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Crochet – Baby Blanket

I love making blankets and I was thrilled to hear my niece was expecting a new baby. So of course I got out my hook and made her a baby blanket. I found the pattern in a booklet from Simply Crochet Magazine.

Baby Banket

baby blanket in shades of blue and cream
baby blanket in blue

The pattern was worked in squares which were then attached to each other without the need for sewing it all together. It’s a really simple and effective pattern. The original baby blanket pattern was in rainbow colours but I chose to do it all in blue because my niece is having a baby boy.

baby blanket hanging on the washing line
blanket drying a little on the line before blocking

I made the blanket in Stylecraft Special DK in colours, Cream, Royal, Aster, Denim and Cloud Blue.

I also bought my niece some baby books as it’s never too early to read to your child.

What I’m Making now

I recently joined KnitCrate and have received some lovely yarn and patterns. In the first box I had this gorgeous summary orange yarn which came with a pattern for socks. I didn’t want to make the socks so I found a pattern for a summer shawl and I think it’s coming along lovely. I really like the colours.

Shades of orange crochet summer shawl
Summer shawl

In my second box I have my favourite colour yarn, shades of purple. I’m going to make the scarf pattern that comes in the box.

box of purple coloured yarn
my next batch of yarn

It also came with a fabric covered tape measure which will come in handy. Although if I’m honest, I own about 12 tape measures already, I bought a batch from Ebay with the hope of crocheting some cover for them. I did make a Jammy Dodger biscuit cover. I’ll need to check out a few more.

You can see the jumper I made in previous blog post here. And you can find the bunny head baby blanket I crocheted here.

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I Made My First Jumper – Just in time for summer!

I’ve not tried to crochet an item of clothing before but I thought this jumper looked fun and easy to make. It’s a nice baggy style which is how I like my jumpers and I loved the wool chosen. It was Stylecraft Life dK in Silver Nepp. It has lovely flecks of colours throughout. I did find it came up a bit big, probably my fault with tension. I’m still not good on measuring tension and I tend to come up big. I chose the size 16-18 as I’m a 16, but I wished I’d gone a bit smaller now. But no worries, I’ll be wearing once the winter arrives, I’ll be able to layer up and keep warm.

I found the pattern in Simply Crochet Magazine issue 81.

How Did I do?

For my first attempt at a jumper, or even any item of clothing, I think I did quite well. It’s wearable anyway. The sleeves seem a little long and they are baggy. but if you look at the model wearing it in the magazine you will see it is actually supposed to be like that.

I really enjoyed the pattern, especially the bobbles, they are so easy and fun to make.

To do a bobble stitch you simply keep working the trebles into the same stitch. On the sleeve and the bottom of the jumper I worked 5 trebles into one stitch, on the motif I did slightly bigger bobbles by working 7 trebles into one stitch.

The Motif

To make the motif I had to follow a chart. I have done this before with my Spring blanket and it’s really quite easy to do, it’s all about counting!

I really love my crochet, it relaxes me and takes my mind off other things. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see a project come together.

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Crochet Projects

I love to crochet, it’s so relaxing and I love it when something comes together and I can say I made this.

Last year I joined a CAL with Simply Crochet magazine and each month I learned a new stitch to make a block for a beautiful blanket.

The blanket came with two options, one was Stonewashed, the other Colour Crafter. I chose the colour crafter and it turned out like this.

Colour Crafter Blanket CAL

Not only have I made a lovely, soft, cosy and colourful blanket, but I’ve learnt a lot of new stitches. Some of them I struggled with, but mostly it was straight forward.

Now for the good news, if you would like to try to can find the details over on the Simply Crochet Magazine site

There are even You Tube videos which can help you with the more trickier stitches. But it’s not as difficult as it looks. I still consider myself a beginner and I managed to make one.

If you fancy trying out Simply Crochet magazine please click the banner below for a great offer.

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Free Crochet Patterns for kid’s Scarfs

I love crochet and scarfs are my most favourite thing to make. They are often really simple and quick to make and are great to make as gifts.

In this post I’m featuring some fabulous free patterns for kid’s scarfs. I’m not going to list them as girl’s and boy’s because who cares, kid’s will wear what they want. But these are super cute and most are real easy to make.

Rainbow hearts and fluffy clouds.

This scarf is super cute and colourful. Any child would be happy to wear a lovely scarf like this.

a rainbow coloured scarf with a heart on one end and a cloud on the other
Rainbow, heart and fluffy cloud scarf from Crafty is Cool

Pom Pom Scarf

What kids doesn’t love pom poms. This scarf is adorable, and would look good in whatever colourway you chose for it.

a kids' scarf in purple. pink and white with matching pom poms on each end
Pom Pom scarf from Skein and Hook

Harry Potter Scarf

Now this one should be really popular, there are a lot of Harry Potter fans out there who would like a scarf like this.

A Harry Potter scarf in stripes of crimson and gold and with tassles at the ends
Harry Potter Scarf from Knotted Mom

Unicorn Scarf

Unicorns are very popular at the moment so I’m sure any child would be happy to be seen snuggled up with a unicorn scarf.

a white scarf with a unicorn head at one end and legs and tails at the other, the horn, paws and tail are all in a contrasting purple wool
Unicorn Scarf from Semi Sweet Crafter

Lego Brick Scarf

Kids love bricks, that’s a fact, and this scarf is a perfect winter warmer for all brick lovers big or small.

Lego Brick Scarf from Cool Creativity

If you loved this post but would like to see patterns for adult scarfs please see my previous post here.

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Crochet Scarf Patterns for Adults

Crochet is a perfect hobby when you are stuck at home a lot. I love new projects and scarfs are so easy and quick to make. I especially love when you can make one in a couple of days, it gives a great sense of satisfaction.

Here are a few crochet Scarf patterns that I have found.

Women’s Scarfs

This one is really easy, perfect for a beginner.

Simple Scarf

This gorgeous scarf can be used as a Spring scarf or shoulder wrap. It’s so pretty don’t you think?

Strawberry Patch Convertible Scarf

The Waffle stitch is one of my favourites and it’s a lot easier than it looks.

Waffle Stitch Scarf

Infinity scarfs are just great for keeping you warm and I love the pattern on this cluster stitch scarf.

Cluster Stitch Infinity Scarf

Men’s Scarfs

With easy stitches and chunky wool, this scarf is quick to make and perfect for a man.

Every Man Scarf from Fibre Flux

This scarf looks warm and snug for those extra cold days

brown warm crocheted men's scarf
Burly Tweed Man’s Scarf from The Good Life

This striped scarf is one I wouldn’t mind borrowing from my Man

Red scarf with a white strip and a grey strip inside the white stripe.
Vertical Stripe Scarf from Eating Out Loud

Check out my next post for kid’s scarfs

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