This is the simplest afghan there is to make! I bought a variegated yarn where the color is varied in large chunks to create this striped effect. There is no actual pattern for the afghan – the whole thing is made with double crochet stitches. Here is basically what I did:
I made the blanket 36×36 inches square. I started with a chain that was 36 inches long. Then dc in the 2nd stitch from the hook and dc in every stitch until the end. Chain 3 and repeat. The striped pattern is created by the type of yarn I used. I then added the scalloped edge to “fancy” up the blanket a bit!
For the Scallop Edging~
To Begin: Join yarn or thread in the edge stitch of the piece to which you are adding this edging.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, * ch 5, skip 4 sts, sc in next st **, repeat from * to ** as many times as needed to complete a row or round.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first sc, ch 3, sl st in first ch-5 space, * ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 4, 2 dc) in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, sl st in next ch-5 sp **, repeat from * to **, until you reach the end of the row or round.
End of Row 2 (If row 2 ended with the shell): After making the shell, add a ch 3, sl st in end sc, to finish the row.
End of Row 2 (If row 2 ended with the ch 3, sl st in ch-5 sp): Add a ch 3, sl st in end sc, to finish the row.
Row 3 (If row 2 ended with the shell): Ch 3, * skip 2 dc of shell, 10 dc in the ch-4 sp (in the center of the shell), skip 2 dc of shell, sl st in next ch-3 sp, ch 4, sl st in next ch-3 sp **, repeat * to **.
Row 3 (If row 2 ended with the ch 3, sl st in ch-3 sp): Sl st in first ch-3 sp, * Ch 4, sl st in next ch-3 sp, skip 2 dc of shell, 10 dc in the ch-4 sp (in the center of the shell), skip 2 dc of shell, sl st in next ch-3 sp **, repeat * to **.
End of Row 3 (If row 3 ended with the sl st in next ch-3 sp): Add a ch 3, then sl st in last ch-3 sp, to reach the end of the row or round.
End of Row 3 (If row 3 ended with the 10 dc in ch-4 sp): Leave off the 10th dc and, instead, do a ch 3, sl st in last dc of previous row.
To finish: End off, leaving a strand to weave in.
Whenever I want to try a new crocheted afghan pattern, I usually start by making a washcloth. It is a quick and easy way to figure out if I like the pattern, what size hook to use and what my tension should be.
This is a pattern that I am planning on making an afghan with. It turned out to be a pretty cute washcloth.
The stitch pattern in this baby blanket moves along quickly. It’s an easy pattern to crochet and easy enough even for beginners. If you’re looking for the pattern for a larger afghan in this stitch combination, click here for that larger free afghan pattern.
For a small afghan (sized for a baby blanket, afghan for a small child or for a lap robe): About 21 oz. Worsted weight yarn
Size G crochet hook
Finished size: about 31 1/2″ x 42″
Gauge: a group of 3 dc stitches = 3/4″ wide; 2 pattern repeat rows (rows 3 and 4) = 1″
Row 1: Working in back loops only for this row, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across.
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in both loops of each of next 2 sc, * skip 3 sc of previous row, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in back loop of next sc, skip 3 sc of previous row, dc in both loops of each of next 3 sc **, repeat from * to ** as many times as needed across row.
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in both loops of each of next 2 dc, * ch 3, skip next 3 dc, in chain-1 space work 3 sc, ch 3, skip next 3 dc, dc in both loops of each of next 3 dc ** repeat from * to ** across row.
Row 4: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in both loops of each of next 2 dc, * skip the ch-3, skip next sc, then (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) all in back loop of next sc, skip next sc, skip the next ch-3, dc in both loops of each of next 3 dc ** repeat from * to ** across row.
Additional Rows: Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the piece measures about 41″.
Next to the Last Row: Repeat row 3.
Last Row: ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in each of next 2 dc * 2 sc in ch-3 space, sc in both loops of each of next 3 sts ** repeat from * to ** across row, end row with 2 sc in last ch-3 space, sc in each of last 3 dc.
I used a basic shell border stitch (tutorial link) to finish off the washcloth. I like how it turned out and I think I will use the same border for the afghan.
I found this idea on-line and I thought that this Easter bunny was so cute! This project is so simple that it would be great for making multiple items or a great project to do with kids! We made these for my kids school teachers gift.
Easter Bagalope Tutorial~
Supplies: Legal Size Envelope, Stamp Set, Ink, Ribbon, Craft Glue, 3-D Dots, Black Marker, White Marker, Scissors, Pom Pom and a Tape Runner.
Punches: 3/4 x 1 1/2″ Oval, 1 1/4×2″ Oval, 1 1/2″ Circle, 3/4″ Circle, 1/4″ Circle, 1/8″ Circle and a Small Flower.
Seal the envelope and then stamp the front of the envelope. I used Old Olive ink.
Make a template that is 1″x4 1/2″ . Trace around it on the top right and top left corner to make the handle of the Easter basket.
Cut a piece of green (I used old olive) 1″x4 1/8″, then cut grass strips about 3/4 ” deep.
Punch out the following shapes:
4 Lt. Pink 3/4″ x 1 1/2 ” ovals – I used Pretty in Pink
2 Lt. Brown 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ ovals – I used Creamy Carmel
4 Lt. Brown 1 1/4″ x 2″ ovals – I used Creamy Carmel
1 Lt. Brown 1 1/2″ Circle – I used Creamy Carmel
2 White 3/4″ Circles – I used white card stock
2 Black 1/4″ Circles – I used Basic Black
1 Pink 1/4″ Circles – I used Pretty in Pink
6 Pink 1/8″ Circles – I used Pretty in Pink
3 small Flowers – I used Barely Banana
Adhere grass strip to bottom of envelope. Draw “paws” on 2 of the small Lt. Brown ovals and adhere them to the envelope. Adhere the 6 1/8″ Lt. Pink Circles and the 4 Lt. Pink Ovals on the 4 Lg. Lt. Brown Ovals. Put together the bunny’s face. Draw the whiskers and eye details on.
Adhere the 2 large bunny paws and the 2 bunny ears to the envelope.
Adhere the bunny’s head with pop up dots. Tie a ribbon around the base of the handle – I used lt. pink organza ribbon. I did not have an Easter stamp, so I printed “Hoppy Easter” on my computer and punched it out with the large (1 1/4″ x 2″ oval) and sponged the edges with lt. pink – I used (). Adhere the small lt. yellow flowers and small pink rhinestones in the center of the flowers. Adhere the pom pom for the bunny’s tail.
Both of my daughters have birthdays in the Spring and when I saw these fun alphabets, I just had to make them each one! My daughters are sharing a room while we are living in Boston, so I wanted both of them to match but also to incorporate both of their favorite colors which are pink and blue.
Altered Wooden Alphabet Tutorial~
Wooden Alphabet Letter(s) from Michael’s, Patterned Paper, Mod Podge, Paint Brush, Scissors, Pencil and Decorations.
Put your letter right side down on the patterned paper. Trace around the letter and cut it out.
I like to paint the edges of the letter so that it has a finished edge.
Put a generous coat of Mod Podge on the top of the letter.
Adhere the patterned paper to the letter and then put a layer of Mod Podge on the patterned paper.
Once the Mod Podge has dried you can decorate the letter. I used the supplies pictured below. K&Company Stickers, Prima Flowers, Joann’s Essentials Word Tile and Black Dress Designs Paper Ribbon.
I LOVE Prima Flowers! I also have so many that I was having trouble finding a good way to store them. I don’t like storing the ones in the tins stacked up because I have trouble remembering what colors I have. So, I took a trip to Home Depot and started looking for a solution. I wanted something that would be both functional and pretty at the same time. I found galvanized metal sheets that measured 10″ x 10′, so I brought it home and got to work and this is what I came up with.
Magnetic Prima Flower Tutorial:
Galvanized Metal, Glue Gun or Extra Strong Double Sided Tap Runner, Ribbon, Stamp Set, Staz On Ink, Old Scissors or Metal Snips, Hole Punch, Magnets and Prima Flowers or Other Supplies you wish to hang up.
Un Roll metal, measure and mark your length, and cut metal. I used an old pair of scissors that already have a nick in them because I didn’t have my metal tip snips handy.
Stamp design with Staz On Ink and let dry for about 10 minutes. The ink takes a while to dry because the metal is not very porous.
Use either a tape runner or a glue gun to attach ribbon. I used a 2 inch wide ribbon and adhered 1/2 to the front and 1/2 to the back of the metal.
I used a glue gun on one and a tape runner on the 2nd one. I found it easier to control the tape runner.
Use hole punch and punch a whole in each corner and on the bottom middle and top middle. I used my cropodile. I then used screws to hang it up. I used my hot glue gun to adhere magnets to the back of my prima flower containers. The number of magnets that I used was based on the weight of the item. I used 2 on the tin containers and 4 on the glass containers.
When we moved to Boston in the fall of 2009, I did not bring any of my scrapbooking supplies with me. But after a trip back at Christmas time, I decided to bring some of my supplies and set up my Craft Corner. I have a small space in our apartment that I am able to dedicate to my craft area. Before living in this apartment, I have always had a whole craft room, so I have had to become creative with some of my organization.
My philosophy is, that if you can see your supplies, you will use them. I have set up my craft area like a mini store with a lot of my supplies out in the open and hanging up. If they are put away in drawers, I forget about them! My craft area is in my bedroom, so I also like things to look nice an organized.
Here is how I set it up:
I built the cubes on the right and left side of my storage area as directed in the instructions and then I alternated both side and shelf panels to make a backdrop that connected both of the shelving sections. I zip-tied some of the wire shelving in vertically to create storage for some of my 12×12 paper. I used clear plastic “shoe boxes” to sort all of my ink. I want to buy the storage turn table from Stampin Up soon!
I store my paper cutters and some of my embellishments on the left side of my work area.
I like having my supplies right in front of me, so I really like this design! I keep all of my “newer” purchases on this board, as the board fills up, I transfer the older supplies into my files to make room for new supplies.
I made two magnetic holders (tutorial link). I think that some scrapbook supplies are an art all there own, and I love seeing them displayed.
I looked for some type of ribbon holder to purchase, but I couldn’t find one that would work for the amount of ribbon that I own! I came up with this idea…I bought eye-bolts with a length long enough to allow the ribbon to turn freely. I then threaded the ribbon on the dowels and through the eye-bolts. I really love how it looks!
I just bought this new bookshelf because I wanted to be able to store all of the supplies for my upcoming projects together. Once again, instead of having them in drawers, I am storing them on a shelf where I can see them and remember to work on them!