Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Never Ending Granny Square Afghan

I  just finished the Never Ending Granny Square Afghan that I started several months ago.  


You can see that the center starts with green and then sort of spirals.


I wasn't quite sure how to end the afghan.  I looked at different sites on line and finally decided to do mine like this.  Here is a photo, but I didn't want to end with white.  


I had enough black yarn to go one more round, and this is how I ended.  The first ending row has 3 double crochets (green) in the "hole" from the row below.  The next row (white row) has one double crochet  The end row (black) has 3 double crochets.  

You can read more about this afghan in my post here.  

 I did this afghan as a Crochet Along with Cyn from Cyns Quilted Travels blog and Pat from Pat's Patter.  You can click either link and see their afghans in progress.  You will also see that all of their skeins are attached to the afghan at once.  I used Cyn's method for making the afghan with no tangles, but I still spent a fair amount of time untangling my yarn.  So now that this is finished, I'll probably stick to afghans using one skein at a time, but I'm glad to have quilted along with friends on this one.



I hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Braided Infinity Scarf

This Braided Infinity Scarf is really quick and easy to make.  I saw this scarf on Pinterest, and the link back was to bloglovin.com so I don't know where it originated.  The directions that were typed below the photo didn't work out, so I made up my own.  The photo I saw used 3 strips of the same color yarn, but I thought it would look neat to try one strip of a contrasting color.





Here are the directions for one strip:

I used worsted weight yarn and a size I crochet hook.  (Use whatever hook works with the yarn you are using).
1 skein off white yarn
1 skein blue yarn
(I used Heartland by Lion Brand yarn)

Chain 162.  HDC in the 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across.  Chain 2, turn.  HDC for 5 more rows.  (6 rows total)  One strip completed.  Make a total of 3 strips.

Now comes the tricky part.  The strips are braided.   How tight or how loosely you braid depends on what you want the finished scarf to look like.  I pinned the three strips to my design board.



 I made several attempts at the braiding until I was satisfied with how the scarf looked.  



The one below is pretty tight.  




And this one is a bit too tight I think.  The curve at the bottom of the scarf looks more like a knot!



After working with the scarf, I clipped the ends together (or you could use safety pins) until they were sewn.  You can see that this next version is a lot looser.  The one below isn't the final product, but I think I almost like it better.  



  This is a fun and easy scarf to make that looks much more complicated than it really is.




 Next time I want to try one in three colors.  I think that using either all one color or 3 different colors would work better.

This is a photo of my back yard taken through the kitchen window.  We are under a travel ban due to a big snowfall and wind chills that are around -45F degrees.  It is good weather to stay inside and crochet or knit.





Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Granny Stripe Afghan Chart


Do you remember my Granny Stripe Afghan that I finished about a year ago?  Here are some photos.  I received an email last week from a crocheter in Japan who has made up a chart for this afghan and has started her own version.  I know a lot of people can crochet much easier by using a chart.

Thank you Ayaka for making the chart!  Visit her blog Crochet and Me here to see her wonderful crochet and the chart she created.

Here is the link to my Granny Stripe Afghan rewrite pattern.







 


Here is a photo of the chart that Ayaka created.  Be sure to visit her blog to see her gorgeous crochet projects.
  


I hope you are finding some time to crochet or knit today!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Shell Look Crocheted Baby Afghan Pattern and Tutorial

Shell Look Baby Afghan




I've had several questions about my Shell Look Baby Blanket pattern.  Some of you are no-reply bloggers, so I couldn't answer your questions directly.  I decided to do a tutorial on this easy to do (but difficult looking) crocheted afghan.  

Click here for the link to my post with just the pattern.  
At the end of the post, there is a Print PDF button if you would like to print and save it.


Here is a tutorial for the afghan with photos.  


Size approximately 30" X 30".

Use 3 - 4 skeins of worsted weight yarn.

Size H crochet hook (or size appropriate for the yarn you are using)

Directions:

Chain 83.    (Multiple of 3 plus 5 stitches) 

Row 1: In the 5th chain from hook work (sc, hdc, dc); *skip next 2 chains, in next ch work (sc, hdc, dc); 



This is what the first row looks like.  Arrows show the two skipped stitches.



Continue *sc, hdc, dc all in the same stitch, skip two stitches* all the way to the end.  When you get to the end of the first row, it will look like this.



Do a double crochet in the last stitch.   Chain 2 and turn.




The arrows show the stitch where you will put the sc, hdc, dc (in the top of the dc from the row below).



When you get to the end of the first row you have sort of a "clump" of stitches.  I tried to show with arrows where you skip the next two stitches (black arrows) and double crochet in the next stitch (white arrow).



This photo shows the end of several rows.  The double crochet at the end and the chain 2 will create a straight edge.




I did a test piece to show you the stitches using a solid color.  But I think this pattern looks really complicated when you use a variegated yarn.



My measurements and hook size are just how my blanket turned out, but depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet, you may get a smaller or larger blanket.  If I work a few rows on an afghan, I sometimes make a decision to rip it out and start with a longer chain.  But more often than not, I keep going and then add a border (or several) around the outside when I'm finished to make it larger.

I hope you are finding some time to crochet a little today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

If you have questions email me at lakrug@comcast.net

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My Crochet UFO Container

It's been a long time since I've posted.  It has been a busy summer, and I don't do quite as many yarn projects in the summer as I do in fall and winter.  Welcome to my new followers and subscribers.  I'm glad you're here and that you waited so long for me to post.  

I have been doing some cleaning and sorting, and I thought I'd share one of my containers of yarn with you.

There are a lot of UFOs in here plus lots of pretty yarn. 





I really like Simply Soft yarn for afghans and projects that I know we (and the cat) will be using.   Simply Soft is made by Caron and can be found at a lot of different retail outlets.  I love all of the pretty colors that are available.



I thought maybe you would enjoy a peek inside of my container of yarn and UFOs.  This is a Flower Petal Pillow that I started from a pattern over at Attic 24. 


Here are 3 African Flowers that I made ages ago.  The pattern for these is on Ravelry, and there is a You Tube video available if you just google African Flowers. 


I don't remember what the left motif is.  I think it is from the book Crochet Motifs that is on my shelf.
The motif on the right is from a free Red Heart pattern called Pokey Dot Throw.
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This is my Crochet Shell Afghan in progress.  You can find it in my blog post titled Crochet Shell Afghan Tutorial.  I've made a little progress on it since my last post about it.



This is a Granny Square Ripple afghan that I have started.  I really like this one and would like to get back to working on it again.


This one is a Wavy Ripple Afghan.  I've made a couple of these for baby gifts.  The pattern is written by my daughter.  I will find it and post the directions soon.


These are just knit squares using my leftover yarn balls.  Cast on 25 stitches and then knit back and forth for 50 rows.  I'm not sure that I really had a plan for these.  I was just looking for a simple knit pattern to use up my leftovers.  
 
I hope you are finding some time to crochet or knit a little today.  

Thanks for stopping by!  
I'll try to not stay away so long next time.  
I appreciate your visit.

Once in awhile I get an email asking about something on my blog.  I cannot answer you if you are an anonymous blogger or if you are set as a no-reply blogger.  Click here for a link to a great tutorial showing how you can fix this.
  I love your comments and questions and would love to be able to reply!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Never Ending Granny Square Afghan Progress

This is my progress so far on my Never Ending Granny Square Afghan.  Here is a link to a great You Tube video tutorial.  I'm almost at the end of my first three skeins (one of each color).  I have 2 more of each color so it will end up a bit larger.  I'm using Cascade 220 yarn.  I had 3 skeins each of the black, lime and white.



The photo above is the afghan on point so you don't see the twisted look in the center.  When I made my Giant Granny Square Afghan seen in this post and this post, I turned my work over after every round.  That prevents the afghan from being "in a twist".  When you are working with 3 skeins (or 5 as shown in the You Tube Video), there is no choice but to go in all one direction.   The great part about this afghan is that you don't have all of the ends to weave in after each round.


I've started my blanket over from the one shown below.  I think I did something wrong when I started it (I was following a different tutorial), and my center ended after the green without spiralling.  


If you look at the one on the right (below) that I'm working on now, and compare it to the one on the left you can see a difference.  See how the one on the right spirals out from the green center.  The one on the left doesn't.  It begins as a regular granny square.  I'll tear that one out and use the yarn on the bigger blanket.
 
This has been a fun project, and if you would like to see other versions of this Never Ending Granny Square Afghan go over and visit Cyn's blog.  Cyn is using 5 skeins of yarn, and she tells a great way to keep your yarn from tangling when working on this project.  She was the one that found the tutorial on line showing this Never Ending Granny Square and sent the photo and link to our little group.  You can also look at Pat's afghan in this post.  She is using 5 skeins.

I hope you are finding some time to take a few stitches today.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Spiral Granny Square Afghan

My friend, Cyn from Cyn's Quilted Travels blog finds the greatest crochet patterns, and she always tags me on Facebook so I can go check them out.  I have no very little will power so I usually grab a hook and some yarn and join in.  This is our latest venture:  The Spiral Granny Square Afghan.  I'm not sure that I did the center right, and I really don't like the way it looks like it is in a twist so I may start over.  I think my center should have spiraled out starting with the lime in the center.  If you go over and visit Cyn's blog, she has a post up that will tell you how you can crochet with multiple skeins of yarn and keep it from tangling.


 

I really love the lime, black and white color combination.  I bought some of each of these fabrics at our Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana, last month.



This quilt was hanging in Lolly's quilt shop for inspiration.




I hope you are finding some time to take a few stitches today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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