Saturday, April 9, 2016

If you crochet it, they will come...or something like that.



I started sharing my crochet work with an Instagram account called @daisyfarmcrafts. Each day I consider a picture to create to add to all the other loveliness that I scroll past, daily, or sometime hourly! (I'm a slightly addicted right now to crochet accounts.)

Sharing a picture of a blanket I've made however, almost feels like sharing a picture of one of my kids, back in the day, of course. I used to take pictures of the kids, blog about the kids, be so proud of the kids, until, they became mini-adults and weren't so excited to be the subject of my blog posts, pictures, and my life. 

They do grow, those kids, and become adults and move on and create their own loveliness without me needing to document it anymore. I'm left with the creations of a different sort and right now, it's blankets of the crochet kind. 

My husband has found his niche too. We bought a place on a little bit of land, that I call a farm, but he calls--property with farm-like qualities, (always the legal definer that man), with the hope of creating a new space for Annie. For all of us, actually. We needed to leave behind the house of seizures, broken legs, restructured feet, and surgeries galore. This new place happened to come with a multitude of rose bushes that has inspired my husband to create in his own way; with a shovel and some fertilizer. And now, thanks to him, I have beautiful rose bushes lining the edges of our little farm, of all colors. The one pictured above is one of my favorites--a perfect combo of coral and peach. 

But while I'm on the subject of creating, there is another purpose to my blankets. My oldest daughter Hannah, would like to have a baby and I would like to be a grandma for the first time. Hannah has been married for over five years and no little babies have decided to join them quite yet. She is healthy and her husband too. All they need is a bit of luck and a lot of faith. So, I had a thought one day. A question popped into my head, actually. What if I started crocheting a blanket for the baby, even though no baby was officially announced and on the way? It was a "Field of Dreams" type question. If I crochet it, will they come? That sort of thing. I started a creamy off-white and sage green blanket that could go either way, it was gender neutral. 

I told Hannah, I was going to practice my faith, and just crochet it, because I knew that someday, she would have a baby. But, here is the interesting thing that happened. I ran into a good friend, who had been wanting a baby for a lot longer than Hannah, and I told her of my idea. As I did, I got the feeling that the blanket I had started might not be for Hannah. Fast forward three months, and I ran into this same friend, and miracles of all miracles, guess who was having a baby? Her! After ten or so long years, she was having a baby! My idea worked!

So, I started another one. This time I was bold. I thought, "I'll make a girl one, maybe Hannah's baby didn't want a gender neutral blanket." I picked coral, and white and gray and got started on it, and what do you know? Three months later, Hannah informs me that another close friend who had been married as long as her, was finally having a baby. And, it's a girl. So, that baby blanket is for her. 

I've started another, it's a chunky blue and cream for a boy, and now I can't wait to find out who it's for, Hannah? Someone else? I don't even care because, my idea is working! My idea is actually working! 

And now, what I can't wait for is that day, when I have created THE beautiful, perfect, blanket, and hold in my arms my first grand baby. Then what I'm going to do next, is wrap the baby up in the blanket and take him or her outside to see all the different colored rose bushes Grandpa created for his farm-like yard. 

Although, I wonder if my husband is going to have to start building a baseball field in the backyard along with the rose bushes, at the same time I'm creating this blanket....

With love,

Tiffany

p.s. find me on instagram @daisyfarmcrafts 



Friday, April 8, 2016

Easy Interlocking Colors in Coral, Gray, and White









Do a foundation chain of multiples of 8 plus five.

ROW 1: 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 3 chs, *1 dc into each of next 4 chs, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc; rep * to end, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc, *1 dc into each of next 4 dc, 1 sc into each of next 4 sc, rep * to end, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), sk first sc, 1 dc into each of next 3 sc, *1sc into each of next 4 dc, 1 dc into each of next 4 sc, rep from * to end, turn.

ROW 4: Ch 3, sk firt st, 1 dc into each of next 3 dc, *1 sc into each of next 4 sc, 1 dc into each of next 4 dc; rep from * to end, working last dc into 3rd of ch-3, turn.

ROW 5: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of next 4 dc, *1 dc into each of next 4 sc, 1 sc into each of next 4 dc, rep from * to end, working last sc into 3rd of ch-3, turn.

Repeat the rows 2-5 changing colors as you wish. This can be made with as many colors as you'd like. I chose three. I used Bernat softee baby in coral, a striped gray and white with a h hook. 

Good luck if you try this, and be sure and tag your photo on instagram, @daisyfarmcrafts or use the #daisyfarmcrafts. I'd love to see your work!

With love,

Tiffany

Single Crochet Chevron Blanket in Mint, Gray, and White

Single Crochet in back loop only to get these ridges.


The colors for this blanket are heavenly. Perfect for a new baby boy or girl. I used "I Love This Cotton" brand of yarn from Hobby Lobby with a size H hook. I like a pointy chevron peak so here is a version of a simple pattern I tweaked a bit to achieve this look.

Start by chaining 178, Single Crochet in the BACK loop always to achieve this look.

(EDIT) for a larger blanket the pattern repeat is 29 + 3.

Beginning in the 2nd chain from hook, sc2tog, sc in next 13 ch, 3 sc in next ch, *sc in next 13 ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next 13 ch, 3 sc in next ch; rep from * to last 2 sc, sc2tog in the last 2 ch. 6 ripples

ROW 2: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in the next 13, 3 sc in next sc, *sc in the next 13 sc, sk next 2 sc, sc in next 13 sc, 3 sc in next sc; rep from * across to last 2 sc, sc2tog.

ROW 3 and 4: Rep Row 2, 2 more times and then change colors.

I changed colors after every 4th row of that color. I also put white in between each color change. You may make the color blocks as you wish however.

Good luck! And tag me on Instagram with a picture of your Afgan if you choose to follow this pattern. @daisyfarmcrafts


With love,

Tiffany

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Single Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket


Will a chevron ever go out of style? I don't think so. I remember this from my childhood, made with a lot of orange and browns however, but the new updated colors make this a classic. I love the white in between each color change.

This is made with "I love this cotton" brand of yarn from Hobby Lobby. I bought it on sale for 2.66 a skein and I am finding that almost one skein is needed to complete 8 rows



Start by chaining 178, Single Crochet in the BACK loop always to acheive this look.

Beginning in the 2nd chain from hook, sc2tog, sc in next 12 ch, 3 sc in next ch, *sc in next 13 ch, sk next 2 ch, sc in next 13 ch, 3 sc in next ch; rep from * to last 14 ch, sc in next 12, sc2tog in the last 2 ch. 6 ripples

ROW 2: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in the next 12, sc, 3 sc in next sc, *sc in the next 13 sc, sk nest 2 sc, sc in next 13 sc, 3 sc in next sc; rep from * across to last 14 sc, sc in next 12, sc2tog.

ROW 3 and 4: Rep Row 2, 2 more times and then change colors.UPDATE: I added a pom-pom border because the baby was a girl! The baby I was making this for, which I thought would be a boy, just a feeling, actually was a girl. So, I thought pom-poms would make this more fun and feminine.



I made up the pattern after learning how to do a bubble stitch. But here is the edge pattern:

Do a row of single crochet into each stitch around the blanket. On the sides of the blanket, I made sure I only did eight single crochet for each color block because it was eight rows high.

Then I did another row of single crochet into each one of those single crochet stitches. So at this point, I've gone around the blanket two times with single crochet.

Then, I did a row of one sc, ch 3, skip one sc, sc in next sc. this forms the loops that the bubbles will attach to.

After I finished that all the way around the blanket, I changed to the mango color, attaching to the white with a sc in the loop space on the right hand corner. I only am doing the top and bottom of this blanket with the pom-poms, not going all the way around the blanket.

So here is the pom-pom stitch I used:

ch 5, in the 4th ch from hook dctog3, (meaning yo, pull up a loop, go through two, three times) pull through all for loops (half a bubble made), dctog3 in the next ch, (other half of bubble created) slip stitch the bubble together, sc in the next ch 3 space and repeat.

Good luck!

And if you follow this pattern, and create a lovely little blanket, please take a picture and tag me on instagram! @daisyfarmcrafts, or use the #daisyfarmcrafts.

With love,

Tiffany