Finished It Friday – Crocheted Cardigan

I’m so happy, I just finished my crocheted cardigan not more than an hour ago.
I consider my cardigan a success. I think it turned out fairly well considering I freehanded the pattern out of my own mind.
If I make another one, there’s some adjustments I plan on making.
But for now, I’m just happy to have my cardigan done.
Now I wait for cooler weather so I can wear it and not burn up.

Wishing you all success & a happy weekend.

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WIP Wednesday – Crochet Cardigan

I’ve always wanted to try to make a simple crochet cardigan to wear around the house.  Over the years I’ve looked at hundreds of patterns from fancy to odd, but none were as simple as I wanted.
I played with the idea of making one freehand just to see how it would turn out.  I planned in my mind how I’d make it. I got the hook and yarn together and then I began.
I’ve made plenty of hats and scarves to wear, but this is the first crocheted garment that I’ve made for myself.
It’s coming along faster than I thought it would. I figure I’ll finish it over the next couple days. I hope it turns out okay. Wish me luck.

Wishing you all success on your works-in-progress.
Happy Wednesday!

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Crochet Round Dishclothes

This past weekend I crocheted some new dishclothes. I used to make only squares ones, then last month I crocheted a round one and I like it quite well. The round ones are easier for me to make anyhow.
I prefer using cotton yarn because it’s not expensive and I can get a few dishclothes from each skein. The dishclothes sizes are about 6 inches for the square one and 7 inches for the round ones.

I freehanded the round pattern I used. I haven’t written it up, but I’m working on it.

Here’s hoping you all have a nice day.
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WIP Wednesday – New Blankets for Shelibean

When Shelibean first came to join our family, I discovered that he loved crocheted blankets. I crocheted him 4 simple little blankets. I used Red heart yarn that I had bought several years before. It was even the last of the yarn. I was happy to use it up. Crocheting Sheli the blankets restarted my love of crochet and yarn crafting in general. The blankets have held up really well even though I wash them alot. I figure they’ll last for a few more years.8-15-2012-sb

It’s been 4 1/2 years since I made the blankets. I thought Sheli might enjoy some new ones.  I use a simple granny square pattern. The blankets work up quite fast. I plan to make 3 (maybe more)
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Shelibean’s enjoying the first 2 blankets so much the he lay still while I took his handsome photo.

Wishing you all progress in your
works-in-progress, whatever they may be.

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Loom Knit Snowmen

snwmn1My husband is in the Christmas spirit early this year. I guess it’s partly my fault since I’ve been working on some holiday crafts. Anyhow, We put up our tree and started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. As I was unpacking a box of Christmas decor I came across 3 snowmen I had made for Christmas 2015.

As I recall, I got the idea from CherryWillow in August of 2015. She made some adorable no-sew snowmen out of socks and beads. If you get a chance go check them out. She has a link to a video tutorial link.

I originally wanted to use my Grandson’s socks that he had outgrew when he was much younger. He never got a chance to wear them because he was living in another state. Unfortunately, I had put them in storage and didn’t want to go through boxes to find them, so I decided to make my snowmen out of something else.

I chose to loom knit my snowmen. I made a tube like a sock without a heel and it worked out well.

I made my first one small using a Boye sock loom, using off-white yarn to give it a rustic look. For it’s hat I used a 3.5″ Knifty Knitter loom. I stuffed it with polyfil and glued a round cardboard piece to the bottom for a base. I used buttons for it’s eyes. I crocheted the arms, scarf, carrot nose and sort of embroidered the smile & buttons. I made the pompom using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.lilsno
I decided to make 2 more snowmen but make them larger and out of white yarn; one made on a 5.5″ Knifty Knitter loom and one made on a 8.75″ Boye long loom. I wanted to see if they would turn out looking very much different using 2 different brands of looms. Happily they look quite similar and both turned well, I think.
I stuffed both snowmen with poly-fil. There’s no weight hardly and no real flat bottoms; I hot glued a round piece of card board to the bottoms so they wouldn’t be as apt to topple over.
I loom knitted their hats and crocheted their arms, scarves, buttons, carrot nose & eyes and embroidered the smile.
I made the blue pompom  using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.
I accidentally made the red hat an awkward length. It looked dreadful, so instead of a pompom on top, I tied a piece of yarn around the excess hat and made sort of a poof. snwmn2

Snowmen are so fun. I think they bring an extra bit of cheer to winter.

Wishing you all a cheerful rest of the week.

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Happy Crafting!

 

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Crocheted Chicken Dishcloth

10-22-2016-chknpthldr0Recently I saw a crocheted chicken potholder. It was such a nostalgic looking piece that I wanted to try my hand at making it.
There’s a youtube video of the pattern. I’m not patient enough to sit through a video tutorial, so I purchased a pdf pattern. I printed it off because it’s easier for me to use a paper copy. The directions were easy to follow.

I’m glad the seller listed this pattern ‘For Decoration Purpose Only’ because it’s absolutely ‘Not Safe’ for use as a potholder.
However, it’s about 8×8 inches and that’s a good size for a dishcloth. I intend to use mine as a dishcloth.
The crocheted chicken would make a charming wall decor if a person wanted to use a stiffener and block it.

My chicken dishcloth turned out so well that I adjusted the pattern and made one facing in the opposite direction. For the second chicken, I used a size ‘G’ crochet hook and it came out being almost as big as the first chicken made with an ‘I’ crochet hook. I was a bit surprised for it to turn out that size.chknpthldr

Happy Crocheting!

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Shades of Purple Finished Project

IMG_99204-24-2014 I made a post “Shades of Purple“, in it I posted a photo of some purple yarn that I was planning on making a project out of.
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IMG_1319My next update on the yarn was 5-16-2014 in my post “Blackberry Winter & Misc” I posted a photo of a blanket I had started crocheting using the crazy crochet stitch. It was pretty, but I wasn’t happy with the blanket. I unraveled the yarn and balled it up and decided to wait until I found a pattern I liked.
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IMG_4510I found a pattern called corner-to-corner crochet on RedHeart.com. It’s basically the crazy crochet stitch only it’s diagonal. I absolutely love this stitch with my purple yarns and the way it worked up. It was fun to make too.IMG_4472(shhh this is a secret right now) I loved it so much that not only did I make the 5 feet x 5 feet blanket for my son & dil, I also made my Grandkitten a 2 feet x 2 feet blanket.  (okay, the Grandkitten is a full grown cat, but still as cute as a kitten) I’m in the process of finding a box to send the surprise blankets in. I’m not worried about mentioning the blankets here because I doubt my son or dil or their beautiful kitty-cat visits my blog. So, until I send it off, it’s a secret between you and me. 😉 IMG_4470Before I washed and blocked the blankets, I took a couple photos of Shelibean posing with the them. Unfortunately, his dark eyes didn’t show up in the photos, but I think he looks fairly cute anyhow.

I’m glad to finally have this project finished. I hope my son & dil & my grandkitten likes their surprise blankets.

Here’s wishing you all much success in finishing projects
and many happy surprises along the way.
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