Monday, July 16, 2018

Flat Boutique Bows

It has been 4+ years since I made hair bows for my girls. They were starting to outgrow the ones I had made using 5/8" ribbon. I was looking for a tutorial for a nice and simple bow. I don't like ones with twisties and loopies. Just a plain. regular. bow.

And I stumbled on this video!

You can get to the written out, photo tutorial here:

This was exactly what I was looking for! The best part, was that the ends of the ribbon do not show, so when you melt the ends, it's not a big deal if the ribbon turns black from the flame. I had that issue with my last bows and it took me FOREVER to get all those ends sealed.

With this set, I purchased the 1.5" ribbon as a lot on EBAY
I also purchased a similar lot from the same seller for 1/4" ribbon to use for the center. I saved A LOT of money vs. getting each color from the craft store. With 1 yard of ribbon, I could make two bows in each color, and that was perfect for me! The price comes out to be $.18 per bow. 18 CENTS! What a deal.
I also use alligator clips from Sally Beauty Supply. I was always disappointed in quality when I bought in bulk on ETSY. I love these clips! (they don't have them on their website, but I always find them there when I go into the store)

Anyway, I followed the tutorial and with my ribbon purchase I was able to make 50 new bows for my girls in beautiful colors!

It took me a few days to make all the bows, so I have a second photo but I think I grabbed duplicates, oh well. I promise I made 50. ;)

I just LOVE the size of these bows. They are perfect for my girls and exactly what I wanted to make. So go ahead and make some!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Herringbone C2C Blanket - Free Graph

After finishing the HeartSprinkle CAL, I had to immediately begin another blanket. I was HOOKED on the C2C technique. I immediately designed my first C2C blanket, and I decided to make it a super cute Herringbone pattern!

I got to work right away, and I was able to get through it pretty quickly. I like to crochet when I am waiting for my kids during piano lessons, and while my husband reads stories to them before bed.

I was able to make a lot of progress and when I got to this point I had a LOT OF BOBBINS. I needed a lot of white bobbins, I think I grossly underestimated how much white I needed. I think I had to go back to the store twice to get another ball of white. You better believe it that I'll be stocking up on white next time they go on SALE!

I got to this point and realized I made an error, and I spent two days fixing the mistake I made. Can you spot it in this picture? Luckily, it was just a short delay and I was able to finish my masterpiece in time!

The colors just turned out FANTASTIC. And it is just a beautiful, lightweight blanket that we will all enjoy!

If you would like to make this blanket, here is the graph for free!

(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

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With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or simply exchange one for another. You could even do the entire blanket in just two colors!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:

Size I Crochet Hook (5.5MM) (This is the set I use: Boye 6-Piece Aluminum Crochet Hook Set)
1 Skein Dark Blue (I used Caron’s Simply Soft Dark Country Blue)
1 Skein Bone (I used Caron’s Simply Soft Bone)
1 Skein Peach (I used Caron’s Simply Soft Strawberry)
1 Skein Gray (I used Caron’s Simply Soft Grey Heather)
3-4 Skeins White (Depending on gauge) (I used Caron’s Simply Soft White)
Yarn Needle

Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 38”x50”. If your triangle is larger, you will likely need 4 skeins of white.

Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out instructions for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions. I opted to include all the possible ways you would want to C2C this blanket, including the option for making it horizontally with a different stitch!

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!

Monday, June 11, 2018

HeartSprinkle C2C CAL Finished!

I shared with my Facebook followers a photo of  the completed blanket immediately after I finished it. I happened to be at the park with my kids and they were soOoOoOo excited to see the final result.

I spent the next few days doing the one thing all crocheters love the most... weaving in tails! I spent a few days tying and sewing them in during the little breaks I had throughout each day, and I finally got it finished!

Now I need to decide on whether to put a border on it, or leave it as is. I love the way it turned out, so I am leaning towards leaving it as-is. It is such a beautiful blanket!

Who would you give this blanket to?

Monday, June 4, 2018

HeartSprinkle C2C CAL - Week 4

I was able to finish this week's part of the CAL by Saturday! That took a great effort because my husband was doing some major work on our patio cover, and I needed to assist him (which resulted in very dirty hands), so I had to take a long break before finishing.

But I did it! And I was able to weave in almost all the ends from the first week's section!

Now I'm off to finish the last section!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

HeartSprinkle C2C CAL - Week 3

I made it through the green section this week with a few errors that delayed my finishing this week until yesterday. I'm caught up now!

I made a few mistakes on the end of the yellow that transitioned into fixing in the green section. I didn't want to frog all that work to fix something that hardly anyone will notice, especially my girls, for whom this blanket is destined.

There were a few places where I made a mistake where the last block of a color change was supposed to go, but luckily, if I caught it immediately (before it had been crocheted over) I was able to snip the offending square out and put in the correct one.

I love the details on the hearts, and I am glad to be done with so many color changes!

It's turning out fantastic! My girls haven't seen the final product image, so they have no idea what's in store for them!

Friday, May 25, 2018

HeartSprinkle C2C CAL - Week 2

I'm slowly catching up! Because I had to finish the last bit of a project I was working on, I fell a little behind. But after that project was finished I started ZOOMING through this one, and I finished the second week of the CAL in just a few days!

Look at how lovely it is turning out!

Right now it just looks so fiery with the red, orange, and yellow. While I complete this week's section of the CAL I'll be adding green to the background, and I will be starting to decrease stitches. I'm nearly halfway done with this blanket!

Keep on crocheting!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Flower Puddles Blanket - Genie

I couldn't help myself and I made another blanket using the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. You can read where I got the pattern in my original post: Flower Puddles Blanket.

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I love the edgy feel that this blanket has. It is very different from the other two I made from Mandala Yarn, that were both a rainbow color scheme. I used two skeins of the yarn called Genie with one skein of Caron Simply Soft in White.

The colors worked in rounds perfectly. My technique of blending the two strands of Mandala yarn at just the right moment makes for a perfectly blended blanket.

I simply adore this pattern. The ripples really stand out and the striking colors make it look so bold!

The flower edging is one of my favorite features of this blanket. The colors happened to work in my favor and ended with a nice solid colored edge. It puts a clean finish on this blanket.

If you love grays, whites, and teals, you should consider purchasing this blanket from my Etsy shop! Or you can custom order a blanket just like this using a different blend of Mandala yarn!

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