Category Archives: baby blanket

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.

 

#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.

mrs-ls-baby-girl

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

different-hooks

Off my hook in 2015

Last year I pondered making a mood blanket in 2015. Perhaps 2016 will be the year for that. I know it’s going to be one of those “big years” but what I don’t know is what will strike my fancy for crocheting!

Something snuggly

This spring I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands so…

I decided to make some baby blankets to sell. This is all very new and a little strange for me. At first I found it difficult to make something without someone in mind. (I really do put love into my projects!!)

I also didn’t care for the pattern at first. My family liked it and coaxed me to keep going. Now that I have two done in the basket weave stitch (as I call it) I found I really do like it.

I found my inspiration on Pinterest (I LOVE that site!!) It’s a free pattern by Tamara of Moogly Blog

I had another blanket that I started for someone I worked with but lost touch with. 😦 I took inspiration from her colours of Sunshine Yellow and Elephant Grey. Grey is such a trendy colour in nurseries lately.

So now I have blankets in a neutral, a traditional girl and a traditional boy colour sets. The blue and pink are made with Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly yarn. The yellow is made with Red Heart Super Saver.

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I finally worked up the nerve to put them up for sale.(And on my crochet/craft site: Ailanthus Knots)  I started on the local Kijiji site. I’m not sure what I’m most nervous about.. actually selling them or letting some stranger take one of my blankets.

Working up the nerve..

I’ve had several friends tell me that I should sell some of the things I make. So I’ve made three baby blankets and I’m working on some Christmas gifts / scarves.

Now I just have to get up the nerve to put my blankets out there for sale.  I’m not sure if I’m more scared that no one will want them or that if someone will buy and like them.

I started a blog with the name I want to use. I’ve read blog posts, magazine articals and “how to tips”.

gulp..

Here’s a peek.

Edit: I did it!! Here’s my post on my other crochet / craft blog, Ailanthus Knots.

Little projects

This is my first summer with no bigger projects. I started with projects because of the many hours I used to spend sitting and watching / waiting for my kids. It used to be 2 to 3 hours at swim lessons 5 days a week plus 2 to 3 hours of baseball 4 / 5 nights a week plus trips to the pool with their cousins for several hours every couple of days. I had A LOT of time to work on projects.
Now my babies are more grown up. Swim lessons are done, baseball is down to just a couple nights a week (and being score keeper my hands are busy), my oldest has a job and they don’t need Mom to be at the pool any more.

So far this summer I’ve made a baby blanket to get ahead of things. Last fall/winter that’s all I did!

I made a few scarves, one for daughter and one for Christmas gifts.

I have a baby blanket the I started for someone at work but she’s left that job. I think I’ll finish the body and leave the trim. The sunshine yellow and elephant grey is trendy. I’ll personalize it when I have someone specific to give it to.

I tdouble strand lap blanket (1)ried to make a shawl but had a very difficult time following the pattern. I gave up on the pattern and free formed it. Did NOT like that. So I just made a lap blanket.

I also got a wonderful bag of possibilities! I’ll save that for another post.

March Break… time to relax and crochet

Ahhh… working two part time jobs means your rarely get a whole day, never mind 4 glorious days in a row off.  At first I was antsy.. I’m so used to having something to do at a certain time.

It was a lovely four days.

Rewatching The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and Torchwood and Doctor Who. I PINNED, and blogged. I pondered my blog n crochetMickey blanket ..still don’t know how I want to design that one. I finished another infinity scarf and started another. I started another baby blanket..just one to have on hand. {I don’t know what’s in the water at one of my jobs but WOW I’ve made a lot of those lately!}  Decided on what pattern I wanted for a shawl / wrap for me. GASP yes, I’m making something for ME!  I went shopping with my sister and surprise made her wait while I pondered what yarn I wanted.

The only sad thing was the store we went to was the one with the smaller yarn selection. We didn’t have time to go to the larger one. Even there the colour selection isn’t want I want. I still haven’t purchased the yarn for my Mood Blanket. I think I’ll have to order on line to get all the colours I want. I’ve never done that before and I’m still a little leery of it.

Shawl / Wrap

Margaret's Hug

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Spring Green Baby Blanket

This blanket went extra fast. I just love the colours so much that I couldn’t put it down!

spring baby 2

I used a slip stitch to join the squares and finished with a wave edging.Spring baby

I used this pattern for the squares: https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/pattern-spring-granny-square/

Pattern: Spring Granny Square

Please be patient.. This is my very first attempt at writing down a pattern.  I often take inspiration from others work. I will like how they started a square and how someone else finished theirs. So I’ll just mesh them together.

I wrote this more or less as I say it in my head. (sorry) So there is few short forms.  I’ve added photos to the bits I’m not sure that I explained well. Please .. all feedback will be most welcome.

Spring Green Granny by LavendarLadi

Edit (Feb 10 2014) round three & five

ch = chain

Round ONE
cast on, chain 5, join with slip stitch

Round TWO

ch 3

make 11 double stitches

join with slip stitch

Round THREE

Makfinishing puff stitching 12 ‘three strand’ puff stitches

connect with previous round between stitches (not in stitch)

ch 2

start double stitch leave on hook

start second double stitch leave on hook

pull through all three loops on hook, puff one done

ch 1

for next 11 puffs

* start double stitch leave on hook

start second double stitch leave on hook

start third double stitch leave on hook

pull through all four loops on hook, puff done

ch 1

repeat from * for total of 12 puffs

join with slip stitch

ROUND FOUR

> work all clusters in between previous puff stitches

cluster round

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

first cluster done

* double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

[repeat from  * 10 more times..makes 12 clusters in total]

Round FIVE

adding edge/ corners to the circle

First two clusters are corner: place in same space (see photo below)

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

(corner done)

ch 2 (skipping over below cluster, work this rounds into space beside below cluster)

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

ch 2

corner(working corner..next two clusters in same space)

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

(corner done)

ch 2

REPEAT for next three sides / two corners

You’ll arrive at last corner where you started.

join with slip stitch.

close up

Spring Green

It’s been a long winter. I’ve kept busy with lots of projects, mostly baby blankets!

The blanket that I started today makes me happy. I always love when I get to make a blanket from colours and yarn that I like.

Green Hellebore
Green Hellebore

The circle / granny ‘square’ I choose reminds me of a flower.

I love that shades of green and the Bernat Cotton yarn .

Here’s the first square =)  spring green square one