granny square update 5.

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So I thought I was in the home stretch as I approach what I THOUGHT would be the last row of the blanket. The more I look at it, and the more I think about it, I’m going to just go for it and make it bigger.  I’m planning one more row across down, and three more across.  Which means I have about 50 more squares to make and a few more skeins of yarn to buy, since Im ran out of quite a few colors.  I figure, if I’m going to do this, might as well DO this, am I right?! So I definitely have my work cut out for me, but this is such a fun project, I’m ok with it.  Hopefully a few more weeks of work cut out for me, but photo sessions are starting to pick up, and we have some travel in our future, so we shall see….

granny square update #3

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Another update!

I hadn’t really touched the granny square blanket this weekend – but I got some work done to it last weekend, so I thought I would show its progress! Still a long way to go….

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A few weeks into the year and I’ve been making some progress on the granny square blanket. Here’s to keeping the momentum going!

asymetrical shell stitch crocheted throw.

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Remember last year when I whipped up this baby blanket? Shortly aftewards I started working on an adult sized one. I actually finished this months ago, but have yet to get around to getting it up on the blog. I still have to do some edging to it, but its done and has been sitting on our couch and getting some use.

For this throw, I used bernat waverly yarn, and about 10 skeins of it.

 

dog sweater, take 2.

Stella gets a new sweater!
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And its a much better fit than last time.

I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Flower Garden Dog Sweater, only modifying it to fit my dog. I used the 1x pattern for stella, even though shes only 42 lbs. I didnt crochet the flowers, and I made mine a little bit shorter than in the photo.

But overall this was really easy. It took me about 2 hours total. I used bulky yarn and my trusty 10 hook. I stopped often and measured it against stella to make sure it would fit in the end; this was a big help and she was always willing to come over to me and oblige.

This pattern is two pieces – you crochet the back piece first, and then crochet the underside and sew them together, leaving spaces for the arms. When it was all done, I crocheted brown trim on the edge, armholes and neck to give it a more finished look.

Happy to report that miss stella loves it. I believe you have to enter a password/username in order to view the pattern above, but the pattern is free, so check it out!

crochet dog sweater.

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Stella got her first hoodie a few weeks ago and she really liked it. Shes smaller than we thought she would be, and pitties seem to love to be warm, so I got her one and she seems to really enjoy it.  She hasn’t been too much of a fan of all this snow and cold weather we have been getting – so to help get her through this winter, I thought I would take a stab at making her a sweater with some yarn I had laying around (which is why its so pink!) It definitely needs some work, but this was a pretty easy pattern to follow. I may take another stab at it, but she seems to like it, and it keeps her warm in these chilly temperatures.

Here is the link to the pattern I used. My favorite part is that she refers to the dog as “doggie.”

I’m thinking of trying to take a stab at another one this weekend….We’ll see how that goes.

crochet scrappy hat.

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hatThis is a pretty easy hat to make for a kiddo – using scrap yarn. You can use any combination of colors – I used a 6mm hook and red heart yarn.

I followed this pattern, only my hat came out more rounded, than triangular. ( I think i missed the chain twos at the end when i was going around…ooops!), but in the end I came up with something that still works, and used up some of scrap yarn while at it!

I started with making the band first, using a ribbing stitch until it was 18 inches long.

IMG_4300Then I crocheted half double crochets all around, switching colors after each row, until it was time to decrease.
IMG_4302I decreased my stitches, as the pattern told me to until I got to the point that my hat was too tight to flip in and out and I made a big pom pom to put at the top.

crocheted kitty hat.

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I feel like I know ALOT of pregnant people as of late. So i got a head start on some baby gifts and crocheted this adorable little kitty hat in no time, plus I needed a break from blankets. (sorry granny stripe) The pattern is found here and its really easy to do! Pretty sure I’m going to need to do a boy version too. I didn’t use very much yarn, maybe a 1/4 of a skein? So this is a great project to use up random balls of yarn colors. Get to it!

granny stripe blanket….complete!

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the granny stripe blanket is complete! (see progress, here, here and here). I’m so happy; this is my biggest yarn project to date. The pattern I used is found here. Although it looks like its an intimidating project, it really is super easy. Any beginner can do this. I ended up buying 15 skeins of yarn total (three skeins of each color) and used about 2 1/2 of each skein. I used black for the edging, and just did 2 rows of single crochet around. I’m so so happy with how it turned out. Special thanks to milo, who pushed the button on the timer to help make the photo about possible; training them young 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Get started on making yours and show me your progress!

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granny stripe: another update….getting close!

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Here we are almost the end of two skeins…As you can see from the last update, I more than doubled what I left with…I’m definitely close to finishing, but thinking of going a bit more. i probably wont do a FULL three skeins, but thinking about 10-15 more rows.  Then I need to think about if I’m going to do edging or not (opinions? experiences? do share!) …I probably would have gotten this done on the recent trip to china – but on our way home our 6 hour layover became almost no layover thanks to a very kind United ticketing agent who got us on a direct flight back to chicago almost immediately after landing –  Happy to be home – but a good chunk of crocheting became void.  Hope to have a finished blanket very soon though….I’m hoping to at least do 2-4 rows a night…Stay tuned!