Connor’s Blanket Progress All The Way To The Border

Let us start at the beginning. The first three squares were done in the following order.
The first square is a solid granny square by Tamara Kelly from Moogly. I did a total of 11 rounds.

The second square is the Baby Doily Pattern from my 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 is 11 rounds in total also.

The third square is another solid granny square.

These three squares were joined to make the first row of the blanket. Note that squares 1 and 3 switched positions when I joined them. lol Oops!

 

I did square four. The questionable moss stitch/ seed stitch square.

 

At that point in time, the basket weave square was supposed to be square five. I did a couple of rows before I got bored doing this more complex, time-consuming stitch.

 

So I skipped on a head to square six which was the The “Double Rainbow Granny Square” By Melinda Miller from MoCrochet . Which I found in my ebook “How to Crochet Granny Squares: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns “Copyright 2013 by Prime Publishing LLC
Note: I could not find this particular pattern on her website, but she has lots and lots of other very cool squares.

 

When I had finished this square I showed it to my daughter. She really liked it too. She said it would look great as the center of the blanket. I thought about it and agreed that it would be a better center square than the basket weave square. I had done a couple more rows after finishing the rainbow square. I was not looking forward to finishing the basket weave for the above reasons and it was proving to be a yarn hog. I don’t think I had enough yarn to finish it any way. So the basket weave was frogged and the rainbow square became the new number 5 center square.

So after that decision was made I joined the first moss stitch and the rainbow then I crocheted the other moss stitch.

 

 

It was immediately joined to the other two which now form row two.
Rows 1 and two were then joined together.

 

Now I had to decide what to do for row three. I felt I had tried enough new squares. I would stick with the tried and true for row three. I decided to repeat row one but do it the opposite color combos.
Square seven is the opposite of square three which is now in position one.

Square 8 is the opposite of square two. I really like this color combo/order. It reminds me of green mint chocolate chip ice cream or those Ande’s dinner mints.

Square 9 was done the opposite of Square one which is in position three.

 

After all three of these squares were finished they were joined to form row 3.

 

Then that row was joined to row 1 and 2.

 

Well now it is a nice little afghan, but it needs a border to bring it all together. I did want to use all the colors, but no idea what stitches to use. So I just joined the coffee latte in a corner and went with the flow. It turned out that I was doing the beginning row for a Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket by Tamara Kelly from Moogly. I had made Marty’s baby blanket using this pattern. My daughter really likes it because it is so soft. So I guess I was channeling that when I began the border.

 

I had planned to have the blanket done by Thursday morning, life happened and I didn’t finish until that evening. I had to do the finished photos in my room on the bed so the lighting is not very good. I did enhance them in the Windows 10 photo app.I would not have had to if it was not dark by 5:00 pm. The early evening light in my room is perfect for photos. I actually did the finished photo shoot with the rocking chair and teddy bear early (like 1:30am) this morning. So again the lighting was not the greatest.

The final stats for Connor’s Blanket

Started on: September 2018
Finished on: November 15, 2018
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Treble Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0365 Coffee, 0360 Cafe Latte, 0368 Paddy Green, 0406 Medium Thyme, 3620 Glowworm, 3862 Jade,0319 Cherry Red, 0254 Pumpkin, 0324 Bright Yellow, 0886 Blue, 0387 Soft Navy, 0776 Dark Orchid, 0334 Buff, and 0971 Camouflage
Measurements: About 39 x 40 inches

 

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Update on Connor’s Blanket 11/04/2018

 

Now that I am at a stand still in my progress on the squares afghan, I decided to go back to work on Connor’s blanket.
I had worked a few more rows on the basket weave square.

I decided I did not like the stitch for making a square of this size. I also felt that I would not have enough yarn to finish it. This stitch is a yarn hog. The color didn’t really go with the greens and browns color theme either. So the basket weave square was frogged.

 

 

I decided to crochet another moss stitch square like the first one. I will put these on either side of the double rainbow square for the second row. I have joined the first moss stitch square and the rainbow square I have not taken photos yet so the gallery below will give you an idea how it will look.

 

I have also joined the first row of squares together. I have not taken photos of them either so here is another gallery to give you an idea how they look.

 

The third row will again be a solid granny square, the baby doily square, and another solid granny square . The color patterns will be opposite of the first row. The greens will be the centers for the solid squares. The browns the center for the baby doily square.

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. 😀

 

 

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.