Rosebud Baby Blanket

I have a new design that is in the March issue of Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine, just released today!  Blanket1with badge

The Rosebud Baby Blanket is a soft and sweet baby blanket with an easy pattern stitch that creates the appearance of tiny rose buds.  You can visit the Happily Hooked website to purchase this issue. You can see some of the other designs included in the issue on Ravelry.

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Daisy Gertrude Blanket

196I recently finished crocheting this Daisy Gertrude blanket, a Berroco design.  You can get the pattern and see the original design at the Berroco yarn site HERE. This was a large project because it is made up of clusters of double trebles, uses a very lightweight yarn and a size D hook. I didn’t think I would ever finish it! I started it back in the fall, completing half of it, and then I took a break from it for a while.  I started back on it in January when I was teaching a class for this project at my local yarn store and I finally finished it! 196 large motifs and 169 small motifs are join-as -you go!

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Dollar Store Dishcloths

Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up a dollar store dishcloth — just crochet a simple border around it!  IMG_3765

I first took a length of my 4-ply cotton yarn and split it into 2, so it was only 2-ply, then used a needle and made a blanket stitch edging evenly around all 4 sides of the cloth.  This gave me a base to work my crochet stitches on.  Then I worked my stitches as follows:

Round 1:  Sc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beginning sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each  st around, slip stitch to beginning sc. Fasten off.

If you are looking for a good tutorial on the blanket stitch, here is one I recommend:  How to do the Blanket Stitch

I Like Crochet – SPECIAL OFFER!

Now that the holidays are over and the new year is here, it’s time spend some time crocheting for yourself — and just in time, the February issue of I Like Crochet is here. But before I tell you any more about the issue, let me give you a heads up about a special, limited-time offer that I am able to extend to my readers:  the Website + Tablet subscription of I Like Crochet, normally $34.97 for $19.97, or 43% off. To take advantage of this special offer, read to the end to get the special link for this offer.ILC-February 2016-cover

The February issue of I Like Crochet is loaded with some of the sweetest and coziest patterns, including the Sweethearts Afghan, the Cascading Waterfall Cardigan and the Crescent Heart Shawl. Love-lace patterns, like the Indigo Sunset Shawl and the Pineapple Lace Wrap, will bring in the romance of the season while the collection of stash busters and one-skein wonders will help you jump-start those New Year’s resolutions. Whether you need some simple mitts and cowls for the winter or you’re looking to bring some added warmth into your home with some throws and pillows, this issue has what you need.  ILCFebruary2016Collage

Since I Like Crochet is a digital magazine, subscribing today will allow you to receive the latest issue on your iPad or your Desktop immediately, without any wait!

This month’s features:

  • Obsess over 29+ swoon-worthy projects.
  • Crochet your own very lovely lace patterns.
  • Explore one-+skein wonders to make now.
  • Get inspired with the new magnificent motifs series.

Subscribe Today!  — but wait!  If you want the special offer, read on just a little further!

Special limited-time offer:  The sale runs from 1/4/16 through 1/10/16.  I Like Crochet Website + Tablet subscription, normally $34.97 for $19.97, or 43% off.   To take advantage of this special offer, you must use this special link:  SUBSCRIBE

 

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Luv My Kitty Snuggle Blanket

I recently discovered DMC Top This! yarn and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  It comes with a cute little stuffed animal topper to adorn the top of a hat or add to a blanket — or whatever other creative idea you can come up with. I made this snuggle blanket which is going to be a great gift for a little one I know.  I made this in an evening.

If you would like the pattern, you can download it for free from my Ravelry store,  or Craftsy if you prefer.