Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ripple Baby Blanket

My sister is due to have a baby boy in June! This will be her fourth child and we are all so excited for her! I wanted to make her something that will last throughout my nephew's infancy. I thought a baby afghan would be nice because it's so versatile she can use it for piratically anything! (Rug, blanket, decoration...)

After an hour of searching for the perfect pattern on Ravelry and Pinterest, I came across one designed by Smooth Fox on Ravelry. I really enjoyed making this blanket....when I was completed with the last round of my choice I decided to go around the edge with a Crab Stitch edging. I have fell in love with this edging! I just love it! I can use it on anything and well it made the blanket look really nice! For the corners that point the highest I made 3 DC into that ch 2 space and proceeded with making the Crab Stitch around the edge as usual....it looks something between a Bobble and a Picot! I will call it Bobble Picot lol :)

Story behind Bobble Picot: I was trying and trying to figure out how I was going to work the Stitch inside the ch 2 space going backwards and had the bright idea to just make a fan. As I was making the DC's it occurred to me that it wouldn't look like a fan because of the Crab Stitch beside it I had to make. When I made it, I thought to myself, this really looks good! So I left it as is....I love getting creative!

Here in the link to Ravelry where I found the pattern.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-smoothfoxs-beginners-round-ripple

The yarn that I used was a Caron Simply Soft in colors:
Celeste (Blue)
Persimmon (Orange)
Country Peach

Hook size was a US I9/ 5.5mm and have a total of 24 rounds counting from the beginning and the 25th round was the edging.





I will be giving my sister her blanket at her baby shower on the 27th of this month....I know that she will love it! Have fun making your own, it will be a nice gift to someone or a great addition to your home decor.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!
Naomi :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sunflower Crochet Motif







Good morning! Today is such a beautiful day! The weather is starting to warm up and we have actually had 70-80 degree weather here in NC. It's been a big change compared to the cold that we were having and other than wearing more deodorant and taking showers more often than normal...it's not a big deal! lol

Last night I came across a posting on Pinterest that I loved and couldn't find the pattern for the life of me! Don't you hate it when you click on a link on Pinterest and the website is nowhere to be found! So frustrating!

What I came up with is similar to the picture I saw. The yarn isn't worsted in the picture and the hook that was used is smaller but I needed to use worsted yarn and a larger hook to be able to see what I was doing. I am not a big fan of using small hooks and thin yarn but it looks absolutely beautiful!

I don't like taking credit for copying someone else's work....I really loved the motif so this is why I made a replica. I am going to make a blanket of motifs with what I put together and will post a picture of it at a later time.

Here is what you will need:
5.5mm Crochet hook
Worsted Weight Yarn ( I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in Gold)
Tapestry Needle for Weaving
Scissors

Abbreviations:
Sl St - Slip Stitch
St (s) - Stitch (es)
Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet

Pattern:

Row 1: Chain 4 and sl st into the 4th chain from hook to join, ch 4 (first three chains count as first DC and the ch 1 counts as the space), DC and ch 1 eleven times (crochet over the loose end to hide it as you go around), sl st to top of the 3rd chain of chain 4 to join. (12 DC + 12 Ch's = 24 sts)

Row 2: Chain 5 (first three chains count as the first DC and the remaining two chains counts as the chain 2 space), *skip one st, make a DC into the next st, chain 2* and repeat ten more times, sl st to the top of the 3rd chain of chain 5 to join. (12 DC and 12 chain 2 spaces = 36 sts)

Row 3: Sl st inside the next ch 2 space, chain 3 and make 2 DC into the same ch 2 space, ch 1, *make 3 DC inside the ch 2 space and chain 1*, repeat ten more times, sl st to the top of the 3rd chain of chain three to join. (36 DC + 12 Ch's = 48 sts) Side note: You can switch to the color brown before you begin row three by changing the color to brown to give it the actual sunflower effect, then switch back to yellow on row 4)

Row 4: Sl st into the next 2 sts, sl st into the ch 1 space, ch 1 and make a SC into the same space, *chain 6, sc into the next ch 1 space*, repeat eleven more times, sl st to first ch of ch 6 to join. (You should have 12 sets of Ch 6 spaces)

Row 5: Sl st into the next Ch 6 space, Chain 3 (counts as first DC), make 3 DC, chain 1, make 4 DC into the same ch 6 space (first petal made), *proceed to work into the next ch 6 space and make 4 DC, ch 1, make 4 more DC*, repeat this ten  more times until you have reached the end of the row, and sl st to the top of the first ch 3 to join. (You should have 12 petals)

Row 6: Sl st into the next 3 sts or DC, sl st into the ch 1 space of the same petal, make a SC into the same space, ch 12,SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 12,SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 12, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 12, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, SC into the next ch 1 space of the next petal, ch 6, and sl st to the first SC made in the first petal. (108 SC) At this point you can stop here if you want to and have an idea of how to make the above pin cushion. Since I am making a blanket and I am going to connect the motifs, I will proceed to make another row of SC's.


Row 7: Ch 1, SC into the same st as join, make a SC into each of the next 5 sts, make 2 SC into the next two sts, make a SC into the next 5 sts, make a SC into the next 15 sts. You have completed the first side. For the second, third, and fourth side of the motif or square you will repeat this three times. *SC into then next 5 sts, make 2 SC into the next 2 sts, SC into the next 5 sts, SC into the next 15 sts*, sl st to first SC to join. (124 SC)


This motif is really sweet, romantic, and you can make it in any color you want! I love to get creative and try to use this in as many projects as possible! A few things that come to mind when I see this motif is a sofa afhgan, a baby girl blanket, a pillow cushion, the bottom of a skirt, I could go on and on! lol ;) Don't be afraid to use smaller hooks like I am (it's mainly because I can't see lol, crocheting is going to make me go blind lol), use different types of yarn and see how it comes out!

If you have any questions....let me know! I would be happy to answer any of them for you. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Naomi









Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Today I completed this Turtle Shell and Beanie Set for a friend....she will be using it as a photo prop for her grandson who will be joining the family soon.


She is such a sweet lady and already adores her little man. Wanda will be a great grandmother! 

The shell came out pretty good. I made it using 7 African Flower Motifs (link to website: http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.com/2010/05/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial.html)  and joined together with a SC inside the shell. Once I connected them all, I HDC'd around the edge. On the inside corners where the motifs joined I made 2 DC and continued with the HDC. On each of the corners that makes the pentagon sides, I made 2 HDC to even it all out. This is the brown edging you see on the outside of the motifs. 

Once I completed the brown edging, I started to finish off with the green. For the last row of the edging I used the crab stitch all around. It came out really nice! 

For the beanie I used the basic pattern of making a ch 2 in MR, 10 DC, join. The chain 2 doesn't count in any of the rows. Then I increased in each row until I had 40 stitches. Rows 5-7, I DC'd all around. When I came to row 8, 9, and 10, I made the rib stitch using the FPDC and DC. For row 11, I finished off with the crab stitch all around to match the shell's edging. I hope that you are able to figure this out but don't panic if you don't, I will be updated a post with the pattern. I just wanted to share this project because I was so happy it came out really nice!

I didn't have a baby to work with lol so this is the photo that I took to give you an example as to how this would look haha Of course, the babies head would be to the side with its little hands on the side and sleeping. 




Thanks for stopping by! 

Naomi :)