Linen stitch

So the linen stitch and the moss stitch are the same in crochet but we quilters are used to that aren’t we?! (The same block having more than one name.)

I decided to make another baby blanket using this stitch and have a purchased pattern that was included in a kit I bought from Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) that had directions for both a lap and baby blanket. For those of you following along on my crochet adventure, I searched for a free pattern to share and you can find it at this link. It’s basically the same as the pattern I’m using except mine has a crocheted border to finish it off.

I’m using a different yarn this time – Caron Cotton Cakes and the colorway is Lavender Fields. I haven’t seen this one at my Michaels but I ordered it online at their website.

Hook size is H. It’s a worsted weight yarn but definitely a lighter worsted than their Caron Big Cakes yarn.

It’s a super easy pattern to crochet and if you get bored easily it might not be for you but I like patterns that I don’t have to stop and read each row when I’m watching something on my iPad. Right now I’m binge watching the show MidSomer Murders on Netflix! Keith goes to bed, I pull out the crochet hook and my iPad, put my headphones in and I’m all set to crochet for a few hours!

Finished

The moss stitch afghan is finished and I enjoyed crocheting this one. It’s another free pattern I found on Ravelry. I knew from the photos of other blankets I saw that the square would appear a bit skewed and was fine with that. I’m assuming it’s from the way that it’s crocheted, in a continuous manner rather than finishing off each round with a join.

Yarn is Caron Big Cakes – colorway is Cake Roll. Hook size is H.

My least favorite thing about this one is the flecks of color in the light areas – in this colorway I think it looks a bit dirty. It doesn’t bother me in other colorways.

My favorite thing about this one is the texture! Plus, it’s so soft and cushy feeling!

Finish one, start one

I debated what afghan to make next and after a false start on a granny stripe that I felt had holes that were too big, I decided on a linen stitch pattern also know as moss stitch. I have a Craftsy kit to make from this pattern so I decided I’d try it out in a square blanket from this free pattern I found on Ravelry. Normally I don’t like square patterns but it’s a baby blanket and I don’t mind square so much at that size.

Yarn is Caron Big Cakes – colorway is Cake Roll. Hook size is H.

Once I figured out how to start my block with a magic circle (YouTube videos helped!), I’m finding it an easy pattern to crochet.

Quick

These Ripples work up so fast! I’ll work on it again tonight and while I won’t be done before I leave, there won’t be that much more to crochet on this one when I get home.

Finished

This was a pattern from one of my older books and took a while longer to crochet than the Ripples do. It felt like it took longer but from my Ravelry project list I see it took me 2 weeks exactly from start to finish.

Yarn is an acrylic sport weight from Knit Picks that’s been in stash for at least 5 years, and probably longer! Hook size is G.

The shell border is a bit ruffly but I knew it would be reading the instructions … had I wanted it to lay flatter I could have skipped some stitches and/or gone down a hook size but I like ruffles.

While I’m tempted to start another afghan right away, I need to spend some time in the sewing room today!!

New hooks

For years I’ve used the Susan Bates crochet hooks but I decided to give the Clover hooks a try. They have a wider handle which seems to make it easier to hold for longer periods of time.

My set came with 10 hooks ….

And since I want to try crocheting some scarves with fingering weight yarn, I like that there are several smaller hooks included.

I don’t hold my hook like a pencil so I wasn’t sure at first these would be comfortable for my grip but they are and I’m pleased with them! The grip I use is called the “knife” grip

I just have a couple rows on this afghan before I start the border. I’m ready to finish it up and move on to the next one AND I need to get back in the sewing room tomorrow! There’s a top I want to quilt, a quilt to trim and get the binding sewn on, and I’d like to start getting those hourglass blocks assembled all before I head out of town again on Sunday!