Car seat blanket

Three months since my last post – yikes!  A lot has happened in those three months, though, so I will hopefully have more posts up soon.  I just need to buckle down and DO IT.

Anyway.

Over the summer my sister paid me to make a baby blanket for my niece’s dance teacher.  I offered my sister a few patterns to choose from, she picked one and bought the yarn and paid me for labor.  Yay, money!

I used the Easy Car Seat Blanket pattern by Tw-In Stitches, which has a nifty opening for the buckle part of the car seat so the blanket doesn’t slide off.  I did have to make some changes and adjustments because I was using regular yarn instead of baby yarn, but since the pattern is easy it wasn’t that hard to change things.

Ta-da!

carseat-blanket

I used Red Heart yarn in Monet and Pale Yellow.  For the ruffley border I did a single-crochet base in Monet, and then triple-crocheted around.  I can’t remember if I did 2 TC in each SC, or 2 TC and then 1 TC, and I didn’t make note of it in Ravelry or my crochet journal.  Damn.

Because the top (above the buckle opening) was only slightly longer than the part below the opening, I added a single-crochet row of Monet so that Mom would be able to easily tell the ends apart.

E’s car blanket

When my niece was born four years ago, I made a little car seat blankie for her.  It was 19×24 inches, and I used the two-color wave stitch from the Crochet Stitch Bible.

 

As she moved from an infant carrier to a car seat, she used it as a lap blanket in the car.  Well, last month she finally outgrew it.  My sister told me that E’s feet were sticking out the bottom of it, and asked me to make her a new one.  Of course I’m going to say yes!

E picked out the colors – blues, of course – and I got to work.

I tried to use the same pattern, but for some reason I just couldn’t get it to work.  After TWO DAYS of fiddling around with it and getting frustrated, I said fuck it and picked a whole new pattern.  I chose the Ribbon Afghan pattern by Olivia Rainsford.

It’s an easy pattern, and looks great with multiple colors of yarn.  It’s a great stash-buster pattern!

I tend to chain tightly, so I always make my chains with the next hook size up from the hook I’m actually going to use.  So for this project I chained 150+2 with an I hook, and then switched to an H hook for rest of the blanket.

E's car blanket 2

It came out 23×41 inches.  Long enough that she’ll hopefully be able to use it for quite a few years.

For the yarn, I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in Clear Blue and White, and Red Heart SS in Royal and Turqua.

Here’s a picture where you can better see the difference in color between the Clear Blue and the Turqua:

E's car blanket 3

Dixie deemed it warm enough for the small human.

I made the mistake of showing it to E before it was done, because I wanted to make sure it was going to be long enough.  After that, she kept asking when she was going to get her new blanket, and telling my sister that they needed to see me because E needed her new blanket, lol.  She was very happy and excited when I finished it and gave it to her.

 

Arctic Sky baby blanket

When Moogly posted her Easy Log Cabin pattern a few months ago, my immediate reaction was, ‘oooh, pretty!  want!’.  I mean, look at those gorgeous colors!

Easy Log Cabin Afghan - free crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com!

I don’t, however, need another blanket.

So I admired it and moved on, but it stayed in the back of my mind, and it kept popping up on tumblr and twitter and facebook.  So pretty.  Such beautiful colors.  So do not need.  Sigh.

Then in early January I was at my niece’s birthday party – the niece who (still!) refuses to turn four – and noticed that one of my sister’s friends was pregnant.  Perfect!  I could make the blanket for her!  She’s someone I’m familiar with – she’s a yoga teacher and I’ve taken a few of her classes, and I’ve hung out with her and my sister and their kids a few times – so we’re not total strangers, so it (hopefully) wasn’t weird that I wanted to make her a baby blanket.  She didn’t seem to think it was weird, anyway.

I found out the colors she liked  – purple, no pink! – and went shopping the next day.  I’d looked online at the Lion Brand website to check what colors were available in the yarn Moogly’d used for the pattern.  There was a nice purple/blue/grey colorway called Arctic Sky that seemed like it would be perfect.

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It took going to a few different stores before finally finding the yarn at AC Moore.  I bought five skeins for a baby blanket size.

The pattern was super easy, and the yarn worked up beautifully.  The blanket came out so soft and fluffy and cuddly, especially after being washed.  While this yarn was lovely to work with, it is a little pricey, imo.  Or I’m just not used to buying ‘fancy’ yarn,  haha.  But I think that any yarn with long color changes would look wonderful with this pattern.

I used the recommended hook size, but my blanket came out just a smidge smaller than the pattern estimated.  It ended up being 32 inches square, which is still a good size for a baby blanket.

Arctic Sky BB blanket 3

I found the colors so peaceful and calm and soothing, and I thought it be perfect for my sister’s friend, with all the yoga and meditation she does.  Well, she absolutely loved it!  Which of course made me happy.

This pattern really is so easy, that I think it’s going to become my go-to baby blanket pattern!

 

Manager gifts

I had crocheted a nice blanket for one of the managers at work, then decided to make one for another manager, then when that was done decided to make a coffee mug cozy for the store admin.

Then I felt like I should make something for the rest of the managers, so I decided on a simple coffee sleeve pattern that I cold whip out quickly and used yarn from my stash.  Yay for de-stashing!

For the coffee sleeves I followed this pattern, which looks fancy but is really super simple.  I would suggest using stitch markers to mark the last stitch in each row, because it’s very easy to miss a stitch.

beverage sleevesI used this pattern for the mug cozy, which again was super simple and easy.  I did end up adding another row, because when I tested it on one of my mugs it only came up about halfway.  I also chained more for the loop so it would be easier to get over the button.  I would suggest not fastening off your loop chain until you’re sure that it’ll work for you.

mug cozyI also made quick info tags for them on my computer, with washing instructions.

I left them on everyone’s desk – wrapped of course – when I went to work yesterday, so I’m not sure how everyone liked them.  I’m working tonight, so I’m sure I’ll find out then.

Idiot Mittens

Today I finished a pair of mittens for my baby niece.  I’ve never made a clothing item before, but luckily I found a great FREE pattern that was easy to follow.  I did make a few changes, but nothing really significant.

Instead of fastening off after the last row of the cuff, I just chained one, turned the cuff on its side and started the first row of the hand.  I did 1 sc in the first stitch and the next stitch, then *2 sc in the following stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch*, repeating across and ending with 1 sc in each of the last 2 stitches, for a total of 27.

Then I measured my niece from wrist-to-wrist (or tried to, wiggly worm), attached the yarn to one mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, chained an appropriate amount, anchored the chain to the other mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, single crocheted in the next stitch on the cuff, then single crocheted back across the chain (in the ‘spine’ on the back of the chain), and ended with a single crochet in the stitch next to the stitch I started my chain in.

Does that make sense?  I’m not sure I explained it that well, lol.

I used an F hook and Caron Perfect Match in Orange, which is a REALLY bright orange.  Like, safety-vest orange.  Traffic-cone orange.  They’ll definitely know which ones are E’s, is what I’m saying.  The funny thing is, is that I showed E two skeins of yarn (she’s 10 months, btw), the orange and Monet by Red Heart, and she immediately reached for the bright orange.  Sold!

 

Party hat for amigurumis

I had made the free pig off of the Lion Brand yarn website for a friend’s birthday (you might need to be logged in to see that link, but joining is totally free and totally worth it for all the free patterns).  It worked up fast and easy, looked great, and I knew my friend – who collects pigs – was going to love it.  Then I showed it to my mom, who asked, “where’s it’s party hat?”

Cue me staring at her for a moment, then mentally slamming my head on a table.  OF COURSE!  IT TOTALLY NEEDED A PARTY HAT!

So last night after work I sat down and came up with a super easy pattern for a little party hat for amigurumis.  Someone somewhere has probably already made and shared a pattern, but if they did I couldn’t find it.  So here’s mine!

Party Hat for Amigurumis

You will need:  size G hook, worsted weight yarn, stitch marker to count rounds
Round 1:  Chain 2. 4 sc in first chain.
Round 2:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch.  Repeat to end of round – 6 stitches
Round 3:  sc in each stitch around
Round 4:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 8 stitches
Round 5:  sc in each stitch around
Round 6:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 10 stitches
Round 7:  sc in each stitch around
Round 8:  2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 12 stitches
Round 9:  sc in each stitch around
Round 10:  2sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 5 stitches.  Repeat to end of round – 14 stitches
Round 11:  sc in each stitch around

(This is where I ended for my hat, but you can keep on increasing in this manner (or knock off rounds) until you have the size you need)

Ruffles:
(Change color if desired)
Chain 1.
In front loops only – 2sc in next stitch, 3sc in next stitch.  Repeat to end of round, join with slip stitch to first sc of round.  Fasten off.  Decorate with surface crochet, beads, sequins, whatever grabs your fancy.  Add stuffing.  Attach hat to amigurumi.  Party on!

Quart-sized Mason Jar Cozy

I made a bunch of these as gifts this past Christmas, and filled the jars with candy.  You can make these in any color to match your decor, or for the different holidays.  This pattern is for a quart-sized mason jar, but it can easily be adapted to other sizes.  Just increase the bottom circle to the desired size.

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Supplies:

1 skein Red Heart worsted weight yarn, in Mistletoe or color of your choice  (you can get three cozies out of one 5oz skein)

Size H crochet hook

Stitch markers

Yarn needle

Quart-sized mason jar (lid optional)

Stitches used:

sc = single crochet

ss = slip stitch

rsc = reverse single crochet*

*Reverse single crochet:  Working left-to-right (or right-to-left if left-handed), Chain 1 then single crochet into the last stitch of the previous row and in each stitch around.

Pattern is worked continuously in a spiral; do not join or turn at the end of rows.

To help keep track of your stitches, place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

Pattern:

Rd 1:  Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch.

Rd 2:  2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc

Rd 3:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat – 18 sc

Rd 4:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat – 24 sc

Rd 5:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat – 30 sc

Rd 6:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat – 36 sc

Rd 7:  2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat – 42 sc

Rd 8:  1 sc in each sc, back loops only, all around – 42 sc

Rd 9:  Sc in each sc, both loops, all around

Rd 10:   Sc in each sc, back loops only, all around

Rds 11 – 25:  Repeat rds 9 and 10, joining with ss on rd 25

Rd 26:  Ch 1, rsc around, join with ss and fasten off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends