Baby Victorian Dreams

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

Something pretty and sweet, this sultry summer July day…

The kidlets are in the pool, splashing and shrieking up a storm.

There is a lovely breeze.

Today’s pretty is a soft, colorful baby blanket for a special someone!

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I have been longing to try this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victorian-lattice-square

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I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint, Strawberry and Lime with a 3.5mm hook.

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The edging is my own design and NOT quite finished yet. πŸ™‚ I am a bit obsessed with pineapple patterns these days, and based it on that. I have been downloading quite a few doily charts!

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The free pattern for the square includes both the written pattern and a chart (Oh, I love using charts, they are much faster for me).

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Such vibrant colors, and the feel is out-of-this-world soft.

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I may have to make this one again. I love the look of the square.

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For joining, I used the braided join technique– or at least my own twisted version of it! πŸ˜€

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I learned this join while participating in The Crochet Crowd’s Crochet-Along earlier this year:

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/2015-knit-crochet-along-mystery-afghan/

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I see that Moogly has also featured this square recently, on Hookin’ on Hump Day, and another nifty way to join these pretty squares…you can check that out here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/hohd-98/#more-16604

http://aureliaslittleroom.com/tutorial-simple-joining-square-technique/

Well, it is time for snack, here at home. They are happy to play nicely as long as I feed them. πŸ™‚

May many happy hours of crochet be in your future. ❀

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Giant Granny Goodness

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I saw something not too long ago that I simply had to try.

Large granny squares– sewn into an afghan.

It was made by a talented designer, with fancy yarn, in marvelous earth tones, but the basic concept delighted me- giant grannies!

Compared to a typical 4-5 round granny afghan, there will be less joining– I will make nine squares– although the ends sewn will stillΒ  be numerous, as of course I must change color every round.

I love color!

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And as I must also put a twist on everything I make, I started with circles. πŸ™‚

 

 

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This is a scrap-ghan…which means I am using all kinds of bits and pieces from my current yarn stash, not purchasing new, although as my rounds get larger I require more and more of a skein to complete them. Eventually I will be forced to pick up a few final colors to complete it. Yarn shopping(!), oh, how sad… πŸ˜‰

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I see that I forgot the cardinal rule of granny squares (I was making these rather late at night last week and was distracted for various reasons), which is to TURN your work after each round or your granny square will begin to show the dreaded, “granny twist.”

It isn’t too late. I shall start flipping them over and work alternating sides for the rest of the rounds. I believe I am on number nine? Going for twenty, unless they start to get too big.

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I’ve gathered several of my random unassigned skeins of yarn into a tote for easy pickings. Makes for easier clean up, too, when the little ones are coming by.

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If you prefer a more uniform theme or specific color design, I recommend a marvelous free web tool– the granny square pattern generator:

http://granny-square-colors.com/

I have had far too much fun with it– on more than one occasion πŸ˜€ …so many options! You can choose dimensions (by number of squares), number of colors, infinite color shadings…the possibilities are endless. I especially liked using it to vary the light and dark tones to see how that changed the overall look. I would think it would be very helpful for quilters that way, too.

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And, just for fun, as I missed you last week (all of my cameras were dead or AWOL and what is a crochet blog without pictures?), a sneak peek at my cutest little 4th of July project– the popover smock, done Star-Spangled Banner style!

 

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For the dress pattern, see here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

Such a lovely, lovely day. The children have been to the park and are now in the pool…I shall grab myself a bit of yarn and hook it ’til dinnertime.

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Happy Tuesday!

Rainbow’s End

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My day has been just a wee bit busy! The long-awaited twins have arrived. They are five months and simply sweet. My girls are thrilled! It has been a lovely day of feedings and crying and spit-ups and changes. So many excellent skills for my eleven- and twelve-year-old to learn. They have been the best helpers.

I spent a few hours sewing and weaving ends over the weekend! And the light is right for a granny TA DAAA! πŸ™‚

So here she is, with the promised tips and links for joining motifs.

Center patchwork:
For the center squares, I sewed a simple whipstitch through the back loops. I love the stripey look it makes, but I confess, I don’t use this method often since I would rather crochet than sew! I do suggest a good yarn needle, that really helps.

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Here is a link with a whipstitch diagram:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-join-crochet-seams-with-whipstitch.html

Granny stripes:
To transition from the squares to the rounds of granny stripes, I simple double-crocheted around in the first color, then in the second round, double crocheted three times in every third stitch. I changed color every round.
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For my next set of granny squares, I crocheted one round, changed color, crocheted a second round, and on the third round, joined the square to the stripes (and the square or squares next to it) with a single crochet in between each set of three double crochets.

This is called a Join-As-You-Go method, and I prefer these, as it eliminates the need to sew much! πŸ™‚
A tutorial for joining squares is here:
http://myrosevalley.blogspot.com/2013/02/granny-square-join-as-you-go-tutorial.html

My favorite jaygo method, which I did NOT use for this blanket πŸ™‚ is here:
http://babylovebrand.net/2013/06/01/continuous-join-as-you-go/
So pretty! I love clever things.

For the second set of granny stripes, I wanted to try a different look, so instead of dc around, I sc in between every three st, then chained 3. This created a different type of base for the stripes. I also worked two rounds in each color, instead of one.

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I liked how this matched the sc joins in the squares and created a uniform look.

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So here she is! I tried several fancy edgings, but they were too frilly, so I simply ended on a pretty red.
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TA DAA! I hope you have enjoyed watching her grow as much as I have. Happy Tuesday!

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Snow-Bound? Stash-busting!

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I went on a bit of a stash-busting frenzy yesterday…I am out of the yarn I need for current orders (I will be making that run after work tonight) and wanted something bright and cheery for the gray winter day. This was my scrap yarn box:
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Quite a sight!

I have long admired this pattern:
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And settled on this version as my current favorite:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flowers-in-the-snow

Finally had a chance to try it! And had enough scrappy colors to have a go…

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Sat down to watch a telly flick with my sweetie last night, and when I counted them out this morning I have nearly forty flowers! So much fun!

I’d like at least a hundred, but I have used up all my scrappy scraps at this time…

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I am so happy with how it turned out! Now I need even MORE yarn from the store, to make the fourth and final round in a uniform color. I think a nice clean, bright white.

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Happy hooking, and shopping at the yarn store. πŸ™‚