Sunday, March 24

The Crazy Quilt Sampler Afghan to knit

Introducing my Crazy Quilt Sampler Afghan. This 54 block afghan was a featured monthly project on the Holiday Mystery Group in 2012. My full size afghan measured 63" x 48" with each block about 8" x 7". I used Hobby Lobby's I Love The Yarn acrylic for the project.

Each block uses a different stitch -- simple cables, lace, texture, and a couple that use two colors. It's a great way to learn how to knit different stitches. Each block uses about 1 oz of yarn and takes an hour or two to knit. You'll need about 49 oz of worsted weight yarn and size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles.

All blocks have the same number of stitches and rows. This makes it easy to knit one block on top of the next into a strip, and as you knit the next strip, to join them to the first strip. I'll show you how to do this in the pattern. When you are done, tuck in all the ends (if you didn't do it as you knit each block), and you are finished!

I have taken all 54 blocks and put them together into a 30 page pattern that contains instructions on how to knit all the blocks.

The 30 page pattern features written instructions and a photo for each block, and a join-as-you-go tutorial.

The pattern sells for $6.00. You can purchase and download the pattern through my Ravelry pattern store. All profits from pattern sales will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.

Whoody - a hood to crochet

It's been a a cold and snowy winter here this year. I am so wishing that spring would finally arrive and warm us up. Even today our temps are in the low 30s with snow. Average temp should be 50 degrees by now.

Here's a hood for the crocheters. It is made in the round using different height stitches to create the shape. The ending and beginning edge feature a shell stitch border.

Below is a picture of what it looks like laid out flat. When you slip it over your head and put the narrow part under your chin, it fits just right.

Keeps the cold air off your neck and out of your ears. :-)

My hood is 29" around, 8.5" at the wide at the chin and 17" wide in the hood part.

I used a skein of Hobby Lobby's Baby Bee Sweet Delight Flower Print in Pikalicious and a size H (5 mm) crochet hook. That's about 288 yards of a DK weight if you want to substitute something else.

Size is easy to adjust by beginning with more/less stitches and working more/less rows.

The 2 page pattern has written instructions. It's so simple you don't need a chart to make it.

The pattern sells for $3.00 through my Ravelry pattern store. Have fun!

Click here to purchase and download the pattern.
  Pattern prices subject to change without notice. Check my Ravelry Store for current pattern prices.