Lilliana

This blanket is called Lilliana and the pattern is by Vanessa Smith from Hooked on Sunshine. I used a cotton yarn (that I found on sale) in a dusty mint and a cream color.

The pattern is fun – not too repetitive and not too complex. I could watch tv while crocheting this.

It’s funny. I realized that I buy yarn (in this case 7 balls of yarn!) and then I look for a pattern to make with that yarn. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do it the other way? Like find a pattern that I want to do and then specifically buy yarn for that pattern? I’m sure there are many people that are together enough to do just that. 😏 Oh well, as long as I’m crocheting I’m happy!

Mosaic Crochet – My First Attempt

Mosaic crochet is a beautiful niche crochet technique in which you use single crochets, chain stitches, and special double crochets to create a interwoven pattern.

I had never attempted this type of crochet before because it looked complicated and downright difficult, but when I saw the pattern for this Chic Modern Mosaics Blocks Throw on marleybird.com I knew it was time to give it a try. The reasons I chose this pattern to try mosaic crochet for the first time were twofold…

1. The pattern was written out in the standard crochet language that I am used to, as opposed to being just a graph, as many mosaic crochet patterns are. (Though once you get the hang of mosaic crochet, I’m sure the graphs are easier to read.)

2. The throw is done in only two colors which can be carried up the side as you go, rather than having to break the yarn and weave in ends (ugh) every time you change colors.

For those of you who haven’t tried mosaic crochet patterns before, I will tell you that once you understand the “rules” it’s really not that bad. I’ll explain the rules in one sec, but there’s also a special stitch that you’ll need to know. The mosaic double crochet, sometimes called the special double crochet is a double crochet (dc) that is made in the single crochet (sc) that is three rows down and in front of chain stitches from the previous two rows. So really just a double crochet that’s just a little longer than normal.

Now for the rules – which are basically pretty simple:

⁃ For two color designs, you will be doing two rows of each color, and carrying the other color up the side of your work.

⁃ The first row of each color will consist of sc’s, chains, and mosaic double crochets (mdc).

⁃ The second row of each color will consist of sc’s and chains. The sc’s will go into all stitches from the previous row and the chains will be made above the chains from the previous row.

⁃ Mosaic double crochets will be made in front of the chains from the previous two rows into a sc of the same color three rows down.

That’s basically it! If you’re up for trying a new crochet technique that looks more difficult than it is, then you really should give mosaic crochet a try!

Atlanticus

Atlanticus is a beautiful pattern designed by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine. It’s a mixed stitch blanket with a stunning mandala center that was surprisingly easy to crochet. (The blanket pictured above was made by me in a really short amount of time considering the large size.) The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry, along with pictures of completed blankets in every imaginable colorway. Happy crocheting!

Ruffled Rainbow Throw

Ruffle are my favorite thing to crochet! I don’t know why – they’re just so much fun for me to do. I don’t particularly love frilly ruffled things and ruffles are total yarn-eaters, but for some reason I could just sit and mindlessly crochet ruffles all day long, stopping occasionally only to run my hand back and forth over the ruffles. It’s therapeutic! If you’ve never tried crocheting ruffles before, I hope you try it soon, because it just might be your new favorite way to relax!

I adapted the Ruffled Rainbow Throw from the Rainbow Ruffle blanket at https://www.dadasplace.com/2017/03/free-rainbow-ruffle-blanket-tutorial.html for two reasons – my absolute love of crocheting ruffles and the fact that I had almost a whole skein of each of the rainbow colors left over from doing the Rainbow Sky Baby Blanket. I only had to buy one skein of black yarn for the ruffles. This throw is so quick and easy to make and can be done in any color scheme or size that you want!

Here’s the free pattern:

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

BLO – back loop only

Sl st – slip stitch

Ch 135 (or whatever number of chains give you the desired width of your throw)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hk and in each ch across, turn

Row 2: Ch 1, dc in first st and each st across to end, changing color on last yarn over of last dc, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, working in BLO, dc in first st and in each st across to end, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until throw reaches desired length, changing colors every two rows, and ending on a row 2. (Number of rows should be a multiple of 8.)

Edging (big ruffles):

Join in any corner st, ch 3, 7 dc in same st as ch 3. Make 4 dc in each st around and 8 dc in the corners. Join to beg ch 3 with a sl st.

Front (little) ruffles:

You will be working on the front surface of the throw in the unused front loops of every eighth row.

Join in the first front loop, ch 3, sl st in same loop

Sl in next loop, ch 3, sl st in same loop, repeat to end, break yarn

Do your little ruffles in the front loops every eighth row.

Weave in all ends.

Striped Beanie (scrap buster)

I needed a quick way to use up some scrap yarn before my closet became overrun with those little colorful yarn balls, so I started making these beanies and basically couldn’t stop for several days. I really found making them to be quite addictive! I made all different sizes and color combinations. Some of them were given away as Christmas presents, and those pictured are the ones I have left.

These beanies were made from the bottom up – I made the brim by going back and forth in rows, slip stitched it together, then worked in decreasing rounds until I reached the top. The pom poms are the cherry on top and were made with my pom pom maker. (You can get a set from Walmart.com for under $4, and they’re so much fun to make!)

These striped beanies are a great scrap buster and super fast, so get creative with your colors and get crocheting!

Here’s the free pattern:

Yarn – worsted weight, 2 colors, small ball of each

Hook – 5.00

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Hdc – half double crochet

Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together

In color A, Ch 8

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn

Row 2: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st, here and throughout) Working in back loop only, sc in 1st st and each st across, turn

Repeat row 2 until band matches the circumference of the head.

Sl st last row to first row

Now you will be working in the round, slip stitching the last stitch of each round to the first stitch.

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly around – one sc for each row

Round 2: Ch 1, Hdc in each sc around, changing to color B on last yarn over of last st

Round 3: Ch 1, Hdc in each stitch around, changing back to color A on last yarn over of last st

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5-6: ch 1, Hdc (color B) around, changing to color A on last yarn over of last st of row 6

Round 7: repeat round 2

Round 8: repeat round 3

Rounds 9-10: ch 1, with color A, Hdc around

Round 11: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 4 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 12: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 3 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 13: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 2 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 14: ch 1, hdc2tog first 2 st, *1 Hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 15: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st and each 2 st across

Using yarn needle stitch top together.

Make largish pom pom in color B and attach.

Weave in ends.

😘

Wintertide Throw

I found the pattern for this stunning Wintertide throw on mamainastitch.com, and I thought it was so cool! The pattern calls for eight balls of bulky weight yarn, but I decided to use a gray worsted weight yarn that was leftover from other projects. To make the throw a reasonable size with the lighter weight yarn, I doubled the starting chains that the pattern called for.

The Wintertide Throw is made up of three special stitches – bobble stitch, bean stitch, and granite stitch (all explained on the pattern page) – and also makes use of front loop only stitches and back post stitches.

A beginner crocheter will find this pattern both workable and educational. And the end result will be a beautiful, cozy throw perfect for hibernating under all winter!

The Grandma Spiked My Ripple Blanket

The Grandma Spiked My Ripple Blanket is a pattern by Darlisa Riggs that you can find for free on Ravelry. (Thanks Darlisa!)

I’m one of those people that feels like the basic granny stitch looks old-fashioned and even boring, so I love when people come up with new and different applications of granny stitch patterns.

This pattern is gives the basic granny ripple a modern twist by making the middle double crochet in each triplet a spike stitch. It’s a relatively small adjustment, but it makes such a difference! The ripple ends up looking a little fuzzy, hence the name.

If you are like me and find the traditional granny stitch boring, or even if you love the granny stitch but are ready to try something just a little different, you should give this wonderful pattern a try!

Seed Stitch Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves are the perfect winter accessory! They are done with the super simple Seed Stitch, which is nothing more that alternating single and double crochets. The Seed Stitch creates a nice dense fabric perfect for keeping your hands warm and cozy. The wrists are extra long to keep you nice and warm.

Here’s the easy pattern!

Wrists:

Chain 20

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (ch 1 doesn’t count as a stitch here and throughout)

Rows 2 – 24: Working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, ch 1, turn

Sl st the two short sides together. Do not end off.

Hands:

Round 1: Ch 1, Sc in same sp as ch 1, 25 more sc evenly spaced around, sl st to 1st sc

Round 2: Ch 1, dc in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next stitch, repeat from * around to next to last st, sc in last st, sl st to 1st dc

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st (in top of 1st dc from round 2), alternate dc and sc around, sl st last dc to 1st sc

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5: repeat round 3

Round 6: repeat round 2

Round 7: repeat round 3

Round 8: Ch 1, dc in same st, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, ch 3, sk 3 st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first dc

Round 9: Ch 1, Sc in same st, dc in next st, continue as usual until you get to the ch 3, sc in each of the three chains, *sc in next st, dc in next stitch, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc

Round 10: repeat round 2

Round 11: repeat round 3

Round 12: repeat round 2

Round 13: repeat round 3

Round 14: repeat round 2

Round 15: Ch 1, Sc in same st, sc in each of next 3 st, sc2tog (scdec) over next two stitches, *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog over next two stitches, repeat to end, join with st st, break yarn.

Thumbs:

Round 1: Join yarn anywhere in thumb hole. Ch 1, sc in same st, 8 more sc evenly around, sl st to 1st sc

Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of next 8 stitches, sl st to 1st sc

End off, weave in ends.

Rainbow Sky Baby Blanket

The Rainbow Sky baby blanket would make a lovely gift for any baby! It depicts a beautiful sky complete with rainbows and clouds. Rainbow Sky blanket combines loads of texture with bright colors perfect for the development of young fingers and eyes. Ready to give it a try? Here’s the pattern (with some important notes at the end).

Blanket:

With light blue ch 140

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd st from hk and each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 2: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, ch 2, turn

Rows 3-5: repeat row 2

Row 6: (Ch 2 counts as first hdc) Hdc in 2nd st and each st across, change to white, turn

Row 7: With white, ch 3 (counts as a dc) *Bobble st (5dctog) in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * to next to last st, dc in last st, ch 1, turn

Row 8: Sc in 1st st and each st across, ch 3, turn

Row 9: (Ch 3 counts as a dc) *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from * to end of row, change to light blue

Rows 10-15: With light blue chain 2 (counts as first hdc) hdc in next st and in each st across

Row 16: With red, ch 1, and working only in the back loops, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to orange, turn

Row 17: With orange, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to yellow, turn

Row 18: With yellow, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to green, turn

Row 19: With green, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to blue, turn

Row 20: With blue, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to purple, turn

Row 21: With purple, ch 1, and working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, change to light blue, ch2, turn

Row 22-26: Do 5 rows of hdc’s with the light blue

Repeat rows 7, 8, and 9 for the cloud rows, then sky, then rainbows, then sky etc.

Border:

Round 1: With white sc evenly around. In the corners do sc, ch 2, sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *bobble in next st, sc in next st, repeat from *

Round 3: Ch 3, *sc in next st, bobble in next st, repeat from *

Round 4: Ch 1, crab st (reverse sc) in each st around (crab st, ch 2, crab st in corners), end off, weave in ends.

Notes:

1. Ok, so when you do the bobble stitch rows, the bobbles will pop out on the other side, so you want to make sure you’re starting those rows when the back of the blanket is facing you.

2. Bobble stitch is the same as dc5tog in one stitch. Here’s how it goes: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull through two loops, (yarn over insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times (there will be 5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

3. Another things about the bobble rows – the bobbles should sit diagonally to each other so when you do the second row, do a single crochet into the bobble below and do a bobble into the single crochet below.

4. Crab stitch is a reverse single crochet. So if you are right handed and you usually crochet from right to left, you will be switching directions and crocheting left to right. So for righties, insert your hook into the stitch to the right of the current stitch, yarn over, and pull through two loops. (For lefties, you will be going from left to right.)

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Hdc – half double crochet

St – stitch

Hk – hook

Dc – double crochet

Sc – single crochet

Sea to C Blanket

It’s been such a beautiful summer so far and so when I visited ACMoore to see what yarns were on sale, these Premier Yarn cakes in blues and greens caught my eye. I used corner to corner crochet or c2c, which at its simplest, is very easy to do and a beginner can get the hang of it very quickly. There are tons of tutorials online to teach you how to do it. Basically you are making little blocks of double crochets connected to each other with slip stitches. You work in diagonal rows increasing in the beginning and then decreasing in the end. C2c is also great for advanced crocheters, though, because it can be used to make a graph with any number of colors. In my “Sea 2 C” blanket I just used the one kind of color changing yarn and whenever I came to the end of a cake, I joined the next cake with the Magic Knot so there were almost no ends to weave in. It worked up super fast and I think it’s really pretty. For the border I did a simple shell stitch for three rounds, that I thought looked like waves and then finished with one round of Persian stitch. I used just about all of the eight cakes of yarn that I bought and “Sea 2 C” measures about 6’ by 4’.