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Puffed Baby Blanket & Pattern

Well, well, look who’s finally decided to show up. 🙂 I’ve been incognito for some time now and lots has happened since my last post.. most of it unpleasant so I won’t get into it (save you all some tears). Along with life changing events, I did do a bit of crafty stuff as well… A baby blanket for friends. It’s their very first baby and it’s going to be a girl! Super exciting news. Here’s it is..

 

The pic isn’t so great (what’s new, right?) but the grey and pink is oh so sweet!

And here’s the pattern for anyone who’s interested.

Hook: H/8 – 5.00 MM

Yarn: I Love This Yarn

Yarn Colors:

Grey = Color#/Name# 201-Greybeard

Pink= Color#/Name# 100 pink
Body of the Blanket
Row 1- Ch 129, plus 2 sc, turn; working in both loops, in fifth ch from hook *(sc, 2 dc) into next sc, skip 2, (sc, 2 dc) into next sc. Repeat from * until three stitches are remaining. Skip two stitches, sc in last stitch. Turn.
Row 2- Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc from here and on out), dc in second sc from hook, dc into next sc and into all sc until you reach the end. Turn.
Row 3- ch 2, in fifth sc from hook *(sc, 2 dc) into next sc, skip 2, (sc, 2 dc) into next sc. Repeat from * until three stitches are remaining. Skip two sc, sc in last loop. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 forty-seven times.
fasten off.

Border
Fasten on with new color at left-hand side of top of blanket. Sc in both loops around entire blanket with foundation stitch of 4 ch, plus 4.
Row 1- 1 sc into second ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end, turn.
Row 2- ch 1, 1 sc into first sc and into each sc to end, turn.
Row 3- ch 1, 1 sc into first sc, skip next sc, 5 dc into next sc, *skip next sc, 5 dc into next sc, skip next sc, 1 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end.
fasten off.

Flowers (Make 4)

With original color ch 2. Sc in 2nd chain from hook 12 times. Fasten off.

With second color fasten on. * Sc in first ch, 5 dc in next st, 1 sc. * repeat until five petals are are made. (for the one slightly bigger flower I squeezed in 6 petals).
Fasten off.
With matching tread sew flowers to blanket.

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Polka Dot or Bulls-eye Sweater

So, my planning paid off and Goose’s Polka Dot, or as I call it Bulls-eye, sweater is finally complete.

Actually, it’s been complete for a while… I’m having a hard time keeping up-to-date with this blog. I used to be johnny-on- the-spot.. now, I’m not as interested. I think Pinterest is the problem.

Anyway, I went with crochet rather than knitting, and I left off the sleeves. It was super easy to make. First, I made a simple circle using this pattern.

I used an H hook and changed my yarn color whenever I felt it needed it.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ea = each
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

To Begin: Chain 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in first sc, to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, (sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (24 sc)

Additional Rnds: For each new round, add 1 extra sc stitch to the number of sc stitches between increases (an increase is done by making 2 sc in one stitch). For example, round 5 would have 3 sc between increases then round 6 would have 4 sc between increases and so on.

When finished, end off. Weave in ends.

Throughout this process I held my work up to Goose’s back and measured my progress. Once I thought it was ready for the arm holes I marked the openings with small scraps of yarn.. like this…making sure they are even in number of stitches.. I had 14 on each side.


Then, I began my next round of stitches at the point that will fall just under the arm. Continue with that pattern. When you get to your next marker (just under the other arm) make a chain stitch of 14 (or the number equal to your arm holes), then go back to sc and finish with the pattern until you feel your sweater is the right size (I finished my last 2 rows with fringe yarn).  Add a tie to the front and you’re done.

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Puff-Sleeved Cardigan

I’m ecstatic to finally have this sweater done! (It’s taken me 3 weeks just to sew the buttons on.) I bought the book, The Crochet Closet (Leisure Arts #4800) by Lisa Gentry, about a year ago. (The last I checked it was on sale for only $13.63 – awesome deal!!)

I’ve admired the sweater on the cover for so long. My first two attempts were a bust, at no fault of the pattern. I have issues… Meaning: I’m much too lazy to count.

Anyway, In my first attempt I was 3/4 of the way finished with the body of the sweater when I noticed this…

What in the world! So, I pulled it all out and started again.

In my second attempt I was completely finished with the body of the sweater when I noticed this…

What in the world! So, I pulled it all out and started again.

The third and final time I smartened up and counted – most of the time. You know, old dog..new tricks. 🙂 Did I mention I hate to count?

I’m happy with the finished garment. I think it’s really cute and will look nice with a long sleeve T underneath, a pair of faded jeans, and some flats. Perfect for Fall.

It’s a very simple pattern.. consisting of only single and double crochet stitches. Very doable for those with a few crochet projects under their belt – especially if you don’t mind counting. 🙂

Book: The Crochet Closet (Leisure Arts #4800) by Lisa Gentry
Pattern: Puff-Sleeved Cardigan
Yarn: Canon – Simply Soft – Sage 4 balls

Note to self – if you make this sweater again go with one size smaller. Also, pattern uses every inch of the yarn required.

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Planning My Next Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Okay, so I found a free pattern for this adorable Polkadot sweater by Berroco and immediately wanted to make it for Goose. It’s a little more her style than mine.. you know, cool – not embarrassing.. So I thought I might stand a chance at getting her okay. And sure enough, she liked it!! I’m excited!

But first, I must finish my current project. Another sweater. It’s embarrassing – not cool. This one is for me. 🙂

It’s been a few months in the works, very slow works, but hopefully I’ll have it finished soon. Trust me when I say, I’m tired of looking at the color sage (I’ll explain later).

Also, I’ll have to study the Polkadot pattern and up it to a size 10. Currently it goes to a size 8. It’s also a knit pattern. I prefer crochet.. so I might change that too. We’ll see.

It’s gonna be cute though!!! I can’t wait!

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Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell


Sorry, I’m running a little behind on my picture taking.. Finished this summer shell a week or so ago. The pattern was super easy to follow and the end result fits my shape well…  you know, pear shape :). Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell is one that I will definitely keep in my favorites file.

Summer has started on a nice and peaceful note. I have adequate time for myself and family and I plan to enjoy it to its fullest. Posts will, more than likely, remain short and sweet (unless of course I have something to say. 🙂 ). Maybe this will be the summer of pictures??

Here’s to a fabulous summer for both me and YOU! Enjoy it, because it’ll be gone in a flutter of your lashes.

Free Pattern: Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell
Yarn: Caron – Simply Soft (2 skeins)
Color: Iris

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Not So Lacy Jacket

Fast and simple projects are all I can fit into my days at the moment. But I wanted/needed a light sweater to cover my shoulders and keep me from getting cold when stepping from outside to inside. (I’ve been told that restaurants purposely keep their temps a little chilly so that their turnover is higher, and I believe it!)


This little sweater does just the trick. I crocheted it using my choice yarn of these days: Simply Soft from Caron. It hangs nicely and has just the right weight for summer. I also used the bones of the FREE Lacy Jacket pattern from Caron..
leaving off the fancy lace, and finishing it with a simple shell stitch.

Fast and simple, and just enough to keep the restaurant chill off.

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Repurposed CD Holder

I’ve mentioned a few times that I work in radio. One tool of the trade is CDs.. and lots of them. Because of this, I have a few of these things hanging out in my office.

Every time I empty the CDs from one I think there must be something I can do with this. Last week during lunch, while I was winding my yarn, it came to me…

comic of Nataliedee

A yarn caddy. Yes!! Duh!

So, I took it down to the office of one of the few “manly” men that I work with and had him cut the rod out of it with his pocket knife.

Then I took it home, because the cut left the hole jagged.

A few days later, when I remembered, I headed out to the garage to pilfer thru my husbands tools until I found this file..

I filed for a minute or two until everything was smooth. Then I threw in my ball of yarn, threaded it thru the now smooth hole and tada…

My new yarn caddy!

Love it! It works perfectly.. and the cat can’t get to it, which is always a plus.

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