Friday, December 30, 2011

Crocheted Shawl

OK so I have finished all the holiday gifts for this year, and decided to make something for myself.  It is an easy crochet, although the directions were a little confusing in places.  I muddled through and made this cute shawl. You can see from the first picture that I ran out of the deep purple yarn, so finished it up with black.  Was just trying to use up parts of skeins I had in my stash, and didn't want to spend more money on yarn for this project.  So we will call it an eclectic use of color  ;-)

The pattern is a ravelry download, you do have to be a ravelry member to download the pattern, but registration in ravelry is free and I find so many patterns on this site!

Here is the pattern page!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Afghans

I really need to catch up on my blogging.  I want to post about our Samhain feast, but that will have to wait for another day.  I wanted to post pics of the Afghans I made this year.  I made them for friends of mine, but have been waiting until they all have received them first, before I posted on my blog.  I will also post links to the patterns.

This one is called a Granny Ripple, because it is a ripple pattern using a granny square technique.  I found this pattern on ravelry, so click here for this pattern.

This is a corner to corner afghan, I hadn't done one of those before.  That pattern is found by clicking here.

The wave afghan.  LOVE IT!  Also loved the deep, saturated colors.  This one is also a free ravelry download found here.

This afghan also uses a granny square type of technique.  Love the colors of this one too, the recipients favorite colors.  In the picture the bright stripe might look a little yellow, but it is a green color.  Sorry folks, can't find the pattern for this right now, and don't have a lot of time to look.  If I run across it, I promise to post it later!

This one is my favorite as it was all new technique for me, so I learned a lot.  It is a thick, heavy afghan, all single crochet intarsia, which I had never done before.  I found some of the symbols of this afghan on this blog, If you look around her chart page you will see the blocks I used.  I made up the letter squares myself.  I would love to do more intarsia in the future.  I tried so many different techniques to crochet the squares together, but didn't like any of them, so I ended up sewing the squares together (my least favorite technique).  That part was a challenge for me.  :-)

Hope you enjoyed seeing my Holiday projects, and try a pattern or two yourself!