Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cute Baby Hat and Booties

These make the cutest little shower gifts. It's a simple, quick working and a very forgiving project, Perfect for beginners.

I used Red Heart Baby Clouds yarn for both the hat and booties. The hat was done on the blue knifty knitter loom (could also be done on a bulky weight, 24 peg knitting loom. Cast on 24, knit 3in (approx. 12rnds), reach inside the loom and place each loop from the first rnd over the corresponding peg, knit 6.5 to 7in more (approx. 26-28rnds), finish off with a draw string (to make a draw string simply cut the yarn leaving a 18in tail, thread a yarn needle using that tail. Go through each loop on each peg going from the bottom up. Once you have done so take each loop of each peg, then pull thread tight) secure with a knot . Feel free to add a pom-pom. Note this is just the instructions that came with the knitting loom, not my own pattern.
 The baby booty pattern was also not my own, but here's where I found it http://bevq.blogspot.com/2010/01/bevs-baby-clouds-booties.html
Together they look adorable in pink or in blue.  The booties fit perfectly into the hat for storage or shipping purposes.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Cute Turkey Pillow/Square

This is the first pillow I've made...the only reason I made it into a pillow is because I didn't have any other patterns that measured up and I thought a whole afghan of turkeys would be overwhelming. Here's where I found this adorable pattern http://dayna.tdgservices.com/ShowPattern.aspx?PatternID=34


Pumpkin Afghan

I first began to crochet this afghan for someone who loved orange. By the time I finished it he was 6 and already had two crocheted afghans. So I decided to add the black picot border.

To begin ch136 turn (dc in third ch from the hook and all the way across, ch 2 turn) repeat until you reached the desired size (I just used four skeins of orange red heart yarn)
Note: you don't have to ch exactly 136 that was just my desired length.

For the picot edge you (Sc 1, sl st, ch 3, sl st in the same spot) repeat as many times as needed. I did not write this pattern. Here's the video I got it from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgqBr3vmlmE

Simple Cutesy Afghan

This was my first afghan with squares. It is very simple, easy but also tedious because you have to sew a lot of seams.

My favorite effect is the scallop border. It was not my own pattern. “(sk 3, dc 5 in next st,)as many times as needed."
Here's the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgqBr3vmlmE
 My aunt taught me how to make the granny squares orally and then I wrote it out. Here it is:

Size: 4x4
Crochet hook size I/9
Yarn needle/darning needle
Approx  12yds of worsted weight yarn
Slip stitch=sl st
Double crochet=dc

Ch 4, join w/ sl st
Rnd 1: Ch 3, dc 2 in loop,  ch 2, *dc 3 in loop, ch 2* repeat from * to * 3 times,  join w/ sl st
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc 2 in loop under  3 ch, ch 1, dc 3 in corner loop, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner loop, ch 1, *dc 3 in next corner, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner, ch 1,* repeat  from * to * once, dc 3 in next corner, ch 2, join  to beginning w/ sl st
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc 2 in loop under 3 ch, *ch 1, dc 3 in middle loop, ch 1, dc 3 in corner, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner,* repeat from * to * twice, ch 1, dc 3 in middle loop, ch 1, dc 3 in next corner, ch 2, join  to beginning w/ sl st, tie off weave in ends

You may notice in this pattern that it is actually just "Dc 3, ch 2, dc 3" in the corners holes, dc 3 in the other holes and ch 1 in between." you can continue this for as many rounds as you like, this just happens to be for the 4" square.

Butterfly Afghan

This is probably my favorite afghan so far. It was a really quick and easy pattern.

I did tweak the first corner of each round "Ch 3, dc 1 in corner hole" and then finish the round as if this were the entire corner, when you reach the end of the round you won't have to slip stitch instead "dc 2 in corner hole, ch 2, sl st in the 3rd ch from the beg." just as you would with a granny square, this also makes it so you can't see the slip stitches in the final product. Although the first corner hole will be a slightly different shape. (in the 2nd picture, in the bottom right you may notice that those holes are a little bigger) Note: this is a 12in square
The square is not my own pattern. Here's where I found it along with other inspiring patterns. http://yarncrazy.blogspot.com/2009/05/butterfly-garden.html
This is the video for the 3-D Butterfly to sew on to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_0L152d1oc&p=C8B6ACC17E98D42C  (also not my own pattern) I hope you enjoy!