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Busy Lives Getting in the Way

Hey everyone! I just wanted to post a quick ‘I didn’t forget you all’ update! This blog (as well as the facebook page, twitter and google plus accounts) are run just by me… I love it, I’m not complaining BUT that means when life gets a little crazy there are times that this just doesn’t happen as much as I would like. Over the last few weeks things have been crazy between being busier than normal at my job, at home, and with the people in my life. I haven’t been able to get on here to keep up with all of you as much as I’d like, or even crochet hardly!

I will make the promise that I am getting back into it now (I realized I NEED the crochet stress relief, not doing so only makes things 100x worse). I currently have some more granny squares (those following the challenge rest assured, there’s more coming), large projects that I’ve started and will be finishing to share as well as some new patterns for some smaller projects I can’t wait to tackle! There’s definitely more projects, patterns and ideas coming!

So thank you all for your patience – and don’t forget to share what you’re working on! Even with me being absent you can still be a HUGE support and inspiration for each other! Join us on our Facebook page HERE to share pictures of your latest projects and WIPs!

Thanks again!

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Chevron Baby Blanket

When I found a good friend of mine was having a baby I KNEW I wanted to make a baby blanket. When I found out it was a boy, well then I went on the search for an idea that wasn’t too ‘girly’. My friend has a love of chevron, so I opted to go with a traditional crocheting look, with a bit of a twist:

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I never was a huge fan of the way that chevron blankets were usually finished off with the zig zag edge to them, but thanks to the pattern I found on the Eat, Knit & DIY blog HERE I now had instructions on how to fill in the ends to make it a regular rectangular blanket. This is a great pattern for a crocheter looking to attempt their first baby blanket as the pattern itself is very simple and repetitive compared to many that we see. I highly suggest that every crocheter needs to make a chevron blanket, lap blanket, baby blanket or some variation on this pattern at some point in their crocheting life!

The colours were an easy choice after getting a glimpse of his nursery, and off I went. The result was a simple but fun blanket which is going to fit in too perfectly! I have shown her a picture already, but was still beyond estatic as I dropped it off at the post office to make its trip to her in the US!

Have you made any gifts lately that you just couldn’t wait to send? Please share your photos and stories either as a comment here on our our Facebook page HERE.


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Newborn Anchor Hat

A good friend of mine is expecting, and I am beyond excited for her! She advised that she had found cute little newborn diapers for her photo shoot after he’s born, and just needed a hat to complete the look. So I set out on my task to make it happen.

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I couldn’t find a pattern that quite fit the look I was going for, so I set out to make one happen by putting a few different things together. First the hat – I decided a simple newborn hat would work, and just changed colours every 2 rows to give the stripe look. My favourite go to pattern for basic newborn hats can be found on Ravelry HERE by Athena de la Rosa Designs. This is a free download, and a great starting point for people who are starting to make newborn outfits.

I then created the applique using Aunt Lydia’s cotton thread and a pattern I purchased HERE from GoldenLucyCrafts on Etsy. This is a REALLY well written pattern and super easy to follow!

I was so happy with the final outcome – it fit my vision perfectly! Now just to be patient for the little one’s arrival so I can see it in use!

 


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Granny Square Challenge – Square #2 – Heart Square

For those of you following along with our Granny Square challenge – Today we are introducing square # 2.

A quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard about the Granny Square Challenge: Every couple weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. These squares are not my original designs, but rather squares that I have found made by other designers. The final project will be a fun granny square throw full of assorted squares. Those participating have chosen and shared their colours, and mastered square # 1 – the solid granny square. Completed squares are being added to our Flickr album HERE as they are being posted.

Square #2, the next part of the challenge, is the Heart Square. This is a 12″ square unlike the last one – and you will only need one for the finished throw. As this will become a more central piece of the throw, I suggest working it in your favourite of your chosen colours!

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Unlike the last pattern, this is worked in rows. The pattern can be found HERE on the SmoothFox Crochet and Knitting blog. This is a blog I have visited a few times now as I love the designs that SmoothFox shares! This pattern introduces a newer stitch for beginners, and so I am also sharing a great YouTube tutorial from New Stitch A Day HERE.

As I said last time, if you haven’t already joined in on our challenge its still not too late! We have only done one square now, moving on to number 2! If you want to join in and get caught up, you can find the post about square 1 HERE or come on over to our Facebook Event HERE to follow along! Share your squares on the FB Event page or email them to me at contactus@lovinglyhooked.com and I will make sure they are added to the album!

Looking forward to seeing your squares!

 


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Granny Square Challenge – Square #1 – Solid Granny Square

I have been pretty slow on blogging lately – between busy work hours, a cold bug that didn’t want to leave our house and some personal things being thrown in the mix getting on here has been a little more difficult. For that reason I am a little behind on blogging this, but wanted to be sure to get it put on here for anyone that may not be active on our Facebook page to have seen it!

We have started a fun challenge to get some new crocheters up and going, seasoned crocheters sharing their skills, those who have taken time off back in the game and busting out some of our stash (that we may not have even remembered we have). This challenge is a Granny Square challenge.

Every couple of weeks I am introducing a new square pattern. I will let you know when I do how many of that pattern we will need. The final project will be a fun granny square pattern full of assorted squares. Participants have chosen and shared their colours, and we’re currently on Square # 1 – the Solid Granny Square:

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This is a fairly standard pattern in the repertoire of those who work granny squares regularly. It is super versatile – looking great when worked as one solid colour, or while mixing in a fun blend of different colours to create some different designs. Mine above show a couple different ways you can use colour to add to the fun!

The pattern itself can be found all over the internet – but I have chosen to share the one found on the A Creative Being blog HERE due to its simplicity. I also shared a great video tutorial by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd which can be found HERE for those that prefer that visual presentation.

If you haven’t already joined in on our challenge it’s not too late! We have only just started the first of our squares, the second to be released Wednesday, April 23rd (delayed slightly due to the holiday weekend). Come on over to our Facebook Event HERE and start sharing your squares! There will also be various prizes being announced as we go! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!


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Newborn & Baby Rabbit Outfit

Easter is almost here, getting so close now! Time for chocolate, chicks, eggs and bunnies. Although I wouldn’t necessarily say its my ‘favourite holiday’ but it is definitely one that I enjoy, especially with my growing family unit of nieces and nephews to celebrate it with! This year as part of my ‘Easter prep’ I made an outfit for my youngest niece’s adorable easter photos.

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This pattern was super easy to follow, and would be a great first photo prop for someone that would like to try their hand at making outfits for newborns. It comes both in Newborn and 3-6 month sizes, the later being the size I worked. It can be found in the Calleigh’s Clips Etsy store HERE. The pattern is designed to be worked  in bulky yarn, although with the absence of that when I felt like tackling it I used 2 strands of worsted weight yarn worked together. Rather than the usual diaper cover it is a cape style photo prop and is absolutely adorable!

There is still some time to get your photos done before Easter, and with this being a project that’s worked up super quickly if you get on it now you can add your own personal touch to those photos! Enjoy!