Log Cabin Granny Square

Here is a quick tutorial on how I am going about my Log Cabin squares, it is just a variation of a typical granny square (please let me know if you see any mistakes in the directions)…

Update (and update corrected):  post with pics of the finished Gray Area Log Cabin Blanket which shows what I did with the border, for an estimate of the yarn used, go to the Log Cabin Blanket post.

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Start with a sliding ring, and make a 1 round granny square.  To do that, in the sliding ring you ch3 (counts as 1st dc) 2dc in the ring, [ch3, 3dc in the ring]3 times.

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End with a ch3, tighten the loop, slpst into the top of the first ch3.  End off.

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Log Cabin Blanket

I like making blankets in the winter, once they get large enough they help keep you warm while you work on them!  I had been thinking of doing a log cabin motif for quite a while, and I had bought more yarn than I needed for the baby blanket I made for my granddaughter.  Perfect excuse to make a colorful blanket for myself, so what if it doesn’t match my living room, can’t let all that yarn go to waste!

Update:  wanted to note how much yarn.  Had less than one ball of each color. 2 balls of red (just barely over 1 ball) and 4 balls of the gray.

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I have also been itching to make a blanket with gray, I really like how colors look with gray and I think it makes the colors look more grown up. I also added some cranberry, I really like red!

Here is my log cabin motif…(I forgot to include the darker blue in the yarn picture, at least it is in this one).  I haven’t made a diagram for this one yet.

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I was thinking of doing variations of the log cabin, so it was a bit of a sampler blanket, but I didn’t end up liking the ones I tried.  There wasn’t anything wrong with them, I just felt like it didn’t really add anything, the regular log cabin was good by itself.  They are rather busy, so I think sticking to the one kind of motif is the right choice.

I am liking that they are square, but not square looking with just the stripes of color.  I decided to put a little of the gray in each so it isn’t just in the background.  I like the gray a lot, reminds me of soft, warm sweatshirts.  Warm is something we have a lack of right now (went below zero Fahrenheit last night! brrrrr)

close up of border

Baby Blanket Border and Ta Da!

It’s done!!  I decided to stick with simple for the border on my Hop, Skip and Jump baby blanket.  Rounds of single crochet randomly in the colors of the blanket.  I like how it looks and I like the different texture.

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If I had to do it again (or had more time to re-do the border) I would do the border with a size or two larger hook than I used for the body of the blanket.  I didn’t tighten my tension, but the border turned out denser than I would prefer, it would work best if a bit looser.

close up of border

But, I was down to the wire!  Baby shower is tomorrow and I just weaved in my last end this morning!

Hop, Skip and Jump Baby Blanket

My baby blanket has grown, 31 inches square now!  I like how it has turned out.

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I am thinking on the border and can’t decide yet what to do.   I may have to just try a few ideas and see how it looks.  I think I will look at my book of edgings to get ideas!

New Blanket for New Baby

I am expecting my first grandchild, and have started the first baby blanket. I love the colors (the photo isn’t quite right, the light aqua is lighter, the light pink is peachier, the yellow nicer, the bright pink less purple-y, at least as it looks on my computer).  These are a few Vanna’s Choice (the darker Aqua and the lighter pink) and the rest are Vanna’s Choice Baby.

This is a combination of a regular granny square and my mitered granny, to make one large square blanket.  I really like how it is turning out so far, like a modern log cabin in a way.

Since receiving and crib blankets are small, I hope to do more than one blanket in these colors.  (and then there are all the other cute baby things to crochet!)

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Granny Hearts

I got the idea to make a granny heart, I am not sure why, but once I did it wouldn’t leave my head.  It has been percolating in there for a while.  I figured I should just do it and get it out of there and unclutter my mind, and here is the result.

Update!  Key to what each symbol means is now included in the diagram.

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Beauty in Simplicity

Thought I would start to share some of the beautiful crochet I run across on the web, usually on Pinterest.  It is so inspiring to see what gorgeous things others have made.  This one is from the blog lana verderosa, a simple granny blanket with beautiful colors and design….I think this is going on my (only in my mind) ‘to make list’.  There is no pattern or directions, just this image to inspire.

from lanarosa.canalblog.com

Maybe I should make an actual list, might remember some of these things and  make them. Oh, I can add a ‘want to make’ tag which will create a list here!

Daisy Dishcloth

I love cotton dishcloths, I use them a lot since I travel back in time to 1950 every time I walk into my kitchen.  The only dishwasher able to pass through the time warp is me.

I love this Daisy Granny Square pattern @ Bunny Mummy.  I used that to make this dishcloth, changing it slightly by using a magic ring and making 3dc clusters instead of 4dc clusters and doing just one round of Robins egg around the flower.

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I joined them as I went, then did one round of sc around the 4 squares in the Robins Egg, with 2sc, ch1,2sc in each corner.  The red edging is sc, sc, ch3 dropped picot (ch3, drop the loop off the hook, insert hook into front loop of the sc, pick up the loop and slpst), all around, with a ch8 instead of a picot in one corner to make a loop.

Since I bought some Bernat Handicrafter cotton in my favorite colors to make dishcloths, I now have enough yarn to make far more dishcloths than I will ever need, that yarn comes in huge skeins!  I suspect there will be more posts about dishcloths in the future, maybe in 1951 or thereabouts.

Mitered Granny Square Diagram

UPDATE 1/21/17: I have a new version, Mitered Granny Square 2.1 which is a diagram for a mitered square with ch2 corners and ch1 in between the 3dc clusters that you may want to check out.

To help understand how to do the Mitered Granny Square, here is a diagram.  The diagram only shows the first part of mitering to get you started, it should be easy to extend it to additional rows as needed.  The border is included.