Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Cheer Me Up Blanket

As crocheters, we all love looking at colorful yarn and creating with it. It gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Color Psychology: Does It Effect How You Feel. I can honestly say that colors do effect how I feel.  I love looking at different colors and putting together beautiful palettes, but sometimes certain color combinations can evoke different feelings for me, such as this Cheer Me Up blanket!

When I seen an inspirational blanket online, I had to make one of my own! I omitted one color they had and used something else. It was mostly single skeins I had that weren't set together for a specific pattern.

Does this blanket make you cheery too? :)

The solid granny square is super easy. Just ch 4 and then join the loop with a slip stitch in the first ch. Ch 3, and put 2 dc in the ring. Ch 2, then do 3 more dc. Repeat two more times for the center cross.

Next, for the repeating rounds, slip stitch to the corner, ch 3, then dc, ch 2 and 2 more dc in the ch 2 space- corner made. Put double crochets into each double crochet, then make the corner again and repeat around. Repeat this form all around for a total of 4 rounds plus the center cross.

The square should equal around 5 1/2".

I used four different colors and made 8 squares per row with a total of 6 rows. Putting wrong sides together, I used just single crochet stitches in the back loops of the double crochets to join them. This makes a neat little ridge in contrasting color.

For the border, just double crochet one time all the way around.

My final blanket measures 52" x 72".
I used a 5mm/H8 hook.

So this winter when you're feeling blue, just get out your Cheer Me Up blanket, cover yourself up and bask in the beautiful warmth!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fall Fantasy Crochet Throw Pattern

Let's get ready for Autumn with this super easy crochet throw! I grow tired of the really hot weather we've been having this Summer so I've decided that I'm going to tell Mother Nature that I'm ready for Fall!

I used a 5mm crochet hook for this project with the following shades of Red Heart Yarns: Burgundy, Guava, Carrot, Lemon, and Buff. About 400 yards of each should be enough to yield a basic throw.

Easy double crochet stitches and arches in simple rows of beautiful Autumn colors make this blanket very ready for Fall!!

Size- 36 1/2" x 46 1/2"
Level- Beginner/Intermediate
Gauge- 1"
Multiple: 6 + 5

ch 113

1) dc in 4th ch from hook and across

2) ch 3, turn, 3 dc-cluster in next dc, *ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next 2 dc, 3dc cluster in next dc, repeat to end; dc in tch

3) ch 1, sc in 1st dc and next 3dc-cluster, *sc in next ch3-sp, ch 4, sc in next ch3-sp and in next 3dc-cluster, repeat to last 3dc-cluster; sc in 3dc-cluster & tch

4) ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 sc, *3 dc in ch4-sp, dc in next 3 sc, repeat across; change color with last stitch

5) ch 3, dc in each dc across

Repeat rows 2 through 5 to desired length

Border: hdc around evenly in remainder yarn

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