Baby Blankets!

I made a few baby blankets for an auction.

The first is the Textured Grid baby blanket. You can get the pattern at Bernat. I used TLC Baby in the colorway “Lovey”. I used approximately 3.75 skeins of yarn. This blanket took me an astounding 11 days to finish. Granted, I wasn’t working on it for several hours a day, but it still took a lot longer than I expected. It is 28″x36″.

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The next blanket that I made was from the same pattern as my Mist Stole Curtains. The stitch pattern is a free Ravelry download. Get it here. This blanket took me 8 days to make. I used TLC Baby in the colorway “Girly Girl”. I used approximately 3.25 skeins of yarn. It is 25″x35″. I used these directions for the ruffle.

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The third blanket was the FanTail Baby Blanket. This blanket took me 5 days to finish. I used Red Heart Soft in the “Off White” colorway. It is 28-inches square. It took almost 3 skeins of yarn. Because I wanted this blanket to be gender-neutral, I didn’t opt for the fancy border. You can get the pattern here. I didn’t notice that the bottom right corner was stretched out in the photo, until after I had delivered the blanket to the auctioneer. Doh!

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Now I’m on a mission to make a cowl for my sweetheart…

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Grandniece Baby Blanket

My sweetie’s nephew (I claim him as my nephew, too) and his girlfriend are having a baby. Her name will be Kaylynn.

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I haven’t yet met her mama. But if my nephew loves her, then she is probably a sweet girl.

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Naturally, I had to make a blanket for the new arrival.

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Their nursery colors are pink and gray. I had purchased some gray ribbon to embellish this blanket, but I don’t think it would add anything.

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I’m thinking of making her a little cardigan, booties and diaper cover set. I think I’ll make that in pink and gray.

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For this pattern, I’ve used the Victorian Lattice blanket instructions from here.

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I improvised a border.

It is 43-inches square. The blanket was crocheted using a 5.5mm hook with Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in the Pink colorway. It took 3 skeins of yarn.

This was a fun project. I learned a new skill – the flat braid join and I really like that join. It takes longer to do than my usual join-as-you-go way of doing things, but I absolutely love the effect and will definitely be using it again in the future.

I hope mama likes it.

Grandson Baptismal Blanket

Most of you know the story about my grandson; it’s pretty much all I’ve talked about on this blog for the last few months… He will be born and will die soon afterward (if he survives his own birth). My son and his fiance decided that they are going to have him Baptized as soon as he is born. I knew I had to make his Baptism blanket.

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I used the Baby Counterpane Christening Blanket pattern written by Kay Meadors.

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I’m not a proficient knitter; in fact, I haven’t actually knitted much… Two socks, a kerchief, a little decorative owl and a hat. The socks were actually done with needles. Everything else has been done using a knook.

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I had some problems with the edging portion of the original pattern. And since I don’t have much knitting experience, I didn’t know what changes I should make, to make it work. So, I frogged the edging and switched to crochet.

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For the edging, I used the Lacy Vs and Picots Edging pattern written by Amy Solovay. Because I had done one row of SC all the way around, I skipped straight to round 2 in the pattern. I completed two rounds of round 2, one of round 3 and then the picot round.

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Aside from the fact that this was a sad project, I really did enjoy the process of making this blanket. It was a fun knit, with lots of different things to do. But, because it was fairly repetitive, it was also easy enough. I put in a lifeline every 10 rows. I think it is a great beginner’s lace knitting project.

I used my favorite baby yarn – Red Heart Soft Baby Steps – in white.

Each of the four panes took less than a skein of yarn; I started a new skein for each pane. The edging took the better part of a skein. I started a new skein for the v stitches and then started another for the picot round. I would say that it took five skeins of yarn, even though I opened six.

Because I’m a slower knitter, I’d estimate that this took me close to 50 hours to make.

It is a little over 3-feet square.

Mom loves it, and really, that’s all that counts.

Grandbaby Fibonacci Sequence Blanket

Hi!

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to make something using the Fibonacci sequence in stripes. I’ve always liked the way it looks, but I’ve always dreaded making a blanket in some sort of solid fabric.

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I’m the first to admit that I get bored easily. And while I love afghans, I tend to put them on a shelf when they’re only part way finished.

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That said, I’ve found that baby blankets are doable. Especially when they’re blankets made for my grandchild who is due in June.

I did get a bit distracted from this blanket, but that’s only because I have been trying to stock my etsy shop. I figure that one blanket for my grandbaby and one or two for the shop would be good.

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For this blanket I did double crochets in rows of: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13.

I’m still waiting to find out the gender of the baby.

For my etsy shop, I’m currently working on a filet argyle blanket. For the baby, I haven’t decided yet…

Oh and here’s my latest addition to the shop! I seem to have neglected to make a post about it, earlier!

Drumroll Please!

Well, after pretty much EVERYONE telling me to get an Etsy Shop and start selling my crochet stuff, I’ve finally done it!

It’s really scary! I’ve never sold anything, except commissioned pieces. I’m afraid that no one will buy anything and that will hurt my feelings, because I’ll think that it’s because they don’t like it. Which is completely ridiculous, I know…

I’ve talked to my friends about pricing and I guess that’s the hardest part. So, I’m going with the fairly common practice of taking the cost of materials and multiplying it by three. Then I’m adding to that the cost of listing the item and the cost of shipping. We’ll see!

If you’d like to see the first item I’ve ever listed for sale, it can be found in my Etsy Shop here.

And if you have any feedback about my listing – the price, the pictures, the verbiage, please tell me. I need all the advice I can get!

Grandbaby Granny Square Blanket

First of all, I have to apologize for the colors in these photos. The colors I used are purple, turquoise and white. However, it was snowing and I had a heck of a time getting adequate lighting. Of course, I’m impatient and wasn’t going to wait another day to take pictures. I’m actually impressed that you aren’t seeing horrible photos that were taken in incandescent light – I finished the blanket the night before.

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The purple and turquoise yarn was part of my fantastic gift of yarn by the parents of this child. I was eager to get it finished and photographed so I could send them the pictures.

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It’s just your standard Red Heart Super Saver yarn. I found a pretty cool granny square generator – here. And used this to help me make the blanket look more random – because I completely lack imagination and would pretty much just make diagonal stripes or something. Yes, I’m truly that boring.

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This is a very simple double-v-stitch edging that I think is pretty perfect for granny square blankets. I found it here. The blanket is just a simple square of two rounds per color. I used the join-as-you-go method for joining the squares. I had forgotten that I wanted to try the Celtic Lace Join – found here – for my next project that included squares. Ah well, maybe I’ll remember on the next blanket.

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Tah-dah! It took me about three days to finish.

Mom and dad tell me that they love it. That makes me infinitely happy.

By the way… See how it’s kind of ruffled? That was not on purpose. From what I understand, it has to do with how many clusters are put into the adjoining corners of the squares when doing the border. I don’t usually put borders on blankets, so I didn’t realize that this would happen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. We have celebrated the holiday twice in the last seven days. Needless to say, we are feeling fat and happy.

I’ve been holding on to some good news. But, now that it has been officially announced, I am free to tell the world… My son and his fiance are having a baby! I’m very excited!

Naturally, I immediately began searching for crochet and knitting patterns.

I’ve started a crocheted blanket based on the “Drunkard’s Path” quilting pattern. But, with 120 squares to make, it is turning into a tedious project. Of course, I’ve been sidetracked a couple of times.

The kids were here for our turkey day celebration last weekend, so I had to really work fast to get their first blanket finished.

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Their favorite color is purple. Since we don’t yet know the gender of the baby, I thought purple would be a safe color to use.

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I had never done a Bavarian project before and had to watch some YouTube videos to learn the technique. It is so easy!

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I wanted to make the blanket a little bit bigger, but I was running out of time. I had to stop where I was the night before the kids left. This not-so-big square took the better part of a full skein of yarn in each color. It really is a wool eater!

But, it is super thick and it will be very warm for the little one. I figured that it really doesn’t matter how small it is, they are going to be getting more blankets from me. This one will take the child until he or she is 4- or 5-years old.

My sweetie likes the look of the reverse side and wants me to make one for him. I guess that will just be plain Catherine Wheels. I’ll probably just make it rectangle and work it back and forth, rather than in rounds. I think that would be easier.

I have been having some trouble finding a baby booties pattern that I like. Most patterns out there are really geared towards either male or female. There are some super-cute patterns and I can’t wait to find out the gender of the baby…

I found a pattern that met my preferred criteria: crochet, worked flat, and uses big yarn. Not that I’m completely opposed to knitting in the round with sock yarn… I’m just a slow knitter/knooker.

And, the kids brought me my Christmas present when they visited and it included a skein of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn (in the Pink/Blue colorway). I know that I don’t have the proper size knitting needles or knook to use this yarn and I knew it had to be turned into booties.

You may recall my previous experience with this yarn… I’m not a fan. Though, at least this time, the yarn doesn’t smell weird. This skein is the 100% polyester version and I wonder if the last stuff I used was the 100% nylon… This yarn is still stretchy and I still had a hard time identifying my stitches half the time. But, it took me less than an hour to make a set of booties (even with this difficult yarn), so that’s a huge plus!

The pattern is Bev’s Baby Cloud Booties. I like Bev’s patterns; they are simple and usually pretty quick to make.

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I think next time I make these booties, I will just hold a few strands of a different yarn together.

Merry-Go-Round Baby Blanket!

Hello!

Well, I finished the baby blanket that I’ve been working on for my cousin. The baby’s name is Scarlett (so cute!)

I chose the Merry-Go-Round pattern, because I thought it would work well with the yarn I decided on: Bernat’s Baby Blanket yarn.

This first photo is a close-up of the stitch detail:

As you can see, double crochet was used throughout.

Next is a photo of one of the points:

I didn’t choose the best point to photograph. It is slightly curled, so you are unable to see the hole created by chain stitches.

Next up is a photo of the blanket’s center:

You can see that it looks kind of wrinkled. This is due to the fact that the white yarn is a lot more elastic than the pink. It was hard to maintain an even tension.

Next is a lower angle of view:

And last, but not least, the whole enchilada:

This blanket measures (unstretched) 48 inches from point to point.

It was fun to make and the pattern is really easy to ┬ámemorize. I really like how it came out. Even my sweetie offered (when he saw me taking the pictures): “It’s cute. Well, as cute as a guy can think something is.”

I hope grandma and mommy agree.