Check This Out …

Doesn’t this awesome, crochet rug from Lion Brand Yarn look cool in a quirky, fun kind of way? I think it would look adorable in a kid’s room or maybe in child’s themed bathroom. Too bad I don’t have a single reason to make this right now. *sigh* I’m adding it to my favorites at Ravelry anyway – just in case! 🙂

Crochet Grass Rug by Lion Brand Yarn

Turtleback Shrug

I just realized that I never posted about my OTHER pending WIP – a Turtleback Shrug. I was struck with inspiration to create this shrug one day while I was in Hobby Lobby looking at the knitting & crochet books at a book of turtleback knit sweaters, which I had never seen before but found interesting. I decided that I could make a crochet version without a pattern and so I set to work.

The idea is that you crochet a rectangle approximately 38”W x 36”L. Then fold the rectangle over on itself lengthwise and seam the sides up leaving enough of an opening at the folded edge for your arms to poke through comfortably. Slide your arms in and fold over the collar. Presto, a shrug/sweater. 🙂

I mentioned in my last post about the Circular Shrug that these two shrugs are constructed similarly and you might look at the photos in that post if you’re confused about how this shrug is going to come together.

Ballet Neck Sweater

I’m working on a Mary Jane Hall’s Ballet Neck Sweater from her book Crochet That Fits. It’s constructed side-to-side and I’ve never seen a sweater pattern made this way. So far I’m really liking how it’s turning out. The stitches are all worked in half double crochet in the back loops only which is going to help the fabric drape nicely. Interestingly, I can see when I hold the finished pieces up they look like they’ve been knit. I’m not sure how I feel about the sweater looking like it has been knit to be honest because I like the look of crochet but … well, it’s interesting. Not good or bad, just interesting. I’m trying to hold off on final judgment of the knit look thing until I’ve finished the sweater.

Christmas Gift Goodies

Now that Christmas is officially over I can finally share the gifts made for my family that have been consuming so much of my time since before Thanksgiving. I’ve already posted a few of these items on my Ravelry page so for those of you hooked into my profile there you might see some repeats.

Let’s begin!

Crocheted Cotton Face Rounds

First of all, let me start off by saying that I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of making my own cotton rounds so please know that I know that I’m not being totally original when I post this pattern but I really wanted to share with you how I make these. Not only are they quick and simple but most crocheters, loomers, and knitters have some cotton yarn in their stash so it’s a inexpensive way to do something green.

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Turquoise Beret

Using Denise Cozzitorto’s Once Skein Crochet Beret pattern I made this adorable beret with what actually turned out to be less than one skein of Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in colorway Aqua. This pattern worked up really quickly and would make a great last minute hand-made gift.

I cannot seem to find an active link to this pattern online anywhere but it used to be available in the projects section of Joann Fabrics and Crafts website. It would appear that this project simply seems to no longer be available online. I worked from a copy of the pattern I’d printed when I made the beret’s companion, the One Skein Scarf and after looking over my print out and at Denise’s designer’s page on Ravelry it might be possible that this beret is not her design. Hmm. Anywho, I like this hat and may make more to give away.

Thanks, y’all!

Yesterday was the busiest day EVER on this blog. Everyone seems to be looking at my patterns so I’m assuming that you too have been hit with requests from your friends, family, and co-workers and are searching for project ideas for the gift giving season. I hope you find what you’re looking for here on this blog however if you don’t try looking at the following websites:

Crochet Ideas:

Loom Knitting:

Needle Knitting:

Single Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Looking over this blog’s stats and I am able to see what people have searched for to bring them here. Some of the top searches include things like loom knit mittens or crochet scarves. MANY of you (I’d say about 90% of the people who did an internet search and wound up here) appear to be searching for easy, single crochet baby blanket patterns. Well, I never pass up an opportunity to please so if this is what everyone wants then this is what they’ll get. 🙂 Continue reading