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Showers for Babies

Going to a baby shower tomorrow for a friend that’s due three weeks before me. They are having a girl. I made her a couple hats with fabric flowers (kanzashi flowers), and a blanket.

My blanket pattern is below if interested.

The blanket pattern:

Chain 111, turn

First row: DC two in first chain. *DC 9. Skip one chain. DC 1. Skip one chain. DC 9. In next chain, DC increase (3 DC).* Repeat from * three times (or longer if you’d like your width to be longer). Your last sequence is a bit different since it ends the row: DC 9. Skip one chain. DC 1. Skip one chain. DC 9. In last chain, DC 2. Turn.

Rows 2 – XX: repeat first row until you reach desired length. I did 78 rows.

Every six rows, I changed colors.

My final blanket ended up being about 30″ x 40″ (or so).

OK, now I need to start making things for my baby! Although I do have a list of other new babies that I’ve been meaning to make things for…urg.



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Road Trip = New Cowl

We’re on our way to Durango for Christmas. Six-hour drive. I spent the first hour crocheting a cowl. I had some leftover yarn from another project, so I used it to make another cowl because I ended up wearing my yellow one a lot. 🙂

Here are some pics. I’ll post the pattern later.




Now what do I do? Five more hours. Guess I could talk to Brady…

1/4/12 UPDATE. Here’s the pattern I used, from Lionbrand: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10146.html?noImages=&r=1.

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How To Crochet a Simple Beanie

Back in Glenwood a few weeks ago, my friends and I occupied a coffee shop and crocheted/knitted for a good 5-6 hours. We felt like old bitties, but it was fun. And, we were even serenaded by an accordion at one point.


Remember that hat I crocheted for a friends’ baby? Well, I attempted to teach the group how to do it. We all came up with different results (different yarn, different-sized hooks). However, I think the following directions give a good enough tutorial. When in doubt, check YouTube (that’s how I learned).

For a small hat, use thinner yarn and a smaller hook. For an adult-sized hat, use thicker yarn and a larger hook. For the adult-sized hat I’ll show in this tutorial, I used Lion Brand’s Thick and Quick yarn with a size N hook.

Start by chaining three stitches. Then, join the chain with a simple slip stitch.

Chain two (slip stitch).

Now, start your first row by stitching 11 half double crochet stitches into the center hole you created by joining your original chain.

Time to start your second row. It’s helpful to mark where you start. In between each stitch from the previous row, crochet two half double crochet stitches. So, row two will end up with double the amount of stitches (24).

Third row. You’re going to do one half double crochet (HDC) increase on every other stitch. That means you’ll do start off your row with one HDC. In the next spot, do two HDC. In the next spot do one HDC. Keep alternating in that pattern for all of row three.

Fourth row. One HDC in each spot.

Here’s a picture of my progress at this point…somewhere between row 3 and 4:

Fifth row. Do one HDC increase every three stitches. So, one HDC, one HDC, two HDC. Repeat.

Sixth row. Do one HDC in each space.

Seventh – Xth row. Continue to do one HDC in each space until you reach the desired length. I think I ended up doing 10 rows or so. I kept testing it on my head until I reached the desired size.

To finish off my hat, I did a couple single crochet stitches, then a few slip stitches so that the end tapers off. Then, tie off and tuck in the tail. You’re done!

Here’s my final result (fuzzy pic, but you get the idea):

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Tank’s Baby Shower Gifts

Two weekends ago, I went to a friend’s baby shower and was able to give her the gifts that I made. I love giving homemade gifts! It’s almost as fun as making them.

I made her and her soon-to-be-born baby girl the granny square baby blanket that I mentioned before. It turned out good. It’s a bit crooked, but I guess that goes along with the handmade element. (Psst…anyone have any tips on how NOT to make a granny square crooked?)

I used Caron’s Simply Soft yarn in Strawberry and Grey Heather. I used two skeins of the Strawberry, and one of the Grey Heather. Actually, I only really used one Strawberry skein plus maybe 1/16 of the second skein. Because I started and ended with the Stawberry, it required more yarn.

I forget the measurements of the final blanket, but I’d say it was about a 3.5′ square.

I followed instructions on You Tube on how to make a Granny Square, then just kept going (typically granny’s are a lot smaller squares that you piece together).

Then, I had enough extra Grey Heather to make a baby beanie! It turned out so cute. The hat itself was precious, but I thought it was a little bland, so I made kanzashi flowers to adorn it. I LOVE how it turned out. Maybe beanies are more my calling than blankets.

To make the beanie, I (again) followed instructions on You Tube. It was actually pretty simple to learn. I watched the video a few times at the Miami airport and took down detailed directions. Then, I crocheted the entire beanie on the flight from Miami to Denver. =)

To make the flowers, I cut squares of fabric in three different measurements: six, two-inch squares; six 1.5-inch squares; and six one-inch squares. You fold the fabric in triangles three times (just half it over itself). Then, sew the ends together and pull the thread tight so they form a circle. (My instructions are probably vague…I’m sure you could google Kanzashi flower and come up with better step-by-step instructions.)

Then I secured each flower by sewing the edges to the hat. And, placed a tiny pearl bead in the center of each.


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Granny Progress

I made some good progress on my first granny square this weekend! I know this isn’t really a traditional granny square (normally a bunch of little squares would make up a blanket, but my blanket will be one big square). I think it still counts.


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My First Granny Square

I spent the night watching TV, while teaching myself some new crochet skills. Yeah, I’m pretty cool. 🙂

I also figured out what kind of blanket I’m going to make…a granny square. I’ll do it with two colors, gray and pink. Here’s the start:


I’m following a pattern from the Purl Bee. They have a really cool example. I like all the colors.


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New Project

I feel like everyone I know is having a baby right now. And I, for one, don’t think we can let these babies into the world without a cozy blanket. Right? So, one baby at a time, I will tackle this problem.

Just picked up some yarn for a girlie blanket. I love this pink color (“strawberry”). Not sure yet what pattern I’ll go with. I may also try a little beanie.


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