Crochet granny square baby blanket

Ive finished my granny baby blanket…

Grannky blanket 6Sorry it took a little longer than I thought it would to come back to you with it.  Granny blanket 8By the time I made the trip to spotlight to get the yarn to finish the edging…… and washed and blocked it (and waited… and waited) for it to dry… Granny blanket 5Fortunately there has just been a break in the weather so I rushed outside to find somewhere to photograph it, and try to get the colors as true as possible…

Granny blanket 9I love it, and I hope the new baby (my soon-to-be-born niece or nephew) loves it too. Carter has already wrapped himself up in it a couple of times and keeps asking if he can keep it!!

Crochet granny square blanket patternIn case you want to make a blanket like this, there are 42 squares (6 x7), this resulted in a blanket that is 84cm x 100cm (34″ x 40″), I used a variety of 8ply yarns and a 4mm hook.

There are loads of places that explain how to make granny squares, but they are all a little different, so here’s my version:

How to make a basic Granny Square:

Chain 5 and join with a slip stitch to make a circle, then chain 3 (this counts as the first dc):

Granny square how toDc into the circle two times:Granny square how to Chain 2, and DC three more times into the circle:Granny square how toRepeat twice more, until you have 4 clusters of 3 DC separated by chain 2 spaces. After the last chain 2, join with a ss into the top of the starting chain 3: Granny square how toSlip stitch in the next 3 DCs to get to the next chain 2 space:

Granny square how toChain 3, DC x 2, Chain 2, then DC x 3 into the first space:Granny square how toMake 2, 3DC clusters separated by chain 2 in each chain 2 space from the previous round. After the last chain 2, join with a ss into the top of the starting chain 3:

Granny square how toRepeat round twice more-  SS to corner, then make 2 x 3DC clusters separated with chain 2 space in corners and 3DC clusters in spaces between corners:Granny square how toIf you are going to join as you go- this is where you stop making rounds and join to another square. If you are going to join in another method or you want to make a bigger square you just keep making rounds:Granny square how to 7

Join- as- you- go method for joining granny squares:

This is a nice method for joining as it means you don’t end up having to sew all your squares together, and also reduces the number of ends to sew in – each granny only has two ends if you use the single color grannies throughout.

Here is the first square (4 rounds) and the second square I’m going to join to it (3 rounds). The last round will be the joining round:

Granny square how to 8Chain 3 and make the first cluster in the corner of your joining square (light blue), chain 1, then insert hook behind the chain 2 space of first square:

Granny square join as you goPull up a loop and…

Granny square join as you go…complete single crochet linking the two squares together:Granny square join as you goMake another 3DC cluster into your corner:

Granny square join as you goThen insert hook through back of next space of first square again:

Granny square join as you goPull up loop, then make an sc…

Granny square join as you goAnd make your next cluster, repeat again:Granny square join as you go

Make your first set of 3 clusters in corner space, then join again:Granny square join as you goBefore completing next 3DC cluster in the corner of your joining square:

Granny square join as you goComplete round as normal, and join with a ss into the top of the beginning chain 3:

Granny square join as you goRepeat for all squares, joining two sides when you have to:

Granny square join as you goEdging:

Once all edges were joined together, I edged the entire rectangle in 3DC clusters (just like a giant granny square), making 2 x 3DC clusters separated by chain 2 space in the corners:

Granny baby blanketAnd repeated for 6 rounds:

Granny baby blanketThe very outer edge was a simple bobble picot: Join in a space between clusters, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch (that’s the center of the cluster below) and chain 3:

Granny baby blanketJoin with a ss into the top of the same sc:

Granny baby blanketBobble formed:

Granny baby blanketSC in the next 2 stitches, repeat bobble. Repeat all around the blanket:

Granny baby blanket 6I blocked the blanket to even out the shape.  Because the weather has cooled down, and we have had a lot of rain it took absolutely ages to dry.

So there you go, I hope that gives you a little bit of insight into my creative process. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below and Ill do my best to help out.

Granny blanket 10Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Twooo cute…

Crochet owl free patternTwit twoo… I’ve been making these extremely cute owls. You can find the free pattern and most excellent tutorial over at Bunny Mummy…  I guarantee you wont be able to stop at one! crochet owl free pattern 2

Smooches ♥ Janette xxcrochet owl free pattern kissing

Crochet coasters

Well it’s been a bit quiet here at the green dragonfly because we have just been away camping for the week, I’m right in the midst of mountains of washing, and loads of unpacking. Ill be back with some holiday pics tomorrow, but in the meantime I wanted to share another part of the present I made for my Mum for her birthday last week… some crochet coasters and a cute bowl to hold them in:

Crochet coasters fee patternI used a 3mm hook and 8ply cotton which made for a very firm fabric for the coasters.Crochet coasters free patternAnd, very importantly, colors Mum loves…

Crochet coasters free patternShe liked them and I was pleased with how they turned out… This is a lovely easy gift to make and I can see Ill be making more of these in the future. You can find the free pattern for the coasters here (I just made the bowl up as I went). Talk again soon! Janettexx

 

Edited to add that I have posted a photo tutorial for these coasters here: https://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/crochet-coasters-tutorial/

 

Crochet flower card

crochet flower cardToday was my Mum’s birthday.  We had a lovely (hot!) day together shopping and lunching – with Maia, it was a day that only girls really enjoy… no pesky husbands/sons hurrying us along. Now if there is one person who likes a bargain more than I do it’s Mum, so we had a great time finding all kinds of things we really NEED and couldn’t say no to… like bamboo tumblers and plates (biodegradable you know, but remarkably still dishwasher safe *how does that work I wonder*), a new bag – which I can fit my camera in-but-is-not-giant, and a very cute jewellery tree! The lunch included a rather delicious plum and white chocolate cheesecake, and tall glasses of cold beverages which concluded the outing rather nicely. If only I was still in that lovely cool department store right now (its sweaty again here tonight)…

Anyways, back to the purpose of this post, in a fit of inspiration yesterday I created this cute card… which I think turned out rather well, so I thought I’d share how it was made.

Crochet flower card free patterStep 1. First up make some flowers. I used a 3ply cotton and a 2.5mm hook… but you could use any yarn and corresponding hook. Embroidery floss and a 1.5mm hook would be cute.  Make a magic circle and chain 1. Sc 10 times into the circle:Crochet flower cardPull tight and join with a slip stitch:

ee pattern crochet flower cardChain 2, DC into the next stitch 3 times, chain 2…

Free pattern crochet flower card…and slip stitch into the next stitch (one petal made).

Free pattern crochet flower cardRepeat (chain 2, 3 dc into next stitch, chain 2, ss into next stitch) to make 4 more petals (5 in total) and ss into the bottom of your starting chain to finish.

Free pattern crochet flower cardPull your magic circle super tight, fasten off the ends and voila… one cute tiny flower:Free pattern crochet flower cardMake two more in different colors and sew a small button in the center of each one.

Step 2: Make desired number of leaves using green cotton:

Chain 7 ss in second chain from the hook, hdc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, hdc in next, ss in last stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Step 3: Select your card. I like to rule my lines to make sure my sewing is straight:

Free pattern crochet flower cardThen with a rubber under the front of the card, use your needle to punch holes the length of the line (stem) so your stitches are even(ish):Free pattern crochet flower cardStep 4: Stitch the stems, up, then back (fasten off after each one):Free pattern crochet flower cardStep 5: And glue your flowers and leaves in place:free pattern crochet flower cardAnd there you have a very happy little card! I’m thinking I might make another and frame it… What do you think?

I also wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments about the toy tents.  The children are loving them, and as we are going camping (for real) in a couple of days they will be coming along to. If you do make a tent (or two) I hope your children enjoy them as much as Maia and Carter! Jxx

Hand made gifts – sugar scrub

This week Im going to share some easy-on-the-pocket-and-quick-to-make hand made gifts, perfect for Christmas.  First up hand made sugar scrub.  We made these for Carter’s teachers at his montessori preschool…

It’s so simple to make sugar scrub, even children can (and did) do it.

In a bowl, combine raw sugar with oil at a 2:1 ratio. This means, for every 2 cups of sugar you’ll add 1 cup of your choice of  oil. We used a mix of Coconut oil (approx two thirds) and olive oil (one third). Stir together well, then add a few drops of essential oil or oils until you achieve the scent strength you want.

make sugar scrubWe used peppermint oil and added a couple of teaspoons of dried rosemary leaves (from our garden) to make a lovely invigorating scrub.  Pack into small jars, I used small jars which I purchased here. Decorate with a label (see below) and a pretty ribbon, and you’re done!

Make sugar scrubTo use sugar scrub simply wet skin thoroughly and scoop a small amount of sugar scrub into the palm of your hand. Apply to skin and massage well, this doesn’t have to be hard scrubbing – the scrub does all the hard work for you… and rinse. Perfect for hands, feet, knees, and elbows… once you realise how soft you skin feels after sugar scrub you wont be able to stop. I love sugar scrub and now that Ive made my own I couldn’t imagine buying a scrub again!

And because I love to share, here are some free printables just for you (click on the link to open the document):

Here they are all packed up ready for Carter to carry (the box is scorched almonds for the only male teacher there – I wasn’t sure about giving him sugar scrub??) to school to distribute:

free Sugar scrub- How are you getting on with your Christmas gift preparations?  Nearly finished?  Not long to go now! Jxx