Saturday, July 12, 2014

Granny Squares...

I bought yarn for a Granny Square blanket. The problem is that I bought the yarn a while ago. Here is a link to my post about when I bought it. I don't know why I waited so long to start it, but I did.

I did add a few more colors not too long after my original purchase, and everything stayed bagged up and in my craft closet until just last week.

I decided to do a traditional granny square blanket. It's funny, I had to re-do that first square at least three times because I crochet so tightly. I just couldn't get it to look nice. I tried using a larger hook, which sometimes works for me, but not this time. So, I had to make myself crochet really loose.

The main color will be the gray with off-white, blue, green, coral and purple (yes, it's purple).  I really love the gray; it's a heather gray which reminds me of cuddling up in a old, warm  sweatshirt on a cold winter day.

I am weaving in my ends as I go, rather than leaving them all until the end. Sometimes that task seems so BIG if I leave it till the end. I am hoping it won't this time.

If any of you have tips, tricks or helpful hints about granny squares, blocking and joining, I would love to hear them. This is only my third granny square project and, even though I searched online for good information, I still feel a little unsure... Thanks!

{hugs}
Laura




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mason Jar Mug Cozy...

My daughter bought herself a HUGE mason jar mug. So, a cozy was in order. She picked the colors and I went from there. No pattern. Just crocheted it to fit snuggly.

The orange is 3 rows of single crochet, the white is 1 row of single crochet and the navy blue is 1 row of double crochet. I crocheted an edging of white in single crochet and created the ties from braiding all 3 colors.

To get a good fit, we measured the jar with a tape measure and then I crochet my chain to stretch to about 2 inches shorter than our measurement. It may seam too short, but once you start to crochet your rows, your piece "magically gets bigger" (At least for me it does - don't know why). It worked out good.

I hope you have a wonderful week and find time to create something fabulous.

{hugs}
Laura



Be Proud to be a Girl...



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crocheted Triangle Bunting...

These little triangles were fun to crochet. Super easy too. It made a cute little bunting to hang up. I am very happy with how it turned out.


The pattern:

chain 2
2 single crochet in the first chain
chain 1 and turn
2 single crochet each stitch
chain 1 and turn
2 single crochet in the first stitch and 1 single crochet in each stitch after
chain 1 and turn
repeat *2 single crochet in the first stitch and 1 single crochet in each stitch after * until your triangle is as big as you want it.

I crochet 13 rows using Lily Sugar 'n Cream and a size J/10 6mm hook. I also crocheted a row of chains/single crochets across the top for hanging. 



This is the first time I have ever blocked a crocheted project. I folded and placed a beach towel on the carpeted floor in a spot where no one would walk on them. I laid out and pinned down my triangles, giving them a nice shape with a little tension but not pulled too tightly. And then I got them really wet with water using a spray bottle. The hardest part was leaving them until they were completely dry.

But, it was worth the wait. They are nice and flat and well shaped.




You'll have to let me know if you make your own crocheted triangle bunting. I'm sure you'll love it.

{hugs}
Laura