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!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Heart Sprinkle C2C Crochet Along - Week 1

I found this super cute C2C pattern that I thought my daughter would really enjoy! I have never done a C2C (or corner-to-corner) crochet project before. I was excited also to participate in a crochet along, or CAL for short.

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This was a C2C CAL by HeartSprinkle! How adorable!

It was super fun anticipating the beginning of the project. I started looking up how to do the C2C stitch, watched a few videos and I was on my way! I had trouble sourcing the right colors. Many of you know how much I love Caron Simply Soft yarn, but it was very difficult to find the rainbow of colors in the right shades, and I had to settle for some less-than-ideal shades. I did NOT want to use Red Heart Yarn for such a beautiful project! I knew it would still turn out fantastic and that my girls would love how it looked.

Because I was already working on the Flower Puddles Blanket, I desperately wanted to finish that one first. I only had a few rounds left! But then when I thought I finished the blanket, I realized I added extra stitches to the second half of the last row, so I had to frog it and redo it. that made me lose some time on the CAL!

But, Alas! I have finally finished the first week of the CAL and they are starting the 3rd week. Now that I've finished my Flower Puddles Blanket, I'll be able to commit more fully to the CAL and hopefully catch up this week or next!

Here is the photo of my week 1 progress!

I love the way the stitch turned out!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Flower Puddles Blanket - Mandala

A while back I found a whole bunch of skeins of Lion Brand Mandala yarn in the most gorgeous colors. The best part? They were on CLEARANCE, so I got nearly every skein the store had left!

It was when I got this yarn that I began searching for a fun pattern to use this beautiful yarn that I stumbled on the Flower Puddles Blanket. I first tried to make it out of the yarn by itself, but I found that I couldn't get the gauge to be right, it kept bubbling!!

So after figuring out the gauge a bit better with other yarn types, I finally decided to give the Mandala yarn a go!

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I decided to use two strands of the Valkryie Mandala yarn with one strand of a neutral white using Caron's Simply Soft yarn. I might use a different neutral color depending on the color scheme of the Mandala yarn.

I found that the three strands and size N-15 hook worked beautifully. I started one strand halfway through the gray, and the other strand I started at the purple. I staggered the mandala yarns so that it would create a more blended effect, instead of harsh, unpredictable color changes.

I absolutely love love love how it turned out! The colors did blend nicely and I only had to piece together one ball of yarn to get the colors to match and continue the pattern.

I loved how this one turned out so much that I made a second one out of the yarn called ThunderBird

I used the same technique as the first blanket, just using a different color scheme! I loved the colors and how bright they were!

I hope you have enjoyed these photos and start crafting something beautiful!
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