Monday, July 16, 2018

WV Baby Blanket

I was asked by my hubby's coworker to make a baby blanket for a WV fan.  Of course, I said yes.  I grew up in WV; graduated high school with honors (Saluatorian) and then played basketball in college with an athletic scholarship.  I've lived in NC for the past 24 years but I still call WV home.  So, this was exciting for me...

While John and I were at the beach last week, I started on this project.  I had received a 7.0mm hook for Christmas and decided to use it for my hook size.  Of course, you can easily change up the hook size to what you have readily available.  My son ordered the 7.0mm size on Amazon.  I hadn't seen this size in my local craft stores.

I hope crocheters who are also WV residents (former or current) and/or fans will enjoy this blanket.  I used HDC, DC and post stitches for this project.

The blanket measures approximately 30" x 38".

WV Baby Blanket


Happy Crocheting...

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Reversible Hat

I love versatility, especially with craft projects.  I'm making a hat and diaper cover set to match the WV Baby Blanket I just completed.  So, I decided to make the hat reversible with pompoms on each side.  It's made completely in one piece - so not much weaving at all.

Quick, easy, functional and sure to keep a baby's head toasty warm come this fall and winter.

I used a 5.0mm hook and RHSS yarn in Soft Navy and Gold to complete.  It's double the warmth for certain.

What do you all think?

Reversible Hat
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Sugarplum Baby Blanket

I'm in love with the Sugarplum Stripe, Periwinkle and White Yarn I used for this baby blanket.  The color combination is so, so pretty and, well, just girly.

I used a 6.0mm hook and "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby to complete this project.  The yarn is a #4 worsted weight yarn.  

This blanket was designed using single crochet and half double crochet crossed over stitches.  

The completed blanket measures approximately 36" x 32".  And, I'm sure this blanket is going to keep a little baby girl super warm come this fall...

Sugarplum Baby Blanket 
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Wild Like The Wind" Throw Blanket

A few weeks ago, I bought this yarn, Wild Flower Winds, at Hobby Lobby on clearance sale for a $1.24 per skein (regular $3.99 per skein). Each skein has 252 yards.  I loved the color combo and decided to make a throw blanket.  I used 5 skeins.

This was a fun and easy pattern design, even for a beginner.  The finished blanket measures approximately 38" x 50".  You may use a different #4 worsted weight yarn brand, just note that the size may vary some.

"Wild Like The Wind" Throw Blanket
Size:  approximately 38" x 50"

Materials:
--6.0 mm hook
--(5) skeins of Wild Flower Winds Yarn (#4 worsted weight yarn); 252 yds/skein
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Directions:
1.  FHDC 150.  Or, Ch151.  HDC in 2nd ch and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (150)
2.  HDC across.  Ch1 and turn.  (150)
3-7. Rep #2.
8.  HDC in first st.  *Ch2, Sk 2.  HDC in next st.*  Rep across.  Ch1 and turn.
9.  HDC in first st.  *2 HDC in Ch2 space.  HDC next st.* Rep across.  Ch1 and turn.
10-78.  Rep #8 and #9.
79-85.  Rep #2.
86-88.  SC evenly around blanket.  FO and weave ends.                              
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Simple Summertime Cover-Up...

Simple Summertime Cover-Up Pattern
I made this “Simple Summertime Cover-Up” using less than 1 cone of Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in red and a 6.0mm hook. I bought this yarn on clearance sale at Hobby Lobby for $3.49 (regular priced at 13.99).  I still have at least 200 yards left on the cone.

I made this using a mesh stitch. I made a back panel and 2 front panels, whipstitched the pieces together and voila- it was done. Quick and easy. The only stitch knowledge required is:  chains and half double crochet.

Size:  It's made in Large (Lg) to fit me, so it would be a loose fit on a small/medium-sized person; but that's okay for beachwear...

Materials:
--6.0mm hook
--1 Sugar 'n Cream Cotton Yarn Cone (I used the color Red)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl St:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
HDC:  half double crochet
Sk:  skip
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off

Directions:

Back Panel:
(Worked from bottom up)
1.  Start with an even number of chains.  I started with 82 for the back panel.  (I chained long enough to make it loose and roomy for my backside and sides.)  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (81)
2-5.  HDC in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (81)
6.  HDC in 1st st.  *Ch 5, sk 3 st, HDC in next st.*  Rep across from * to. *  HDC in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.
7.  HDC in 1st st.  Ch 2 and make an HDC st in the first Ch 5 of previous row.  Ch 5.  HDC in next Ch 5 of previous row.  Rep across.  After last HDC st in the Ch 5 of previous row, you will then Ch 2 and HDC in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.
8-33.  Repeat rows 6 and 7.
Top border:
34.  To finish off, HDC evenly across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (81)
35.  HDC across.  Fasten off and weave ends.  (81)

Front Panels:
(make 2)
1.  I started with an even number of chains.  I started with 36.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (35)
2-5.  HDC in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (35)
6.  HDC in 1st st.  *Ch 5, sk 3 st, HDC in next st.*  Rep across from * to. *  HDC in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.
7.  HDC in 1st st.  Ch 2 and make an HDC st in the 1st Ch 5 of previous row.  Ch 5.  HDC in next Ch 5 of previous row.  Rep across.  After last HDC st in the Ch 5 of previous row, you will then Ch 2 and HDC in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.
8-33.  Repeat rows 6 and 7.
Top border:
34.  To finish off, HDC evenly across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (35)
35.  HDC across.  Fasten off and weave ends. (35)

To assemble:
1.  I whipstitched shoulder seams with right sides facing.
2.  I then whipstitched sides together with right sides facing.  I left a large opening at the top sides (approx 9") for my arms.  You can adjust this to a smaller opening, if so desired. 

I hope you will enjoy/like this easy pattern.  Please feel free to email/comment with any questions.

 
 
 
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Yarn, Yarn — and more Yarn!!!

Okay, folks, if you haven’t visited your local Hobby Lobby Store lately, then you need to go there NOW!!!  They have unbeatable clearance prices right now on yarn.

I bought 51 skeins of acrylic, cotton, wool, bulky/chunky yarn, 3 Sugars ‘n Creme and 2 gorgeous Sugarwheels for a whopping total of $96.63 after tax.  You cannot beat this deal anywhere. Skeins were priced between $1.12 - $1.49. The cones were $3.49. Now, the Sugarwheel - well, I used 40% off coupon. It wasn’t clearanced yet but the shades of green were so gorgeous that I couldn’t pass it up...lol.

I’m so glad I saved my gift cards from Christmas to use now!!!  I really got a bang for my buck, so to speak.

I’m not affiliated with Hobby Lobby but I do know an awesome deal when I see one. Plus, I love working with their yarns.   Check out pics below!!!



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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Knight's Tunic Top

In follow-up to the Knight's Sword and Chainmail Hat/Helmet I designed, I decided to create this Knight's Tunic Top for my grandson, Jacob.  What little boy doesn't want to be a Knight?  I know I love watching shows/movies about times of past with knights and kings.

This pattern was designed to be beginner-friendly for a crochet newbie, using Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 6.0mm hook.

Knight's Tunic Top
Size:  Youth Small/Medium

Materials:
--4.0 (for the Fleur-de-lis) and 6.0mm hooks 
--Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Navy (2 skeins) and white (1 skein)
--4 small buttons for side flaps
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl st:  slip stitch
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet 
HDC2tog:  half double crochet 2 stitches together
FHDC:  foundation half double crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off 
Picot:  Chain 3 and slip stitch into the first chain

Directions:
The tunic is made in one piece, a rectangular-shape.  The neck opening is made at the halfway mark between the front and back.  Then, you make 4 side flaps and attach (2 flaps to each side).

Tunic:
1.  With Navy yarn and 6.0mm hook, I started with FHDC 45.  Or, you could chain 46, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn. (45)
 2.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (45)
3-43.  Rep #2. 
44.  1 HDC in each of the first 9 st.  Ch27, Sk 27, 1 HDC in each of the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (18 HDC, 27 Ch)
45.  1 HDC in each of the first 9 st.  27 HDC in the ch space.  1 HDC in each of the last 9 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (45)
46-87.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 87, FO and weave ends.

Border:
1.  With white yarn, join in any st and Ch1.  HDC in same st.  HDC evenly around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1. 
2.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join and FO.  Re-join Navy yarn.
3.  1 HDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.
4.  Rep #3.  FO and weave ends. 

Bottom Tabs:
The bottom tabs are made for the front panel and the back panel.  4 tabs on each side.

1.  Join Navy yarn in first st of the first row and Ch1.  HDC in same st and into the next 7 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
2-6.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  After you complete the 6th Row, FO and weave ends.  (8)

Rep steps 1-6 evenly across the bottom to make 4 tabs.  Then, rep on the back side, using the last row you made.


Side Flaps (make 4):
1.  With Navy yarn and 6.0mm hook, Ch4.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
2-11.  1 SC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (3)
12.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a tail for attaching 1 side to the side back panel. 

Emblem:
1.  With White yarn and 6.0mm hook, Ch3.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and next ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (2)
2.  2 HDC in each st.  Ch1 and turn.  (4)
3.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (6)
4.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (8)
5.   2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 6 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (10)
6.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 8 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (12)
7.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 10 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (14)
8.  2 HDC in first st, 1 HDC in next 12 st, 2 HDC in last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
9-11.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (16)
12.  HDC2tog, 1 HDC in next 12 st, HDC2tog.  FO and weave ends.  (14)
13.  With Navy yarn, join yarn and Ch1.  SC in same st.  SC evenly around.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching. 

Fleur-di-lis:
Vertical Portion:
1.  With Navy yarn and 4.0mm hook, Ch15.  SC in 2nd ch from hook and into each of the next 10 ch.  Picot.  1 SC in each of the next 2 ch.  3 SC in last ch.  Rotate and work on the opposite side of the base chain.  1 SC in each of the first 3 ch.  Picot.  1 SC in each of the next 9 ch.  2 SC in last ch.  FO and leave a long tail for attaching to the emblem.

For the Side:
1.  Ch7.  1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Picot.  1 SC in each st across.  FO and leave a long enough tail to attach on the side of the Vertical Portion. 

Rep for the second side.

Neckline Border:
1.  With White yarn and 6.0mm hook, I joined yarn with a sl st and Ch1 in the back right corner.  HDC in same st and evenly across the back portion.  At the corner, HDC2tog, then HDC across the front.  HDC2tog at the corner.  Continue to HDC until the last st and then sl st join to the first st and Ch1. 
2.   HDC in each st across the back portion.  At the corner, HDC2tog, then HDC in each st across.  HDC2tog in the corner.  Continue to HDC until the last st and then sl st join to the first st and FO.  Weave ends. 
3.  I used the tapestry needle and a piece of white yarn, and weaved it in and out of the center, front HDC st to create a dip (V).  FO and weaved ends.

Assembly:
1.  Attach 2 buttons evenly spaced out on the front sides of the tunic for side flap closure
2.  Attach the Fleur-di-lis to the emblem.  Then attach emblem to front center of the tunic.

To adjust size:
1.  For a 3T-4T size, start with a FHDC 30 or Ch31 and HDC across.  (30)
2-30.  1 HDC in each st across.  (30)
31.  1 HDC in each of the first 10 st.  Ch10, Sk 10, 1 HDC in each of the last 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (20 HDC, 10 Ch)
32.  1 HDC in each of the first 10 st.  10 HDC in the ch space.  1 HDC in each of the last 10 st.  Ch1 and turn.  (30)
33-62.  1 HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  At the end of Row 63 FO and weave ends.  (30)

Complete remainder of Tunic same as above.  

Please note:
1.  This pattern has not been tested.  It was designed and made by me for my grandchildren.
2.  As a good rule of thumb, please check for size as you go to make sure you get the measurement you want for your child. 
3.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email me and I would be glad to help in any way that I can. 

Enjoy!!!

Happy Crocheting 

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