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Unique Blanket Patterns

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So… I have asked for you to send me your requests. If you are looking for a new project, why not let me do all the hard work for you? It makes for a great blog post that we can share with everyone and you get out of searching through endless patterns. I have finally gotten my first Craft Diva request! Okay, so maybe I kind of had to beg my friend to let me do the research for her but either way, I did.

My friend, who was featured in my last post, is looking for a new pattern. She made a fantastic Mario granny square blanket not too long ago and now it is time for a new project. I’ve scoured Ravelry for some unique and fun blanket patterns for her and YOU!

Hopefully, I have made the choice a little easier for you and her by narrowing down the pattern choices to the more unique and child-friendly options. There are so many patterns out there to choose from and plenty are similar to each other but I have selected a few of varying skill range that seem to jump off the page for me.

All of these patterns are available for FREE so please browse and choose as many as you like. Click the photo to be directed to the pattern link on Ravelry (you may need to sign up for a free account to get the pattern.). If you do decide to take on one of these beautiful blankets, please share!

Try this pattern in a variety of colours for a boy or a girl!

Baby doll/blanket

Amigurumi and blanket in one!

Endless colour possibilities and super simple!

How utterly adorable is this little fox?

In keeping with the Nintendo theme...

What about a life-sized sock monkey?

This one may take a leap of faith but is VERY cool!

Crochet visitor

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Crochet visitor

This weekend, a friend of mine came to visit. She has recently taken up crochet and is a very talented and creative artist who works with many different media. Since I had a visitor, it seems fitting for the blog to have a visitor too!

For those of you who are beginners at crochet or are debating trying it, I hope that this post will be inspirational to you. With little more than borrowed hooks and a passion for crafts, my friend has very quickly proven that crochet is an excellent outlet for creativity (not that this is of any debate).

She excitedly texted me this photo of her very first blanket-in-the-works a little while back and I was blown away! Not only does this project fit with her personality seamlessly, but it is also an ambitious one. With more than 100 white granny squares alone to form the background, this is a very time consuming endeavor.

She has since finished the blanket and it looks absolutely fabulous. A quick note; she ran into the same problem as I did when seaming her blanket. Beginning with horizontal rows and single crochet, she found that the number of single crochets were too few to allow for the full stretch of the granny square causing some bunching of the pattern. How nice it is to have friends to discuss this sort of thing!

Below are a few more pictures of her “blankie”.

She has also taken to creating some very adorable amigurumi stuffed animals and had a sweet little elephant named Frank, or “Fwang” as my 2 year old has taken to calling him, for us when she arrived. She documented her process very well too!

If you would like your very own Frank, you can get the pattern here. You may notice that in the original pattern, he has no tail. He simply could not be an elephant with no tail so my friend improvised his sweet little tail by creating a short chain and single crocheting back on it once.

Amigurumi animals are great personal gifts for anyone, not just children, so why not check out this page of free Ravelry patterns to see if you can find your own little friend to build! Or, if you like, here are a few of my faves: Baby Elmo, Alphabet Letters, Baby MONSTERS!, Little Owl… You can also click here for some YouTube tutorials on Amigurumi!

Do you make Amigurumi? Tell us about your favorite pattern in the comments below!

Learn to Crochet

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As you may have noticed by now, Alli does plenty of spinning, knitting and weaving. I tend to do more crochet and knitting. We both dabble in plenty of other crafty activities as well. For example: painting, drawing, carving, sewing, cooking, card-making, scrapbooking, and much more! In fact, if you come across something you think we ought to try, tell us! Maybe we can blog about it too!

I am going to take some liberties here and say that Alli and I both are just naturally the artistic type. We have both been fortunate to have friends and family that support our addiction, ahem, hobbies. Plenty of what we know; however, is self-taught or was handed down by a “self-taught”. So I thought I would share with you a few of the great resources available online.

There is so much out there to learn (as anyone who has ever visited Pinterest may know). So for today I am going to limit this post to a crochet-focused toolbox. I will even need to limit that because otherwise I would never finish this post. Let’s grab a few YouTube and Printable resources…

Most of what you need to know to become a skilled crocheter is available on YouTube. There are some great how-to videos out there. Some are certainly better than others. I have tracked down a few favorites for you here but if you come across something you think is better, please let us know! Also, if you don’t find what you are looking for, tell us about it and we will track it down! Thanks!

Abbreviations and other notables:

Craft Yarn Council Abbreviations, Chart Symbols

Lion Brand Dictionary of Knitting and Crochet Abbreviations

Purple Kitty Yarns abbreviations in alphabetical order (PDF available too!)

YouTube How to:

Many of the authors of these videos have other instructional clips too. I have tried to find a variety so that you can choose your favourite source and explore other videos authored here. Please note that there are some interchangeable terms used in crochet depending on your source. See abbreviations above for clarification.

Make a Chain

Single Crochet

Half Double Crochet

Double Crochet

Triple Crochet

Single Crochet Increase/Decrease

SC Decrease only

 

Printable Resources:

Learn to Crochet Instructions – source here

More to come!