A Simple Crochet Shawl

I wanted a simple shawl, one that wasn’t fancy and frilly but still had a little border to give it a bit of something extra.  One I could wear everyday with jeans and would coordinate with lots of things.

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Stitch: Simple Subtle Texture

I don’t have a photo of my sample yet, but wanted to jot it down quick and make a quick diagram before I forget what I did on the edges…nice texture for a dishcloth or maybe a throw.  I have seen this before, so not my invention.  Might be an interesting scarf with a bulky yarn…

Used worsted weight and H hook, I might like a larger hook with it for a throw, it is a bit looser.

(since this was quickly jotted down, can not attest to it’s accuracy)

ch an even number (so you end up with an odd number of stitches).
1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, {dc in next st, sc in next st} continue across, ending with sc in last.  ch 3 (counts as dc), turn.
2 – sc in top of 2nd st, dc in next across, {sc in next st, dc in next} across.  ending with dc. ch1, turn.
3 – sc in first st, repeating row 1
4 – repeat row 2
and so on….

added 8/13/15:  Doing the same thing but replacing the dc’s with trc’s gives a more dramatic texture.

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden Throw Started

Most people would choose to do a Grandmother’s Flower Garden throw in the beautiful colors that flowers typically come in.  I love those colorful throws and blankets,  but I also wanted to coordinate with my neutral living room décor.  So I had to go a different way.

Zip had to get in the picture.
Zip had to get in the picture.

I found Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn on sale, and I liked the neutral colors they had.  They go very well with the colors of my sofa and pillows, and match one of my dogs perfectly! Continue reading “Grandmother’s Flower Garden Throw Started”

Simple Little Hexagons

I got new furniture this year, and with it a new color scheme.  Fun to redecorate and long overdue! That means I need new throws (need them I tell you!).  I have always wanted to make a Grandmothers Flower Garden blanket and so I think one of the new throws will have to be in hexagons.  I haven’t decided what I am going to do, exactly, if it will be in the traditional flower garden  arrangement or some other pattern, other than it will be hexagons.

I don’t plan on starting to make it until the fall, or when I find yarn on sale in colors I want for it, so I have plenty of time to get ideas and try things out.  I couldn’t help but tinker with ideas for a small hexagon, and I wanted it to be smaller than my previous hexagons, just 2 rounds and came up with this one.  It is so simple that I am certain it is not original to me in any way, someone else must have done it this way before, probably many someone’s.  I like how it is textured, which was created by crocheting the second round in between the stitches.

These are pretty small, only two rounds.  These are only 2 3/4 inches across.

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and here is one a little bigger, one more round… Continue reading “Simple Little Hexagons”

Olga’s Tablecloth Part 2, Revisions

A small change in the pattern, and a little bit of progress.  Despite the motifs being quite large, I still like them and think they will work on my table.  Its bigger, bolder which makes it more modern (I tell myself : )

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Not long after I first posted about the tablecloth, I kept fiddling with the pattern (I have been fiddling with this pattern, wanting to make it, for years!).  I wasn’t satisfied with the way the first 2 rounds were coming out for me.  Kept trying different things, but those weren’t any better.  Continue reading “Olga’s Tablecloth Part 2, Revisions”

Olga’s Tablecloth

My grandmother made this small tablecloth years ago.  I inherited it, and I love it.  I wish it was in good condition, it is old and stained, the bright sun today makes it look better than it is, hiding its imperfections. I have been wanting to make a larger one for my dining room, but the thought of all those tiny motifs has kept me from attempting it.

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A little closer, to give you a better sense of the overall pattern.  I really like it, not too flowery or lacey.

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Here is a closer look so you can get a peep at the details.  Continue reading “Olga’s Tablecloth”

Gray Area Log Cabin Blanket

Almost done, just need to weave in the ends for the gray border and multi-colored edging.  It was too cold outside for me to want to take any photos out there (in the teens for the high and windy!), so I had to take them next to the sunny kitchen window.  Not room enough for a full view.

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I made 20 of the log cabin granny squares, and then did 2 rounds in gray around each square, joining them join as you go in the last round.  After joining the squares, I went around the whole blanket with 4 rounds of gray.  Then I did 1 round in gray of single crochet, crocheting into the chains on each corner space, with 3 sc in the center chain (not in the chain 3 space, in the individual chain stitches).

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Then I did 1 sc round changing colors as I went so I had some of each color.  I didn’t end off when I changed colors, which was a bit of a pain to have all those attached, but I could pick them back up when I did my final round of reverse single crochet (also called crab stitch).  I like the kind of edge that stitch makes, it looks nice and finished.  Here is a closer look at the edging (front and back)…

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Join As You Go

I have made all my Log Cabin squares and am now starting to join them together so I decided to do a quick tutorial on my favorite way of joining granny squares (of course, it took much more time than I had hoped!).  I am hoping to be clear and keep it simple, as it really isn’t that complicated, but it is often easy to make things sound more complicated than they are.

My squares are going to be bordered with two rounds of gray, and I held off on that until I was ready to start joining, so the first thing to do is complete the border on the first square in order to have one to join to.   The rest I will join as I am doing the second (last) round of the gray border.  (The photos show more than that joined together already). To help make it easier to see, I am doing the last round on this demonstration one in pink instead of gray.

I begin the joining in the corner, so crochet your last round up to the corner ch3 space, 3dc in the ch3 space as usual and then ch2 (I normally ch3 for each corner, this is one less ch, my attaching stitch will count as the 3rd).

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Now you are going to sc into the ch3 corner space of the square you are joining to. Make sure you have the wrong sides together (in other words, the right sides are outward and the wrong sides are inward).  Once you have attached to the other square with the sc, continue on crocheting 3dc in the corner of the square you are crocheting the border of. Continue reading “Join As You Go”