Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lily Pond Round Ripple Lap Afghan

I first saw the pattern for this gorgeous afghan designed by Monica Kennedy a couple years ago and immediately added it to my must-make list. The free pattern can be found here. Unfortunately I had several projects that had to come first so it stayed on the list for a LONG time.  A few weeks ago I happened to walk down the clearance aisle at Walmart and discovered the variegated yarn in the pattern there.  So I bought several skeins so they didn't run out before I had a chance to make this afghan.  I rarely actually follow the exact colors used by the designers when I find a pattern I really like, but for this one this particular colorway really adds to the watercolor effect.

I made a few modifications but mainly followed the pattern pretty closely.  One of the modifications I made was to add a chain-1 between the corner dc-clusters on round 2 of each granny square so I could join the granny squares as I went along and avoided a lot of sewing.  I also used a size K crochet hook instead of L.

I'll definitely be making this afghan again, possibly in other color combinations.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Love Yarn Day

My daughter crocheting

It's I Love Yarn Day!  How are you celebrating?  I gave my 8-year-old her first crochet lesson.  Actually, we started out with a knitting lesson.  She understood what she was supposed to do, but holding the yarn and the needles and not losing her live stitches was causing a little problem.  So we decided to hold the knitting lesson for another day and switch to crochet.  Then she didn't have so many loose stitches to worry about.

Closeup of my daughter crocheting
She did really well and ended up making a scarf for her Barbie dolls with very little help from me.  The first words out of her mouth after "Look Mom!  I'm done with the scarf!" were "That was fun!  Can I make a Barbie blanket now?"  So she's now working on a blanket for Barbie.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Girls Granny Poncho

Last week my daughter was shivering as we were waiting for the morning bell to ring at school.  It was one of those mornings where it was not quite cold enough for the winter coat but a sweatshirt and windbreaker weren't quite warm enough.  I decided it was time to make her a poncho for those cooler days.  She calls it her "blanket with a hole for her head." :)

I searched Ravelry for a cute but quick-to-make poncho pattern and this is what I found.  Several people had commented that the neck opening was too big, so to account for this I made the smallest size and then just added more rows to make it long enough for my daughter.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Chocolate, Plum Wine, Soft Pink and White and used less than 1 skein of each color. (Probably 1/2 to 3/4 of each color.)  The color pattern I used was as follows:
Row 1: Chocolate
Row 2: Plum Wine
Row 3: Soft Pink
Row 4: White
Row 5: Soft Pink
Row 6: Plum Wine
Row 7: Chocolate
Row 8: Plum Wine
Row 9: Soft Pink
Row 10: White
Row 11: Soft Pink
Row 12: Plum Wine
Row 13: Chocolate
Row 14: Plum Wine
Row 15: Soft Pink
Row 16: White
Row 17: Soft Pink
Row 18: Plum Wine
Row 19: Chocolate
Row 20: Plum Wine
Row 21: Soft Pink
Row 22: White
Row 23: Soft Pink
Row 24: Plum Wine
Row 25: Chocolate

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pink Stripes Baby Afghan Pattern

Pink Stripes Baby AfghanI've had several requests for the pattern for the Pink Stripes Baby Afghan that I posted a couple years ago so here it is.  It's a very simple and fast project.  The gauge isn't real important for this afghan.  You can make it larger or smaller by either changing the hook size or increasing/decreasing the number of chains in multiples of 3.  As written this comes out to be about 28 x 35 inches.  You can make it wider simply by working more rows.  As it is, it's a good size for bringing along on outings or to use on the floor as a playmat.

You'll need medium worsted weight yarn (yarn category "4") in three different shades - light (Color A), medium (Color B), dark (Color C).  For this one I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  I don't remember what the exact colors were called, but I used not quite a full skein of each in white, light dusty rose, and dark rose.  I used a size I crochet hook.

Closeup of Pink Stripes Baby AfghanAbbreviations: Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

With Color A, ch 100.
(Ch 65 for 18" long premie or doll afghan. Ch 118 for 42" long baby afghan.)
Row 1:  2 dc in fourth ch from hook, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch as last sc, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in last sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space, sc in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across.

Rows 3-4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5:  Change to Color B.  Repeat Row 2.

Pink Stripes Baby Afghan - full viewRow 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7:  Change to Color C.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 8:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: Change to Color A.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 11: Change to Color B.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 12:  Repeat Row 2.

Continue repeating Row 2, working 2 rows of each color in stripe sequence established (Color A, then B, then C) until afghan is about 2" less than desired width, ending with Color A.  Work 3 more rows with Color A.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

Turn afghan around and join Color A with a sc in last sc (on the opposite side of the beginning chain).  Ch 2, 2 dc in same sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space.  Repeat from * to the end of the row.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

If you make this afghan I'd love to see a picture of it!  If you have any questions please let me know.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Larry's Cabled Crewneck Sweater

My brother-in-law Larry wears lots of sweaters so when I saw this pattern on the Vogue Knitting website I knew I had to make it for him for Christmas.

The pattern is pretty well-written and easy to follow.  The only real tricky part is following three cable charts at once.  However, I got used to that pretty quickly.

To speed up the process a little and to make sure the sleeves were the same length I did them both at the same time and worked back and forth on a circular needle.  As I was working on the front I had the thought that it would be much faster to make the body of the sweater in the round on circular needles.  However, as I was attaching the sleeves I realized why the pattern is written with the front and back separate.  It's much easier to set in the sleeves when you can lay the front and back out flat so I'm glad I made it as written.

One note on fitting the sleeves: make sure you measure the shoulder length of the person who will be wearing the sweater before making the sleeves.  Since it's a drop shoulder, the sleeves could end up being a little long if the shoulder length isn't taken into consideration first.  Overall I enjoyed this pattern and will most likely make it again.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Molly's Teddy Bear

This is the teddy bear that I made for my daughter's friend Molly for her birthday.  I probably would have chosen a different color, but I let my daughter pick out the yarn and she liked the combination of the purples, greens and white. The yarn I used is Red Heart Super Saver in Grape Ivy.

Molly loves her teddy bear and decided to name it Carly. :)

If you'd like to make one yourself you can find the pattern on Ravelry here.  The pattern was a little confusing in a few places, but if you have any experience with making amigurumi crochet animals you can probably figure it out fairly quickly.  I modified the pattern slightly and eliminated the flower as well as the buttons on the arms and legs.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ellie's Baby Elephant

Lately my daughter has been invited to several birthday parties.  Instead of buying her friends gifts I let her pick out a stuffed animal pattern and I've made them.

This is the baby elephant I made for my daughter's friend Ellie.  I found the pattern for free on Ravelry here if you'd like to make one yourself.  It's a pretty quick pattern if you're familiar with amigurumi crocheted patterns. It could be made in pretty much any color you like.  Ellie's was made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Lt. Blue.

Monday, October 31, 2011

How To Do A Cable Cast-On

Most knitters have a preferred method of casting on.  I personally like to do a long-tail cast on whenever possible.  I've seen many patterns that call for a cable cast-on but I could never really get the hang of it.  Ok, I'll be honest - I didn't really give it much of a chance until now.

I found a pretty detailed picture tutorial that explains how to do a cable cast-on a little better than I've seen it in the past.  You can find it at The Making Spot here.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Snowtracks Cap and Scarf Custom Order

Recently I had a custom order request for the Snowtracks Cap and Scarf that I have in my Etsy shop with a few modifications.  I thought others would be interested to see the finished hat and scarf so here they are.  (Sorry about the dark picture.  The weather hasn't been cooperating lately and this was about the best lighting I could get before I shipped them out.)

The customer requested 100% wool with the cap in red with a rolled-up brim and the scarf in natural.  I had quite the time trying to find a reasonably-priced wool yarn that came in both red and natural.  What I found and ended up using is Patons Classic Wool.  I used 1 ball in Bright Red for the hat and about 1 1/2 balls in Aran for the scarf.

If you'd like to make these yourself you can find the Snowtracks Cap pattern here and the Snowtracks Scarf pattern on my blog here.  I also welcome custom orders.  If you'd like either the cap, scarf, or both made for you please contact me and I'll be happy to work with you to create something beautiful for you.  These make great gifts!  Be sure to order early, since the busy (or should I say *crazy*) Holiday crafting season is starting. :)

Kaitlyn's Tunic Sweater Finished

After putting my daughter's tunic sweater down for a while to work on some other projects, I finally picked it up again and finished it yesterday!  Yeah! 

I think it turned out really cute and she loves it!  In fact, she wore it to Sunday School right after it was finished.  If you'd like to make one yourself, you can find the pattern on the Caron yarn website here.  If you'd like one made for you please contact me.  I'll be happy to work with you to create a beautiful sweater for the lovely girl in your life!