Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Blankets for Sale

Hey everyone,

I have added some new blankets for sale in the Poochie Baby Etsy Shop.

Check them out:

Large Ripple Baby Afghan


ripple blanket

Baby Blanket in a Shell Pattern for Baptisms or Christenings


baby baptism blanket

Baby Owl Receiving Blanket


owl receiving blanket

I am currently working on more blankets for newborns in the shell pattern.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wavy Ripple Crochet Blanket Project


I love the look of this blanket. Usually, ripple blankets are made with the wave in a horizontal direction. I decided to make them vertical on this one........... It is a very simple ripple pattern. This finished blanket measures 39 x 56. I used three different colors of yarn in a medium weight yarn (although it was a baby yarn and seems to be a little lighter).  An H hook was used to work this blanket.

Here are the instructions for making this blanket. 

Most ripple blanket patterns call for a beginning chain that is a multiple of 16 plus 2. I started with a beginning chain of 178.

Row 1 - DC in the third chain from the hook and in the next 6 chains. Then, three DCs in the next chain. DC in the next six chains and then a DC decrease in the next three chains. This forms the basis of your "hills and valleys". Continue to repeat this pattern across the chain. You will end up on a "hill" with eight chains left at the end. DC into six of the chains and then DC decrease in the last two chains.

Row 2 - Turn and CH 2. DC in the next seven chains. Three DCs in the next chain. DC in the next six chains. DC decrease in the next three chains. Continue the pattern of DC in six chains, three DC in the next, DC in six chains, DC decrease in the next three, across the row. You will end on a "hill", just like the first row. DC in the next six chains, then DC decrease in the last two rows.



Row 3 thru 60 - Repeat row 2, alternating colors as you like. I chose to start with two rows of green, then four rows of pink, four rows of cream, four rows of green, etc. until I reached then end. I left off with two rows of green at the end.

Edging - The edging on this blanket is just a simple SC all the way around. 



This blanket can be made larger or smaller by adding to or reducing the beginning chain. Just remember that it has to be in multiples of 16 plus 2. You can also increase or decrease the amount of rows.

Another way to adjust the size of the blanket is to use a different sized hook.

This blanket took me a few days to finish, working on it a couple of hours at a time. I think I may list it for sale or keep it for the next baby in the family to come along. I also considered making some owl appliques to add to the design........... There are always so many possibilities!



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Sunday, January 6, 2013

:Learn How To Crochet: Basic Crochet Instructions

Learn how to crochet. Here are some video instructions on how to complete the basic crochet stitches. You will need to know these stitches to complete most crochet patterns and projects. It is so easy to learn now that video is so easy to access.

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Basic Crochet Instructions

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Toddler Crochet Leg Warmers: Free Pattern

Free crochet pattern for toddler leg warmers.

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Here is a simple and quick pattern for some toddler crochet leg warmers. This pattern makes leg warmers that will fit approximately 18-24 month clothing sizes. My granddaughter just turned one and they fit her perfectly. She is just growing out of 18 Mo's clothing. The stocking measures right at 6 inches long. You can modify these to make them longer or shorter by simply adding or reducing at the beginning chain.


toddler leg warmers


Pattern:

I Hook

CH 20

R1 - SC in the second chain from the hook and in each stitch across.

R2 thru R17 - CH 1 and working in working in back stitches only, SC in each stitch across.

*Now you are going to join the piece by folding it together. CH 1 and SC the two sides together along the seam. (The piece will look like a long cylinder when you put it together.)

Scalloped edge
R18 - Working along the top edge of the piece, CH 1 and SC in each stitch around. Join with a SS at the end.

R19 - Skip the first stitch and DC five times into the next stitch. Skip a stitch and SS into the next stitch. Continue to *skip a stitch - 5 DCs - skip a stitch - SS* until you reach the end. You should end up with five scalloped edges. Join at the end with a SS and tie off. Weave in all your ends........... and that's it!


crochet toddler leg warmers

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