Knitting projects

Kitchen Towels

I have been on a knitting mania this week. I loved learning the combination of Knit and Purl stitches to make awesome new patterns. It is still taking a little time getting used to. In between 2 crochet WIPs, I kept myself busy with a handful of colorful dishcloths and kitchen towels. I have already started using the dishcloths in my kitchen. They have turned out to be awesome.

I made this other kitchen towels with 2 skeins of cotton yarn. The pattern is really simple. It is actually a pattern for a baby blanket. and here is the modified version of the  blanket used for this kitchen towel.

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Materials:

2 skeins of the blue and the gradient thread cotton yarn

1 skein of orange ombres cotton yarn

left over skeins from previous projects

size 7 knitting needles

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These kitchen towels are of different sizes. I loved the pattern to learn knitting on. Teaches you most of knitting basics. These towels are off to the kitchen for use. The blue/yellow one is to save freshly made indian bread. The orange and the others are for cleaning kitchen counters.

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Believe it or not, my ‘Knitting Mania’ didn’t end here. I have started knitting a baby blanket to take it up to the next level. Loads of crochet and knitting coming up soon!!

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Hope you guys have awesome crafty plans for the 4th of July long weekend. Thank you for stopping by!

Crocheted items

Sparkling Star

This project is really special! I used cotton yarn bought from a local yarn store. It is so much softer than the regular acrylic yarn, but expensive. I thought of using these colors for two different projects (as doilies) but combined then and ended up making a big one as a throw.

The pattern for this project is available on Ravelry here. The pattern is really simple and allows for manipulation of color combinations. It works up really quickly. The awesomeness about this star-shaped pattern is that the afghan grows to the needed size. It is not the traditional rectangle for a blanket but can be a really beautiful baby blanket or a throw. It allows almost all color combinations to work well. It also is great for rugs and doilies.

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Materials:

Yarn type: Berroco Weekend, 2 sk of white and one each of blue and rust-colored yarn.
The yarn is 25% cotton and 75% acrylic.

Hook size G (4.25 mm).

Finished dimensions: Point-to-point : 36” and Dip-to-dip: 28″.

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Modifications to the pattern: I didn’t follow the pattern for the each color, as my colors are not a gradient but contrasts. I wanted see how these contrasting colors played out.

Instagram picture of sparkling star
Instagram picture of sparkling star

If you love this blanket and would like one you can check it out on My Little Etsy Store

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Crocheted items

Dainty Daisies

Taking a break from crocheting Afghans, my next project is with cotton crochet thread. Among all the colors of the Afghans and advantages of speed and size, the value of making table runners and doilies was probably lost along the way. As you already know I started with the thread and once I got into trying out different afghan patterns, it is hard to stay away from them. I started making afghans one after the other. So this time I wanted to bring out the patterns and colors of the afghans into a table runner.

For this table runner I used ‘A Garden of Daisies’ afghan pattern from the book Afghans by the pound by Rita Weiss but instead of yarn used cotton thread and three different thread colors. As this was meant to be a table runner, I didn’t want to use any bright colors. So I went for my favorites, pastels. I used cream, orchid pink and shaded purples(for the borders).

Dainty daisies table runner
Dainty daisies table runner

Materials:

Aunt Lydia’s cotton classic crochet thread size 10

1 and a half skein of cream

1 skein orchid pink

And shaded purple (just enough for 2 rows of daisies)

Crochet hook size 7 (1.65mm)

Finished dimensions: 14X20”

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Modifications to the pattern:

1. Colors: Since this was a table runner, the choice of colors is important. The colors needed to be light for bring out the design on a dark wooden background of the table. I went for pastels and highlighted the borders with a row of shaded purples

2. Pattern: The pattern itself is an afghan pattern. Many of these patterns can be modified to be used as a table runner. This is true the other way around as well. Many doily patterns are commonly used as patterns for rugs and throws.

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I thoroughly enjoyed crocheting this table place mat with a thread. I think this experiment worked out beautifully.

Have you ever tried to use afghan patterns with thread? Or vice versa? Share your stories with me. Thank you for stopping by.

Crochet journal update
Crochet journal update
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Widen the crochet horizons

Now it has been almost 6 months, which is definitely not a long time, since I first started crocheting seriously. My first try at crochet was when I was a teenager and was awed by my mom’s neatness and synchronized hand movements which made this beautiful fabric come out of it. My first serious project was the filet crochet kind. Seeing that it took a long time before you could actually see the design taking shape. I read somewhere that crochet thread is not the best way to start learning crocheting. Now I know why. Not only does it take a while to get used to but is also difficult to see the individual stitches.

The snowflake filet crochet table runner

After that when I started a project with Hook H and Yarn, it was like working with a magnifying glass. Everything is a 10 times larger and easier to visualize the pattern and even individual stitches. However, I love working with crochet thread and will keep doing so. it has an elegant and a delicate look to it. I learnt this from the Doily and coasters project which turned out to be a beautiful doily.

My flow from Thread to yarn and back to thread

My projects are whatever I feel when I reach to the store. I usually go to the store to get materials for one project and end up buying stuff for a completely different one. I have been sort of fluctuating between yarn and thread (as you can see in the above picture. I don’t think I could choose one or the other. I like alternating them.

My next 2 projects (here is a sneak peek of the first one) are with acrylic yarns (at least that’s the plan). They are both afghan patterns. The one I am working on right now is a shell afghan and will be completed soon. And may be another doily in between.

Striped shells afghan so far!!

I personally feel that every project is different in that it has its own pros and cons, including the stitches, the thread and hooks, the texture and loads of other factors. I love each project just for all those things that make its completion a lot more rewarding. I like this stage of learning crochet where I can try all different things without restricting myself to something specific.

Shore your stories about widening your crochet horizon by trying something new. Do you have any preference for thread or yarn for crocheting? Thank you for stopping by.

Crocheted items

Crochet Gifts

I am sure this has happened to most people involved in crafts. When you learn a new craft, before you know it you have loads of finished products filling up your closets. You may also have gifted those to lots of people on various occasions. I experienced a similar story. I made another crochet piece and I thought I’ll gift it to valued person. The surprise and appreciation I received made me feel warm and nice. So I started designing my crochet projects to fit some occasion or the other, be it birthdays anniversaries, mother’s day etc. Although I have been crocheting for only 5 months now, all this is now snowballing into me frequenting the arts and crafts store. I started buying material and experimenting with colors. A whole set of crochet hooks and threads later, I was all set to start making a variety of gifts for people. This time I chose to experiment with the shape a little bit.

I got this pattern online (By Lee Ann Hamm). From this project, I learned to change the shape of the doily by increasing or decreasing blocks at the end or the beginning of the rows. As I pointed out in my last post, filet crochets are represented in graph which are basically composed of blocks and open spaces. For this doily, I used a 4-dc mesh.

Materials:

Aunt Lydia’s Classic crochet thread

Size 10 Color:Shaded purples

1 skein, 350 yards

1.5mm steel hook

A Beautiful Bird Filet Crochet

Tips that make great crochet gifts:

  1. Table runners and doilies: I think these make great gifts as they are useful, beautiful and do not need to be of a specific size, unlike clothes which can sometimes be a risk to gift. Doilies can be made in numerous designs, colors and shapes. They can be framed and used as decorations too. These can also be paired with matching coasters (which can be smaller form of the table runner itself)  to form a gift set.
  2. Scarves: As I will post about crocheting scarves in more details in my next post, scarves make great gifts. These can be made in a variety of colors and stitches, and take a lot less time to make.
  3. Greeting cards: Many little motifs used for making big doilies, or granny squares can be used in making greeting card. For mother’s day, I made a little motif with crochet thread and pasted it on the from cover of the card. Next, I printed out a letter for my mother thanking her for everything that she had done for me and placed it inside the card.
Greeting card motifs
Pattern from ‘Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies’

Well believe it or not, Crocheted gifts make a statement. They are handmade, the recipient knows you have spent time on it and, needless to say, they have a personal touch. It makes the recipient feel special that you took out the time in your everyday life to make a gift for them. Please go ahead and take up a DIY project as a gift for your friend, parents, relatives, or just a person who made a difference in your life.

Crocheted gifts

Share your stories about crocheting filet doilies, and gifts you made for your dear ones. Thank you for stopping by.