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My Latest Afghans

I actually finished both of these afghans a while ago, but had never gotten around to taking pictures of them!

I used Red Heart yarn on both of these. I always use Red Heart for afghans because it’s the cheapest and I think it turns out just as soft once you wash it. Yarn can get expensive when you’re making an afghan!

This one is a Christmas gift, but the recipient doesn’t know it’s for them!! I had used a similar pattern before for an afghan I made my mom, but it was from a crochet book that belonged to my old roommate, so I just figured the pattern out on my own. I basically used all double crochet, and in every other row I chained every other stitch. I really love how it turned out! I think this pattern is very pretty for decorating your home!

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afghan

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This is a baby blanket that I made for a friend. I LOVE how it turned out! I used the blackberry salad pattern that you can find here. This was the first time I’d done this pattern and it was much easier than I expected! I’m also really happy with the colors. This can easily be a baby afghan for a boy or a girl.

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baby afghan

I don’t have any afghans in the works at the moment, but I am trying to finish up THREE scarves before Christmas! Ideally I would like to make one more, but I don’t know if I’ll have time! So much crocheting, so little time.

Afghan for our Bedroom

I’ve decorated our bedroom in neutral colors with a red accent and we’ve really enjoyed it! There was only one thing that really didn’t fit with the decor: the afghan. We use a sheet and a comforter on the bed, but there is usually always an afghan on top. For the past year we’ve used an afghan that I had made Brad when we were dating. It was warm, but did not match the rest of the room (it’s blue, green, and brown). Plus, it didn’t quite cover the whole bed. Around Christmas time I started making an afghan for our bed that would match the rest of the decor and that would be big enough for the two of us. I finished it about two weeks ago and I just now got around to taking pictures of it!

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I didn’t want to do anything complicated, but I wanted to do something new. I did a waffle stitch, which was really easy and I love how it ended up looking. I love that each side looks really different! I varied the colors and size of stripe at random, which is more difficult that it sounds! This is the biggest afghan I’ve ever made and I’m really happy with our it turned out.

I just started on another (smaller) afghan for someone for Christmas! I’ve done the same pattern before for an afghan I made my mom, so it should go pretty quickly. After that I will start on a baby blanket for my dear friend Katie!! Baby blankets are so fun to make because they are soft, cute, and small! I’ll be sure to share each when I am finished!

My Crochet Story

If you haven’t noticed, crocheting is one of my favorite hobbies. I can barely sit and watch TV or a movie without yarn and a hook in my hands.

There are so many reasons to love crocheting!! For example:

If you are making an afghan, it keeps you warm as you make it! 

Homemade gifts are the best! (This year I made two scarves and an afghan for Christmas presents!)

When someone asks you where you got that adorable scarf you can say, “I made it!” 

My grandma taught me the basics when I was only 8 years old. I think I also like crocheting because it reminds me of my grandma and it’s something that I’ll always have that was from her. I find a lot of value in skills like sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, and embroidery. I’m slowly working on mastering each one. I’d love to learn to make my own clothes! Does this make me a nerd? A grandma? A hipster?

Have you thought about learning to crochet? Don’t be afraid! My grandma taught me to chain, single crochet, and double crochet, but other than that I have learned mostly from YouTube and Pinterest. And if you live near me, I’d love to teach you!!

My upcoming projects include pillows for the living room and a large afghan for our bedroom. I’ve been dragging my feet on starting both because I can’t decide on colors and patterns!

Fellow crocheters: What’s your favorite thing you’ve made? Where is your favorite place to find patterns?

How to Crochet a Star

A few weeks ago I found this on Pinterest:

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Cute, right? Unfortunately the link didn’t lead to the pattern. I decided to try to make my own pattern! Here is what I did:

I used a J hook and Red Heart yarn. I think the Pinterest picture looks a little better than mine because the yarn appears to be better quality than what I used.

Chain 7 and make a ring. (This was a little small. You could maybe go chain 10)

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Crochet 5 puff stitches in the ring.

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In the top of each puff stitch: Double crochet 3, chain 1, double crochet 3. Chain 1 in between each set of 6 double crochets.

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The third row is when it becomes a star. This row is similar to the second row. In each set of 6 double crochets from the second row, crochet another 6 double crochets in the chain. For these 6 double crochets, chain 3 instead of 1. You will double crochet 3, chain 3, double crochet 3.

The next step is a little tricky. Next you single crochet into the chain that separates the 6 double crochets in the second row. Go straight into a double crochet for the next set of 6.

Repeat to complete 5 points of the star.

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There you have it! It only took me about 15 minutes.

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I’m currently using mine as a coaster, but they can also be easily be turned into an ornament!

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Crocheted Owl Hat

The original purpose of this blog was to have a place to share my recent craft-ings. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted more pictures of my husband and food I’ve eaten than crafts I’ve made this year. But with the Christmas season approaching, you are bound to see more crafts on this blog.

Recently I’ve gotten back into crocheting. I tend to crochet more during the winter, because you can use your creation as a blanket as you go! My grandma taught me the basics when I was 8 or 9 and I picked it back up in college. Most of the patterns I use are learned from YouTube!

My friend Tory is having a baby girl in early January (I’m crossing my fingers she’ll be born on my birthday!) and she had a baby shower last weekend. I decided to tackle one of the more complicated project I’ve tried: an infant owl hat.

Have you noticed that owls have become all the rage lately? I was so excited to find this owl hat pattern on Pinterest for free. (Sometimes it can be hard to find free patterns online.) You can find the pattern here.

I was really happy with how it turned out! It only took me one evening to crochet it all and I spent another evening piecing it all together. It was a lot simpler than I expected! Crocheting something out of the box gets me excited to try things other than afghans.

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But of course, I love making afghans. I finished this one about a month ago. I love the colors and I’m a little obsessed with the chevron pattern. (Also, this rocking chair is one of my favorite things in our home! It was in my dad’s bedroom growing up and it has been in our living room for years. I am so thankful my parents gave it to me!)

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Here is a sneak peak of my newest project!!! This afghan is going to be a Christmas present! Will it be for you?????

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