Monday, August 12, 2013

Making It! Overdue Edition

I am not going to pretend to know how many things I've made since I made my last Making It! post. But, I am going to talk about a couple of things I know I've made.

First up: The Decade Blanket

Ignore the light. It was almost 2 a.m.
Here's why I call this the decade blanket: I started it for a child who just turned ten. It turned out to be really slow going and so I put it down, made something else and called it day. I've held onto it through the years and picked it up now and again to do a few rows and then put it back down again.

I finally finished it. Of course, when I picked it up this last time, I discovered that I had been doing it wrong for ten years. Might have even gone quicker if I had done it right, who knows? In any case, finished, given away and I really, really loved it.

What I love most about this blanket is the eyelet edge for a ribbon and the wide lace edging. The pattern is in the baby section of Crochet Collection. I can't even begin to tell you the yarn for certain, but I think it's a Baby Bernat. Coordinates, maybe?I went through a phase of obsession with that particular yarn.

I love this in the white. I had originally intended it for a little boy and had planned on using navy blue ribbon, but I really think this green gingham is so cute and fun.

Second: The Dress and Hat
Ignore my toes.
My cousin is having a baby, which is awesome because we sort of thought that our uteri were connected. (Her oldest is 4 days older than Brynna and her youngest is 13 days older than Maren.) In any case, she is having her first girl!!! 
She has been fairly resistant to girls, in general. Something about ruffles and bows and Barbies and pink. My response has been a resounding, "Have you met my children?" Followed up, of course, by "Here's some ruffles and flowers and pink. Barbies are under copyright."

This is quite possibly my favorite thing that I have made in a while. This is the pattern for the dress on Ravelry. (As per usual with me, you need an account to get to it, but it's free and the pattern is free.)

I made a few small adjustments. Mainly, I worked the yoke as directed, then, worked the skirt in the round. I made the side with the buttons the back, instead of the front, then added the flower. I also worked the last row of the pattern in a different color (rather than adding a row).

The hat is just a hat. Made up and not a pattern. 

I've been making those big, floppy flowers so long now, I totally can't remember where the pattern came from, but I think it was a book of hats or bags or something. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint and Neon Pink. 

This was so quick and so much fun and I truly love the end result. It got rave reviews from the mom-to-be, too. 


Suze said...

Those are beautiful projects!
A blanket is a big undertaking. I can totally appreciate that :)

Cathy G. said...

I have a quilt I started for a little girl who just turned 22. I thought about finishing for her first baby - but it's pink and he isn't. Maybe for her second? The saddest part - I have about 30 minutes of quilting left and then bind it. 22 years.....

Jessi said...

Suze - Just a baby blanket. Probably not ten years big. But, it was a bigger undertaking than I realized when I started it.

Mom - You know, one of the biggest factors in wanting to get it done was wanting to reclaim the space it was taking up in my crochet basket. Maybe that'll help you. :) Just put it somewhere it's in your way.

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