Taking the Long View

When I was growing up, my ballet teacher had a poster that hung in the studio dressing room. It was a picture of a young girl’s pink-stockinged legs and feet as she sat on the floor, tying her pointe shoe ribbons. The words were:

“So much of growing is waiting–for our knowledge to increase, for ourselves to mature, for our dreams to become reality.”

I was recently reminded of that poster–at which I glanced countless times during eight years of ballet classes–when I finally got around to crochet projects that I’d intended to begin for much of my life and never had. One of these “someday” projects was learning to make thread crochet doilies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!