Baby Blanket for Co-Worker Pt. 2

I don’t have any pictures to share this week as I haven’t really done anything on the blanket. My co-worker didn’t get back to me until yesterday with the pattern and size she wants the blanket to be.

She’s going with the pattern from the picture I posted last week, but she doesn’t want it that big. She wants it to be around 28 by 32. I’ll be working on it as much as I can, and I will have progress pictures next week. I’m shooting for completing before then, but we’ll just see how it goes.

For those of you who didn’t read last week’s post: I am making a baby blanket for a co-worker. I am using Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn in UBE and a “G” or 4.25mm aluminum crochet hook. The stitch I am using is the Linen Stitch, and I’m just doing rows of the stitch because the yarn does a lot of self striping while not being completely uniform. My co-worker likes that look so I’m going forward with the project.

I’ll have more to show/discuss with you next week,

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

Baby Blanket for Co-Worker

This is what the blanket looks like right now, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this. It’s for a newborn so I don’t want to make anything with holes in it that might catch tiny fingers, but I don’t want it too plain either. I’ll offer the mother some suggestions on patterns and see which one she goes with.

I am using Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn in UBE. I have no idea what that means, but that’s the name on the packaging. I just like all the pretty colors that could be for boy or girl.

I am also using a “G” or 4.25mm aluminum crochet hook.

The stitch you might see above has many names, but I prefer “Moss Stitch.” It’s simple, works up quickly, and it keeps its sides even.

I’ll let you know next week what pattern the mother decides to go with. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Free Pattern Friday: All My Projects Are Done!

Between longer hours at work and pushing to finish the commissions for a co-worker, I haven’t done much else. Still, it’s been worth it to see the smile on her face when I gave her the two baby blankets and the four remaining octopi she’d commissioned from me. She assures me the children these will be going to will love them and so will the mothers. I hope so, but I still had fun making them so it’s a win-win.

Baby Blankets

Baby Girl 33 by 20

I am so happy with how these two turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby Octopi

She requested I make one smaller than the rest if possible so I used a smaller hook. I did put faces on them, I just forgot to take a picture before I gave them to her. These were fun and so easy to make!

I now have nothing else to make until the beginning of the year when I have several projects I want to make, for myself and for others. I’ll be sharing them with you as I work on them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know, please, what projects you’re working on and have just finished! I’d love to see them!

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

Free Pattern Friday: Completed and Ongoing Projects

So, I’ve been quite busy crocheting. The ongoing projects are ones I’ve been commissioned to make, and the completed ones are some things I just happened to make while figuring out what else to make.

Finished Projects

The Block Shawl aka Call the Midwife Blanket

This pattern is the property of Patons and was created by a company they took over back around the 1980s. It’s actual name is The Block Shawl and was originally intended to be a shawl. It was used in a show called Call the Midwife as a baby blanket, and a fan of the show then reverse engineered the pattern when they couldn’t find anything close to it – it was out of print at the time -calling it the Call the Midwife Baby Blanket. They have since done due diligence in finding out the original owner of the pattern and its copyright which is now Patons.

I am linking to a page hosting the pattern as supporters of Patons and not the fan who reverse engineered the pattern as I believe in giving credit where it’s due. The above is a stroller blanket size of the original pattern, and if you’d like to make the actual Block Shawl or tweak it a bit to be baby blanket size here’s the link : The Block Shawl

The above is a gift bag I free handed. I needed something to put a pretty present in, and I wanted it to be as bespoke as the gift is.

Ongoing Projects

The below are all items I have been commissioned to make. I have been commissioned to do 9 of the octopi, and the client picked out all the colors. I don’t normally do embroidery on crochet so it’s a learning process. ๐Ÿ™‚

For some reason the group picture didn’t fully show up, but the individuals look pretty good. I am by no means a professional photographer so pardon them not being perfect. They are all “asleep” as they are being given to babies for nap and bedtime.

Linen Stitch Baby Blanket

The colors and the pattern for this blanket were chosen by the same person who commissioned the octopi. This half finished blanket is for a 2 month old preemie girl. The yarn is Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in Serene. The color change is the result of working with the yarn as is. I didn’t try to stripe it or order it in any way. I showed this to my client, and she loves how it looks so I will continue with it. Here is the link to the pattern should you want to try this pattern yourself: Linen Stitch Blanket

I’ve been asked to make a blanket for an 8 month old preemie baby boy by the same client, but she’s only chosen the colors so far, not the pattern. I think she’s going for a star or starburst shape, but she hasn’t told me exactly what she wants. I’m hoping she’s going to let me know before I’m done with the above projects so I can get them done.

I have three shawl/scarves with pockets another person has commissioned me to do – they are deciding on the yarn as well as the yarn color right now so I have to wait to get started on them. The pattern for this project is not free – the client bought it for me. Even though it’s not free, I’ll still post pictures and the link – just in case.

So that’s it for this week. I should have all the octopi and the blanket done by next week. I should have another project almost finished by then as well – a little sachet I’m planning to make for my son’s girlfriend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun stuff to look forward to!!!

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

Free Crochet Pattern: Little Frog

I found this cute little guy on Ribblr and decided to share!

Little Frog

It’s a simple pattern perfect for children to learn crocheting with. I am going to be making one when I get the chance.

If you, or a family member, makes this little fellow please, feel free to share pictures of it in the comments below. I’d love to see them!

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

The Spruce Crafts – The Basics

The posts I write or share on Fridays are usually about crocheting, and I decided to share The Spruce Crafts Beginner’s series. I have been using patterns and tutorials from this site for years, and I love it. They keep their pages clean and easy to navigate without a ton of clutter. This makes it a great deal easier to use and enjoy. I think you’ll find the entire site to be fun, but here’s the beginner’s series link:

Crochet Basics

Let me know what you think and if you have any sites you think would be helpful to share.

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

Free Crochet Pattern: Bookmark #8

This beautiful image is of today’s free pattern designed and made by Kim Guzman. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous!!!

It’s done completely in filet crochet so lots of counting to be done, but the end result will be well worth it. It’s currently #8 on my bookmark list.

The pattern is:

Daisies Filet Afghan

If you decide to make this afghan, please feel free to posts pictures as I’d love to see your work! I’ll be posting mine as soon as I can make this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Free Crochet Pattern: Country Charm Blanket

This pattern is on my list of bookmarked patterns at #6. It’s from All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns. I’m beginning to like motif blankets as long as they’re connect as you go. I have a thing about not liking to go back and weave in a ton of ends. Still, this one is made a bit differently so when I can, I’m going to make it.

The pattern is:

Country Charm Crochet Blanket

If you make this blanket, feel free to post pictures, I’d love to see what you make!

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

Reading Patterns

I decided rather than share another free pattern, I’d share this blog post I read about pattern reading and how to do it. It’s written by Hortense over at Knitting With Chopsticks. If you haven’t found her blog by now, you’re welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ This blog post is well worth a read:

5 Reasons why you need to learn how to read crochet patterns

Let me know what you think. Personally, reading a pattern with symbols is hard for me, but I’m willing to work on it if I can make some great things!

I hope you learned something new today, and I’ll be back next week with a new free pattern!

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

Free Crochet Pattern : Country Fields Throw

This is a fun and easy throw pattern!! I haven’t made it myself yet, it’s one of my bookmarked patterns. ๐Ÿ™‚

Several of my friends have made it however, and they really enjoyed making it.

If you make this throw please, post a picture of what yours looks like so we can also see! I’d love to see your work!

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