Tuesday, April 21, 2015

granny blanket : see how they run

Yesterday was Marathon Monday here in Boston, so in honor of the runners, this week we will be hooking this square:

WEEK SEVENTEEN || See How They Run
by Margaret MacInnis

This was a quick and fun one to hook.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

granny blanket : 2 for 1

Hey there!
Whew!  What a week last week was.  So much so, that I did not get to post last week's square.
So. . .this morning I'm sharing two squares with you.

WEEK FIFTEEN || Pretty Petals
by Melinda Miller

This square is pretty straight forward and hooked up quickly with easy repeating rounds.
I really like the way the corners stretch out into an X with the 8-petal flower at its center.

WEEK SIXTEEN || Cathedral Converts
by Margaret MacInnis

This one was hooking up rather largely for me (Margaret warns of this in her pattern).  By the time I completed the circle part, I knew it would be too big for my blanket.  I stopped after completing Round 7 (the treble cluster petals) and did the following to turn the circle into a square:

Join new color into the ch4 space before any cluster with a Standing Single Crochet
SC in same space, *SC in top of cluster, 2SC in next space, 
Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPHDC) around the single stitch between clusters, 
2SC in next space, SC in top of cluster, 2SC in next space, 
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around stitch between clusters, 
2HDC in next space, DC in top of cluster, 2DC in next space, CH4,
Front Post Treble Crochet (FPTC) around stitch between clusters,
CH4, 2DC in next space, DC in top of cluster, 2HDC in next space
FPDC around stitch between clusters,
2SC in next space, repeat around from * 3 more times ending with FPD around stitch between clusters and slip stitch into standing sc.
{You should now have a square with corners made up of 3DC, CH4, FPTC, CH4, 3DC and sides made up of 2HDC, FPDC, 5SC, FPHDC, 5SC, FPDC, 2HDC}

I really liked the popcorn corners of the original pattern, so here's how I fit them into my altered pattern:

Join new color into any stitch along side with a Standing Single Crochet (see link above).
SC in each stitch until ch4 space (22sc per side).  
CH3, popcorn in first ch4 space, CH3, popcorn in fptc, CH3, popcorn in second ch4 space, CH3 and continue 22 SC per side, repeat popcorn corners and sc sides.

For next popcorn round, CH4 between each popcorn and place popcorns in ch3 space on either side of center popcorn from previous round, 22 sc per side.  

For last popcorn round use CH5 on either side of popcorn and place popcorn in ch4 space between 2 popcorns from previous round.

HDC broder round: HDC in each of 22 sc sides, 5SC in ch5 space, CH3 across popcorn, 5SC in ch5 space.

Final round: SC in each stitch around, 3SC in ch3 space.

Monday, March 30, 2015

granny blanket : pretty in pink

Happy Monday!
I've been spending the morning watching planner videos while folding laundry, but I'm putting both on pause so I can share this week's square with you.

WEEK FOURTEEN || Pretty in Pink
by April Moreland

This one hooked up pretty quickly, but I did need to pay attention to skipped stitches (she doesn't always specify).  Also, I did the last round in half-double crochet to get it to match the size of the rest of my squares.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

on my hook : bunny

Here comes Peter Cottontail. . .

This week I'm hooking up a few little bunnies

to tuck into the boys' Easter baskets.

Even though they're growing up, they still humor me with deep appreciation for my creations.
 Pattern can be found at the Lion Brand website.  Sign up is free and there are oodles of crochet and knitting patterns.

Monday, March 23, 2015

granny blanket : starburst new millennium

The sun is shining brightly and despite freezing temps and winds, it feels like we are on the brink of spring (could just be my wishful thinking).  

Every week that passes, and every square I hook, we are getting one step closer to warmer weather and time outside and NO MORE SNOW.  I am so ready.

WEEK THIRTEEN || Starburst New Millennium
by Margaret MacInnis
 This one, like last week's, had another intricate center.  It is pretty, but lots of stitching and tacking down.  Not a square I would want to make an entire blanket out of.  This is why I enjoy making these mixed-square blankets: you get to try out lots of different techniques and stitches.  And if it's a challenging block, you only have to make one.