Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mermaid Scales C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

We are JUST coming out of a heat wave here in San Diego, and all I can think about is the beach! I felt like it was the perfect time to release this beautiful, bright, ocean-themed blanket! Mermaid Scales! You can make one of these for the mermaid lover in your life!




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 44”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, June 1, 2019

Falling Arrows C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

I've got some more geometric or quilt like designs coming out, and I am so excited to share them with you. This one is has a super simple design, but it is the bright, bold colors that really bring it to life!



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 45”x 56”.


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 27, 2019

Crochet Rainbow Shooting Star Key Chain - FREE PATTERN & TUTORIAL

So, after I made the super cute heart key chains, I just couldn't stop and had to make some stars. But I couldn't just use ANY star pattern. WHY? Because I looked all over Pinterest and couldn't find one small enough, sturdy enough, or pointy enough! Even my previously designed Shooting Star Crochet Pattern wasn't small enough. I seriously went through like 6 versions of this petite little star before I was satisfied with the design. THEN, I just couldn't help myself and I added RAINBOW TAILS and I just fell in love.




Isn't this just AMAZING. The BEST PART is that the points are built in, not a chain, so you don't have to block the stars and they will ALWAYS stay pointy!


Then you can add on little key rings and they make adorable Shooting Star Key Chains!


Here is the pattern:
*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!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, If using materials listed, your star will measure 1.25"x1" or 1.25x4" (with tail)

Written Instructions:
In the Magic Loop: *ch 4 , sl st into 2nd ch from hook, then insert hook into the next ch and draw up a loop, then do a HDC crochet stitch into the magic loop, finishing by drawing the yarn through the last 2 loops on the hook, then ch 1, sc 1, and repeat from * to make 5 points and then slip stitch into the top of the first sc
Pull the Magic Loop tight to pull the star together. Tie the two loose ends and sew them into the back.

To make a tail, cut six 6" strands of yarn in rainbow colors and attach to the bottom of the star.

Add a key chain ring to make a cute little gift that used up lots of scraps of yarn!

Step by Step tutorial to make the points:

Ch 4

Sl St into 2nd Ch from Hook

Draw up a loop through the next chain

Complete a HDC by doing a yarn over, and draw loop through the magic ring (4 loops on hook now)

Complete the HDC (2 loops on hook now)

Draw yarn through the last two loops on hook

Chain 1 and sc into the magic loop. Repeat 4 more times to make all the points!



Crochet Heart Key Chains - FREE PATTERN

For Christmas this year, "Santa" gave us tickets to go to Disneyland! (All my kids now know the truth about Santa) So we went earlier this month, and the kids had A BLAST! While preping for our trip, I knew we would be spending A LOT of time in lines, so I wanted to bring something to do. Per usual, my husband brought a book to read to the kids while in line. My kids ADORE his book reading. And I do too! But I like to keep my hands busy, so I tried to think of what I could bring to crochet that would be easily portable, small, (NOT a C2C blanket) and fun to work on. So I got thinking....
I could make a bunch of hearts to make something small to give/sell at craft fairs this year... So I looked at a bunch of heart patterns and decided that I wanted one that could be done in ONE round, and petite enough to be a key chain. So I came up with this pattern! You should have seen me making these in the lines at Disneyland! I took a gallon size zip lock baggie and put a bunch of scraps in a variety of colors and kept it in my backpack. Then I would pick one color and stick the little ball into my pocket and work the crocheting in my hands while walking through the lines! I would snip the yarn after each heart and work on the next one, until I used up the whole strand of yarn. I had some old ladies commend me for my genius set up!


Then, after I got home I decided to add these cute little tails to the hearts that I made. The key rings that I ordered still haven't come in!


THEN, because you can't just stop at just a few colors, I had to make one in almost EVERY COLOR yarn I had. That included these beautiful rainbow colors! Go and make yourself a fun set!


Here is the pattern:
*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!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, If using materials listed, your hearts will measure 1.25"x1" or 1.25x4" (with tail)

Written Instructions:
In the Magic Loop: ch 2, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, ch 2, slip stitch into the ring and cut the yarn.
Pull the Magic Loop tight to pull the heart together. Tie the two loose ends and sew them into the back.

To make a tassel, cut four 6" strands of yarn and insert the crochet hook into the back of the ch-3 space (point) and pull the center of the four strands through the ch-3 space. Pull the tails into the loop formed by pulling the strands through the ch-3 space. Pull tight, and you're finished!

Add a key chain ring to make a cute little gift that used up lots of scraps of yarn!

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!
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