Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 Granny-Spiration Challenge - Last Few Days to Share & Enter

Just a reminder: Don't forget to enter the Yarn Giveaway for two skeins of Andes Alpaca Yarn and share your Granny-Spiration projects in the link up! Visit my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies to enter the giveaway and link up. Even if you entered already - the timers restart every day, and you can now enter again!! Keep working on your Granny-Spiration projects too because we'll be back with more projects for you Saturday, March 4th with another link up and giveaway!

Featured in the collage are your bloghop hosts. Left to right, then top to bottom:

Granny Square Floral Wall Hanging - Atelier Marie-Lucienne. At first glance of the photo, you are taking away by the beautiful flowers, but after following the link, you come to a gorgeous wall hanging created with a simple granny square embellished by those beautiful flowers. This is a great addition to your home approaching the Spring Season, or as is for Valentine's Day. Post includes free crochet instructions for the flowers. I am not much for blocking, but I could see myself working something like this and then attaching it to a canvas - like Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen did last month with her Granny Canvas.

Granny Square Diaper and Wipes Organizer - Rhelena. Free Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial from [R]Helena! I am really in love with this idea. I do not have any kids so I wouldn't need it for diapers, but I am thinking it would be a great addition to the tv table next to where I do much of my crocheting to hold my yarn, some notions and WIPs. And! If you want some more stability, sew the square bottoms to some stiff plastic canvas. I use it in my purses, and it works like a charm to better keep the shape, and is very sturdy. 

Granny Phone Cozy - Kat Kat Katoen. I have made a similar cozy using a regular granny square, but I much prefer the look of the solid granny square as Sigrid has done - especially the one done up in a variegated colorway! This is a nice project to work up as a treat to yourself, or for gift gifting. And the use of the rubber band - genius!

Granny Heart Tote - Crochet is the Way. What a fun way to dress up a bag. This is an easy way to show a little extra love when gift gifting. You could even follow her pattern for a smaller heart, put some felt on the back and use as a tag, or make them in different colors to differentiate. This is a free crochet pattern with photo tutorial.

Be My Valentine Heart - The Philosopher's Wife. Such a sweet little heart with a fun twist! This heart is worked in worsted weight yarn, so I am assuming it's a larger heart which I think would probably make a nice little coaster. Worked in thinner yarns would also make this perfect as a applique to add to a hat, shirt pocket, or even a card! (just to name a few). Free crochet pattern included for us :)

Carousel Blanket - Hakelfieber Austria. This blanket is just breathtaking! Truly a work of art. Looking at it, and following along with the construction of it, you can see lots of hard work, time and yarn has gone into this (and maybe some cussing, long sighs and ice cream consuming - especially when it came to weaving in all those ends!). I am in love. I have pinned the pattern (from Stylecraft) so that when I have a clearer schedule, I can try my hand at it, and I've subscribed to the Stylecraft newsletter because I want in on the next CAL. 

Lastly, my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies! These little beanies don't take hardly any yarn, and work up so quickly. Please consider working up a set, and donating! They would also work for dolls :)

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January 2017 Granny-Spiration Challenge - Bloghop Hosts


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February 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #269 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Makers Gonna Make Link Party {no. 113} - The Girl Creative
Inspiration Monday 2.12.17 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Monday Funday - Club Chica Circle; Creatively Living
Create Link Inspire Linky Party #168 - The Crafty Blog Stalker 
Inspire Me Monday - Week 267 - Create with Joy
Made by You Monday - Skip to my Lou
{Wow Me} Wednesday #286 - Ginger Snap Crafts
Hookin' on Hump Day #136 - Petals to PicotsMoogly Blog
Your Whims Wednesday #294 - My Girlish Whims
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #150 - Lou Lou Girls
Show & Tell Link Party - Eighteen 25, Sugar Bee Crafts, Flamingo Toes  
FDTR #254 - The DIY Dreamer

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sofia Cowl - Crochet Pattern Review - Red Heart

I have been working on a child size hat that has taken quite more calculation and reworking than I anticipated, and a hooded scarf that had to be taken completely apart because I made the rooky mistake of twisting my beginning chain. I was in need of a quick, easy and beautiful project to work up and share, and thought this Sofia Cowl would be great! I love the simple pattern, and beautiful colorway of the Boutique Treasure yarn. I will definitely be working up many more of these!

Materials:
     - Lightweight worsted weight yarn - I used about 2/3's of one skein of Red Heart's Boutique Treasure (as suggested in pattern) in the Abstract colorway
     - L11/8mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Sofia Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns

Material Notes:
     Any yarn will work for this project - sizes will vary. My suggested Yarn Alternatives: Caron's Simply Soft, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Wool Ease, Bernat's Sheep(ish)

Time Spent:
     I was able to work up this cowl in about an hour and a half.

Measurements:
     4" Wide by 59" in Length

Pattern Notes:
     This cowl is more like an infinity scarf - measuring 59" in length. Next time I work this up, I would add some width to it - another 1-2". It will take some experimenting to get the pattern right, but I think it would lay and wear better.
I would like to also make one more cowl sized, which is easily doable.


I choose not to begin my cowl with a foundation double crochet, as suggested in the pattern. I love using the foundation double crochet for a couple reasons - 1) it's great to use when you are designing a project that you aren't sure how many stitches it's going to take to make it to the width you want; 2) when you need added flexibility to a project worked in the round, such as a neck warmer, a shirt, a skirt or pants, a hat worked bottom up, fingerless gloves, etc. The reason why I did not use it with this cowl was because the cowl was so long that it did not need added flexibility - With the given length it could easily be doubled around the neck. I just started with a beginning chain, and worked the second round as double crochets around.

The pattern was so easy to follow, and work up. After the first repeat, I didn't even need to look at the pattern for the second repeat.
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Don't Crochet but Interested in a Purchasing a Sofia Cowl?
     You can check out EyeLoveKnots on Etsy to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, such as "Blue Blanket", "Granny Square", etc. Also feel free to send me a message on Etsy, or email with your custom request. 
View Color Options Here: Boutique Treasure (contains 30% wool, with BEAUTIFUL variegated colorways), Everyday Soft (100% acrylic).

Linking Up To...
February 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #269 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Makers Gonna Make Link Party {no. 113} - The Girl Creative
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Inspiration Monday 2.12.17 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Monday Funday - Club Chica CircleCreatively Living
Create Link Inspire Linky Party #168 - The Crafty Blog Stalker 
Inspire Me Monday - Week 267 - Create with Joy
Made by You Monday - Skip to my Lou
Tutorials & Tips Link Party {292} - Home Stories A to Z
{Wow Me} Wednesday #286 - Ginger Snap Crafts
Hookin' on Hump Day #136 - Petals to PicotsMoogly Blog
Your Whims Wednesday #294 - My Girlish Whims
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #150 - Lou Lou Girls
Show & Tell Link Party - Eighteen 25Sugar Bee CraftsFlamingo Toes  
FDTR #254 - The DIY Dreamer

363rd Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
TOO Cute Tuesday: Link Par-Tay! #324 - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Fiber Tuesday 98 - The Quilting Room with Mel

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies - 4 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! This is the second post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

I have been receiving newsletters from The Preemie Project for quite some time now, and have noted down ideas, and started and stopped my fair share of patterns, but I decided it was finally time to start poppin' them out.

I am calling this one Chunky-Like even though it uses worsted weight yarn, because on a preemie baby, worsted weight is going to appear large and chunky. I do not suggest using #5 chunky/bulky yarn for preemie hats.
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife


Materials:
     - Small Amount of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart's Soft Yarn in Really Red, White and Rosy Blush
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     If you use a different yarn, make sure you find a soft acrylic or cotton blend - do not use wool. Choose something that you know can withstand being machine washed and dried multiple times, because it most likely will be. Aside from the Red Heart Soft, you may also like to try Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft.

     I am estimating you can make 8-10 hats or so per skein of Red Heart's Soft - maybe even a couple more depending on the size you are working.

Time Spent:
     I had the 1-1 1/2 lb and 2-3 lb sizes done in just under 15 minutes each, the 3-5 lb done in just under 20 minutes and the 6-8 lb hat done in just under 30 minutes. That less than an hour and a half for all four!

Measurements:
The 1 - 1 1/2 lb size has a crown of 2 1/4" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 7 1/8" to fit a head size of 7 1/2" - 8 1/2", and is 3 1/4" in length.

The 2 - 3 lb size has a crown of 2 5/8" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 8 1/4" to fit a head size of 8 1/2" - 10", and is also 3 3/8" in length.

The 3 - 5 lb size has a crown of 3 1/4" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 10 1/4" to fit a head size of 10" - 12", and is 4 1/4" in length.

The 6 - 8 lb size has a crown of 3 5/8" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 11 3/8" to fit a head size of 12" - 12 1/2", and is 5 1/8" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Red Heart Soft (and Everyday Soft) yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth. Typically, I work my hats two inches smaller than needed to account for the stretch, but following the Preemie Project guidelines, they would like each hat to be just one inch smaller than the given sizes and so I have worked this pattern accordingly.

Gauge:
With Soft Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook = 4" x 4":
     Chain 19, DC in the 4th chain, and in each stitch across. (16 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd DC and in each DC across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch in the crown, but does in the body of the hat. Beginning chain 1 in the last round does not count as a stitch.

Join to the first stitch of each round, unless otherwise stated.

Crown is worked (and written) in a non-traditional manner to help keep seam straight. You will work the last stitch of the round into the same place as the first stitch, however, it will be on the right side of the beginning chain.

The last round of each hat is a round of single crochet's. I personally like how the round of single crochet creates a nice, crisp finish, and I feel provides a better fit for the hats. The Preemie Project is concerned that a round of single crochet's will make the hat opening to tight to fit over the baby's head, so make sure you work this round loosely. If you tend to crochet tighter, you may want to omit this round or perhaps work it with a hook size bigger.

Patterns:

1 - 1 1/2 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. 2 DC into the first DC, skip the next two DCs, (3 DC into the next DC, skip the next two DCs) 5x. Join. (6 clusters)

R4 - 5: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 5x. Join. (6 clusters)

R6: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 5x. Join to the beginning chain 2. (6 clusters)

R7: Chain 1. SC into the 1st DC, and the next 17 DCs around. Join. (18 SC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

2 - 3 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 12 DC into the ring. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 11 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. 2 DC into the first DC, skip the next two DCs, (3 DC into the next DC, skip the next two DCs) 7x. Join. (8 clusters)

R4 - 6: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 7x. Join. (8 clusters)

R7: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 7x. Join to the beginning chain 2. (8 clusters)


R8: Chain 1. SC into the 1st DC, and the next 23 DCs around. Join. (24 SC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

3 - 5 lbs:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 8 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first 2 DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 8x, DC into the first DC. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. 2 DC into the first DC, skip the next two DCs, (3 DC into the next DC, skip the next two DCs) 8x. Join. (9 clusters)

R5 - 8: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 8x. Join. (9 clusters)

R9: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 8x. Join to the beginning chain 2. (9 clusters)


R10: Chain 1. SC into the 1st DC, and the next 26 DCs around. Join. (27 SC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

6 - 8 lbs:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. Work 12 DC into the ring. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 11 DCs around, DC into the first DC. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 11x, DC into the first DC. Join. (36 DC)

R4: Chain 2. 2 DC into the first DC, skip the next two DCs, (3 DC into the next DC, skip the next two DCs) 11x. Join. (12 clusters)

R5 - 11: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 11x. Join. (12 clusters)

R12: Slip stitch over into the next DC, and then into the next space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, (3 DC into the next space) 11x. Join to the beginning chain 2. (12 clusters)


R13: Chain 1. SC into the 1st DC, and the next 35 DCs around. Join. (35 SC)

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

A set of these hats work up in less than an hour and a half, and don't take much yarn. Please take time to work up at least a set, and send in to either The Preemie Project or your local baby hospital.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies 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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Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing or Donating some Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies?
     Visit the EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop to see what I have available! Use the search box to type in what you have in mind, or feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am happy to make in any custom size and/or color. View color options here: Soft.

Linking Up To...
February 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Link Your Stuff! - Annemarie's Haakblog
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #268 from Nifty Thrifty Things
Craft Schooling Sunday from Creative Jewish Mom
6 Valentine Treats & Inspiration Monday - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Tutorials & Tips Link Party {291} - Home Stories A to Z
Create Link Inspire Linky Party #167 - The Crafty Blog Stalker
The Creative Corner Link Up Party - Curly Crafty Mom
Show and Tell Link Party - Flamingo Toes, Sugar Bee Crafts
From Dream to Reality #253 - The DIY Dreamer
The Linky Ladies - The Community Link Party #90 - The Purple Poncho
Talk of the Town #58 - Sadie Seasongoods
Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party #119 - Live Randomly Simple
362nd Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Fiber Tuesday 97 - Quilting Room with Mel
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #149 - Lou Lou Girls
TOO Cute Tuesday Link Par-Tay #323 - Funky Polkadot Giraffe
{Wow Me} Wednesday #285 - Ginger Snap Crafts
Hookin' on Hump Day #136 - Petals to Picots, Moogly Blog
Your Whims Wednesday #293 - My Girlish Whims
Simple Home Decor to Love, I'm Lovin It - Tidy Mom
Best Friday Features - the 36th Avenue, Tatertots and Jello
Creativity Unleashed No. 159 - Practically Functional
Best of the Weekend - Hello Little Home, Little Miss Celebration
Funtastic Friday 113 Link Party - Olives & Okras
This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by EyeLoveKnots (that's me!). One winner will receive two skeins of Yarn Bee's Andres Alpaca Yarn in the Foxglove colorway! In last month's link up, someone said they'd love to see some Alpaca (or Yak) yarn, so here I am to deliver! This yarn is so soft! And the colorway is close to Lavender, which I thought would be perfect for the upcoming Spring season. This is a worsted weight #4 yarn, of 120 yards/100 grams per skein, and is comprised of 70% Acrylic and 30% Alpaca.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. EyeLoveKnots is responsible for prize fulfillment.
The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Poncho for Joanie from Linda's Crafty Corner, Purple Granny Square Afghan from In and Around My House, and Scarf Month/sjaal van de maand from Kruissteekmieke


Now, Share Your Granny-Spiration Project With Us!

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 9am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 11:59pm EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

Please make sure to link to your post, and not your home page. 

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*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 

To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!

Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.