Free Pattern Friday: Fantail Afghan Halfway Done!

Back in March, I talked about making an afghan called Fantail Fantasy in Bright Yellow yarn by Red Heart. The pattern I have is written down, and I couldn’t find it online anywhere. I think it was a free pattern by Red Heart many many years ago, but I can’t really remember.

Here’s what it looked like originally, and I didn’t like it that way so I reworked it recently. I’d had other projects pull my attention away as well as running out of yarn so I had to wait to get some more in.

Here is where it’s at now. It’s about halfway done according to the size my coworker wants it to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

It has a border that will go on after the body is done so maybe, if I have enough yarn, I’ll have it done by next Friday. We’ll just have to see.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: A New Beginning

The first sock I started for my co-worker, R, is going to have to be reworked after she tried it on and found it too tight around the toes. While I was waiting on her to try it on, I began a sock for my co-worker, J, and she managed to try hers on before R. ๐Ÿ™‚

The top part of the sock is going to be the heel. The yarn is Red Heart It’s a Wrap Hues in Jammin Grape size 2. I’m using a “D” 3.25mm hook just like the first one.

I’m finding the pattern very easy to follow. It has lots of pictures which are annoying at times but helpful at others. I’m very grateful for the designer.

Step-by-Step Crocheted Socks

I have a third pair to make, for my co-worker, T. Hers is going to be pink mainly. Funny thing happened today though, a male co-worker saw the two partial socks I had with me, and he asked me to make a pair for him too. I’ve not had a man ask me to make him a wearable before. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week, I should have the purple socks done, and I should have the first mostly black sock reworked in time for Friday’s post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone made socks before – either crochet or knit?? If so, would you post any pictures of them you might have?? I’d love to see what others have done!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Making Socks!

I have never made socks before, and I’m now going to teach myself how. I’m also crocheting them as knitting and I don’t get along. I found a pattern that is quite easy, and I plan to make three pairs of socks, for three co-workers.

Sorry the first one is upside down even though I saved it right side up.. The colorway is Mountain Range. I am using a size “D” – 3.25mm aluminum crochet hook.

This is where I’m at right now. The pattern I’m using is Step-by-step Crocheted Socks Tutorial.

This pair of socks is for my co-worker, Rebecca. She’s going to try on what I’ve made so far over the weekend and let me know where adjustments need to be made before I move on to making the heel. She wants mid-calf high socks so she can wear them under her boots. I’m making hers first.

This pattern is so simple and easy to read I’m enjoying it a great deal. There’s lots of pictures too. So far, the stitches have been simple: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and grit stitch which is just a combo of single and double stitches.

The yarn is a cotton blend so it has some stretch and moisture wicking properties. It was a bit of a chore finding the yarn at a reasonable price too, and I ended up having to order it online because nobody local carries this yarn.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with the socks, but I’m liking the journey so far!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth based on Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle Pt. 2

The above is where I’m at in the pattern right now. I just started Row 39 out of 111 rows. I decided to get the full pattern and work on it until I ran out of thread. I’m using up scrap thread I’ve been given over the past 5 years. None of the thread has labels on them, and while I’m trying to stay in the size 20 range, the multi colored purple is a size 10.

It’s going to be interesting when it’s finally done, and I’m going to enjoy using it.

The pattern is called Rings of Change, and it’s available on Ravelry from designer Frank O’Randle. He is a fantastic designer and has 67 patterns using the “of Change” name.

The stitches used in the newer areas are fans made from triple crochet and inverted V-stitches. It’s now how difficult the stitches are(most are basic), it’s how he uses the stitches to make some beautiful designs.

I usually don’t repeat patterns, but I might do this in worsted weight yarn to make a round blanket or rug some time in the future.

After I complete Row 39 I will be putting the project on hold because I finally got it in:

Sock Yarn!

Yes, I got the three cakes of sock yarn I ordered so I will be making socks for three co-workers who offered to be my guinea pigs as I learn something new. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be using the same pattern, but I’ll be using three different colorways and two different yarns. I hope to have at least one sock done by next week. If I have a full pair done, I’ll be very happy.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Hibernation Blanket My Way

The Hibernation Blanket by Bernat is the one I chose to make for Doug, Emmy’s brother who is on the Autism Spectrum. I have made some changes to it colorwise, but that’s about it. It didn’t come out the size it was supposed to still, but it’s close. Joe helped with choosing the colors while Emmy okayed the size. It’s not quite done, but I wanted to show you what it looks like today. I should have it done tomorrow when Emmy comes to visit.

Mimi is on the blanket in the picture. I couldn’t stop her. Every time I got out the blanket to work on it, she was on it or wanting to get on it. The blanket is very soft so I don’t blame her.

The angle for this is not quite right, but it’s the best I could do. I have a queen sized bed, and it’s about a foot short of covering the entire length of the bed. Once the top portion(on the left side of the picture) is done, it will cover the bed from side to side.

The blanket is made from Bernat Blanket Yarn in White and Cream as well as Bernat Blanket Twists in Ink Well and Dove. The yarn is all Super Bulky (6) though the Twists doesn’t have as much loft to it as the regular yarn does. I’m using a “N” – 10.00MM aluminum hook from Boye.

I’ve found I don’t care to work on it for very long because the size of the hook ends up making my hands and wrists ache after a while. The yarn isn’t heavy, but it does need a bit of handling to make the stitches. I won’t be making another for a while, but I may do one later this year.

My next project involves Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle. The full pattern is a paid pattern, but he did make a smaller one free. It’s called Mini Rings of Change and is the center portion of the overall pattern – about 42 rounds. The main pattern is around 111 rounds. Both can be found on Ravelry.

I am going to be doing the full pattern, but I won’t be using yarn. I have a great deal of crochet thread I want to use so I’m going to do a multi-colored “scrap style” piece that I plan to use as a tablecloth once it’s done. If it turns out not to be long enough even after 111 rows, I’ll add on to it somehow. It should be interesting to see how it turns out.

Let me know what you think of Doug’s blanket. I know it’s not quite done, but I’d still like feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re crocheting or knitting, I’d love to know what you have on your hook or have finished!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Free Pattern Friday: Emmy’s Blanket Is Done!

This was taken on my son’s queen sized bed, and he didn’t get the whole thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still, it came out beautifully for being originally a scrap yarn blanket. Emmy has seen the blanket already, and she loves it! ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s coming over tomorrow to visit Joe, and she’ll take it home then.

I am pleased she’s happy with it. I’d originally intended this to be a scrap yarn blanket as I’d said, and I was going to donate it to my favorite thrift store. Emmy saw it when it was half done, and she expressed an interest in it so I decided to make it for her. I think it came out interesting.

This is a simple C2C blanket made using DK (3) weight yarn and an “H” hook.

I have two more blankets still on the hook, one is using Bernat Blanket Yarn Bulky(6) weight and the other Red Heart Super Saver Sport (4) weight. I’ve shared both blankets already – their starts – and I’ll post an update for the bulky blanket next week. I’ve restarted it twice because I wasn’t happy with the way it was turning out. I think this third time is the charm.

What projects are you working on??? I’d love to see so please, feel free to post pictures or leave links in the comments below! I am on Instagram so feel free to share a link to yours as well!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Fantail Afghan

I was gifted with several pound skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Bright Yellow(as if you couldn’t tell) so, I decided to make an afghan whose pattern I’ve been wanting to try for some time. I’ve had the pattern since about 2010 to be honest, and I wrote it down from the book I found it in. I tried to find it online, but I can’t seem to find it. The pattern is called Fantail Fantasy and was created by Caron Yarns. It uses the Fantail stitch which you can learn here:

Marly Bird – a blog

The afghan is supposed to measure 50 x 58 inches when it’s done. Lengthwise, I’m at 55 inches, and I’m okay with that. I tend to crochet a little tight.

I’m using an aluminum “H” hook. I don’t have it right in front of me so I can’t tell you what the mm size is. I’ve used aluminum hooks most of my life, and I’m not really interested in spending money on other kinds of hooks when mine work just fine for me. I don’t collect hooks, just yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still working on Emmy’s throw. We were discussing it earlier this week, and I had told her I’d put it on hold until I get some more yarn for it. The lovely girl brought me a cake of yarn in the size I’m using and in the colors she wants added to what I’ve already worked up. I guess she really wants her throw. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll post my progress on it next week.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Another Baby Blanket for a Co Worker

One of my coworkers showed me a picture of his first granddaughter who was born on March 1st, and she’s a real cutie. He’s also one very proud grandpa. Since I feel every newborn should have a handmade blanket, I decided to make her one.

I went looking for yarn that wasn’t the same as the yarn I’d been using. I try to make things as unique as possible. I saw this yarn, and I fell in love!

The color palette for this yarn is called Snapdragon. There was another called Gerbera, but I didn’t think the color palette was quite right for a little girl. There were only 3 skeins of this yarn on the shelf, and I bought all three.

I used an “I” hook and single crochets for the entire piece.

It’s not a very big blanket, but it’s big enough for her to cuddle under or lay on top of when it’s warm out. It took me three days to make as I focused on it more than anything else I did this past week.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: WIP!

I actually have two WIP(Works In Progress), but one of them I am redoing because it’s not the size it’s supposed to be. I think I crochet too tight to make the gauge. If you’re interested, the pattern is by Yarnspirations using Bernat Blanket Yarn. It’s called Hibernation Blanket. I am choosing my own colors because this is going to be a sensory blanket for a young adult on the Autism Spectrum. Once it’s going the way I want it to, I’ll post pictures of it.

The WIP I am happy with is a C2C blanket for Joe’s girlfriend, Emmy. It’s a scrap type blanket using up all the Mandala yarn I have left over from the baby stuff I’ve been making. It’s gotten large enough I can use almost a whole cake of yarn just for the blanket so I’ll be doing that for a little while longer.

These didn’t quite upload in the order I wanted them to, but you see how large the blanket is. It’s about 49 1/2 inches wide, and it’s going to be about 72 inches long or so. Emmy chose the ending size. I was aiming for a throw before she asked if she could have it when it was done, and I asked her how big she wanted it to be. LOL. I know she’s going to appreciate it so, I don’t mind making it for her.

I have a third WIP, but it’s a test for a designer so I can’t say more until she ends the test and releases the pattern. I have learned two things from this testing. One: I now know how to do the linked double crochet stitch and two: I now know I don’t like testing patterns.

I have a tendency to tweak patterns to suit myself, and I couldn’t do that with this pattern so it kinda cramped my style. I did follow all the directions, and my piece came out quite nice. Still, I might make changes if I make another one later one. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all I have for this week for crochet projects! Whether you crochet or knit, I’d love to hear about your WIPs and any you’ve just finished!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Free Pattern Friday: Crochet Socks

I was trying to come up with something new to crochet, and I was talking to some co-workers about what I could do. I mentioned socks, and two of them(ladies) said they’d wear the socks if I made them. So, I’m going to be teaching myself how to crochet socks!!

Here are some cute and free patterns I found on the Spruce Crafts website:

I am going to start with 1. Basic Toe-Up for my first pair which I plan to wear myself. Then, I’ll try 2. Sweet Crochet Socks for the co-worker who wanted the bootie style sock. After that, I might try 11. Single Crochet socks for the co-worker who wants a pair that go up to mid calf.

If you try any of these patterns please SHARE!! I’d love to see what you make!! There are so many color choices out there now, it’s going to be hard to choose which one to choose for myself. My favorite color is Emerald Green so, maybe, I’ll find a yarn in that color!

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!