Cast On: Easy Crochet Blanket

My next cast on is a strategic stash busting project that will hopefully earn a lot of points in the Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL. I had a lot of baby-ish colors of Caron Simply Soft kicking around in my stash from my early knitting days. I played around with my colors and came up with a sequence of colors that please me.

I’ll begin and end with off white and then have a sequence of colors in the middle. I usually do my crochet using half double crochet stitch. I may go wild and add some eyelets this time?

I pulled out a 7mm hook to start with. I really don’t want to fuss with gauge so I will just start working and see how the fabric develops. If I don’t like it I can rip it out and start over!

Happy Crochet!

FO Friday: Baby Dreams Blanket

Ten out of ten skeins are complete and my Baby Dreams Blanket is in the books!

Pattern: Cast on 100 stitches and worked a half double crochet

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo in Garnet Heather (I used 10 skeins or 1,100 yards)

Hook: US L hook (8mm)

This blanket is soooooo soft. And it has really kept my lap warm these past few evenings. I need to give this good bath to wash off all the schmutz collected as my two year old drug this around the house.

I think I will tuck this one away in my gift box for a future special baby. The yarn is superwash so it can be machine washed which is nice for sleep deprived parents and leaking babies, lol. And the icing on the cake is this was completed in time for the Down Cellar Studio podcast’s Pigskin Party KAL and it counted as a blitz project because it was over 1,000 yards!

Now that this is off the hook, I’m not sure I have a hankering to cast on another one. Just not yet anyway. Maybe I have thoroughly scratched my crochet itch?

Happy Crocheting!!

Baby Dreams Blanket Progress

My Baby Dreams Blanket is now four skeins in out of ten. And this project continues to delight me. It’s soothing and I’m getting closer to crocheting without looking every single stitch.

I am being very consistent to make sure all my skein changes are happening on the same side (on the back in this picture). That way I can attempt to hide the ends all on the same side and keep the other side clean. I am very glad I dropped down a couple of hook sizes. I am liking the fabric is not as open as my previous Knit Picks Biggo blankets.

Happy Crocheting!!

FO Friday: Half Double Crochet Dosh Cloth Set

I needed a simple and quick project for an impromptu zoom knit night. Normally I would grab socks but I got a wild hair and grabbed my crochet hooks and a ball of Lily Sugar N Cream.

I started with the dishcloth. How many stitches did I chain? I have no idea I just did my version of half double crochet until I got a cloth that looked square adjacent to my eyes. I still had meeting time and cotton left. So I held the yarn doubled and knit a long rectangle. I then folded it and seamed it into a dish scrubbie.

Now I’m left with a dish set of sorts. Not sure if this will go in my kitchen drawers into the kids play set. But it got one ball of kitchen cotton out of my stash and turned into a useful item

Happy Friday and Happy Crafting!

Blanket Happy Place

I have found my happy place. The kids are asleep, the fire is roaring and I have a warm wooly blanket in my lap. I’m still cranking through my Baby Dreams Crochet blanket.

I counted and I have completed six out ten skeins in this blanket. And I think my tension is getting better and I’m maintaining my stitch count in the blanket so the blanket should be more square than tapered. I’m still getting used to crochet so I am happy with my improvement from my first few blankets.

And with all the chaos in my job, the world and having two kids. I find something very cathartic to light a first and listen to the crackle and pop while the flames dance away. Not to mention my tootsies feel nice and warm!

Where is your happy place?

Baby Dreams Blanket Progress

My Baby Dreams Blanket is now four skeins in out of ten. And this project continues to delight me. It’s soothing and I’m getting closer to crocheting without looking every single stitch.

I am being very consistent to make sure all my skein changes are happening on the same side (on the back in this picture). That way I can attempt to hide the ends all on the same side and keep the other side clean. I am very glad I dropped down a couple of hook sizes. I am liking the fabric is not as open as my previous Knit Picks Biggo blankets.

Happy Crocheting!!

Cast On: Baby Dreams Blanket

In the new year I let myself cast on another crochet blanket. I’m calling this one Baby Dreams blanket. I have ten skeins of Knit Picks Biggo in the Garnet Heather color and I’m going to crochet until I have a crib sized blanket.

I don’t have anyone in particular in mind for this blanket. I am just enjoying the softness of the yarn and the simplicity of the half double crochet. I think I chained 100 stitches? This project is one of my mental health projects for the new. I’m slowing down and enjoying the process to try and cope with all the craziness in the world.

Happy Crafting!!

FO Friday: Bits and Bobs Blanket

Thanks to my project monogamy during Christmas vlogs, I have a finished crochet blanket! The Bits and Bobs Blanket is done, washed and ready to ship to my GG.

Pattern: None, its just a 65 stitch blanket worked with my own version of half double crochet

Yarn: Assorted Loops and Threads Charisma, Premier Serenity Chunky and some mystery acylic with no tag

Hook: US N or 10MM

The red yarn did end up bleeding on the white yarn making it slightly pink. I should have known but I figured commercial yarn was dyed better than that usually. I don’t think my GG will care because it is still warm. I need to dig out a shipping box. I think I will wrap the blanket in Christmas paper and then put inside the box with a note that says “do not open until Christmas” on it.

Happy Crafting!!

Bits and Bobs Progress

My Bits and Bobs Blanket is now over half way done. My current “go to” evening is crochet on this blanket by the Christmas lights while I watch all the YouTube knitting vlogs. I have to make sure I stay caught up on The Corner of Craft, Chelsea Yarns and Stranded blogs. They are a sweet treat to cap off long days.

This blanket is working up nicely and I actually like how the colors look together. I am now at the point I need to work back through the color sequence: black, red, grey and then border the whole thing in tan. I want to get this done and washed so that I can mail it to my GG. She has already decided that she is not attending any Christmas gatherings so I want her to have a special treat under her tree.

Happy Crafting!!