Saturday, August 27, 2016

Vintage Granny Puff Flower Blanket

This blanket was one of my scores from a rummage sale that I go to every year with my dear cousin Liz who gets me my golden ticket!   The rummage sale we go to is basically this huge outdoor event on a fair ground where they sell used items of every thing you can think of.  Cameras, clothes, household, vintage, furniture, yarn, ... pretty much everything! There are so many tents! A lot of the items come from elderly women and men who have moved into the Nursing Home who runs the rummage sale.  And every year I go (sometimes twice if I'm lucky) I pick up these amazing crochet blankets at insanely low prices.  I'm talking $5!  Anyone who has every made these type of blankets understands the amount of time and work that goes into making these beautiful things and knows that $5 is an absolute steal. This blanket especially caught my eye because of the the puffy flowers in the center. 

 I was commissioned to make this blanket after a customer spotted this pic on instagram.  
This is the first time I designed a granny square pattern and after many, many, many trials.  I finally ended up with a design that I loved.  pretty lil' puffy flowers with a simple circle border, and beautiful vintage like border. 

This was designed as 38 x 50 size and I ended up making 88 squares total. 

Vintage Granny Puff Flower Blanket 

crochet hooks:

・H 5.00mm

・Yarn: I used a mix of dk weight in wool, silk and cotton for the center motifs.  Each color was a             
     50gr. ball 
・for the border: I used 7 skeins of premier ever soft solid in off white 

*tip I always scour my local yarn stores clearance section.  even online stores.  you can find some really great deals you just gotta look! 

sl: slip stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: triple crochet
fptrcl: front post triple cluster stitch

fptrcl: front post triple cluster stitch:

yo/wrap yarn 2x around hook (3 loops on hook)
insert behind triple crochet post
yo, pull through from behind the triple post (4 loops on hook)
yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)

you will now leave the 2 loops on the hook and repeat the above steps on the next 2 triple crochet posts.  when completed you should have 4 loops left on hook, yo and pull yarn through all 4 loops your first "front post triple crochet cluster" is done! 

I used the magic circle technique.  If you google it you will find a ton of videos demonstrating this technique. I've include some visuals for you below. 
*this stitch can be substituted by chaining 4 and joining for first chain to make a loop.

magic circle

Make two loops with the yarn over your two fingers
Put the hook beneath the 2 loops on your fingers. Yarn over hook
Pull the yarn through both loops
Yarn over again
Pull yarn through loop
magic ring is completed

*disclaimer: this pattern is my own design. please feel free to make, share, & sale all finished projects. please feel free to share pattern just don't claim or copy it as your own!

pattern instructions:

round 1: magic circle or ch. (chain) 4 join to first ch  to form circle. ch. 4 (counts as first stitch) 23 tr (triple) crochets.  join on top of ch. 4 *(your first stitch)  (24 stitches total) 

round 2: ch. 2 fptrcl (front post triple crochet cluster)  over first 3 triple crochets of first round. *remember ch. 4 is your first stitch! 
{ch. 2, fptrcl over next 3 tr crochets} repeat 6x more 
join on top of ch. 2  (8 fptrcl stitches total & 8 ch. 2 spaces total)

join new color 

round 3: sl into next stitch (top of fptrcl stitch) ch. 1, sc into same stitch, 3 dc into ch. 2 spaces (in between fptrcl stitches) 
{sc on top of next  fptrcl cluster stitch, 3 dc in ch. 2 spaces} repeat 6x more
join on top of 1st sc (24 stitches total) 

join new color

round 4: ch. 3 (counts as first stitch), 2 dc in next stitch, 
{1 dc, 2 dc in next stitch} repeat 14x 
join on top ch. 3 (first stitch) (48 stitches total)

round 5: ch. 1, sc in same stitch, ch 1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch, ch. 1, skip next stitch, dc in next stitch, ch 1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch, ch.1, skip next stitch, dc in next stitch, ch. 1, skip next stitch, 5 tr in next stitch, ch. 1 skip next stitch
 {sc in next stitch, ch 1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch, ch. 1, skip next stitch, dc in next stitch, ch 1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch, ch.1, skip next stitch, dc in next stitch, ch. 1, skip next stitch, 5 tr in next stitch, ch. 1 skip next stitch} repeat 2x more 
join on top of 1st sc.  (4 sc, 8 hdc, 8 dc, 4 sets of 5 tr, 24 ch. 1 spaces total) 

I made a total of 88 squares and joined them using this single crochet join method.  

For the border I evenly sc around the blanket making sure to add 3 sc in each corner. 
I then did 4  rounds in hdc.  again making sure to put 3 hdc in each corner, joined to first hdc, binded off and tied in all those loose ends. and there's a lot of them! 

I blocked my blanket by doing a combo of misting with water and pinning letting it sit a day and them steaming with an iron about an inch away from blanket and dried it for one more day.

*This pattern has not been tested so if you catch any errors please let me know so I can fix it! 
If you need any help please email me, leave a comment here, message me on fb or instagram. 
I'm huge on helping and growing this amazing crochet community we've got going so anytime you have a question or need help please don't be afraid to ask! I promise to get back to you as soon as I can (I have 4 kids so it might take lil" time to respond)

I also discovered a great new free app called periscope where I can live stream.  I was thinking of doing a live stream of me making the motifs next week as I'm about to make another blanket for a customer.  Would you guys be interested in that?  We could start our own lil' joyfulfour crochet along! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

rainbow baby blanket

if you follow me on instagram then chances are you've seen this blanket.  it was a gift i made for a sweet mama friend on ig. 
I've had a few people ask for the pattern so here it is:

rainbow baby blanket:

worsted weight yarn in all the rainbow colors
I  or 5.5 hook 

(for each square i used the foundationless double crochet technique)

row 1: 20 fdc
row 2-12: 1 dc in each stitch (20 dc) 
when you get to your last row do not break yarn.  join new color and repeat pattern until you have 1 strip of 4 different colors.

make 5 strips of 4 squares.  

once all your strips of squares are done whipstitch them together with coordinating yarn color.  

for the border:  hdc evenly around blanket (make sure to put 3 hdc in each corner) 
repeat 3 more times.

if you have any questions or need help please let me know. i am huge on supporting my fellow crocheters!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

the mickey bear hat...

i took one of favorite hat patterns and added the bear ears which came out looking more mickey then bear. she loves it though and thats all that matters. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

my 365 for 2016...

As with every new year I've come up with a list of resolutions. Some I''ll stick with, others I'm sure I will somehow forget.

One of those resolutions is to start a 365, where I take a picture each day for an entire year.  This is one I hope I stick with.

1.1.2016 - 1.7.2016

Saturday, September 12, 2015

current project...

working on a stool cover made with that pretty and oh, so addicting popcorn stitch...

pattern found here

Saturday, July 11, 2015

mandalas for wink

In honor of an amazing talent the crochet world has lost....

Friday, May 22, 2015

crochet wall hanging...

the first one...


starting a new one...

bigger & better

and a super cute customer with her new crochet wall hanging
photo by brandi tejeda