Crochet Yourself a Sophie’s Universe Today

What a beautiful pattern by Dedri Uys! This is the second Sophie’s Universe I have done and it is so much fun! There is so much variety and creativity in this pattern that it’s hard to believe a mere human could have written it. Genius!!!

Did I mention that it’s actually not that hard? I mean, if you are a beginner with some experience in reading patterns and you want a challenge, you can do this! Dedri Uys explains each round in so much detail and includes pictures of each step along the way.

Oh, also, Sophie’s Universe is available for free online! Just google it. Buy a bunch of yarn in colors that you love and do this. You will have such a sense of accomplishment afterwards and your self-confidence as a crocheter will be sky high. And, of course, you will have a priceless one-of-a-kind heirloom afghan!

My crochet buddy Dave. 😄
Sophie’s Universe #1 (2019)

Colorful C2C Border

You know when you finish a blanket, not because you think it’s big enough, but because you know you don’t have enough yarn left to do another row and do a border? Yeah? Well that’s the situation I was in when I did my patchwork C2C blanket with leftover yarn. There was just a tiny bit left of each of the five colors, so I designed a small colorful border that incorporated the colors and style of the blanket. Here’s the free pattern:

Change color every round.

Round 1: Join in any corner with a sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *[ch3, sk 3 st, sl st bet c2c groups] across the side, ch3, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 2: Join in any corner with standing sc, (sc, ch 2, 2sc) in same corner, *3sc in each ch3 sp across the side, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc, break yarn

Round 3: Join in any corner with sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *ch3, sk 2 st, sl st bet groups of sc, (ch3, sl st bet sc groups) across the side, ch3, sk last 2 sc, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 4: same as Round 2, except in the corners just do 3sc

Round 5: Join anywhere with *sl st, (ch1, sk st, sl st in back loop of next sc, ch1, sl st in same back loop again, ch 1, sk st, rep from * all the way around.

Note: I got the pattern and tutorial for the patchwork c2c blanket without the border from https://www.thepatchworkheart.co.uk/2018/06/c2c-jayg-corner-to-corner-join-as-you.html, and it’s very well done!

Very Simple Flower Granny Square

This pretty flower square is so simple – it will let whatever colors you choose take center stage! I elected to do the squares in bright colors with a gray background…however I think pastels with a white background would be stunning as well. Here’s the free pattern:

Color A

Make a magic circle

Round 1: Ch2, (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, sl st to ch2

Color B

Round 2: Join in any hdc, ch2, dc, (counts as 1st dc2tog), ch1, * dc2tog in next st, ch1, rep from * 10more Xs, sl st to 1st dc2tog

Round 3: Sl st to ch sp, ch2, dc3tog in same ch sp, (counts as 1st dc4tog), ch3, *dc4tog in next ch sp, ch3, rep from *10 more Xs, sl st to 1st dc4tog

Color C

Round 4: Join in any ch sp, ch3, 2dc in same ch sp, *ch2, 3dc in next ch sp, ch1, 3hdc in next ch sp, ch 1, 3dc in next ch sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3

Round 5: Sl st over to corner sp, ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner, *ch1, 3hdc in each of next 2 ch sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in corner sp, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3.

Sea Spray Square

So this blanket came about because I had a lot of scrap yarn (as usual). I used all blues and neutrals, and alternated stripes of back loop half doubles with stripes of the Sea Spray Square.


Here’s the free pattern for the Sea Spray Square:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, tighten circle and sl st to ch2 to join

Round 2: Join in any stitch with a standing dc, ch1, *dc in next st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 3: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, 2sc in same sp, 3sc in each of next 11 ch sp, sl st to standing sc

Round 4: Join in any st with standing dc, dc in next 2 st, ch1, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 5: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, sc in same sp, ch4, *2sc in next ch sp, ch 4, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing sc

Round 6: Join in 1st sc of any pair with sl st, ch1, *sc2tog over both sc, (hdc, dc, htrc, dc, hdc) in ch4 sp, rep from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st sc2tog

Round 7: *Fphdc around any sc2tog, ch2, sk 2 st, sc in htrc, sk 2 st, repeat from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st fphdc

Round 8: Join in any ch2 sp with standing dc, 2 more dc in same sp, ch 2, *3dc in next ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3sc in each of next 2 ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3dc in next ch sp, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 9: Join in any corner ch 2 sp with standing tr, (2tr, ch2, 3 tr) in same corner. Now you will be working in sp bet groups of 3 st. *3dc, 3hdc, 3sc, 3hdc, 3dc, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing tr

Casual Granny Crochet Along

This bedspread is from a Crochet Along, or CAL. The idea behind a CAL is that the pattern is released incrementally over a period of time, such as every week or every month, and people all over the world can work on the same project at the same time. CALs are usually a little challenging and complex, however the results are reliably stunning. By joining a CAL, you can be part of a group of people that can inspire and support one another with the project.

This CAL, called the Casual Granny CAL, happened back in 2018 and, as that was two years ago, the patterns for all ten of the different squares are available for free on redagapeblog.com. So awesome! The blog’s creator, Mandy, has done a fantastic job of writing out all of the patterns in an easy to understand manner as well as including “tiny tutorials” for any tricky stitches. She says on her site that she wanted people doing her CAL to be able to go at their own pace, pick their own colors, and do any or all of the squares for their own project – hence the “casual” in the name. No pressure!

I chose to do the blanket in four colors – teal, mustard, coral, and light gray. I used the double crochet join-as-you-go (JAYG) technique – which I absolutely swear by. All of the joining and the entire border was done without breaking the yarn once!

My favorite of all ten squares was the trickiest to get the hang of – the heart granny square. The pattern calls for several mid-round color changes so you are instructed to carry the non-working yarn through the back of the square in order to pick it up when needed. I hadn’t done that technique before, but I picked it up readily enough thanks in no small part to the simplicity of the way in which the pattern is written. And it was worth it! Just look at those hearts – so super cute!

The Squiggly Square Blanket

(another scrap buster)

Like most of you, I had a big bag full of partial skeins of yarn – my scraps – and I wanted to use them up. I have done scrap blankets before, but this time I wanted to try something new and different. And so I made the Squiggly Square Blanket!

I found the pattern for the square here: http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2011/10/wiggles-square-for-sibol.html and I used a join-as-you-go (JAYG) method to put the whole thing together. If you have never tried joining squares this way, I will tell you that it’s worth learning because there are only two ends to weave in. The cute squiggly squares are super easy to make and really fun. Happy crocheting!

Cozy Striped Throw

You know that mohair-like yarn? Like it’s soft, but also kind of rough? I didn’t know if I could make a blanket with it because it’s so airy and light, but I gave it a try and you know what? It is so cozy! Here’s the free pattern:

With color A ch 150

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

Row 2-20: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), blohdc in 1st st and each st across

Row 21: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *sk 2 st, v-st in next st, rep from * to last 3 st, sk 2 st, dc in last st, changing to color B on last yo, do not break yarn for color A

Row 22: Ch 3, v-st in each v-st across the row, dc in last st, pull out a big loop to save your work with color B, do not turn

Row 23: Go back to the beginning of the row, pull color A through the 3rd ch in the ch 3, ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, dc in last dc, turn

Row 24: With color B, ch 3, v-st in each st across, dc in last dc

Repeat rows 23 and 24 until you have 4 v-st rows of each color. Break yarn for color A.

Row 29: Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, *hdc in 1st dc of v-st, hdc in sp bet dcs of v-st, hdc in 2nd st of the v-st, repeat from * across, hdc in last st, turn

Rows 30-49: Ch 1, blohdc in 1st st and each st across

Continue in this manner until blanket is desired length, throwing in a color C if you want.

Border:

Round 1: Using the color B, sc evenly around, doing 3 sc in each corner.

Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around, doing 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off

Round 6: With color C, {puff st, ch 2 (ch 1 to finish puff plus 1 more ch), puff, ch 2, puff} in corner, sk 2 st, *ch 2, puff in next st, sk st, repeat from * to end, sk 2 st, repeat corner and sides 3 more times, fasten off

Round 7: Using color A, join in 1st ch 2 sp of corner. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), *3 sc in same ch2 sp, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, 2 sc in each ch 2 sp on the side, repeat from * 3 more times

Round 8: Sc in each stitch around (in corner spaces, sc, ch 2, sc)

Round 9: *(In corner sp 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), crdc across side, repeat from * 3 more times

Round 10: Sc in each st around, (sc, ch 2, sc in corners)

Round 11: Repeat round 9

Rounds 12-13: Repeat round 10

Round 14: With color C, repeat round 6

Round 15: With color B, repeat round 7

Rounds 16-18: Sc in each st around, (in corners sc, ch 2, sc)

Round 19: In corners do 3 picots, along sides, 2 sc, picot, repeat from *

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!