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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Crocheted Scallop Border on Lollipop Oddball Blanket

The Lollipop Oddball Blanket is now complete and on its way back to the person who will deliver it to some lucky little baby in a Connecticut hospital.

After knitting the loose basketweave section in red, I crocheted a pretty scallop in yellow to finish it off. Here it is...

Crocheted Scallop Border on Lollipop Oddball BlanketThe is the exact same scallop pattern I used on the Tutti Frutti Oddball Blanket back in January, except that I worked a slip stitch between each 5 dc scallop instead of a single crochet. I also only worked 2 rounds of single crochet around the blanket before working the scallop border instead of 3. I find that the worsted weight blankets only require 2 rounds before the decorative border because the yarn is so much bigger than the sport weight used in the preemie blankets.

Crocheted Scallop Border on Lollipop Oddball BlanketThese bright colors will provide good visual stimulation for some new little baby, along with all the love and warmth that was knit and crocheted into this Lollipop blanket.

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Basketweave Knit Stitch Pattern on Lollipop Oddball Blanket

The design I decided to knit on the Lollipop Oddball Blanket is sort of a loose basketweave design using just alternating groups of knit and purl stitches on the right side, and all purl stitches on the wrong side.

I think this pattern would be a suitable substitution for stockinette stitch in patterns such as a sweater or scarf, a full size afghan or baby blanket, or any other place where you want to add a little texture to an otherwise plain knit fabric. It does not pull in the stitches on the sides, nor does it draw them in from the top and bottom like some stitch patterns tend to do. You would still want to check your gauge if you are planning to use it for something that requires fitting, such as a piece of clothing. But for a scarf or blanket, that would not be necessary.

Take a look and see what you think...

Basketweave Knit Stitch Pattern on Lollipop Oddball BlanketI sort of made this up as I went along, and I really like how it turned out. There are dozens of basketweave patterns for knitting out there and I'm sure any one of them would look great in a blanket like this. But I just didn't feel like searching for a pattern so this is what came out of my needles! I'll share the written pattern for it below.

Basketweave Knit Stitch Pattern on Lollipop Oddball BlanketHere you can see the other five panels of this oddball blanket, each in a different color and stitch of the knitter's choice. That is what makes it an oddball!

I'll be crocheting a border in yellow around this Lollipop blanket before mailing it back to the person who will deliver it to the hospital for some sweet little new baby to enjoy. You can be sure that I'll share the border with you too, as soon as it is finished!

Here's the pattern for my version of a loose basketweave knit design...

Loose Basketweave Knit Pattern
Mary Grace McNamara of www.HookedOnNeedles.com

NOTE: This pattern is worked over a multiple of 8 stitches plus 8. The blanket pictured also has several rows of garter stitch at the bottom and top, and 4 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row to make a garter stitch border, but I did not include those stitches in this pattern. You can begin and end your rows any way you like.

Using yarn of your choice and needles appropriately sized for the yarn, cast on a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 8 additional stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2 and every wrong side row: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Rows 5 and 7: K2, (P4, K4) across the row until there are 6 stitches left, P4, K2

Row 9: Knit

Rows 11 and 13: K6, (P4, K4) across the row until there are 2 stitches left, K2

Repeat rows 3 through 13 until your piece is as big as you want it. Finish by working 1 row Purl, 1 row Knit, 1 row Purl, 1 row Knit, 1 row Purl. Bind off.

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Crocheted Picot Border on Tiny Dancer Oddball Baby Blanket

Who doesn't love a quick project every now and then to provide that much needed sense of accomplishment? That's one of the reasons I love working on the oddball baby blankets. A package comes in the mail, I pick out yarn that I think will go well with the project, I knit a few inches of the pattern of my choice, I crochet a pretty border also of my choosing, and I mail it back. No long term commitments, no huge financial or time investment. The perfect fast finish! Of course the real satisfaction comes when we read on the knittinghelp.com charity forum that the blankets have been delivered and appreciated.

Here's the latest one I worked on, and my second finished project for September...

Tiny Dancer Oddball Baby BlanketIt's called Tiny Dancer, and is made with sweet colors and dainty patterns.

Tiny Dancer Oddball Baby BlanketIt really is quite tiny too, since it is for a premature baby, only about 21 x 22 inches including the border. It has been worked with sport weight yarns in colors or variegated of each knitter's choosing.

Tiny Dancer Oddball Baby BlanketAfter I knitted the last section in a pretty pink using the farrow rib stitch, I worked 6 rows of garter stitch before binding off. Then using a soft yellow and this method for crocheting around a knitted piece, I worked 3 rounds of single crochet to provide a substantial base for the decorative border. The pattern I chose for the border is just a little picot every 3 stitches, and it is very easy to do.

Crocheted Picot Border

* sl st in each of next 3 st, ch 3, sl st in same st as last sl st *

Repeat from * to * around. When you reach the beginning again, end with a sl st. Cut yarn, draw tail through loop and pull tight. Weave in ends.

If you are interested in working on an oddball baby blanket, just go to the Knittinghelp.com Charity forum and pick the thread that matches your location. Join in the conversation and let them know that you are interested in working on a blanket. They'll be glad to have you! Make sure you tell them that Mary Grace sent you!

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Single Crochet Shells in Tiramisu Baby Blanket

Merry, of crocheted ABC Blanket fame, recently shared with me a pattern she had found for the Tiramisu Baby Blanket because she was having a bit of trouble with keeping the edges straight.

Here is a picture of the sample I crocheted using 3 colors. This shows off the single crochet shells very nicely, and in the video below, it also makes seeing the individual rows much easier.

Single Crochet Shells

Hopefully this video will help Merry and others in crocheting this very pretty blanket. See what you think...


I think this stitch would also make a very cozy and colorful scarf, stitched either long ways or across the short way. I can also imagine that this stitch crocheted using bulky weight yarn and a very large hook would work up quickly into a full size afghan.

Single Crochet ShellsEither solid or multi-color, the stitch used in the Tiramisu Baby Blanket is easy to do and very versatile. It reminds me a little bit of the Ripple Stitch and the Woven Stitch, both of which I have used for full size afghans, baby blankets, and crocheted scarves.

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Merry's Crocheted ABC Blanket

I've been so blessed to have met such nice people from all parts of this country and around the world since I began publishing Hooked On Needles just over a year ago. Merry, my self-professed Biggest Fan, is one of those people. She's pretty new at crocheting and has made some wonderful things. Her thoughtful questions on patterns and how to do certain stitches on the Knittinghelp.com forum have been the inspiration for a few of my video tutorials. But for the most part, she picks up her yarn and hook and just goes for it. What an inspiration!

Merry just recently sent me a picture of a newly finished project for her granddaughter who will be 4 years old in a few months, and she gave me permission to publish the picture here for you all to see.

Merry's Crocheted ABC BlanketDon't you think that is the perfect afghan for a 4 year old? Now she can learn her ABCs in her sleep!

If you would like the pattern for this blanket, you can find it HERE. The puff stitch that is used in this pattern to make the grid lines and the letters is similar to the bobble stitch I used on the Cherry Berry Oddball Blanket, but not exactly the same. I will work up a little sample of the stitch from the ABC pattern and post a video soon so you can see just how it is done.

Nice job, Merry, and thank you so much for allowing me to share this fabulous picture of you and your blanket with my readers!

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sherbet Knitted Oddball Blanket Complete with Pretty Crocheted Border

Here's one more Knitted Oddball Baby Blanket finished. This one is worsted weight and it was named Sherbet. Doesn't it look good enough to eat?

Sherbet Oddball BlanketMy knitted section is the pink one at the top of the picture. I used Bernat Satin yarn in a color called Sea Shell. It was so soft and lovely, I just couldn't resist! I worked my section using the Farrow Rib Stitch which is pretty popular for these blankets.

Sherbet Oddball BlanketHere you can see the detail of the knit stitch, and the border I crocheted around the edge. For this border, I crocheted only two rounds of single crochet, then for the third round I worked a simple pattern of (2hdc, skip 1) along the edges and 4hdc in the corner stitches. For the final round, I worked 2 single crochet in each of the spaces between the half double crochet pairs of the previous round, and 3 single crochet between the 2nd and 3rd single crochet in each corner.

I think I'm on the list for just one more oddball blanket, and then I must take a break from working on them for a while. I was just contacted by our local library and asked to do a 4 session quilting class for children this summer, so I must prepare for that. I also have a few other things on my to-do list for Hooked On Needles, plus quite a bit of maintenance work I need to do on it. And I found out recently that the memorial golf tournament for which I am making an afghan to be used as a raffle prize is actually the beginning of August, when I thought it was sometime in the fall! Yikes! I better get on my horse here and get busy!

Next up will be the tutorial on beading in crochet, since so many of you have requested that!

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crocheted Oddball Blanket Complete - Rainbow Connection

I have talked a lot about these Oddball Blankets that I work on every now and then, but I like to bring it up frequently just in case there is someone new out there reading Hooked On Needles who might not know about this great work.

If you are one of those Instant Gratification kind of people and the thought of making a whole blanket just doesn't appeal to you, check out the website for the Northeast US Oddball Baby Blanket to get an idea of how this whole Oddball thing works. You'll see updates on lots of different blankets that are being passed around the northeast and then gathered up again to be donated to a hospital. If this is something that interests you, then go over to the Charity Knitting Forum on Knittinghelp.com and find your own region of the country. See what blankets are in the works and looking for knitters or border crocheters and sign up. You'll be able to put your own little creative mark on a wonderful gift for a new baby and you won't break the bank doing it. It's a great opportunity to try new stitches or become proficient with basic stitches if you are new to knitting. You won't even have to purchase your own needles! They will come with the blanket! You use them, then send them along to the next knitter. This is also a fabulous way to use up your stash yarn by signing up for blankets requiring colors that you already have! It's really a win-win arrangement.

Would you like to see the blanket I just finished?

Rainbow Connection Crocheted Oddball Blanket CompleteThis one is made entirely in crochet stitches, just rows of double crochet so it is very simple. The name of it is Rainbow Connection. I worked the last section in purple, then the border in white. My son who is 6 years old informed me that it was ok to leave out the indigo and violet and use purple instead since most people don't like indigo anyway! Okie dokie! So glad I got his stamp of approval!

Rainbow Connection Crocheted Oddball Blanket Reverse Single Crochet BorderI worked the border by first doing 2 rounds of single crochet. This is a worsted weight blanket so I thought 3 rounds, which I do on the sport weight blankets, might have been a little too much. Then I worked one round of my favorite border stitch, reverse single crochet. If you would like to see how to work reverse single crochet, click HERE and watch my video. It's a very simple stitch once you get the hang of it and I just really like the way it looks.

How do you like to finish off your crocheted or knitted baby blankets or afghans? Is there a stitch you've wanted to learn but might be having trouble with? I'd love to help you figure it out and I'm always looking for material to add to Hooked On Needles. Perhaps I could make a video for you and see if we can figure it out together.

Leave a comment and let me know, but make sure I can respond to you somehow by making your email available on blogger or by including it in the comment.

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Chain 3 Scallop Border Video Tutorial

Recently I began working on my first Crocheted Oddball Blanket, this one called Butterfly Kisses. All the others I have worked on have been knitted blankets with a crocheted border, so this is a little bit different in that the blanket itself is crocheted and then it has a crocheted border. Another difference is that I get to collect the crocheted blankets and donate them to my local CareNet Center so some new moms will have little handmade blankets for their new babies.

Butterfly Kisses Single Crochet BorderAfter crocheting the last section of this blanket, I worked 3 rounds of single crochet around the whole thing.

Butterfly Kisses Single Crochet BorderI like how the 3 rounds of single crochet give the border a substantial base on which to sit, and it extends the border a little bit, allowing it to make more of a statement and finishing the blanket off nicely.

Here's a little video showing how I worked the very simple chain 3 scallop border on this blanket...


I hope you find these videos helpful. I know some people just learn better when they have someone sitting right there with them, and sometimes a video on the internet is the closest a person can get to that these days.

Here's the finished border:

Butterfly Kisses Crocheted Chain 3 Scallop BorderMy section was worked in Bernat Softee Baby Soft Lilac, just as the rest of the blanket was worked, in rows of double crochet. At the top you can see the 3 round of single crochet, then the last round of the Chain 3 Scallop border.

Crocheted Oddball Blanket Butterfly Kisses CompleteAnd here it is all finished and ready to be washed and delivered to some lucky new mom for her very special little baby.

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Circular Baby Afghans - ?

Not having a good source for yarn or fabric near me for many years has forced me to find online shopping opportunities to fulfill my never ending desire for more and more and more yarn and fabric. One of my favorite places to browse for yarn and ideas is Mary Maxim, even if I'm not in the market for anything new. It's just a great place to look around and see what's out there, and every once in a while pick up a good bargain or two. Plus I love their yarn.

Today I found something on their website that I thought was quite interesting -- Circular Baby Afghans. I've been seeing the round sort of star shaped afghans in catalogs over the past few years, but these that I found today are being marketed specifically as baby blankets. They look a lot like doilies in that they have a design in the middle and lots of open space around the edges, but they are made with medium worsted weight yarn and a size 5mm or H/8 crochet hook and are big enough to be baby blankets.

Yellow Round Baby AfghanI don't know that I exactly like this style for a baby blanket. I think the shape would be a little awkward, and I have never liked hole-y patterns for little fingers and toes to get stuck in. Not very practical at all.

But I was thinking that these designs would not necessarily have to be used as baby blankets. Don't you think they would make lovely table toppers with a solid color fabric under them? They would be like a huge doily to put in the middle of a large table, or on the top of a small round table and let the edges hang down the sides.

White Round Baby AfghanWhen I was growing up, our dining room table was huge and round, big enough to seat 13 or 14 people every night for dinner. My mother made solid color round tablecloths which went on the table first, then she covered them with a cream colored round lace tablecloth. I always thought it looked so nice and fancy, even for our not-so-fancy dinners.

Blue Round Baby AfghanSo have you ever made one of those round afghans? I would be interested to hear how you like working the pattern and how you like using them once they are finished. What do you think of the worsted weight doily as a baby blanket? Something you'd consider making and giving as a gift, or not practical enough to bother? Inquiring minds want to know!

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Seaside Park Oddball Baby Blanket Complete

Another Oddball Baby Blanket is all finished and on its way back to Connecticut! This one is called Seaside Park, the same one you saw just recently when the knitting on it was finished. The crocheted border is now complete and, as usually happens when adding a border to anything, it finishes off the blanket very nicely.

Seaside Park Oddball Baby Blanket CompleteHere is Seaside Park, all finished and looking lovely. It's so nice to think of the baby, most likely not even born yet, who will cuddle up under this blanket that has been knitted with so much love by strangers.

Seaside Park Oddball Baby Blanket Crocheted BorderIn this close-up, you can see the three rounds of single crochet and the last round of reverse single crochet which make up the border. I actually had planned to crochet some sort of a wavy pattern as the last round, like I did on the Circus Circus blanket, but I wasn't quite sure I would have enough yarn to work a pattern like that. I decided to work the reverse single crochet and see how much yarn I had left at the end. If I had a lot left, I would rip out the last round and work a wavy border to go along with the Seaside theme of the blanket. Well, as it turned out, after working the reverse single crochet border, I had barely 2 feet of yarn leftover! Whew! At least I was able to finish what I started and I didn't have to rip anything out! I suppose reverse single crochet is appropriate for the Seaside theme since it does look a little bit like rope. What do you think?

Anyway, reverse single crochet is one of my very favorite borders for a blanket and I enjoy working it. If you would like to see how it is done, you can view my video by clicking HERE. Once you get the hang of it and can achieve a consistent look to your stitches, it is a fun and satisfying border pattern to use.

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Seaside Park Oddball Baby Blanket - Knitting Complete

It's another chilly dreary spring day here in New England, but the Oddball Baby Blanket I just finished knitting conjures up images of hot summer days sitting by the ocean. It's called Seaside Park and the knitters chose a blue, green or sandy color for each section.

Seaside Park Oddball Baby BlanketMy knit section is the green one on the top of the blanket. This shade of green reminds me of sea glass.

Seaside Park Oddball Baby BlanketI worked my section in alternating groups of stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch. This is a fun pattern to use for a scarf or hat too because it forms a sort of horizontal ribbing and causes the fabric to have quite a bit of spring in it.

If you have signed up on the Lion Brand website, which by the way is free and a fabulous source of free knit and crochet patterns, you will be able to view this pattern for a knitted Cowl or Hood which uses a similar stitch pattern to the one I used on this blanket. The only difference is that the hood is knitted in the round on circular needles and the blanket was knitted flat so I had to alternate knit rows and purl rows to get the stockinette and reverse stockinette sections to come out correctly.

I actually made this Hood pattern years ago and have used it on many occasions to keep myself toasty warm while watching late fall band competitions or football games. It was fun and easy to knit and can be used in several different ways to keep warm. Try it for yourself and see!

I'll be crocheting the border on Seaside Park too, using the leftover Colonial Blue Vanna's Choice yarn from my Colorful Rings Tube Scarf that I entered in Vanna's recent contest. I'm still waiting to receive my phone call from Vanna telling me I've won. I know she's busy crocheting and turning letters and all, so I'll give her a little more time! Oh boy, I crack myself up!

This is post number 299 so the next post here at Hooked On Needles will be announcing the winner of my 300th post giveaway. Be sure to watch for it. Perhaps it will be you!

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket Complete - Crocheted Wavy Border

Once again, a crocheted border around a knitted blanket gives it the perfect finishing touch.

Just recently you saw the oddball baby blanket called Circus Circus after all the knitting had been completed. The colors that each knitter chose to work with were all so bright and cheerful and conjured up happy Circus-like images.

The border has now been added in an equally cheerful color using a fun, and easy, crocheted wavy stitch which you will find below.

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket CompleteHere is Circus Circus in all its happy cheerfulness. The variety of stitches and colors really makes it a fun and uplifting blanket and I just know it will make some little baby very happy.

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket BorderThis crocheted border begins with 3 rounds of single crochet to provide a solid base for the wavy stitch.

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket BorderThen the quick-to-stitch decorative wavy border is added for the final round. Here's how it is worked:

After completing one or more rounds of single crochet (3 in this case), begin the wavy border by working 2 Half Double Crochets (hdc), 2 Double Crochets (dc), 1 Triple Crochet, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 4 single crochets (sc). Work each of these stitches in a separate stitch. Repeat pattern around the blanket, working 3 of whichever stitch you are on in the pattern into each corner stitch. Join with a slip stitch after finishing the last repeat of the pattern close to the beginning.

My 300th post is coming up quickly, so don't forget to enter my giveaway. You could win 4 crocheted dishcloths in your choice of colors. Tell your friends too!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Circus Circus Oddball Baby Blanket - Stocking Heel Stitch

Every now and then, a package shows up on my doorstep from somewhere around the northeast. I always know what's in it, but it is still a surprise when I open the package. This time it was the knitted worsted weight oddball baby blanket called Circus Circus, in honor of Bridgeport, Connecticut's greatest showman, P.T. Barnum. The colors are fun and bright and I had a ball knitting my section onto it.

Circus Circus Oddball Baby BlanketHave you ever seen a more cheerful collection of colors for a knitted baby blanket? You can just imagine all the clowns and jugglers and other entertainers doing their thing in one of the three rings under the big top. My section was the green one at that top. I'll be adding a crocheted border too.

Stocking Heel Section of Circus CircusThe knit stitch I used is called Stocking Heel Stitch and is so easy to do. The first row is Knit 1, Slip 1 all the way across, ending with Knit 1. The second row is Purl all the way across. Repeat these two rows and you get what looks very similar to a standard knit ribbing, only it is much more sturdy and not quite as stretchy. It also is not reversible the way a regular knit one, purl one rib would be.

I think this stitch would be perfect for a sweater as it is very thick and warm. I have heard that it is used frequently for the heels of socks because of its ability to withstand heavy wear.

I'm in the process of crocheting the border onto this blanket in a very cheerful bright blue which I will definitely share with you when it is finished.

Make sure you sign up for my 300th post giveaway soon...#300 is fast approaching!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Here Comes The Sun - Another Oddball Baby Blanket

Here's another Oddball Baby Blanket all finished and ready to go. The five knitted sections were done in a variety of stitches by knitters in Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I crocheted the border right here in Massachusetts.

Here Comes The Sun Oddball Baby Blanket
The scallop border I crocheted on this blanket is the same one I did on the Tutti Frutti blanket a while ago. If you would like the border pattern and a video showing how to do it, you can find it by clicking HERE. It's really quite simple and produces a sturdy but pretty border for a tiny little preemie blanket like this, or even for a big full size afghan.

I have received my swap partner information for Sheri Howard's Think Spring Swap, and she is practically a next door neighbor! Isn't that funny? When I signed up for the Stitcher's Angel Swap last year, my partner was from all the way across the globe in Australia. And this time I got someone right in the next town from me! I think I'll hand deliver my package and make a new friend! You just never know what will happen when you sign up for a swap, but so far, I have had a good experience with each one. I'll show you a picture of my swap gift before I deliver it, and of course whatever goodies I receive in the mail from whoever got my name!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Solid Granny Square Video Tutorial

The Traditional Granny Square that most people know is the one that has clusters of double crochets worked around the block, forming holes between each cluster. The Granny Square I am going to show you today only has holes at the corners, and one in the middle. The sides of the square are solid double crochets. This makes a much firmer and cozier blanket, and it is a square I prefer over the traditional granny with all the holes.

Crocheted Solid Granny SquareHere is a picture of my sample square that you will see me making in the video below. It has 3 rounds of stitching and it begins the same way as the Traditional Granny Square. The difference starts at the second round when each double crochet from the previous round gets a double crochet stitched into it. You can see in the sample that the first round has 3 stitches on each side. The second round has 7 and the third round has 11. You can make this square as big as you want it, ending after only 3 or 4 rounds and stitching a border onto it, or continuing until it is as big as a full size blanket. It is a very versatile square.

Take a look at this video to see just how easy it is.


I must apologize if this video seemed to end abruptly. I cut off the last portion of what I had taped and saved it for a future post since it seemed to be a good topic on its own. Plus the video was getting a little too long with that last segment included! So I will show you how to change yarn colors on this square, either from row to row, or within the same row, on the next post. You can get some nice effects with color changes on this block, so you won't want to miss that.

If this Solid Granny Square block seems familiar to you, it should be if you've poked around Hooked On Needles a bit. It is the pattern I used for my Pastel Squares Baby Blanket. You can find the written pattern in that post, but I noticed one difference. In the video, I used two chain stitches in each corner, but in the written pattern there is only one. For the Pastel Baby Blanket I did use only one chain in the corners. That is why the holes in the corners of each round don't show up much at all. You can practice this pattern each way and see what you like better.

Joining your Granny Squares with single crochet is a nice way to achieve a sturdy seam, but you can also whip stitch them together which is a technique I will be showing you in a near future video.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Simple Knit - Garter Stitch Pattern and Reverse Single Crochet Border

One more Oddball Baby Blanket finished! This one is called Citrus Sunshine and the part I worked on is reminiscent of Pink Lemonade! Then I added a very Lemony Sunshine Yellow border. Along with all the other colors and patterns in this blanket, these make up a very cheerful and sunny baby blanket.

Reverse Single Crochet BorderThis is a close-up of the border I crocheted for Citrus Sunshine. It's so simple, but finishes off the blanket nicely. First I worked one round of Single Crochet around the knitted blanket. Then I worked another round of Single Crochet, this time working into both loops. Then I worked one round in Reverse Single Crochet, which is what gives that rope-like effect on the outer edge. Reverse Single Crochet is one of my very favorite simple border patterns and I use it frequently on baby blankets and afghans.

Knit - Garter Stitch pattern for baby blanketThe Pink Lemonade section that I knitted onto this blanket was worked in a very simple pattern of about an inch of Stockinette Stitch, then 3 rows of knit stitches, then another inch of Stockinette, always keeping the first and last 3 stitches of each row in knit stitch. The last 3 rows were knit to continue the garter stitch border. Working a few rows of garter stitch into a stockinette background is an easy way to add texture to any knitted piece, and looks great in a sweater, blanket, scarf or whatever you are knitting.

Completed Citrus Sunshine Oddball Baby BlanketSo this is Citrus Sunshine, all finished and ready to be mailed off to the person who will deliver it, along with all the other Preemie Blankets to a local hospital. Hopefully this bright and cheerful blanket will bring lots of love and warmth to a new little baby while he is waiting to get big enough to join the family at home.

If you would like to join in the fun of knitting these oddball baby blankets in your region, just go to the Knittinghelp.com forum and click on Charity Knitting. There is a thread for each region of the US and also some for other countries where you can see what projects are in progress and what projects still need knitters. These little projects are quick and fun, and can also be great stash busters if you sign up for projects where you can use up yarn you already have. It's also a great way to learn new stitches or practice old ones. And, of course, the best benefit is knowing you are doing something nice for someone else. Think about it!

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