Dusting off my needles

I finished crocheting the shell baby afghan and decided I needed to dust off my knitting needles before I forgot how to knit!

  • Pattern – Sunny Baby Blanket – free knit pattern found on Ravelry
  • Needle size – US 8
  • Yarn – Sprightly Cotton worsted from BluPrint, colorway Lilac

It’s been years since I knit this one for Rae … I finished it in September 2012, just a month before she was born. That little blanket showed up in a lot of photos!

And still looked great years later when she let Mo borrow it! It was knit with Caron Simply Soft and I’ve been impressed with how well that yarn has held up.

Seashell Stripe blanket

I finished crocheting this one last week but am just now getting around to measuring and photographing it. It is huge and I love it. I’m going to hold on to it for now while I decide if I’m going to keep or gift it.

Blanket info

  • Pattern is Seashell Stripe – free on the Attic24 website.
  • Yarn is Caron Big Cakes – colorway is Blueberry Torte – I used 6 cakes on this one!
  • Hook size – I used a (K) hook to chain 154 and to crochet the first row and then switched to an (I) hook.
  • Finished blanket size is 60 x 84

The texture created by the shells is just beautiful.

More shells

After the large shell blanket I need something quick and easy. This is a one skein project and you can find the pattern details at this post – I made a similar pink one a while ago.

I’ve got a ton of yarn for blankets … way, way too much but when I look at my results over the last 4 months, I’ve been very productive so as long as I’m using it, I’m OK with the large stash. And no, I haven’t kept up with my goal of not buying yarn 🙃. Seventeen of these 19 will be donated. I know the completed column says knitting completed but this is my knitting and crochet database … it’s just that I’ve been mostly crocheting lately.

Shells

I’m a little obsessed with shells right now … (I must have an obsessive personality – first ripples, then linen stitch, and now shells). I thought I remembered a shell Afghan from one of my books and I was right.

This one is from the book 7 Day Afghans and it might just be my next one. I’m almost finished my 2nd cake but I’ve got a long way to go on this current one. I lucked out and the extra cakes I bought at Michaels are the same dye lot so now I have plenty of yarn to make the length proportional to the width! Next time I won’t chain so many!

From the book 7 Day Afghans by Leinhauser and Weiss

A miscalculation

I don’t get it! I thought that chaining 154 for this afghan would be just right for using 4 skeins … after all, I chained 146 for this ripple and used 3 skeins but I was obviously wrong. This one is going to be massive but I LOVE it!

I measured the length as soon as I finished the first of my 4 skeins and I could tell it wasn’t going to be nearly enough yarn. Luckily, I was able to go online at Michaels and find the same colorway and order it online to pick up at my local store. I’m going to ignore the fact that it’s probably not going to be the same dye lot and hope for the best!!

Bottom line, I’m LOVING this one size issues and all! You can find the details at my post here.

I tried!

I went up to the sewing at 6pm to start quilting and didn’t get any further than winding bobbins and cleaning and oiling the machine before the thunder started.

So I was forced to start a new blanket instead. I’d intended to do another woodland ripple but when I went over to Lucy’s Attic24 site, the shells jumped out at me so I started crocheting her Seashell Stripe pattern.

It’s a free pattern and a little more complicated than the simple shell blanket I just finished but she has step by step photos and really, the hardest thing about it is knowing where to put that first and last stitch in each row and she shows you very clearly where the stitch goes.

One thing to keep in mind if you decide to give this one a try is that she uses British crochet terms so you’ll need to convert it in your head to American terms which basically just means that when she says double crochet, we do a single crochet and when she says triple crochet, that’s our double crochet.

She recommends doing the starting chain and first row with a larger hook and I went up one size but still ended up with some bowing so I started over with a (K) hook and switched to an (I) hook on row two. Yarn is Caron Big Cakes in the Blueberry Torte colorway and I chained 154 which may turn out to be many but I’ve got 4 skeins and I want to use all 4 of them so we’ll see how it goes.

Finn got groomed today so I wanted to share a photo of my pretty boy too!

Pink Shells

The pink shell baby blanket is done and I love how soft and squishy it is.

This one has great texture …. and it is SOOO fast and easy.

Free pattern was found on Ravelry – Shell Stitch Baby blanket

Yarn is Lion Brand Big Scoop – colorway is strawberry and I used a size (H) hook.

I took a chance with this one and used sport weight yarn (she used worsted) without changing the starting chain and still ended up with a nice size baby blanket about 33 inches square.

I could have continued into a 2nd skein but it seemed big enough with just one so I’m saving the 2nd skein for another blanket. With both the mint green and this one, I’ve learned that one skein will make a baby size blanket at least in these two patterns. If I want a child size blanket, I’ll use 2 skeins.