These are a few gifts I made for family this summer.  I had a niece get married in May.  I made this doily as part of her wedding present.  When I first started crocheting, I did a lot in thread.  The last 10 years or so I haven’t done as much.  I forgot how much I enjoy making things out of thread.  This doily pattern was in an old Magic Crochet magazine from 1993. The designer is Lucille Laflamme. I used size 10 thread and  size 6 steel crochet hook. What is nice about the Magic Crochet patterns is that they start the pattern written out and then refer you to the diagram. I think they have some of the best designed diagrams for crocheting.

The cow and cactus were a birthday present for a different niece.  Both are free patterns.  The cow is called Cow Tipping Toy by NeedleNoodles. Here it is a link to the pattern. I did not include the noisemaker since my niece was turning 21. I didn’t think she needed it 🙂  I enjoyed the pattern and liked how they had you work the legs. It is a nice small project

Cactus are popular right now.  This cactus is a free pattern from Yarnspirations. I used cotton yarn and it worked up quickly.  It is nice that you make soil for it so it just sets in the pot.  You don’t have to try and have the soil top attach to the clay pot.


Bernat Blanket Stripes

As you know I love Bernat Blanket yarn. Sarah at RepeatCrafterMe posted an afghan pattern using the blanket stripes. I loved the stitch and how the changes in colors looked like steps.  You can find the free pattern here.

I mentally have a hard time making afghans. They take time to start and then you work on it and don’t seem to see progress.  Then, all of a sudden, the end is in sight! This past week I finally saw the end of this afghan and was very motivated to finish it.  The pattern uses an I hook which is a little small for the thickness of the yarn.  I had to work on it slowly because of that as my wrist got sore.  I ended up using 5 cakes of By The Sea stripes. I had some left over to make the tassels on it.

I loved the color combinations and did enjoy making it. Now to get my other WIP’s finished.

Using up yarn

The other week I finished a couple projects using up stash yarn.

The rug is from a pattern in Crochet World October 2017.  It is called Fall Colors Rug.  The pattern used 3 strands of worsted weight yarn. I used one strand of worsted weight yarn and one strand (the white) of Sensations Rainbow Classic yarn that is a 5 weight. That yarn is a bushed yarn that I usually don’t like working with but when I paired it with a worsted weight yarn, it was ‘smooth’ to use. Very fast to make.  I can always use another rug around the house!

The blue and gray dress is for a child. It is called Crochet Child’s Tube Dress and it was free from Red Heart. I have no idea when I printed it but I can’t seem to find the pattern online.  The pattern doesn’t say the size of girl it fits either. Probably a 2 or 3 year old.  It was quick and fun.

The Amigurumi Collection by Inside Crochet

I bought this book awhile ago. I had plans to make many of the projects. Here are three of them.  I love the chicken!  I decided to not make some of the patterns as they had fabric embellishments and I find those hard for my fingers to do.  The book is written in UK terms. I find as long as I know that, it is easy to make the stitch conversions in my head.  The patterns are by a variety of designers.

Blanket Yarn

Sarah at RepeatCrafterMe always has fun patterns for Bernat Blanket Yarn. Recently I made a giant crochet hook (pattern here) and a jellyfish (pattern).

Jellyfish seem to becoming popular (at least in the crochet realm). This guy was so fun to make. The tentacles were so easy. You tie them on the bottom and then whipstitch the bottom to the top – so easy! The crochet hook posed more problems for me. I had a hard time understanding her instructions for the hook but I made it work somehow.