Connor’s Blanket

 

I am making a second larger blanket for Connor. The crib blanket I gave him was actually a sale blanket made in 2017 long before he was on his way. I wanted to make him one that was actually made for him.
His brother Marty’s second blanket was made with 6 inch squares to form a jack o’ lantern. I decided I would make Connor’s with large 12 inch Granny Squares(not in a jack o’ lantern pattern though as he was born in May not October). I think I will make nine squares total so it will be a 36 x 36 square. It will be a nice toddler size for cuddling on the couch.
I have completed two squares so far. “Square One” was done using a Solid Granny Square by Tamara Kelly from Moogly
I continued the pattern to 10 rounds, it gave me an even amount of rounds and was close to being 12 inch square. It actually measures 11 1/2 inches.

 

I wanted “Square Two” to be a bit different in the center, but still have the outer rounds be a solid granny square to make joining them easier.
I found this pattern “Baby Doily Décor” in my Kindle eBook “Intermediate Crocheting: Complete Guide to Learning Techniques to Create Crochet Patterns, Hats, and Gloves” By Carling Michaels Copyright 2014 PRICED at $ 2.99 US Dollars on Amazon at the time of this post.
I crocheted the 7 rounds of the doily as instructed then I did the solid granny square pattern around until the whole square was the same size as the first solid square. This square was 11 rounds in total.

 

I had to do some fixing on both of the squares. When I lined them up I noticed the “Square Two” had a couple of noticeably wonky sides. I counted the stitches between the corners starting with the yarn tail in the upper right corner. This is how that stitch count went 39,37,36,39. I ripped the last round back to the first side that was 39 stitches then adjusted the 2nd side by putting “2dc in same stitch” in the last stitch before the corner stitches. The third side I placed “2dc in the same stitch” in the last 3 stitches before the next corner. Now all sides are 39 stitches.
I then decide to take a closer look at “Square One”, its count was a bit off also, but not as bad as “Square Two”. Its stitch count was as follows 39, 40, 39, 38. I ripped the last round back and skipped a stitch on the second side to fix it and added one “2 dc in same stitch” in the last stitch before the corner on the 3rd side. Now all its sides are 39 stitches too.

I have started “Square Three” again using the solid granny square pattern. Except this one I am doing the color pattern opposite of “Square One”, lighter color first, instead of dark first in the center.

 

I want to do different patterns to practice all types of granny squares. I will put the different patterns as the center of the square with solid square pattern around it like I did in “Square Two” or use patterns for squares that are 12 inches to start with.
I have been looking through my Kindle eBook “How to Crochet Granny Squares: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns “Copyright 2013 by Prime Publishing LLC for more ideas for the different kinds of patterns I could use. Oh, by the way the “Solid Granny Square Pattern” by Tamara Kelly from Moogly is also in this Kindle eBook. This a free Kindle eBook on Amazon at the time of this post.
I am leaning towards using the following patterns from the book.

The “Moss Stitch Afghan Square” By: Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet because it would be another solid square that I could use at the corner. It would not need to be surrounded with the solid granny square pattern as it is a 12 inch square pattern to begin with.

The “Dream Catcher Square” By Corina for Stitch11 which would be similar to the “Doily” pattern in that it is circular and more airy. This one would have solid granny pattern around to make it 12 inches.

The “Double Rainbow Granny Square” By Melinda Miller from MoCrochet this pattern is circular but a bit more solid than the Dream Catcher pattern. It also would have the solid granny square pattern around it. Note: I could not find this particular pattern on her website, but she has lots and lots of other very cool squares.

Finally I am pretty sure I am going to use the “Basic Basket Weave Square” also By Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet for the center square of the blanket. I have been wanting to make something using basket weave. This would cross that off my list of stitches to try also it would not be an extremely large project. It would not require solid granny around it as the finished size is 12 inches.

I am using Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight yarn mainly in greens and browns for the colors in the blanket. I think I might use actual rainbow colors for the Double Rainbow Granny Square pattern though.
There are so many combinations I could do with the colors and the patterns. It will take some planning that is for sure. 😀

 

 

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A WIP, A Hippie Beanie and a Frog

Well it is Wednesday again and I am posting about a wip. Yep, definitely something wrong.

I have made good progress on the Coffee Stripe Scarf. I would say I am about half way done. I don’t think I will  make it the 72 inches as called for in the pattern. I think I will stop at 60 or a little more. I have finished the row of bone that you see here, added another row of the coffee stripe, and just started a row of solid coffee.

I started and finished a hippie beanie for my daughter. She liked Martin’s Hippie Beanie so I made her one too. I think I might make one for myself too. I also might do some adjustments to the pattern. The crown on both previous hats have had a cone like top for the first five rounds then it rounds out like a usual beanie. I will try to figure it out.

Project Name: Kay’s Hippie Beanie

Pattern Used: Pattern # 20 Hippie Beanie from
“24 Hours Crochet Hacks: 25 Fast and Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners”
By Emily Rohan Copyright 2015
Started on: 07/17/2018
Finished on: 07/22/2018
Hook Used: E/4- 3.50 mm
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single and Double Crochet
Colors Used: Herrshcners Afghan Yarn 100% Acrylic 2 ply Fine Weight in 0112 Seascape and 0069 Grape Frost
Measurements: Circumference of 22 inches . Crown to edge measures 7 inches when laid flat.
Weight: 7/8 ounces

Moving on to the frog. The yarn used was even green. lol

I found a pattern to make a hat like the one’s worn by Mario in the popular Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers. I followed the pattern to the letter. I counted my stitches carefully. I used stitch markers to mark the start of the repeat this step four times around type of instructions. I got it all finished and it did not look like a Mario hat to me at all. So I ripped the whole thing out. I will study up on the pattern some more. It suggests that you keep your stitches tight and use stiffer yarns. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green. It was soft and pretty loose. I did try to keep my stitches as tight as I could though. We will see I may give it another go.

I also picked up the second sock and did three rows of the cuff.

 

My Orchid Variegated Is Now A Set

I Did Make A Hat to Match My Warmers

I did decide to make a hat that would match my warmers. I wanted to try a new pattern. So I used the one that was on the label of the most recent Red Heart Yarns I purchased. It used some Front Post Double crochet, which is a stitch I have learned to love. I had lots of trouble with this stitch before the light bulb turned on (after watching several Youtube videos) and I finally got it. Now that I do got it, I don’t understand why I had so much trouble with it( I guess I needed the visual aids). Knowing how to do the front post made learning the back post double crochet easier. I was not confused at all. This was the first pattern I have done using this stitch. Here is the hat and its stats.

Project Name: My Orchid Variegated Set – Hat

Pattern Used: Red Heart # LW4647 Ridged Crochet Hat

Designed by: Becky Barker
Started on: 07/11/2018
Finished on: 07/13/2018
Hook Used: J/10- 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet, Front Post Double crochet, Back post Double crochet and single crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight 0530 Orchid and 0776 Dark Orchid
Unlabeled – Purple, blue, green, orange, brown, and maroon variegated
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 7 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Large
Weight: 2 1/8 ounces

Here are a few photos of me modeling my new hat.

I still do not feel like going back to working on the Coffee Stripe Scarf yet.So I started a new beanie for Marty. He likes to wear his chevron beanie I made him to help keep his hair out of his eyes and mouth while he is eating. He doesn’t want Mama to cut it when she asks if she can. So he wears the hat. She said she would like something a little more light weight since it is summer.

I had two patterns that I thought would work to accomplish this. I am using some of my white fingering yarn. I looked at the first pattern it seemed too open. So I checked the second choice. Ok, this one is more to my liking. It is open but the holes are not as big.

I found it in my Kindle Ebook titled “24 Hours Crochet Hacks: 25 Fast and Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners” Pattern # 20 Hippie Beanie
By Emily Rohan Copyright 2013

The pattern calls for a D sized hook. I could not find mine, so I went up to the E/4-3.50 mm hook. Probably a good idea any way Marty has a big head for his age. I am ready to start Round 7 on it. W

When I get the beanie done I think I will give baby Connor’s Sandals another try. I am going to use a bigger hook and at more rounds to the sole before I start building up the sides. I don’t think I will change much on how I did the heels. The ties will also be much longer.

When those are completed maybe just maybe I will go back to the Coffee Stripe Scarf.

 

Square Yesterday, Rectangle Today

 

I have finished the large granny square for upcycling the large canvas bag. I did add some pink and a some variegated pink, purple, white yarn. I am happy with the outcome.

 

I placed it on the bag to see how it fit. It nearly covers the whole thing.

Project Name: Large Granny Square for Upcycling Large Canvas Bag
Pattern Used: Simple Granny Square
Started: 06 /25/2018
Finished: 07/06/2018
Hook Used: I/9-5.50 mm
Colors: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0356 Amethyst, 0530 Orchid, and 0776 Dark Orchid
Herrshcners Baby Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Acrylic Worsted Weight in 1012 Ballerina (Pink) and 2001 Fairy Princess (Variegated Pink, Purple, White)
Measurements: 14 1/2 inches long x 14 1/2 inches wide x 20 inches diagonal

As soon as I finished the square I got started on the rectangle for the back of the bag. I crocheted a chain of 21 and single crocheted in the second chain from hook, crocheted across, chain one turned and single crocheted across. I now had two rows. I then single crocheted 3 in the corner single crocheted in the one end row and 3 single crocheted in other corner. I marked the 2 single crochet of the 3 crochet in corner as from here on out I would be working in the round. I single crocheted across the long side, then repeated the corner end steps, crochet along other long side and slip stitched to beginning corner stitch,no chaining just continues rounds. I continued in this fashion until my rectangle was this size. It is 7 rounds.

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I then began making the granny style stitches. I placed 3 double crochets in the corner single crochet that I had marked, chained one then placed 3 more double crochets in the same corner single crochet. I chained 1, skipped 5 single crochets ( I am working the short end now)placed 4 double crochets in that stitch, skipped 5 stitches and placed 3 double crochets in the marked corner stitch, chained 1, 3 more in the same corner stitch. Working along the long side now, skip 3 stitches, 3 double crochets in next, repeat across to next marked corner stitch repeat corner and the short end like above. Repeat long end stitches over to first corner and slip stitch to join. If it was a round I changed colors I finished off then joined by slip stitch in corner, chained 3 and continued in a granny style stitch fashion. I edged with a round of Half double crochet and was just about finished with the second round of single crochet in the photo below. I used most of the same colors as in the square except the rectangle has no amethyst. I used the last bit of that in the square, so I substituted the last little bit of Lion Brand -Vanna’s Choice 100% Acrylic 4 ply Medium Worsted Weight in 139 Berrylicious

I should finish it up later this evening during movie and crocheting time.

Maybe I will start that self striping yarn scarf next. 🙂

Baby Sandal Attempt # 1

 

I decided to go ahead with a trial attempt baby sandal Wednesday evening after posting that was one of my ideas for a project. I found my BABY BOOTIES pattern from my Kindle Ebook:
Beginner’s Guide to Crochet Patterns by Emily Nelson copyright 2013 Location 1499
I got this book in a free promotion for a 3 book bundle on Amazon.The bundle is now priced at $4.99 US dollars.
I thought this pattern  would give me a good base for making a sole for the sandal. I used a F/5 – 3.75 mm hook.
I did Rounds 1 – 2a of the pattern.

With wrong side facing , I found the middle of one end of the sole and counted 6 to the right, this formed the base for the heel, slip stitched to join then half double crochet in the front loop only of the next 10 stitches. -10
Chained 1, turned, Single crochet across. -10
Chained 1 turned. Single crochet 2 together, Single crochet next 6 stitches, Single crochet 2 together. -8
Chained 1 turned. Single crochet 2 together, Single crochet next 4 stitches, Single crochet 2 together. -6
Chained 20, Slip stitched back down the chain and over the 6 single crochet of the heel then chained 20 and slip stitched back down this chain to the heel slip stitched to join. Fastened off.
Slip stitched to join new color by heel tie single crochet around whole sandal to the other tie. Fastened off
In making the top foot cover I first tried slip stitching to the side chained 8 then slip stitched to other side. Changed colors and single crocheted to the chain across to other side. This did not work as I thought it would. It was too fidley. So I unraveled that.

I thought maybe just make a small square of fabric then attach it to the sides with single crochet. I did a chain of 10 and did a row then changed colors and did 2 rows of it, then changed colors again and did 2 rows of that and fastened off. I then slip stitched to join an end to the side of sandal and single crocheted across to end of fabric, Fastened off. Repeated for the other side. I was happy with the results.

I went to my daughter’s on Thursday morning so I brought the sandal along. She tried the sandal on Connor. Alas it was too small. He is only 5 weeks old now and was to big for a newborn size bootie. I should have known he would take after his dad and big brother and have big feet. Good thing I only did get the one made.

I can now make more modifications and make an actual pair. I will need a bigger hook, maybe I will skip over my G/6-4.25 mm hook and go straight to the H/8- 5.00 mm hook. I might also add one more round to the sole before I start forming the side. I think the heel portion probably can stay the same. I also need to make the chain for the ties longer. They were not long enough to tie around the ankle on this attempt.

So what has become of the too small sandal? I have tied it to my book bag handle for a cute little decoration. 🙂