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From Babies to Grandbabies

How does the time go so fast? When I started to crochet and knit it was because my friends and I were having our babies and I wanted those beautiful baby blankets. I ended up making 24 or 25 in the next 5 years for me and my friends & family. Now I have grandchildren (5 to be exact) and so many of my friends are now grandmas too. So now we are coming full circle and I’m back on the baby blanket bandwagon once again  🙂  Here are just 2 of my latest blankets.

 

Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (1) Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one is called Delicate Souvenir and was made with Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Denim Marl.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (5)
  The peach one is called Lacy Treasure and is made with Knit Picks Brava Sport in Seashell.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (4)

Both of these crochet patterns along with 5 other absolutely beautiful and classic patterns can be found in the book Keepsake Baby Afghans from Leisure Arts. All 7 designs are by Kay Meadors and it is my new “go to” baby blanket book. They are all gorgeous and classic designs that can be used for years to come.

The peach one was already given as a baby gift to a family member. I plan to make a few more of each of the 7 patterns for my Etsy shop and the craft fairs I have coming up. Now all I need is to find time to make them in between spending time with all those grandbabies!

❤ Tracee

 

 

An Afghan By Christmas? No Problem

Tis the season of gifts. And I have some work to do if I want to get finished by Christmas.

I have some custom orders, as I mentioned in the last post, from the craft fairs I had attended. One of those was for an afghan. She wants it for her fiance… for Christmas. WHAT!?! An afghan in 3 weeks? Are you kidding me?? But of course I didn’t say that. I smiled sweetly and said I will try to have it done by then, but an afghan is a big project so I might be just a little late if that’s alright. She said it was. I am now a little over half done (the pic only shows 5 strips) I just might make it by Christmas yet!

All I can say is thank you Lord for worsted wt. yarn and large hooks haha!! I am making a mile-a-minute afghan in a VERY simple, yet a VERY classy look pattern. (At least I think it looks classy)

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She wanted to stick with more of a neutral, earth tones look for the color. So I am using Red Heart Super Saver in “Aran Fleck” for the center strip and also to connect the strips, and I Love This Yarn in “Brown” for the strip border. I wanted to keep it simple for speed as well and I am using a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook.

Pattern:

With center color and size K (6.5 mm) hook Chain 11

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, skip next 2 chains work shell (3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet) in next chain, skip next 2 chains, double crochet in next 2 chains. (the row should have 2 double crochet, shell, 2 double crochet)

Row 2 – 75: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch, skip the 3 double crochets of the shell and work the shell in the chain 2 space, skip the next 3 double crochets of the shell and double crochet in the next two stitches.

Row 76: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch,chain 2, single crochet in chain 2 space of shell, chain 2, double crochet in last 2 stitches. fasten off yarn

NOTE: If you want to make it longer for tall people just keep working the pattern until you have the right length. Just make sure you end with “row 76”.

Strip Border: With 2nd color attach yarn in corner stitch. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), work 2 more double crochet in corner, at top/bottom of strip work double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in chain 2 space, double crochet in single crochet, 2 double crochet in next chain 2 space, double crochet in next stitch, 3 double crochet in corner. On sides if strip work 3 double crochet around the post of each double crochet/chain. When you get all the way around, join with slip stitch to the top of the first chain 3. fasten off yarn.

Connect the strips: Hold “wrong ” sides together and working in back loops only of each strip with the same color as the center of the strip, single crochet them together. fasten off yarn

Weave in the ends and your done. Make as many strips as you want, the more strips the bigger the blankie 🙂  I am planning on doing 12 or 13 strips, but will judge that when I get there.

Short and sweet and very simple, just the way I like it when I’m on a deadline 🙂

❤  Tracee

Cotton Dishcloth

As I have mentioned I am trying a new skill… designing and pattern writing. I thought it best to start small so I designed a simple dishcloth. I love 100% cotton hand crocheted cloths, they work beautifully and are so soft. I am posting this as a free pattern since it is my first one. I would welcome any feedback as to how I did as a pattern writer, what I did wrong AND what I did right. I want to keep the right skills and improve the ones that need work.

Dish Cloth Pair

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Click here for the PDF file of the pattern Dish Cloth Pair / Revised. (after I published this I noticed a couple of mistakes, should be fixed now)

This is the pair of cloths I actually kept for myself. I don’t often keep the items I make. They are usually either listed in my shop, taken to a craft fair for sale or given as a gift. I think that should change. As crafters we pour our hearts into making things for others, but I think it would be a good idea to show ourselves a little love now and then and treat ourselves to our own Heartmade gift. A little reward for all our hard work.

❤ Tracee

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