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)

Scarfs for Gifts

I have been making a few scarfs for gifts too, here another Lotus Flower scarf with Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue.  They work up pretty quickly.

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You can see the nearly complete circle I tinkered with for the beginning, it worked out pretty well.  I am also making one of these in a medium gray yarn, that has a bit of sparkle to it like the first one.  That one is going to be a gift for myself!

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I made this spiral fringe scarf for my daughter, but then I heard her say she doesn’t wear scarves!  Oh, so sad, I will have to keep this soft, warm scarf for myself.  It does match a green winter jacket I have!

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Wishing all wonderful, merry holidays!

Bright and Delightful Dishcloths

I so love these diamond dishcloths!  I made some up to give as gifts, and thought of this design with bright colored stripes and a different color for the hanging part.  I think I will have to make up some like these for myself too…

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So many stripe variations are possible….festive holiday colors could be nice too, but these bright colors are going to be hard to beat for adding cheer!

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Lotus Flower Scarf

Update:  I worked out how to start it with a circular motif for the first one, diagram is below at the end of the post.

As soon as I saw Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Ultra Violet, I knew my daughter would love it and I had to make something for her.  I had to buy it, I tell you, must. buy. yarn.

I had been searching Queen Anne’s Lace patterns, but none of those were quite right.  I wanted it a little bigger.  And then I saw the Lotus Flower Lace scarf at The Crochet Lounge.  Perfect!

Lotus Petal Scarf

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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.

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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!

First Baby Sweater

I thought this pattern for the Eloise sweater I saw on Ravelry was just adorable, so I had to try it for the granddaughter we are expecting in a few months.  I haven’t done a baby sweater in close to 30 years, this is fun!  I hope it will turn out nice.

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The gray looks darker in the picture than in real life although it is still pretty dark (which didn’t look as dark in the store compared to the other, darker grays.) .  It is a pretty gray in real life, Vanna’s Choice Charcoal Gray, to go with the left over bright colors in Vanna’s Choice I had from the baby blanket I am making (which just needs edging, if I can decide what to do for that : )

I have already made a few modifications, using a smaller G hook (and therefore smaller gauge) so I have to figure out how many more stitches I need for it to come out the right size (I think I am ok so far : )  I have added a stitch on the bottom edge to make it a bit scalloped, which I like.  I am doing the second edge of the colored ‘pleats’ through both loops instead of through the back loop only, which makes them look a bit less pleated, but results in a bit smoother triangle shape.

I have thoughts of a headband with a flower to go with….

Delightful Diamond Dishcloths

I had seen dishcloths and potholders like these before, there are quite a few variations of this general pattern.  Some are sc, some dc, the vintage potholders are often double thick (I will be making some of those soon!).  I think the general pattern has been around for some time, it is simple, easy to remember and practical.  The ones by Apple Blossom Dreams (it was a free pattern when I made these, now it is only available for purchase) really caught my eye, they were so pretty and colorful that I just had to make some of my own.

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