Hey Dearies! Another month has passed for 2019! We FINALLY are getting some warmer weather, just in time for summer! As you can see, I have taken the picture from the floor and not on my bed because the blanket is starting to get really big!
I bet you are wondering how long it will get, huh? Well, not much longer because once the end of June has come and gone, I will be starting July from the beginning of our blanket. I know that it’s not something people do normally when it comes to temperature blankets.
So, let’s talk about this month some more! So, we finally hit a few 70 degree days, but nothing has gotten warmer than that, though, it has felt like that. Not very many 40 degree squares, but it looks like we won’t be seeing days like those for awhile!
Sorry for the picture quality not being the best, but we can see every square all in one frame, which is harder, especially trying to fit it on the bed to take a perfect picture of it.
As always, here is the chart of colors that I am using, nothing has really changed, but I think I did switch out a brand for the 60 degrees color to a Red Heart brand since my entire blanket is almost completely made up of it.
The good thing is, the color didn’t really change at all, still the same color, just a different brand.
How do you tell which color to use?
I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example.
Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.
Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!
What was the highest temperature for this month?
We finally got to 70 degrees, but haven’t reached that 80 degrees either. As we keep going into June, the weather will start to warm up a little more for us.
What was the lowest temperature for this month?
We had a few days that were 40 degrees, which aren’t that cold, but I would rather them be 50 degree days instead. We might see another 40-degree day, but I think we are in the clear and might only see 50-60 degree days in the future.
Do you post daily updates?
Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.
If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!
Hey dearies! Today I am back with a NEW pattern that I had to try and recreate. As you all know, some patterns can be available for a limited time or a price. A lot of creators rather create the items instead of having an option to buy the pattern.
Especially, if you know someone or really want something that they have created. Well, that’s what happened to me. As I was scrolling on Pinterest, I happened to see this hat set:
As soon as I saw it, I showed it to my fiance, who is a HUGE Dragon Ball Z fan and loved it! So, I looked into seeing if there was a pattern or someone who sells the pattern itself. Sadly, I didn’t get a pattern or couldn’t purchase a pattern.
When you can’t get a pattern, what do you do?
Recreate it, of course! Now, this was a simple recreate because the beanie is simple and those patterns are free, but I put a little twist to mine. I’m going to show you how to make the orange hat, the green one I am still currently looking for another pattern for the antenna’s, but once I do, I’ll have that pattern up for you all!
Let’s talk about what you will need:
Medium Size Yarn (In Orange, Black, and White)
I used Red Heart Super Saver Pumpkin, since I still have a huge skein of that left and same with the white.
I also used I Love This Yarn for the black, since I didn’t have any Red Heart in black.
You can change the hook size to a 5.5mm or 6.0mm because the beanie will be really snug when it’s finished.
*Note: This size fits an adult. My fiance’s head size is 21 inches, but I did adjust the pattern so that it wasn’t so tight. If anyone wants me to re-adjust the size if you want me to make one for the kiddos or baby sizes!
Starting with the orange yarn, chain 5 and slip stitch in the first stitch chain to form a loop
Row 1: Chain 2. Make 10 double crochets in the loop. Join at the top of the first double crochet with a slip stitch. (10)
Row 2: Chain 2. Make two double crochets in each stitch. Join as you did before in row 1. (20)
Row 3: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the first stitch, Make 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (30)
Row 4: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat *around. Join. (40)
Row 5: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (50)
Row 6: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 4 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (60)
Row 7: Chain 2. * Double crochet in the next 5 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (70)
Row 8: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 6 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (80)
Row 9-15: Chain 2. Double crochet in each stitch. Join. (80)
Row 16-19: Switch to the black yarn. Chain 2. Double crochet in each stitch. Join. (80)
Row 20: Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join. Fasten off. (80)
Now that our hat is done, we need to create the circle part.
-Symbol Base (White circle)-
Grab the white yarn, chain 5 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop.
Row 1: Chain 2. Make 10 double crochets in the loop. Join. (10)
Row 2: Chain 2. Make 2 double crochets in every stitch. (20)
Row 3: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the first stitch, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (20)
Row 4: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (30)
Row 5: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat *around. Join. (40)
Row 6: Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join
Row 7: Change to black yarn. Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join. Fasten off.
The next part is totally up to you. My fiance didn’t want the symbol that they had, in the original picture, so he wanted me to do this symbol instead:
I’m sorry that I don’t know the symbols, but this is what he chose. You have to do one of two things to get the symbol on the white piece.
Sew on the symbol.
Puffy Paint it on.
I’ve never used puffy paint, but I wanted to give it a try and still give the ‘3D’ effect. I can sew, but let’s be honest, I got very frustrated on trying to do so. The good thing about sewing is that you can pull it from your project.
Here’s how the puffy paint came out:
You don’t have to do either of the symbols, get creative and put whatever you would like!
Once you are done with the symbol, make sure that if you used the puffy paint, let it dry for about 4 hours before touching it or doing this next step.
Take your hat and white symbol circle, grab some black yarn and sew on the circle symbol piece to the hat. And you should be all set to wear it!
I’m going to try my best and create the other hat, but make sure you are following my Facebook page! I usually update when I’m about to create a new pattern or if you want to suggest any ideas that you would like me to recreate!
Good Morning Dearies! So, I am going to shake it up a bit and we are doing something for Easter! I know it is a little early, but with my crocheted Easter Baskets up for orders, I wanted to show everyone how to make these cute little eggs, just in time for Easter!
These are great for babies for their first Easter or for toddlers if you want them to find something other than jelly beans and candy! These eggs don’t take long to make, but they add the perfect touch to a crocheted Easter Basket!
So, before I begin, I want to talk to you about this pattern. I’ve made about 3 of these eggs, 4 if you include the tutorial I’ll be doing for you all. I’ve used a different brand type of yarn, just to see if there is a difference, and I believe it was my tension, but I’m still unsure.
The pattern recommends Red Heart Yarn, so I would just use Red Heart, you can try it with different brands and if you do, and they turn out great, feel free to let me know in the comments!
Anyway, let’s talk about all that you will need:
5.0 mm hook
Red Heart Yarn
I will be using the color aqua. I’m just guessing because I lost the yarn label for it, but I know it’s Red Heart.
Stuffing of your choice
I’m using the stuffing that you get from Walmart in the craft section. Basic stuffing for stuffed animals.
Row Counter (optional)
I wrote down the numbers of rows and crossed them off as I go. You don’t need a row counter, but if you are a beginner, I highly recommend that you use one.
Round 1: Chain 2. Make 6 single crochets in the second chain from your hook. Don’t connect. (6 stitches)
Round 2: Make a single crochet in the next stitch and place a stitch marker(You’ll be moving this stitch marker for every row), then make another single crochet in that same stitch. In the next stitches, make 2 single crochets in each until you reach the stitch marker. (12 stitches)
Round 3: Single crochet in each stitch.
Round 4: Make *2 single crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the next.* Repeat (18 stitches)
Note: The * are for repeating an amount of different stitches for a round or row.
Round 5: Rep Rnd 3.
Round 6: Work *2 single crochets in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat. (24 stitches)
Round 7: Rep Rnd 3.
Round 8: Work *2 single crochets in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 3 stitches.* Repeat. (30 stitches)
Round 9-11: Rep Rnd 3.
Round 12: *Single crochet decrease in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 3 stitches.* Repeat. (24 stitches)
Round 13: Repeat Rnd 3.
Round 14: Single crochet decrease 12 times. (12 stitches)
Round 15: Rep Rnd 3. Stuff the egg. (I used the other side of my crochet hook to help stuff the egg because the hole is really small.)
Round 16: Single crochet decrease 6 times. (6 stitches)
Finish off, leaving a long tail to weave through the remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight and secure the end and make sure to weave it in, as well.
There you have it! Perfect pretty Easter eggs for the kiddos!
Hey dearies! 2019 is just around the corner and as I have mentioned, I want to make a temperature blanket for 2019. I wanted to talk more into what a temperature blanket is and what you need for it.
So, for my temperature blanket, I will updating you on what it looks like at the end of every month, rather than posting every square a day, I figured it would be easier to post on what it looks like at the even of every month. However, I will be posting a square a day on my Facebook Page.
Let’s talk about some questions I have gotten on my Facebook page about the temperature blanket is.
What is a Temperature Blanket?
A temperature blanket is a blanket in which you crochet a square a day, in a color, based on the temperature of what it was that day. The picture below is an example that someone used as their ‘guide’, for their temperature blanket:
This is just a simple chart, but there is a color that represents every temperature. You don’t have to crochet a square a day, you can do whatever you want to do! I’ll be crocheting a solid granny square a day, but you can crochet a row a day, or crochet a different design a day, whatever you would like to try!
You can even do it with one color, but start from the darkest color, and work your way down to the lightest or whitest color. Here is another example:
As you see here, this person used a ‘purple’ as their base color for this project, which you could do for any and all types of colors. The rainbow theme, for a temperature blanket, is more common because when it all get’s put together, it’s amazing to see what they look like.
Best part about seeing these blankets, is that the temperature isn’t the same everywhere you are from. I’m from Maine, and it doesn’t stay in the same temperature all year long. So, we will see a little bit of every color, that I have planned.
Do you have to use the same yarn?
Not at all! Most people use their leftover yarn that is just sitting in their closet. Or, if you are like me, I go out and buy whatever colors I don’t have and go from there.
There also isn’t a brand that you have to stick with either. Whatever yarn you have hanging around, that follows the key, will work! Even if they aren’t all from the same brand.
I’ll be using mostly I Love This Yarn, because it’s one of my favorite brands to use, but their yarn can be rather pricey! I do have a few other types of yarn that aren’t the same brand. Usually, I stick with a brand, when it comes to a project, but this being my first time making it, I’ll be using what I have from my yarn stash.
What colors are you doing for this blanket?
I know a lot of people are wondering what colors I will be using for this blanket. Since this is my very first temperature blanket, I will be doing the ‘rainbow’ color key for this project. So, here is the colors I will be using:
100 degrees – Fire Red
I Love This Yarn
90 degrees – Pumpkin
Red Heart Super Saver
80 degrees – Bright Yellow
Red Heart Super Saver
70 degrees – Jelly Bean
I Love This Yarn
60 degrees – Green
Main Stays Basic Yarn
50 degrees – Turqia
Red Hear Super Saver
40 degrees – Soft Blue
I Love This Yarn
30 degrees – Dark Orchid
Red Heart Super Saver
20 degrees – Orchid
I Love This Yarn
10 and below – Light Gray
I Love This Yarn
This is the line up of what colors I will be using for my temperature blanket for 2019! I included the brand, just in case any of you would like to follow me in making this blanket as well!
Do you have to wait until the beginning of the year to start?
Nope! You can start one when ever you would like! A lot of people I know like to start from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, just to see what it would look like, too!
Another option you can do, is if you are a faster crocheter and want to blanket from, let’s say 2015, you can always use Google to search for what temperatures it was during that year from where you live. It might be a little hard to find, but it would be amazing to see what each year turned out to me.
If you are looking for a later year, Google might not have the information for later years, but if you are a newspaper collector, you might have more luck!
How are you joining your squares?
So, I have learned and watched quite a bit of videos on how to sew together squares and I have two in mind:
Single crochet the squares together
Now, this wouldn’t require a sewing needle at all! Basically, you would put your squares back to back and single crochet the seems together. It’s simple for beginners and you would have sort of have two blankets in one.
Not sure which one I am going to use, but I will show you how to do one of them, when I go live on my Facebook Page.
Do you have to make squares?
Not at all! You can do squares, hexagons, circles, rectangles, rows, and etc. Be creative and try to do a temperature that you think would be amazing.
If you are a beginner, I would start out with squares. You don’t have to do a solid granny square, like I am going to do. A lot of people use a granny square for this type of project, but I like my squares completely squared.
What do they look like?
Well, here are some examples! If you wish to make one of these, for your own collection, keep a look out on my Facebook Page for more details for how to follow along!
I will be doing monthly updates, as well, on my blog to show the progress of each month, but I’ll be doing a weekly and daily update for my blanket on my Facebook page!
I was a beginner to crocheting, in the beginning of the year, but I got hooked into it the moment I first learned how to crochet. I thought it was going to be very difficult to pick up, unlike knitting, which my grandmother taught me to do.
If you are interested in learning how to crochet, please keep reading! There were a lot to learn and a lot of different terms. I do consider myself still a ‘beginner’, but I do know most of the stitches and terms, which I have learned over time.
First thing is first, if you are a true beginner, I suggest getting a set of crochet hooks. The first set I ever bought was on Wish, but if you don’t want to wait weeks on end for stuff, you can find a set on Amazon for about $10-$15. Some sets will even come with markers, tape measures, plastic needles, scissors, and some other stuff as well!
If you don’t have the extra money to buy a set, you can always go to your local craft store or Walmart, and get the following:
Start with a 5.0mm hook. Most projects require this size and it is also the size I am going to use to show you each stitch.
Yarn Size 4 (Medium)
If you are unsure what size the yarn is, you can always check on the back of the yarn label, and it will tell you what size it is. It also tells you what hook it ‘recommends’ to use, but most crocheting projects use this type of yarn.
Markers aren’t really needed, but are very helpful for marking when your stitches begin and end.
You don’t necessary need the actually crocheting stitch markers, you can use a paper clip, bobby pin, or anything that is small enough for you to use for crocheting. You can check out the picture and see what I mean.
You will always need a sewing needle for every project you do. When a project is finished, you use them to sew in the ‘unwanted’ strands from the beginning, middle and end of your project.
Doesn’t matter what size you use for a yarn needle, a basic size works for most projects and you can also find a pack of needles that has different sizes on Amazon or your local craft store.
You will also always need scissors, for all your projects, to cut off any loose ends. I suggest getting embroidery scissors because they are small and easy to travel with.
Normal pair of scissors works fine as well.
Now that you have an idea of what you are going to need, let’s talk about some stitch and abbreviation terms, before starting to crochet. I have created a mini ‘cheat sheet’, for you beginners, which will also be posted on all of my social medias. If you were to look at the entire list of crochet abbreviations, your head might spin, so that is why I’m breaking it down for the new comers.
The reason why we use ‘abbreviations’ for crocheting, is that some of the terms, that are used, are very long and it would make the pattern, we are reading, very difficult to understand. Most crochet books have a page or two, on what the abbreviations mean and how to do that particular type of stitch.
There are other terms that aren’t listed in crochet books. If you join a crochet group on Facebook, some of them, in the group, will use different terms that aren’t really in the crochet books, or the ones that I have.
Here are a list of ‘slang’ crochet terms, that some people might use, that aren’t necessary in the crochet books:
Ami – Short for Amingurumi.
Amingurumi are the stuffed animals that you can crochet and make, they just aren’t called ‘stuffed animals’.
BiStitchtual – Someone who crochets and knits.
I’ve never heard this term before, I don’t think anyone has really used this term, but then again, I haven’t come across someone saying it or calling themselves it.
C2C – Corner to Corner.
C2C are blankets that you make, using a grid or graph.
CAL – Crochet Along,
De-stash – Selling or giving away yarn you stash.
Most people who do this are ones that might have a lot of yarn just sitting around. Since some brands of yarn are very pricey, you might get them cheaper from someone else who isn’t using them.
FO – Finished object.
FOTH – Fresh off the hook.
Freehand – Making a project without following a pattern.
Lots of experience people make these, while writing the pattern as they go. When you become more advance, this is something a lot of people do to make money from crocheting, by selling their patterns.
Frogging – Ripping out rows or rounds of crochet (Ribbit, Ribbit)
I have done this so many times. Especially if I find I missed a stitch or it doesn’t look ‘neat’ and ‘pretty’. You’ll be doing it too!
HOTH – Hot off the hook.
Hooker – A proud and happy crocheter.
HSPY – Haven’t started project yet.
ISO – In search of.
If you are in search of a pattern, particular yarn brand, stitch, or any supplies that have to do with crocheting, most groups on Facebook, can be helpful to help you find what you are looking for.
JOTH – Just off the hook.
LYS – Local or little yarn store.
MAM – Mile a minute afghan.
MGBTC – Must get back to crocheting.
OCD – Obsessive crocheting disorder.
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to keep going and try different patterns and projects.
PABLE – Pattern accumulation beyond life expectancy.
PHD – Projects half done.
PIGS – Projects in grocery sacks.
PTP – Permission to post.
Some use these word for posting on social media or sharing it on their personal social media, or blogging sites.
This is VERY important to know because if you buy a pattern, most creators do NOT want you to post it on another website or share it with anyone, unless they bought it.
SABLE – Stash accumulation beyond life expectancy.
STASH – Special treasures all secretly hidden meant to be discovered unexpectedly.
TALC – Take along crochet.
TIA – Thank you in advance.
TOAD – Trashed object abandoned in disgust.
UFO – Unfinished object.
USO – Unstarted object.
Yarn Cakes – The small skeins of yarn that result from using a yarn winder.
WIM – Work in mind.
WIP – Work in progress.
A lot of crocheters will use this term.
WIVSP – Work in very slow progress.
YAP – Yet another project.
Yarn Barf – The tangled mess of yarn from the center of a skein.
This happens to me, because I usually use the center string for when I crochet. I love using it because I know have to unravel yarn, but it can be a pain in the ass to unravel, when you use the middle string.
Yarn Bomb – A decorative piece of crocheted or knitted art that is strung up in a public place.
YART – Yarn acquisition road trip.
Make sure to follow my blog for more beginner posts on crocheting! I will be breaking down everything in little parts and I will also have videos for you to view, if you find it easier to understand and learn!
I know I have been talking about a lot of coasters, but it is the season for this perfect one! You don’t even have to use these as coasters either! You can use them to decorate your house or use them for blankets and such!
Alright, let me list the items you will need:
Orange for the base and green for the stem, but you can also use brown as well.
Crochet hook 5.5mm
Now, let’s begin!
Chain 5 and slip stitch to join the ring.
Round 1: Chain 1. Single crochet, half double crochet, 5 double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet, 5 double crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch into the first single crochet.
Round 2: Chain 1. Single crochet in the same stitch that we joined in the last round. Half double crochet in the next stitch. 2 double crochet in the next 5 double crochet. Half double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next 5 double crochet. Half double crochet, slip stitch to the first single crochet.
Round 3: Chain 1. Single crochet in the same stitch as joined. Half double crochet, 2 double crochet in each of the next 10 stitches. Half double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next 10 stitches. Half double crochet and slip stitch into the first single crochet.
Grab the second color of your choice, and on the opposite side of your work. (Where your other half double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet sequence is.)
Slip stitch in the first double crochet to the right of the first half double crochet. (The hdc on the right)
Row 1: Chain 1. Single crochet in the same stitch and in each of the next 4 stitches.
Row 2: Repeat row 1, 2 more times. Fasten off.
Take your yarn needle and weave any extra yarn strands into the pumpkin.
Hey Dearies! So, the Facebook poll winner for this week was the Autumn Pumpkin! So, that is what we will be talking about today! These are so cute to have as your table center or a cute gift for the kids!
The pattern is completely free and a big shout out to the creator for sharing this!
Now, let’s talk about what you will need:
The pattern is using Red Heart Yarn and they are using the colors Flame and Cafe. Of course, you can use whatever color you would prefer.
Crochet hook 4.5mm
This will be used to stuff the pumpkin.
*Note* At the end of each round, slip stitch at the top of the 1st stitch at the beginning of the round.
Using main color, or orange, make a slip knot onto your hook and chain 3. Then slip stitch into the first chain, closing the loop. Chain 1
Round 1: Make 9 half double crochets in the loop created and chain 1.
Round 2: Make 2 half double crochets in half double crochet. Chain 1.
Round 3: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets in the first stitch. Then half double crochet into the next stitch. Chain 1.
Round 4: Make 2 half double crochet. For 8 times, make 2 half double crochets in the next stitch and 2 half double crochet in the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 5: For 9 times, 2 half double crochet in the first stitch and 3 half double crochets in the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 6: Make 2 double crochets. For 8 times, make 2 half double crochet in the first stitch and 4 half double crochets in the following chains. Make 2 half double crochets in the next stitch. Another 2 half double crochet. Chain 1.
Round 7: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets in the first stitch and 5 half double crochets in the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 8: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets in the first stitch and 6 half double crochet in the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 9-28: Half double crochet in each st around. Chain 1.
Round 29: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then 6 half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 30: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then 5 half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 31: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then 4 half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 32: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then 3 half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 33: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then 2 half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1.
Round 34: For 9 times, make 2 half double crochets and then half double crochets for the following stitches. Chain 1. Cut the yarn, leaving about 48″ strand.
Stuff the pumpkin!
Making the pumpkin stem: Using the color for the pumpkin stem, pick up chain 2 anywhere along the last row of the pumpkin.
*Note* At the end of each round, slip stitch at the top of the 2nd stitch at the beginning of the round.
Round 2: Double crochet in the back of each double crochet stem from the previous round. Chain 2.
Round 3-7: Repeat round 2, 5 times. Yarn off.
Vertical Ridge Edging: Now, I’m not a pro at this, so it is a learning progress for me, as it might be for you, for this part, I’m and going to advice you to look at the pattern, by clicking the link above.
This is the part were you make the pumpkin look like a pumpkin. I wish I could explain it in my words, but the pattern does a better job then I do and I don’t want to copy and paste it onto this blog.
With that being said, I will be going live on my Facebook page, tonight, showing you how to make this, to the best that I can. If you would like to check out my Facebook page, click on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/