Monday, May 13, 2019

Yarn Color Organizer - FREE TUTORIAL

As a designer, I try to use a wide variety of colors. There are only so many colors available in the yarn that I like to use. I had tried to just eyeball my design colors on screen, only to be disappointed when the color on screen didn't exactly match the yarn colors I was actually going to use. The design turns out so different!



Since I mainly use one brand when I design my Corner to Corner blankets, I decided to make a catalog of sorts so that 1) I could see what each color looked like IN REAL LIFE, and 2) I could easily see how much of it I have in stock (optional), and 3) where I could buy it if I needed more.

So this post is to explain how I put together this lovely organized binder to sort my yarn colors!

I started by comparing a few different websites and local stores to see which stores had what colors. I was surprised to see the differences in what yarn colors the stores like Michael's and Joann carried in stock. It is super helpful to see which yarns were easily accessible in-store, and which colors HAD to be ordered online, either from those two companies or other websites.

Click here to download the catalog!

When you click above, you will get the printable catalog I put together, complete with the Caron Simply Soft Solids available at the online stores at MichaelsJoannHerrschnersYarnspirations. When I go into my local store, I put a mark on the ones available in store (will vary based on your location). For this option, I also included an option for Walmart, since they have some options available (especially when I am desperate!)

What I did to put together my binder is print two copies of the catalog. I went into my local Joann, Michael's, and Walmart and filled out the local availability of each color. YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THIS ONCE! This has saved me SO MUCH TIME looking for which store would have the colors I need. I cut up one copy of the filled out catalog to make a little card for each color yarn and slid them into a trading card holder plastic binder sheet. I put the second copy of the catalog in page protectors in the back. This was just for easy reference and quicker lookup without the bulk.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

Get some Trading Card Binder Sheets

Cutting the "cards"


Then, since I wanted to have a REAL sample of the yarn color, I bought some embroidery yarn bobbins to hold the yarn. For this project, I needed two of these 28-packs to have enough for all the yarn colors.

Get your Embroidery Yarn Bobbins

I took about a yard from each color and wound it around the little bobbin neatly. You need it to be as flat as possible so that they don't fall out of the little pouch, and so it doesn't make the binder excessively bulky.

Winding up bobbins


After cutting the yarn and tucking in the tail, you just slip the coordinating color into the right pouch for that color.

Slide bobbin in place

And as you do that for EVERY COLOR, you get a beautiful, gorgeous spread of all your color choices!

I found it to interesting to see how well some of the printed colors matched the yarn.... or didn't! This is exactly why I put together this binder. I needed to be able to see the TRUE colors to match them up in my designs more accurately. Screens and printers create so much variation that I just HAD to have the actual yarn available to refer to. This was the perfect solution!

I hope that you have found this tutorial helpful!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Northern Lights C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

I had an idea for another geometric print that is kinda similar to the Herringbone C2C Blanket. It uses the same shapes (or half square triangles), so it felt similar. This design, however, I wanted to be more bold, and instead of bright, a touch of dark. Not that darkness isn't beautiful, because this design most definitely IS beautiful. I wanted to capture the colors of a beautiful phenomenon that happens on this earth, the Northern Lights. So I designed the colors here to pay tribute to the wonderful light show very few actually get to see.

Introducing the Northern Lights C2C Blanket:



And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:

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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 40”x 52”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

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, May 6, 2019

Giraffe Print C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is the FINAL design in my ANIMAL PRINT C2C blanket series. I love Giraffes because I think they look like dinosaurs that made it out of the ice age! They are just sooooo cool looking! Now you can crochet yourself a Giraffe print blanket to love and snuggle!




And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:


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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 41”x 55”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

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!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tiger Print C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is the third design in my ANIMAL PRINT C2C blanket series. This design come from the majestic tiger! These creatures are so strong and fascinating. Their bold print is ever popular, and the colors just really pop, making a super fun blanket design.




And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:

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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!


With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 43”x 55”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

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!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Zebra Print C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is the next design for my ANIMAL PRINT C2C blankets. This design comes from the lovely Zebra, one of Africa's favorite striped horses. I don't think you can do an animal print series without doing one on Zebras!



And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:

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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 46”x 53”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

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!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Leopard Print C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This is the first in my ANIMAL PRINT C2C designs. I know there is a lot of controversy regarding the use of animal furs, so this is a great alternative to enjoying the beautiful animal prints in your home, cruelty free! This design comes from the beautiful Leopard, a fierce cat lives in Africa and some parts of Asia. If you're lucky, your local zoo might have one!



And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:

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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 43”x 51”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

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, April 22, 2019

Earth Day World Map C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH AND INSTRUCTIONS

To celebrate Earth Day this year, I created this beautiful design to celebrate our Mother Earth! I love our planet and I love being out in nature and reconnecting with our earth. It really is a beautiful treasure we MUST protect! In the meantime, you can make yourself a lovely blanket to wrap yourself in!




And here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:

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


*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 81”x 44”.


Written Instructions:
B: Blue W: White ← Row 1: B → Row 2: B2 ← Row 3: B3 → Row 4: B4 ← Row 5: B5 → Row 6: B6 ← Row 7: B7 → Row 8: B8 ← Row 9: B9 → Row 10: B10 ← Row 11: B11 → Row 12: B12 ← Row 13: B13 → Row 14: B14 ← Row 15: B15 → Row 16: B16 ← Row 17: B4, W, B12 → Row 18: B10, W3, B5 ← Row 19: B5, W, B2, W2, B9 → Row 20: B20 ← Row 21: B21 → Row 22: B22 ← Row 23: B23 → Row 24: B24 ← Row 25: B25 → Row 26: B26 ← Row 27: B27 → Row 28: B12, W4, B12 ← Row 29: B11, W6, B12 → Row 30: B12, W6, B12 ← Row 31: B12, W6, B13 → Row 32: B13, W7, B12 ← Row 33: B13, W6, B14 → Row 34: B15, W6, B13 ← Row 35: B13, W7, B15 → Row 36: B15, W8, B, W, B11 ← Row 37: B14, W, B, W6, B15 → Row 38: B14, W8, B, W, B, W, B12 ← Row 39: B12, W2, B3, W8, B14 → Row 40: B14, W10, B, W2, B13 ← Row 41: B13, W3, B, W9, B15 → Row 42: B16, W8, B2, W2, B14 ← Row 43: B15, W, B4, W6, B17 → Row 44: B18, W2, B7, W, B16 ← Row 45: B17, W, B27 → Row 46: B28, W, B17 ← Row 47: B47 → Row 48: B26, W, B21 ← Row 49: B22, W, B26 → Row 50: B27, W2, B21 ← Row 51: B22, W, B2, W, B25 → Row 52: B25, W, B, W, B24 ← Row 53: B23, W3, B27 → Row 54: B28, W3, B23 ← Row 55: B23, W4, B, W, B26 → Row 56: B27, W, B, W, B4, W, B21 ← Row 57: B28, W2, B27 → Row 58: B28, W, B6, W, B22 ← Row 59: B22, W, B6, W, B29 → Row 60: B29, W2, B29 ← Row 61: B27, W4, B30 → Row 62: B30, W, B2, W2, B27 ← Row 63: B18, W3, B6, W2, B, W, B32 → Row 64: B34, W2, B3, W, B3, W3, B18 ← Row 65: B18, W, B5, W3, B, W3, B34 → Row 66: B35, W7, B5, W, B18 ← Row 67: B19, W, B2, W, B, W8, B35 Corner → Row 68: B36, W8, B, W, B2, W, B2, W, B15 ← Row 69: B14, W, B2, W, B3, W, B, W8, B36 → Row 70: B18, W2, B17, W8, B, W3, B3, W2, B2, W, B10 ← Row 71: B11, W, B, W, B2, W5, B, W7, B17, W2, B19 → Row 72: B20, W3, B10, W, B4, W13, B2, W4, B10 ← Row 73: B9, W4, B2, W13, B4, W2, B10, W2, B5, W2, B14 → Row 74: B14, W5, B15, W18, B3, W3, B9 ← Row 75: B9, W4, B2, W17, B15, W6, B14 → Row 76: B14, W9, B12, W17, B2, W4, B9 ← Row 77: B9, W4, B, W17, B12, W9, B15 → Row 78: B16, W9, B12, W22, B8 ← Row 79: B8, W21, B12, W10, B16 → Row 80: B17, W9, B12, W20, B9 ← Row 81: B9, W20, B7, W, B, W11, B18 → Row 82: B19, W14, B6, W20, B8 ← Row 83: B8, W19, B6, W15, B19 → Row 84: B20, W14, B6, W19, B8 ← Row 85: B8, W19, B, W4, B, W13, B21 → Row 86: B22, W17, B, W19, B8 ← Row 87: B8, W36, B23 → Row 88: B24, W11, B, W4, B, W18, B8 ← Row 89: B7, W35, B25 → Row 90: B26, W10, B, W3, B, W18, B8 ← Row 91: B8, W21, B, W10, B27 → Row 92: B27, W10, B, W3, B, W18, B7 ← Row 93: B7, W21, B, W10, B28 → Row 94: B29, W31, B7 ← Row 95: B7, W30, B30 → Row 96: B5, W, B25, W9, B, W19, B7 ← Row 97: B7, W18, B, W10, B31 → Row 98: B6, W, B24, W29, B7 ← Row 99: B6, W18, B, W10, B24, W2, B6 → Row 100: B7, W2, B22, W12, B, W17, B6 ← Row 101: B6, W16, B2, W12, B21, W2, B8 → Row 102: B9, W5, B17, W12, B2, W16, B6 ← Row 103: B6, W16, B2, W12, B15, W7, B9 → Row 104: B10, W7, B2, W, B11, W11, B3, W16, B6 ← Row 105: B7, W14, B3, W11, B10, W11, B11 → Row 106: B11, W12, B9, W11, B2, W, B, W13, B7 ← Row 107: B8, W13, B3, W10, B8, W13, B12 → Row 108: B13, W13, B8, W9, B3, W14, B7 ← Row 109: B8, W14, B, W10, B7, W13, B14 → Row 110: B15, W12, B8, W10, B3, W10, B9 ← Row 111: B9, W11, B2, W9, B9, W11, B16 → Row 112: B17, W11, B9, W8, B2, W11, B9 ← Row 113: B9, W10, B3, W7, B10, W10, B18 → Row 114: B19, W9, B12, W4, B4, W10, B9 ← Row 115: B9, W4, B, W8, B, W, B14, W9, B20 → Row 116: B21, W8, B16, W7, B3, W3, B9 ← Row 117: B9, W5, B, W7, B16, W8, B21 → Row 118: B22, W8, B16, W2, B, W3, B2, W, B2, W2, B8 ← Row 119: B8, W5, B6, W, B16, W9, B22 → Row 120: B22, W9, B20, W, B2, W5, B8 ← Row 121: B8, W4, B2, W2, B19, W9, B23 → Row 122: B24, W8, B19, W, B15 ← Row 123: B13, W3, B19, W8, B24 Corner → Row 124: B24, W8, B34 ← Row 125: B34, W7, B24 → Row 126: B23, W8, B33 ← Row 127: B34, W6, B23 → Row 128: B23, W6, B33 ← Row 129: B10, W, B22, W4, B24 → Row 130: B25, W2, B22, W, B10 ← Row 131: B10, W, B22, W2, B24 → Row 132: B23, W, B34 ← Row 133: B4, W, B, W, B, W, B20, W, B4, W, B22 → Row 134: B47, W5, B4 ← Row 135: B4, W6, B23, W, B21 → Row 136: B21, W2, B13, W, B7, W6, B4 ← Row 137: B4, W8, B4, W2, B10, W, B2, W, B21 → Row 138: B20, W, B12, W, B, W2, B3, W8, B4 ← Row 139: B4, W7, B4, W, B2, W, B7, W, B, W, B, W2, B19 → Row 140: B19, W2, B3, W, B6, W2, B, W2, B4, W6, B4 ← Row 141: B4, W4, B5, W7, B, W4, B5, W, B18 → Row 142: B17, W, B5, W13, B5, W3, B4 ← Row 143: B5, W2, B6, W12, B4, W2, B16 → Row 144: B16, W2, B3, W13, B, W2, B3, W, B5 ← Row 145: B5, W, B2, W3, B, W13, B2, W3, B15 → Row 146: B15, W13, B, W, B, W3, B, W, B2, W, B5 ← Row 147: B8, W, B, W, B4, W13, B15 → Row 148: B14, W14, B5, W2, B7 ← Row 149: B7, W4, B3, W13, B14 → Row 150: B13, W14, B2, W4, B7 ← Row 151: B9, W2, B2, W14, B12 → Row 152: B13, W17, B8 ← Row 153: B9, W16, B12 → Row 154: B12, W15, B9 ← Row 155: B9, W15, B11 → Row 156: B11, W14, B9 ← Row 157: B9, W13, B11 → Row 158: B11, W12, B9 ← Row 159: B9, W11, B11 → Row 160: B13, W9, B8 ← Row 161: B8, W9, B12 → Row 162: B13, W7, B8 ← Row 163: B9, W5, B13 → Row 164: B13, W4, B9 ← Row 165: B9, W4, B12 → Row 166: B12, W4, B8 ← Row 167: B8, W4, B11 → Row 168: B10, W4, B8 ← Row 169: B8, W5, B8 → Row 170: B7, W5, B8 ← Row 171: B8, W6, B5 → Row 172: B3, W6, B9 ← Row 173: B10, W2, B5 → Row 174: B16 ← Row 175: B15 → Row 176: B14 ← Row 177: B13 → Row 178: B12 ← Row 179: B11 → Row 180: B10 ← Row 181: B9 → Row 182: B8 ← Row 183: B7 → Row 184: B6 ← Row 185: B5 → Row 186: B4 ← Row 187: B3 → Row 188: B2 ← Row 189: B
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