Saturday, January 4, 2014

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A New Year And A New Pattern!

Soft Bobbles Baby Blanket.

Crochet baby blankets are very popular and there are so many out there! Here's a little pattern for you to whip up for the newborn in your life. This pattern is very simple and very easy to make.

There are many on the web that are very similar to this and thus is how I got my inspiration to make my own! I actually used a dish cloth pattern and turned it into a baby blanket.

I'm not perfect at making crochet patterns but I hope all the information any crocheter would need is in here!

Hook Size: H8
Gauge: 1” across cluster
Measures: 32” wide by 24-26” long (sizes vary by crafter)
Supplies: 2 skeins each of three contrasting yarns.

Ch 122

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and across

Row 2: ch 1, *(sc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next sc, sk next 3 sc, repeat from * across, sc in last sc

Row 3: ch 3, 4 dc in 1st sc, *(sc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in next ch2sp, repeat from * across, sc in last sc

Repeat row 3 until 34” or desired length.

Friday, November 22, 2013

-CROCHET- Acrylic Versus Cotton

Acrylic or Cotton? What to use!? This is a subject that is widely debated among crocheters. I would like to share with you my own perspective.

There are pros and cons to each yarn type. Cotton they say is more absorbent and many people prefer to use cotton in all their cleaning. I personally have a hard time finding a 'soft' cotton, because I would prefer to use cotton for Spa Wash Cloths. Lily Sugar 'N Cream is just too rough in texture, even after being washed. So I use it to make Pot Holders- which is a must. You shouldn't really use Acrylic yarn for pot holders because of the temperature ranges. Acrylic yarn can melt if too hot, whereas cotton will not. Lily Sugar 'N Cream has many colors to choose from, including some variegated to make for a nicely colored piece without having to change yarn!

crochet pot holders

crochet pot holders

For dish cloths, I like to use Acrylic, especially Bernat Super Saver yarn. The acrylic texture provides just enough roughness for scrubbing your dishes. I have discovered a stitch pattern that makes the soap lather up nicely and last! It also provides enough space to allow the cloth to dry without souring. I also find myself using half the soap as with using a regular kitchen sponge. 

So there you have it! Acrylic for my dish cloths and cotton for pot holders and eventually a soft cotton for spa wash cloths! Here are the patterns!

Perfect Pot Holders: Free Crochet Pattern

Perfect Pot Holders

Double-thick, perfect pot holders! Made with cotton yarn. This pattern may be somewhere else on the internet, in a different context, but here is mine for the way I make my pot holders.

crochet pot holder

ch 27
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st sc, *hdc in next sc, sl st in next sc*, repeat * to * across, sc in last sc, ch 1 turn

Row 3: sc in 1st sc, *hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc*, repeat * to * across, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is square. Make two and then using a steel yarn needle and the same yarn used for making them, combine them using an overcasting stitch.

crochet pot holder

The Ideal Dish Cloth: Free Crochet Pattern

The Ideal Dish Cloth
Crochet Dish Cloth Pattern

ch 26
Row 1: sc in second stitch from hook and across

Row 2: sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc) to the end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in 1st st (dc in empty ch of row below, sc in next sc) across to end. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: sc in 1st st (ch 1, sk dc, sc in sc) to the end. Ch 1, turn

Row 5: sc in 1st sc (dc in empty space of row below, sc in next sc) across to end. Ch 1, turn

Repeat rows 4 and 5 to the desired size. Mine finished out at 7 3/4" square!

I make mine using acrylic yarn because I like the scritchy texture!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

No Posts on Crochet In A Month

I just wanted to say that I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in over a month. I recently gained employment and I'm a little out of the crocheting mood lately.  I'm looking into a career change, for the better. :)

However! I am working on something that I will post once it's finished! It's in blues, again. (My fav color is blue! I can't help myself!) And it's a super easy pattern that's already on the web!

Have faith! I will not abandon you my fellow crocheters!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Catherine Wheel Stitch Crochet Afghan plus Pattern

I finished the crocheted blue lap-ghan made with the Catherine Wheel stitch.  I think it looks beautiful! Below the pictures is the pattern I used!

catherine wheel stitch  blue afghan

catherine wheel stitch crochet blue afghan

catherine wheel stitch crochet blue afghan

Catherine Wheel Stitch Lap-ghan Pattern

I used a size H8/5.00mm hook and medium yarn, specifically Waverly for Bernat shades: Classic Navy, Breath of Blue and Sundrift.
Gauge: One wheel is 2" across.
Finished size with borders: 28 1/2" x 50"

ch 124

Row 1: 3 dc in 4th ch from hook, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch, *ske next 3 ch, 7 dc in next ch, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, end at 4 remaining chains. sk 3 ch and put 4 dc in last ch

Row 2: Join next color with sc in first dc, *ch 3, work 7 dc tog in the next 7 sts, ch 3, sc in next dc. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *work 7 dc in the middle of the next 7dctog set, sc in next sc. Repeat from * across.

Row 4: Join next color with slip st in 1st sc, ch 3, work 3 dc tog in next 3 dc, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, *work 7 dc tog in next 7 sts, ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3. Repeat from * to remaining 4 sts. Work 4 dc tog in these sts

Row 5: ch 3, 3 dc in 1st st, sc in next sc, *work 7 dc in center of 7dctog set, sc in next sc. Repeat from * across to remaining 2 sts. 4 dc in last dc.

Repeat rows 2 through 5 to desired length.

For the borders, I added one row of sc all the way around followed by a row of dc all the way around.