfing the internets when lo and behold I found the link to the beanie pattern. So I got right on making a beanie.
This was made to match his blanket.
Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanies by Tamara Kelly
I didn’t use the brim for this pattern I did 4 rows of single crochet to match the edging on his blanket.
When I dropped off the beanie, my daughter said she really liked it. Also this beanie actually fit Martin properly. The pumpkin beanie was a bit small and his Santa hat was a tad big. This one was just right. (Kinda sounds like we are in Goldilocks and the Three bears there doesn’t it. LOL) So now she wants a beanie in this pattern for herself. Good thing Tamara has the adult pattern too! It might be a while before I get to it though.
I finished it in the afternoon of November 16, 2015.
I forgot to write down what day I actually started it.
The Blanket Stats
The pattern I used was Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket by Tamara Kelly
The yarn is all Caron Simply Soft 6 oz./ 170.1 g , 315 yds/288 m skeins of 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted.
The colors are:
9712 Soft Blue
9784 Cobalt Blue
9608 Blue Mint
9508 Charcoal Heater
The edging is 2 rows of single crochet of cobalt blue, blue mint, and charcoal heather. I didn’t use the white in the border per request of my daughter, Kay.
The final measurements are 35 1/2 inches by 27 1/2 inches.
I got my baby blanket project bag out and laid it on the bed.
I left the room to do something and come back to this.