Monday, May 16, 2016

Legend of Zelda Graph C2C Lap Blanket


Another project is finished! I'm so happy that it's done. My wonderful husband is a big fan of the Legend of Zelda games and I couldn't resist making him this graph.

The finished blanket measures around 40x32 inches and is more for display/lap blanket than to be practical however, I love the finished product and I'm proud of it! It took me awhile due to my struggle with the seemingly endless color changes (weaving in ends took FOREVER!). I had originally planned for a fabric backing but changed my mind once the border was on.




Here is where you can find the original graph I used. I just printed out the image and crossed off each row as I went. I also find it easier to number my rows and columns so its easier to remember what side you're working on.
Work In Progress

For the border I did this one by the crochet crowd. I did 3 rows in blue and one in black to finish it off.

All those ends!! And this is about half of them!
I used mostly Red Heart Super Saver for the colors, except for the background color, Dark grey and the black, they were all Caron One Pound in Sky Blue, Dark Grey and Black.

I am going to be trying a new technique known as the Magic Knot for any future projects with lots of color changes. NO ends to weave in.  Click the link for a video tutorial!

I hope you enjoyed this project, I really did and will be trying out more soon!

Happy Crafting!
Before the border

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mermaid Tail Blankets

I have been making these mermaid tail blankets for awhile now and I just realized that I never made a post about them!!
I started seeing them circulating on Facebook awhile ago and I love how they can be worn and are so super soft. I decided to go for it and try making one. The pattern I use is from Blue Eyed Bird Creations  it is a paid pattern but I think it is worth it.


The only thing I change in the pattern are the Hook Sizes, I use 15.00mm for the body and 12.00mm for the fin. I can make a child size in about 4 hours so it goes pretty quickly. I've seen other patterns where you use the boucle type yarn for the body and worsted weight yarn for the fin, I like how this one uses the boucle yarn for the whole project. I use Lionbrand's Homespun for mine. I'm not normally a fan of this yarn (if you're using large hooks or needles you're ok) It can be very difficult to see the stitches and if you have to undo any it can fray and become a mess.


I love the pretty color combinations you can come up with. And these blankets are super soft. If you would like to purchase a finished blanket I can make one for you! I have them for sale on my Etsy store.

If you give this pattern a try I would love to see your finished product!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

And the winners are....


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Giant Owl Pillow, 100th post and a Giveaway!!!

So first, um, YAY it's my 100th post on this blog! I'm so happy to still be posting and using this blog. It may not be as much as I used to or as much as I'd like but I'm still here! So now that I've gotten that out of the way I will get to the project and at the end of the post I will talk quickly about the giveaway!



Ok, so how adorable is this pillow??? I found the pattern on Repeat Crafter Me a few weeks ago and I fell in love with this project. My youngest daughter's room has an owl theme so it was perfect for her. And of course her older sister wanted one too so they both have one, and BONUS- for the stuffing, instead of using old sheets like the designer did, I used my girls' old receiving blankets! I had a ton of them and they were just sitting in a drawer, So not only is this pillow soft, cuddly and WASHABLE, it's also sentimental because the stuffing is made from their old baby things.  I absolutely love the pattern. It was super easy to follow and each one can be made in a few hours. Yay for owls!
Oh! And I almost forgot, I used giant craft eyes instead of sewing on buttons for the eyes.




Now, on to the giveaway!!!!  I've decided to giveaway not one but TWO prizes to this contest's grand prize winner!

The terms are simple, if you're not a fan already on Facebook, go ahead and "Like my page"
For additional entries you can comment on this blog post and tell me who you would make this project for. The grand prizes are two items that I couldn't have made this project without. A Tally counter, and my favorite thing of all, a Clover Armour Hook. But not just any one, THE one you need to make this pillow, the L/8.00mm size hook.



So The Grand Prize winner will receive
1- LCD Tally counter (color will be random)
1- Clover Armour L/8.00mm Crochet Hook


There will be 3 other winners who will each receive a tally counter!

The contest will run from April 21-April 28. Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Emoji Blanket- It's finished!

After I had my time-out with the blanket I decided the best way to join the squares was to keep with the white and whip-stitch them together. It went pretty quickly and I was happy to get it done, Once I attached all of them I did a simple border of just single crochet around in white yellow and black. It's not a very large blanket but I really did enjoy making the different squares and watching it come together. Now that I've finished the blanket I'm happy to say I will definitely be attempting more c2c graphgans in the future!



If you are looking for the graphs you can find them here.

Stay tuned, there will be a GIVEAWAY on the blog very soon for my 100th post!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Crochet C2C Emoji Squares

I have to be honest here. I have not finished this blanket. I started it weeks ago. The squares are done, but every time I try to border/join them I hate how they look and rip them out. It is going to sit in my office for awhile and I will do some other projects until I feel like picking it up again.
But for now here are what the 9 squares look like, I got the graphs (there are written patterns too) from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. Hers looks great all done.

















Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Easy Doll Diaper FREE Pattern!

Last night my 6 year old was looking for some new diapers for her baby doll. The one she had came with a cute cloth one and when she wants to "change" her, she wanted a new one. The only ones I could find were little disposables or some for LaLa Loopsy dolls. She asked me if I could make her one instead, so I did!


My diaper with the original doll diaper on the right.

The finished diaper before snaps.
This was pretty easy and fits a 14" La Newborn doll. You can easily adjust the gauge to fit a larger doll. You can find the pattern for download here or on Ravelry.
Showing the placement of the snaps.



On my daughter's doll Elsa (of course!)

The snap kit can be purchased here.

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!



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