Category Archives: Crochet

A New Monster is Created

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First things first, I got my FMQ sample quilt pressed and trimmed and I got a picture of it first thing this morning.  I can’t wait to get it sandwiched and start the quilting.  I think I’ll do a few more practice pieces though just to be on the safe side.

I joined the Monthly Make challenge at The Felt Fairy.  I got this months make done today.

I have wanted to crochet this Frilly Dress for months and this was my motivation to do it.  I rewrote the pattern a little to add in the white around the bottom for a lace look.  I made it in the newborn size and it’s just so cute and little and fluffy!

Here’s a picture of it with the skirt all spread out.

Now for the monster story.  I have a friend who does a lot of wool applique (and I hope you are reading this Leanne) and I asked her to help me with a wool project for my next monthly make.  I’ve always wanted to try working with wool.  We went shopping last Saturday and she let me look through some of her patterns and pick one out so we could start getting the wool for it.  My dear friend taught me how to go to thrift stored in search of old wool clothing.  I came home that day with some pieces of wool from the quilt store but also with a lovely tan wool skirt and a red wool blazer.  Now here’s where the monster comes in.  Today my husband and I were in town and he asked if there was anywhere I wanted to go.  I asked if we could go to the thrift store.  I promise that I was just going in to look.  I wasn’t going to get anything.

Well about 45 minutes later we left with two old wool jackets and that was really good for how much I actually found.  Just look at the beautiful patterns of them though how could I resist?  They were crying out to me to recycle them and make something lovely.  I’m already wanting to go back and find more.  That my friends is the story of how harmless little fabriholic Jennifer became an all out wool monster.

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Teeny Tiny Mary Janes!

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I took a little break from some of my bigger projects last night and this morning.  I felt like crocheting a fast fun project.  I have been wanting to try out this pattern for mary jane baby booties for a long time.  I thought they turned out so cute!  It was a very fun little break.

My Spoiled Little Girl

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This last week I haven’t felt like I’ve been accomplishing anything in the sewing room so I decided to take a break. I got out my yarn instead. I wanted to try making my adorable little dog a sweater.

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Here she is showing it off.  I can’t say that she really likes it but she doesn’t fight it.  I think some more will be on the way soon.

Ruffle-icious

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Tonight I finished working on this adorable ruffled diaper cover to go with the diamond afghan that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I think the little ruffle bum is so cute!  The pattern is a free one from Coats and Clark called Baby Girl Soakers.  FUN!

Projects Finished

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I haven’t felt great the last couple of days so I’ve been staying in bed a lot.  The good news is that I finished a couple of projects I’ve been working on for a while.

The first is the Shell and Popcorn Papoose Set, from the book Oh Baby! Crochet.  This went together pretty fast.  In fact by the time I noticed what I was doing I had done about 5 extra rows.  It turned out to be very sweet!

The second is something that I’m really proud of.  It’s not the most elaborate or amazing quilt I’ve ever done, but it represents a lot of learning for me.  This quilt top was made around 2 years ago when I took a class to learn how to sew disappearing nine patch blocks.  I went to the class with a background and accent fabrics and a box of scraps and fat quarters.  I was in love with the finished quilt top when it finally came together.  Then a couple of weeks ago I decided that it was time to try out my mother’s mid-arm quilting machine.  She’s had it for years but I’ve always been scared to try it.  This was the quilt that got to be my practice run.  I had so much fun quilting it that i was sad when I had reached the end and had to make myself stop to bind it before putting another quilt on to be quilted.  Yesterday I finally finished the last side of the binding!  I love this quilt because this is the first time I can say that it is all my own work.  I can’t wait to keep quilting now and to keep pushing myself to learn and improve.

Baby Diamonds crochet pattern

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I finally got the pattern written out for the Baby Diamonds afghan.

Materials

Worsted weight baby yarn;

  • Main afghan 22 oz
  • Edging 4 oz

Size H crochet hook

Afghan Body

Row 1; Ch. 151, dbl. in 4th ch. from hook and in each chain across.

Rows 2-3; Ch. 3, turn, dbl. in next stitch and in each stitch across.

Row 4; Ch. 3, turn, dbl. in next 16 stitches  *ch. 3, skip next three stitches, dbl. in next 25 stitches, repeat from * 3 times, ch. 3 skip next 3 stitches, dbl. in last 17  stitches.

Row 5; Ch. 3, turn, dbl. in next 12 stitches, *(ch. 3 skip next 3 stitches dbl. in next stitch) 3 times, dbl. in next 16 stitches, repeat from * 3 times, (ch. 3 skip next 3 stitches dbl. in next stitch) 3 times, dbl. in last 12 stitches.

Row 6; Ch. 3, turn, dbl. in next 8 stitches, *(ch. 3, skip next 3 stitches, dbl. in next stitch) 5 times, dbl. in next 8 stitches, repeat from* 3 times, (ch. 3, skip next 3 stitches, dbl. in next stitch) 5 times.

Row 7; Work the same as row 5.

Row 8; Work the same as row 4.

Rows 9-11; Ch. 3 turn dbl. in next stitch and in each stitch across.

Repeat rows 4-11 9 times, fasten off.

Afghan Edging
Rnd. 1; Attach edging with slip stitch in afghan corner, ch. 1 sc. 3 times in the corner, sc. around afghan body working 161 sc on the sides, 3 sc. in the corners, and 1 sc. per stitch along the top and bottom, slip stitch in the first sc.

Rnd. 2; Ch. 3, dbl. in same stitch, dbl. in next stitch, dbl. twice in next stitch.  dbl. in next stitch, (ch.1, skip next stitch, dbl. in next stitch) 80 times, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, (ch.1, skip next stitch, dbl. in next stitch) 72 times, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, (ch.1, skip next stitch, dbl. in next stitch) 80 times, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, dbl. twice in next stitch, dbl. in next stitch, (ch.1, skip next stitch, dbl. in next stitch) 72 times, join with slip stitch to top of ch. 3.

Rnd. 3; Ch. 1, sc. in same stitch, and next 3 stitches, ch. 3, slip stitch in same sc., sc. in next 4 stitches ch. 3, slip stitch in same sc. around slip stitch in first sc. fasten off.

Baby Diamonds Afghan

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Every once in a while I go through a phase where I get a little obsessed with certain creative pursuits.  The latest one has been crocheting.  I wanted to make a baby afghan but couldn’t find one that I just loved.  This drove me to the decision to make up a pattern of my own.  This has never been a problem for me with quilting but it was a first with crocheting so I was a little nervous.  I started with trying to draw up what I wanted on graph paper like I would with a quilt.  Then after a few trial and error runs I was finally on to something.  I am proud to say that I love the finished afghan.  I don’t know if I’ll be writing any more crochet patterns any time soon but you never know when the mood will strike.

I’m working on getting the pattern written out so I can post it on here in the next few days.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.