So, if you read about our pregnancy announcement (if not read about it here http://www.athomewitherin.com/home/more-exciting-news) you will know that I am, over the moon for little who-ever-it-is. In my excitement I have been crocheting away and wanted to share this pattern with you. I absolutely love the texture on the Puff Baby Blanket.
This pattern is based on a Marshmallow pattern from goodknitkisses.com, but if I'm being honest I don't always follow patterns well so I've made my own updates.
I used a super chunky wool that was a 6 for weight. I also used a crochet hook that was a size up from what the manufacturer recommends. This helps to make the pattern super quick and easy.
To complete the blanket you will need to know: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and chain (ch). The puff stitch itself is made up of two dc and one sc. The single crochet helps to smooth the end of the stitch down so you get a nice puff.
Chain any length you'd like as long as you do multiples of 2 and then add 3 chs (I used 75)
Row 1: In the third ch from your hook dc, skip 2 ch, (sc,2dc) in next stitch, Skip 2 ch and (sc,2dc) in the next ch. continue (skip 2 ch, sc,2dc) for the rest of the row. End your row with sc, ch3 and turn.
Row. 2- infinity (or in my case ending at row 42) 2dc in first stitch, (skip 2sts, in next sts sc,2dc) repeat across the row. End with a sc in the last sts and chain 3. You will notice that your puff ends up being in the sts between the two puffs on the row below. Please note: it can be hard to see the true puff pattern until you've done a few rows - so keep the faith!
Finishing: once you've reached your desired length I like to finish the blanket with a border row. Once you have ended your last row ch 3 (this will make the corner). Then in every stitch around the boarder do a sc. Not gonna lie - I'm not exact in this but really the goal is to make the blanket feel finished and polished.
My birthday is at the end of November and we tend to celebrate by decorating the house for the Christmas. This year I wanted to cheat and put a few things up early so I decided to craft a wreath.
One of my friends at work told me about these ribbon wreaths that she makes. These casual wreaths are beautiful and easy to make.
My friend said said she was going to send me a text with directions but I got it into my head that I had to make this ASAP so I just went with it. Look for another post coming soon with the original directions.
I was so happy with these wreaths I think I will use them as gifts!
Tip: Get the ribbon on sale - I needed 10 rolls for two wreaths so look for good deals!
You will need:
It is super easy to make- what do are you crafting this holiday season?
This project was a long time coming! When I went to my in-laws over Christmas (that was so long ago I know) my mother-in-law had a crocheted granny square blanket.
I got it into my head that I needed to make my own, and I also wanted to try and make the humble granny square a little more modern. So I chose colours that I thought were more modern like grey and purple.
I also wanted this to be an all season blanket, one that was substantial enough that it would have some warmth to it, so I lined the blanket with fleece. I will try to explain as best I can what I did, but I'm not really a pattern girl, so please forgive with me.
This bedspread is for my spare room and comfortably fits a double. It took 25 granny squares and months of inconsistent dedication :).
My granny squares were 12 crocheted rows each and made up of three colours: a mixed wool with purples, greys and creams, a grey and mid-tone purple. All of the wool was a Worsted Weight or a Medium (4) weight. All the wool came from Michaels.
I made all the centres first, and then did all the grey, then all the purple. It was good to work one colour at a time because I always knew where I was, but it felt like it took forever.
After many months of working away at it here and there, I finally finished all of the squares and started to stitch them together. Most patterns say to sew them, but I did that with another blanket and the first time I washed it some of the squares fell apart, so I crocheted them together because it made me feel like they were reinforced. To do this I used the mid-tone purple wool.
I won't try to explain the granny square to you as I feel like I wouldn't do it justice, but I thought this video would be helpful if you were new to crochet. I basically have self taught myself to crochet and quilt from her blog and youtube channel, her name is Melanie and her site is http://www.iheartstitching.com/.
Once the blanket was crocheted together, I finished it by doing a border of single crochet in every stitch. To do the fleece backing I used 2.5 meters of this beautiful lambs' wool fleece.
I will be honest, attaching the backing can feel daunting. To begin I laid out the fleece and then layered overtop my crochet. I used large safety pins to secure the two sides together.
Next, I used a blanket stitch with grey thread to sew the fleece to the back of the blanket, sewing into the bottom stitch of the chain (so when the blanket is flat you don't see the seam, it stays on the bottom.
Once all four sides were done, I had a really big glass of wine. It can be a tad stressful making sure everything stays lined up. I also learned the importance of tension when doing a big project so all your squares stay the same size and even.
To further secure the two pieces I then tacked the two layers together in the joined corners of the squares with a few simple stitches. This just helps keep the blanket together and nice and flat.
When I was done with all my stitching I crossed my fingers and did the washing machine test - and it passed!! I was so excited to take it out and have it in one piece! Just a side note, I always wash my crochet and quilts with about 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of salt the first time to lock in colours.
While I absolutely love this blanket, it may take me a bit of time before I think about doing another one this size, I am proud of it and the family loves it (see, even my dog Bear is a fan), but it was a labour of love. I'm looking forward to some smaller projects like a baby blanket for my new nephew.
Anyone have any advice on crocheting? Are you working on any projects?
I love the look of mercury glass. Our house is a mix of country and industrial (odd mix, but we like it). Mercury glass seems to fit my country vibe and my husband's modern style.
I would consider myself a rather crafty person and now that I’m addicted to Pinterest I seem to have unrealistic expectations for my craft abilities. Case in point, I recently saw this post about building a quick, easy, cheap and cheerful blanket ladder. I thought – this is so easy!!! However, after 3 days of working on this bad boy I realized that if you don’t have all the tools you need it’s probably a little advanced for you. That being said – I had a great time (after reflecting back) and love the end product!
I have to thank my Mom – she was a huge help and put up with me on this adventure.
We went to our trusty Home Depot and got two 2 x 4 x 8's of knotty pine. The lovely gentleman cut them down for us so that we had 2 5-foot pieces and 4 pieces that were cut to the same size (just shy of 18 inches each).
After that we selected a stain (dark walnut) and picked up some sandpaper and wood screws. Tip: we didn’t have clamps so we ended up buying liquid nails – so if you don’t have clamps save yourself a trip and pick it up on the first trip!
Once we got all our bits home we started by sanding all the wood, wiping it down and staining all the pieces and let them dry. After everything dried we laid it all out and set the first side with glue (tip – don’t rush – let the glue dry). Even my dog wanted to help us out!
The next day I predrilled holes for each of the rungs. The first rung was 3 inches down from the top of the 5-foot piece to the top of the first rung. For all the other rings the top of the next rung starts 12 inches below the bottom of the last rung.
To add extra support I put glue on the top of all the rungs and laid the other side down on top of the screwed in rungs. Then I screwed in the top and bottom rungs, followed by the middle. After that I tightened everything up and cleaned the entire ladder with a damp rag.
After it was all said and done I was really happy with it and thought that all the pain, fallen pieces, miss glued sections and swearing was well worth it. Hopefully between my post and the professionals’ post you can make your own ladder. Let me know how your project works out!