Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Temperature Blanket

Hi Everyone!! I'm sure you've seen the tons of posts on Pinterest and Facebook about making a temperature blanket!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262182198/clearance-sale-crochet-blanket-pattern?ref=shop_home_feat_2
*Not my work ©ChocolateDogStudio on Etsy

I've tried making one of these before and lost my interest so I never finished it. BUT this year I think I'm really going to do it.


One example of your yarn choices.
This year is special, why you ask? because it's a LEAP YEAR, which means this year has an even number of days! Perfect for a Corner to Corner blanket!! What my plan is is to use the chart below (I'm using Red Heart Super Saver and I liked that there is a wider range of colors in this chart) and create my blanket, Increasing from now until June, and then decreasing for the rest of the year.
I am also not great with doing *1 row a day* type projects, so I'm keeping a Temperature log in my datebook as a reference, noting the sky conditions (sunny, cloudy, rain, snow) the temperature and also the yarn color. I was originally wanting to make a C2C square for each month and join them at the end of the year, but because the months are all not equal with days they wouldn't be the same size and I thought it would look weird. So. That's my plan! I'm going to purchase some of the wintery colors now and get started!



This is the chart I'm using! (i will add stitches of rain and snow instead of the whole row)

Not into the idea of a Temperature blanket? How about a mood blanket? You could use the same principle ( a row a day) and use a different color based on your mood for the day. No matter what project you choose it should be a fun way to work on your crochet for the whole year!


http://crochetime.net/2013/12/30/crochet-mood-blanket-2014/

If you decide to make one please feel free to share it with me!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Double Layer Braided Cowl

This gorgeous cowl has been making the rounds on Facebook all week. Once I saw it I decided I had to give it a shot.

I love how this came out! It was so easy to make and I enjoyed picking out an ombré color scheme to show off the braiding. The best part is it's a free pattern! There is also a video tutorial for the new stitches. 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-layered-braided-cowl

Happy Hooking!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WIP (Work In Progress) FREE Printable!

If you're like me and have a short crafting attention span, then you may get some use out of this printable! It's a FREE downloadable pdf with two WIPs per sheet. You can print them on cardstock so they're a little more durable.



What I do is put my WIP in a clear bag and slip this card right in front so my projects are all nice and organized.

I've made one for knitting and one for crochet.

I hope you like them!



Monday, January 11, 2016

Chunky Chevron Blanket




I have been wanting to make this blanket for months, and I finally did! I love how it came out, I adore everything Chevron and was so excited to do this project. It worked up super fast (a nice weekend project) I'm planning on making another one and doubling the chain so it's bigger. This was a free pattern from Lion Brand (you need to have an account with Lion Brand to view it but the pattern is free!)



The only things I did differently was change the hook from a 10.00mm to a 12.00mm. (Best Hooks Ever!!) I also added a border. The yarn I used was Bernat Blanket Yarn in Light Teal, Dark Grey and Sweet Cream from the baby line. The link shows a 150g ball which I've only seen the large ones in stores ($9.99 each) for this blanket I used a little over 1 skein of the teal and grey and less than one of the sweet cream.

The size is a big lapgahn, Perfect for cozying up on the couch with the fireplace roaring, and of course, a new project on your hook!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quick and Easy Granny Set

This is a set that can be worked up in a few hours! I am so excited to share this pattern with you and hope you will share photos of your finished project with me!
It is a very easy pattern to use and can be adjusted for all sizes. I do give 3 different sizes for the boot cuffs as well. I hope you enjoy working with this pattern it can be found on Ravelry and Etsy for purchase.
Thank you for supporting my blog!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Crochet Christmas Wreath

Hi Everyone!!
It's wreath time again!
I made this one with a 14" flat style floral wreath. I went into this one not really having a plan, I just grabbed some Christmas floral accessories from JoAnn, and found this adorable JOY ornament from Target for $3.00, I just cut the twine off and hot glued it on. All of the holly berries and twigs were stuck into the foam.


For the crochet portion I used a little less than 2 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma in Real Red and about 1/2 skein of White.
I also used a 7.00mm crochet hook
Chain 22
DC in 2nd ch from hook and across, Ch2, turn.
DC in BLO across, repeat until your sleeve wraps around your wreath.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Crochet Crinkly Baby Toy

I thought for this post I would share something that I made for my shop.

For this toy I had a huge skein of Bernat Cotton lying around and decided to use it. The pattern for this adorable toy can be found in this book . Usually I'm not big on buying books for patterns but Stacey Trock is the girl behind FreshStitches  and I absolutely adore her patterns. I received this book from my husband for Christmas one year and I love everything inside. Stacey is a fantastic designer and I am happily still a part of her Kit Club. I love being surprised  by her adorable Amigurimi patterns!

So without further ado... here is what my Triangle Baby Toy looks like!


I went with a nautical theme, but you can obviously do any kind you want! I also found my crinkle paper on Etsy, there are lots of sellers to choose from. Also- make.sure.you.block.it!!!
I usually don't bother blocking projects but this one needs it! the triangle takes on sort of a bikini top shape and needs to be flattened out well before sewing on the ribbon and stitching it all together.

I have this particular one for sale in my Etsy shop and can make up many different combinations. It can also be made smaller, stuffed and a squeaker added!

Happy Crafting!

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