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Sweet 16 Afghan

Julie's Sweet 16 AfghanThe first project of the year is finished and delivered! My Niece Julie turned 16 in January and I wanted to make her a nice, grown-up afghan.  With her favorite color purple, I started in on a corner-to-corner afghan.  This is a very simple pattern that you can easily google instructions for.  It works up perfectly square, or rectangular with very little effort and I really like how the variegated yarn looks in the pattern.  (We know I just love variegated yarn.)

My own creativity comes into play with the edging on this piece.  I did not write down the pattern for this one, but I will include a very rough account of it below.

Julie

This is Julie with her afghan after she received it today. Sorry it was late for your birthday!

Edging

Join all rounds with a sl st in beginning st.

Round 1: A round of single crochet. Two sc in each ch 2 at the end of each row and 3 sc in each corner.

Round 2: Dc in each sc. 3 dc in each corner.

Round 3: Dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc around.  Dc, ch 2, dc in each corner.

Round 4: Dc in each dc around, 2 dc in each ch 2 sp. 3 dc in each corner.

Round 5: Repeat round 3.

Round 6: (Dc, ch 2, dc) in each dc, ch 2.  (Dc, ch 2, dc) in each corner.

Round 7: (Dc, picot, ch 1) 3 times in first ch ch 2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1. Around. (Dc, picot, ch 1) 5 times in each corner.

Round 8: Dc in ch 1 between first and  second picots, ch 5, dc in ch 1 between second and third picots, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 1. Around.  Dc in ch 1 between second and third picots, ch 5, dc in ch 1 between third and fourth picots, ch 1 for each corner.

Round 9: Repeat round 7 with 5 (dc, picot, ch 1) in each ch 5 sp.  (Dc, picot, ch 1) 7 times for each corner.

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Baby Afghan and Pillow Set

MainI received a custom order request for this baby afghan from an old friend of mine and I was very honored to be able to accommodate.  Her Grandfather had crocheted baby afghans for all his great-grandchildren before he passed way.  Deanne is now expecting the first great-grandchild since his passing and asked if I could try to reproduce the pattern.  Though the result is not exactly the same as his pattern, it is very close and I hope reminds her of him.

I think this is probably my favorite request ever.  Crocheting an afghan for an order is one thing.  But to try to stand-in and create something on behalf of someone who is now gone is very humbling.  I was so touched to be asked to make the attempt.

EdgingDeanne selected three Bernant Baby Sport skeins in a coral, light taupe, and a matching variegated yarn.  These colors turned out to be just fabulous together and I must say it is one of my favorite afghans I have ever made.

DetailWhen I completed the afghan I still had a lot of yarn left; so I made two solid color pillows to go with it.  I made four flowers using the same stitch as the edging on the afghan and sewed them together on each side of the pillows, using a button in the center and adding pearl beads for embellishment.  I love how the solid pillows look against the stripes of the afghan.

FullIt turned out so pretty that I have listed the set in my Etsy store.  I would love to make the set again in some other customized colors.  I am also working on writing up the pattern to add to my Ravelry store.

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Three Cabled Boot Cuffs

I have completed the boot cuff pattern, and in fact ended up with three patters in one!  It is now available for sale on Ravelry here.

Three Cuffs

Straight Cable and Button StrapUsing three different cable stitches and an optional decorative strap and button, a total of six different boot cuffs can be created with this pattern!

Pattern features one easy, one intermediate, and one advanced cable pattern.

Includes pictures and written crochet instructions.

I would love to see pictures of your finished project! Email them to me at the address on the pattern.

Twisted Cable

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The Granny Square Twist

I have a twist to The Granny Square Project!  During the past year as I’ve been making the two squares for each month, I’ve actually been making four squares – two of each.

My initial plan was to make two separate afghans to give to two different people.  But as I worked on it over the year I realized that I wanted to keep the second one for myself as a keepsake because I had made it during my son’s first year.

So now I am blocking the squares for the second afghan.  As soon as I’ve got them all joined and edged I’ll get a picture of them together and finish this project up!

Alternate Squares

Most of the squares were exact duplicates. However, I made alternate squares for some of them by switching up colors or just the order that I used them in.  I love the differences-some of them very subtle, others quite bold!

July 13

July – Square Thirteen

July - Square Fourteen

July – Square Fourteen

August – Square Sixteen

October - Square

October – Square Twenty

November – Square Twenty-one

November – Square Twenty-one

November – Square Twenty-two

November – Square Twenty-two

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Bavarian Granny Square Pattern

I have published the pattern for this granny square in my Ravelry shop. Enjoy!

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December – Square Twenty-four

December - Square Twenty-four

December – Square Twenty-four

Finally, the last square of The Granny Square Project is complete!  The pattern comes from here.  It’s a little difficult to follow because the site is in another language with a poor English translation provided, but I was able to get the general idea.

I did have to make some adjustments to keep my square to the seven inches.  I didn’t like how the center looked with two rounds of yellow, so I switched to red for the second row.  The petals and leaves ended up being too long to stay inside the seven inches so I shortened them each by two chain stitches.  On the flower petals I made the first two stitches single crochets and the remaining half-double crochets.  On the leaves, I just took out the treble crochets and made the double crochets my highest stitch, working the last four in hdc instead of dcs.

All SquaresThe pattern called for sewing or ironing the leaves and petals down, but again I preferred to stitch them in on subsequent rows of the granny square.

Although all the squares are made, my project is not yet complete.  I still have to go back and add a couple of rounds of a common color to each square to use in joining them.  After laying them out and looking at them, I think I’m going to use a light grey yarn.  I’m hoping that this won’t take too long because it will only be a couple of rounds.  Then it will be time to join.  But I am excited that all the squares are done!

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December – Square Twenty-three

December - Square Twenty-three

December – Square Twenty-three

This is the second-to-last Granny Square!  This was another slightly problematic one that I could not find a patter I was really happy with, so had to make my own.

InspirationThe inspiration comes from this pic by Knitterly Things on Ravelry.  But the pattern called for treble crochets, making each round very big.  Plus there was nothing in the pattern for straightening out the edge of the square.  Joining the scalloped edges of the original pattern in an afghan would look very pretty, but for my uses I needed a straight edge.  So I wrote another pattern for it.  I probably won’t have that pattern available until next week some time.

In the mean time, on to the last Granny!

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