Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another Doily

This is actually supposed to lie flat, but I must have added extra stitches in one round or the other, and ended up with ruffles. It's okay...it works.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Why are rainbow patterns so pretty?

Maybe it's 'cause you get several colors for the price of one. Here's a doily I made. Changing colors every round makes everything nicer, IMHO.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Please scroll down

This post is just to be able to pin my cat, who insists on fitting her fat patootie into anything that even slightly resembles a box or basket...

"Hey, it's got an opening in the middle. It must be a place for me to curl up!" says Melody.

Kitten Goes to Russia

Here is Cocopuff (a kitten based on the cat Coco from a series in Crochet Today! magazine) with her little matryoshka doll, visiting Moscow!

You can find Cocopuff's mommy, Coco, visiting Russia in the Nov/Dec of Crochet Today! Magazine.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Very Easy Crochet Pattern Tutorial

Easy, as in you repeat the same row over and over. I made a little dish cloth here, but I think that this would make a lovely spring/summer baby blanket done up wider, in soft yarn.

Here's how:

Chain an even number of chains--I did 20 here. Remember that the chain on the hook does not count as a stitch, so don't count it!

ROW ONE: Now, count over four chains from the hook, and make 2 double crochets in this fourth chain.

Skip the next chain.
Make 2 double crochets in the next chain.

Do this across--skip one, 2 double crochets in the next. See the V-stitches?

When you get to the end, where you'll have 2 chains left, skip one and do one double crochet in last chain.

ROW TWO: Chain 3, turn.

Now you are going to make V-stitches in all the previous V-stitches. Just make 2 double crochets inside each previous V. Look at the picture above and you'll see what I mean.

When you get to the end, make one double crochet. You'll know you're doing it right because your sides will look straight.

All you have to do is repeat Row Two! Remember to start with a chain 3 and end with one double crochet.

This is obviously not written the way crochet patterns usually are. Sometimes I find them confusing. Actually, I prefer those weird 'charts.'

Hope  you like this little lesson and that you give it a try!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Another Baby Blanket

This is the second baby blanket I've been working on. A few more rows of yellow, then some ends to weave in, and I'm done. It was a very easy pattern. I like when the same stitch is repeated every row, instead of having to constantly wonder where you are at. Not sure what the pattern is called, but each 'bump' is one single crochet and three doubles.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Krochet Kitty

"Crochet Today!" Magazine has been running a series about a little cat named Coco who travels the world. This is my attempt at her. Theirs is gray, mine brown. I kind of messed up the legs and made them too short, so I've decided this is Coco's kitten, Cocopuff. The original Coco has safety eyes, but I didn't feel like sending away for them so I just used felt. I also replaced the little crocheted duck in Coco's bag with a baguette made from Paperclay and some flowers.
Check out Coco's adventures in the magazine. I think you can access pictures right on their site. You'll see their Coco is pretty different from mine, but that's okay. We all work with what we have!

Here, Cocopuff has gone on a visit to Paris. While Mommycat shops at Galeries Lafayette, Cocopuff decided she wanted a little bread to snack on!
I am also working on other countries as Crochet Today comes up with them, including Russia and Holland! Cocopuff is a project I do between big ones (almost done with baby blanket 2) so I hope to have a new outfit ready to show you soon!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Baby Blanket

I have two new grand nephews, Liam and Thomas (Tommy). I have just about finished this blanket for Liam, who was born about a month ago. Tommy arrived this week and I just started a blanket for him.
Liam's blanket is made with a white/blue yarn. It measures about 3 feet square.It is all double crochet with shells. I'm also trying to make a matching amigurimi animal with the leftover yarn. Not sure what...we'll see what it turns out to be.