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The rest of the pink squares…

2 Mar

…from Peeper’s little afghan.

First off…why I made a small afghan, which can also be called a lapghan:
1 – small afghans work better for people with limited mobility that are upright in beds and chairs because they won’t get all twisted up in it
2 – big enough to cover one’s lap but won’t get caught up in the wheels of a wheelchair

Secondly….why use acrylic?
1 – no special laundry care
2 – no wool allergies to worry about
3 – it is cheaper….unfortunately, things tend to ‘walk’ in long-term care homes
4 – not everybody likes wool and I, personally, find cotton too much strain on the wrists for anything bigger than a dishcloth

Catalina Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalina Square by Julie Yeager

 

This particular pattern from Julie is free.  Her patterns have much eye appeal with varying degrees of difficulty.  See the treble clusters in the corners of the peach and light pink rounds…I love those!

 

 

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The Longing Light of Evening by Shan Sevcik

 

This one is not free, but can be purchased through her Ravelry store individually or as part of a small eBook.  Shan is a new designer to me and I have really enjoyed this pattern and the previously posted Frostbloom.

 

And finally this little lovely….

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Kaleidoscope Blossom Square  by Chris Simon

WIM to Done…Baby Blanket

24 Jan

From a handful of unruly grannies, stitched up just for fun:

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To a nice, bright, little baby blanket:

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The two granny patterns are:

Never Ending Granny  – the white solid grannies and the grannies with black squares

Bouncing Ball Granny – the corner grannies with black circles

The grannies are put together with ILTY Limelight and an H hook.  I used the join as you go method.  There are many video tutorials on YouTube, such as the one below, but I suggest that you do a search for them and find one that suits you best.  The border is simply rounds of granny stitches and a final round of double crochet.

 

 

 

Square Heaven

16 Mar

The trouble with trebles is I have a death grip on the hook while making them. I doubt I could do this many treble clusters in one sitting without major hand cramps.

In Treble

Trebles are not my favorite nor my best-looking stitch by any means…and then to cluster them together? Well, here is the end result of my effort. It is a stunning square in more skilled hands, but I think this came out OK.

Pattern: In Treble by Julie Yeager (available as a free Ravelry download)
Hook: H
Yarn: Pink Poodle/Vanna’s Choice Baby & White/RHSS

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Is this square not absolutely beautiful?? I can’t hardly believe that I made this. Originally I wanted to do this one in a gradient of yellow, orange, to brown or dk blue, but didn’t have the right colors, so went with a pinkish gradient instead.

Double Treble Burst

There are trebles, double trebles to be exact, in this one, too, but just the long front post stitches that create the spikes, spokes, or rays, whatever you like to call them.

Pattern: Double Treble Burst Square by Amelia Beebe (find this one on Crochetville)
Hook: H
Yarn: center outward
ILTY buttercup
ILTY light peach
ILTY pink
Vanna’s Choice pink poodle
RH Soft fuchsia

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Tangled Threads

Tis a fun square to do! The designer, Melinda Miller, has a group on Ravelry that you might like to take a look at. (hint: her patterns are free for the month that it is featured as the block of the month CAL) Her patterns are versatile that allow for a lot of color play and appropriate for a nice span of skill levels.

Pattern: Tangeled Threads by Melinda Miller
Yarn: ILTY lt peach, VC pink poodle, and RHSS white
Hook: H

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OK, one more.

Lucky Charms

and a smaller 8″ version
Mini Shamrock Sq

These are Donna Kay Lacey patterns, whom also has a group on Ravelry and offers her patterns for free if you’re doing the monthly CAL. I love that! Her patterns are definitely more advanced and I’ve sent two of them into hibernation. She also hosts a guest designer for a mystery cal, such as the first square in this post.

Pattern: Lucky Charm by Donna Kay Lacey (linked to her Rav download pdf page)
Yarn: ILTY limelight, pink
RHSS Aran – kicking my butt for grabbing Aran instead of White
The 8″ is RHSS Watercolors and Lt Sage, plus the ILTY in Buttercup.

Would you believe I wasn’t going to do any CALs or Block-A-Month groups this year?? Now, I’m in 3 of them. The joys of playing with yarn!

more Christmas grannies

17 Feb

Christmas Grannies

It’s hard to take decent pictures lately with all this dreary weather. OF course, the dreary weather keeps me inside and playing with yarn and there’s nothing bad about that!
These are all made with the same I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby and an H hook.

Enough Love to Go Around


First up is Enough Love to Go Around by Penny Davidson. It is indeed quite beautiful and perfect for anything Christmas, but I must warn you, this pattern will likely test your patience. The original pattern is not easily followed, although I didn’t particularly find any of the rewrites much better. Looking closely at the photos of others’ squares helped, a LOT. I was not happy with the end result until I blocked it.

Anticipation


This square was part of a mystery CAL with this Ravelry group and the pattern is now posted for free. I must admit that there was a learning curve for me on this one and I had to rework several different areas to get it right. The surface crochet was worked with an I hook, otherwise the rest was worked with an H hook. It’s very detailed, pretty, 3D and will be a lovely addition to my Christmas afghan. This one is called Anticipation. The square would look much better with blocking and another round or two, but it is right at 12″. It won’t matter once it is joined though.

Cute as a Button


Now for something a little easier: Cute as a Button
This is another reliable pattern from Donna aka SmoothFox and there are plenty of pictures in the pattern to help. She is one of the first places I go when searching for square patterns.

Happy Hooking Ya’ll

Christmas Fling

2 Dec

Pattern: Spring Fling by April Moreland
Yarn: the same Christmasy ILTY worsted weight
Hook: H

I am so happy with this square! It is large and in charge of my Christmas Afghan, forming the center square for the other 12″ squares.
To enlarge the square to about 24″, I did this:
Hdc – green
Sc – burgundy
Hdc – green
V stitches – 2rows – white
granny stitches -3 rows – multi
Dc-ch3-dc – white
Dc with some fpdc – 3 rows – burgundy

It will need another round of something when I put this ‘ghan together, but I’ll figure that out when I get there.

2009 BAMCAL Afghan

21 Jan



Closeup 09 BAMCAL Afghan

Originally uploaded by ravelSher

Yes, that says 2009….what can I say. Assembly is not my strength.

If you’d like the individual patterns, you will find them throughout my blog. I believe most of the tags are correct and they should all come up.

You can also find them on the Ravelry group for this CAL. BAMCAL

Christmas Wandith

15 Jan

Christmas Wandith

Apparently I sent this to the Hibernation Den with one round of dc to finish off at 12″ ??? Anyway, it is finished and will go nicely with the Christmas Throw. I am thinking about making a big 24″ granny square for the center of this afghan and placing the 12″ squares around that, then finishing with a 2-4″ border ending with some scallops or a wave.

I just checked out Crochet Edgings & Trims by Kate Haxell from the library. There are 150 stitches in this book….140 of them I would never do, but it is nice to have some inspiration. I can see other uses for some of these patterns other than borders, too.

Pattern: Wandith by Drew Emborsky
Yarn: ILTY
Hook: I, pattern calls for an H
Size 12″