Tag Archives: Ravelry

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

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Camo Ripple

25 Jan

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It is nice to have something else to post, so soon. This is a gift to my middle grandson who loves all things military and camouflage. I know he will love this!

The pattern is the same as my last couple of ripples – Lucy’s Neat Ripple Pattern.

Yarns:
ILTY dark olive, lt sage, brown, lt brown, and black
RHSS camo

Hook: my trusty I hook

Details are also on my Ravelry page – which is public – if you’d rather look at it there.

Directions for crocheting a straight border on a ripple can be found on the Wires & Yarns blog.

Border – evened out the ripple ends and sc on the long sides with camo.
2 rounds dc in black
1 round hdc, ch3, hdc around with lt sage
2 rounds of dc in granny stitch with dk brown*
1 round hdc with 5 hdd in corners with dark olive

*i turned these two rounds because of the tendency for the borders to want to curl up sometimes. It worked and it lays nice and flat.

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Three upcoming/WIPs that will be started or are coming along –
1- Creeper afghan, that I just started today (one is a surprise and I already have another request for one of these – NOT surprised!)
2- 2014 BAMCAL afghan done in pinks, peach, magenta, and some other little bits added in for fun
3- bought the yarn (while it was on sale) for my youngest grandson’s Minnesota Vikings inspired afghan.

Wait — make that FOUR!
cowl/neckwarmer for hubby to wear to work – ILTY wool in black

2014 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long

11 Jan

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I was motivated to join this year’s BAMCAL at Ravelry this year and these are the January squares:

Frostbloom 12" square
Frostbloom 12″ Afghan Square by Shan Sevcik
This is an awesome pattern that is well-written and not as difficult as one might think when looking at the result. In fact, I so loved working on this square that I bought the designer’s ebook.

Next is a square from the ever-reliable SmoothFox aka Donna Mason-Svara
This one is Lemony Lime Citrus in Pink.
Lemony Lime Citrus Square in Pink

Both squares were done with my favorite Etimo Tulip “I” hook and a mix of yarns.
*the lighter shade of pink is ILTY pink, the darker shade is VC pink poodle
*the dark color is RH Soft magenta
*the green (limelight), peach, white, and yellow is ILTY

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

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

BAMCAL & WIP progress

5 Jan

So it begins…..the Ravelry 2010 Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long in my Christmasy colors. This year’s yarns are:
I Love This Yarn – aubergine, midgreen, and ivory.
I Love This Yarn – cranapple stripe (I fell in love with this yarn and had to have it….still lovin’ it)
I might even sneak in a bit of pink here and there, just for fun.

Jan 2010BAMCAL - 12"
Not a very exciting square, but OK…especially in my beautiful cranapple yarn.

EZee-Vzee Granny Square by James Davis – this is an archived pattern, posted on Ravelry.
ILTY
H hook
Notes: Added a sc border to bring it up to 12″ and changed the joins so that they meet in the corner.
An easy & quick pattern to work.
Rounds of sc or hdc can be worked in to add heft, although surprisingly it’s not a terribly flimsy square.

Jan 2010BAMCAL - 6"
This is a 6″ square that I crocheted just to be crocheting something and I grabbed the yarn closest to me…..go ahead, call me lazy. The shoe certainly fit that day! I like the square and colors, so I will probably keep making these 6″ squares in my patriotic colors and we’ll see where it goes.

Little Dahlia by Chris Simon – visit her website, YarnCrazy for the pattern
ILTY Ombre -Freedom
Vanna’s Choice – Colonial Blue
H Hook

Notes: Not the easiest or best written pattern for me. Not sure what my problem was because I generally find Chris Simon’s patterns some of the best.
No changes.

Oh yes…..that brings me to WIP progress. Let’s just say I’ll get back to ya on that, although I’m caught up on the BAMCAL and it’s only the 4th. teehee

GoodYarn News! I have a shipment on the way………… oops, laundry is beeping……