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Crocheter’s Spotlight: Open Skye Creations


Another BLOG takeover!!! This time, I’d like to introduce my very good friend April! She runs the amazing shop, Open Skye Creations and is a master at all things graphghan. I asked (okay… I BEGGED) for her to explain her process and break it down for the rest of us–and she said YES!!

Graphghans

From This

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To This!

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I get tons of questions on a regular basis about my graphs. About how to take a graph and turn it into a blanket or a pillow or a scarf. Let me tell you- it isn’t as hard as you think! Crochet by Numbers is complicated and can take a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, creating a graphghan can take months to complete. It all depends on your skill level, speed, and time capabilities to spend on working on it. But if you can single crochet and color change you can definitely do it! I’ve put this post together to give you some of my favorite hints and guidelines to completing your own! And if you’re a seasoned pro- you can see how I do mine.

Single Crochet, Half-double, Tunisian- it doesn’t really matter. The tips are still the same and hopefully the hints I provide will make sense to you!

To start it off- These are the MUST HAVES to completing a graphghan.

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First you have the hook. I recommend an “I” hook and medium tension while working up a graph. Second you have the graph itself; I always print mine out on multiple pages and tape them together so I don’t go blind while trying to read it. Third I have BOBBINS! I can’t stress enough how much time and energy these puppies have saved me. They help prevent and reduce tangling (nothing you do can eliminate it 100%) and they just make it easier to hold on to.  Fourth I have a pen, piece of paper, and a highlighter- note I put them as one item because they’re writing utensils and writing utensils are very important in any crochet project.

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And then you have the yarn itself. Every graph I sell I include a yarn usage estimator. Keep in mind that not all graphs will have this so make sure you always round up. Having the same lot and dye number is extremely important when working on any crochet project- but especially when you’re working up a graph. The last thing you want is a picture ruined by two conflicting shades of black or red. The picture above shows the lot and dye information in case you don’t know where to look for it. It is always on the yarn label itself!

Now here is where things change a little bit. I write out every line of a graph that I’m doing. BEFORE I WORK IT UP. This has multiple purposes. When you write it out, you get a feel for just how much work there is going to be. It also helps tell you how many bobbins you are going to need. Every time you do a color change, you should be changing your bobbins (By changing bobbins every time you prevent having a different color running through the color you’re currently working on and keeps the picture looking clean). It also lets you determine which direction you’re working on the graph.

When working on a graph I work from the bottom up. When I do my initial chain +1 (you always sc in the second chain from the hook when you’re working- like the chain 1 and turn scenario) I then work the next row from Right to left. That is my row 1. My row 2 is done from left to right, row 3 from right to left and so on. When you have the rows written out you can use an arrow or other measure to tell you which way to work it up. Now- if you are working it up in Tunisian stitch you are working it up reading from right to left on every row.

These are the most common things I encounter when working up a graph, and the questions that people ask when they get me one on one.

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People always post nice clean photos of their WIPS (work in progresses) but this is hardly the case. They are actually messy- but no one wants to admit that they have a tangled mess of yarn. Don’t worry- its normal! The picture on the left is a graph I worked on that was easy to keep clean and untangled. Note- the bobbins that are nice and orderly at the top!! The piece on the right is NOT clean. And it was done by someone who has done graphs for a long time. Don’t worry about the mess!! You can always fix it later.

I get asked a lot how I recommend doing color changes. The best way I can describe it is this. In the LAST SC of the first color you push your hook under the top two strands of yarn and yarn over with the first color; pull back through. Yarn over WITH THE NEW COLOR and complete the stitch. The videos I have a link to below should help with it if you need to see the walkthrough. It creates a complete stitch with the first color while allowing you to start your new stitches with the second color. *HELPFUL HINT* I always gently tug on the first color that I dropped to help reduce gaps and keep it from being too (loose) for lack of a better word. Don’t worry if you tug it a little too tight, it won’t mess up as long as you remember that stitch when coming back on the next row.

When you’re working a row and bring up the yarn from the previous row, if there is a long strand, crochet over it like you would crochet over your ends when doing a color change in a hat or an amigurumi. I have videos on my youtube page that explain it simply (and in a setting you’ll all know- my lap sitting on my plaid oversized chair!) http://www.youtube.com/user/canavanapril <- that’s my channel. Feel free to watch the videos and subscribe!

I know this sounds really bad, and tedious- and really a question that people wouldn’t think to ask- but here it is anyways. At the end of EVERY ROW you chain 1 and turn. If you don’t do this then you’ll end up with different row counts.

Find April at: www.openskyecreations.com or on facebook at: www.facebook.com/openskyecreations

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Crochet Stripes by Bernat


Recently, a good friend of mine named Vanessa (a HodgePodger from the HodgePodge Crochet Group who runs the amazing page Bobbles & Baubles on facebook and who you can also find over at http://bobblesandbaubles.com/ where she has FREEBIES) posted this glorious blanket that she made as a gift.

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Of course the group all reacted the same way as you are right now–we had to have this pattern!! Unfortunately, Bernat (who offered this pattern for free over on their website until they decided to update their look and revamp to reflect an edgier and more modern style) no longer had this gorgeous pattern up on their site. There were tears and a few HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO US, BERNAT!!! rants making the rounds.

But never fear. If you’re as enamored with this blanket as we all were you can get your own copy simply by clicking this link–> Crochet Stripes by Bernat <– Print or save to your computer and enjoy!!

If you care to leave a comment below for Vanessa please don’t hesitate and if you’d like to share your creations head on over to her facebook page or drop a pic over on HodgePodge!

 

Pulling Back Your Foundation Chain


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THIS GREAT CONTENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE HODGEPODGE CROCHET WEBSITE!!

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks so you won’t miss any of the newest tips, tricks, and freebies!!

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Buzzy Bee Photo Prop


You know it’s springtime when you start seeing bees everywhere!

This pattern is yet one more in a line of cute photo props using the same exact pentagon motif!

Buzzy Bee Photo Prop

Materials required:

  • Hook sizes G and H
  • 4 ply yarn in yellow and black
  • Eyelash yarn in black
  • Tapestry needle
  • Transparent nylon sewing thread
  • Embroidery needle

Note: To make this prop larger, you would need to size your hook up. For each hook size up, you can add an approximate half to three quarters of an inch to the finished project.

Stitches used:

  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • ch (chain)
  • dc (double crochet)
  • fpdc (front post double crochet: complete the stitch around the post of the next indicated stitch by inserting the hook from front to back to front around the post)
  • v-st (v-stitch: [dc, ch 1, dc] in same space)

Pentagon Motif: Make 6: 3 yellow pentagons and 3 black pentagons.

Using main color (black or yellow), Ch 3, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), v-st 4 times in ring, dc in ring, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3. (10 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), fpdc around ch 3 from round 1, fpdc around next dc, *v-st in next ch 1 sp, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, rep from * around to 1st ch 1 space, dc in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3. (10 fpdc, 10 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), fpdc around ch 3 from round 2, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, *v-st in next ch 1 sp, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, fpdc around next dc, rep from * around to 1st ch 1 space, dc in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3. Finish off. (20 fpdc, 10 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), fpdc around ch 3 from round 3, fpdc around next 5 dc, *v-st in next ch 1 sp,  fpdc around next 6 dc, rep from * around to 1st ch 1 space, dc in 1st ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st to top of ch 3. Finish off. (30 fpdc, 10 dc)

Weave in all tails before moving on to next motif.

Assembly:

Start with your center motif. Arrange the yellow and black motifs as shown and prepare to assemble.  (Use pic as a general guide)

Quick Tip: When you are arranging your motifs, be sure that the side where you finished off and have a thread trailing is on the outside–that makes less tails to weave in later because you can crochet right over them when we get to the border!

Note: You can have either a yellow, black, yellow pattern OR a black, yellow, black pattern. Right now is the time to decide!

You will begin working the assembly with only your center motif. All flanking motifs will be joined by one side to the center first, (we will join the rest later).

Take your center motif and any flanking motif and place them wrong sides together.

Note: Keep in mind that your two motifs will be placed wrong sides together, so the back loops will be the two loops closest to each other.

Sew together your motifs using the transparent nylon sewing thread and an embroidery needle–making sure you are only sewing through the back loops of each motif.

The next thing we will need to do is to sew up the rest of the seams between each flanking motif.

Remember: when you join your motifs you want to make sure you are holding them wrong sides together.

When you are all done, you should have something like this–with all the tails from each motif out to the side:

Wrong Side of Buzzy Bee Prop

The only thing left to do with this blanket is the border and the stinger!

Border and Stinger:

Using an H hook, with the RIGHT SIDE of blanket facing you, combine one thread of 4 ply black with one thread of black eyelash yarn and join with a sl st in the ch 1 space located in the point of the black pentagon on the right of your work.

Ch 2,  dc in the same space as join, *dc all the way across to the next ch 1 space (8 dc), 2 dc in the ch 1 space, 2 dc in the next ch 1 sp, dc all the way across to the next ch 1 space (8 dc),  2 dc in the next ch 1 sp, continue from * around until you reach the center of the two bottom yellow pentagons.

2 dc in the ch 1 sp, sl st the two ch 1 spaces together, DROP THE EYELASH YARN and only crochet using the black 4 ply. Ch 8, (you can make this a little longer if you’d like. What you are going for here is sort of a one sided leaf shape.) In the second ch from hook, sl st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st (tail made)

Pick up your eyelash yarn once again,  2 dc in the ch 1 space, dc all the way across to the next ch 1 space (8 dc),  2 dc in the next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, join in the top of the ch 2. Finish off and weave in any remaining tails.

When you’re all done, your prop should look something like this:

Buzzy Bee Photo Prop: Top

Buzzy Bee Photo Prop: Bottom

All that’s left is to make a hat with two antenna’s.

Buzzy Bee Photo Prop Hat

Materials Needed:

  • Size G (4.5mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Finished Sizes:
Preemie/12” (Baby/14”)

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to join rnd.

Rnd 1: With black: Ch 1, 8 sc into center of rnd, sl st to 1st sc to end rnd — 8 sc.

Rnd 2: Change to yellow. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, *2 sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 16 sc.

Rnd 3: Change to black. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 24 sc.

Rnd 4: Change to yellow. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 32 sc.

Rnd 5: Change to black. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 40 sc.

Rnd 6: Change to yellow. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 48 sc.

For size 12”/Preemie skip to Rnd 8. For size 14”/Baby proceed to next rnd.

Rnd 7: Change to black. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 5 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 56 sc.

Rnd 8: *If you are joining from Rnd 6, change to black.* Change to yellow. Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in each st around, sl st to beginning ch to end — 48 (56) sc.

Repeat Rnd 8, alternating black and yellow stripes until hat measures 4.5 (5.5)” or until desired length.

Optional: When your hat reaches the desired length, join eyelash yarn with a sl st in any stitch. Hdc in each st around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Antenna (make 2)

Use two stitch markers to mark where to place the antenna’s.

Attach black yarn with a sl st, ch 10, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st down the length of the antenna, sl st around post of the st on hat where attached. Fasten off and weave in tails.

 

I hope you’ve had fun with this project. If you make one and want to share your pics, I’D LOVE TO SEE THEM! Pop on into our facebook group and post away!

Cross-Stitch Baby Blanket


Just today, I ran into this GORGEOUS baby blanket crocheted by an amazing crochet artist, Carol Sue Miller. 

She came up with a pattern that is simply stunning and I had to ask if I could share it! Since she’s amazing, she happily agreed and here we all are! I’m super excited to share it with all of you because–as you can see, it’s really quite lovely.

So without further ado, I present the Cross-Stitch Baby Blanket designed by Carol Sue Miller.

Materials Needed:

  • Size H (5.00MM) crochet hook
  • Caron Simply Soft Yarn in any color

Ch 99 (chs at end of ea row count as 1 st)

Row 1 – Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea st across; ch 1 and turn;
Row 2 – Sc in next ch and ea st across; ch 2 and turn;
Row 3 – Hdc in next st and ea st across; ch 3 and turn;
Row 4 – Dc in next st , *sk next st, dc in next st, dc in sk st (cross-stitch made)*, repeat from * across to last dc; dc in last dc and in top of ch 3 of prev row; ch 3 and turn;

Row 5 – 8 – repeat row 4; at end of row 8 ch 2 and turn;

Row 9 – Hdc in next st and ea st across; ch 1 and turn;
Row 10 – Sc in next st and ea st across; ch 2 and turn;

Row 11 – repeat row 9; at end of row 11 ch 3 and turn;

Row 12 – 16 – repeat rows 4 – 8
Row 17 – 19 – repeat rows 9 – 11
Row 20 – 24 – repeat rows 4 – 8
Row 25 – 27 – repeat rows 9 – 11
Row 28 – 32 – repeat rows 4 – 8
Row 33 – 35 – repeat rows 9 – 11
Row 36 – 40 – repeat rows 4 – 8
Row 41 – 43 – repeat rows 9 – 11
Row 44 – 48 – repeat rows 4 – 8; at end of row 48, ch 2 and turn;

Row 49 – Hdc in next st and ea st across; ch 1 and turn;
Row 50 – Sc in next st and ea st across; ch 1 and turn;
Row 51 – repeat row 50; fasten off.

EDGING: You can use any edging you prefer. There are many to choose from at Crochet Pattern Central. The one I used was called Lacy V’s and Picots edging.

Carol Sue Miller learned to crochet from a friend and has been going strong for the past 40 years. I owe a HUGE thanks to her for sharing this beautiful pattern and her pics with all of us!

 

If you make one of these stunning blankets and want to share your pics, post them over on our facebook group!