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Frozen Snowflake Blanket – Free Pattern Review

I tried to queue this up to post at my normal 2pm time, but I couldn’t get wordpress to log me in! It kept telling me the password was wrong, so, I go ahead and change it…only to be told I can’t change it to what I want because that password was “recently used.” Ugh. Anyway, back up and running now!

 

This project was both the bane of my existence and a glorious success that I love. I despise granny squares. I hate weaving in ends. I hate sewing them together. It is so pretty, but I hate all the effort that must go into them. But, when my friend took on a new foster daughter right before both her 3rd birthday and Christmas, I knew it had to happen. This little girl happens to be Frozen obsessed and the lovely Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe caters to Disney loving babes.

So, following her super simple snowflake granny square pattern, I was able to put together this amazing blanket in just over a week. Now, I imagine those with more than an hour or so a day to dedicate to crocheting could do this faster, but hey, I am a busy lady over here.

I made 49 squares, and the full picture is it lying on the center of my king sized bed. I joined with a single crochet through just one loop for each square, so that the white made a nice ribbing on the front, and a lightly visible connection on the back (see last photo). I used my standard J hook, and worsted weight yarn, more specifically, Lion Brand’s I Love This Yarn.

Sarah, again, knocked it out of the park with this pattern. It is really easy to follow, the squares work up quickly, and the snowflakes would be awesome stand-alone as decorations too!

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Big Fluff

I want to start by stating that I have the absolute cutest model ever. My little niece is pretty much the greatest model in child form to ever exist. Even amongst the chaos, dirt, and disaster that is my home, she still manages to look amazing. She is also wearing my younger daughter’s old pajamas, which makes this photo an even bigger favorite.

I posted a few months ago about the large roving wool blankets I was making for Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews. I just wanted to post this to show a quick peek at another of the finished blankets.

Again, I must strongly emphasize that this is NOT yarn. It is roving wool that is barely, barely felted together. It comes apart easily, it will tear, and it is VERY heavy (and very expensive). It is not designed to be dragged around the house, used all the time, or have pets on it. It cannot go in the washing machine or dryer. It is NOT a practical blanket at all.

These are decorative, good lap blankets for an afternoon in bed reading. And my sisters understand this, as do the older kids (the girls).

I love working with this stuff. It is super soft, easy to work with, and is so beautiful. But, I also had to accept that there is a good chance that the money I spent on the fiber will be a wash within a few months of gifting these blankets.

But, for me, that was all worth it. The kids are very happy, and to me, that is worth just about everything.

 

 

 

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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn Studio had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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Snow White C2C Graphgan

So, a while back, I started writing up C2C color changes for a ton of different graphgans. I didn’t end up posting very many of them, I did do a series of the princesses in small granny square sizes, but these are a little different.

Unfortunately, I saved them as PDFs and don’t have the software to edit PDFs, so that I can easily copy/paste the text here…and I am far too lazy to retype it out, it was a lot of work! So, you get a scanned copy as a photograph. If you click on the photograph, it will enlarge. I recommend printing them, as I prefer to do C2C by marking off the rows as I go. Remember, start on the bottom right hand size.

I like to use worsted weight yarn and a J hook.

 

 

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Sock Monkey Blanket

Please excuse the crummy pictures, I promise that I am in the process of getting some better ones. But, this guy right here, my super adorable sock monkey blanket, is actually one of my favorite early pieces, especially of my own designs. Now, I say my own design, but there is obviously nothing super spectacular or difficult about this guy was made. A circle, a semi circle, and two 3/4 circles. Then add some eyes, a nose, and a smile. Really, really simple and quick to work up.

No, what I love about this guy is actually the yarn. This guy is made of a nylon yarn, so he is actually too warm and heavy to be used casually as a blanket, But, the softness, the texture, it is perfect for a tummy time mat or to lay on top of in general. I used Lion Brand Quick & Cozy yarn. And I have a feeling it will be discontinued soon, as I don’t see much of it on the website anymore. But man oh man, do I love that stuff.

I ordered it just on a whim one day while ordering an obscene amount of yarn from the LB clearance section. I just wanted to try all sorts of different textures, thicknesses, and fibers in general. It took me forever to decide what to make with this, because it is just so different from my other yarns. If you have never worked with a nylon yarn, touch some, your life will suddenly make sense. Well, not really, because it is amazing, but you can’t put it in the washer/dryer which makes it a pain in the rump too.

 

Anyway, I love this guy. He is one of my absolute favorites because I just like to touch him. (It’s a little inappropriate, ehh? Touching my monkey. Teehee!)

 

 

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Fox Rug (Pattern Review)

I absolutely adore Ira Rott patterns. She wrote the amazing pattern that I used for my elephant pillows. I actually have about 30 of her patterns, and am very slowly working my way through them. The next one I found time to work through (during my AMAZING free week according to my new organizational system!), it happened to be this super cute fox rug pattern. Now, I did not add a backing to it, because I like the idea of it being a blanket or a rug on the carpet or a photo prop, as opposed to an actual rug; but the pattern does give detailed instructions on how to add a non-slip backing to it.

This pattern worked up super quickly, I did it in 2 days or just working on it part time, and turned out SO cute. The stitches are simple, with a crab stitch and a picot being the only real “non-basic” stitches in it. And, as always, she gives detailed instructions on how to complete these stitches.

The most difficult part of the entire pattern is sewing things together. But, that is because I am super lazy and hate to hand-sew things. 🙂

Seriously, from beginner to experienced crocheters, I highly, highly, highly recommend Ira Rott’s patterns. It is all so STINKIN ADORABLE, so many options, and so easy to follow.

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Goofy’s Face C2C Blanket Pattern

I am back with some more Disney goodness for you. I have been working on character patterns for C2C and bobble stitch blankets. I have this pattern written out for C2C color changes. But, it would be super simple to convert this to a bobble stitch blanket too! Then, all you need is the graph for the color changes!

I have recently discovered the art of the bobble stitch and I am totally in love with it. So, while I will keep writing out of the C2C patterns, I think I will end up making them all bobble stitch blankets. That is, if I ever find time to crochet for myself again. 🙂

 

Disney’s Goofy, C2C Crochet Graphgan

Goofy Face C2C

 

Blanket starts in the bottom right hand corner
Each block is 1 corner to corner stitch (1 set of chains, 3 stitches)
Worsted weight yarn
J hook (should make for an approx. 37in x 51in blanket)
C2C stitch is a DC

Color chart:

BL = Black
DG = Dark Green
G = Green
O = Orange
P = Pink
R = Red
S = Silver / Gray
T = Tan
W = White

 

Row 1:   1O
Row 2:   2O
Row 3:   3O
Row 4:   4O
Row 5:   5O
Row 6:   6O
Row 7:   7O
Row 8:   8O
Row 9:   9O
Row 10: 10O
Row 11: 11O
Row 12: 6O, 5BL, 1O
Row 13: 7BL, 6O
Row 14: 6O, 8BL
Row 15: 8BL, 7O
Row 16: 7O, 9BL
Row 17: 9BL, 8O
Row 18: 2O, 3BL, 4O, 9BL
Row 19: 8BL, 4O, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 1O
Row 20: 1O, 1BL, 5T, 1BL, 6O, 6BL
Row 21: 3BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 6T, 1BL, 1O
Row 22: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 3BL, 2T, 1BL, 1W, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 3BL
Row 23: 4BL, 4T, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 1O
Row 24: 1O, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 3P, 2BL, 3W, 1BL, 6T, 4BL
Row 25: 1O, 4BL, 6T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 4P, 1BL, 2T, 2O
Row 26: 2O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 5P, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 7T, 1O, 3BL, 1O
Row 27: 2O, 2BL, 1O, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2W, 6P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2O
Row 28: 3O, 2T, 6P, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 1O, 3BL, 2O
Row 29: 3O, 2BL, 2O, 8T, 2BL, 3P, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3O
Row 30: 4O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 2P, 2BL, 8T, 5BL, 3O
Row 31: 4O, 5BL, 8T, 1R, 3BL, 3P, 2T, 5O
Row 32: 5O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 3P, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 7T, 1BL, 2T, 1O, 2BL, 4O
Row 33: 5O, 3BL, 1T, 2BL, 7T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 6O
Row 34: 7O, 2T, 3P, 3R, 4T, 2BL, 5T, 1O, 2BL, 5O
Row 35: 6O, 4BL, 3T, 4BL, 2T, 1BL, 2R, 1BL, 2P, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7O
Row 36: 8O, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 1P, 1BL, 3R, 2T, 4BL, 1T, 7BL, 6O
Row 37: 7O, 12BL, 1T, 2BL, 2R, 4BL, 9O
Row 38: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 3BL, 2T, 5BL, 1T, 1W, 6BL, 7O
Row 39: 7O, 5BL, 2W, 7BL, 3T, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 10O
Row 40: 10O, 1BL, 3W, 1BL, 3T, 6BL, 1T, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 41: 7O, 4BL, 4W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 3W, 11O

(Stop Increasing, DO NOT Decrease)

Row 42: 10O, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 4T, 2BL, 2W, 4BL, 4W, 4BL, 7O
Row 43: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 3W, 2BL, 4T, 1BL, 1W, 1BL, 10O
Row 44: 10O, 1W, 1BL, 5T, 2BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 3BL, 4W, 3BL, 8O
Row 45: 8O, 3BL, 4W, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 5T, 2BL, 2O, 2BL, 5O
Row 46: 4O, 3BL, 2O, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 1T, 1BL, 1S, 3BL, 4W, 2BL, 9O
Row 47: 9O, 2BL, 6W, 1BL, 1S, 2BL, 2T, 2BL, 6T, 1BL, 2O, 3BL, 4O
Row 48: 3O, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 9T, 4BL, 1S, 2BL, 5W, 2BL, 9O
Row 49: 7O, 2BL, 1O, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 3BL, 1W, 1BL, 9T, 1O, 4BL, 3O
Row 50: 3O, 5BL, 7T, 1BL, 1T, 2W, 3BL, 1S, 6W, 3BL, 1G, 1BL, 7O
Row 51: 8O, 2G, 2BL, 6W, 1S, 2W, 1BL, 2W, 1BL, 1T, 1BL, 7T, 5BL, 2O
Row 52: 2O, 5BL, 6T, 2BL, 1T, 1BL, 2W, 2BL, 1W, 2S, 4W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 1BL, 3O, 2BL, 3O
Row 53: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 3O, 2G, 2BL, 4W, 1S, 7W, 1BL, 2T, 1BL, 6T, 4BL, 2O
Row 54: 2O, 4BL, 5T, 2BL, 1T, 2BL, 7W, 2S, 2W, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 4BL, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 55: 4O, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 2BL, 1G, 1DG, 5BL, 8W, 4BL, 1O, 1BL, 4T, 4BL, 2O
Row 56: 2O, 4BL, 2T, 2BL, 3O, 3BL, 8W, 4BL, 2G, 1BL, 2G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 4O

(Begin Decreasing)

Row 57: 4O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 4BL, 7W, 13BL, 3O
Row 58: 4O, 13BL, 6W, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 2G, 1DG, 2G, 4O
Row 59: 3O, 1BL, 1G, 3DG, 2BL, 2DG, 1G, 3BL, 5W, 12BL, 5O
Row 60: 13O, 4BL, 5W, 3BL, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 2DG, 1G, 1BL, 3O
Row 61: 2O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 2G, 4BL, 3W, 5BL, 13O
Row 62: 13O, 10BL, 2G, 1DG, 1G, 1BL, 5G, 2O
Row 63: 1O, 2BL, 2G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 11BL, 14O
Row 64: 14O, 8BL, 4G, 1BL, 3G, 1BL, 1G, 1O
Row 65: 1BL, 3G, 1DG, 2BL, 1G, 3BL, 1O, 4BL, 16O
Row 66: 21O, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 1G, 1BL, 4G, 1BL
Row 67: 6BL, 1G, 1DG, 2BL, 20O
Row 68: 21O, 3BL, 5O
Row 69: 7O, 2BL, 19O
Row 70: 18O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 5O
Row 71:  6O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 19O
Row 72: 17O, 1BL, 2O, 1BL, 4O
Row 73: 5O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 16O
Row 74: 17O, 1BL, 1O, 1BL, 3O
Row 75: 22O
Row 76: 21O
Row 77: 20O
Row 78: 19O
Row 79: 18O
Row 80: 17O
Row 81: 16O
Row 82: 15O
Row 83: 14O
Row 84: 13O
Row 85: 12O
Row 86: 11O
Row 87: 10O
Row 88: 9O
Row 89: 8O
Row 90: 7O
Row 91: 6O
Row 92: 5O
Row 93: 4O
Row 94: 3O
Row 95: 2O
Row 96: 1O