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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!

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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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I am finally participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post!  This week’s theme is Design.  Rather than posting from my main blog, Comments from Cathy, it seemed to fit the theme better if I posted from my crochet blog!

After all my Christmas crocheting my stash consisted of numerous small balls of yarn. I decided to use up as much as I could by making a laptop case for my new mini.

This design is my own. I hope you like it!  I’ve been known to make a variety of bags for different occasions.  This was is a bit different from the others because of the striping pattern and the variety of colors.

Here are the front and the back…

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The opening and the tie/closure.

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Here’s a close-up of the opening as the fabric is doubled.

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As far as the stripes…there’s a pattern that’s said to be pleasant to the eye.  It occurs in nature and is called the Fibonacci sequence.  Since I had varying lengths of yarn in my stash this seemed to be a natural choice!

The striping pattern is 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13, then decreasing (from 13 ) – 8 – 5- 3 – 2 – 1 – 1.

For the Math aficionados, add the preceding row to get the next result:

0 + 1 = 1

1 + 1 = 2

2 + 1 + 3

3 + 2 = 5 etc.

Because of the size of the case I stopped at 13 rows as far as the sequence. You can see this on the back side.

The last photo shows the case in action as I was in getting ready to use the netbook at the airport!

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If you’d like to know more about the Fibonacci sequences see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number.

Happy Crocheting!