Baby blanket, hat, and booties

_20180203_1556201528687397.jpgI have a baby shower to go to in March and I am in the process of making a set of blanket, hat, and booties as a gift.  I am using Caron Simply Soft in off white, soft green, and lavender blue.  I picked these colors since I don’t know the sex yet and those are pretty baby neutral.  The booties and hat are finished since they are pretty quick to make, just an hour or two.

dsc_18311618520281.jpgThe blanket is in a ripple pattern with four rows of each color and is about half finished now.  I like this ripple as it is a very repetitive pattern and easy to keep track of your spot since it is all in 3’s.  The purple looks a bit darker here than in real life for some reason but the other two are pretty accurate.

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January 31 Super Moon

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I wish I had a longer lens, but here is tonight’s super blue moon here in Pickering, Ontario at around 11pm.  This was using my Nikon D7000 and a 300mm lens on a tripod.

 

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Baby Hat and Socks

babyhatTo go with the blanket in the previous post, I made a hat using Caron Cupcakes yarn (Sour Grapes color) which comes with a pom-pom for the top.  With the leftover yarn, I made a pair of socks to match.  Again, my husband picked the color to go with the yarn for the blanket.  I used the pattern on the label to make it (you can find it here) and although it says it makes a hat for a 2-10 year old, measure the head of the child to make sure it will fit as the first one I made using the 2-year-old size was too small for my 1-year-old nephew and I had to rip it out and make it larger.   I took a bit of artistic license with the pattern and after it got to the rows all the same length, I added in a couple of rows of front post double crochet cables.  When it came to the 5 rows of single crochet for the  band at the bottom, I did those in alternating front and back loop sc to give it a bit of detail.baby-socks

With the leftover yarn from the hat, I made a cute pair of socks using this pattern, but since it was thicker yarn than the pattern called for and for an older baby, I used a G hook and they turned out just the right size for a 1-year-old.

 

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Experiment in yarn pooling

pooling-blanket-wpAfter seeing photos and a few videos about yarn pooling, I decided to give it a try.  My first attempt is this baby blanket done in Craft Smart Value Yarn in the color “Giverney”.  This was a gift for a baby’s first birthday and the yarn was chosen by my husband since it was for his cousin.  The yarn is a variegated yarn with the colors lavender (lv), purple (pu), royal blue (rb), dark blue (db), turquoise (tu) and yellow (ye), which flow back and forth in a kind of spectrum look (it ran rb-db-pu-db-rb-lv-ye-tu-ye-lv then started over again) but in a very short length for each color (just over one double crochet per color).

Since most pooling instructions tell you to use a yarn with a longer length for each color, I had to wing it a bit.  I started with a long chain which I made the width I wanted the blanket and made sure to end it on the last color of a spectrum (rb in this case) so my first double crochet was the start of a color.  I worked it in granny stitch (clusters of 3 double crochets skipping 2 stitches between on the chain, then the rest of the rows the cluster goes in the space between clusters on the previous row).  Once I had a couple of rows done, I made sure the colors in the current row roughly matched the ones 2 rows previous (the last cluster directly below it) adjusting tension as needed so they stayed lined up.  This way the colors wound up in vertical stripes even though I worked the stitches in horizontal rows.  After I finished, I gave it a border all the way around in double crochet to give it a smooth edge.  I think it turned out looking rather interesting.

I am working on another yarn pooling throw now that has a longer length for each color and is working out into a kind of plaid or argyle pattern as I go.  I will post a photo when I finish it.

 

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Finished crochet cable throw

I couldn’t leave it be and powered through to finish it tonight.  It turned out really nice too.  I know I messed up the center braid in one place, but it doesn’t stand out too bad and since it is for me I can live with it. 🙂 Once you got in the rhythm the cables weren’t too horribly difficult and it kept you from getting bored because you were constantly changing back and forth. 

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Work in Progress: Cabled blanket

cablesI saw this pattern online and just had to try it.  This is my first try at crochet cables and I am liking it.  I may have messed up the center braid a bit but I don’t feel like backing up that far to redo it.  The pattern I am using is Sewrella’s Crochet Heirloom Cabled Throw, but instead of Lion Brand Thick and Quick I am using Bernat Roving and an 8mm hook so I added an extra double crochet between cables (3 instead of 2) to help make up for the size difference.  The center braid is the most confusing part but I think I am getting the hang of hit now.  Trying to read the pattern may make your brain melt, so I recommend watching and crocheting along with the video instead.

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Which type of crochet hook do you prefer?

Whether you like aluminum, bamboo, or just plain old plastic crochet hooks, you still have to pick a style of hook.  The two main ones are the in-line Susan Bates type hooks and the Boye type hooks with the nipped in neck.  Most people have a strong preference and detest the other type.  My preference is the Susan Bates type which also has a slightly more pointed end and a rounder curve to the end of the hook.  I feel they slip through the yarn a bit easier and they are always the ones I recommend to beginners.  I can use the Boye type hooks with no problem but when I have a choice I will choose the Susan Bates ones.  Which type hook is your favorite?

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Susan Bates hooks on the left and Boye hooks on the right

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