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I shared on my main blog that I made a blanket for baby Michael.

I was traveling on business when I started it.

I didn’t want to worry about patterns.

That said, I still had multiple skeins going during my travel.

Here are all my supplies and a the blanket in progress in the pocket of an airline seat!

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I’ve made many baby blankets in pastel colors. 

This time I wanted bold colors, something that would be a change of pace.

I had skeins of solid navy blue and gray yarn in my stash.  I debated about a blanket in blue and gray only, but I had recently made a king-size blanket in these colors.

I wanted to be sure this blanket was different!

To decide the colors I took the blue and navy skeins with me to the store. 

I finally saw a brick red that I felt balanced out the combination. 

Strong, but not overdone. 

Yes!  The colors were settled!

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The blanket measures about 36 inches square.

The gray sections are half-double crochet.  That’s it! 

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The blue and red sections use a variation of a shell pattern.

The shell pattern is made of two double crochets and one single crochet.

You skip two stitches between each shell.

When the shell is made this way, a couple of things happen. The shell leans to the side. It also “pops out” just a little bit.

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When you make additional rows, the first shell is made by making a chain three, double, then single crochet.

Other than that the shell pattern continues!

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Most patterns call for three stitches in the corners. 

I generally crochet four stitches in a corner. 

It seems to make the corners lie flat, whereas three stitches might curl.

For this edging I decided to keep it simple; just rows of single crochet.

This way the stripes would be the focal point!

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I used approximately one skein per color.

Pretty easy to make..a variation in the pattern to add some texture…three alternating colors for some visual interest…

A little blanket for a little guy!

Happy Crocheting!

In my main blog I mentioned that I made a blue and white striped bag.

Here’s a bit more on how it’s constructed.

I used a size G crochet hook and fairly lightweight 3-ply yarns.

It’s done in the round. Working in the round gives the same basic pattern often used for hats as well as bags. 

Here’s a link to a basic pattern for crocheting in the round

To make variations of this pattern you can use a single, half-double or double crochet.  This bag is primary done in half-double crochet. 

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I chose to alternate the colors simply because I thought it would be fun!

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To create room for a drawstring there is one row consisting of a double crochet – chain two repeat.  A row of half-double crochet is added to both the top of the bag as the anchor row for the ruffle.

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A white ruffle with blue striped trim was added as an embellishment.

As a base for the ruffle, there is round consisting of single crochet, chain 6, skip 4, single in the 5th stitch repeat.

I believe this is how it would be written! [sc, (ch6, skip 4, sc in the 5th dc)]

Each ruffle has ten triple crochets in the loops that were just formed.  The last few rows are single crochet alternating in blue and white.

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A basic chain and single crochet cord is threaded through the spaces created for the drawstring.

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Here is the completed bag – all ready to go!

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As I mentioned in my main blog, I made a king-sized blanket as a gift.

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It measures 72 inches x 74 inches.  It’s shown above on a king-size bed.

The main pattern is done by crocheting a row of single crochet.  The next row is a “skip one, 2 double in the next single, double in the next single, then a double in the singe that was originally skipped.” 

The picture below is a basic diagram of the pattern.

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The pattern continues for an entire skein.  I alternated nine skeins in varying shades of blue.

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The side panels are “half-double crochet and chain one repeat.” I used two skeins on each side.2012-07-06_17-36-50_464 

The outer edge is also the same “half-double crochet chain one repeat.”  There are a couple of rows in alternating colors.

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The corners are half-double, chain two, half-double.  It gives a nice turn!  The last row is all single crochet.2012-07-15_16-23-51_745

I will say it took a while to complete but I was very satisfied with the result.

A blanket made for two!

 

Create

Posted on: June 23, 2012

Hello!

I haven’t posted anything recently on this site because I’ve been busy with a large crochet project!

Since the Weekly Photo Challenge is Create I decided to post a number of times to my main blog, Comments from Cathy.

Please click the link to see a gift bag, shawls and lots of Christmas Stockings!

Here’s a preview!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Crocheting!

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This time I brought a couple of lightweight skeins in shades of blue.

There is a little person on the way in a number of weeks, so it was time to get ready!

Here are a few photos showing when I started.  I was in flight.  The seat trays were up, so this first little bit is on my lap.

The pattern is a basic half-double, then chain one.

 

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As you can see by the time the plane landed, less than two hours later, I was able to make some progress!

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I managed to take a few photos even though there were shadows across the seat tray.

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I continued the day after my travels.  When it was approximately 30” square I continued the pattern around each side. The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double.  I continued for several rounds.

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The last row is half-doubles in the chain spaces all the way around.   The corners were half-double, chain two, half-double, same as all the other corners.

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I’m looking forward to sending it on its way to mommy and baby!

Happy Crocheting!

Recently I’ve made a number of items…scarves…springtime shawls…and hopefully I’ll post some of those FOBs (finished objects) in the near future.

In the meantime I made a little red bag!  How little?

It’s made of thread, something I don’t normally use.  I decided to give it a try with something small.  How small?

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It’s done in the round until the flap, which is done by going back and forth.

I also added a chain across the top for the buttonhole.

I added a border in single crochet around the opening.

The button was created separately then hand stitched to the bag.

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So what’s inside?

…well I’ve mentioned in my main blog Comments from Cathy that I occasionally travel on the job

…and if there’s one thing I want to have when I’m on the road, it’s a nice cup of tea…so this handy little bag makes sure that I have a small stash of tea bags tucked away in my purse.

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This particular one is Blackberry and Elderflower by Taylors of Harrogate in the UK.

So happens I found it on-line in the US at the English Tea Store.

Hope you enjoyed my little creation!

I think it’s cute and practical – happy crocheting!

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It’s been a little while since I’ve posted any items…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crocheting!  When I travel on business I generally pack one or two skeins of yarn and different hooks.  It keeps me busy, i. e. relaxed when there is down time in the airport, or, in hotels.

When I’m traveling I try to stick to patterns that are very basic. This way I’m not worrying about extra items, or, patterns that have to be packed then unpacked.

Here are some of the scarves I’ve made during my down time.

The patterns are essentially the same.

Single – chain 1 – single

 

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If you read my primary blog, Comments from Cathy, you’ll know I was in Birmingham during recent storms – see Patience and a Cup of Tea.  I made the scarf below to keep me occupied while the storms passed.

Half double – chain 1 – half double

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I was in a training class that was really cold, so I made this scarf/thin shawl using a large hook and a loose tension.  I used it the next day and it really kept me comfortable in my class!

Double – chain 1 – double

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The scarves in the first picture didn’t use up a full skein.  The scarf below was made with the two remaining portions of those skeins using the half double – chain 1 – half double repeat.

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Coming soon – hats, and an item that I used on recent travels.

Happy crocheting!