2/200 Crochet Blocks

In honor of October, Halloween, and my favorite color, I completed two of the 200 blocks from Jan Eaton’s book 200 crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans.

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The square on the left is called Centered Square and the other is Sunray. Both are quick and easy and would look great in multiple colors too!

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Entrelac Update

I’ve been away from home for three days…that’s three whole days without crocheting.  Crazy, I know.

I have been making progress on the entrelac blanket though.  At first the rounds went by so fast, but now it feels like forever just to complete one side.  The funny thing is that it seems like one square takes no time at all.  I really do think my speed has increased.  Just like anything else you do over and over again, your bound to get at least a little faster with it.

Here’s an updated picture or two.  The last time I measured it was about 26.5″ x 26.5″ square.

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Here’s what the back looks like…almost like a knit stitch.  I suppose you could use either for the front.

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Happy hooking!

Fresh Friday

Everyone seems to post Finished Friday projects, but I don’t have anything recently finished.  I do, however, have a new project.  I posted a few days ago that I wasn’t happy with how big my v-stitch blanket was coming out since it was supposed to be a twin.  And, it’s not just a little big for a twin, it’s a little big for a queen.  I haven’t scrapped the project but I have set it to the side to make something actually twin sized.

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This is the new project!  It’s called Entrelac crochet, and it’s the same technique used in Tunisian crochet but the awesome thing is that you can use a regular crochet hook, so no new equipment needed!  This is my first attempt and I actually think it’s coming out pretty good.  This design starts from the middle square and works its way outward to be as big or small as you want it to be.  You can even square off the corners when you’re done.

Here’s a link to the youtube video I watched to learn how to do this.  Mikey of the Crochet Crowd is great at explaining things in an easy to understand way, plus he’s pretty hilarious too.

V-Stitch Update

I’ve finally finished the first 50 rows!  Ends sewn in and all.  I’ve decided I need to force myself to sew the ends in, at the very least, every 50 rows.  Otherwise I’ll save them all for the end and be hating life.

I’m beyond happy with how it’s turning out.  My only regret is that it’s supposed to be a twin size blanket and it’s easily fitting on a queen sized bed.  It’s going to be a gift for a little boy, so I hope the size will work out ok in the long run.  I always think bigger is better, so hopefully the recipient feels the same way.

Here are a few pictures of the progress so far!

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Happy crocheting!

Caron United Mystery Scarf Crochet Along

This week Caron United published the third clue to the mystery scarf pattern.

This is the first time I’ve ever participated in anything like this. Each week you receive a clue by e-mail and based on the clue you essentially “choose your own story” and therefore choose your own pattern. There are a total of six weeks/clues.

I’ll be honest, I choose the pattern not based on the story but based on which one I like best. For some reason I haven’t been getting the e-mails (not even to my junk folder) so I’ll attach links down below to each week’s clue.

Here’s week three’s portion (this was option C):

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And here’s what it looks like attached to week one and two:

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Keep in mind, if you decide to join along, your scarf could look completely different than mine does right now. It’ll be based on what you decide to choose for your pattern of the week.

I’m using Red Heart Super Saver in Marrakesh. I’m not sure if they still make this color or not, but I love it. I’ve had it for years and was originally making a granny square blanket but decided to frog it. Very pretty fall-ish colors.

I’ll be honest, I don’t love how this looks right now. I think part of it is because it’s just so random and doesn’t really seem to flow, but mostly it’s because the second week was a square and it’s wider than the week one and three strips. After it’s all said and done I’ll do some type of border around, even if it’s just a single crochet. I think that’ll help straighten it out some. Plus, when it’s wrapped around my neck it won’t be all that noticeable.

In case your curious, my scarf is 41 inches long after week three.

Here are the links from www.yarnspirations.com:

Mystery Scarf Crochet Along Week 1

Mystery Scarf Crochet Along Week 2

Mystery Scarf Crochet Along Week 3

What’s On My Hook 9/22/14

IMG_5624This is my fabulous v-stitch blanket I’m currently working on.  It has a nice vintage feel to it and I’m really enjoying working on it.  One of my favorite things about this project is that I’ve decided to do the colors completely random…which is very rare for me.  I tend to have OCD and like things to be a certain way because they “match”.  For this project I knew I wouldn’t be able to randomize things on my own, so I utilized the web site www.random.org.  I started by choosing how many colors I wanted for my blanket, I have five.  Then I assigned a number to each color and randomized a list of 100 number, 1-5, and printed my list.  So far, so good.  I really love that with each row it’s a complete surprise as to which color I’ll be adding.  I can’t wait to see what the finished product is going to look like!