Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Diamond Eyelet Baby Blanket


It seems this little blanket has been on my hook for the better part of a year, and I'm glad to finally have it, and the pattern finished. I'd spotted this diamond eyelet floating around the interwebs in the form of scarfs, baby dresses, table runners, you name it. 

I LOVED it. 

So I grabbed some graph paper and mapped it out. Then took a ball of gray bargain bin yarn and a plastic hook to keep me company on a three hour flight. It took a few starts and lots of frogging to get the spacing just right. Once you get started, the pattern is easy to follow and addictive to watch grow. 

Enjoy!


Diamond Eyelet Baby Blanket

Finished size: 34 x 34 inches

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft - Red
@MichaelsStores Bargain Bin Worsted-Weight - Gray, White
Hook: @boyeyarncrafts Vintage Aluminum Size G

Gauge: dc 20 for 8 rows = 4x4 inches

Chain 142
R1 - dc in third chain from hook, dc in the next 6 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 13 stitches repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches

R2 - chain 2, dc in next 5 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next stitch (this is the space from the chain stitch in the previous row), chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next stitch, chain one, dc in next 6 stitches

R3 - chain 2, dc in next 4 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches

R4 - chain 2, dc in next 3 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 4 stitches

R5 - chain 2, dc in next 2 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7, chain one skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches

R6 - chain 2, dc in next 1 stitch, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 , chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 2 stitches

R7 - chain 3, skip stitch, *dc in next 11 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 1 stitch, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * 9 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 1 stitch

R8 - chain 2, dc in next 13 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * 7 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 14 stitches

R9 - chain 3, skip next stitch, dc in next 11 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 1 stitch, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 1 stitch

R10 - chain 2, dc in next 1 stitch, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 , chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 2 stitches

R11 - chain 2, dc in next 2 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7, chain one skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches

R12 - chain 2, dc in next 3 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 4 stitches

R13 - chain 2, dc in next 4 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 3, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 5 stitches

R14 - chain 2, dc in next 5 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next stitch, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next stitch, chain one, dc in next 6 stitches

R15 - chain 2, dc in the next 6 stitches, *chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 13 stitches repeat from * 8 more times, chain one, skip stitch, dc in next 7 stitches

R16-71 - repeat ties 2-15 in order until you reach your desired length. 


To match my stripes: 
R1-47 Gray
R48-71 alternate Red/White, 4 rows each


Friday, April 14, 2017

Mini Egg Basket - Free Crochet Pattern

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I'd share my pattern for these fun little mini egg baskets.  

Enjoy!

 

Materials:

Size G/4.0 mm crochet hook
Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn
yarn needle
scissors

Stitch Guide:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
rnd - round
inc - increase (two stitches into the same stitch)

Pattern:

Rnd 1: ch 2, 12 sc in second ch from hook; join with slip stitch.

Rnd 2: ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc inc in every stitch around (24 total); join w/ slip stitch.
 
Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc inc in every other stitch around (36 total); join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 4: ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc inc in every 3rd stitch around(48 total); join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 5: ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc inc in every 4th stitch around (60 total); join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 6: ch 3, dc in same stitch, dc in in every 5th stitch around (72 total); join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 7: ch 3, dc in every stitch around (72 total); join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 8-11: ch 3, sc, dc, repeat alternating sc, dc, in each stitch around (72 total, each rnd): join each row w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 12: sc around (72 total): join w/ slip stitch.

Rnd 13: sc 23, ch 14, skip 13 stitches, sc 23, ch 14, skip 13 (74 total); join with slip stitch.

Rnd 14: sc around (74 total)

Join, tie off, and use yarn needle to weave in ends.


copyright 2017 agirlandherneedle/charmain runyon

Monday, June 22, 2015

Homemade Whole Wheat & Molasses Bread

Swapped the sugar in this bread for molasses. It gives it such a nice flavor and color. Yumm!...

Posted by A Girl and her Needle on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mid-Century Peacocks

A lifetime ago, before kids, The Hubby and I used to spend a portion of our free time browsing antique shops. It's amazing how much free time you have BEFORE you have kids.

At first he wasn't really into antiquing with me.  He tolerated it because I enjoyed it.  That changed when he discovered there is a whole world of political and social historical paraphernalia out there! I think we were in Washington DC when he found his first vintage political campaign pin.  It was a purple volunteer ribbon for the Nixon campaign.  Since then he's been more than willing to venture into over-cluttered, musty smelling, time capsules called antique stores.

I digress...

Before we had kids we'd wander into antique stores and follow our noses.  One trip I discovered two vintage mid-century peacock wall hangings.  I. Loved. Them.  He however, did not.  He rolled his eyes when I pointed them out to him.  But, since we were moving soon for graduate school, and I was having a baby in a few weeks, we (well, really he) figured maybe we should save the money for something more important, like, say, diapers.

For three months I pined over these two wall hangings. 

Finally, after having a new baby, visiting family out of state, packing our stuff and putting it in storage, I talked The Hubby into going back to that antique store to see if those two ah-mazing peacocks were still there. 

They weren't.

Someone else had seen the glory of these two mid-century beauties.  I should have gotten them when I first saw them.

Since then, I see peacock stuff EVERYWHERE.  I never noticed it before.

While in Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, I discovered these little darlings....


And, I purchased them. 

The Hubby didn't even roll his eyes this time.  He just laughed.  He knew.  He even said "they're cute" which basically means he's totally indifferent to them and really has no opinion other than to make me happy.

I'm not gonna lie, every time I walk into an antique store, a little part of me hopes those peacocks are hanging somewhere, just waiting for me to take them home. Maybe next time.