Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tammy's Granny Square Lapghan - Free Crochet Pattern



About a month ago, I posted a free crochet pattern on How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square. It has been my most popular post yet, gaining over 500 views in the first month! WOW!

Today, I am back to share with you the rest of the lapghan I made for my boyfriend, Chad's, mom, Tammy for Christmas.

I really wanted to make her a bigger throw blanket, but it took longer than I predicted to work up, and I was short on time. I made sure this lapghan was big enough to cover her lap while sitting, or to wrap across her shoulders.

*Before I move on, tomorrow (February 1st) starts my 14 Days of Valentine's Day Inspired Crafts. I will be releasing [at least] one Valentine's Day Inspired Craft a day for 14 days. Make sure to subscribe, or follow me on Bloglovin' so you don't miss a post!

**I am also hosting a Valentine's Inspired Linky Party! It begins tomorrow (February 1st) at 3:00pm. It will last two weeks! Please come back to link up your Valentine's Day inspired projects, DIY's, recipes, party plans and more!

Materials:
     - 1650 yards of a light weight Worsted Weight Yarn - I used roughly 1.5 Skeins each of Yarn Bee's Soft Secret in Mushroom, Smoke & 2.25 Skeins of the Bitter Sweet colorway.
     - H8/5mm Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like to use a #18, or 20
     - How to Crochet a Solid Granny Square, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:
     This pattern will really work with any size yarn, the size will just vary. The Soft Secret yarn is a light weight worsted weight yarn. 

Alternate yarns: Caron's Simply Soft, Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice Yarn, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Wool Ease, Lion Brand's Cotton Ease, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn.

Using a heavier worsted weight yarn, such as Lily Sugar n Cream, Red Heart's With Love, Red Heart's Super Saver, Caron's One Pound, Bernat's Super Value Yarn or Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn will result in a slightly larger blanket.

Time Spent:
     Each square works up in about 15 minutes for a total of 14.5 hours spent working up the granny squares, plus an 1.5 hours for the joining of the squares, plus 2.75 hours working the border. Total time spent was just about 18.5 hours.

Suggested Daily Crochet Plan found in Pattern Notes section below.

Measurements:
     40" Wide by 45.5" in Length with Border; (38.5" x 44" before the border)

Abbreviations:
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     You will need to make 28 squares in Mushroom, and 28 in Smoke.

     When working the border, don't begin in the corner as there is a lot of pressure and weight from the first stitches. The corners aren't as strong as the rest of the stitches.

Suggested Maximum Daily Crochet Plan for this Afghan:
Day 1 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 2 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 3 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 4 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends
Day 5 - Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Mushroom & Weave in Ends (40 mins)

Day 6 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 7 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 8 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 9 - Crochet 6 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends
Day 10 - Crochet 4 Granny Squares in Smoke & Weave in Ends (40 mins)

Day 11 - 
Crochet Row 5 on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends (60 mins)
Day 12 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 13 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 14 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends
Day 15 - Crochet Row 5 (Bitter Sweet) on 12 Granny Squares & Weave in Ends

Day 16 - Join Squares in one direction (75 mins)
Day 17 - Join Squares in other direction

Day 18 - Crochet One Round of the Border (45 mins)
Day 19 - Crochet Second Round of the Border (60 mins)
Day 20 - Crochet Third Round of the Border (60 mins)

Since I like to crochet non-stop, I had to limit myself to give myself a break and so I wouldn't get bored so I came up with this Maximum Daily Crochet Plan. 
If you don't have as much time as I do (4 hours-ish a day), but do have about an hour and a half-ish a day, then you will be finished in about 20 days if following the same plan. Sounds crazy long, but blankets take lots of time, especially granny's.

Layout:
Now that you have all of your squares finished,
lay them out exactly how you would like them to look once assembled.

For my lapghan, I began with a Mushroom colored square, and alternated Mushroom colored and Smoke colored squares. I made my lapghan 7 squares wide by 8 squares tall.
Joining Granny Squares - Using the Single Crochet Method:
Lay two squares together, wrong sides facing each other.
You will be working into both layers of the squares.
Attach your yarn in the chain space on the far right, chain one and work two single crochets into the chain space.

Then single crochet in each stitch up to the next chain space.

The single crochet join will create a ridge.
You will crochet one single crochet into the chain space, and the first half of a single crochet decrease. 
Grab your next set of squares - in this case, it is opposite to the first - and work the remaining half of the single crochet decrease followed by a single crochet into the chain space of the next square.


Make sure your squares have the Wrong Sides facing each other, 
and work the single crochet into both layers.
You will have a small gap in the center, but that is okay because when we work the join going in the other direction, the gap will disappear. 
Continue working the single crochet join across. 
For this particular blanket, I worked 7 squares across.
This image shows two sets of square connected horizontally.

Once you have worked to the end of your row, fasten off your yarn. No need to weave the end as your border will hide them.

Go back to the beginning of your join, and move up to the next square. 
Reattach your yarn into the far right chain space and begin again.
Once you've finished your join across, turn your piece, attach your yarn and work in the same manner across as you did before. This time though, you will only work one single crochet at the beginning of each row.

When you approach the chain space, you will work one single crochet into the chain space to the right of the ridge, and one single crochet into the chain space to the left of the ridge. This should sandwich the existing central join.


You can then continue on with the single crochet join.
Here is a closer look at the intersection of four squares.
Border - also worked in Bitter Sweet:
At the end of joining your final row, don't fasten off. You will just turn your piece and begin working around the blanket to complete your blanket. 

To do so, after the final single crochet into the chain space, work a single crochet into the same chain space but only into the top layer and around the outer part of the square.

R1: Work 2 SC into the immediate chain space and in each of the next 15 stitches, [5 SC into the next chain space - to form a corner - (SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space, 2 SC in the next chain space - over the tail ends - ) 7-8 times, SC in the next 15 stitches] 3 times. 5 SC into the next chain space - the corner - (SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space, 2 SC into the next chain space) 4 times. SC in the next 15 stitches, 2 SC in the next chain space. Join go the first SC.

R2: Chain 1, HDC into the same stitch and in each of the next 18 stitches, (HDC into the center of the previous SC 5 - the corner - HDC in the next 133-152 stitches) 3 times. 5 HDC into the center of the previous SC 5 - the corner - HDC in the next 115-135 stitches. Join to the first HDC. 

R3: Chain 1. Work in the same manner as R2. Join to the first HDC.

Fasten Off. Weave in Ends. 

Enjoy Your New Lapghan!

Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Lapghan 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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #21


Welcome to the 21th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my fourth as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

This week, I posted a free crochet pattern - Men's Gray and Black Color Block Scarf. It makes a great gift for him, and is perfect for the cooler weather we've all been having.

A Message to You: I will be opening a Valentine's Themed Link Up Party that will last two weeks, beginning February 1st. I hope you will tune back in to link up your Valentine projects - not yarn specific.
I will also be releasing 14 Days of Heart Day Projects! Make sure to subscribe or follow me on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on my Heart Day projects!

Thanks to all who shared their projects, and left comments at our last linky party!

The Most Clicked Projects:
From Left to Right:

The Crochet Mitten and Hat from My Little Shop of Treasures. This is such a cute little pink set! Any little girl would LOVE to have these on - I am sure whether the need for gloves is necessary or not.

Creating a Love Bug from The Dempster Logbook. Becky has a nice little tutorial for creating a pom pom and how to make the head and feet for this adorable love bug. I think every household needs a bunch of these for the upcoming Love Holiday.

The Sunburst Granny Square Tutorial from Little Crochet. Here is a great picture tutorial for creating the Sunburst Granny Square. Use this opportunity to use up all those yarn scraps, and to create a nice, warm blanket.

My Yarn Favorites:

From Left to Right:

The Wintertide Headband by Beatrice Ryan Designs. I Love this headband! I already have it pinned to try. Really, I think the cute little button ties this whole headband together. You can use the same color a million times, but change up the decorative piece and it becomes a whole new one.

Red and White Chevron Pillow from Made in Craftadise. I am currently working on some Valentine's Day pillows for my living room. I think that after I am done, I will need to start working on some of these Chevron Cushions! It is so cute.
One thing that bothers me about the chevron/ripple pattern is the fact that it tends to crinkle in the points, but this pillow doesn't.
It's nice, full and smooth.

My Philosopher Favorite:

This week, Rachel has been working on a knit Berries Blast Beanie using new Red Heart Medley yarn. This color is quite scrumptious looking! And just in time for the Love Holiday approaching soon.
It does look a tad busy for cables, but it is a very nice colorway. Think I might have to pick me up a skein.

This Weeks Giveaway
is a continuation from last week...
It is sponsored by Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine. One lucky reader will receive a year's subscription to this digital magazine. 
I personally am a subscriber to this magazine as of about a month ago, when they were running a special. I immediately began poking around online to take advantage of my subscription.
This magazine is a little different than others as you do not physically receive anything - it is all available online, or from your respective electronic devices. 
One thing I really like are the emails I receive from Happily Hooked. They include crochet tips, friendly reminders about sales, free pattern round ups and calls for designer help. I feel like part of the group when I receive these emails and that is so neat!
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Men's Black and Gray Color Block Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern

Around the holidays, I had a custom order in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop for a men's black and gray striped scarf.

Today, I am sharing the free crochet pattern with you!

With millions of color combinations, this scarf can be made over many times. Made of acrylic yarn, it's great for the cooler weather times. It also makes a great gift for him!

Materials:
     - 336 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used less than half a skein each of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Black and Graphite 
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I like to use a #18, or #20.
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook

Material Notes:
     Some Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, or Red Heart's With Love.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Measurements:
     6.5" wide by 70" in length

Abbreviation/s:
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Work color changes in the last yarn over of the final double crochet. 
If you need to help, I have a photo tutorial: How to Change Yarn Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way.
Alternatively, you could fasten off at the end of each color block and attach your new color.
     You may choose to add a single crochet border around your scarf you have completed it. This adds a nice, clean edge to the scarf, and hides and uneven edges. Mine came out perfect, so I opted not to include a border.

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Pattern:
     Beginning with Black, Chain 25. DC in 3rd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch across. (23 DC)

R2 - 10: Chain 2, turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R11 - 20: With Gray, chain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R21 - 30: With Black, chain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R31 - 40: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R41 - 50: With Blackchain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R51 - 60: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R61 - 70: With Blackchain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R71 - 80: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R81 - 90: With Blackchain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R91 - 100: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R101 - 110: With Blackchain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R111 - 120: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R121 - 130: With Blackchain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

R131 - 140: With Graychain 2 and turn. DC in 2nd stitch and in each stitch across.

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own color block scarves, 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.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
Shop EyeLoveKnots Etsy - Men's Color Block Scarf
or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy - Men's Color Block Scarf.

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Check out some color options here: I Love This Yarn.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Daily Dose of EyeLoveKnots Finds - January 20th, 2015

Here is your Daily Dose from EyeLoveKnots - Finds for January 20th!

Free Crochet Finds
Bead and Lace Circular Vest, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Rhelena of Crochet N' Crafts
On Ravelry as: Rhelena
I love the look of circular vests. This one is neat too because it is only circular from the front view - from the back, it fits across comfortably.
This pattern is complete with some pictures for clarification.
Available Sizes: S, M, L
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight
 Paid Crochet Pattern Finds - From Etsy:

01.22.15 UPDATE: Pretty House Italy Shop is no longer on Etsy.

Rose Doily, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Anna of Pretty House Italy

BEAUTIFUL!!
Yarn Type: #40 Crochet Cotton

Pineapple Doily, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Anna of Pretty House Italy

Another BEAUTIFUL one! Love it.
Yarn Type: #40 Crochet Cotton

Pineapple Earrings
Designed by Anna
of Pretty House Italy

I have a bunch of crochet
earring patterns on my list
of patterns to buy and try.
I just LOVE the look of
them!
Child's Hat, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Anna of Pretty House Italy
This is such a precious little hat!
Perfect for late Spring or Summer.
Easily embellish with some flowers.



Mask, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Anna of Pretty House Italy

This is such a unique mask pattern. So neat though!

Chevron Potholder, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
Such a neat use of the ever-so-popular chevron pattern, and a graph pattern.
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn

Chocolate Easter Bunny, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers And Wool
Just in time for the upcoming Spring and Easter!
Perfect home decor option, or gift to a special little girl.
This really makes me crave a large, chocolate bunny right now!!

Coffee and Tea Pincushion, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers And Wool
What a neat gift idea for a fellow crafter! Or make for yourself.
Even though I do not sew, I still use TONS of pins to help hold my crochet pieces together prior to assembling.

Coffee Time Potholder, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers And Wool
I love the Coffee Cup/Tea Cup decor for the kitchen. This fits that perfectly!
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn. 
Crimson Lace Scarf, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers And Wool
Made in three rounds, this scarf is sure to work up quickly!
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight or Chunky

Cupcake Potholder, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
Such a sweet potholder - no pun intended. ;)
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn

Daisy Dishcloth and Scrubbie, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
This is a beautiful, warm set. Perfect for Summer time.
You can easily make the dishcloth larger and use as a doily for your table top, or as a trivet with double the yarn.
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn

Doily Dishcloth Set, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
Another beautiful set.
Continue increasing the pattern to use as a doily for your table,
or double the yarn and use for your pots on the table top.
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn

Home Sweet Home Potholder, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
What a lovely image to hang in your kitchen.
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn

L O V E Potholder, Crochet Pattern
Designed by Whiskers and Wool
Perfect timing for the upcoming Valentine holiday!
And a great way to practice your graph crocheting.
Yarn Type: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
Jewelry Finds - From Etsy:


Swirly Antique Copper Earrings
by Anna of Pretty House Italy
Very unique!
They are also lightweight, so you can wear them day in and day out.
Make sure to tune back in tomorrow for your daily dose!

*If you would like any of the finished crochet pieces, please feel free to message me with your request/s for an estimate and color options. Or visit my Etsy shop to see what I have available!