Crochet Lap Blanket

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

A friend is going through a significant health issue. He’s a wonderful person with a heart of gold and he loves the shelter animals. I’ve been trying to think what I could do, and really there isn’t anything. However, I thought maybe a lap blanket could be like a hug that’s always available when needed, so I set out on my latest crochet project.

I used four skeins of gray yarn and three skeins of turquoise on an N sized hook.

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The body of the blanket is made of three strands of yarn used as one. The outside edging is two strands of yarn used as one.

Chain 82. Turn.

Double crochet in 2nd chain from hook and each across. Chain one, turn and continue. I used a total of six skeins of yarn for the main body.

For the edging, single crochet two rows all around. On the third row, chain 1, sc in 1st stitch, chain 1, skip stitch *sc, ch 1, skip*

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Hope he likes it! I’ll be starting another similar project later this week for a little girl who loves purple.

I’ve fallen a bit behind on the 52 Week Crochet Challenge. Week six inspired me to put my extra yarn in a clear plastic tote for storage instead of having it sit in piles on the table in the spare room. I do have several really floppy skeins that need to be balled. Then I can catch up with Week Seven and do a stash-busting project. Week Eight was unfinished projects week, and I’m pleased to say I don’t have any of those currently! Week Nine was time to organize patterns. Most of my pattern storage is on pinterest, and I hand-write out the instructions on scrap paper when I’m ready to do a project. Week Ten is my first project showcase, which is here.

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Chroma Crochet Bag

Chroma Crochet Bag

Friday, May 2, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

I have finally finished my modified Chroma Crochet Bag by Moogly (click on link for the free pattern. Moogly is awesome and I highly encourage you to follow on facebook, twitter, etc.).

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It’s crocheted in the round, starting with the base.

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Adding colors:

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I opted to go for the handle to finish it, but the pattern also provides for a clutch and crochet handle.

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The pattern is easy to read and there is a video tutorial for the stitch as well on the Moogly site.

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Things I would have done differently (my issues, not problems with the pattern itself) include choosing round handles so the bag can ride comfortably over my wrist, and remembering to line the bag before I sewed the handles in. You can’t appropriately line a bag with handles on it, which is something I remembered after they were on there. Fortunately, it’s a dense crochet, so it can go without being lined.

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Easy Crochet Bag

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

My latest crochet bag is Yolanda Soto Lopez’s Easy/Beginner Crochet Bag project (youtube video below). It calls for two colors of yarn.

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The pattern calls for making a front, back and gusset and then attaching them all either by whip stitch or crochet.

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To make the front and back:
1. Chain 37
2. SC in each chain. SC for a total of 12 rows. Chain one and turn for each row.
3. On last stitch of row 12, cut off yarn of contrast string and add second string of other color.
4. Rows 13-19, DC. Chain three and turn for each row.
5. On last stitch of row 19, cut one string, join contrast color back in.
6. Rows 20-27, SC. Chain one and turn for each row.
7. For the handles, SC five stitches, chain 50 stitches, SC back in last five stitches, followed by two rows of SC.
8. To make the gusset, chain as wide as you want the bag (I did six), turn and SC in each for about 30 inches.
9. To assemble, either whip stitch or crochet the gusset to the top and bottom
10. Line the bag as desired.

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It truly was an easy first bag to make. I encourage you to watch Yolanda’s youtube and try it for yourself! I believe the bag will be used to haul around my crochet items. Next project? The Chroma Crochet Bag from Moogly.

Week four on the 52 week crochet challenge is a discussion on who taught you to crochet. My Mom did! And she is still teaching me. We started with learning how to crochet a border on a knitted scarf I made for a coworker. Today at lunch, I brought my recent project and she showed me the half double crochet stitch and reviewed the pattern I was going to be making. Thanks, Mom!

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Vernal Equinox

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Vernal Equinox 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

Spring is Here!

Or, at least, officially spring is here, as of 12:57pm today. I’m not sure the weather is entirely in step with the calendar.

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This week’s project for the 52 Week Crochet Challenge was crocheting something flower-related for the equinox. I watched this youtube video 100 times and came up with this:

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I did hear some spring birds this morning while I was getting ready.

12:57pm:

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National Crochet Month

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 0 No tags Permalink

So, March is National Crochet Month. Julie Oparka, from Red Berry Crochet, is doing a 52 week crochet challenge (check out her awesome site and her blog!). There’s a group for her 52 week challenge on Ravelry, too. I thought it sounded like fun, and I wanted to learn how to crochet after Mom taught me how to do a crochet border on the scarves I was making. There’s something about the way the crochet hook moves that I find relaxing. Anyhow, you can follow my progress on the 52 week challenge here, and if you’re interested, you should join me.

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You know what else is really awesome? Vintage crochet books. I am especially keen on the pink shell old blondie is wearing. But doesn’t she look rather snotty?

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Here, we have Fashion Crochet.

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And here, Crochet is the Fashion. Clearly. Isn’t that an awesome suit, though? Love it!

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Not as awesome, here is my first finished crochet piece ever. It’s a dishrag. Lion Brand Yard, Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton. It’s lovely to work with, so soft. This was made with a J sized hook, single crochet with a single crochet border. The next bit of the 52 week challenge is to crochet a flower, in honor of the upcoming vernal equinox on Thursday. I’m going to have to seek out youtube tutorials, I think.

In other yarn-related news, I blocked Bob’s scarf to get it to not roll so much. I also loom-knitted a scarf for a friend who is moving, and blocked that, too. In that knitting adventure, I found out that I may be allergic to mohair. This was not a sensitivity, but a true reaction with hives and swelling throat and so on. I’ve not had a problem with sheep wool or alpaca before, and I hope this isn’t a problem that will morph into those fibers.

blocking

We’ll have a spring update later in the week, and next week we will get back to more vintage postcards. Please let me know if you’re planning on joining the 52 week crochet challenge. If you have a crochet blog, please let me know in the comments!

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