Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

Week 5

Posted: February 5, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts
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I am so happy with this week’s project.  It is a blanket for the new baby. This is also probably the largest crochet project I’ve finished yet. I was amazed at how quickly it worked up too.  I was able to finish this after work or weekends in just under 2 weeks. We are keeping everything earth tones for now. So here is my granny square baby blanket.



Week four

Posted: January 29, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts
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This week I was very productive. I finished three projects.


The first was a crochet sackboy that I started a few weeks ago. My husband saw the photos when I first found the tutorial and asked for one. I thought it could be part if his Valentines day present. I started it early fir two reasons. One was the lack of another project. The other was that it was the first three dimensional project I’ve ever done and i wasn’t sure how long it would take me. I am actually very happy with how it came out. He wanted a mouth so I added a little one on in the end.

The second project was also for him. I made him a tiny cuthulu to sit with sackboy in his desk. This worked up much faster. I found the pattern easier to follow and the smaller size let me work him up in a day. Then again the pattern may have been easier because I had already done sackboy. These two now sit with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle penholder I made a few weeks ago. His desk is now officially nerd-tastic.

The third project was for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting their first child in the fall. I found this cute pattern for a door stopper so the latch wouldn’t wake a sleeping baby. They are also easy to remove so the door can close all the way as well. These were such a breeze to whip up, about an hour for me.

All in all a great week for crafting.

Week One

Posted: January 2, 2013 in 52 Weeks, crafts, Crochet
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I finally finished one!

I am so proud of myself right now. I have a bad habit of starting projects and never finishing them. A couple months ago I talked about all the crochet projects I had planned. Well it’s the beginning of a new year and I completed one project finally. I have a couple more that are almost done, but this one is a wrap.

Not only is it the first I’ve finished in a while, but it is also my first infinity scarf. When I first started seeing these I didn’t really like them. Then a friend lent me hers and I started seeing the draw. I think what I like best is the versatility. It can be worn in one loop or two, as a shawl, around your head and probably more I’ve yet to see.

infinity scarf 1 infinity scarf Here are a couple of shots of the finished product. Once I got the pattern down it didn’t take me very long to finish. I tried to simply make a regular scarf and join the ends but had two problems. The first was that I hadn’t bought enough yarn so it was too short for anything. The other problem was that I was working on it while doing other things and messed up my counts so the row lengths were widely different in some places.

So for take two I found a fairly easy pattern and tried to follow that.  I don’t know what happened there but it started off pretty small and just kept getting smaller. So the second attempt got scrapped.

For take three I tried winging it again and it actually worked. I’m putting the basic pattern below. It’s easy to alter for size, color, and yarn type. This is the first time I’ve written a pattern so please send any questions or suggestions to improve.

Row 1 chain 200 (or as many needed to achieve desired length. I wanted mine to be about 5ft long so I had the length to loop it.) Join chain together. Try to avoid twisting the chain.

Row 2 chain 4. Dch in second chain. Chain One. Repeat to end of round. Join with ss.

Row 3 change color. Chain 4. (Dch in second stitch. Chain 1.) Repeat till end of round. Join with ss

Row 4 change color. Chain 4. Dch chain 1 in second stitch. Repeat. Join

Row 5 Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich. repeat till end of row and join with ss.

Row 6 Change colors and complete as row 4

Row 7 Repeat instructions for row 5

Row 8-12 Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row. Join with ss.

Row 13-17 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 18 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 19 Chain 4 (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 20 Change color. Chain 5. (Trch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 21 Chain 4 (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 22 Change color. (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 23 Change color. (Dch chain one) in second stich till end of row and join with ss.

Row 24 Change color. Sch till end of row and join with ss.

Yarn mania

Posted: September 21, 2012 in crafts
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I’m not sure what it is about fall that makes me crave yarn. I’ve  been crocheting, especially granny squares, like made lately. I just bought $25 worth of yarn this morning. I’m making floor pillows, scarves for the whole family, and maybe even some toys just for giggles. I also found a fun pattern for wrist warmers.  I’ll post photos of the projects as I finish them. This is shaping up to be a really busy fall. I can’t wait!

Kids, crochet, and granny squares

Posted: September 13, 2012 in crafts, kids
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It is intriguing to me that some things which were once necessary or highly valued are now nothing more than hobbies or eccentricities. I’m an after school teacher. Right now we’re doing a workshop about yarn and all the things you do with it. Yesterday we were talking about finger knitting. I brought in my knitting and crochet to show them as well. They thought it was cool. When we tried to finger knit I had boys and girls of multiple ages who were interested. I think that we need to at least introduce kids to these old-fashioned crafts to keep them alive and used. These are not a piece of the past I want to forget.
In honor of my students’ new skills I’m posting a link to probably the easiest to understand pattern for a granny square I have found.