Birthday Filet Crochet

Say ‘Hello’ to a quick post about a crochet project inspired by a certain cartoon kitty. 🙂 In honor of my sister’s birthday today, I’m explaining a project that I made for one of her previous birthdays.

Saying this girl is a huge fan of the character is an understatement. So when I wanted to make something just for her, I knew exactly where to start.

I absolutely love filet crochet – it’s so much fun to see a picture appear in thread. I have created quite a few filet designs from photos. I will share more details about my technique in a later post. Basically, I use design software to create a grid over a photo, and then fill in the squares where appropriate. It’s incredibly tedious, but I like the results much better than the ones I can get from a program that generates designs automatically.

Luckily, that wasn’t necessary for the birthday project. I was able to use an existing cross stitch design, which I adapted for crochet. Hint: If you can’t find a filet pattern for something you are looking for, do a Google image search for a cross stitch pattern instead. So if, for example, you are looking for a filet crochet pattern featuring a kitten, search for “cross stitch pattern kitten.” You might at least find a design that you can use as a starting point.

Note: I don’t know the original source for the kitty cross stitch pattern I mentioned in this post, which is why I haven’t added a link and why, out of respect to the original designer, I chose not to upload a photo of my own project. Thanks for understanding. 🙂

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Stained Glass Granny Square Afghan

I wasn’t planning to share another granny square project so close on the heels of my gingham baby blanket post, but the feature on stained glass crochet projects over at Crochet Concupiscence made me want to share my own.

stained glass crochet

If you’re active in online crochet sources, you can probably spot the inspiration for this one right away. Like many, many other crafters, I’m a big fan of JulieAnny’s Stained Glass Afghan Square by Julie Yeager. It’s a lovely design with textured details that I just had to try.

stained glass crochet

I made some modifications to the original design to add more of a “linked” appearance between the squares, but the spirit of the design remains the same.

stained glass crochet

I chose really bright, fun, happy colors in two shades each. I was originally just using the pink, yellow, and blue shades (it had a CMYK thing going for it, which I loved), but it needed an additional color to work for the size I had in mind.

stained glass crochet

This one got a third place award in the contest. I’m honored. 🙂 And speaking of the contest, and stained glass afghans, here’s an afghan that I loved from that contest. The creator’s name (NOT ME) has been cropped out to respect privacy, but if it’s yours and you want credit, let me know! Here’s the pattern on Ravelry if you’re interested. How beautiful are those shades of pink and green?!

stained glass crochet

See my project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/julieannys-stained-glass-afghan-square

Crocheted Gingham Baby Blanket

Remember that contest I mentioned, and the post in which I promised more photos and descriptions? Well here I am, making good on that promise. 🙂 This first one is a crocheted baby blanket, which I made from granny squares.

Crochet gingham baby blanket

I loved the idea of creating a gingham pattern out of two shades of the same yarn color, plus white. I had also been (and still am, really) obsessed with the turquoise-white color combination. Hence, the inspiration for this afghan. This baby afghan pattern from Bernat served as the inspiration for the granny square color layout. But I wanted to use granny squares with  more interest and texture…

Crochet gingham baby blanket

..so I found three different granny square patterns that I liked, all by Aurora Suominen. The six-inch-wide square patterns were rather hard to find – many patterns are 12 inches wide, which would have made a HUGE blanket once I had created the gingham pattern I desired. But I loved the ones that I picked – all different from one another, yet bearing the similar textural hallmarks of the same designer.

Here are the squares I used:

Crochet gingham baby blanket

I didn’t win any awards on this one, but I’m quite happy with the result. The only hiccup? The centers of several of the flower squares unraveled horrifyingly in the wash. I thought the entire thing was a lost cause when I saw the damage, but the repairs turned out to be relatively easy. The photos you see here were taken after the washing mishap and subsequent fix-up.

See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/framing-a-flower-6-square

In My Stash: Sea Foam KnitPicks Comfy Fingering Yarn

How, when, and why do you buy your yarn? Are most of your purchases spur-of-the-moment, without a particular project in mind? Or do you pick a pattern, then buy the yarn you will need? Like (I suspect) many people, I do some of each.

This particular yarn purchase – KnitPicks Comfy (Fingering) – was based simply on my love for its color. Plus, it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and (according to its description online) soft.

knit picks sea foam comfy

Based on these attributes, (and a need to meet my minimum “free” shipping purchase amount… online shopping logic 🙂 ) I decided to buy a few skeins. I thought that, if I like it, it could be good for bigger projects.

The verdict? Inconclusive. Since taking these photos of the yarn, I used it to make a small project. It is indeed very soft, but it probably wasn’t the best choice for the pattern. It’s hard to explain. The yarn is beautiful, the pattern is lovely, but this yarn + that pattern = something not quite right. Maybe it’s the “drape” of the fabric? Or just my newbie knitter status?

knit picks comfy seafoam

I’ll share some photos of that finished object later and let you judge for yourself. Chances are good that I’m just being overly critical of my own work (worsened by the fact that I plan to give the FO as a gift). I would certainly give this yarn another try – perhaps in a heavier weight, and for a light cardigan.

knit picks comfy sea foam