Charcoal Block Blanket

I was asked by my friend E to make a blanket for her husband A a long while ago. I was a little nervous to do it because of its size. He’s well over 6 foot tall so this blanket needed to be huge. It actually rivals the one I made for Luke (who is also over 6 foot). She had given me a picture of a blanket she saw somewhere on the internet and asked to make one using the same blocking/stripping pattern but in different colors. I looked all over for a pattern but couldn’t find one and had to make my own. Which wasn’t difficult. Just needed to make my gauge and do some math. No big deal.

It was terrible. It was super simple to make since it was just row upon row of sc. It was just so boring because it was row upon row of sc. I did a lot of binge watching on Netflix during this blanket. I used my (then) favorite ergonomic Boye 5.0mm hook. I mean I had to, this thing was going to take forever and I needed my hand to be comfy.

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The main blanket was done using RHSS in Charcoal. The contrast colors were Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay, Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado, Red Heart Soft in Light Gray Heather, and RHSS Gold. There was 376 total rows consisting of 28 rows in each charcoal block, 13 total blocks and one row of contrast color between each with the color sequence repeating twice. Finished measurements were 62 x 80 inches or 5.2 x 6.7 feet! I told you, it was a behemoth.

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E wanted this thing as comfy cozy as possible and asked that it be lined with fleece. Awesome! I had been wanting to try this technique so I was eager but also very nervous that I’d mess it up. She had ordered this beautiful Doctor Who fleece. Now was the make or break time to attach.

I got a rotary cutter with an extra wide skip stitch blade and used it along all four edges to create equally spaced holes in which my hook would be inserted. Worked like a dream! I did have to press a little extra hard so I made sure I had proper backing so I wouldn’t cut through the surface I was working on.

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To attach I made sure the blanket and the fleece were pinned together and then I single crocheted the two together using the Charcoal. Not every stitch of the blanket was used since the holes in the fleece were not that close together. It’s fine though and everything is still together. I finished it off with 3 rounds in the Light Gray Heather.

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It is amazing!!! I wish I didn’t have to give it away. It’s so big and cozy, heavy, and super warm! Just my kind of blanket. This was the most documented project I’ve done. I ended up using a total of 13.36 skeins of yarn for a grand total of 4,654 yards used!! ::faint:: Do you know how far that is? That’s 38.78 football fields (including end-zones). That’s more fields than the NFL has teams! It’s also 2.64 miles. MILES OF YARN! That’s just a little info about what it takes to make projects like these (and why they cost what they cost).

I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another blanket of this size. And if I do, it’ll be for me. Because I’ve never made a blanket for myself. Which is saying something because I have somewhat of a blanket addiction. I can think of 4 off the top of my head that are all partially started for myself that’ll probably never get finished. Sigh. One day….

On The Hook:

  • Baby Girl Dress
  • Baby Boy Things
  • Floor Poof
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New Tester :)

So, semi-big news. I’m a new tester for Sick ‘Lil Monkeys!! Kelly works with Leah so it was easy to also help her. She’s a big grapher so I’m helping to test her graphs and patterns to use with them.

That being said. Kelly has a new FREE pattern for fingerless gloves that is able to fit any 16×16 graph into them! Works perfect with Leah’s cup cozy graphs. I used her Addy drink sleeve when making mine 🙂

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Happy Anniversary?! And a big update

Soo … it’s been a while. Sorry about that. Holidays and life and what not. And WordPress is telling me that today is my one year anniversary with them. So yay about that! Woohoo. That’s kind of exciting. I’ve also made lots of projects to share with you all. Let’s get to it!!

I tested three patterns for Leah! I did the Pamala Earwarmer, Bowties are Cool Hat, and the Swirling Leaves Fingerless Gloves. This was my first time doing anything from the Pamala and Swirling Leaves lines. Have to say, I love them both!! And of course how could I resist another Doctor Who hat?! What I love the most about the Pamala Earwarmer is the use of a hair tie. It makes a perfect fit every time!!

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I also made two more baby hats! Love baby hats. Mostly because they’re so quick to work up and they’re usually hats I love but would never wear myself 🙂 I made a Clarice the Reindeer Hat and a Cabbage Patch Kid Hat. The Reindeer Hat was super simple to follow. I just omitted the antlers and added a bow to get a female look. And the Cabbage Patch Kid was even more simple! I also taught myself the loop stitch for that hat. Super adorable!

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I also made some more of those Cluster Hats. The ones with the brim and flowers? I had another order from the same lady who got them in baby sizes for a child and adult. And then my mom wanted one!! I haven’t crocheted her something since I believe my sophomore year of college in 2007 or 2008! Yay!

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Of course, there’s the Christmas gifts I made!! Lots of those. One of which is my own design!! Woot Woot! That would be the Steeler beanie I made my uncle. I love it and my sister wants one too! Then there’s the TARDIS I made for my friend’s husband. Yep, another Whovian 🙂 I made the same friend her own Duck Spirit, to match her No-Face of course! And a Market Bag for my sister.  Phew that was a lot! I must confess there were some gifts that didn’t get completed 😐 I just ran out of time. What else is new. Almost forgot the Spa Set I made for my boyfriend’s cousin. There’s so many people that every year we draw names and have to give a handmade present. I really liked making that. I used cotton yarn for the face scrubbies, wash clothe, and soap holder. What I really liked was the box. I used a 6.5mm hook and a strand of hemp for the box. For the lid I held two strands together. If I make it again I will be using two strands for the box as well because it’s so much sturdier.  Ok, ready for all these pictures?!

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The TARDIS was really fun to make. It took a lot of time though. Each piece of felt was cut out and then hot glued on. Same goes for the signs on the door and lid. Lots of hot glue was used. But I love how big it turned out and that I’m easily able to put my hand in to keep things inside. Going to have to make myself one of these. The spa set was also really fun to make. Like I said the basket is made out of hemp and everything else is cotton. I’ve used the soap holder pattern before for myself. I used Moogly’s star stitch tutorial to make the washcloth. And the face scrubbies I just kind of made in a circle.

Lastly, I finally made myself something!!! Crazy I know. But Luke’s aunt gave me some yarn for Christmas with instructions that it be used for me and the lady at the store said it would be enough for a scarf. So I made myself an infinity scarf! 🙂 A few years back I made my sister a scarf using a V-stitch so I decided to use the same for mine. I really like the way it turned out. I wear it all the time. I love it so much!

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So I think that’s about it for right now. I am of course currently in the middle of several projects. And I’m also testing for another! I should have more information about that next week or so when the pattern is released 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be back on shortly and not a couple months like last time!

On The Hook:

  • Test for Kelli
  • Colossus

Doctor, Who?

Some of the patterns that I have tested have been released from Creative Threads by Leah!! I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing for her along with links to where to get the patterns. She’s been feeding my nerd fix.

Not sure if you know but I’m a Whovian. I’ve also been dying to make something from the Who-niverse. Thanks to Leah now I have!

I also taught myself Tunisian crochet while doing it! I think of it like a typewriter. Instead of a normal hook you use an extra long one (14 inches) with a stopper on the end. You go along each row inserting the hook into stitches and drawing up loops. Instead of pulling those loops through each other to make one stitch, you keep them open on the hook. So you have many open loops on the hook, kind of like knitting. Then when you get to the end of the row, you yarn over and bring through two loops at a time working your way back to the right. That’s were the typewriter bit comes in in my mind. That completes one row. Then you’re done! No turning of the work either. It was super simple to learn after the aid of a video and goes rather quickly once I had it under my belt. It looks a little different than regular crochet. To me the stitches look more square and you get a cleaner color change. See if you can spot which of the four was done in Tunisian.

If you guessed the little lonely guy on the right (an Adipose) you’d be correct!! So what I’ve made here are drink sleeves. Totally awesome. I made the 10th Doctor, a TARDIS, a Dalek, and an Adipose. There’s also an 11th Doctor that you’re able to buy right now and a few others that are currently with testers. I bet you’re all wondering where you can get the amazing patterns for these cozies. Well I’ll tell you.

Doomsday Drink Sleeve

Caffeinate! (Dalek) Drink Sleeve

Bow Ties Are Cool! Drink Sleeve

Those are the only three she has available right now but as she releases more I’ll post them here as well! She’s got great stuff so you should check out everything else she’s got! Fantastic!!