Week 7

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Another of my own creations. This is done in double crochet (dc) and double crochet 3 together (dc3tog)

Turq Dbl Decrease

H Hook

Yarn of choice. I only used one color for this and really liked the effect.

Ch 5, sl st in 1st st to create ring.

In ring: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 3

Rd. 1: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*dc,  dc3tog, dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, dc, dc3tog, dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd. 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*2 dc,  dc3tog, 2 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 2 dc, dc3tog, 2 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd. 3: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*3 dc,  dc3tog, 3 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 3  dc, dc3tog, 3 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd 4: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*4 dc,  dc3tog, 4 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 4 dc, dc3tog, 4 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Rd 5: Ch 3, dc in same sp,*5 dc,  dc3tog, 5 dc, in ch 2 sp: 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc,* repeat from *to* twice, 5 dc, dc3tog. 5 dc, 2dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning 3 ch

Any questions feel free to ask.

Week 6

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This is a pretty simplistic pattern. It consists of half double crochet (hdc) stitches. Here’s my pattern:

HDC Lavaqua

H Hook

Yarn if choice. I chose to use two colors to give it more dimension.

stitches you need to know: chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc)

Ch 5, sl st into 1st st to create ring

Rd 1: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

From this point on change color for each round.

Rd 2: Ch 2(counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (3hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (3hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 3: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (7hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (7hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 4: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (11hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (11hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 5: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (15hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (15hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 6: Ch 2(counts as a hdc),  1 hdc in same space, *hdc across (19hdc), in ch 2 space 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * three times, hdc across (19hdc), 2 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sl st into top of beginning ch 2

Rd. 7: Ch 1(counts as a sc), 1 sc in same space, *sc across (23sc), in ch 2 space 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc* repeat from * to * three times, sc across (23sc), 2 sc in ch 2 space, sl st into top of beginning ch 1

Catching up

I’ve not forgotten. Hopefully, I can find time in the next couple days to update with what I have done the past three weeks. The past three weeks have been chaotic for us. We seem to be falling to one illness or another. I have completed a square each week, just haven’t gotten around to posting.  Also, I have to figure out how to put down on paper what I have done with hook and yarn.  The last three squares I have done are my own creations, though they are probably out there somewhere and have a really awesome name to go with them.

Heart Dishcloth

Okay, this isn’t a project that I did for my 52 week project but, it’s still crochet.  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I wanted to do something special for my son’s teachers. For Christmas, we made an ornament and some sugar cookies, so I didn’t want to do the same thing for this holiday.  I thought about doing a scarf but I’m not a fast crocheter and I wanted something that would be done within an hour. Then I thought, why not dishcloths? Even better, why not a heart shaped dishcloth?  A quick search and I stumbled upon this beauty on Ravelry.  I had scrap cotton yarn laying about. I had a G/ 6/4.25mm hook laying about. So off I set. And here’s what I ended up with.  I love the bright color and I hope that his teacher does, too. I will pair it with a bottle of Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap and one of the homemade valentine’s that my little guy is working on.

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Week 5

ImageI didn’t forget to do a square last week, I promise.  I was just quite busy and didn’t have time to blog about it.  This is a square from Edie Eckman’s Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs.  I love, love, love this book. I highly recommend it if you want to venture, beyond the square.  Anyways, for this square I used a H/8/5.00mm hook and some of my stash yarn.

I am really enjoying doing this project.  It gives me the opportunity to try new square and to use up some of my scrap yarn I have laying about.  If you are doing a similar project, I would love to see. So, feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

Homemade Granola Bars

My son loves to help in the kitchen.  He is still quite young, so he is limited to things like mixing ingredients and helping to measure.  I am always excited when I find a way that can help to foster his culinary desires.  We ran out of granola bars the other day and instead of running to the store for some, I decided to find a recipe that we could make.  There is no shortage of granola bar recipes to be found on the internet, but eventually I settled on a recipe I found on a site called Barnes and Noodles.  The main reason I chose this one is because of the simplicity and versatility.  Also, I had everything on hand to make these.  It was snowing out and I didn’t really feel like going out.  This recipe was definitely something my little guy could help with.  We chose to put almonds and Craisins in ours, but you could do any flavor combination that you like.  They turned out delicious.   I am hoping to make this a weekly event.  I like that I know what I am eating and they are really inexpensive to make. Ta-da!

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Week 4

ImageOne of my goals this year was to begin learning Tunisian crochet.  I recently purchased a J/10mm afghan hook and Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Kim Guzman and set out to learn.  My 52 week project was the perfect excuse to give it a try (as if I needed an excuse.)  After a few attempts of learning the foundation row, I finally suceeded and I was off.

For this square I used:

J/10mm afghan hook

Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta

My pattern:

Chain 18 with afghan hook

Tunisian Simple Crochet for 14 rows

Changing to H hook, single crochet around placing 3 single crochets in each corner.  Fasten off.

This square is definitely going to need to be blocked.

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