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Flower Power Dishcloth

 

 

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Flower power dishcloths!  Because who doesn’t want to add a little bit o’ pretty to their dishwashing routine?!  I found this pattern on Ravelry a year or two ago and have made quite a few to sell.  They work up extremely quickly, aren’t too big,  and can use both cotton or acrylic yarn, so they are a nice, easy sell for me.

** I have talked about it before, but I personally prefer acrylic yarn for my washcloths over cotton yarn.  It dries faster, seems scratchier, and it isn’t as ‘heavy’ as cotton is.  You can throw it in the washing machine just like a regular washcloth. But if you prefer cotton, use it!  You do you, boo!  Ok, PSA over.  Carry on.  **

I wish that I had more photos of the flowers that I have finished, but I can’t seem to find them.  I love the one that I made below.  I used some older acrylic yarn that my mom and I found in my Great Aunt Fern’s stash of yarn after she passed.  I just loved the colors!  It makes me happy to look at it.

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One of the nice things about this pattern is that it uses very simple stitches, so even beginners should be able to work some of these up pretty easily.  I will say that you need to be sure that you are counting your stitches, since there are a certain number of petals and it will be completely obvious if you miss a stitch (<—–ask me how many times I had to learn that the hard way!).

This would be a fun gift idea to give to a graduating senior headed off to college (it would make dishes WAY more fun lol), as a wedding present, or even as a Mother’s Day present!  You can make a few in their favorite colors or that coordinate with their kitchen.  You could also make it a set with coordinating potholders, or even double this pattern and attach the two together to make a flower potholder.  Actually, that’s a really good idea and I think I’ll definitely be making some as potholders for my farmer’s market booth this summer.

PATTERN HERE.

 

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Shark Cocoon Blanket

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This is a very long overdue post to go along with the Mermaid Tail Blanket that I posted right before this one.  I made this for my cute little nephew, Kolton Lee, as a Christmas present.  I made his sister the Mermaid Tail and I wanted to find a boy version.   While I think that boys can absolutely have a mermaid tail, which is what he would have gotten if I hadn’t found this, I am so glad that I came across this pattern.

The thing about these cocoons is that yes, they are FAST to work up, but they do take a lot of yarn.  Personally I would rather use more yarn and finish my project quicker though!  I lucked out and had this pattern picked out in time for me to hit the Black Friday sale at Walmart, so I found the yarn that I needed for only $2 a skein instead of it’s usual $4.  I believe that I ended up using 11 skeins total. It was Lion’s Brand, the super chunky stuff. I think that if I were to make this again (and oh, I totally will be), that I would try it with three strands of Red Heart worsted weight yarn.  While the Lion’s Brand is incredibly soft, it also made it HEAVY!  My arms were getting tired turning the blanket over and over and over!  That is another reason that I will use worsted weight next time.   I found the buttons that I used for the eyes at Walmart for $1 or $2 a piece.  I also used two strands of regular worsted weight, Red Heart yarn for the teeth and gums.  Easy peasy!

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The pattern that I used was one that I would highly recommend– MJ’s Bulky & Quick Shark Blanket.  I know that some people balk at the idea of paying for patterns, but I really think that you can tell a difference in the end product in a pattern that you have paid for and one that you can get for free.  Not always!  But sometimes, I think it is 100% worth it to pay the little bit for the pattern to get a more professional look.

As far as the pattern itself, I followed it exactly.  it worked up extremely quick, within 4 or 5 hours from start to finish.  The only thing that I would change if I were to do it again would be to change the placement of the fin :-).  While Kolton didn’t think anything of it, the adults all had a little snicker at it. Also, you might notice that his feet looked pretty squished in there.  That’s because this little guy likes to wear his boots about 3 sizes too big!  lol.  He clunk clunk clunks around in a pair of boots that were meant for his sister, and he doesn’t care a bit!

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I actually plan to work one or two of these up to take with me in my farmer’s market and craft booth this year.  I hope they sell well!

Pattern HERE.

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket: Pink/Purple/Green

 

 

I thought that I would share another blanket that I finished.  This was ordered by the momma of a sweet little girl named Bentley.  (I actually just made her first birthday cake!)

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She wanted pink/purple/green/white, so I picked up some Caron yarn at Walmart.  I LOVE Caron yarn- it is so so soft!

 

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Basically, I did a giant granny square blanket, changing the color every two rows.  I used an H hook.

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Then I just finished it up with a sweet little ruffle border!

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I am a big fan of the giant granny square pattern.  It works up really quick!  I actually made this a little larger than a regular baby blanket- it is 32″ x 32″, but I think it’s the perfect size for cuddling up with.

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I just loved the vibrant colors!  They were really happy with it, which make me really happy. 🙂

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Ok, I have a few more blankets that I have finished recently, so hopefully I will share those with you soon!

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Camo Baby Afghan using Grit Stitch

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So, I made this baby blanket.  And it’s really cute.

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I actually started this blanket back in July when we were at the hospital when Nate’s mom had her surgery.  We spent two very long days in the waiting room, and I had big plans to work on THIS blanket, but stupid me, I left the pattern back at the hotel.  So, I grabbed my camo yarn, pulled up THIS pattern on my phone, and started making squares.

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If it looks familiar, it’s the same pattern that I used for Ainsley’s Daisy Afghan.  I ended up making about ten squares that day, before I ran out of camo yarn and started on another blanket (which I should probably share).  Well, when I started, I thought I would give this to Kolt Lee for his Christmas present!  But I have a different, way cooler pattern that I want to make for him.  So I finished this one and put it up for sale.

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The finished afghan is about 36″ x 29″.  I used Red Heart brand yarn, and I went through 3 skeins (I think) of the camo, and just used a portion of a neon orange skein that I had. I love the grit stitch, as it makes a solid square that is really warm. The outside border is one SC round, then a DC round.  I will say that the Red Heart Yarn is kind of scratchy when you are done with it, and the blanket will be really stiff, but once you wash it (I even let mine soak in the washer for an hour or so), it is SO soft!  And it will just get softer everytime you wash it.

If you are interested in purchasing this adorable afghan- here is the listing.  If that one is sold, make sure you check out my shop, as I can make you another one!

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Purple and White Giant Granny Square Afghan

 

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This afghan was SUCH a fun thing to make!  It was my very first baby blanket, and my first big granny square project.  Before this, the only other granny squares I had made were a 4 square trivet and a pretty washcloth.   The best part about it?  I didn’t even need a pattern.  Once you know how to make a granny square, you can make this blanket.  It is basically just a repeating pattern–you could make this into a giant king sized blanket, and you’d do the same thing the whole way!

 

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Don’t know how to make a granny square?  THIS is the youtube tutorial that I watched to learn.  Then you just keep the rounds going until it’s the size that you like.  This one ended up being 32″ x 32″, with about 25 rounds.  Basically you will just use a DC, chain, and slip stitch.  Easy peasy.

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I used an H hook, and some Red Heart yarn for this project, which is a cheaper, not as soft yarn as any of the baby yarns available.  But once you wash it, it just gets softer and softer every time.  I bought one of the larger skeins of each color, for $5 a skein at Walmart.  I have quite a bit left, I think I MIGHT have used half of the skein.

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Funny story about this pretty afghan.  I was invited to a baby shower for a friend of mine.  We work together pretty close on the fair board since she is the extension agent for our county.  Well, they decided they didn’t want to know the sex of the baby until it was born, which takes out the standard blue/pink colors to make a baby blanket in.  She told me that they were doing a Peter Pan theme for the nursery, so I thought ok, I can get some green and white yarn and make a blanket out of that!  When I was there though, they didn’t have a whole lot of selection, and the more I looked at the green and white, I just kept thinking that it seemed more ‘boy’ to me.  So I decided that since I thought I remembered them being KState fans, that a purple and white blanket would work just fine!!  I grabbed the yarn up, feeling pretty good, went home and got started that night.

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Man, that blanket was so pretty while it was being worked up.  The purple was so vibrant and the white was just the perfect contrast.  I just knew that they would love it!  So I finished it up on a Sunday night, washed it, and went to my fair  board meeting the next night.

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At the meeting, we got on the subject of the KState game at the end of the month, and whether or not it was a home game.  Could someone look it up on their phone?  And my friend says (I shit you not), ‘well, I don’t keep track of Kstate’s schedule, I only do Oklahoma State’s.’  HOLY. CRAP.  So I am sitting there freaking out on the inside, but trying to stay cool on the outside.  So I casually say, ‘oh, you don’t like Kstate?’, and she says, ‘well I mean, they write my paycheck (the extension office is through them), but I am an OSU fan.’

Well, that was a FAIL. ha!

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So, back to the drawing board on that blanket!  But that does mean that this one is now for sale.  I will be listing it on etsy very soon.  It’s still a really pretty blanket, and we have a lot of KState fans around here, so I’m sure it won’t be long before it sells.

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I am also thinking of adding a soft, minky fabric back and a scallop border.  Or even a nice flannel in a KState fabric.  What do you think?

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Have you ever had a gift giving fail?  I ‘m just so glad I found out BEFORE I gave it to her.  That would have been pretty embarassing!

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Pinworthy Thursday 10-02-14

Anyone else want to just go HOME and take a dang nap??  No? Just me?  Ok, that’s fine.  I don’t get a nap even if I did get to go home right now, I have to go pick up my cutie patootie niece and nephews for the evening.  Which, now that the youngest is old enough to hold his own with the others, is MASS CHAOS OMG! I’m hoping they will be good enough for me that I can work on my next baby blanket.   I started it last night and I think I am already like 24 rows in?  Maybe not quite that many, I’m not sure.  But I just LOVE the colors in it!  Here is a sneak peek- I took this last night, but I’ve worked on it for another hour or so.  I am hoping to have it done tonight or tomorrow night, and then I will post it for sale.  But I am also considering adding a fabric backing?  This is super soft yarn, but I dunno, I just like the look of it.  I am really leaning towards a minky fabric– what do you think?

 

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Anyway, on to the point of the post.  This should pretty much be a Pinworthy Patterns post, because that’s all I have.  I am now officially OBSESSED with granny squares.  I have so many projects in my head that I cannot decide which one I want to make next, and my fingers cannot crochet fast enough!!!!!!!!

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How stinkin’ cute is this Granny Square zipper pouch?!  I would keep this in my purse withsome pens or my tampuns in it (We are The Millers reference, anyone?  Anyone?!).

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Daisy Baby Afghan– I love the bright colors in this one, and can totally see it in pink/orange/yellow.  I plan to make something like this soon!  Totes worth $4 for the pattern.

 

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I absolutely LOVE the color combo combined with the fabric.  This is one that I am going to take the picture to the store with me to get the same colors.  Cute cute cute!  I wish I knew someone having a little girl so I could make this for them….

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This Never Ending Granny Square interests me.  Not tying in a bajillion ends sounds like a fabulous idea!

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Daisy in the Center Granny Square Pattern– I like the daisy in the middle- this could easily be made into a washcloth pattern, too.

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Daisy Granny Square Pillow– Not only would I like to make this, but I would keep it on my chair (if I can keep it away from my pillow sucking dog.  Yes, I said pillow sucking.  He’s a freak.) and take naps on it. This would be a good starter project, before taking on a huge afghan.

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Mini Granny Square Crochet Baskets– We actually sell something similar to these with Thirty One, called a Littles Carry All.  I buy them all of the time when I need to use a half price or free item, so I know I would like these.  I want to make some of these for my craft room, and possibly as a display idea for my booth.

 

Ok, I seriously have quite a few more that I could share, but that’s long enough.  GRANNY SQUARE FOR THE WIN!

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Cancer Ribbon Dishcloth Pattern

So I had this friend, her name was Betty Jo.  She lived across the street from me, owned a store downtown, and I served on the fair board with her.  She was actually the first store that started carrying some of my crafts!  She was always encouraging me and raving on and on about anything I made.  She was the life of the party, no matter where she was.  Man, she was just FUN.  We got really close while serving on the fair board together, and she would talk about her daughter’s struggle with breast cancer.  She was her biggest supporter, and showed it any way that she could.  So when I found a pattern for a breast cancer dishcloth, I thought, hey, Jo would LOVE this.  I printed it out and planned to maker her a few.  Then life got in the way, the pattern got shuffled to the bottom of the stack, and I forgot about it.

 

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Then we lost Jo this past year.  It was really unexpected.

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I was cleaning out the craft room recently and came across the pattern again.  So I sat down that day and made it.  And thought of Jo the whole time.

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I posted it on my facebook page and had a few people that wanted their own.  So after I made those, I had a lady call and order SIX more.  I think she is giving them away at Christmas.  I spent the entire weekend crocheting, trying to get her order done.  Thankfully these don’t take too long to work up.

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Of course, I lost the pattern halfway through making them.  I think it actually flew away while I was sitting at the farmers market (oops).  But I had the pattern pretty much memorized at that point, so I jotted it down really quickly.  I thought I would share it here for anyone that wants to make them.    Whether it’s for yourself, a friend, or family member that has been affected by breast cancer, or any cancer at all.  I think I will be making up a few in different colors, to represent the different cancers.  It’s crazy how so many people are affected by such an awful disease.  How WE are personally affected by it.  Our house will have white washcloths, for Nate’s mom.

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The pattern makes a pretty big washcloth, or you can use it as a trivet to sit hot dishes on.  I plan to use it for both.  If there is something that isn’t clear, please let me know.  This is my first time to write a pattern like this out.

To make it, I used an H hook, and cotton yarn.  I think you could find a really soft acrylic yarn and use this as a bath cloth.  If you aren’t into crocheting and would still like your own washcloth, I have them listed in my etsy shop – www.etsy.com/shop/brainiac512 under the Crochet section.

 

Crochet Breast Cancer Ribbon Dishcloth/Trivet

Chain 51.

DC in 2nd chain from hook.

DC in the next 19 stitches.

2DC in the next 3 stitches, then DC in the next 2 stitches, 2DC in the next 3 stitches.  DC in the remaining stitches on the row.  Chain 2.  Turn.

DC in the next 20 stitches.

*2DC in next stitch.  Then DC in the next stitch.*  Repeat this 7 more times.  DC to end of the row.  Chain 2, then turn.

DC in the next 23 stitches.

*2DC in next stitch, then DC in the next two stitches*.  Repeat 5 times.  2DC in the next stitch.  DC to the end of the row.  Chain 2, then turn.

DC in the next 24 stitches.

*2DC in the next stitch, DC in the next three stitches*.  Repeat this 3 times. 2DC in next stitch, then DC to the end of the row.

Position your ribbon like the photos above and pin in place.  SC around the ribbon, securing the ribbon in place.  Tie off, leaving a 10″ tail.  Use this on a yarn needle to stitch through and secure the ribbon in place better.

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Ainsley’s Crocheted Daisy Afghan

So a month or two ago, I shared a Project Idea post about THIS super cute afghan.  I said that I was wanting to make it and that it was absolutely adorable, but that I didn’t really know WHO to make it for.  Well my niece Ainsley’s birthday was last month, and I decided that she just had to have it for her birthday this year!  Here she is.  Let’s just say her nickname is Sassy for a reason! And yes, that would be THREE headbands.  She wanted to wear all of them at the same time.

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Now, I know that a crocheted afghan is not exactly what every little five year old dreams of, but I figured that she would think the colors were pretty and maybe later on she would really treasure it.  I was fully prepared for her to be like, “Thaaaanks Aunt Teresa.  Where’s my next present?”  So I was prepared and threw some scented/glitter tattoos in the bag, too.

So I started crocheting, making all of my blocks first.  I used THIS step of the tutorial.  They worked up super fast.  I made 5 of each color, and I had 4 colors.  I used Red Heart yarn in a turquoise, bright purple, hot pink, and a lime green.  I crocheted nonstop, any spare second I had, for 4 days.  In the car, while we watched tv, while I sat outside with my stepmom while she had a garage sale….any time that I could.  I wanted to finish it as fast as I could!

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I did notice that some of my yarns were thicker than the others, so I would constantly hold it up to make sure I was getting the same size squares.  Even still, my turquoise ones came out just a tad bigger.  But not much!  I think I ended up crocheting all of these twice, with how much I was ripping out and redo-ing!  But I also knew that I could fudge it a little when I did the borders that bound them all together.

So after I had all of my squares made, I used THIS tutorial to stitch them together.  I just used a bright white for that.  It wasn’t HARD, but it is a little tedious.  You have to make sure that they are all lining up and looking right.  But this was the best part, too, because it finally made it look like an afghan :-).  Then I added the border with THIS part of the tutorial.  Super easy.  Single crochet all the way, man!  I did one row of each of my colors, including the white.

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I was so excited at this point that I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish it!  I just could NOT wait to give it to her!  I was so excited that I had finally made an afghan all by myself!

But the last thing I had to get on there was the Daisy  applique.  Dun dun dun.  Turns out, I can’t make a daisy correctly to save my life!  I followed her tutorial HERE (or at least I thought I did lol!), but every single time I ended up with a different version of a flower!  One time I had 8 petals, then I had 7, never 6 like it was supposed to be!  Finally I just chose the best looking one and decided to heck with it, she would just have one flower!

I got that on there and just could not believe how pretty it was!  I made sure that I blocked it when it was done, too.  Basically that means to get it wet and lay it out flat to dry.  That helps shape it and make all of your lines straight.  Here are photos of the finished product 🙂

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And a nice little side by side with the inspiration photo.

Photo from Repeat Crafter Me blog

Photo from Repeat Crafter Me blog

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Love it!  I will be making more of these for sure!  And here are a few with the birthday girl.  And by the way, she loved it.  When I asked her if she wanted me to take it home for her to have at my house (thinking that might keep it nice, but she could use it when she came over), she said, ‘Well, it might be really special to me, so I’d like to take it to my house to keep it safe.  Your dogs might eat it” (which is a valid point, btw).  Success!

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(Grainy iPhone photos for the win!)

Have you finished any fun projects lately?  I’d love to hear about them!  Next up will be a monkey afghan for Kolt Lee!

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One Hour Potholder- Crochet

 

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I have been using THIS pattern ever since I pinned it and featured it on my Pinworthy Thursday, with fantastic results, so I thought it was time to share it here!  It is called the Easy One Hour Potholder from the This Crafting Life blog.

This is like the pattern that my Mom uses– she has made potholders like this for years!  In fact, this is the type of potholder that she made and gave me as a wedding gift 7 years ago.  I use them every day, and they are still just as durable and just as good as they were the day she gave them to me.

The pattern is extremely easy to follow, and just uses a simple single crochet throughout.  The first one I did, I think it took me a little longer than an hour, but now I can whip one out in no time at all.  I actually find them a little addicting to make.  I love the patterns that happen when you use a variegated yarn– and it turns out differently every single time!

 

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The coolest thing about this pattern is that basically you just keep crocheting, you don’t have to count, and you don’t have to turn.  It works ‘in the round’.  It will eventually start working itself into a square all on its own.  I personally like my potholders a little on the larger side, so I increased my first chain to 35 or 36.  That gives you a bigger size (like the rainbow one above).

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Then you just have to work a set of slip stitches down the back to connect!  It’s as easy as that!

I have made quite a few, and I have added them to my farmer’s market booth. (on the right, at the back)  I am also going to be making quite a few up to have as bingo prizes during our county fair.  I am on the county fair board and we gave dollar coins as prizes last year, but we wanted to mix it up a little bit and add some new prizes this year.

 

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Now, I’m off to finish the purple one I am working on right now 🙂  Let me know if you make one!

 

Pattern for potholder HERE.

Pattern for Loopy Dishcloth HERE.

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Project Idea: Crochet Daisy Afghan

As I was checking my list of blogs yesterday, I came across these posts for a Crochet Daisy Afghan.  Repeat Crafter Me is one of my favorite blogs for crochet patterns.  She shares all kinds of free patterns that I almost always end up pinning!

Photo from Repeat Crafter Me blog

Photo from Repeat Crafter Me blog

I don’t know anyone who is pregnant right now with a little girl, but I thought that this afghan, which is on the smaller size, was something I could work on now and have on hand the next time one of my sisters gets pregnant :-).  It’s bound to happen sometime!  I would love to give this as a baby shower gift, to just have at my house as a little napping blanket for when the kids come over now, or I’m sure Ainsley would get some use out of it by covering up all of her dollies.  Those dolls are such lazy bums, she is ALWAYS having to lay them down for naps!

I know that I share ideas that I come across on my Pinworthy Thursday posts, but I want to start doing these Project Idea posts to showcase some of the cooler things I come across, and to talk about them a little more.

Like for this blanket, I could easily switch out the colors of the yarn and find another type of applique to use on it, so that it could be used for one of my nephews!  I am ALWAYS pinning applique ideas– I know I have dogs, cars, even monkeys pinned to my board.  How adorable would that be?!

It is a goal of mine to make the kids each a crocheted blanket.  This pattern seems like it worked up fairly quickly, and I’m a pretty fast crochet-er?, so I am printing this pattern out now so that I can grab all the yarns I need the next time I’m out of town.  I’ll let you know if I get it finished and post about how I thought the pattern worked up.

Sarah posted these tutorials in four different posts–  here are the links.

Daisy Flower Crochet Pattern

How to Make a Solid Granny Square Using a Grit Stitch

How to Join Your Squares and Apply Your Daisies

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Isn’t this an adorable little afghan?  Is this something you would make?  Make sure you visit her blog and check out some of her other projects.  LOTS of fun patterns!

Let me know in the comments if you have any fun project ideas for me!

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