Yarn & Tea: July ~ Time flies when you are crocheting. Part 2

I know why July flew by! I was busy and as the saying goes.. “time flies when your crocheting”. That is how it goes? Isn’t it? ūüėČ

I was concerned that your tea (or coffee or wine) needed refreshing so I made July’s wrap up into two posts. {Part One can be read here.} So now that we’ve refreshed our mugs (or glass) here I go..

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In July I have also picked up the¬†¬†Sidewalk shawl¬†that I haven’t worked on in some time. It requires me to pay attention to the pattern. I usually make projects that don’t have changes to the pattern for each row.

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While I’m enjoying the pattern I find that I can’t work this project when my darling family is around. After all these years they still have not caught on that counting louder means I’m trying to ignore you / I’m focusing on this.

Talking about having to pay attention…

I saw this adorable zebra pattern at Repeat Crafter Me. When I posted it to my Facebook page someone requested that I make one. ¬†It’s a lovely pattern, very straight forward with obvious colour¬†changes. (I’ll write more when I’m done.) This will be my second amigurumi ūüôā I’m still undecided if I’ll make more. As I posted on Instagram, some focus is needed because the neighbours¬†will wonder what the yell of frustration is all about.20170726_173829

Among other things on my social media and blogs I played with a new header and title for my Facebook page. It was originally started just for the pieces of yarn art that I sell but now I post a variety of crochet ‘stuff’ including blog posts from here. So.. it needed an update.

Perhaps I should tackle a few jobs around the house now that I’ve spent half of summer working on my crafts?

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Whew! Now to get back to my PHD (projects half done) I seem to have started several again! Oooops.

How are your projects coming along? Did you finish a few? Start one or two?

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Jack Skellington C2C Blanket Directions

I really have to call this a Set of Directions because pattern implies a step by step (row by row) instructions.

The original grid is one I found on Pinterest (it’s actually a friendship bracelet pattern). Please feel free to use these directions for your own personal use. Do not sell this set of directions. Please do not use my photos as demo for your work.

I’d love to see your work. Please link back here with your creations.

I’m sharing the details I used to work out the directions. If you’d like to make your own you’ll have to do some prep work.

Print the basic graph.

Draw your own lines/squares to add the appropriate width and length.

And count squares per “row”.

Stitches used:

dc = double chain   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358528820326574382/

sc = single chain  (edge only)


I suggest that you watch these videos. They are how I discovered how to count the squares per row AND very importantly how to make a C2C (Corner to Corner) rectangle.

NOTES:

At time stamp 2:35 Counting Boxes

8:10 Writing your rows (amount of blocks per colour)

24:00 How to change colours

40:00 How to BEGIN your C2C

51:45 How to decrease as if a square

54:05 How to decrease RECTANGLE

 

More about C2C rectangle


Directions C2C Jack Skellington

Materials

Graph (see below)

Paper

Pencil

Ruler

Tapestry needle (weave in LOTS of ends)

5mm crochet hook (or one suited to your yarn)

approx 3 balls of BLACK Caron Simply Soft (6oz/170.1 g medium 4 yarn)

approx 8 balls of WHITE Caron Simply Soft (6 oz/170.1g medium 4 yarn)

Sorry I did not count the balls as I made this project!! This is a guess-stimate.

Dimensions 

Based on 1 square = approx 2 cm ( 1 inch )

1 square = 4 dc

 

Single bed (Cnd/US) 97cm wide by 191cm tall  {38inches wide x 75 inches tall}

36 squares wide (total)

74 squares tall (total)

plus border

BORDER

1 row of sc white

1 row of sc black

1 row of dc white

 

Preperation

1.Print Jack Skellington graph

2. Adhere printed graph onto larger sheet of paper

3. With ruler draw (extend) graph.   Make enough new boxes to complete bed sized blanket.

Original graph (# of original squares)

28 squares wide

51 squares tall

ADD / Draw with ruler

9 squares to each side to total 36 squares WIDE  ( 28 original squares + 18 added squares = 36 squares wide)

23 squares to bottom AND top of graph (tall) [ 51 original squares + 46 added squares = 74 squares tall]

Use ruler to draw additional boxes

4. Use a ruler to draw diagonal lines through boxes to visualize the C2C rows. (And help you count the number of squares per colour. * see above video) REMEMBER to note the alternating direct of each row.

5. {Optional} Write row by row your colour blocks.  {see video above @ minute 8:10}

 

Starting with white begin your Corner to Corner Jack Skellington blanket.

  1. Chain 6.
  2. Crochet the first corner block. Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 stitches.
  3. Begin the 2nd row. Turn and ch 6.
  4. Crochet 1st block of 2nd row. Repeat Step 2 to create the block.
  5. Create the 2nd block in the 2nd row. …
  6. Start crocheting the 3rd row.
  7. Continue following your graph / written block chart note colour of each block

NOTES

I used stitch markers to note which edge is my “bottom” and which edge is the starting side. In my photos, I count rows starting from left corner so I would be noting the left side of the blanket.

If this is your first C2C I suggest using some spare yarn to practice the stitch (follow along with above video) before starting this blanket.


This was written several months after I completed the blanket. Please comment below if you find any areas (in my directions) that need updating.

Related posts:

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/jack-skellington-c2c-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/on-track-with-jack-skellington-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/feeling-creative-inspiration/

 

 

 

Sherbet and whip cream blanket

This blanket was such a joy to work on. The days just before spring brought more snow and were generally dreary. The soft texture of the yarn and the sublime, bright, spring colours¬†just made me happy. ¬†They’re such delicious¬†colours that I think of this blanket as ‘Sherbet and Whip Cream’ instead of what the author has named it. (Rainbow Ruffle)

it did take me longer to make than I anticipated but I didn’t mind. ¬†It’s warm and soft!

I found the pattern a little distracting to read but the photos were helpful. The author suggested that any color order would work but since this blanket was requested I made it with the color order as found on the pattern page.

 

Pattern:¬†Rainbow Ruffle Blanket by Dada’s Place

Variation on pattern for my Ruffle Blanket Sherbet and Whip Cream Blanket:

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn. {Pale Yellow, Hot Blue, Hot Orange, Hot Pink, Soft Violet and White.} I found with this yarn, I needed to go back and purchase extra yarn. (one more ball of each colour) I need much more white. It would have been best to purchase one of the big balls of Bernat Handicraft vs the many small balls for this project.

The yarn recommends a 5mm hook for this project I used a 4.5 mm

I had 91 stitches across which measured approx 80 cm. When I finished the blanket (following the colour order in the pattern) the blanket was 126 cm long.

 

Jack Skellington ~ C2C Blanket

Whew! I finished it in time! It took me most of my free time over the past 7 weeks. This Jack Skellington blanket is a gift for our son who is turning 16 very soon!

jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-1With the frequent colour changes I had a lot of ends to weave in. That got done as I worked the blanket simply because I couldn’t stand the mess!

I’m so glad that the inspiration to use the Corner to Corner pattern/stitch came to me because it was perfect for this project. ¬†I don’t think I would have finished in time for my son’s birthday if I had done a traditional row by row pattern. ¬†I wrote last month about making this pattern for the Jack blanket. For the edge; a straight stitch didn’t seem to go with the theme so I alternated between a single and a double stitch. It created a kind-of wonky, off beat edge.20170224_143902

Simply Soft by Caron¬†was picked for the blanket because of the texture. I think if the¬†texture wasn’t so important, I would have liked a ‘sturdier’ yarn for this big of a project. ¬†Yet it is hard to feel any regret about my yarn choice. Caron’s Simply Soft is such a pleasure to hold for this many hours!

I’m often asked how long it takes to make. ¬†I didn’t keep track of exactly how long it took me; I estimate that I was crocheting for around 70 hours. I also didn’t note how many balls of yarn I used! ¬†(guess-timate¬†5 or 6 white and 2 or 3 black). ¬†I do know that as with all my,¬†blankets the spaces between the stitches¬†are filled with love.

Directions can be found here.jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-3

Do I wait ’til his birthday to give it to him or shall I let him watch t.v. with it tonight?

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This blanket was inspired by Tim Burton’s movie.

#CreativePeopleProblems ~ The error

While I enjoy challenges and variety in my crochet projects my all time favourite projects are baby blankets. No matter how straight forward of a design they always feel special.

I was happy to create this blanket for a lady at work who is eagerly expecting her a sister for her son.  Having lots of blue and neutral blankets already, she asked for a pink and white blanket. She was thrilled when I gave it to her last week.

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If she wasn’t due soon I wouldn’t have given it to her. I was that tempted to either undo the whole thing or make a new one. ¬†As I was taking photos so I could share my work I saw IT.

Arrrr I must have used a different¬†hook when I started this blanket. That’s all I can see every time I look now. ¬†#creativepeopleproblems

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