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  • Organizing: After

    My yarn organization efforts are a success! I am officially in love with yarn headquarters.

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  • Romance Afoot Rug

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  • Lovey Bear

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  • Deer Camp Dishcloths WIP Wednesday

    This week Martha is making the Deer Camp Dishcloth from our crafty collection. Instead of using the recommended colors, Martha is styling her dishcloth with a little pink and purple. Martha is also using a crochet hook in Size H (5 mm), not in Size G (4mm) as stated in the Camo ‘Shopping List’ of materials needed.

    The yarn is: Spinrite Lily Sugar’n Cream medium weight cotton. But, instead of the color used in the Camo project (#19983-Renegade, a green ombre), Martha is using a pink ombre, #02707-Love.

  • Nursery Hearts

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    MATERIALS

    Sport Weight Yarn

    [6 ounces, 480 yards (170 grams, 439 meters) per skein]:

    White - 4 skeins Blue - 2 skeins Pink - 1 skein

    Crochet hook, size D (3.25 mm)

    or size needed for gauge

    Tapestry needle

    2-13^1/2" (34.5 cm) Fabric squares for pillow form

    Sewing machine

    Sewing needle and thread

    Polyester fiberfill

    12" (30.5 cm) Zipper

    GAUGE: 15 dc and 8 rows = 3" (7.5 cm) Each Blanket Motif = 63/4"w x 61/2"h (17 cm x 16.5 cm)

    BLANKET

    Finished Size: 401/4" x 39" (102 cm x 99 cm) MOTIF A (Make 7 with Blue; make 6 with Pink) Ch 34 loosely.

    Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc, now and throughout) and in each ch across: 32 dc.

    Note: Mark last row as right side.

    Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across.

    Row 3: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 14 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 15 dc.

    Row 4: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 12 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 13 dc.

    Row 5: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 11 dc.

    Row 6: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 2 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 9 dc.

    Row 7: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 4 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 8: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 6 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 5 dc.

    Row 9: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 8 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 3 dc.

    Rows 10 and 11: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 10 times more, ch 2, dc in last 3 dc.

    Row 12: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 4 times more, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 4 times, ch 2, dc in last 3 dc.

    Row 13: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † once more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp; repeat from H once more, dc in last dc.

    Row 14: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in last 5 dc.

    Row 15: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 8 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across; do not finish off.

    Edging: Ch 1, turn; 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 30 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 132 sc.

    MOTIF B (Make 12)

    With White, ch 34 loosely.

    Note: Mark last row as right side.

    Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook and in next ch, H skip next ch, dc in next ch, working around dc just made, dc in skipped ch; repeat from H across to last 3 chs, dc in last 3 chs: 32 dc.

    Rows 2-16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 2 dc, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc; do not finish off.

    Edging: Ch 1, turn; 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 30 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 30 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 132 sc.

    ASSEMBLY

    With White, using diagram as a guide, and working through both loops, whipstitch Motifs together forming 5 vertical strips of 5 Motifs each, beginning in center sc of first corner 3-sc group and ending in center sc of next corner 3-sc group; then whipstitch strips together in same manner.

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    EDGING

    To decrease, YO, insert hook in same st as joining on same Motif, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO, insert hook in same st as joining on next Motif, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook (counts as one dc).

    Rnd 1: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in next 32 sc, (decrease, dc in next 32 sc) across to center sc of next corner 3-sc group, H 3 dc in center sc, dc in next 32 sc, (decrease, dc in next 32 sc) across to center sc of next corner 3-sc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 668 dc.

    Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H 3 dc in center dc, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 676 dc.

    Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st and in next dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H dc in next dc, 3 dc in center dc, dc in next dc, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in next dc and in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 684 dc.

    Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each dc around working 3 dc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc, finish off: 692 dc.

    Rnd 5: With right side facing, join Pink with sc in any dc; sc in each dc around working 3 sc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 700 sc.

    Rnd 6: With right side facing, join White with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 708 sc.

    Rnd 7: With right side facing, join Blue with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 716 sc.

    To work treble crochet (abbreviated tr), YO twice, insert hook in st indicated, YO and pull up a loop, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.

    Rnd 8: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in each sc around working 3 dc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 724 dc.

    Rnd 9: Ch 4, 3 tr in same st, 2 tr in each dc around working 4 tr in center dc of each corner 3-dc group; join with slip st to top of beginning ch-4, finish off.

    PILLOW

    Finished Size: 15" (38 cm) square

    FRONT

    With Blue, ch 46 loosely.

    Note: Mark last row as right side.

    Row 1 (Right side): Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 44 dc.

    Rows 2-5: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across.

    Row 6: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 20 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 21 dc.

    Row 7: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 18 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 19 dc.

    Row 8: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 16 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 17 dc.

    Row 9: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 14 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 2 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 15 dc.

    Row 10: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 12 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 4 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 13 dc.

    Row 11: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from 6 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 11 dc.

    Row 12: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 8 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 9 dc.

    Row 13: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 10 times more, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 14: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H 12 times more, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 15: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 5 times more, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 5 times, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 16: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, ch 2, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † 4 times more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, repeat from † to † 4 times, ch 2, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 17: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 6 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in last skipped dc, H skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc; repeat from H once more, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 7 dc.

    Row 18: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc) twice, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in last 9 dc.

    Row 19: Ch 3, turn; dc in next 10 dc, † 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp †, dc in next 12 dc, repeat from † to † once, dc in last 11 dc.

    Rows 20-23: Ch 3, turn; dc in next dc and in each dc across; do not finish off.

    EDGING

    Rnd 1: Ch 1, do not turn; work 42 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working in free loops of beginning ch, 3 sc in first ch, sc in next 42 chs, 3 sc in next ch; work 42 sc evenly spaced across end of rows; working across last row, 3 sc in first dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 3 sc in last dc; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 180 sc.

    Rnd 2: With right side facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 3, dc in same st and in each sc around working 3 dc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 188 dc.

    Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H 3 dc in center dc, repeat from † to † across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 196 dc.

    Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st and in next dc, † skip next dc, dc in next dc, working around dc just made, dc in skipped dc †, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group, H dc in next dc, 3 dc in center dc, dc in next dc, repeat from † to † across to within one dc of center dc of next corner 3-dc group; repeat from H around, dc in next dc and in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc: 204 dc.

    Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st and in each dc around working 3 dc in center dc of each corner 3-dc group, dc in same st as first dc; join with slip st to first dc, finish off: 212 dc.

    BAcK

    Using Pink in place of Blue, work same as Front: 212 dc.

    RUFFLE

    Rnd 1 (Joining rnd): Place Front and Back with wrong sides together; with Front facing and working in both loops of both pieces, join White with sc in center dc of bottom right corner 3-dc group; 2 sc in same st, H sc in each dc across to center dc of next corner 3-dc group, 3 sc in center dc; repeat from H 2 times more; working in Front only, sc in each dc across; join with slip st to first sc, turn; working in unworked dc on Back, sc in each dc across, slip st in same st as last sc made; finish off: 220 sc on Front.

    Rnd 2: With Front facing and leaving bottom edge of Back unworked, join Pink with sc in any sc; sc in each sc around working 3 sc in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to first sc, finish off: 228 sc.

    Rnd 3: With White, repeat Rnd 2: 236 sc.

    Rnd 4: With Blue, repeat Rnd 2: 244 sc.

    Rnd 5: With Front facing, join White with slip st in center sc of any corner 3-sc group; ch 4, 3 tr in same st, 2 tr in each sc around working 4 tr in center sc of each corner 3-sc group; join with slip st to top of beginning ch-4, finish off.

    PILLOW FORM

    Matching right sides and raw edges, use a 1/2" (12 mm) seam allowance to sew fabric squares together, leaving an opening at bottom edge. Clip seam allowances at corners. Turn pillow form right side out, carefully pushing corners outward. Stuff pillow form firmly with fiberfill and sew final closure by hand.

    Sew zipper in place at bottom opening of Pillow; insert pillow form and zip opening closed.

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  • #WIP Wednesday - A Fun Way to Learn to Crochet for Kids

    Learning a new skill can be fun at any age! Martha gives you a final peek at her completed Work in Progress. She followed the project pattern for the All Stripes Scarf found in the book, A Fun Way to Learn to Crochet for Kids (sku 6352). Martha used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn; the color is Cloudy Sea/408. 

    This book is unique by showing the actual-size drawings provided for each stitch or technique. This makes all the difference when comparing your work to the drawings provided. It’s a great teaching tool for young and old(er)! See the book here.

  • Two Way Hearts

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    Shell and popcorn stitches make a lovely twosome in this dainty crochet wrap designed by Mary R. Lewis in honor of Red Heart® Yarns' 60th anniversary.

  • Granny Squares Hat ePattern

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    General Instructions

    Abbreviations

    beg — beginning

    BLO — Back Loop Only ch(s) — chain(s)

    dc — double crochet

    hdc — half double crochet mm — millimeters

    rem — remaining rep — repeat Rnd(s) — round(s) sc — single crochet sl — slip

    sp(s) — space(s)

    st(s) — stitch(es) tog — together YO — yarn over

    * – work instructions following * as many more times as indicated in addition to the first time.

    ( ) or [ ] – work enclosed instructions as many times as specified by the number immediately following or work all enclosed instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks.

    Gauge

    Correct gauge is essential for proper fit of garments.

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    Hook sizes given in instructions are merely guides and should never be used without first making a swatch to check gauge. To test gauge, make a sample swatch approx 4" square in the stitch, yarn, and hook specified. Then measure it, counting your stitches and rounds carefully. If you have more stitches per inch than specified, try again with a larger size hook, if fewer, try again with a smaller size. Keep trying until your find the size that will give you the specified gauge. DO NOT HESITATE TO CHANGE HOOK SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE.

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  • Infinity Cowl | Quick Styles For You

    This week I crocheted the Infinity Cowl from Quick Styles For You.

    The yarn I used was Lion Brand's Homespun Thick and Quick. The colors were Tudor, and Painted Desert. This yarn is so soft! My favorite color was the darker one, Painted Desert.
    If you have ever tried to crochet with homespun yarn, you know the struggle. The pattern calls for 10mm crochet hook. I used the 9mm purple Knook from the Knook Beginner Set for Kids. The shape of the hook made the yarn easier to deal with.
    Here are some photos!

     

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    Stay Crafty!

    -Marie

  • Sweet and Sunshiney Shells

    I finished the Sunshine pattern from Blankets for Toddlers this weekend!

    It was my big, all-consuming project for this weekend and I'm happy to see it completed.  It took three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver and an I hook.  It measures 38" long and about 34" wide, and I'm sure it will stretch out a tiny bit with regular use.  I felt like adding a bit more color to it, so I worked single crochets across the top, and in the free loops of the begging chain at the bottom in a bright pink yarn.  I think it looks fun.

    This is a fun and simple pattern--I would definitely recommend it for car trips or movie marathons.  The pattern is simple enough that you can look up from your work and enjoy the scenery around you while your hands stay busy and your laps stays warm.  I watched a tremendous amount of crime-solving on TV this weekend while I finished this up.  It was such a laid back fall activity to enjoy, and I loved it.  I have another baby blanket or two to finish up, and then I think I'm done with blankets for the year!

    I didn't realize I would have quite so many blankets to make when I thought about making more blankets this year, but oh my goodness.  I feel like some sort of blanket wizard now.  I'm not actually a blanket wizard, but when you consider that I had only made three or four before this year and that I made three or four just this summer.....well, I feel like I've really pulled something off.  Yay!

    This project is the same row of shells and single crochet stitches over and over.  I've been getting over a little cold, and I've been a little worn out and also loopy from medication.  It was nice to have something that made me feel a little more productive while I was glued to the couch without having anything too complicated for me to mess up in my less-than-stellar state.  I'm going to give this to some friends with a new little niece, and I'm hoping this will see a lot of use this winter.  I'm also hoping that the baby appreciates the little pop of pink I added to the borders, but I think I should just be happy with how nicely the pattern turned into a nice little blanket.

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