Heart Pillows

I saw a heart pillow made out of Bernat Blanket Yarn. I love finding things to make out of this yarn. The pattern cost $5. That is a pretty steep price for one pattern. I found a free pattern to try instead.  The heart does look different than the paid pattern but I still like how they turned out. The free pattern is here. They took about an hour each to make.

 

Pillow

I finished a pillow the other night. It worked up quick. It is out of the book Crochet Home and is written in UK terms. I used worsted weight yarn I had on hand (I am trying to not buy yarn). It turned out about 14″. Instead of buying a pillow form that can be around $14 at the store, I had bought some throw pillows on clearance at Target. It cost $4. The pillow insert is yellow with white dots. I think it just adds some dimension. I also like doing a simply granny square for the back. The pattern used a button flap closure. I decided to join both sides with a simply sc. I didn’t think it needed anything fancier.

Gnome

I have had a monthly subscription for Lil Box of Crochet from the UK for a few months now but I haven’t had a chance to try one of the patterns. I made this gnome from the December box. He turned out pretty cute. The pattern was well written but I ran out of some of the colors provided. They included the crochet hook but I still ran out. I don’t think you can tell what adjustments I made though. They included supplies and the pattern for the mushrooms but I didn’t feel like making them. This box also came with a stitch marker, mushroom pin and hand creme. I have a few more months of this box to crochet up. 🙂

Babies!

I couldn’t get a good picture of this baby poncho. I didn’t have a model and the octopus was the best I could do 🙂 I made it out of Bernat Baby Blanket Tiny. I love Bernat Blanket yarn and was so excited to use the Tiny version when it came out. Unfortunately I don’t like it. I find it very hard to see the stitches and work with. I returned everything I bought but 2 skeins since I had tried to use them. I used one of them to make this baby poncho. It is very soft with a nice texture. The texture comes from a sc, dc stitch. This poncho took a long time to complete. Since the yarn is thin it takes awhile to get the height needed to form the poncho. It is a free pattern on the Yarnspirations website. The pattern is here.

Bunny!

This was a fun bunny to make. I liked it because it was not your typical looking bunny. The pattern was easy to follow and it was easy to sew together. I had issues getting the feet on right.  I ended up redoing the feet attachment. The first attachment had the bunny falling over.  I can’t decide if I should keep the bunny or give it as a gift … He seems to like to watch me from wherever he is sitting. 🙂

The pattern is from a Simply Crochet magazine.  It is in UK terms.  I do like the magazine but I eventually canceled my subscription and got a refund for my remaining issues.  The company that was managing the US distribution was not good.  I wouldn’t get every issue and many issues arrived 1-2 months late. I got tired of tracking my issues.  I have decided to buy the magazine one at a time to prevent that frustration.

Kitty Rug

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I started this rug in the fall. I bought the pattern but I can’t remember why I wanted to make it :).  It worked up pretty fast as it uses three strands of yarn. I used Red Heart brand. I don’t like putting things together so I had to psych myself up to do it. It was easy to put together just cumbersome because of the size. The pattern is worth the purchase. It is very well written, has clear instructions and corresponding pictures included. The pattern is by Ira Rott. It is called Sassy the Kitty Cat. You can find the pattern here.

 

In December I got a few projects crocheted and I spent New Years weekend getting them finished off. I will post a few of them at a time 🙂

The mustard color Malia infinity scarf was a lot of fun to make. The pattern is worked in rows and gives you a fun looking stitch. You sc in the 3rd loop of the hdc to get the top of the stitch to pop forward. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn. It was a little thicker than the yarn used by the designer. I used 3 skeins and did not do the last repeat of the pattern. I was at 6.5″ wide like the pattern called for. I also had just enough yarn to make the fringe. The buttons are decorative and sewed on to both ends to form the circle. The designer is Rebecca at Little Monkeys Crochet and she made a lot of patterns with this stitch. I look forward to making more. The pattern was free. You can see her patterns in this stitch here.

A friend gave me 3 skeins of Yarn Bee Fireside yarn. I have never used this yarn before and it isn’t one I would have chosen. It is a wavy yarn and typically that yarn is hard to crochet with. I found a Convertible Cowl pattern that used the same weight yarn so I thought I would try it. The first one ended up big but my niece really liked it. It can be yarn as a shawl and not just a cowl.  I had enough yarn left over so I tried to make her one that is smaller. I am sending it to her so I have to wait to see if it fits. If it doesn’t, I will make her one out of the recommended yarn. The pattern is called Cityscape Convertible Cowl by Lorene Eppolite. I found her pattern in an issue of Happily Hooked but you can find it on ravelry here.

I had about 1/2 a skein left of the Yarn Bee Fireside yarn so I found a messy bun hat to make with it. I love messy bun hats since I usually have my hair up in a pony tail. With the cold Minnesota winter, I like being able to kick throw on a messy bun hat and not have to take my pony tail out. This had worked up quickly and is another favorite pattern for me. You can find the pattern here. It is by She’s Crafty Crochet. My hat doesn’t look like hers because of the yarn being multi-colored and wavy.