Confetti Tote Bag

A bag to tote my yarn for wip’s with plenty of color. A wide base, so skeins fit in comfortably – can’t have my yarn being uncomfortable! I used leftover yarn for lots of colorful stripes. The finished bag measures approximately 22″ w x 11″ h.

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A Better Granny Rectangle Revisited

Over the years I have made some tweaks and changes when I use A Better Granny Rectangle. I thought it was time to share those changes in a new post. There are 2 versions included here.

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Mitered Granny Square v2.1

My current work in progress. I have been thinking about a new mitered blanket for some time.  I was inspired by some vintage ones I had seen where each motif abutted the others without a border around.  I liked the look of that.  I tried making them in single or double crochet rows same as the ones I had seen, but didn’t hit on anything that really satisfied me. Every now and then I would see another on the web somewhere and I would want to make one again.

I ended up with a variation of my mitered granny square. I did some tweaking of the pattern so it worked more neatly, which is needed since I won’t have the border around each square to hide any untidiness. I like the results!

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I changed the pattern for the squares a little bit from the original one.  Continue reading “Mitered Granny Square v2.1”

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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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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