Archive for January, 2012

Recipe: Fidggity fingers!

|January 29, 2012|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Okay – I tried to email this to a dear friend and after 3 ½ hours of it transferring and sending my connection was lost.  I don’t know why I could not send this to you – so I will post this here – for now.  I figure posting here is easier than the last 3 tries (each over 3 ½ hours) of emailing this!

 

For those that know me – you know I love to knit and crochet – and at the beginning of this year I started to finish off all projects – which were bedspreads, blankets, coverlets, afghans, lapghans, etc. which I have this month alone given away 3 bedsrpeads, 8 coverlets, 3 blankets, and over a dozen afghans and 4 baby blankets.  I’ve got a handful left to just finish off – then I can re-organize my yarn – BUY MORE – and make more goodies to knit and crochet.  I love to make bedspreads and coverlets and give them away.

 

I make many really pretty patterns and my granny square is the easiest to make!  So I am sharing with a friend of mine and my computer won’t let me send it through email – so I will do it here!

 

I will try to write this out for you – if you have a question – holler –

Depending on the needle and yarn used – I will assume that you will be using a needle E, F, G, H, etc. – as opposed to the very thin lace making ones – and that your yarn is close to a 4 ply VS a thin cotton thread –

begin by chaining anywhere from 4 – 10 – play it safe and do 6 for your first attempt at this

join with a slip stitch forming a circle

insert hook into center of circle – chain 3 (this is your first double crochet – DC), 2 DC's (this is your first set of 3 DC's) and chain one –

next – 3 DC's in circle, chain 1 (repeat this two more times – giving you 4 sets of 3 DC and a chain 1)

next – join to first DC (chain 3 stitch) with a slip stitch


this is what your first row will look like – it is setting you up for your square

you will have 4 sets of 3 DC – this is your foundation row

 

next you will start your first row which is the beginning of your square –

once you have joined with the slip stitch – chain 3 (for your first DC of 3) and turn

(your chain 3 at the begining of each row is counted as your first DC)

insert hook to the left side of the chained stitch into that little space at the bottom and do 2 DC, chain 1, 3 DC (you have just made your first corner)

 

(if you take a look at where my needle is placed – it is to the left of the previous rows chain 3 which is the first DC and you can see the chain 1 spaces that separate the 3 DC’s)

you can see from the bottom row the 4 sets of 3 stitches – for your corners

now begin your next row which is your “corners” row –

insert hook into the chain 1 space from the row below – 3 DC, chain 1, 3 DC – repeat more 3 times inserting hook in chain 1 space to make corner (see pic below)

THE ONLY TIME YOU CHAIN 1 IS ON THE CORNERS – NEVER IN THE SIDE STITCHES – THAT ONE LITTLE CHAIN STITCH GIVES YOU YOUR CORNER

next slip stitch inserting hook into chain 3 stitch to join row -you now have your square

chain 3 and turn –

2 DC – you have now made your first side stitch – the side stitches are 3 DC (remember that your chain 3 counts as a DC when beginning your next row

now insert your hook into the chain 1 space of the corner stitch – 3 DC chain 1 3 DC

insert hook into next space and do 3 DC

do your next corner, then side stitch 2 more times

do your 4th corner and slip stitch to join

chain 3 turn

remember – all corner stitches – 3 DC, chain1, 3 DC

all side stitches – 3 DC

all new rows start with chain 3 which counts as your first DC

each row you add will add one more side stitch

I used a J hook and I tried to do it loosely so you could see the stitches

I hope I explained this okay

 

I am making a pillow to go with one of my bedspreads that I made – for this type of yarn and pattern it will take about 20 rows then the ruffled edge.  The flip side of the pillow will have a different pattern to it.

 

Leftover cream colored and autumn tones of wines, greens and a touch of cream will make a nice rug-type thingie for Christmas.  I have a snoring Santa which I display with reindeer around him, etc. And this goes well with his quilt blanket and bed – I’ll have to take a pic of it next season.  I have to make it bigger and I will put an edge on it – maybe a looped edge – haven’t decided yet.  But I’ll add more cream to it to break it up a bit.

 

I will post pics of other patterns I have used as well.

BTW – let me know if you are interested in my ruffled edge!

Recipe: Happy New Years!

|January 1, 2012|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

My New Year wish for you
Is for 2012 to be the best year yet,
A year filled with peace and love,
And what you want, you blessedly get.

May 2012 be a year which you cherish
The memories and remembrances of the past,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies that last.

I wish for you a healthy year,
With happiness and love galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many, many more.