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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Ripple Baby Blanket Pattern

Just a short post to keep you informed! I am working on a pattern that is a smooth ripple different from what you're used to! I'll be making a baby blanket in one set of colors and a large throw in another set.

I also obtained a PT job so I'll be a little slower for a bit with getting out new stuff to you, sorry! Here is a sneak peek! Share it!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Light & Lacy Crochet Baby Blanket

Just finished a quick, easy blanket with some nice cheery colors! I don't always add a border to my projects because I'm new to it, but I dug through a book of crochet borders and chose one for this light and lacy baby blanket. I may have put too many stitches on the sides because it made for a ruffled border, which is fine because I think it looks cute that way!

Here's the photos!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Baby Blanket


I used a mix of yarn brands because this was mostly a scrap project. The pink is Caron Simply Soft Soft Pink, 1 skein. The green is Bernat Satin Fern, 1.4 skeins. The cream is Caron Simply Soft Off White (I tend to use it in a lot of my projects because it helps with contrast) 1.4 skeins.

Hook Size: 5.00mm
Gauge: 1 pattern repeat = 3"
Finished Size: 27" x 32"
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate

ch 100
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch and in every ch across to the end
Row 2: ch 3, 1 dc in next 4 sc, *sk 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, ch 2, sk 4 sc, 1 dc in next 5 sc, repeat from * to end. End the repeat with 4 dc in the last 3 sc
Row 3: ch 3, 1 dc in next 3 dc, * sk ch2sp, 5 dc in 1st dc of the shell, ch 2, 1 dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * across ending repeat at 1 dc in last 3 sts

Color layout: 5 rows of each color, green, pink then cream

Border: sc all the way around making enough on all sides divisible by 4 + 3 (add up one side, subtract 3 then divide by 4)
Begin 1st st to left of corner st

Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 3, sk 1 sc, [sc in next 3 sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc] to 1 st before the corner st, sc in next st, 3 sc in corner st, sc in next sc * repeat around, omitting last sc, join with sc to 1st sc
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in each sc and ch-3sp around, placing 3 sc in each corner, join with sl st
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same st, *[sc in next 2 sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc] to corner st, 3 sc in corner st, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc repeat from * around, omitting last sc, join with sl st to 1st sc
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in each sc and ch 3 sp around, placing 3 sc in each corner st, join with sl st to first sc

-Stitch Key-
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip

A new photo to add!

Light & Lacy Crochet Baby Blanket

Monday, May 26, 2014

Red Heart Soft Yarn: Incorrect Length on Label

I have a blanket I've been working on using some very pretty colors from Red Heart Soft line of yarn. I had already purchased all of the skeins I had needed for my project. Typically, I believe you get what you pay for, but Red Heart Soft seems to be a bit more costly than regular Red Heart.

When I purchase Caron Simply Soft, I've had enough experience with that yarn to know that there's a 75% chance that I will encounter a knot at the start of the skein and a 99% chance that in more than one place the yarn will begin to come unraveled a bit. These are just things I've come to expect and really feel Caron Simply Soft has become overpriced lately, especially since they lowered their skein size from 7oz to 6oz. Doesn't make sense to me to lower the size and increase the price.

I'm almost finished with my current project using the Red Heart Soft yarn, however I am unable to complete it. The Off White came up short as did the Sea Foam color I'm using. The pattern has the same stitches in the same number of rows throughout. So when the Deep Sea skein was plenty for 11 rows of the same stitch, then the off White and the Sea Foam should have been as well because all three labels say 256 yards.

I sent my concerns to Red Heart also stating I'd like to be compensated; I shouldn't have to go buy more yarn to finish my project when I bought enough to begin with according to the labels.

Here's a peek at what I'm making:


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Finished Crochet Blanket: Shell Stitch

So I finished the Wedding Gift I was making for a dear friend, this evening. It was basically like the pattern I posted previously but I added a different border. As I said on the Missed Stitched Facebook page, I am no pro-crocheter so I did my best with the shell border and corners.

And of course, photos! (Which I also did my best with, lol)

shell stitch crochet blanket

shell stitch crochet blanket

shell stitch crochet blanket

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Crochet Shell Stitch Blanket

It's been a few months, I know. But I assure you I have been busy crocheting away! I've actually been working on two blankets. If you are signed up to Missed Stitches on Facebook, you will see a photo of one of them! Both are being worked in the shell stitch, an easy and beautiful cluster stitch.

I don't have a name for this blanket but I do have instructions on how I made mine!

crochet shell stitch blanket pattern

crochet shell stitch blanket pattern

crochet shell stitch blanket pattern
crochet shell stitch blanket pattern

I apologize for the color disparity, lighting varies in my apartment. This blanket measures 44" x 60" finished. 
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in 6oz sizes. 
Orchid: 7 skeins
Baby Brights Ombre: 3 skeins
5.00mm crochet hook
Skill: Novice/Intermediate
The shell stitch is a multiple of 6 cluster stitch for the way it works up. So if you want your blanket wider, count off 6 chains at a time then add 1 on the end.

-Pattern-
Ch 181
1) sc in 1st ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, *sk 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * across to end of row.

2) ch 3, 2 dc in 1st sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc (mid of shell below), sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5 dc in sc. Repeat from * across to end of row

3) ch 1, sc in 1st st, sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, *sk 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from * to the end of row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length.
For the border, I did 2 rows of sc, then I did a (dc, ch 1, sk sc) across for three rows.
Then another 2 rows of sc, followed by one row of dc to finish. I only applied this border to the ends, not the sides.

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.
Blue Crochet Baby Blanket


There are many on the web that are very similar to this with soft cluster stitches 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.

Blue Crochet Baby Blanket Folded

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

Blue Crochet Baby Blanket

Hook Size: H8
Gauge: 1” across cluster
Measures: 32” wide by 34"-36” long (sizes vary by crafter)
Supplies: 2 skeins each of three contrasting yarns.

Instructions:
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.

Here's the color layout I used:

4 cream
4 light blue
8 cream
4 dark blue
4 light blue
4 dark blue
4 cream
4 light blue
4 cream
4 dark blue
4 light blue
4 dark blue
8 cream
4 light blue
4 cream

UPDATE 7/16/2014: I have been receiving numerous questions on the blog and by email on some details of the pattern. I put together a page with photos and instructions on the most asked questions. You can find the page here: Soft Bobbles Blanket Help


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