Update: I worked out how to start it with a circular motif for the first one, diagram is below at the end of the post.
As soon as I saw Loops & Threads Impeccable Glitter yarn in Ultra Violet, I knew my daughter would love it and I had to make something for her. I had to buy it, I tell you, must. buy. yarn.
I had been searching Queen Anne’s Lace patterns, but none of those were quite right. I wanted it a little bigger. And then I saw the Lotus Flower Lace scarf at The Crochet Lounge. Perfect!
It’s done!! I decided to stick with simple for the border on my Hop, Skip and Jump baby blanket. Rounds of single crochet randomly in the colors of the blanket. I like how it looks and I like the different texture.
If I had to do it again (or had more time to re-do the border) I would do the border with a size or two larger hook than I used for the body of the blanket. I didn’t tighten my tension, but the border turned out denser than I would prefer, it would work best if a bit looser.
But, I was down to the wire! Baby shower is tomorrow and I just weaved in my last end this morning!
Nearly finished, just have to get some buttons and sew them on!
I hope my daughter likes it as much as I do. The pattern can be found on Ravelry: Eloise Baby Sweater.
The adjustments I made that are different from the pattern (notes to myself really : )
- G hook
- ch 40 to start
- for the bit of scallop on the bottom, dc in same space as the turning ch3. Do not dc in the ch3 to avoid increasing.
- did 8 slpst, 8sc, 8hdc, 11dc for the pleats
- Pleats in back loop only for the first row, second row through both loops
- was 16 color pleats (2T size for how many stitches for top part) but since I used a smaller hook/gauge the measurements worked out for 6 months
- extra row of dc on the top
- used the sizing guides at Craft Yarn Council to make sure it measured correctly
My baby blanket has grown, 31 inches square now! I like how it has turned out.
I am thinking on the border and can’t decide yet what to do. I may have to just try a few ideas and see how it looks. I think I will look at my book of edgings to get ideas!
I thought this pattern for the Eloise sweater I saw on Ravelry was just adorable, so I had to try it for the granddaughter we are expecting in a few months. I haven’t done a baby sweater in close to 30 years, this is fun! I hope it will turn out nice.
The gray looks darker in the picture than in real life although it is still pretty dark (which didn’t look as dark in the store compared to the other, darker grays.) . It is a pretty gray in real life, Vanna’s Choice Charcoal Gray, to go with the left over bright colors in Vanna’s Choice I had from the baby blanket I am making (which just needs edging, if I can decide what to do for that : )
I have already made a few modifications, using a smaller G hook (and therefore smaller gauge) so I have to figure out how many more stitches I need for it to come out the right size (I think I am ok so far : ) I have added a stitch on the bottom edge to make it a bit scalloped, which I like. I am doing the second edge of the colored ‘pleats’ through both loops instead of through the back loop only, which makes them look a bit less pleated, but results in a bit smoother triangle shape.
I have thoughts of a headband with a flower to go with….
I was tinkering with making crochet stars earlier this summer and never got around to posting them.
I had seen dishcloths and potholders like these before, there are quite a few variations of this general pattern. Some are sc, some dc, the vintage potholders are often double thick (I will be making some of those soon!). I think the general pattern has been around for some time, it is simple, easy to remember and practical. The ones by Apple Blossom Dreams really caught my eye, they were so pretty and colorful that I just had to make some of my own.
On a Polish blog, Basia w krainie robótek, a talented crocheter has made this lovely blanket. Another way of assembling mitered squares, with striking results!
Some have asked for directions on how to do a sliding loop, perhaps because I keep mentioning starting with one : ) There is more than one way to do these. I have tried several ways from various directions on the web and in books, and this is the one I like the best and find easiest to do. That’s just me, you may find a different way easier.
Here we go….
I am expecting my first grandchild, and have started the first baby blanket. I love the colors (the photo isn’t quite right, the light aqua is lighter, the light pink is peachier, the yellow nicer, the bright pink less purple-y, at least as it looks on my computer). These are a few Vanna’s Choice (the darker Aqua and the lighter pink) and the rest are Vanna’s Choice Baby.
This is a combination of a regular granny square and my mitered granny, to make one large square blanket. I really like how it is turning out so far, like a modern log cabin in a way.
Since receiving and crib blankets are small, I hope to do more than one blanket in these colors. (and then there are all the other cute baby things to crochet!)