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