Friday, February 21, 2014

Recent projects: Baby Blanket

Good morning friends,

Coming soon, I will share my round up of my favorite free crochet afghan patterns, but first I wanted to share my completed Baby Blanket.

I followed a beautiful free pattern from Modern Grace Design. The pattern as written creates a stroller/crib sized baby blanket, however the pattern is easily adaptable to create a larger blanket.

I especially adore the edging, which alternates between the primary color and the contrast color and finishes with ruffles. 

My blanket turned out a bit lopsided, I likely added a few extra stitches here and there, but I don't think the baby will mind. :) 

Baby blankets are a great way to tell someone you haven't met yet how much you love them and can't wait to meet them.

Big thanks to Alison of Modern Grace Design for sharing this free pattern with us. I have already started my second blanket with this pattern for my niece who will be joining the universe in March. 

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit Thread by Thread Zen again soon!


- Katie Rose

Friday, February 7, 2014

Recent crochet projects: Cat ear hat and baby blanket

It was one of those weeks when the roads were icy, work was draining, and I spent more time in a dentist's chair than I'd prefer. Thank goodness for crochet. I call my blog Thread by Thread Zen, and truly I do find the act of crocheting nothing short of meditative. There is something so innately calming in using hands, yarn, and a hook to make something beautiful, one stitch at a time.

A few posts ago, I mentioned my first attempt at a crocheted cat ear hat fell short of expectations (and short in height), but I learned from my errors and gave it another go.

(That handsome orange tabby behind me, by the way, is Dexter.)

This hat was based on The Hathaway pattern by SwellAmy. I very much enjoy her patterns, they are well written and Amy is happy to help and answer any questions along the way. 

My other recent project is my first ever attempt at a baby blanket. There are two new baby girls coming soon to my husband's side of the family and I'm hoping to welcome them both to the world with special handcrafted blankets. 

I still have many hours left of work to go on Blanket #1, but so far I am loving the way it is working up. I am using this gorgeous pattern from Modern Grace Design. It has been very easy to follow and since the body of the blanket is a repetitive pattern of stitches, this blanket is great to work on while doing other things, like catching up on your TV shows. 

On the subject of blankets, my next post will be a round up of my favorite free crochet blanket patterns. Thank you for visiting and come back to Thread by Thread Zen soon! Hugs and yarn.

- Katie Rose