Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Afghan Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek at an afghan I'm currently working on. It's a gift for a family/friend. I just love how the colors are coming together!

Crochet afghan purples shell stitch

More to come!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Crochet Blue Lace Scarf with fringe

I've got odd and end balls of yarn, nothing set for any projects. So I decided to whip up some scarves. Just finished a pretty blue lace one and added fringe, my first time making them!

blue lace crochet scarf with fringe

Sorry for the dullness. I use my phone to take photos and it doesn't capture colors very well.

blue lace crochet scarf with fringe

blue lace crochet scarf with fringe



Friday, May 24, 2013

Another Finished Crochet Afghan Throw

I have finished another crochet afghan throw. This one is for a family member for their Birthday next month. I used Bordeaux and Sea Shell color yarn from Bernat Satin.

crochet afghan throw

I used the same pattern that was for my Boyfriend's throw. http://missedstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/another-blanket-finished.html

crochet afghan throw

I also made a scarf from some leftover yarn. I'm think I'd like to make more scarves like this. They are simple, make up quickly, and are ideal any time of year!

crochet pattern lace scarf
I created this pattern and will likely use it for future scarves. It's in a deep red soft yarn.

crochet fashion scarf

Crochet pattern lace scarf

Here's the Free Crochet Pattern for this Scarf!
ch 23

1) sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 4, sk next 4 ch, sc in next ch, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, sc in last ch

2) ch 6(counts as dc and ch 3), sk next ch3sp, (sc, ch 3) twice in next ch1sp, sk next ch3sp, 2 dc cluster in ch4sp, (ch 2, 2 dc cluster) twice in same sp, ch 3, sk next ch3sp, (sc, ch 3) twice in ch1sp, sk last ch3sp, dc in last sc

3) ch 1, sc in 1st dc, ch 3, sk next ch3sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch3sp, ch 3, sk next ch3sp, sc in ch2sp, ch 4, sc in ch2sp, ch 3, sk next ch3sp, (dc ch 1, dc) all in next ch3sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch3sp, ch 3, sk last ch3sp, sc in last dc

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired length.







Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bordeaux & Sea Shell colors Crochet Afghan Progress

Some photos for to see, a small update on the progress of one of my Christmas projects.

I'm using Bordeaux and Sea Shell colors of Bernat Satin yarn and the pattern of Waverly For Bernat- Ripple Afghan.


Crochet Afghan stitches up close

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Headstart on Crochet Afghans for Christmas!

I've decided to get started now on Xmas gifts. I've seen it so much over the years, people shopping months early to be sure they have it all done in time. This year, I've decided to share my handmade crochet with family and friends by making them afghan throws.

Here's a taste of colors to come!



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Missed Stitches on Facebook

Just a short post to share the link to my new Facebook page!

http://facebook.com/MissedStitches

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

'Think Spring' Crochet Afghan plus pattern

The stitch used for this lap afghan is a shell plus V stitch variant. I felt the original workup of 9 double crochet in the shell didn't set well across the line, so I made changes to suit my own workmanship.

Turtle Shell Lap Afghan
(Think Spring)

Crochet Blanket Pattern

It measures 31" x 57", for my finished version. It's similar to the Twilight Shells Throw from Red Heart, but I didn't like how their pattern was for the shells. So I made my own version.


Here is the pattern for mine!

3 Skeins each of  Dark Sage, Pistachio, and Off White.
Size H8/5mm crochet hook.
I'm not experienced with gauge, I mainly just use a 5mm crochet hook and medium yarn.

Ch 151
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. 150 sc
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first sc, *skip next 3 sc, 7 dc in next sc**(shell made), skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc*, repeat to end at **, skip next sc, sc in last sc
Row 3: change color, ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, *ch 2, skip 3 dc, sc in next dc (top of shell), ch 2, skip 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next sc*, repeat to last sc. (2 dc, ch 1, dc) all in last sc
Row 4: ch 3, 4 dc in ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, *shell in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc*, repeat to the end of row, 4 dc in turning ch
Row 5: change color, ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next sc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc* repeat to end of row, sc in top of turning ch
Row 6: ch 1, sc in first sc, *shell in next ch-1 sp, sc in next sc* repeat across to end of row, sc in last sc
Repeat rows 3 through 6 to desired length.



Other colors work well too, so long as you have a contrasting color added in!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

On-The-Point Crochet; Not My Cup Of Tea

The pattern previously mentioned that I was going to try out was a nice concept, however, it's not for me. It contained a lot of Single Crochet stitches and I found it too tedious. In my article on Hubpages, Making A Crochet Afghan, I outlined the process I go through before making a crochet project. If it contains a lot of stitches that I don't like then I won't make it. I enjoy crochet but too much Single Crochet and I'll never finish the item.

As an additional update, I've been steadily stitching away on the Think Spring afghan. I'll be posting the final project soon and even giving the pattern!

http://missedstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/think-spring-crochet-lap-ghan.html


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Heartland Yarn by Lion Brand

So Lion Brand Yarns has a new yarn collection out called Heartland. I think the colors are absolutely stunning! Looks like this collection has just come out as I cannot find it at Joanns. Although I do not have any of this beautiful yarn, I am however going to try the pattern on their site showcasing the yarn.


Royal Triangle Shawl. 

It starts at a point and gradually increases as a triangle. Being a novice crocheter, I've never tried anything like this before, so I suppose this is a good place to start!


Now... to pick a color from my own stash. More later!

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Lap-ghan Re-Make In Earth Tones

The Lap-ghan I made last year in red, pink and cream is getting a make-over. I had originally used Caron Simply Soft, which I am now trying to move away from. I feel you really get what you pay for. Knotting, un-wound threading, thin and just not pleasing. It made the lap-ghan seem too stretched and weighted wrong.

Bernat Satin, which is my favorite yarn, has a sturdier feel to it. I've encountered no knots that I can recall, nor any unwounding of the threads. The material seems thicker and it makes a more uniform blanket.

So I am redoing a pattern that I love the stitches in, with Earth tones.


Bernat Satin Yarn Skeins

Of course, yes this does mean the Spring project I was working on becomes a UFO (UnFinished Object). I vow to finish it eventually!

Here is my progress so far: