28 Jun 2011, 12:51am
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Crochet Baby Poncho

Guess what time it is?!  That’s right, crochet time!
I have another AMAZING tutorial to pass on to you.  Believe it or not, this was my FIRST attempt at it.  Pardon me for being so exhuberant…it has to do with the fact that this project turned out so cool!

I have a bad habit of browsing crochet patterns on YouTube.  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but I am a visual learner.  That means I stink at reading patterns, but show me how to make it and it’s stuck in my head for weeks.  My current favorite teacher is Clare.  She is Australian and a pro at crocheting.  I have no trouble keeping up with her instructions and am even considering trying my hand at a baby sweater I saw on her site.  GASP!  Also, she has tutorials on how to do even the most basic stitch.  Great for beginners to advanced crocheters.

First I’ll show you MY poncho.  Or more aptly, my baby’s poncho.

TADA!  I replaced the crocheted tie with a ribbon.  My favorite part; the scalloped edge.  It looks so professional to me!

Want to see it on the cutest model ever?

Such a little poser…or model…hmm?

This is her, “What do you mean I’m not allowed to yank on the poncho?  It’s on my body.”

Oh, and that AWESOME (cough, cough) chair in the background is my husband’s…in case you were wondering.

Now, for the tutorial links!

The pattern is split up into six videos.  I definitely recommend watching all six before beginning this project.  The last two are dedicated to how to enlarge the poncho to fit any size.  I had to make mine bigger simply because I was using my G hook and my Cascade Pacific yarn.  Oh, by the way, I’m going yarn shopping this week!  I’ll make sure to let you in on my purchases at the end of the week!

Here is video 1.

Here is video 2.

Here is video 3.

Here is video 4.

Here is video 5.

Here is video 6.

Cost:  Free! I already had all of the supplies on hand due to past  projects.  If you count that as cheating then I’ll price things as if you were purchasing them for the first time.

Crochet Hook (size G): $5.99 (I think…)
Yarn: $6.50 per color =  $19.50 (can use as few as one color)
Ribbon:  Too old to know the cost…I’ve had it for a long time.  Also, it is not required.

Total:  $25.49. Not bad for something to keep your baby warm…or yourself…or a doll…husband…friend…the possibilities are endless!

22 Jun 2011, 5:18pm
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Crochet blanket

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I wanted to test out the camera on my Android snd I wanted to show off the cool lap blanket that I found in my grandma’s dresser. Two in one!

Sorry for all of the crochet posts, I have a big crush on crocheting right now.

The camera is not amazing, but it is the best phone camera I have yet to see personally. The colors did not show up nearly aas vibrantly as in person 🙁 .

The blanket is really beautiful and adds an eclectic look to my already “ecelectic” (read: unorganized and without any style sense) living room. Someday I hope to make a similar blanket but do gradation blocks, or squares, instead of random. Perhaps a good project for our Colorado trip?

Tutorial for Crochet Baby Hat

One day, a few weeks ago, I learned how to make a great baby hat using a puff stitch the other day. J.D. and a friend decided to go kayaking down our creek and Hazel was super worn out and decided to take a LONG nap, so I got to complete a hat…my first attempt and it was good enough to give away as a gift!  The mother to be loved it and J.D. was extremely impressed by my mad skills.  He said, and I quote, “You were more productive than I was and I was kayaking!”  He couldn’t get over the fact that I cranked it out in 3 1/2 hours.  I guess I’m pretty proud of myself too!

Since then, I have produced three more hats.  Unfortunately, I already gave one away as a gift so no photo, but it was almost identical to the one above, just different colors.  The next two were so much fun to make.  I decided it was time to branch out and do color variations!  Two colors in one hat…madness!

To learn how to make these hats (and flowers shown in the first photo), follow the links below.

Check out the hat tutorial here! This woman is a wonderful teacher. I only had to watch it twice to pick up the pattern and I love it!  I did tweak the pattern a bit, which I explain below.

For the flower tutorial, click here.  Super easy!  I used crochet thread and a size E5-3.50 mm hook.  I am somewhat surprised I can still see!

Some more info:

  • The yarn I used is called Cascade Yarns – Pacific.  I bought it from a local lady for $6.50 per bunch (is that the correct term?).  Each “bunch” will make at least two hats…so very affordable!
  • I used a US K10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook.  I really like the way it turned out.
  • My hats are small enough for a newborn, I think…I don’t remember how small my baby’s head was.  However, there is SOME stretch to them.
  • After every puff stitch, I only secured it with a slip stitch and then started the next puff, I did not do a second slip stitch.
  • I did not crochet a fancy border on the bott0m of the hat, I just left it “raw” because I liked the look better.
  • I did the puff ball topper on two of the hats, but not the other two.  It all depends on how fancy you want to get…

Please leave any comments if you have questions!  Enjoy!

12 Apr 2011, 3:44pm
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Granny Squares

A few months ago, my cousin showed my sister and me how to crochet. She made my daughter, H, a cute little throw blanket and L and I were interested to know how she did it. I had tried my hand at knitting, but at 19 (when I was in college) it gave me arthritis…very odd, so I quit. After that, I learned to weave (I promise a tutorial in the future). I have a loom, and love using it to create amazing pieces such as scarves, rugs, table runners, etc., but it isn’t as easy to find time now that I have a 7 month old. Crocheting allows me to pick it up at odd hours without waking the baby, and it is travel size! I can also work on crocheting while watching H at the same time. The other nice thing is that it isn’t as expensive as weaving…by far!

So, my sister and I went home and bought yarn and a crochet hook and tried to recreate our cousin’s technique. We failed. I looked up tutorials and kind of got the hang of it. My sister claimed I am “naturally better at that stuff” and decided she was done, for now at least. I found that I was not that interested in the simple slip stitch, and remembering my great aunt’s beautiful afghans, went in search of that pattern. It turned out to be called a granny square. I absolutely adore this pattern! I have begun a small blanket for H, and while it is not amazingly good, it is nice for my first attempt. I am hoping to make more in my future!

Cost:  Hook – $3.99, Yarn – $5.99 per color = $15.97 before tax. *  Price will vary on number of colors, size, etc.

*Note: The blanket is going to be one giant granny square. If you make a bunch of small granny squares and join them together, then you get a more traditional pattern.