Retro Afghan

Thank you so very much to my wonderful readers who responded quickly to my call for help and provided me with a backup copy of my Retro Afghan pattern.

As you may recall, when I switched servers a while back, I lost all of my listed patterns for the past 2 years.  I was able to recover all but 1 – the Retro Aghfan.  I thought it was gone forever but I decided to put out a call for help, and you all answered that call!!

So without further ado, here is the pattern.  Thank you again to all who responded!

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The afghan pictured above ended up measuring 28″ x 32″.  Of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending on who it’s for.  So here are the steps.  Happy Hooking!

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on how big or small you want your afghan to be.  For the one pictured, I used an I hook

MATERIALS
I hook
14 oz of any 2 colors
Yarn Needle

ABBREVIATIONS
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet

INSTRUCTIONS

R1:  Ch 102

R2:  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  *ch1, sk next, dc in next* across.  Change color. Turn.

R3:  Ch2.  Working in front of the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Working behind the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  *Ch1. In front of row below, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in skipped chain from row below* across.  Turn

R4:  Ch3.  Sk next st, dc in next.  *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next* across.  Change color, turn.

R5:  Ch2.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  *Ch1.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row* across.  Sl st to 2nd of beginning ch3

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you reached your desired length, ending with a row 5.  Finish off

BORDER

Hdc in any corner space.  Hdc in each st around, making sure to keep the sides even.  3hdc in ever corner.  Twice around.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Crochet Flower Embellishments – Free Pattern Bundle

Happy Monday!  In the spirit of getting my blog back up and running, I am offering a free pattern bundle today.  Some of you  may have received this bundle when you signed up for the newsletter, but for those who haven’t, here’s you chance to get your copy!

Flower Embellishments by Bobbles & Baubles

In this bundle, you receive a PDF booklet of the 5 flower patterns shown above.  To get your copy, click the link below.  Happy Hooking!

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

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!

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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

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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.

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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 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!

Country Lace Afghan

All has been quiet on the homefront this week.  I’ve just completed the first of 4 Christmas presents.  I’m starting early this year so I’ll be sure to finish by December – hopefully.

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I had lots of fun making this one… once I got it right.  I must have stopped and started this one ten times.  By the time I stopped frogging and started crocheting, my yarn looked like curly fries.  But I used it anyway!  I found my original inspiration for this pattern here.  HOWEVER, the instructions are bad!  When it gets time to join, the instructions are nearly impossible to follow.  This is the reason I had such a hard time with it.  So, I simplified them and added a few of my own touches.  Here ya go:

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Materials: 4 Skeins Off White, 2 skeins Seafoam, 3 Skeins Light Grey

                         Size I Hook

Gauge: 1 square = 5.5 inches

INSTRUCTIONS:

First square only: Start with a magic ring

R1: Ch3, 15 dc in ring.  Join with sl st in top of ch3

R2: Ch1, sc in same st as joining. (Ch3, sc in next dc) 15 times.  Hdc in first sc to join and form last space

R3: Ch1, sc over hdc. (ch4, sc in next ch3 space) 15 times.  Ch1, hdc in first sc to join and form last space

R4: Ch1, sc over hdc. *7dc in next space, sc in next space^ (ch2, sc in next space) twice*.  Repeat from * to * until last space, end at ^.    Ch2, sc in last space, ch2, join with sl st to first sc.

R5: Ch1, (sc, ch2, sc) all in first sc.  *Ch2, skip 2dc (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch4, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, ch2, skip 2dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, sc in next ch2 space, ch2, sc in next ch2 space ^, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc*.  Repeat from * to * around, end at ^, join in first sc.  Fasten off

From this point on, you will join as you go.  Joining takes place in round 5

Corner Joining: Ch2, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch4 loop of completed square and back into dropped loop, draw loop through, ch2, sc in same dc

Ch2 Space Joining:  Ch1, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch2 of completed sqaure and back into dropped loop, draw loop through, ch1, sc in same st.

Center Ch2 Space Joining: Ch1, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch2 of completed square and back into dropped loop,draw loop through, ch1

Squares 2-99:  Follow the steps above for rd1-4

Rd5: Ch1, (sc, ch2, sc) in first sc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, sc in next dc, join corner.  *SC in next dc, join ch2 space.  Ch2, skip 2 dc, sc in next sc, join ch2 space.  Sc in next ch2 space, join center ch2 space.  Sc in next ch2 space, sc in next sc, join ch2 space.  Ch2, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, join ch2 space.  Sc in next dc, join center*. ONE SIDE JOINED

(continue from * to * in order to join an additional side – otherwise skip to step below)

*(sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, sc in next ch2 space, ch2, sc in next ch2 space ^, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch4, sc) in next dc*.  Repeat from * to *, ending at ^.  Join, fasten off.

Use this GRAPH  to help you along.  The graph lays out how you should join the squares. Start with 1 and work your way to 100.. so you work them in columns. You can also use the graph to chart out how your finished piece will look if you add different colors or a different pattern.. color or shade in the squares to give you a visual representation before starting your piece.    Happy Hooking!

This afghan is available for sale here.  In the color and pattern of your choosing.

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