Beautiful America

One of the most beautiful blankets I’ve ever made is a pattern called Little Boy Blue by Lion Brand.

This jewel-tone afghan was designed for Lion Brand’s Heartland, which happens to be Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s October Yarn of the Month. Heartland is 100% acrylic and weight 4 (medium). Heartland has a soft, silky feel and is comfortable for me to work with.

I enjoyed the variations in stitch patterns from row to row, which produced such a distinctive border. I counted stitches carefully at the end of each row, because mistakes would show and disrupt future rows. It is well worth the time and effort to ensure each section is correct before moving on. Continue reading

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Crochet for Charity: Mother and Child Education Center

It’s easy to make quick, simple newborn caps and booties when I don’t have the energy to follow complicated patterns or try new stitch combinations. Sometimes a one-hour (-ish) baby cap is just the thing with which to unwind (pun intended) or watch a movie. I also believe making a sweet baby cap is the perfect way to make the most of time spent with the evening news!

If you enjoy making caps and booties and find yourself with more rainbow-colored inventory than you have friends with baby showers, the Mother and Child Education Center may be the place for your baby-soft items to find the perfect homes. Continue reading

Bavarian for My Family

Having a great-grandfather with Bavarian heritage, I was delighted to discover there is such a thing as “Bavarian crochet.” Of course, I wanted to learn it; and I’ve been working with the book, Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet, by Jenny King (Annie’s Crochet).

It helps that I previously learned both front post and back post trebles while making a small baby blanket. They are the secret to creating the raised pattern characteristic of Bavarian and take some getting used to. It’s easier to become comfortable with front and back post trebles–and gauge consistency with trebles in general–before putting it all together. Continue reading

Ice Cream for Valentine’s Day

I’ve been flipping through issues of Crochet World for a couple years, and admired many patterns, but I never went right out to begin one until the February 2017 issue.

I just started the “Bubbles Blanket & Pillow” by Joyce Bragg. Of course, since she uses Lion Brand’s Ice Cream Yarn in Tutti Frutti, her pattern caught my eye.

There is an error in the printed pattern regarding materials. It says you need one ball, but this is impossible for a baby blanket and pillow set. Ice Cream Yarn is sold in 3 1/2 oz. balls and “Big Scoop” 10 oz. balls. I suspect you need one Big Scoop, at least, to complete this project. One small ball won’t do. Continue reading

Can One Granny Square Be a Blanket?

Yes, it can, and a lovely one. Granny squares don’t have to be tiny–or boring. A pretty, self-striping yarn can make all the difference.

I’ve made several granny square projects. The drawbacks include sewing dozens of squares together and weaving in countless ends if I’m changing colors within each square. That’s why I appreciate Lion Brand’s Sherbert Granny Stroller Blanket pattern.

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This is my completed Sweet Sherbet Baby Blanket in my Etsy shop. The pattern is free on the Lion Brand website, but you need to set up a log-in with an email address to have access to the pattern galleries. Once you’ve logged in, you can download and print patterns, and you can bookmark your favorites in your account for later. Continue reading

Why Lion Brand’s Bright Stripes Baby Afghan Is My Favorite Shower Gift

Why is Lion Brand’s Bright Stripes Baby Afghan my favorite baby shower gift? Because it’s so quick and easy to make, and everyone loves the rainbow colors. I’ve made it four times and plan to make it again soon.

This photo is a detail of my completed “Rainbow Stripes Baby Blanket.” The pattern uses Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn, which is soft to the touch but a heavier weight than most baby yarn. You can substitute similar 4-weight yarns.

This blanket requires a size I-9 hook, so it doesn’t take anywhere near as long as most baby blankets I’ve made. The shell pattern is easy to memorize, which makes it a convenient project for travel, movie watching, or whenever you want to vary your rows but not have to concentrate too hard. I’ve made this blanket on car trips, an 8-day Catholic women’s retreat, and sitting outside in the sun during summer days off. Continue reading

Pattern: Tiny Scallops Easy Newborn Cap and Booties Set

For a unique baby shower gift, try this simple cap and booties layette set. The cap takes me about an hour and a half to make, and the booties take about an hour. Because the patterns are quick and easy, it’s a great last-minute project for a newborn or preemie. Try different colors from traditional pink and blue, such as the Soft Red and Aqua here, for a change! (I used Bernat Softee Baby: Soft Red #1802982 and Aqua #1838242.)

Tiny Scallops photoThis pattern is an exclusive for TheStitchinMommy.com. Go visit Amy and see her beautiful, free crochet creations!