Here is my second sunburst granny squares. I really loved the colors and wanted to use them together.
This is my second blanket in this pattern. You can look at the first one in pink and teals here. The original pattern for this blanket is available for free here. Last time I just the join as you go method but this time I went for the classic seamless join by attic 24. I really preferred the join-as-you-go because it saves so many ends to join in. But initially I wasn’t sure how many squares I was going to put together. So this method worked really well for me.
This is such a great pattern to play with colors. Loving it.
Caron simply soft yarn,
white, sunshine, mango, pumpkin
grey heather and charcoal heather.
crochet hook US size G 4.25 mm
Finished dimensions: 21X 30”
For the edging: I did rounds of granny square stitch in the colors of white, yellow and grey. and the last round on reverse single crochet.
I have so many projects in queue, so many WIPs and it is getting really confusing which one to work on. But this beauty has knitted up really fast and is a really easy pattern.
I wanted something in stripes on which I can mindlessly knit (since we were going on a trip) and play with the colors. I generated the stripes using random stripe generator and worked out beautifully. This website is the most useful thing for me as I need some order in my stripes and cannot come up with the random stripes order myself. This gives a really good idea of what this order would look like and you can save it and keep it while you knit. I usually write/print it so I can strike it out as I am knitting it.
The pattern again is really simple without overwhelming the design. I made the pattern into a rectangle instead of a square and I also changed the ‘Yarn Over’s to a ‘Knit Front and Back (kfb)’ so I don’t have any holes.
So the increases are ‘K2 kfb knit till the end of the row’. Decreases are ‘K1 K2tog Kfb K2tog knit till the end of the row’.
Each color stripe is twelve rows or six garter stitch ridges.
Caron simply soft, white, soft pink, Watermelon and Chartreuse (the green)
Knitting needles size 7
Finished dimensions: 27” X36”
Since the pattern gives a really nice edging I didn’t add edging to this one.
This is such a beautiful pattern to play around with colors. And if you are a passenger while driving, or at the movies, you can really knit this one without looking at it.
Alright! it seems like suddenly all I am doing is knitting these solid stripe blanket. This one is really special. It is a custom order who wanted to make a blanket that goes well with the decor of the nursery.
It is so much fun to try new colors for edging. As her nursery has a nautical theme, we decided to have a turquoise trim. I hope she likes it.
For this blanket I used:
Caron simply soft yarn in the colors of:
Grey heather, White, Autumn red, Pumpkin and Sunshine.
The edging is Blue mint to give it a nautical twist- One round of sc followed by one round of hdc.
This is the third blanket I am making in this pattern. It is a really simple pattern with some mindless knitting. Well not too mindless I made a couple mistakes on the way. You can check out the other two blankets I made in completely different color combinations- Midnight hues , in blues, and Verdant stripes, in greens and pink.
Dark sage, Sage, Sunshine, Pumpkin and Autumn Red.
Finished dimensions: 24X31”
Changes to the pattern:
6 rows of garter stitch
K4 (K10 P10) till last 4 sts K4
(All wrong side rows are purl)
K4 P1 (K10 P10) till last 4 sts K4
Keep increasing by one Purl at the beginning of right side rows till there are 10 and then add knits till 10 and so on.
Last six rows garter st.
I did a four sts edging. I have done a separate crochet edging before and that looks awesome too. You can modify (Like I did from the pattern) to increase or decrease the size of the diagonal stripes by changing the number of sts in the repeat.
This blanket is now available on etsy. I am off to work on the same pattern blanket #4 for a beautiful custom order.
What have you guys been up to! Also is spring here yet?
There is really nothing you can’t do unless you decide you can’t. This post seems like something we were taught in high school, when our teachers in value education class told us “As long as you have the determination, there is nothing you can’t do” OR “Where there is a will, there is a way”. It sounded so easy and we totally bought it coz we were so young. What they didn’t talk about was the thousands of things that come in your way!
Here are some of the reasons I found out when I grew up.
1. Time limitations: Our whole adult life we are running behind our dreams, working hard to make them come true. But in the process forget to relax, to enjoy the weather, to try out new cuisines, to read a book you’ve always wanted, to spend time with your hobbies. When we grow old and we are not able to do all of these things, we’ll wish so bad to go back in the past and change it. I already feel like I should have spent more time traveling in college than I did coz now guess what: I don’t have the TIME!!
“I don’t have time” is the most common excuse. Be it for exercise, cooking, or hobbies.
Solution: We NEVER have time. YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO MAKE TIME.
2. Social: What will other people say? What does the society think about us? When I first started crafting, I would get a lot of comments that you are only 25, aren’t you a bit young to be knitting/crocheting? At first I thought may be it was something you did once you have babies and knit booties. But who cares what others think. I love doing what I do, have a great time with my friends and it relaxes me. and I can make beautiful stuff for others.
Solution: Who cares what the others think! They are clearly not having as good of a time as you are and they have nothing better to do. at least you are using it constructively.
3. Physical: I am so tired after a whole day at work, I cant cook/exercise/craft. I think people who exercise regularly will agree with me here, that you are tired till you reach the gym but are so refreshed when you get back that you could do more activities after then before. You don’t have to be thin or fit to go the gym to workout for 30 mins. Just take a walk around your neighborhood.
I never thought I could run a half-marathon. THE BARRIER IS MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL THAN PHYSICAL. There are people who run marathons at the age of 80. Are you telling my you are too old to walk a mile a day?
Solution: when you decide you want to start something, set time aside for it in your planner – like you would do for a meeting – and just go ahead and do it. It’ll be hard at first but it’ll become a part of you in no time.
I think most of the excuses that I could think about could be classified into these three categories. Do you fall in any one of these? Identify the problem and overcome it by finding an appropriate solution. ONLY YOU ARE IN THE WAY OF YOUR PROGRESS. Don’t limit yourself even with work. Grow out to explore new opportunities and find things that make you happy. This makes you happier to work harder in your career and personal life.
“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.
Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it’s conqueror.” ― Mike Norton
For a while I have been addicted to chevron and pink and teal colors and I can’t get enough of it. So I went ahead and made one which is both chevron and pink and teal together. This pattern is really simply and knits up quickly. It is actually meant for a big throw but can be adjusted to fit the size that you need.
The pattern is available on ravelry for free. The only modification I made to the pattern was to use stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch. This made the blanket look little stretched in the side sections a little bit and had to block them before edging. But the pattern looks beautiful and will definitely try other color combinations and contrasts again.
I am back to my crochet mode here. I have been pushing making a granny square blanket as far as possible just because I am scared that the squares will be of different sizes and I wont be able to crochet them together.
This blanket is for a little baby who is due this summer. I thought it’ll be the perfect baby shower gift to have a blanket in the colorful teals and pinks. I’ve always wanted to use pinks and blues together. this was the perfect opportunity for that, since we are not going to know if it is a boy or a girl. The colors are really bright and make me want spring to come faster.
Caron simply soft yarn in the following colors
pinks: soft pink, watermelon, fushcia.
blues: soft blue, blue mint, country blue.
Finished dimensions: 31” X 41”
Edging: five rounds of granny edging with white, followed by soft pink, white and soft blue. and the last round of edging is from attic 24 granny square edging.
I love how these colors have turned out together. Happy crocheting!
After a short crochet break. I am back to knitting.
I start out with this braided cable blanket think this is going to be tricky. But it was so easy to follow through and memorize. I also wanted to use some bright new colors for this one. The link for this free pattern is here.
I was so tempted to use random stripe generator for this one but then I realized I didn’t have enough of the lemon green yarn and couldn’t find it in any of the stores. So I started to reduce the color by a shade after every repeat. I think it looks really bright and refreshing. Love how the colors contrast each other (Thanks to my color coordinators).
Caron simply soft yarn
White, blue mint, mango, chartreuse
Circular knitting needles and
A cable needle (which is the DIY version made from skewers)
Finished dimensions: 25′X36”
This blanket is now blocked and ready to go. You can buy this beauty on etsy here.