David and I went fishing yesterday. It was kind of slow.
I had time to work on a pink bumpy beanie.
I am using up the scrap from an infinity scarf I just finished. I think I will sell them as a matching set.
I have also been working on Martin’s(my first grandson) Jack o’ lantern granny square afghan. I have one more black square to make then it is on to doing the rest of the orange ones.
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, 7 black square and 4 orange squares done.
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 O O O
O B O B O
O O B O O
B O O O B
O B B B O
O O O O O
Kay(my daughter) 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. Martin and I share October 17th as our birthday. Martin being an October baby and his parents really like Halloween are the reasons for the jack o’ lantern themed afghan.