Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Diamond Ripple C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

A month ago I did an Instagram contest to get help naming this design. I have so much trouble naming crochet patterns! I was able to get some great suggestions, and the one person's suggestion that I picked, I gave them a free copy of this pattern!
I really love the look of fading colors in crochet patterns. It's like ombre hair! This design uses a diamond design with colors that fade as it moves towards the edges. I just love how it turned out! I hope that you enjoy this free graph!




Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Ripple Star Blanket - PATTERN LINK

It's just the beginning of our home isolation due to COVID-19. I finished the week's section on my Crochet Along last Friday. I've been spending this last week inventorying our stock of supplies, and purchasing what we need for the next month or so...NOT hoarding, mind you. Just what we would need.
Everything's been cancelled. All my kid's activities, sports, (we already homeschool, so school's not cancelled!!), and even CHURCH is cancelled. I have a leadership role in my local congregation so all my meetings have been cancelled. ALL of this means I had a lot of extra crocheting time.
I have a few ladies I know who are having babies in the coming months. I wasn't planning on making anything for them, but now that I have all this extra time, I decided to find a pattern to make something small and simple for them.
Enter this lovely pattern by Celeste Young:

rainbow ripple crocheted baby blanket | the crochet space
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-ripple-baby-blanket

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However, since I didn't want to leave the house, I had to make this using yarn in my stash. I had an idea... what if I used Mandala yarn by Lion Brand?!!




I happened to have a few skeins of this lovely Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in the color scheme called Pixie. It's super cute, gender neutral, and so I decided to give it a go.

I started work on the blanket and felt like it was going to take forever. At least, if I were to JUST use the Mandala yarn by itself.... So I had an idea... WHAT IF I added a solid color strand of Caron Simply Soft and crochet the two strands together?! This way it would add bulkiness and make the pattern work up quicker.



I've done this before for several patterns. However, round patterns can be tricky because there is a lot of math involved. Sometimes the designer didn't' have a larger scale in mind, and the yarn just would warp, or not lay flat. So I was nervous to start over and maybe have it not work out.

But BOY WAS I WRONG. Not only did it work, but it worked AMAZINGLY. I loved how it was turning out that I accidentally finished the skein (and blanket) that night. Oops!



Materials used:
2 skeins Caron Simply Soft - White
1 skein Mandala Yarn (Pixie is what I used, but you can use any color combo.
J hook (6.00mm) for stiffer blanket, K (6.50mm) hook for looser blanket

Gauge: 
Using the J hook, the blanket turned out 35" across from point to point. Using the K hook, the blanket turned out 36" across from point to point.



Crochet the pattern as written by Celeste, only using the two strands held together. Here's the link to the pattern again. You will absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. You will run out of the white one time, and just add the second strand of yarn and keep going. The self-striping yarn makes a beautiful design without having to cut and attach new strands every few rows.



It's beautiful!! I hope you do make one using my two-strand technique!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rainbow Around the Corner C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

I've been having a lot of fun designing these blankets with fun, sharp angles. This one I just had to do in a rainbow color scheme. I wasn't sure I would like the way it looked, but when I finished I absolutely loved it! You could still totally make this blanket with two colors, or even do a variety of shades of a specific color, like all blues. That's what I absolutely love about crocheting. You can customize your final product however you want! It is my job to make these designs and patterns in an easy to understand format for YOU. I hope you enjoy this one!




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pipeline C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is a fun geometric design that looked like a bunch of pipes running down a wall... I love how bold and almost zig-zag like the lines are. The direction of the lines almost remind me of a maze or maybe a circuit board of a computer?! That would be super fun to do this in shades of green and gray and it could be computer themed! The flexibility of these corner to corner crochet designs is amazing, and I love seeing all your projects. I hope you like this one!




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Thursday, February 6, 2020

"The One" Heart C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

Okay, Valentine's day is just around the corner. That means LOVE is in the air! Everyone is thinking about what to get for their loved ones... chocolate, flowers... or maybe a crochet blanket! Not only is this design great for Valentine's day, but it can be made as a baby blanket for any friend or family member! Hearts don't only mean romantic love, but also mean friendship love, familial love, and really, it should just be human love. This is why I named this blanket "The One" Heart Blanket... because it goes out to the ONE who has your heart, be it a lover, child, grandchild, or friend. I hope you enjoy this design!



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Double Chevron Stripe C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

Here is a different take on the chevron design. It is a little less...chevrony, if that's even a word. By that I mean that the chevron shape is more elongated and less sharp. But the fun stripes really make this pattern stand out! You get a fun color combination and this blanket will look totally gorgeous!!



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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Crosshatch C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is a really fun design for someone who is interested in a challenging corner to corner blanket. Be warned that this one has a LOT of color changes, and I highly recommend you carry your yarn so that each bar is one strand of yarn. That way you can pre-cut five strands to make bobbins for each block. You'll be using a LOT of bobbins for this blanket! Are you up for the challenge?