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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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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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Skull Shawl (Pattern Review)

This skull shawl pattern , is one of the more difficult patterns that I have worked through. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is fantastic! The finished product is beautiful! The technical aspect is wonderful. However, the original pattern is in German or Dutch (I am not sure which) and the translation can make it a little hard to follow.

 

So, at the end of this post, I am going to include some of my notes to make the pattern a little easier to follow. I will not, however, post the actual pattern due to copyright concerns.

 

For reference, I used Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop and a J hook for this. I love the self-striping, it just turned out looking so cool.

 

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I made some mistakes…which is why I shouldn’t let myself get so lazy and complacent when I am crocheting in the car. So, I frogged an entire section of skulls. :-:

 

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My finished shawl. I ended up keeping this shawl for myself. I loved the colors and I so rarely keep anything I make. I did make 2 more, one in pinks and one in grays, that are smaller – child size.

 

Now, for a border on this one, I am not a huge fan. I just did a DC across for the border, and it make it really lumpy and lay funny. Which isn’t a huge deal, because it is just mine, but yea…I didn’t like how it looked. For the other ones, I just left them once completed…

 

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So, as you go through the skull shawl pattern , feel free to reference my notes, or even leave your own in the comments to help out!

(1)           1DC in the 9, 10, 11, 12 CH stitches

(2)           You are make your double treble crochet (DTR) in the ch right below where you are at, from the first row you did. This should leave you with big loopy gaps on either side of your 4DC. This concept had me jacked for the first few attempts…

(3)           Your DTR will again be in the first chain from the previous row. This should leave you with 3 big gaps with 4DC between each. Your DTR at the end of each row will continue to go in the first chain from the previous row here on out. You should always end with a big gap on either side of your row, to make your shawl wider as you go.

(4 & 5)     Continue on with the same pattern…however, on this pattern, there are two row fives written out…so pay attention to that.

(5 & 6)      This starts your skull, easy to follow.

(7)             Complete your 1DC, 1ch across the 4SC from the previous round, not onto the 4th.

(8)             Follow as expected

(9 & 10)    EYES – I did the alternative eyes, which is found way at the bottom of the blog. So, I skipped the entire eye making tutorial and the regular rows 9 & 10. I followed this version because I am super lazy and hate to sew things, so I didn’t want to make separate eyes and try to slip stitch them in.

(11 & 12)     This finishes your skull, and starts your gaps to begin your next skull in.

 

The rest was pretty easy to follow. You just have to remember that any time you have 4 groups of the DC clusters in a row (on the sides and in the middle), then you should be creating new skulls the next round. The skulls go up by one each round, and should stagger. So, your 1, 3, 5, 7 group of skulls should line up in the center, while your 2, 4, 6, 8 should line up on the sides. 🙂

 

The way she ended her pattern was pretty simple, just don’t make the new skulls, continue adding the DC clusters with the chain 2s. As far as a border, well, good luck. I will probably just leave mine from now on ended like that.

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Virus Shawl (Pattern Review)

I am a fairly easily frustrated person. I don’t have a lot of patience, and I get cranky when I don’t understand things. That is vital to this story.

A few months back, a friend of mine asked me to make 6 shawls for her wedding, 5 adult and 1 youth. Awesome, no problem, I am on it! Right after I finish all of these elephant pillows for Christmas!

Well, on Christmas day, I started working on these shawls. I had seen hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of posts on the Repeat Crafter Me Facebook group of the Virus Shawl. Awesome. It looked super easy, I can handle this! So, I went searching for the pattern, and all I could find was YouTube videos. I hate watching video tutorials. I have no patience and stop paying attention. Then, I finally found a written out pattern! AHHHH! But, the pattern sucked. Seriously…it sucked. But, I was still determined not to do YouTube videos…I had a crappy pattern and photos of what it should look like! How hard could it possibly be?!

I started this pattern fairly early in the day…and then I ripped it all out because 10 rounds into it, it was NOT looking like it should. Then I restarted…and ripped it out 6 rounds into it. Then I gave up and started a totally different shawl, and 12 rows into it, I realized that it was a scarf and not a shawl and ripped that one out. So, frustrated and angry,. I breathed grinchmas all over it and started the virus shawl one more time…and it clicked…and it was amazing.

These work up really fast, and once you figure out the pattern (which is so easy and makes me angry that I struggled so much), you won’t have to ever reference it again. Plus, it is pretty…and my sister-in-law has decided that it looks like an owl, and now I can’t see anything else.

So, the morale of the story…watch the YouTube video (which is linked at the bottom). Don’t be like me. Don’t be stupid. Watch the video, learn this AWESOME pattern, and make amazing shawls.

 

 

This is the one…do you see the owl?! Once you do, you will never unsee it.

 

 

Watch this video…learn…don’t frog everything because you are frustrated like me.

 

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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

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Elephant Pillow – Pattern Review

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about not giving up when  you are struggling. This is the project that I was having such a hard time with. As I said before, I cannot pinpoint why I was struggling, as looking at it now, it was really very simple. I think I was just reading too much into it and making it far more difficult than it needed to be.

So, here she is, the grand and viral Ira Rott Elephant Pillow! I love how she turned out!

This pattern is really, really well written. Ira included several graphs, lots and lots of pictures, and it is written from a really basic standpoint. There are some more advanced stitches in this, such as the picot. But, she even includes a brief tutorial on how to make these stitches.

I think this is a wonderful pattern for a slightly more experienced hooker to work on. The ears may be too much for a beginner. But, I have faith that someone with enough dedication, even if not the experience, can make this lovely elephant.

Oh, and this is my new favorite bow pattern. Ever…It is pretty much amazing.

You can also pick up the completed pretty lady right here.

 

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Fat Cat – Free Crochet Pattern

This is easily one of the easiest, quickest, most fun patterns I have worked on in a long time. I really enjoy making these fat cats, and there is a plethora of them now in my amigurumi army.

This pattern is very well written, simple to follow, and even includes pictures and diagrams to help you through the slightly more difficult parts. (There is only one part that isn’t super easy, which is connecting the ears.)

The actual pattern is written to include a strip on the cat, so you will need to be able to color changes. I prefer a single color cat, as I am boring like that. But I do adore them.

When I first made them, I gave them different colored tails and feet from the main body. I ended up not liking it very much, but I kept the photo because my awesome friend photoshopped a face onto it for me, when I was debating how on earth I was going to give this thing a unique and adorable face.

 

These are my finished guys with their faces. I think I came pretty close, considering my embroidery skills are horrendous and it has been a constant learning process.

 

These cats are a MUST for any crocheter who adores cats or knows someone who does. And if you don’t crochet, don’t worry, I can totally make them in a million colors for you!