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.

Ivy blanket

I recently made a blanket for a co-worker’s new baby girl.  Luckily, I already had some baby yarn in my stash from a commission last year.  It was even the right colors!

You might remember how, after organizing and seeing exactly how much yarn I actually had, I resolved to only used stashed yarn for any new projects.  I didn’t have a lot of baby yarn, but I had enough to get a decent sized blanket.  It came out a bit of an odd size, because I only used what I had, nothing more, but I think it’s still a good size for a baby blanket.

36 inches wide, by 26 inches long/tall.  Big enough to wrap a baby in, and that’s all that matters.

Ivy blanket 1

I used Bernat Softee Baby in Pink, Mint, and White, and an H hook.

I totally winged the pattern, because I didn’t know exactly how much yarn I had, and didn’t want a pattern that would eat it up.  So I was just going to do double crochets with blocks of color, but then I remembered a stitch pattern that I’d used in a previous project.  I wasn’t sure if it would work without redoing the whole thing, but it totally worked!  Yay!

Ivy blanket 2

I was going to make both colored sections the same, but decided to switch them up a little bit.

Ivy blanket 3

I wrote the pattern down, so if there’s interest I’ll share it.  It probably needs to be tested before I release it into the wild, though.  It’s an easy enough pattern to make longer.  It only came out the size it did because that was literally all the yarn I had.  If I’d more yarn it would have been a bit bigger.

Ivy blanket 4

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!