(rebloged post) Have You Heard of Stitch Fiddle?

Oh, the possibilities!  Kindly visit Tanglewood Knots to read more/ comment. ~ LavendarLadi

 

If you have NOT heard of Stitch Fiddle and you like to create your own designs that involve a graph you NEED to check this out. This is a free utility that you will need to sign up for to be able to save your designs. There is also a premium plan available but I didn’t look into that so I’m not sure what the cost is.  ~ Tanglewood Knots

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As many of you may already know – if I follow your blog I will read EVERY post you make and I frequently comment. I do this for a few reasons:

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#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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All About Blocking — Post by: B.hooked Crochet

I found this very helpful… Kindly visit the original post to comment / like. – LavendarLadi

 

Blocking: The Secret To Professional Looking Crochet So many people ask me “Brittany, how do you get your crochet to look so neat?” Well my friends, I’m about to share my secret. Blocking. Many of you have probably heard of the term blocking and for you, this post will be a nice refresher. For the…

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First “intermediate” crochet pattern ~ What I’ve learned by row 15

20160407_153235I’ve decided that my first “more complicated” crochet project will be the Sidewalk Shawl by Red Heart. { Designed by: Kimberly K McAlindin] I am loving the pattern and the Red Heart Soft yarn.  Red Heart Soft was a suggested substitute .

The pattern recommends..

Required Supplies:

  • STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller® Bamboo Ewe®: 6 balls 5410 Mercury (Bamboo Ewe is discontinued)
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle

You also will need stitch markers!! 20160407_153451 You can see how they’re used to mark the end /begining of each row during MarlyBird’s video.  MarlyBird also has a video about reading the pattern. Both video’s are helpful.

Included on Red Heart’s site is a diagram of the base pattern. I like having the diagram available as a visual reference.

A few things that I found helpful while reading the pattern so far…

  1. READ the whole pattern before starting. Read the special stitches and the abbreviations .
  2. READ the whole row’s instructions before starting the row.

This isn’t a book. You’re not going to spoil the ending by reading ahead!!

3.  Mark what row you are currently working on.  I’ve even gone so far as to cover the other rows because I’m looking from my work to the pattern frequently. I mixed two rows.

You KNOW someone will talk to you and keep talking to you even if you count your stitches out loud.

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mark which row you are working

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cover other rows if need to look from work to pattern frequently

The video was a tad long, so I may have missed this but they didn’t seem to address the pattern past the base rows. For me, someone who is attempting their first intermediate pattern I found the instruction (which first appears in Row 13)

repeat from * across end at **

a little confusing. It took a little research but I found it to mean repeat the section of pattern across the row until the end.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out! I’ll make sure to add another post when I’m done.

The pale green behind the soft gray shawl is a simple wrap that I’m making. I’ll also post posts and talk more about the super easy pattern to make it.

What’s on your hook?

Squares for my mood blanket.

I am finally going to make a mood blanket. I picked the colours (see my first post) and now for the design.

To find “the” granny square I happily went to Pinterest and started a new board, Granny Squares.  I needed to find a square that was not to fiddly to make, yet not boring. One that was interesting and looked good with multiple colours.

I’m mostly sure that I’m going to use this swirly square. I wasn’t sure about it at first since I needed four colours and I had originally thought I’d only document 3 moods each week.

My next aspect to decide is what size of square? Four rounds or three rounds?

mood blanket trial squares

Regardless of which I pick I’ll have to make something to encourage the squares to “square up”.  Maybe it’s because the smaller one isn’t finished; maybe it’s the different yarn but that plus the square being new to me they didn’t square up as well as the ones in the video.

I’m thinking of making (ok..getting my Hubby to make) this, once I decide on the size of my mood blanket’s squares. Not only will it encourage the right shape but it will keep my squares in order over the year.

The instructions can be found at Look What I Made