Here are a few more pairs of tootsie warmers aka slippers that I have recently finished. Two pairs are for the granddaughter. I made them out of leftover yarn from the afghan I made for her graduation gift. She will be going away to school soon and I think she might like a few pairs to take with her. The other pair, the yellow and white ones, will be going into the gift drawer to be given to someone later on. I find it advantageous to keep a supply of these on hand.
Many of us use Swiffers to give our floors a quick cleanup. Those paper thingies that we put on the bottom are a recurring expense and who likes that? There are many patterns to crochet a reusable cover. This one is unusual in that it is "double-sided with one side being loopy (to grab the dust) and flat on the other side (for damp mopping)."
Thought I would share with you the how-to for the afghan I wrote about yesterday.
I wanted to make an afghan for my special granddaughter to take to school with her after her high school graduation. I have had a “thing” for making things out of granny squares lately so that’s the type of afghan I wanted but with a bit of a twist by using 2 different square types--solid and traditional. You may have noticed from granny square patterns that not all squares are created equally. Some traditional grannies have 1 chain in the corner and no chains between the sets of 3 double crochets. Some start off with chains of varying lengths. I wanted the same number of stitches on each side of both types of squares to make it easier to join them.
The Graduation Afghan--
Materials:All yarn is Red Heart and the name in parentheses is the “proper name” on the label
lBlack yarn (black) 2 skeins
lPink yarn (I lost the wrapper so not sure of color, think it said rosa) 2 skeins
lPurple yarn (medium purple) 2 skeins
lBlue yarn (turqua) 2 skeins
lMulticolor yarn (neon stripes) 5 skeins
lHooks--G to make squares and H to crochet them together
Using the chart below, crochet the appropriate number of squares. Patterns follow the chart.
Using G Hook, Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
RND 1:Ch3 (this is first dc), 2 dc in ring. Ch 2, *3dc in ring, ch3. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch2, slst in top of ch3. (You will have 4 sets of 3dc with 2 chains inbetween each set)
RND 2:Sl st in the first 2 dc's and over to the ch2 space. Ch3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch2, work 3 dc in same sp. Work the following 3 times (Ch1, work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space) Ch1, join with slst to top of ch 3.
RND 3: Sl st in the first 2 dc's and over to the ch2 space. Ch 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, work 3 dc in same sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1. Work the following 3 times (Work 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. Ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp. Ch 1.) Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
finish off and weave in ends.
With G Hook, chain 4, join with sl st to form a ring
round 1: working in the ring, ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch2, *3 dc in ring ch 2* repeat 2 more times. (You will have 3 sets of 3dc separated by 2 chains)
round 2: ch 3, * dc in each dc to corner, ( 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in corner repeat from * three times more, dc in each dc across to beg ch-3, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3 (Total of 7 dc per side including corner double crochets)
repeat round 2 until square reaches desired size (each side is 4 stitches larger than the previous side)
finish off and weave in ends
After making the number of squares required, use the following graphic as a guide on how to lay them out.
Using the H hook and solid black yarn, single crochet the squares together using the layout below.
Shaded squares = purple
“P” squares = pink
“B” squares = blue
Plain squares = multicolored
Round 1: Using G hook, you will be crocheting with double crochets in each double crochet and chain 1 space. In corners, you will do (2dc, ch2, 2dc).
Round 2: Switch to the multicolor yarn. Using hdc, work as rnd 1.
Round 3: Same as round 2
Round 4: Change to black yarn, crochet as round 2.
Round 5: Change to blue yarn, crochet sc all around.
I've been in a crocheting slump lately and as a result I have made many granny squares out of odds and ends of leftovers. One day, I started going through some old magazines and found a pattern for a round placemat. I didn't have dk weight yarn that the pattern required but I did have some other worsted weight cotton yarn of various brands. So, I used 2 balls of the purple and 1 skein of the multicolored. There wasn't enough of either color to make the final round so I used some plain white I had on hand. Here's the pic--
I am very happy with how it turned out. I think I will put it on my dining room table soon. It is more of a large doily than a placemat because of the yarn substitution. I am assembling an afghan out of granny squares on the table so I need to get it all put together so I can have my table back. Here's the bibliographic information for this pattern:
Langtange, Anna. "Home for the Holidays Holiday PlaceMat." Crochet World, December 2013, 34-35.
Hope you all are doing ok. The weather here is summery and it feels great to be finished with the cold for a while. Take care everyone.
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Here's a link to a pretty doily with pineapples. Looking at the picture, maybe this could be made up in a worsted weight yarn and it would be a very pretty heirloom quality baby blanket. Hmmm, something to think about.
I had been running low on slippers in the gift drawer so it is time to make some more. I decided to leave the cuffs off of some pairs and I think they look great that way especially for warmer weather. As usual, I used my favorite slipper pattern.
After posting 2 days in a row after a lengthy absence, I might be getting my blogging mojo back. I started blogging in September 2005 on the Yahoo 360 platform. When they "went off the air" I manually transferred my postings over to blogger and I have been here since May 2008. Unfortunately, blogging has become more of a business and less of a way to become friendly with all sorts of folks. Many of the blogs I had previously looked forward to reading are now defunct. The new generation of blogs are designed to make money; I'm not talking about a few Amazon ads or adsense ads but rather they are storefronts and I feel like I'm reading a salespaper. I'm missing the friendly interaction of friendly people with each other. I have allowed myself to fall behind on posting things to share with you and if I'm honest with myself, I have contributed to the decline of friendly blogging by not writing posts more often so I am reforming my blogging attitude immediately.
I started out with a plan to show you a couple dishcloths I've finished. Here they are--
Recently finished this baby afghan (some of you may call it a baby blanket). At the request of my mother-in-law, I made this for her friend who recently had a little boy. This is a great pattern that is easily adjustable in both width and length. I did my own version of the stripes that I thought suited the colors I used much better. Enough blathering, here's the pics--