Monday, August 7, 2017

Baby Sunburst Baby Blanket (with Square Pattern)

Hello, hello, hello!

Although I really love making baby blankets (and that's why I'd been making lots of them for sale recently), my favorite blankets are those that I make for friends, when a baby is on the way :)

When my friend was expecting her second baby (a little sister for the 2-year old boy), I asked her, what kind of blanket she'd like. She said that - since the little one would mostly wear her brother's neutral clothes in the beginning - she wanted a typical "girlie" blanket with girlie colors, flowers and stuff. So, what do you think? Is that a "girlie" blanket or not? :)

When my friend mentioned flowers, I searched Pinterest high and low for a pattern that I liked. And although I've found lots and lots of beautiful flower squares, somehow I couldn't make up my mind. Most flower squares are 3-dimensional, and although they are truly beautiful, in my mind I had the idea of a "flat" flower. Something like the traditional Sunburst Granny Square (I think the original designer is Priscilla Hewitt, please correct me, if I'm wrong).

Actually the Sunburst Granny Square would have been the perfect fit, but I thought it was a little bit too big: it's great for bigger blankets, but for baby blankets I somehow like to work with smaller squares. So I've tried to figure out a way to make a Sunburst Square, that's just a little bit smaller than the original.
Here you see the comparison, on the right is the original Sunburst Square (with 16 petals), and on the left is my adaption (a Sunburst with 12 petals):

Using the smaller version, I could join 9x9=81 squares to make a cute little blanket. I connected them with the last round in a continuous join-as-you-go method. Of course I've worked with Stylecraft Special DK again and used the following colors: Cream (for the background), Lemon, Apricot, Candy Floss, Fondant, and Sherbet.

Don't get me wrong - the original Sunburst Granny Square is perfect as it is, but if you ever want to make a smaller one, here's my version:

Baby Sunburst Square

based on the Sunburst Square by Priscilla Hewitt

Pattern Notes:
For this pattern I use US crochet terms. Starting with a "magic ring" (or sliding loop) we’ll need the following basic stitches: chain stitch (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and some
Special Stitches:
Puff-Stitch: *Yarn over (yo), insert hook into indicated stitch and pull up a loop to the level of your work* 3 times, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook.
Double Crochet 4-together (dc-4-tog): *Yarn over (yo), insert hook into indicated space and pull up a loop, yo and pull through two loops* 4 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook.

Round 1:
Start with a magic ring, ch1, and work 12 sc inside the ring. Join with a sl st to first sc and fasten off. (12sc) (The sl st does NOT count as a stitch!)
Round 2:
Join a new color with a sl st to any sc, ch-1 loosely (doesn't count as a stitch), and work (puff stitch, ch-1) in every sc around. Join with a sl st to top of first puff stitch and fasten off. (12 puff stitches)
(You can also start this round with a standing puff stitch instead of the loose chain)
Round 3:
Join a new color with a sl st to any ch-1-space, ch-1 loosely (doesn't count as a stitch), and work (dc-4-tog, ch-2) in every ch-1 space around. Join with a sl st to top of first dc-4-tog and fasten off. (12 dc-4-clusters)
(You can also start this round with a standing dc-4-tog instead of the loose chain)
Round 4:
Join a new color with a sl st to any ch-2 space, ch-2 (counts as first hdc) and 2 more hdc into the same space, ch-1. *(3dc, ch-2, 3dc, ch-1) into the next space, (3hdc, ch-1) into each of the next two spaces. Repeat from * around until you reach the beginning of the round (omitting the last hdc-group) and join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-2. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

If you want to join the squares with a continuous join-as-you-go method like I did, you only work the first three rounds and then connect the circles in one continuous process using the 4th round of the pattern (i.e. with hdc's on the sides and dc's in the corner) with the ch-1 spaces and corners as joining spots.

I hope you've enjoyed this pattern! :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Tale of Five Blankets: Chapter 13

Hello World,

there's one more blanket left in my collection of baby blankets that I've made recently for my shop, and this might even be my favorite one (maybe because it took sooooo  long).

This blanket is made with 324 tiny 2-round granny squares that I've joined together while working the second round. So, 324 squares - that means 648 ends to weave in, plus some for the border. Phew, no wonder it took me so long :)

This blanket was inspired by two other projects, that I had seen years ago, and ever since then I had wanted to make a similar blanket. One is Sandra's Giant Granny Patches on Cherry Heart, the other one is Rajeswari's Giant Granny Patch Blanket on Diaper Mum.

Based on Sandra's and Rajeswari's color palette, I've made some substitutions here and there and added some more, so I finally ended up with 20(!) different colors of Stylecraft Special DK:

Pale Rose
Cloud Blue
Spring Green

Since the blanket already had a good size for a baby blanket, I've only added some more rounds of dc and finished with the border I had already used for my Starlight Baby Blanket.

Although I've mentioned in the beginning, that this was the last baby blanket in my collection, there's still one more blanket to show - one that I made not for sale, but as a gift for my friend's second baby. It's a Baby Sunburst Baby Blanket, and I'm gonna tell you all about it in my next post. :)

Thanks for visiting today and I hope to see you soon back here,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Tale of Five Blankets: Chapter 11 & 12

Hey there,

I'm back today with a new episode of my Tale of Five Blankets.

Today I want to show you two blankets with a similar color palette.

For the first one (above) I've worked with Stylecraft Special DK in Storm Blue, Duck Egg, Grey, Stone, and Cream. The pattern is Dots'n'Dashes by Darla J. Fanton, that I had already used several times before. I've made this blanket for my shop, and since it sold pretty quickly, I thought I'd make another one with similar, "boyish" colors.

If you're a frequent visitor of my blog, you recognize this pattern (my favorite one) at once: it's the double-ended crochet baby blanket pattern which is available for free on Woman's Day.

On one side I've worked block stripes with the Stylecraft Special DK colors Storm Blue, Duck Egg, and Mocha. For the back side I picked Cream.

Although I usually work with bright rainbow colors, I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the way these two blankets have turned out :)

Spoiler ahead: if you're a fan of colorful blankets, you shouldn't miss the next chapter... :)

See you then and have a great day,

Monday, June 19, 2017

c2c-Pattern: Baby Lion

Pattern: Made in K-Town by Barbara

Please respect my rights as designer:
do not sell, share, translate, or publish any parts of this pattern (including pictures)
online or elsewhere without my permission.
Do not claim this pattern as your own.
Based on a free lion clipart, this graphic pattern
was processed, edited and simplified with the online-tool Stitch Fiddle.
Feel free to sell the finished items you’ve made from my pattern!
If you do, a link-back to my blog would be great.
Thank you!

Some General Notes:

To use this pattern, you should be familiar with the c2c-technique. A good tutorial with instruction videos and further ressources can be found on

The pattern does not include instructions for the border.

The pattern contains a chart and also row-by-row instructions for the color-sequence in table format. To keep the structure clear, I offer this pattern as a 3 pages PDF.

More pattern notes are included in the PDF.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Window Shopping

Hey there!

It's been a while since my last blog-post (thank you all so much for your comments on my Starlight Baby Blanket, I'm glad you all like the pattern!). Today I thought I'd show you a round-up of things I've made recently to fill the shelves of my new DaWanda-Shop. But don't worry - this is not an attempt to lure you into my shop :) I know that the readers of my blog are more interested in making than buying, so I've included some pattern-links for you!

Although I'm really not a fan of amigurumi (there's far too much attention and concentration required for my taste *gg*) I sometimes stumble upon a pattern that's just too cute to resist, like this clown here:

It's a paid pattern by Mari-Liis Lille from Lilleliis, and I can tell you it's really worth the money! She's got a whole bunch of lovely patterns, so I've also made these cute Cuddly Babies:

Since both these dolls and my baby-blankets take some time to make, I also wanted to offer some smaller, quicker-to-make items in my shop, and so I've made a selection of baby teethers. Using wooden rings, I sealed them with coconut-oil and simply worked a few rows of single-crochet stitches around half the ring and added a little hanger (just because I thought it looked cute *gg*):

The idea for the other rings I've made is inspired by the Bunny Slope Teethers, a free pattern from Playin' Hooky Designs. To make the strap that is attached to the ring I didn't work in rows like the original pattern suggests, though, but made up a pattern myself that is worked in the round.

And of course, I've made some items that are based on my own patterns, like this set of spiral coasters...

... or some pincushions in different color-combinations.

And just because I've heard on Television that toilet paper covers are SO yesterday, I even made one of those using my latest mandala-pattern - just to prove a point :) Well, the cover still hasn't sold yet, but I'm not losing hope! :)

Last but not least, I felt like making some more crochet covered stones. If you've been following my blog from the start, you know that every once in a while I've made those stones as gifts, and I thought they'd be a nice addition to my shop.

Well, that was mostly it, I hope you've found some inspiration today :) 

Currently I'm working on yet another baby blanket, but it's taking me longer than expected. In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you the pattern (both graphic and written) for the c2c lion blanket I've made recently.

So stay tuned for the next blog post with the free pattern! :)

Have a great and sunny day,

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