Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Caron Cakes Ripple and Shells Lapghan

Caron Cakes is one of my favorite yarns and I really enjoyed working on this lapghan.

The stitch is simple and easy to remember. Only two rows are repeated for the pattern.

Four "cakes" were needed for this project. They are quite pricey, but I always buy my yarn with a coupon from Michael's. 

The overall cost of yarn in this lapghan was about 18-20 dollars. Not bad!

The finished measurements are about 52 inches long and 35 inches wide. 

I used size H/8 (5 mm) hook. 

The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops, as well as on Ravelry

Monday, April 10, 2017

My First Knitting Attempt, Simple Knitting Stitch Pattern

Finally, after many, many years I picked up my knitting stitches again. I forgot how much fun knitting is! I love that gently clanking sound that my aluminum needles make; it's so calming and therapeutical. And I love seeing how my knitting piece is growing (though it doesn't grow as quickly as crocheting!)

It is still going to be a while before I attempt a knitting project. For now, I'm just going to experiment with different stitches, try different textures, different yarns and needles.

This is my very first stitch! I tried it with size 2 (2.75 mm) needles and Caron Cakes yarn. Those needles are to thin for this yarn, but those are the only ones I have right now. I will need to buy more.


k knit

p purl

yo yarn over

skp slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitch over

tog together 

Cast on multiple of 9, plus 5.

I casted on 41 for this sample. 

Row 1: slip the 1st stitch, k2, *yo, k2, skp, k2 tog, k2, yo, k1* to last two stitches, k1, p1.

Row 2: slip the 1st stitch, p across.

Repeat Row 1-2 for the pattern.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Marshmallow Baby Blanket and Hat Crochet Set

This baby set was so much fun to work on. The big shells that look like marshmallow are easy and quick to make, and they give a very nice and soft texture. 

I used Snuggly Wuggly Big by Loop & Threads (100% acrylic), which is one of my favorite yarns for baby set. The big skein has 1263 yards, which is usually enough to make a blanket and a matching hat.

I usually buy it from Michael's, using a 40% or 50% off coupon. That's a great deal considering you can make a nice baby set just from one big skein.

This baby blanket measures 36 by 30 inches, but it can be easily adjusted to a different size. 
The hat size is 0-3 months, and it measures about 13 inches in circumference and 5.5 inches in height. 
I worked with size G/6 (4.25 mm) hook. 

The pattern for this baby set is available in my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops.