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.
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.
I haven’t made many adult sweaters. Cre8tion Crocheter hosted a Fall CAL with her Keep Me Warm Cardigan. I decided to join. I used Caron Big Cakes. This was the first time I had used the yarn. I really like it. It works up nice, has smooth color changes and has a slightly mottled look.
I did make gauge (I hate swatching but I did do it for this sweater). It ended up big and is a little boxy. There isn’t a lot of shaping that is done in the pattern. It is a well written and easy to follow. I will wear this Cardigan as more of a jacket. The pattern was released in parts for free on her blog during the CAL but she also has it for sale here.
I love pumpkins but the patterns can be tedious. I recently tried three new ones and enjoyed two of them.
The rustic pumpkin is the brown one and the orange one in the other photo. These worked up quickly with bulky yarn. It was made with the inside of the pumpkin used for the outside and done in the back loops to help give it a bumpy look. The pattern is here by Meg Made With Love.
The tall orange pumpkin with ridges is also by Meg Made With Love. I didn’t like it as well as it didn’t form like a pumpkin as well as I would like. The pattern is here.
The blue pumpkin is a pattern from Yarnspirations. I liked it because it is formed with sc’s and dc’s. There is no need for you to do any shaping. The placement of the sc’s and dc’s makes the pumpkin shape. I made it blue as I liked the ones that Yarnspirations showed on their pattern. You can get that pattern here. The pattern has three sizes of pumpkins. I made the small size.
This past summer, The Friendly Red Fox hosted a couple CAL where she released parts of her patterns for the Elephant and Molly for free on her blog. You can find them here at Ravelry: Elephant and Molly.
They were both fun and quick to make. Her one tip that was new to me, was to use plastic hair rollers in the neck to keep the neck from flopping. I had my sister grab some for me at the dollar store so I could try it. It works pretty well.
She also demonstrated a way to change colors to prevent a step/jump in the color. Basically the first stitch of the new color is a slip stitch. It seemed to help make the color change less noticeable.
I recommend her patterns. Her blog is here: The Friendly Red Fox.
I have crocheted many different types of items but I have never been too interested in adult sweaters. I would lose interest the few times I tried them. This summer I tried to make a long tunic but didn’t like how it was turning out. I had specifically bought the yarn for it so I searched for a new pattern. I decided to make the Sea Isle Tunic that Cre8tion Crochet was hosting. She had the pattern offered for free during the Crochet Along (CAL). The pattern is located here Sea Isle Tunic
The pattern was written very well and comes in a variety of sizes. I am not a fan of gauge because it never seems to work out for me. Instead I kept seeing if it would fit as I was crocheting. I used the suggested yarn from Knit Picks. This is what I had purchased for the other top I didn’t finish. It is Shine Sport in the Sweet Potato color.