Sunday, September 14, 2014

Candy Apple Red Crocheted Blanket for One



Aww, another crocheted blanket.

But this one was a special request from my daughter Nicole who wanted a bright red blanket. Her colour choice surprised me. Purple is her fav not red. 

She loves to wind down at the end of the day and enjoy some solitude. Once her rumbustious little girl is in bed for the night Nicole can cuddled up with her blanket and watch a “grown up” show on the television.


This blanket was quick and easy. A beginner could definitely make one of these and in their favorite colour.

Once you get into the swing of it, crocheting the basic granny square can be completed quite fast. Plus the bigger the squares, the less joins which means less time finishing. 

Hope you enjoy. Give it a try.




Candy Apple Granny Square Blanket

 

You will need:
5mm Crochet Hook
5 Super Saver Bright Red Yarn

You will make:
20 Basic Granny Squares




Basic Granny Square Pattern

Ch 5. Join with ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Ch 3 (counts a 1 dc). 2dc in ring. *Ch 1. 3dc in ring. Repeat from *twice more. Ch 3. Ss in top of ch 3.

2nd Round: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1). *Ch 1. (3dc. Ch 1 3dc) in next ch 1 space  for corner. Ch 1. Repeat from * twice more, (3 dc. Ch . 2 dc) in last ch 1 space. Ss in 3rd ch of ch 4.

3rd Round: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in ch 1 space. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 1.  3 dc) in last ch 2 space for corner Ch 1. Ss in top of ch 3.

4th Round: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1) 3dc in next ch 1 space. *Ch1. (3dc. Ch2. 3dc) in next ch 2 space for corner. (Ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 space to next corner. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 1 (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch 2 space for corner. Ch 1. 2dc in last ch1 space. Ss in 3rd ch of ch 4.

5th Round: ch 3 (counts as  1 dc). 1 dc in back lp  to ch 2 space for corner. 1 dc ch 1 dc ch 1 dc in corner. Dc to next corner. Repeat from * all the way around granny square. Ss in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Rounds 6 – 8: Repeat Round 5.

Granny Square Layout for Blanket


Finishing


If I have any loose ends this is when I weave them into the back of the blanket.

So what do you think? How did it turn out? My daughter was excited and loves it.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your time with me. 

If you did, please feel free to share the love or opt to follow along on one of the social media platforms. Those friendly little buttons are on the right side bar. Bye for now. Wishing you the best, Darlene


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Made With Love: Blankey for Baby

I haven’t been posting very much this last few months but I’ve still been busy.

I spent most of my time with Honey Bunny and my Mom. (Bunny is six now. And my Mom turns 71 at the end of September. Wow.) We didn’t do anything overly exciting this summer but simply enjoyed one another’s company.

I also kept busy crocheting, drawing and working on a couple of writing projects. All of which I will be sharing over the next few weeks with you on my blog and in my Etsy Shop. It’s kinda scary for me but exciting at the same time.

Right now I’d like to share this blue checkered granny square blanket that I crocheted with my grandson in mind. He’s just a couple of months old right now so he’ll be able to enjoy it for quite some time.

Blue Checkered Granny Square Blanket


You will need:
  • 5mm Crochet Hook
  • 1 Super Saver Dark Blue Yarn
  • 2 Super Saver Varieted Blue Yarn


You will make:
  • 18 Dark Blue Basic Granny Squares.
  • 17 Varieted Blue Basic Granny Squares.


Basic Granny Square Pattern


Ch 5. Join with ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Ch 3 (counts a 1 dc). 2dc in ring. *Ch 1. 3dc in ring. Repeat from *twice more. Ch 3. Ss in top of ch 3.

2nd Round: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1). *Ch 1. (3dc. Ch 1 3dc) in neck ch 1 space  for corner. Ch 1. Repeat from * twice more, (3 dc. Ch . 2 dc) in last ch 1 space. Ss in 3rd ch of ch 4.

3rd Round: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in ch 1 space. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 1.  3 dc) in last ch 2 space for corner Ch 1. Ss in top of ch 3.

4th Round: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1) 3dc in next ch 1 space. *Ch1. (3dc. Ch2. 3dc) in next ch 2 space for corner. (Ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 space to next corner. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 1 (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in next ch 2 space for corner. Ch 1. 2dc in last ch1 space. Ss in 3rd ch of ch 4.

 5th Round: ch 3 (counts as  1 dc). 1 dc in back lp  to ch 2 space for corner. *1 dc ch 1 dc ch 1 dc in corner. Dc to next corner. Repeat from * all the way around granny square. Ss in top of ch 3. Fasten off.


Granny Square Layout for Blanket

This is a diagram showing you how to layout your granny squares.

Once you have them all connected you are ready to make the border.









Granny Square Blanket Border


1st Round: dc in back lp to the corner. *1 dc ch 1 dc ch 1 dc in corner. Dc to next corner. Repeat from * all the way around blanket. Ss in top of ch 3. 

2nd Round: 3 dc in each ch 1 sp to the corner. 3dc. Ch1. 3dc in each corner ch 1 sp.

3rd Round to 5th Round: Repeat 2nd Round.

6th Round: *Sc in back lp up to the corner. 3 sc in each ch 1 corner space. Repeat * around blanket.

Fasten off.


Finishing

If I have any loose ends this is when I weave them into the back of the blanket.




Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your time with me. 

If you did, please feel free to share the love or opt to follow along on one of the social media platforms. Those friendly little buttons are on the right side bar. Bye for now. Wishing you the best, Darlene

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Handmade Ponchos Never Go Out of Style - Crochet Pattern Included

Handmade and Cozy Ponchos Never Go Out of Style

I don’t know. I could be wrong but I don’t think ponchos ever go out of style. Especially for little girls.


I remember wearing a poncho when I was a kid. For me, it was the fringe that made it fabulous.

And my daughters loved the ponchos that I made for them - in their favorite colors of course.


Now, one of my granddaughters has a poncho and the other two really want one.



Granny Square Layout


You will need:
  • Three shades of your favorite color - a dark, medium and light tone.
  • Crochet Hook – size 3.5mm


Make:
  • 8 Daisy Granny Squares in Dark Purple.
  • 16 Daisy Granny Squares in Medium Purple
  • 24 Daisy Granny Squares in Light Purple


Once you have completed all your squares, you can begin to join them as shown in the diagram below.

The next step is to add a border. I used the traditional Granny Square Stitch in light purple.

Now add the fringe in light purple.

Lastly, I added two rows of single stitches to the neck opening. If you find the opening too big, you can always add more rows.

Daisy Granny Square Pattern


Ch 8. Join with ss to form a ring.

1st round:
Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc). Work 23 hdc in ring. Join with ssin top of Ch 2. 24 hdc in round.

2nd round:
Ch 3. (yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in 1st st (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. (Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in same st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Yoh and draw through 3 loops on hook (counts as 1 cluster). *Vh 4. Missnext st. [(Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop. (Yoh) and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice] 3 times all in next st. Yoh aned draw through 4 loops on hook (1 cluster made). Repeat from* to last st. Ch 4. Miss last st. Ss in top of 1st cluster. 12 clusters in round.

3rd round:
Ss to centre of 1st Ch 4 space. 1 sc in same Ch 4 space. *Ch 4. (cluster. Ch 5. Cluster) in next Ch 4 space. (Ch 4. 1 scin next Ch 4 space) twice. Repeat from * twice more. Ch 4. (Cluster. Ch 5. Cluster) in next Ch 4 space. Ch 4. 1 sc in next Ch 4 space. Ch 4. Ss in 1st sc.

4th round:
Ch1. 1 sc in 1st sc. *4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 7 scin next Ch 5 space. 1 sc in next cluster. (4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 7 sc in next Ch 5 space. 1 sc in next cluster. 4 sc in next Ch 4 space. 1 sc in next sc. 4 sc in next Ch4 space. Ss in 1st sc.

5th round:
Ch 2. Miss 1st st. 1 hdc in eaCh of next 8 sc. *3 hdc in next sc (corner). 1 hdc in eaCh of next 22 sc. Repeat from *twice more. 3 hdc in next sc (corner). 1 hdc in eaCh of next 13 sc. Ss in top of Ch2.

6th round:
Ch1. 1 sc in top of Ch 2. 1 sc in eaCh of next 9 hdc. *3 sc in next hdc (corner). 1 sc in top of Ch 24 hdc. Repeat from *twice more. 3 sc in next hdc (corner). 1 sc in each of next 14 hdc. Ss in top of 1st sc.

Fasten off.

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I hope that was easy enough to follow. It gets easier with each completed square.

Well thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your time with me. 

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I am honored to have my post featured by Emily at the Create Link Inspire Link Party. 




Thank you Emily!



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Thank you Rachael for featuring my poncho at Yarn Fanatic Party.

This is what Rachael had to say, "Did you see this pretty purple poncho by Darlene? I just love those daisy granny squares!"

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I am so grateful to have my poncho featured at Horrific Knits party - Inspired weekends.

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Check out Maz's blog HERE. She has featured my blog post along with four others as the most clicked projects.

Wow. I am so happy that Maz features posts and that mine was one of them.

Thanks Maz. HERE is her other blog.


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