Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chunky-Like Preemie Baby Beanies - 4 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

Earlier this month, I shared my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanie crochet pattern with you, and mentioned The Preemie Project. I have been wanting to share some preemie hat crochet patterns, so I figured since I already had the base down with the granny squares, that I would go ahead and work up the regular beanies with my leftover yarn.

I am calling this one Chunky-Like even though it uses worsted weight yarn, because on a preemie baby, worsted weight is going to appear large and chunky. I do not suggest using #5 chunky/bulky yarn for preemie hats.

Materials:
     - Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart's Soft Yarn in Really Red, White and Rosy Blush
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     If you use a different yarn, make sure you find a soft acrylic or cotton blend - do not use wool. Choose something that you know can withstand being machine washed and dried multiple times, because it most likely will be. Aside from the Red Heart Soft, you may also like to try Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft.

     I am estimating you can make 8-10 hats or so per skein of Red Heart's Soft - maybe even a couple more depending on the size you are working.

Time Spent:
     I had the 1-1 1/2 lb and 2-3 lb sizes done in just under 15 minutes each, the 3-5 lb done in just under 20 minutes and the 6-8 lb hat done in just under 30 minutes. That less than an hour and a half for all four!

Measurements:
The 1 - 1 1/2 lb size has a crown of 2 1/2" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 7 7/8" to fit a head size of 8" - 9 1/4", and is 3" in length.

The 2 - 3 lb size has a crown of 3 1/4" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 10 1/4" to fit a head size of 9 3/4" - 11", and is also 3 1/2" in length.

The 3 - 5 lb size has a crown of 3 1/2" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 11" to fit a head size of 11 1/4" - 12 3/4", and is 4 3/8" in length.

The 6 - 8 lb size has a crown of 4 1/8" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5 3/8" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Red Heart Soft (and Everyday Soft) yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth. Typically, I work my hats two inches smaller than needed to account for the stretch, but following the Preemie Project guidelines, they would like each hat to be just one inch smaller than the given sizes and so I have worked this pattern accordingly.

Gauge:
With Soft Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook = 4" x 4":
     Chain 19, DC in the 4th chain, and in each stitch across. (16 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd DC and in each DC across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch in the crown, but does in the body of the hat.

Join to the first stitch of each round, unless otherwise stated.

Crown is worked (and written) in a non-traditional manner to help keep seam straight. You will work the last stitch of the round into the same place as the first stitch, however, it will be on the right side of the beginning chain.

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Patterns:

1 - 1 1/2 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 11 DC into the ring. Join. (11 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 10 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (22 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 20. Join. (22 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 20. Join. (22 DC)

R5 - 6: Repeat Rounds 3 & 4, 1 more time. At the end of Round 6, join to the beginning chain 2. (22 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

2 - 3 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first 2 DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 25. Join. (27 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 25. Join. (27 DC)

R6 - 7: Repeat Rounds 4 & 5, 1 more time. At the end of Round 7, join to the beginning chain 2. (27 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

3 - 5 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 11 DC into the ring. Join. (11 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 10 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (22 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first 2 DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 10x, DC into the first DC. Join. (33 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 31. Join. (33 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 31. Join. (33 DC)

R6 - 9: Repeat Rounds 4 & 5, 2 more times. At the end of Round 9, join to the beginning chain 2. (33 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

6 - 8 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (36 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the 2nd DC, and the next 34. Join. (36 DC)

R6: Chain 2. DC into the 1st DC, and the next 34. Join. (36 DC)

R7 - 10: Repeat Rounds 5 & 6, 2 more times. (36 DC)

R11: Repeat Round 5. At the end, join to the beginning chain 2. (36 DC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

A set of these hats work up in less than an hour and a half, and don't take much yarn. Please take time to work up at least a set, and send in to either The Preemie Project or your local baby hospital.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Chunky-Like Preemie Baby Beanies using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ring Around the Rose - Crochet Pattern Review - Rebeckah's Treasures

I really wanted to share a review on a St. Patrick's Day project I have in progress, but with my new job, I ran out of time on it. I will have to save that one for next year...

This week, I have a review of a pattern I tested for my friend Rebeckah of Rebeckah's Treasures. The first moment I saw it, I fell deeply in love and jumped on the opportunity to test. I won't lie to you and say it was easy because I went through a couple seatings of working and ripping back before I actually got it. Originally, there were any instructions of which loops exactly to work into, but after I talked to Rebeckah, and she added those in there, BING! It was like a light bulb went off. Then, I couldn't stop making roses. 

These little roses are so fun, and so cute, and can be used for soooooo many different things. What kinds of things? Well, you could use them to embellish... a card, hat, pillow... You could create a headband or a hair clip, or you could glue to a bail and make a necklace charm or some earrings. Just to name a few.

Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Ring Around the Rose and link up your project to it!

Don't forget to check out Rebeckah's Ring Around the Rosy Choker too!

Materials:
     - Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread - I used Hobby Lobby's Artiste #10 Cotton Crochet Thread in the Orchid colorway
     - 1.3mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Ring Around the Rose, Crochet Pattern from Rebeckah's Treasures

Material Notes:
     The pattern calls for a smaller hook, but the smallest I had on hand was the 1.3mm that I used (and boy was that one small!). My gauge came out a little larger than Rebeckah's with it, but usually my gauge is smaller and I have to go up a size anyway. It worked out for me.

Keep in mind that ANY yarn weight, and respective hook size will work for this!

Written instructions are available only for purchase through the above link, BUT! You can view the full tutorial via YouTube through the above link for free :) I highly recommend the written instructions though - the purchase is well worth it!

Time Spent:
     My first rosebud took me about 45 minutes to complete, but after that, I was able to work up the remaining rosebuds in about 25 minutes a piece.

Measurements:
     My rosebuds measure about 1 1/8" in diameter - a tad larger than in pattern.

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Pattern Notes:
     I worked my first rosebud as written with the initial chain of 45, but I only worked up to the 14th petal and then finished off as stated in the 15th petal. I was having a tough time as it was to keep the chain cord from slipping under previous stitches, so I just finished it a little early. 
I decided on my next rose to try a chain of 48, and it was just enough more to finish the rose completely. I only struggled with the chain a tiny bit in the securing between the last two petals, but not enough to need to add more. 
After finishing off, I pulled on my petals to straighten out and stretch a little so my chain loops were more open.

There were only two things I struggled with in the making of the rosebud - the placement of the petals and the rotation of Petal 2. The first issue was resolved with the update to the written pattern. As far as the rotation of Petal 2... Well...
I did it just fine in the first rosebud, but with the second, I could not remember how I did it. After several attempts and ripping back, I decided to omit the rotation, and just work all of it into the foundation chain, and then continue on. It actually worked so much better for me with the center of my rose, and so I worked the remaining rosebuds as such.
With the endless amount of possibilities. What are you thinking of making with them? If you would like to see a specific type of tutorial, drop me a line in the comments, and I will get together with Rebeckah :)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Life's a Beach Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - The Hat and I

Yay! This is the third post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

03.10.17 Update: Oh my! With the starting of my new job, and full time in training, it has been hard to find time sit down and work, but finally I have my review to share with you! (Minus the final step of my hat to come later...) Enjoy! And have a great weekend!
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife


Materials I Used:
     - Less than two skeins of Lily Sugar n Cream Super Size in Mod Blue & White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (larger than recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Life's a Beach Hat, Paid Crochet Pattern from The Hat & I
     - Brimlock

Material Notes:
     I used about half of each skein to work a child sized hat with 5" brim. I am wanting to work up another child sized hat for my little cousin, and will be using the white - will see if I can get away with what I have left of the skein.

As for the Brimlock. I have searched around my local craft stores, and haven't found any, but I did have some luck on Etsy. I am going to be ordering some on Tuesday, and will update my pictures and notes once I have added the brimlock and completed my hat.

Time Spent:
     My hat took me just under two hours to complete.

Measurements:
     I worked up the child sized hat, though Toddler and Adult sizes are also available. I also chose a 5" wide brim, but instructions are included for a 3".

Pattern Notes:
     First things first, my gauge. I did not gauge with the I9/5.5mm crochet hook on this project (though I've used it before with this yarn). I did gauge with the H8/5mm hook, and found that I got 3.5" wide by 4" tall. Most important measurement is the width, as height can always be adjusted. I should have doubled check the gauge with the I9/5.5mm hook, but like many others, I hate gauging and so I skipped it. When it came time to stop increasing and check my diameter, it was a little shorter than I anticipated, but I pushed forward. Note to self, try a J10/6mm hook next time.

I only used two colors in my hat, and carried my yarn up the seam so I didn't have to fasten off and reattach. I carry up a different way than most so the inside of my hat doesn't show it as much, and the transition is cleaner. To do so, work the first stitch of the round over the previous colors tail, work the row around, then slip stitch join as normal in the color you are working but pull up the previous color so you slip stitch over it. After you have slip stitched, pull the other color through, and pull to tighten the stitch. This process will make the color change even, and avoid the long yarn piece on the inside of the hat. If you like, I do have a photo tutorial of this process - How to Carry Up Yarn in the Round.

Though the pattern states that the beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch, I counted it, and adjusted stitches as necessary. One thing I did not figure on until I got to the repeat section of the body is the placement of the half double crochets - I did not adjust these, but I got lucky in that only Round 4 of my hat was affected. Make sure when you are working the half double crochet rows that the stitches line up all the way down your hat.

My piece was cupping during the crown - which will produce a hat that doesn't fit properly. To avoid this, I changed a couple things up:
     To begin, I worked Round 1 in half double crochet, and Round 2 in single crochet. Note, this change will also affect the size of the finished diameter, but I found it necessary.
     In Round 4, I changed all the chain 3's with chain 4's, except for the last one, and in Round 6, I changed all the chain 2's to 3.

At the end of Round 7, I had a diameter of 6 1/8", which produced a hat with a circumference of (19 1/4". When you figure in an inch for stretch, this hat is sized to fit a 20 1/4" head, which was too small for me. Now, I will say that the hat did fit, a little snug at first, but did stretch. The only downside to work in cotton yarn is that it doesn't bounce back like acrylic yarns in that once it stretches out, it really doesn't go back. I do want to make another child size for my little cousin, and I will be testing the diameter with a J10/6mm hook, and/or the adult size, because I am looking for a diameter that only needs 1" of stretch to fit more comfortably.

At the end of Round 15, my hat measured 6 5/8" tall, a little more than stated, but still fit just fine overall. Here, you are looking for it to fall above your ears.

At the repeat section of the body, to help my seam stay straight and make sure the half double crochets lined up well, I slip stitched as previously mentioned, pulled through my new color and then half double crocheted into the previous space loosely, as opposed to in between the beginning chain and first double crochet.

At the end of Round 8 of the Brim, I found it already measuring 5 1/8" wide. The finished brim is supposed to measure 5", so I took out Round 8, and will be working that as my final round in the Mod Blue over the Brimlock once I get it in. For now, my hat is just hanging out with some of my other WIPs. I will update once I have added the finishing touches.
Overall, this was a fun pattern to work up. It was little different that I thought it would be, but still features the granny stitch clusters, which is what I wanted, plus I have been wanting to try out this pattern for sooooo long! 
The pattern was easy to read and understand, and now I can't wait to work up a couple others. One thing I would like to try is a nice acrylic, cotton blend. I have had a hard time finding one that I like, so if you have any suggestions, drop me a line below!


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Funtastic Friday 117 Link Party - Olives n Okra
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BFF Link Party: The 36th AvenueTatertots and Jello
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Monday Funday - Creatively Living
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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Marken of The Hat & I. One winner will receive FIVE crochet patterns of their choice from The Hat & I shop! I have drooled over Marken's patterns for quite some time, and practically have most of the store favorited. Lots of great designs for anytime of the year in there!

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The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Granny Square Shrug from Life Away from the Office Chair, Crochet Halter from Life Away from the Office Chair (too! :) ) and Bears from JoyJonne Hooks.


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Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 Nails: Orchid & Gold - Nail Inspiration

I don't know about you, but I absolutely loooovvveee getting my nails done. I used to spend a lot of time doing them myself, but I hate dealing with smudging nail polish. I also really love the act of getting a manicure - it's so relaxing! And since I crochet a lot, my hands hurt pretty often so the hand massage is extra awesome. I have been going to the same place for a while now, and they know me well and take extra time on the hand massages for me, which is an added bonus. Great service, and fantastic staff! If you are in the Orlando area and looking for a place to get your nails done, make sure you stop by Club Nails and Spa! Tell them Alexandra sent you :)

Just thought I'd share some nail inspiration with you - these are my February Nails in Orchid and Gold. I wanted something rosy paired with the gold, but I didn't see the color I was searching for, but that's okay because I really like the orchid color too! It was also my first time getting glitter polish in the gel. I did get regular glitter polish last year for St. Patrick's Day and that was a pain to get off. Not sure how much more work this one will be to get off, but for now, it's so pretty and fun, and covers well.

And just for kicks, if you are wondering where the photo was taken... In a dressing room, while I was shopping for some new leggings. Haha! Though my picture quality is a little low since I dropped my phone one too many times, I like the idea and think I'll take some more pictures like this in the future. Great way to show off the nails without laying flat, or wrapped around a polish bottle.

I haven't shared my nails with you in a while, but I do have some other Nail Inspiration and tutorials for you on my Nail Art page.
I would like to start doing some more nail art tutorials. Anything specifically you'd like to see? Drop me a line below!

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Makers Gonna Make Link Party {No. 117} - The Girl Creative
March 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Funtastic Friday 117 Link Party - Olives n Okra
Best of the Weekend: Little Miss CelebrationHello Little Home
BFF Link Party: The 36th AvenueTatertots and Jello
The Creative Corner Link Up Party - 03/12/17 - Curly Crafty Mom
Made by you Monday - Skip to my Lou
Monday Funday - Creatively Living
Inspiration Monday - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Inspire Me Monday - Week 271 - Create with Joy

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Winter is Almost Over! Berry Blast Chunky Cabled Cozy GIVEAWAY!

You may remember the Chunky Cabled Cozy I have talked about a couple times, though you have seen it worked up in the Oatmeal colorway. This Berry Blast one was my original piece. After I worked this one up, I found the Happily Hooked Magazine submission call, and sent in my design. After being chosen, I was asked to work in a more rustic, neutral colorway and so came the Oatmeal one. I have been holding onto this for almost a year, I just moved though, and while going through my projects, stash and other boxed up stuff, I've decided to run a giveaway! Winter may almost be over, but you still have plenty of time to wear this beautiful, warm and soft Berry Blast Chunky Cabled Cozy!


One lucky winner will receive the Chunky Cabled Cozy shown above in the Berry Blast colorway of Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky Yarn (100% acrylic). Size is Women's S/M. 





This giveaway will run from Monday February 27th at 12pm EST through Saturday March 11th at 5pm EST. I will send out the winning notification Saturday evening by email, and the winner will have 24 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway is open internationally! Cozy will ship through the USPS, and include a tracking number.

Counters restart everyday so you can re-enter!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Adjustable Shells Headband - Crochet Pattern Review - Rebeckah's Treasures

I pattern tested this for my friend Rebeckah of Rebeckah's Treasures. I am always blown away at her creativity, and the energy and detail she puts into each of her patterns and projects. She designed this as part of the Designers Potpourri CAL, a year long crochet-a-long featuring four designers and 15 free crochet patterns! I had fun testing this pattern out, and didn't want to take off the headband once I was finished. Initially, I grabbed a skein I thought was light gray and was just going to go with it, but it ended up being Ivory and the shell pattern really came through beautifully! (Though, I think it would have in the light gray as well, or any lighter color - I think a darker color may be harder to see the shells). 

Are you a raveler? If so, make sure to favorite this Adjustable Shells Headband and link up your project to it!

Materials I Used:
     - Small Amount of Artiste #10 Cotton Crochet Thread (Hobby Lobby) in the Ivory and Poppy Red colorways
     - D3mm Crochet Hook
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving
     - 4.5mm & H8/5mm Crochet Hooks (optional - for Part 1)
     - Adjustable Shells Headband, Paid Crochet Pattern by Rebeckah's Treasures

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Aunt Lydia's Classic #10 Thread. 

Time Spent:
     I had mine finished in just under an hour. 

Measurements:
     1 7/8" Wide by 16.25" Long; 1 7/8" Wide by 15.5" Long 

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Pattern Notes:
     After working Part 1, I pulled out my H8/5mm hook to shape the tube, then I used my 4.5mm hook to pull the rubber band through. Probably much easier to hook a safety pin around the rubber band and pull through, but because I didn't have one, the hook worked too.

The pattern is very detailed with suggestions for starting stitches. I wanted a thinner headband so I started with 13 single crochet onto the band, which left me with two shells. I worked a total of 57 rows to equal 16.25" long (including the band, which is 2.5" long when folded). 
Take 2: After working a couple other headbands, I prefer a 15.5" long piece. It feels better fitted. To achieve this, I worked 48 rows, and then joined.

*Originally, I worked my Ivory headband with a chain 2 as the beginning stitch count. After working the whole piece, and sewing together, I found that my headband was too tight along the edge where the last stitch is worked into the beginning chain 2. I thought maybe a chain 3, or chainless double crochet would be alternatives next go 'round. In between headbands though, I worked the Staggered Stitch Cowl, which I faced a similar issue - but worse! To help ease the side of the cowl, I worked a chain 4, and then worked the last stitch into the 3rd chain of this beginning chain. I decided to try this on my second headband, and it worked out perfectly!

At the end, I chained 1 and turned. Then I folded the work as to work across, and I did so as the pattern stated working onto the other side of the band. Once across, I fastened off, and turned my piece so the side just worked on was the wrong side.
Overall, this is a great tutorial chalk full of lots of helpful information and photos, and the pattern is really easy to follow and memorize and produces a beautiful headband with great crispness using cotton thread. I can't wait to bust out thread from my stash and make a bunch more in other colors!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 Granny-Spiration Challenge - Last Few Days to Share & Enter

Just a reminder: Don't forget to enter the Yarn Giveaway for two skeins of Andes Alpaca Yarn and share your Granny-Spiration projects in the link up! Visit my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies to enter the giveaway and link up. Even if you entered already - the timers restart every day, and you can now enter again!! Keep working on your Granny-Spiration projects too because we'll be back with more projects for you Saturday, March 4th with another link up and giveaway!

Featured in the collage are your bloghop hosts. Left to right, then top to bottom:

Granny Square Floral Wall Hanging - Atelier Marie-Lucienne. At first glance of the photo, you are taking away by the beautiful flowers, but after following the link, you come to a gorgeous wall hanging created with a simple granny square embellished by those beautiful flowers. This is a great addition to your home approaching the Spring Season, or as is for Valentine's Day. Post includes free crochet instructions for the flowers. I am not much for blocking, but I could see myself working something like this and then attaching it to a canvas - like Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen did last month with her Granny Canvas.

Granny Square Diaper and Wipes Organizer - Rhelena. Free Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial from [R]Helena! I am really in love with this idea. I do not have any kids so I wouldn't need it for diapers, but I am thinking it would be a great addition to the tv table next to where I do much of my crocheting to hold my yarn, some notions and WIPs. And! If you want some more stability, sew the square bottoms to some stiff plastic canvas. I use it in my purses, and it works like a charm to better keep the shape, and is very sturdy. 

Granny Phone Cozy - Kat Kat Katoen. I have made a similar cozy using a regular granny square, but I much prefer the look of the solid granny square as Sigrid has done - especially the one done up in a variegated colorway! This is a nice project to work up as a treat to yourself, or for gift gifting. And the use of the rubber band - genius!

Granny Heart Tote - Crochet is the Way. What a fun way to dress up a bag. This is an easy way to show a little extra love when gift gifting. You could even follow her pattern for a smaller heart, put some felt on the back and use as a tag, or make them in different colors to differentiate. This is a free crochet pattern with photo tutorial.

Be My Valentine Heart - The Philosopher's Wife. Such a sweet little heart with a fun twist! This heart is worked in worsted weight yarn, so I am assuming it's a larger heart which I think would probably make a nice little coaster. Worked in thinner yarns would also make this perfect as a applique to add to a hat, shirt pocket, or even a card! (just to name a few). Free crochet pattern included for us :)

Carousel Blanket - Hakelfieber Austria. This blanket is just breathtaking! Truly a work of art. Looking at it, and following along with the construction of it, you can see lots of hard work, time and yarn has gone into this (and maybe some cussing, long sighs and ice cream consuming - especially when it came to weaving in all those ends!). I am in love. I have pinned the pattern (from Stylecraft) so that when I have a clearer schedule, I can try my hand at it, and I've subscribed to the Stylecraft newsletter because I want in on the next CAL. 

Lastly, my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies! These little beanies don't take hardly any yarn, and work up so quickly. Please consider working up a set, and donating! They would also work for dolls :)

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