Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

A couple of years ago, my oldest daughter requested a bright and colorful blanket for her bedroom.  She specifically requested that the main color be neon green.  While I don’t particularly like the colors used, they were her choices, so I went with it.  It was difficult coming up with a pattern would suit her teenage needs and that would incorporate the crazy array of colors. After much trial and error, I ended up with a very simple pattern that she loved.

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The finished size measured 50×68, however, you can make it as wide or as long as you’d like.  It’s a great afghan to help get rid of all that scrap yarn you have laying around.   Once you get going, it’s all about repetition… so it’s a great afghan to make while watching TV, say Dr. Who! haha

Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

MATERIALS
4-5 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the main color (I used Red Heart Soft, 7 oz skeins)
A whole ton of scrap yarn (will be noted as contrasting color or cc in pattern below)
Size I crochet Hook
Stitch Marker

NOTES
In order to add fringe,  yarn will not be carried over,  Finish off at the end of every row, leaving a 7-9″ tail.

INSTRUCTIONS
With main color, ch 204
R1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  * Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch*  Repeat from * to * across, finish off.   Place stitch marker around any any st in this row to mark it as right side

R2:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in each st and each ch across.  Finish off

R3:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next sc, dc in next 3 sc*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2 sc.  Sk next sc, dc in last.  Finish off.

R4:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join main color with sc in first dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in the sc skipped from the row below (it will be worked in the sc from row 2).  *Ch 4, skip next 3 dc, working behindnext ch, tr in the sc from the row below*  Repeat from * to * across to last dc.  Sc in last dc.  Finish off

R5:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next tr, working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 dc skipped from round below, ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next tr, sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R6:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Working behind next ch, dc in skipped tr from row below.  *Sc in next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, dc in tr skipped from row below*  Repeat from * to * across.  Sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R7:  Turn, with right side facing you, join next cc with dc in first sc.  Dc in next 2.  *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next 3*  repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R8:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first dc, ch 3.  Sk next 2 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in skipped  sc from row below.  *ch 4, sk next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in sc of row skipped below*  repeat from * to * across to last 3.  Ch 3, sk next 2, sc in last dc. Finish off.

R9:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Working in front of next ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr.  *Working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr*  Repeat from * to * to last ch 3.  Working in front of last ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from row below.  Sc in last.  Finish off.

R10:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in next 2 dc.  *working behind next xh, dc in tr skipped in row below.  Sc in next 3*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R11:  With right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1.  *sk next sc, dc in next 3.  Ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next sc, dc in last sc.  Finish off

Repeat rows 4-11 until afghan measures 50″ (or longer depending on the sign you wish), ending on a row 5.

Last Row:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. *working in sts and chs, ch 1.  Sk next st, sc in next*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off

Fringe:  You may add additional yarn to make the fringe a bit fuller.

Crochet Stripes Blanket Pattern

I posted this blanket a while back in this great group I belong to on Facebook called HodgePodge Crochet.  I made it for my wife’s cousin as her baby shower gift.

Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

After I posted it in the group page, the post went crazy.  Everyone wanted a copy of the pattern.  I searched high and low for this pattern and could not find it anywhere!  before Bernat merged with Yarnspirations, it was available for free on the Bernat site.  But it seems that they no longer offer it.  Thank Goodness I saved a copy!

Crochet Stripes - Bobbles & Baubles Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

Since then, many of you have been asking me where they can find this pattern.  Since this was a free pattern put out there and it is not for sale, I decided to put it up here.  Please note, this is not my pattern, this pattern is by Bernat.   Click below for the pattern:

BERNAT’S CROCHET STRIPES BLANKET

BOBBLES & BAUBLES

Modern Granny Afghan

Lately I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for the granny square. I don’t  know why that is, maybe because I’ve seen all of the possibilities of this extremely versatile pattern. I’ve been itching to make one, so this week I decided to give it a go. I made 2 lovely afghans, one is a security blanket / car seat or stroller blanket and the other a regular baby sized afghan. I decided to add a lovely edging to the bigger one just to give it a little flair.

Modern Granny 2    Madern Granny 1

If you love the blankets but don’t want to make your own, I have them up for sale in my Etsy shop, click here

MODERN GRANNY AFGHAN

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on the type of yarn chosen.  For the yellow one, I chose 100% cotton yarn (Lily Sugar N’ Cream) with an H hook and for the blue one, I used worsted weight yarn (Loops & Threads Impeccable Impeccable) with an I hook.

MATERIALS
Refer to note above for yarn – how much you need is dependent on how big you make it
Refer to note above for hook – the thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook size

ABBREVIATIONS
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain

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INSTRUCTIONS
Rnd 1:  Start with a magic ring.  *3dc in center, ch 1*  Repeat from *to* three more times.  Ch 1.  Join to top of first dc.  Tighten ring. (you should have 4 sets of 3dc and ch 1 sps in the middle)

Rnd 2:  Sl st in next dc.  Continue to sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2 dc, ch 1, 3dc in ch 1 sp.  *skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Join

Rnd 3:  Sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2dc, ch 1. 3dc in sp.  *Skip next 3 dc.  3dc in next sp.  Skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Ch 1.  Join

Continue last round, keeping the following in mind:
*  3 dc only along the sides of the blanket (do not ch 1 between the 3dcs)
*  3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in every corner

To change color at the end of a round:
*  Sl st until you get to a corner ch 1 sp.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Start new color.

Edging
(shown in yellow blanket)
Hdc around every st.  2 hdc in every corner

(shown in blue blanket)
Rnd 1:  Sl st in any corner ch 1 sp.  Ch 5.  *Sl st between 3dc.  Ch 5*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends

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Rnd 2:   Join with sl st to any ch 5 loop.  Ch 5.  *Sl st in next ch 5 loop.  Ch 5*  repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.

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The Elusive Magic Ring

After having viewed many of the free patterns I make available, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “what is a magic ring?”  You may hear or read variations on the word magic ring.  It can also be called a magic loop or magic circle.  Whatever the name it is referred by, the technique is universal.  For the purposes of this post and as instructed in all of my patterns, I will refer to it as a magic ring.

Yes, it sounds mysterious and complicated and you may wonder, ‘why should I learn this technique?’.  The answer is quite simple: try it once and you will never go back to your old method.

The magic ring is used when crocheting in the round.  More often than not, when crocheting in the round, you are instructed to chain 2-4 stitches, join to the first chain and work a number of stitches into the loop formed.   Have you ever noticed, however, that when you are done, you end up with a little hole in the middle of your work?  The magic ring eliminates this hole.  You have total control over that space.  You can have no hole or even a bigger or smaller one.

It is a great technique to put into your crochet tool belt, especially if like me, you enjoy crocheting amigurumi.

It is sort of difficult to explain, so I think a visual is called for in this case.  I looked for a clear, detailed video on this technique and found this tutorial by Crochet Geek.  try it and let me know what you think:

 

The Russian Join

By now most of you know that there are many many ways to join your yarn and/or change colors.  Some are not as stable as others.

For many years, I would join my yarn, or change colors by tying two end pieces together and then weaving in the excess.  That is a fairly stable method as the knot keeps the ends from separating.  It was not until recently that I changed my method to a more secure one.  Who knew that was even possible?

This method is called the Russian Join.  There are absolutely no ends to weave in and the join is seamless!  I learned by watching the video below, and I will never go back to my old method.  Enjoy!

Crafty Christmas: Christmas Cards

I realized that I talk about my wife quite a bit here in my little blog space. I also realized that I have never given you her name. For all of my regular readers out there, and for all my new ones who I hope will become regular, her name is Maggie. By now you all know that Maggie, being the crafty woman she is, is making our house into a handcrafted Holiday home. Yesterday, we featured her Pom Pom Trees. Today, we will show you how to make your very own Christmas Cards.

MATERIALS
Card Stock 5×7 Cards with Envelopes
White and/or Multicolor Paper
Glue Pen
White Gel Pen (optional)
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS
Make a few Holiday related templates.  You can do a search for some pretty awesome templates or draw some winter themed ones like Maggie did.

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Maggie was sweet enough to draw up her template of winter themes for me to share with you all.  Click below to download the PDF file.

WINTER THEMED TEMPLATES by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

After you cut them out, trace them onto white or colored paper.  Glue the back and paste them onto the front of your cardstock.  If you were brave enough to fashion some templates out of snowflakes, try laying them off center and trimming the overhang for a fun unique look (see picture below).  With a white gel pen, place some ‘stitches’ along some of the patterns (like mittens) or add little accents.

Experiment with different layouts and colors, have fun with them!  I guarantee you can’t go wrong.

Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles     Christmas Cards by Bobbles & Baubles

 Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles  Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles

Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles

Your loved ones will appreciate this personal touch this holiday season.  Share your card creations with us and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what day 3 of Crafty Christmas brings!

Crafty Christmas: Pom Pom Garland

This year, instead of going with a traditional garland to decorate our home, we decided to go the crafty route and make our own.  Maggie came up with the great idea of sticking with our yarn theme and created a festive pom pom garland

Pom Pom Garland - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Yarn in multiple colors
Yarn Needle
Jute

INSTRUCTIONS
The pom pom garland is fairly simple to make.  To begin with, you should make a number of pom poms in various colors (preferable Christmas colors).  The amount you make will depend on how long you wish to make the garland and how many pom poms you wish to string on it

Pom Poms - Bobbles & Baubles

Once again, here is the hilarious video that Maggie put together on how to make a pom pom:

Next, you measure your space and cut your Jute.  You will want to add a few inches so the it can hang a little lower

Jute - Bobbles & Baubles

After measuring and cutting your jute, string it through the yarn needle and proceed to insert it into the center of the pom pom.  This will take a little practice, as the center of the pom pom (where it comes together) is usually on the tight side.  So use those muscles!

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Continue stringing until you have added all of your pom poms and are satisfied with the final look.  Make a loop at both ends of the jute for easy hanging

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And there you have it!  Hang it up and enjoy!

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