Restful Ripple

My daughter has hinted that she would like a crochet throw, so I am making her this one as a gift. I was planning on making a ripple blanket for myself and I decided to do this one for her first. Hope she doesn’t read this blog!

Restful Ripple Crochet Afghan

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Small Solid Granny Squares

I have admired crochet blankets made up of many small squares for as long as I can remember.  I love the quilt-ness of them, and the thrifty using up of what is left over from other projects.  The wonderful many colors they contain.

It also seems a bit overwhelming with so, so many little squares.  So, so many weaving in of the ends (my least favorite part).  But, I have decided to take the plunge just the same!  I have quite a bit of leftover yarn I can use up, and perhaps I will buy a few additional colors to add into the mix.  I want to keep it to earthy colors so the throw will match my brown furniture.

Crochet Solid Granny Squares

These little squares are about 2 3/4 inches each, just two rounds of a basic solid granny square done with worsted weight (medium weight 4) yarn and an H hook.  Continue reading “Small Solid Granny Squares”

Sampler Stripe Blanket

These kinds of blankets are so interesting to look at, and would be so interesting to make!  No getting bored with doing the same stitch over and over.  This one at HaakmaarRaak! is especially beautiful I think, very neatly done and the use of gray really sets off the colors… Maybe a sampler should be my next blanket (at least until I see the next beautiful crochet blanket on the internet!)

Sampler Blanket at HaakmaarRaak!

 

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”

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 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.

LogCabinCrochet

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)

Mitered Granny Square

Updates:

1/21/17: A new version that is done with ch2 corners and a ch1 between the 3dc clusters, diagram for Mitered Granny Square 2.1.

Diagram for Modern Mitered Granny Square.

Helpful links:

Link to Sliding ring tutorial, if you would like to start your squares the way I do.
Link to Join As You Go tutorial, if you would like to check out how I like to join granny squares.

These are the directions for the blanket I first showed in the Crochet in Progress post, here is a better photo (the colors look a bit washed out, the sun was bright):

And a closer look, remember it is posed on a chair, instead of lying flat so the squares look less than square. Continue reading “Mitered Granny Square”