Wee blankies

More blankies! You must be tired of looking at blankies. I know not everyone comes to the blog to see every post so I’m hoping you will get some pattern ideas in seeing what I’ve made. I know that is how I get my own inspirations. I go back to my past blog posts sometimes to remember just how I made some things and what yarn and hook I used to get the size I needed.

So here’s another. Well, two actually. These are purposely small for the early miscarriage. I made them in white since you generally don’t know gender at this point. The pattern is one I found in my computer. It’s from Dayna’s Crochet and is a pattern I saved off long ago. The website is still there but I couldn’t find this particular pattern. I found a reference on Ravelry but the link was broken.

The yarn is Knit Picks Brava worsted and I used an H hook.

PR 2 white dayna 8-21-2019

This is a small Beginner’s Luck. I used the Knit Picks Brava worsted for the white. I think the pink is also KPBW. The blue was a ball of leftover yarn, possibly KPBW but could also be something else.

PR pink blue white beg lk 8-21-2019

This next one is from a book by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss called Weekend Afghans c 1987.  I saw a few copies of the book on Ebay for $5. There are several books with this name but this is the one I have with the pattern Shell Stitch. The books has both knitted and crocheted afghans. If you want to find it at your library, you’re generally allowed to photocopy a page or two from a book. In my book this is on p. 137.

Weekend Afghans front and back paper cover

Looking at the blankie you probably wouldn’t recognize it since the pattern looks quite different as a full size afghan. I have made this afghan but I couldn’t find a picture of it so showing the picture in the book.

Shell Stitch from Weekend Afghans

And here is my mini-afghan. Once again, the Knit Picks Brava worsted. I’ve been working through all the balls I got after cutting out knots in the big skein.

PR white shell st 8-21-2019

I’m going to have to do a larger one using this pattern. 🙂 It also reminds me of another afghan I’ve made which I’ll have to pull out – the Keepsake Coverup. I’ve made many of those in the past. That may be in my next group!

Happy Crocheting!




Mandala and blankies

A few more blankies. The first is a round blankie made from one of Marinke Slump’s mandala patterns, Twelve Round Crochet Mandala. I used an I hook and Vanna’s Choice yarn, colors from the Peaceful palettes line.

PR round colors 8-19-2019

The second is another Cross Stitch Square, but changing colors so it could be for a girl or boy. I used Knit Picks Brava worsted blush and white and a blue from my stash.

PR pink blue x st 8-19-2019

Then I made another with the Shawl in a Ball by Lion Brand in color Prism. The pattern is pretty basic but I used the Teal Swirl in the book 52 weeks of Dischcloths by Knit Picks. The book contains both knit and crochet patterns. You can also find them at Ravelry and for free at Knit Picks website.  This one was difficult to keep flat. Not sure if it was the yarn, the pattern, or my crocheting. Maybe all of them together combined with the fact that I worked on it a bit here and there and not on the same day.

PR shawl in ball 8-19-2019

Happy Crocheting!


Cross Stitch, Bobby, and Briar Rose

Two 9″ blankies made with I Love This Yarn #580 Iced Sugar. I’m working on the third blankie today with this same skein. It has so many pretty pastels in it. ILTY is 5 oz/142g, 252yd/230m 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn. This skein is dye lot 208234. I used an I hook and the Cross Stitch Square for these.

PR blankies 8-13-2019 (2)

I also completed the Beginner’s Luck I started yesterday at the clinic. I started three of these and brought them with me and have been finishing them up at home. It’s easier to have a start so I don’t have to do the counting at the clinic where I’m easily distracted.

One day a lady saw me crocheting and sat down and started talking to me. She said her mother crocheted and then got off crochet and chatted until my hubby finished his PT.  It was nice to have the company. We discovered she lived in the next town over from me. Sadly, we didn’t get contact info. Another time a woman noted that “knitting” is a lost art. She was across the room so I let that slide. 🙂

These three blankies are about 16″ square. They always look rectangular to me but when I measure it is square. Trick of the eye I guess. I used an H hook and a chain of 59. There are 19 V’s and 19 Inverted V’s (dc decreases).

The next blankie I’m working on is the Briar Rose Baby Blanket, a paid pattern but certainly worth the $2.50 she charges. There are almost 30 pages included with many pictures. I didn’t work the whole thing obviously. It looks complex but I really didn’t have any trouble with it. The instructions are very clear. This is as far as I’ve gotten but I really like it. The yarn is Knit Picks Brava worsted Blush.

PR briar rose 8-17-2019

I also completed another Bobby Square and tweaked the two rounds that had errors.

Rnd 10 – Ch 3, 1 dc in space, *dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk 3 dc, 2 DC in next ch-2 sp, dc in next 14 dc, (2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc)  in ch-4 loop. Repeat from * two more times. dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk 3 dc,  dc in next 14 dc, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 4, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Rnd 11 – Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1), sk one dc, dc in next,  (ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next st) 7 times, ch 1, 1 dc in ch-2 space in center of row, (ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next st) 9 times [note: this means you will have a dc directly before and after corner]. Ch 1, (dc, ch 4, dc) in ch-4  loop (first side complete),
*ch 1, dc in next st, (ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next st) 8 times, ch 1, sk 1dc, dc in ch-2 space in center of row, (ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in next st) 9 times. Ch 1, (dc, ch 4, dc) in ch-4  loop, repeat from * twice, ch 1, join in 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

The yarn is Patons Canadiana Aran. It took less than a skein with an H hook.

PR bobby square 8-19-2019

That’s it for today.

Happy Crocheting!


Beginner’s Luck

This pattern is an adaptation of the Beginner’s Luck afghan in Knit and Crochet Afghans vol 768 Brunswick which is long out of print. I found some used copies at EtsyAmazon and Ebay There was only one at Etsy that I saw.

This is the second blankie I make with this pattern. The multiple appears to be 3 + 2 going into the 4th chain from hook. I used 53 for this one. It’s not quite square so I am increasing the foundation chain for the next one.

Just as in the other blankie, I started with a row of dc, worked one row (v stitch, sk 2) and one row (inverted V stitch, ch 2). An inverted V stitch is just a dc decrease. Thereafter I worked two rows straight dc. Then I finished off with a simple dc around. Using the dc border put an added dc top and bottom to go along with the two dc rows within. Another option would be to use two dc rows to start and finish with a single crochet edging then a more decorative edging on top of that. I’m sure I will try different things as I think of them.

PR white beg luck 8-12-2019

The yarn is Knit Picks Brava worsted weight white, lot #1805. I bought one of the new big skeins but ended up with a bunch of small balls just as in the other one I got. I balled it beforehand and cut out all the knots. Skeins are 1090yds/996.7m, 17.6 oz/500g. It’s a lot of yarn even with the knots and I’m sure I’ll get many blankies out of it.

kpbw white in basket

White blankies are presently needed so I will be making a number of these.

And a bonus picture of me working on another one of these while waiting for hubby to finish his physical therapy.


Happy Crocheting!



This little blankie pattern is from the book When Granny Meets Filet. I saw the book at Annie’s as a download for $4.99 and at Amazon for $6 paperback. I’m sure it’s available at other places too.

I used an H hook with Patons Canadiana Aran. The skeins contain 3.5oz/100g, 205yds/187m, 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn. I would guess I used about half the skein for this 9″ blankie. The edging is (sc, ch 2, sc, sk 1) in same space. If I do another, I’ll put two rows of dc at the start and finish to make it more square. It’s a little wider than long.

PR aran filet 8-8-2019

This is the one I worked on while hubby was having his PT. It goes very quickly. The pattern comes from a free booklet available online by Red Heart called Crochet Made Easy. The pattern is called First Baby Blanket. I chained 39. It is about 9″ worked with an H hook using the same Patons Canadians Aran as above.

PR first baby blanket 8-9-2019

This beauty is by Kim Guzman called Lunar Crossing. I used the ZZ Twist yarn in cranberry and the #7 4.5mm Tulip Etimo hook. This is one of those patterns where you have to pay attention to what you’re doing. On one round I ripped it back three times because I obviously can’t count! I ended up putting stitch markers and got it right. Beautiful resulting blankie though I had bit of trouble getting it to lie flat. That’s why I stopped at this point.

PR lunar crossing

Happy Crocheting!