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Star Blanket

Today I finished one of my projects-in-a-queue – a baby star blanket. I’m so proud of myself. Another little blanket finished. You probably are thinking “big deal, I’ve done it before”, and you are right, it’s not difficult. It’s just that I’m having problems with finishing big projects (and it is a BIG project for me). Therefore, I’m so happy about it. 

To crochet it I followed Beth Parsons pattern which you can find here: Beth’s Little Star Afghan. Thank you for great instructions and a picture tutorial! I helped me a lot.

Star Blanket

Star Blanket

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I really love it, especially the idea of making it in different colors, in one color and so on. You can even try various crochet stitches and it would look perfect. I have another idea for it, hopefully coming any time soon.

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Crochet Bib with a Teddy Bear and a Balloon

At the moment I’m working on a big project: I’m crocheting an activity blanket. In my plans it should be 1.50×1.50m. It’s long but not very hard work. I’m already done with one square, and that leaves me with 8 to go. It also means that I don’t really have much time to crochet something else. On the other hand, I do get tired from doing the same thing again and again. Therefore I have made this cute bib. For a base I followed this pattern: so-simple baby bibs.  

Crochet bib

The balloon pattern was taken from Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations blog. Thank you for this lovely and easy pattern! 🙂 The bear applique was created by me. Here is how you can make it:

You have always join with a slip stitch after each round.

Belly

R1: Magic ring, 6 sc in a ring.

R2: 2sc in each sts (12).

R3: [2sc in a first st, 1sc in next] rep 6 times, ch1 (18)

R4: [2sc, sc in next 2] rep 6 times, ch1 (24)

R5: [2sc, sc in next 3] rep 6 times, ch 1 (30)

R6: [2sc, sc in next 4] rep 6 times, ch1 (36)

R7: [2sc, sc in next 5] rep 6 times, ch 1 (42)

R8: sc in each sts (42). Fasten off.

Arms (make 2):

(start with connecting them to the belly straight away when you start your chain)

R1: ch 10

R2: 3hdc in a 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each stitch. Slip stitch in a body. Fasten off.

Legs (make 2):

(start the same way you did with arms)

R1: ch 7

R2: 3hdc in a 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each stitch. Slip stitch in a body. Fasten off.

Head:

R1: Magic ring, 6 sc in a ring.

R2: 2sc in each stitch (12).

R3: [2 sc, sc in next] rep 5 times (18).

R4: [2sc, sc in next 2] rep 5 times (24).

R5: [2 sc, sc in next 3] rep 5 times (30).

R6: sc in each stitch. Fasten off.

Nose:

R1: Magic ring, 5 sc in a ring.

R2: 2 sc in 1st stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch, 2 sc in the last stitch. Slip stitch in next, fasten off. Sew to the head.

Ears (make 2):

(start with connecting them to the heady straight away when you start)

R1: sc, 2hdc in next, dc in next, 2 hdc in next, slip stitch in the last one. Fasten off.

Embroider eyes and nose.

When I was sewing it on the bib I stuffed the belly and the balloon a bit so they are not flat.

Crochet bib

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Heart Baby Blanket (pattern)

I am bit late with the heart baby blanket pattern but here it is. I was done knitting the blanket a few days ago and just finished writing down the pattern. If you find any mistakes, please tell me because it is the very first time I’m making a pattern for a knitting project. I have to tell you that the original idea wasn’t mine. I found a picture of this blanket and a pattern for the heart in one Lithuanian forum. I don’t know who originally created it but thank you. Nevertheless, I had problems with figuring out how many stitches I should cast on before starting it etc. Therefore, I have written down the way I made it so I can help someone who also wants to knit it. All the pictures of the pattern are made by me; the one I found wasn’t as detailed as mine is. I have to mention that it involves not only knitting but crocheting as well (the edges), unless you want to finish it with knitting too (it is possible). 

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Size: app. 102x85cm

Yarn: Eldorado Home (handicraft); Color 6687; 1232m or 550g.

Needles: size 3mm (or 3 1/2 – 4) or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge: 21sts and 28 rows = 10x10cm (4″x4″) in stocking stitch using 3 1/2-4mm needles.

Instructions

ALWAYS REMEMBER NOT TO KNIT THE FIRST STITCH IN THE BEGINNING OF EACH LINE. IT WILL MAKE YOUR EDGES MORE BEAUTIFUL AND AFTERWARDS IT WILL BE EASIER TO PICK UP THE STITCHES WHEN YOU KNIT THE EDGE.

Cast on 159 stitches and work 4 rows: 1 and 3 row in a knit stitch, 2 and 4 row in purl stitch (every second row should be done in purl stitch). Every 22nd stitch is a yarn over and every 23 stitch is a k2tog (slope to the left). Follow the pattern for better help. It will make 7 different squares: one with a heart and one without. The square without a heart should be done in a knit stitch every second row, and in a purl stitch every second row. You can choose that all squares are heart too. It doesn’t change the math.

After each square there are two stitches as mentioned above. They do not exist in the very beginning of knitting or in the very end.

After you are done with a heart pattern, you should work 4 rows as in the beginning of the pattern.

When you are done with a first square line you should work 2 rows which are:

Row1 (25 in a picture): 1st (just move it on the other needle, do not knit), 2nd and 3rd st in knit st. 4th yarn over, k2tog (slope to the left)*repeat as many times as you need. Knit the last two st in a knit st.

Row2 (26 in a picture): 1 (just move it on the other needle, do not knit), purl stitch. 22 and 23 st as shown in a picture (always do it after 21 st, so it separates the squares).

When knitting a heart pay attention to the slope: sometimes it is to the left, and sometimes to the right.

Finishing: pick up the stitches at the one of the sides of the blanket (you can choose whichever edge you want to start from) or crochet around with your chosen edging pattern (I chose granny style).

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A Little Basket

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Some time ago I wanted to make coasters. I made one but didn’t like the edges; they weren’t totally round but with corners. I put it aside because I didn’t want to continue until I figured out how to make it perfectly round. Then I got the idea that I could make a sock for my water bottle. I started the coaster remake. After I did few lines I tried it on the bottle…and it was way too big. I hate to disassemble crochet or knitting projects. I really do. Therefore I continued and thought that it didn’t matter how it would end. It will be a surprise. So until yesterday I had no idea what I was making. And a little basket was born (height 8 cm, width 11 cm).

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Sadly I have no idea what to keep in it. Any ideas? 

 

The Owl Family with Braids

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Do you remember when I made my first ever owl? The one with the different wings? After my sister-in-law to be saw it, she asked me to make one for her little daughter as well.  She wanted it to be pink and light red.  After agreeing to do it, I thought that I could crochet the whole family. So here I am, done with all three: a daddy, mommy and a little girl. After I was done sowing them together, I thought: wait a minute, I can make braids! Isn’t it a great idea? It also meant that I wouldn’t totally copy Sarah’s owl family. I do understand that I am not as good as she is. I can still see my mistakes, but I promise, I will get better!!!

owls

As we went for a walk with our little beagle, I had a chance to take loads of pictures. Well, to be honest, I got a bit wild.

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I am also working on my heart baby blanket, which should be done any moment. I am just trying to figure out how to knit the edges so they look nice and don’t curl. At the same time I have to finish writing down a pattern for it, so I can share it with you guys. 

I know, that I promised to share my improved stripy giraffe pattern some time ago. I swear, I am working on it… or getting closer to working on it. I have probably at least 6 projects to be done. I would love to learn to do one thing at a time, but it is so difficult. How do you keep up with all those projects? Do you have a secret or special recipe to be fast in knitting or crocheting? 

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