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ABC Baby Blanket

For those that have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a love of making baby blankets for my friends/family when they are expecting. As much fun as hats, mittens, booties, sweaters, toys, etc are, I always come back to my love of baby blankets. When I found out that a goof friend of mine from University was expecting, this was no different.

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While the actual stitches are relatively simple with this pattern, the following of a chart to work the letters is a skill that challenges many people who try patterns like this. One of the best hints I have is to print out a copy of the actual chart so that you can mark off the stitches and rows as you complete them, to avoid getting lost.

The pattern can be found HERE on the Crochet N More website. I personally worked it with normal acrylic, worsted weight yarn, but the weight of the yarn can be easily made to work by simply changing the hook size that you are working with. The response to this blanket was amazing. The finished product is stunning and looks super impressive to anyone that sees it!

Happy Hooking!

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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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Hearts Throw

With a wedding early 2014 I knew starting this year that I was wanting to spend some quality time working on a handmade special gift for the bride and groom. I weeded through a ton of different patterns for the ‘perfect one’ when I came across this a free pattern online that fit the bill. I set to work with a ball of Bernat Handicrafter (it ended up needing a few) and the resulting project was a perfect wedding gift!

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A labour of love – this did take me a lot longer than a lot of the projects that I take on but I was so pleased with the end result that I couldn’t have cared. I opted to use Bernat Handicrafter 100% USA grown cotton for many reasons including the fact it was a locally grown fiber, the softness and the durability for care afterwards. The pattern is a free pattern from Red Heart and can be found HERE.

This, like any cabling pattern, is definitely not a beginner pattern, but for anyone who has experimented with some smaller cabled projects and is looking to challenge themselves its a GREAT project to take on! The pattern is super easy to follow and the design of the blanket gives you the satisfaction of accomplishment after each panel.

Has anyone else ever made a handmade gift for a wedding or bridal shower? If so I would LOVE to see and hear about it! Please share either in the comments below, or better yet on our Facebook page HERE.

Enjoy!