Owls!

Found a couple of cute owl patterns out of blanket yarn. They are by Repeat Crafter Me. I like the fact that they are smaller projects and a way to use up my left over blanket yarn.

The small one is found here. She used an orange triangle button for the nose but I could not find them..  I found some heart buttons that I thought worked well. She also used a J hook but I used a size larger, K hook.  Blanket yarn is thicker so it is hard for me to use a smaller hook.  I made the owl body with 12 rounds instead of 14. The pattern had you sew everything on before stuffing.  My wings got too far back. It works easier for the to sew those on after stuffing.

I really like how the owl with the heart turned out. It is one of my favorites. Her pattern is here. I also used a K hook instead of a J hook for this one. After Round 6 you do not turn as it states in the pattern.  I had to make the body 20 rounds so the eyes would not cover the heart.

I love finding patterns to use blanket yarn. Repeat Crafter Me’s blog is a great resource to find patterns.  I have three more of hers coming.

Bathmat

I came across this pattern for a bathmat.  It is called Pretty Puff Bathmat by Stoneface Creations. You can get it for free here. She admits she isn’t a pattern writer. She wrote this pattern out of finding a picture but no pattern to make it.  The pattern is easy to follow but there is one mistake.  Rows 16-52 says to repeat rows 12-14.  You actually need to repeat rows 12-15 to get the pattern to work out and to match where it states you should be at Row 52.  She used Ice yarns. I had never heard of this yarn before I went on the cruise but I decided to use Bernat Blanket yarn since I love the yarn.  I used an L hook instead of a J to accommodate for the difference in thickness of the yarn.  I did not try to match gauge. I made the pattern as written.  My rug turned out to be 38″ x 45 (instead of 24″ x 36″). It is very soft and squishy. Jet approves as you can see.  It used 3.5 skeins of the big ball yarn.  This isn’t a pattern I would make to sell as the puff stitches get hard for my hand with the thick yarn. The yarn is more expensive too so it would be hard to come out ahead when factoring in the time it took.

Squishy blanket

I know it is summer but I love working with Bernat Blanket yarn.  I finished this afghan made from Pumpkin Spice.  The pattern is free from by Jess Coppom. It is called The Snow Drifter Chunky blanket. You can find it here on the Make & Do Crew webiste.

She gives you guidance on how to make various sizes of blankets.  I made one a little bigger than the pattern. I started with ch 112.  I ended up using 4 skeins and continued in length until I used up 4 skeins. It turned out to be a nice size. The pattern is easy to follow and works up fast.

Easter Bunnies!

The past few weeks I made some new Easter decorations. The peeps (pink one and lt blue one) are made out of Bernat Blanket yarn and takes about an hour.  The pattern is here and is free. The pattern used worsted weight yarn.  There are a couple of mistakes in the pattern and works up a little differently when you use the blanket yarn. Pay attention as you make it as to where the increases and decreases are.

The bunny and duck are magnets. They worked up fast. I had printed the pattern in 2007. and is no longer available. It was by Marlo’s Crochet Corner.

The turquoise bunnies were fun. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn by Lion Brand and the patterns were free. The bunny with the white eye patch is in Spanish. I let google translate it which worked fairly well. The pattern is called Conejito Bipedo and is by Lanukas. You can find it here. I had no problem with the pattern. I did not add a pompom tail. I have been struggling in making my own pompoms. They keep falling apart.

I also like the simplicity of some designs. The other turquoise bunny just has a tail. I didn’t put a face on the other side of the bunny. The pattern worked up easily and is by Yarnplaza.com.  You can find it here.

The white bunny is different and cute. It is called Little Easter Bunnies by Magoo. The pattern is free. I did find a mistake in the feet. It was easy to catch if you watch your stitch counts. You can get the pattern here.

Enjoy!

Horse Pillows

The designer of this pillow offered the pattern for free if you would make one and send it to where these kids are fighting cancer.  At first I started the one made out of blanket yarn since I love working with that yarn so much.  Of course I didn’t look at the gauge. I was so surprised how big it was! I decided it would be too hard and expensive to mail so I made a smaller one our of worsted weight yarn.  They were fun to do. I am not sure what I will do with the huge one yet! I am ready to do some patterns that don’t require a lot of sewing. If you are interested, the pattern is here and is by JoAnne Grimm Thompson.

Frog!

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I made this frog for my nieces birthday. It is to hold her pajamas (even though she turned 24.) 🙂 The mouth opens up for the pajamas. It is very soft – made out of Bernat Blanket yarn.  I was surprised that this pattern was A LOT of work. It involved sewing a lot of pieces together (I won’t be making another). When I looked at the picture, I didn’t think there was as much sewing as there was.  For example: you made two feet and sewed them together before attaching to the leg. The pattern is a paid pattern from Snappy Tots. You can find it here.  I do think there is an error in the requirements for the supplies. She lists 500 yards for the Bernat Blanket yarn. That is 2.5 skeins of the 10.5 oz skeins. That is WAY too much. I didn’t even come close to using that much. I used more like 300 yards of the main color (a little over one big skein). I won’t be making another one of these guys.

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.