Saturday, January 7, 2012

Help With A Stitch?

Does anyone know what this stitch is, or how to make it into a blanket? I have this posted over at Craftster, in the crochet forums, but I thought I'd ask here too.

Thanks to the crafty people that frequent Craftster, someone was able to identify this as a waffle stitch. And, of course, Lion Brand has a free pattern that uses this stitch!

Another Steelers Blanket Has Been Completed!

The Steelers blanket entry has been the most popular thing on my blog. I've gotten a lot of requests for Donna's pattern. Just a few days ago, I got this email from Margo Moseley.

"So this is how my blanket turned out...a few mistakes, but I'm happy I got through with it and the hubby loves it. "

And she included a photo of her blanket!

For privacy's sake, I pixelated out the face of her child.
I love how her blanket turned out! The colored parts of the logo are so nice and sharp!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sunset in Norfolk

Looking across Military Highway from the Kangroo Mart while getting gas tonight.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: South Beach Washcloth Set

I had some Sugar'n Cream yarn (100% cotton yarn) and decided to make a couple of the South Beach Washcloths from Lion Brand (you will need a user name and password to look at Lion Brand's free patterns).

One yarn looks like something the 70s may have thrown up. It's variegated red, yellow, orange and green, and very bright. The other looks like something from the early 90's. That being said, although it's ugly, it's a good sturdy yarn for a washcloth.

The funky neon looking one on the right is how they are sized from the Lion Brand pattern. It's as big as my hand, fingers opened up wide. I didn't think it was big enough to be a good washcloth, so I made a second one (on the left) with the same weight yarn and same size hook, just different alternating stitches.

This is a super quick and easy little pattern to work up, however, I realized, there's nothing really fancy about this pattern. "Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, *sl st in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across – 34 sts at end of this row." That's what you do for about 35 rows, along with a couple color changes. I'm sure the alternating stitches probably help to create a better textured surface for a washcloth, but you could make any size square with alternating stitches and come up with something just as user friendly. The user reviews on this were good for the pattern, but it actually reminded me of a crocheted swatch you'd do before a new pattern to determine gauge.

But that being said, I'll make one more, just to use up these funky cotton yarns.