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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 StudioΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

 

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:Β Β  1O
Row 2:Β Β  2O
Row 3:Β Β  3O
Row 4:Β Β  4O
Row 5:Β Β  5O
Row 6:Β Β  6O
Row 7:Β Β  7O
Row 8:Β Β  8O
Row 9:Β Β  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:Β  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

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Cockatiel

Back in March, I had a customer contact me about making a parrot blanket for her.Well, she loved it, and contacted me shortly after it’s arrival asking me if I could make one to match her cockatiel as well. I was thrilled for the challenge, as this one had REALLY COOL HAIR! And I love to put hair on things…So, once again, using the free Lion Brand owl pattern as a base for the body, I was able to whip together something that I thought was great for the cockatiel. Now, the beak and feet are actually a different color than the body, it is a lighter gray, with some speckles of black in it, but it is hard to tell with the picture. I used LB Hometown USA, which is quickly becoming my favorite yarn of all time, and the project worked up very quickly.

I think that custom blankets are my favorite thing, as there is really a challenge in them, and that is so exciting for me. I am always amazed at how good I am getting at the LB owl pattern. This is now the fourth time I have made one based off of it, and I am glad I stuck with it. The first time I used the pattern, I was ready to give up for all eternity on it.

 

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Hug A Pug

My best customer came to me a couple months ago and asked for a special pug blanket. she sent me several photographs of a friend’s pug, and I was able to come up with a pretty neat corner to corner graph for it. I absolutely love corner to corner crochet. I am finding it a fantastic alternative to Tunisian crochet, which I totally suck at. Realistically, I can take just about anything, turn it into a pixel graph, and then make it into a blanket, or washcloth, or wall hanging, or whatever. It is really exciting!

 

This pug blanket was actually started in the emergency room of the VA hospital. My husband’s back went out, and we spent most of our day there. So, I figured it would take a long time and brought some stuff to start it. I actually made it a good ways before leaving the hospital. The left and upper right photos are at the hospital. The bottom right photo is before I went to bed that night.

 

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I became totally obsessed with this project, and it was my continued focus before work.

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Eventually, I did manage to find a less chaotic way to keep my yarn. The next time I work on a C2C project, I will show you how I organize the yarn so that it doesn’t look like the below disaster.

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I was so excited when I started to finally really see the progress. I think this is why I love C2C so much. I feel like you see progress much faster. πŸ™‚

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Isn’t he noble looking?

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Then..one day…I got this far and had to go to work…I was not happy. LOOK HOW CLOSE I AM!

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So, here he is in all of his completed glory. Ladies and gentlemen, feel free to hug the pug. πŸ™‚

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This is the back. The letters still need a little perfection, but he turned pretty well, much better than my first c2c project that required me to put a backing blanket on it!

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