baby blanket “try again”

A friend of mine asked me to make him a baby blanket, since one of his best friends is having a baby soon.

I had a lot of grey wool, so i decided to go for an easy patter with a nice texture. I usually make very colourful blankets cause i am a colour freak and I secretly wish i could keep them all for myself (lol), so this time I though I’d go out of my comfort zone and try something classy πŸ™‚

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First of all, I decided it would be a knit blanket, to do something different from the usual πŸ™‚ I started knitting on one of the fist warm and sunny days in may and I chose the seed stitch, which gave a nicely textured yet “squishy” effect.

I had to put the project by side for a couple of weeks though, cause I was busy studying for my PhD defensio. The nigh before the big day I started working on it again so I could relax a bit… I ended up knitting some 25 cm of it in total… It was looking so nice!

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BUT the day after I woke up to a not-so-nice surprise… Sissi, my devilish kitty and actually the *real* craftykitty, had managed to open the sealed bag I had stored my project in and had been playing with it the whole night, creating a series of holes, loopy strands and overall making a mess out of it.

I know all pets’ parents believe that their animals are special, but believe me… mine is VERY special. She is a real wool lover, to the extent that I have to buy skeins specifically for her, so that she can play with them without ruining mines. Anyhow, she won’t accept them if I just give them to her… she doesn’t want HER skeins, she wants MINES! So i need to set up all kind of possible situations where she can steal the skein from me, though it’s actually meant for her. I would usually knit or crochet a couple of rows and leave the skein freely moving on the floor so that it catches her attention. Moreover, she only likes 100% wool yarn… blends or acryclic are no option for her, she wants the expensive stuff!

Say “Hi” to my small moster! πŸ™‚ look at those eyes… clearly craving for mum’s wool! lol

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Anyway, It took me a week to overcome the trauma and finally frog that poor thing which once was going to be a blanket, cut ruined yarn strands and try to save as much of it as possible…

I have now started crocheting a new blanket. I was looking for a pattern I hadn’t tried yet and I came across this one, which looks pretty neat and is definitely an easy one:

Baby Blanket

And here is my version… I’m loving the texture and using a hook size 6 (J) Β it’s also working up pretty fast!

I wanted to crochet the edging in a different colour though, as in the original pattern, but I can’t decide which colour! What do you suggest? it’s going to be for a baby boy πŸ™‚

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New work in progress… and yes, it’s a baby blanket :)

Hi everyone!

I am taking a break from studying just to share with you my latest work in progress πŸ™‚ Crocheting really helps me relaxing after a whole day spent on the books. Some people do sports, some yoga or other activities… I sit on the couch, watch some food related tv program (normally Man vs Food, it makes me go crazy! lol) and crochet till my hands hurt!

The idea for this blanket came to me while watching a Tv program on Channel Kitchen 24. We don’t have that channel in Italy, I just bumped into it while zapping during my recent trip to Austria and Slovenia. So yes, a lucky strike!

In this program there was this woman travelling around Provence, France and showing all the recipes that you can make using lavender flower. She had collected an amazing bunch of these flowers and was just making cookies with them… how nice!

So well, that’s where I got the idea of a baby blanket resembling a lavender field… I think I quite managed. I am already about 50% through it, and I can’t wait to see the finished product! πŸ™‚

This blanket will be for sale. If you’re interested, just please drop me a line at sakura.crochet.designs[AT]gmail.com Since it is not finished yet, you can still pick your size πŸ™‚

I am just able to offer you a sneak peak… so enjoy!

Clue #2

Crocheting all the “flowers”

Mistery project: clue number 3! Eheh

Finally crocheting the borders and trying out colour combinations πŸ™‚

 

ps: the pattern for this blanket is mine and you can find it hereΒ Β πŸ™‚

FOR SALE: Winter Garden baby/toddler blanket

Is your baby already a fashionista? Tired of pastel and neutral colours?
Then this Baby Blanket is what you were looking for.

Finally! A beautiful crocheted baby blanket in very trendy and fashionable colours! Perfect for baby showers, birthdays and holiday gifts!

Crocheted in a warm merino wool and acrylic blend, easy to take care of and super soft! It can be washed a number of times and still remains perfect πŸ™‚

Blanket measures approx 90×70 and is composed of 48 squares, all featuring a different colour combination, in the shades of pink, red, blue and green.

Please note that for this blanket I have used quality materials only, and in particular an acrylic/wool blend which is machine washable. It’s a bit more expensive, but you get a baby blanket which won’t change its shape after the fist wash and will always look perfect.
“My mums” rather spent time with their babies than hand washing πŸ˜‰

Don’t just get your baby A blanket, but rather that blankie that will accompany him/her for a life time!

BUY @ ETSY.COM

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If you would like a similar blanket, but with different sizes/colours just email me at sakura.crochet.designs[AT]gmail.com and I’ll get back to you asap. I am ALWAYS open to custom orders!
Winter Garden Baby/Toddler blanket

Winter Garden Baby/Toddler blanket

Winter Garden Baby/Toddler blanket

Winter Garden Baby/Toddler blanket

Update on a WIP

I have recentrly started a new baby blanket.

I have been looking for inspiration for a while and finally found a pattern I liked πŸ™‚

I am currently in Austria, dealing with the last bureaucratic things before I finally get my PhD title in June, and I ran out of cream coulored yarn, which is the main colour, so I am just focusing on making the circles. My original plan is to make 48 squares and I have completed 38 so far, so once I come back to Italy I will just have to add 2 rounds of white and then join them together. i am actually so happy with the end result that i might make more and end up with a bigger blanket… who knows! It’s always hard to understand what customers might prefer when it comes to baby blanket sizes. Do you have any advices? Bigger is better? Babies surely outgrow the small ones pretty fast, but who knows…

Anyway, here are some pictures. Please forgive the poor quality, I had to take them with my Iphone πŸ™‚

So, how do you like it?

 

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Greta Stitch – Photo tutorial

I have been asked by some people lately, to provide a better explanation of the Greta Stitch I used for my Greta’s Blankie Pattern, which I have posted on this blog some years back already.

Therefore I have decided to write photo tutorial πŸ™‚

The stitch is actually not difficult itself, but I understand that reading a written pattern can get tricky somehow, so i hope this will help.

Here is the stitch I am talking about

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

As you can maybe already notice, it is nothing else than a 3dctog (3 double crochet stitches worked together), which repeatedly worked on the wrong and right side produce this kind of wavy pattern.
Using a relatively think yarn and a hook slightly bigger than it would call for, will also give to the end product this soft and “spongy” look.

In this case, I have worked a yarn that calls for a 3-4 mm hook, with a 6 mm hook instead.

Now, on to the photo tutorial. You will find two kinds of directions, since the first row (after the foundation chain) is worked differently than the rest of the pattern.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you asap!

Greta Stitch photo tutorial

GRETA STITCH

by Giulia Pezzi

PATTERN IS WORKED ON A MULTIPLE OF 3 PLUS 2

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 1

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, insert hook into *GS* cluster from the previous row

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 2

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 3

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

pull up a loop

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

pull up a loop

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 4

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 5

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

2 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

2 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 6

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 inserting hook in the next chain, 3 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4, 3 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 7

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, inserting hook in the next chain, 4 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, 4 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 8

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

psssss! if you click on the pictures you will get redirected to a bigger version on Flickr! enjoy! πŸ˜€

Alex Granny Square Pattern – now for sale

A pattern for a crocheted granny square with a nice floral 3D texture.
Perfect for baby blanket,s but also for home decor items, as pillows, potholders and such!

Finished measurement: 13×13 cm – 5.11×5.11 inches

Written in English, includes a step by step picture tutorial.

Enjoy!

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THE LISTING IS FOR THE PATTERN ONLY!
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The pattern will be EMAILED to you after receiving the payment.

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All my crochet patternsmay not be used to copy or redistribute.
You are welcome to sell your creations using my patterns as long as you credit my shop in a link.
Thank you so much, Giulia.
new granny square - my design

"Alex" granny square - my design

You can buy it here:
ETSY

DAWANDA

RAVELRY

Pattern of the week: thinking of… Owls” (pt.2)

Hi everyone!
Here I am, finally finished moving and sorting out my stuff πŸ™‚ I must admit that I got pretty overwhelmed by the amout of yarn and half finished projects I have collected over the years! I finally got the chance of doing some sorting though and I made a resolution to finish as many projects as possible till the end of this year, before starting any new ones… we’ll see how it goes! lol

Anyway, here is finally a new POTW, and I’m SURE you’ll love it!
Enjoy!

 

Owl Granny Square

Now… comment to this post if you’re already stash digging!! πŸ™‚