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Little Boy Blue

20 Feb

bobblesI recently finished the blanket I have been making for my cousin’s baby.

I was surprised at how wonderfully it turned out, as while I was making it I was having second thoughts about the square and colours I had chosen and to be honest I really didn’t  like it that much.

However, joining the squares and adding the border really transformed it and I now love it.

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The square I used comes from Edie Eckman it combines bobbles with spike dc to create a peak a boo feel.

I joined them together with dc in the back loop only. This was something I had never done, I had always used both loops. By using back loops only the squares are really enhanced as they seem to get a little border around them.

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I was attempting to do a bit of stash busting when I started the blanket, so this led me in my colour choices. I already had the light and dark blues and the white. I added the gunmetal  for some sophistication and keep it masculine as the baby is a boy. It is all acrylic, the gunmetal is 8 ply, thick , squishy and will be so warm for the coming winter.

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For the border I mimicked the same style from the square, I toyed with a more embellished edge but in the end kept it simple and that was the perfect choice.

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I didn’t block the squares individually nor have I blocked the final product, since the yarn and pattern are quite sturdy I am happy with the way it sits, I may change my  mind on this though before April.

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I am really happy with this blanket, I love the tactile bobbles and I can imagine babies loving them too. I am in love with the colours too, the combination of neutrals and brights has to be my favourite.

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Hexie Heaven – My top picks

17 Feb

I recently started on the last of my baby blankets. This one is for a friend who is about to have her third little girl. I wanted something simple, a little lacey and definitely a hexagon. This is a round-up of my favourites, they all are delightful and all have free patterns.

1. This is such a gorgeous variation on the African flower motif that is so popular. This one comes from the lovely Crochetbug.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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 2. This little lacey number comes from a Dutch blogger  Catherine from Blij met Draadjes . The instructions are in Dutch, obviously and Google’s attempt at translation is not completely awful so you may just be able to figure it out.

3. I heave recently had a little Pinterest potholder obsession and this climbing trellis from Ali Pyper is just so sweet and could just as easily be used for other larger projects  like blankets by leaving off the darling little scalloped edge.

4. This cute little daisy makes me think og Spring! It  comes from Daniela’s Needle art and she offers a few different variations on it too.

5. This was the inspiration for the hexie blanket I have just started on. This one comes from Scrap yarn Crochet. for mine I have changed the centre of my hexies just a bit to create a flower centre.

Are you in love with hexies now as much as I am? Have you made any hexie projects lately? Come share them on my Facebook page I would love to see them!

Bobbly citrus baby blanket

7 Jan

I finally finished the blanket I have been making for my husband’s cousin’s soon to be born baby.DSC_1173

New babies are so exciting. I love their squishy little miniature bodies.

I also love baby blankets. They are such an excuse to use bright, fun colours and patterns, although let’s be honest, do you really need an excuse to work with bright fun colors and patterns. I think that’s one of the best things about crochet, it lends itself so well to colour explosion.

When Choosing the colours for this blanket I had to go with gender neutral colours as these parents are the type that like to keep the sex of their babies secret. Also, since it is Summer here there isn’t a vast array of yarn available.

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Any way, I went with some spritely citrus tones (yellow, lime, orange and cream) and used 4 ply 100% merino. I hadn’t used merino before, it was lovely. I thought it was similar to cotton in that there was no fuzz on the yarn it was really smooth and soft.

The pattern I used comes from a motif book my mum passed onto me, it is called the pink square, I have made it before in all one colour. It is a large square, about 22 cm. It looked really different done in multiple colours. I think it looks like a big daisy.DSC_1174

I made 12 squares in total. I joined them together  using a slip stitch.

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I wanted the border to resemble the squares in the type of stitches used. The first round was a simple little cream cluster of 3 double trebles in the spaces between the last round of the squares, each cluster separated by a single chain.

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 Following this I did a round of orange  doubles, 2 in each one chain space and a round of double trebles into each stitch. Both the cream and orange rounds had to be undone and redone with less stitches, as they rippled really badly.

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Next I did 3 rounds of double in yellow.

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I had found this super cute pom pom edging on Pinterest ages ago from Once upon a Pink Moon, and had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. This blanket was that opportunity, so I finished it off with the pom pom edge in lime.

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I did a little happy dance and jumped up and down when I hooked that last stitch.

This is probably the biggest project I have finished. I am pretty chuffed with myself.

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The blanket is beautiful and soft, just right for a little squishy baby to snuggle under.

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I cannot read a pattern, nor can I unravel a skein.

23 May

This week has been a week of firsts and fails.

I saw my mum at the beginning of the week and she had a parcel with some vintage crochet patterns that had belonged to my Grandma,DSC_0549

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and a few hooks. There was also the little surprise of a handwritten pattern (not sure what it is for though there is no heading on it)

I was quite excited to get it home and go through everything, it all had the gorgeous aroma of the rose soap that it had no doubt been stored with over the years.

My first first was working with cotton. I didn’t expect cotton to be so slippery, it is very different to using 8 ply acrylic yarn and I struggled to get the tension right.

My second first was making applique motifs with that cotton. These were difficult, mainly because the patterns are more involved than a simple granny square and the other little things I have been teaching myself with. I really had to concentrate on reading the pattern and there were several undoings along the way.DSC_0551DSC_0538DSC_0552DSC_0542

This is also where my first fail comes in. The third motif I chose was quite complicated for my novice ability and introduced triple trebles, quadruple trebles and open triple trebles into my stitch repertoire, this was a lot to get my head around especially the open triple trebles! So even though I thought I had read the pattern carefully and I had undone and redone portions of it, when it was finished I realised that somehow I had missed some stitches. So, although this one probably has the best crochet it has the worst pattern interpretation.

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The cotton I used was a 4 ply bubblegum pink. For the first two motifs I used a 3 mm hook as the band said to use a 3.25 mm but I was unhappy with the way the stitches were looking so I changed hooks and this is my third first. For the third applique I made I used a 1.25 mm hook, I have never used a hook so small, I found it difficult to hold and lost grip on it regularly. Overall I enjoyed making these appliques and working with the cotton, even though my efforts were more fail than fantastic I am still proud of  what I achieved.

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It has been cold in Brisbane this week, and yesterday was one of those days where you just want to put on every item of clothing you own in an attempt to stay warm. I realise that for some of you a Queensland winter might be considered balmy but when 9 months of the year is singlet weather, when the temperature drops below 20 degrees Celsius everyone here is rugged up like they are in Siberia! So this cold snap made me decide that I am ready to move my crochet to the next level and actually make something with some use….an afghan!

I saw this gorgeous soft afghan on Pinterest

So my plan is to make something like this, all in grey and creating interest by using a variety of  blocks and motifs.

In yet another first I went to the yarn store! The store I chose was Tangled Yarns in Newstead and what a delightful store it is, they offer a vast array of yarn, knitting and crochet classes, social knitting and crochet and cake and coffee…what more could you want?

I have never bought fancy yarn before so I was excited to say the least. The yarn I chose was a super soft undyed baby alpaca.

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The label calls it oatmeal but I would call it light grey.

I have also never bought a skein before, nor rolled said skein into a usable ball, but surely it can’t be that hard, right?….Wrong. This was an epic fail!

I did Google how to do it, but in my haste to start using my new beautiful baby alpaca yarn I did not take the time to unravel the skein properly and ended up with a great big tangled mess. After about 3 hours I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and 20 minutes later I had 1 ball of delicious, soft, fuzzy alpaca yarn just waiting to be crocheted into something gorgeous.

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I love my little ball of yarn, I just want to hold it and look at it. I am so excited to turn it into a wonderful snuggly blanket!

Heart Challenge

11 May

 Look at this cute heart!

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Through my new Facebook page I accepted a Heart Challenge from Sew eeks

She combined two patterns to come up with this really cute little number.

This was my first attempt at it, not too bad. What do you think?

I also learnt a new stitch, the American half treble, I am not sure what the UK equivalent of this is but it was yarn over hook twice, through stitch, yarn over hook pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.

This took less than an hour to make and was pretty easy.

I can see a super cute heart garland in my future. What other uses can you see for this?

Circles, squares and genes.

4 May

It seems that all those seemingly fruitless years of my Mum trying to teach me crochet has not been in vain.

It appears that all that knowledge has just been storing itself away waiting for my crochet gene to be turned on.

Since picking up a hook several weeks ago my skills and confidence in crochet has soared. Today I did something that I never thought would be possible such a short time ago….I created something  without a pattern!

I saw this blanket on Pinterest recently but was disappointed to find no tutorial when I clicked on the link.

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Like I always do in moments of  confusion, I turned to Google to find the answer. I searched for circle in square motifs but Google had nothing like this.

I had all but given up on being able to make this, until yesterday.

Yesterday,  I successfully completed a solid concentric square pattern,which I found here,

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and over the past few weeks I have mastered crocheting in the round, see here. So  I thought that maybe I could combine the two of these to make my own motif . . And that is exactly what I did, here it is…

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I really like what I came up with, but on closer examination of the original Pinterest inspiration,  I could see how mine differed, so I went back and tried it again, here is my second attempt…

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I think this one is just about perfect, and it turned out to be really easy to make.

I am feeling pretty proud of myself, I have been carrying my square around all afternoon, I just can’t stop looking at it.

I feel there is no stopping me now my crochet gene has been switched on. I can’t wait to choose some delicious yarn to make my spotty blanket a reality.

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