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“Spoil Me” Yarn – Project Ideas

Everyone who crochets (or knits) finds that perfect yarn for them that makes that their inner child scream “Spoil me!”. For some, it’s the $65 skein of yarn that makes them dream of beautiful lace shawls draped across their shoulders. For others, it could be the perfect shade of a color that matches their eyes, the one they’ve been searching for years to find.

For me, my tastes are a bit less expensive when it comes to yarn (well…my bank account kinda dictates that!). For the most part, I don’t spend more than $4 for a 6oz skein of yarn. I admit, I love the soft acrylics such as Caron Simply Soft and Loops and Threads Charisma. I do avoid most Red Heart SS because I can’t stand the feel of it.

Earlier this month I found MY Spoil Me yarn (I blogged about it in an earlier post). The skeins have been sitting quietly in a bag, waiting for me to find the perfect pattern to use with them. I know I’ll have to pick up more skeins, as these are only 3oz each, but there are several colors to choose from and I can see using more than just the three colors I already have picked up.

I’m very intrigued by Round Ripple patterns. The phrase “very intrigued” doesn’t even scratch the surface of how much I love the looks of Round Ripples. And there are so many to choose from! 8 point, 12 point, 20 point, 5-10 point, etc.

Right now, these are the Round Ripples (RRs) that I am considering for my “Spoil Me” ghan:

Lyn’s Round Ripple

Down In The Valley

RoseRed’s 12 Point

Lyn’s and RoseRed’s are both 12 point RRs. The Down in the Valley pattern is an 8 point RR that adds a little extra to the design.

I have seen a few other RR patterns in my searches for the perfect pattern for my yarn. But these three above are the ones I’ve narrowed it down to so far.

 

What have been YOUR experiences with Round Ripples? Are there any ones you prefer over others?

 

 

Teeny Tiny Hearts from Attic24

 

Are you looking for something quick and easy to crochet, that’s also cute? Something that could be used to accent, adorn, or enhance a project? Check out the Teeny Tiny Hearts pattern at Attic24.  If you are in the U.S., make sure to convert your stitches over as she does her patterns in UK terms (she provides the conversion information at the beginning of the pattern).

I think it took all of 5 minutes to crochet one of the Teeny Tiny Hearts, and part of that time was spent figuring out where I put my bag of scrap yarns. I used Caron Simply Soft in Grape and a K hook.

I can see these being a great way to use up scrap yarn. Use them to add a fancy touch to a scarf of hat. Add them as focal points in the center of a square. Or figure out how to connect a bunch of them to make a lapghan! Personally, I think they are a little too small for me to sit and sew hundreds of them together to make a lapghan, but that’s just me. Someone with a lot of patience could whip up something gorgeous with hundreds of these Teeny Tiny Hearts.

 

 

 

Granny’s Daughters and Yo-Yo’s

Since I did a post on Saltines, I thought maybe I should do a post on Granny Daughters and Yo-Yo’s as well.

Granny Daughters are even easier than Saltines. They are the first round of a granny square. That’s it! So if you wanted to use the pattern I posted in the Saltines post, you would just make the ring and the first round:

Granny Daughters:

Chain 6, slst into first ch to make a ring.

R1 – ch 3 (counts as first dc). 2dc into ring. ch 2. (3 dc, ch2) 3x into ring. slst into top of ch3. Fasten off.

It’s just that easy! (note: I did not fasten off on the one in the above picture because I plan on turning it into a Saltine, but I wanted to share a picture of a Daughter).

Yo-Yo’s on the other hand are different. From my understanding, they are a flat circle, around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.  There is a thread for Yo Yo’s for Charity on Crochetville with a very simple pattern in the first post.

Give me a couple minutes here and I’ll whip one up to share with you.

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, quit pushing! I asked for just a couple minutes. I’m almost done…

 

 

 

 

 

There, it’s done! Was it worth the wait?

I know, I know it’s just a circle, but think of the possibilities you can do with a bunch of circles! You can donate them to the Yo Yo’s for Charity group that I linked above, or another charity if you have one in mind. Or you can alter them a bit to join as you go and create amazing looking wall-hangings, blankets, purses, clothing, and more.

Check out what this lady did with her YoYo’s:

Sunshine’s Creations

Sunshine’s YoYos

 

Saltines in Crocheting?

What do saltines have to do with crocheting, other than being a snack? A pretty good snack at that, except for the crumbs that tumble down and want to stick to the yarn. And the salt that sticks to your fingers. Plus they are kind of dry so you also need something to drink with you.

But…

Saltines are also the name of a square in crocheting. A Saltine is simply the first two rounds of a basic granny square. If you’ve ever made granny squares, you already know how to make Saltines! As you may also know, there are dozens upon dozens (at least 100) different granny squares that can be made. To my understanding though, a Saltine is just made with the basic pattern.

Again though, that can be different depending on what basic granny pattern you use. Do you ch 3 between each set? ch 2? ch 2 in corners and only ch1 on sides? or do you skip any chains on the sides?

When I started making granny squares back in the day (No, I’m not going to say how long ago that was… but we will say it was at least a couple decades ago…) I used the ch 3 between each set of 3 dcs. When I look at some of the squares I made back then (and yeah… I still have a stack of them!) I see how sloppy it kind of looks.

I’ve since changed to having only ch1 or ch2 between each set of 3 dc, depending on which yarn I’m using. Bulkier yarns seem to get the ch2 between each set to make it easier to get the next round in.

This is how I’ve been making my Saltines (the pattern may seem similar to others, there are only so many ways to make a granny square. This is how I make mine, written in my own words):

Using Loops and Threads Charisma and a K hook –

Saltines:

Chain 6, slst into first ch to make a ring.

R1 – ch 3 (counts as first dc). 2dc into ring. ch 2. (3 dc, ch2) 3x into ring. slst into top of ch3.

R2 – turn, slst into ch2 sp, ch 3  (counts as first dc). 2dc into ch2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc into same ch2 sp. ch2. (3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2) in each of the remaining 3 corners (ch2 spaces from previous row). slst into top of first ch3. finish off.

 

Nice and simple huh?

Here are some pictures of the Saltines I made last night before bed:

(Yes, these are all made from the same skein of yarn. Loops and Threads Charisma – Bouquet)

 

Color Block Designs – 3 New Graphs

Now that I had a little time to do some work on it, here are 3 new graphs for the Color Block Designs – Flannelghan Style.

First up is one that I call Rainbow Reflections. This design uses 6 colors and follows the basic color pattern of a rainbow, minus one color. The design also includes varigated squares to ‘bleed’ from one color to the next. In the graph, when you see RO, that means to combine 1 strand of Red with 1 strand of Orange. OY will be 1 strand Orange, 1 strand Yellow. And so forth with the rest of the varigated squares.

Rainbow Reflections Graph: 6 Colors
Color R – Red
Color O – Orange
Color Y – Yellow
Color G – Green
Color B – Blue
Color P – Purple

The next design is also inspired by rainbows. This one is called Rainbow Dreams. Rainbow Dreams adds in the 7th color in the rainbow spectrum, and also adds in an 8th color to bring in the sky. The varigated squares are removed from this design and instead you will have all solid color squares. Still using 2 strands per square.

Rainbow Dreams Graph: 8 Colors
Color R – Red
Color O – Orange
Color Y – Yellow
Color G – Green
Color B – Blue
Color I – Indigo
Color V – Violet
Color S – Sky Blue

 

The last design (I think) for the day is called Mad About Plaid. In the graph I used colors that would help set the pattern off so you, the reader and crocheter, would see the general idea. The colors you select are up to you! The design calls for 2 main colors, then 2 shades of those colors. i.e. Main color 1 – maroon, secondary color 1 – light red. Main color 2 – green, secondary color 2 – dark green.

Mad About Plaid Graph: 2 Main Colors, 2 shades in same families as Main Colors
Color 1 – Main Color 1
Color 2 – Lighter Shade of Main Color 1
Color 3 – Main Color 2
Color 4 – Darker Shade of Main Color 2

I hope you enjoy these new designs, and please share what you make from them! I’d love to see how yours turn out!

Color Block Designs – Flannelghan Style – A Collaborative Effort

RoseRed, from RoseRed Designs, and I have been working together the past couple days to come up with a new design to share to the crochet world. This is an adaption of her Lumberjack Flannelghan blanket. The changes include a different stitch, smaller squares, more squares per strip, more colors, and colors laid out to create designs in the blanket. You may have seen the graphs that I posted in an earlier post with some of my color ideas. While those graphs are rather rough looking, they helped spur this collaborative effort between RoseRed and I.

The pattern and graphs can be found HERE. (graphs will be added shortly, once I scan them into the computer and post them).

We hope you enjoy the pattern and designs!  If you have any trouble with the pattern or any suggestions for color placements, please contact one of us either through here, RoseRed’s site (linked above), or on the thread at Crochetville.

 

Here are a few upgraded graphs for you to enjoy:

Ocean Waves –

Ocean Waves Graph: 3 Solid Colors
Color A – Gray-Blue
Color B – Dark Blue
Color C – Medium Blue

Variation: 2 Solid Colors, 1 Varigated
Color A – Varigated – Colors B+C
Color B – Medium Blue
Color C – Light Blue

 

Big Flower –

Big Flower Graph: 6 Colors (I am currently making this design. After each color in parentheses I’ll list the Simply Soft shades I’m using)
Color D – Dark Green (Dark Sage)
Color L – Light Green (Sage)
Color M – Medium Green (Pistachio)
Color R – Red, Dark Pink, or Dark Purple (Raspberry)
Color P – Pink or Purple (Blackberry)
Color Y – Yellow (Sunshine)

Lumberjack Flannelghan Variations

Lately I’ve been sticking pretty faithfully to one project instead of bouncing around building up several at a time. I do love “multi-tasking” crochet projects though. Seeing each one slowly coming into shape, the patterns showing through as the projects grow, then the pile of finished projects stacked up at the end. I’ll admit to a touch of Adult ADHD. I normally cannot stay focused on one and only one project from start to finish. I need to jump around to different projects to keep my interest going.

But as I said, I’ve been pretty faithful with sticking with just one pattern/project and trying to get it finished. The pattern I am using is called Lumberjack Flannelghan by RoseRed. The pattern can be found by following the link. The woman behind the pattern is the author/creator/designer of many patterns: the ones I’ve looked at or tried have all been easy to follow and understand. She offers some patterns for free and charges for others.

If you’ve followed the link and checked out the pattern, you’ll notice that I’ve made a few changes. Instead of making mine look like flannel and using only 2 colors, I have used 3 colors and created a design with the way the squares line up. I also started with chaining 27, using HDC instead of DC for all the stitches, and using a K hook with Caron Simply Soft yarns. The colors I am using  are Autumn Red, Heather Gray, and Black.

Of course, my mind decided to go further with the pattern and come up with other variations. Using Windows Paint program and some iffy Paint skills (my imagination only goes so far with the limited color selections on Paint).

The above is called Oceans. It is 9 squares by 9 squares. If you stay with the 10″ squares, you’ll end up with a blanket that is roughly 7.5 ft x 7.5 ft before the border. To make a smaller blanket such as a lapghan, I would recommend cutting down to 5″ or 6″ squares to make a blanket that is around 3-4ft square. Follow the same basic instructions as RoseRed’s pattern with using 2 strands of yarn to make a square, then dropping 1 strand and picking up another strand of a different color to make the “varigated” squares. Once I have a chance to start working on one of my other variations, I’ll try to include a post showing my variations to get the sizes needed for the squares and what yarn and hook I use.

Here are a few other variations:

This one I just call Big Flower (imaginative, I know. 🙂 )

It would be fairly easy to also put initials into a flannelghan:

Where has your imagination taken you lately after learning a new pattern?