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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

May many happy hours of crochet be in your future. โค

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Break Lace

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It’s a lovely day, and spring break to boot. No school for the children, and no work for me, or just a different kind, as the regulars don’t come but the cousins do! We’ve had an Easter egg hunt, eaten the candy and pocketed the coins, made gems with nail polish, cut dragonflies from paper, played baby dolls, store and superheroes, ridden bikes, scooters swings and been to the park.

All with little or no help from me! I’m nursing a headcold from the welcoming cushions of my couch.

More time to crochet, even if my head does ache. This is the second time I’ve tried this join, and it’s coming along much better than the last time, a couple years ago, if I remember right.

First I made six-color, six-round granny squares in Caron Simply Soft with an E (3.5mm) hook. Sewed the ends in, too! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Tricky to get all the color combinations without repeating: once I finished round four, I used the little snipped tails from previous squares to lay out the last two rounds of color. Worked well, too! Much less frogging.

I had the celtic lace join in mind from the beginning:
http://babylovebrand.net/2013/11/20/celtic-lace-join/

My squares are smaller than hers, so I knew there would be some adjusting of stitch counts.

Getting started:
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I was excited to join two squares! It was late by the time I finished, but I had to do at least one join…

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I didn’t like it. Too many stitches in the third round of edging. Not nearly “lacy” enough. But by then it was imperative to sleep, especially with not feeling well.

I woke this morning planning stitch counts in my head! Should I reduce the number of dc in the shells in round three, or make fewer V’s in round two?

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Five V stitches instead of six won out!

Now to join four squares and make the pretty celtic cross in the center…
Foiled! I missed a joining stitch with the purple square!
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Can you see it? By then a lunch break was desperately needed to strengthen me for more frogging. I was so concerned I might have to redo the last round on ALL FOUR SQUARES.

Fortunately, using my handy-dandy stitch markers, I was able to catch the stray loops and only had to undo one side of two squares.

This was the moment of truth…would it look as nice as her pictures???

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And there it was. A lovely, lacy Celtic cross. So appropriate for beautiful Holy Week.
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Now to redo two of the final rounds again, sigh…as I did the blanket edge join on all four sides. O.o
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Going to mark two of those with yarn…to keep track. ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a lovely week. May you be blessed by the true meaning of the resurrection. โค

Get A Room

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So today has been all aboutย  joining, here…except for the chicken beak, but let’s talk about that another day.

Apparantly I’ve looked at too many pictures on Pinterest, because I was trying to use a join for circle grannies (like the ravelry sunburst pattern) on squares.

This is what I thought I was trying to make:
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Except I wanted it more like this:
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Weird, I know…so I made my five-round grannysย  (color just in the first round, then all the rest cream), and began to join as I go. But I only did a chain 3 btw granny clusters, so it isn’t visible.
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And then it sat in my collection of random wips, for maybe six months?

Today I pulled it out again. Thought maybe the squares should be smaller? Tried the sunburst join:
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Still not as decorative as I’d like.

So I tried something I read a while ago– a lattice stitch where you drop the yarn off the hook and pick it up through the loop on the adjacent square.ย  Yes!

A gorgeous openwork join. But now I want to try it in different color edging! Wouldn’t that be pretty? A two-color twist, different on each side; I love it.
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But alas, my free time for today is over. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And to my consternation, I found this on my own Pinterest board as I was pulling up the sunburst granny! I have to laugh, as I thought I had come up with that idea myself…wonder what else is buried in my subconscious?
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That will do for now.
Have a lovely day!
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Snowburst Square Pattern

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Would you like to make your own? Here it is:

Using a 9mm hook and worsted weight acrylic yarn…

Chain(ch) 4: this counts as your first dc.
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DC (double crochet), ch 1 eleven times in the ch farthest from the hook. Join with a slip stitch (sl st) at the top of the first ch 4. (12 dc around)
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Ch-2, dc for first cluster in ch-1 sp of previous round. 2-dc cluster, ch-1 around. Join. * Note: you could also just use 2dc in each space instead of a 2-dc cluster. (12 clusters)

To make a 2-dc cluster: yarn over (yo), insert hook and pull up a loop, yo and pull through two loops on hook, repeat in same ch-1 space a second time. Yo and pull through three loops on hook, one 2-dc cluster made.
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Slip stitch to ch-1 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch-1sp for first 3-dc. Ch-1, 3 dc in each sp around. Join. (12 3-dc around)
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Now for the final round! We are going to put 2 clusters in each ch-1 sp twice for the side, then a 3-triple, ch 5, 3-triple in each corner…here we go:
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Now about the joining…it is join-as-you-go, and since we have a baby in the house this week, THAT is not a tutorial I will be making anytime soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can tell you that you join the ch2 or ch4 of the corner ch5 for the 2nd and 3rd square, and both of those for the 4th. Hope that helps!

I did find two absolutely gorgeous patterns with lovely joins I will share with you now.
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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flowers-in-the-snow

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http://babylovebrand.net/2014/01/18/textured-circles-no-15/

Enjoy! Aren’t they gorgeous? Extra time to crochet is the silver lining to this chilly weather. Have a lovely day! Stay warm! โ™ก
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