Thursday, November 19, 2015

granny blanket : fountain of roses

Hey, hey, hey!
I was really hoping to get this post up on Monday, and then it was Tuesday, and well, the week got away from me from there.  But better late than never, right?  And we are quickly approaching the end of our square patterns and it will soon be time to begin the daunting super fun task of joining 50 squares!

WEEK 47 || Fountain of Roses
by Shan Sevcik

This is such a pretty square.  I love the center clustered flower, and the way it poofs up when you stitch the backside.  I wish my square had more room for the beautiful roses around the outside.  Lots of interesting combinations of stitches here!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

crochet : christmas baubles

Hello, friends!  Thanks so much for popping in.  
Yesterday, here in the States, we observed Veterans' Day to honor the people who serve in courage to protect our country and freedoms that we so often take for granted.  I spent the mid-week day off from work hooking up some Christmas baubles.

They are super fun to make and work up fairly quickly.  I am excited to make bunches of baubles to give as gifts this holiday season.  

If you would like to hook up some of your own, I am happy to share the pattern with you:

Materials: size F hook, dk weight yarn (or light weight worsted), 3" glass or plastic ornament bulbs
Finish each round with a slip stitch join and fasten off.
round 1: in a magic circle, ch3, 11dc {12dc}
round 2: working between each dc from round 1 (not in top of stitch) work 1 hdc, ch1around {12 hdc, 12 ch1 spaces}
round 3: 3dc cluster, ch 1 in each ch1 space. (YO, insert hook in space, pull up loop, YO, pull through 2 loops, repeat 3 times, then YO pull through all 4 loops) {12 3dccl, 12 ch1 spaces}
round 4: sc in each of the 2 stitches of the clusters (the large stitch of the cluster & the chain stitch), dc in space between stitches {24 sc, 12 dc}
round 5: dc in each of the 2 sc from rnd 4, ch1 sk dc (24 dc, 12 ch1 spaces}
round 6: 2hdc in ch spaces, 1hdc between 2dc from rnd 5 {36 hdc)

Make 2 and don't fasten off the final round of the second medallion.  Weave in all ends.  
Place the two sides together, right sides facing out, and slip stitch all the way around to join.  Go around about 3/4 of the way, insert the bulb and continue slip stitch joining.  

I gave a full tutorial on Periscope and the replay from Katch is embedded below.
You can check out the rest of my crafty Scopes at Katch.
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Monday, November 9, 2015

granny blanket : chocolate delight

Good Monday Morning!
Holy smokes!  I'm on time with this week's square!
{and I ordered our Christmas cards this weekend!}
I think I've been abducted by aliens.  This is on not like me!  But I like it.
On to this week's square:

WEEK FORTY SIX || Chocolate Delight

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, November 2, 2015

granny blanket : lotus pavilions & kata

Happy November!
How is it November already?!  Halloween is over, and Christmas has hit the stores in full force.  And we are winding down with the last handful of granny squares to complete our blanket.  

WEEK FORTY FOUR || Lotus Pavilions
This is another favorite square.  I love the way the back-post crochet makes the stitches pop, and the lines the pattern creates.
I did omit the last 3 rounds, ending instead with round 12.  My round 13 went like this:
in corner: 3sc
*sk 1 stitch, sc in next 5, {dc 2 tog, sc in next 2} x2, dc 2 tog, dc, hdc, 2sc, sc 2 tog at top of point, 2sc,  hdc, dc, dc 2 tog, {2sc, dc 2 tog} x 2, sc in next 4, sk 1 stitch, 3sc in corner Repeat from * around and join with sl st to first sc.

I had hooked up this block for the first granny blanket I ever made.  It's a beautiful square and fun to hook up the various clusters.