Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pattern Release: Seaside Baby Blanket

I have always loved the look of a mitered square.  Most of them are knit though the crochet versions have been popping up more and more lately.  Here is a beautiful example of a knit mitered square blanket-

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/taniaho/4817508065/in/album-983985/


I have been wanting to come up with my own version of this for a while and here it is!  I have to say, I love it so much :)

I love the bright colors and I love the soft, squishiness of Cascade Yarns Pacific yarn that I used.  I hope you love it too!




You can find this free pattern here.  You can also buy a yarn kit to make this blanket on Etsy.


Monday, June 22, 2015

June Flash Sale!!

FLASH SALE!  Enjoy 50% my patterns in my Ravelry store from now until June 24th!

http://www.ravelry.com/stores/skein-and-hook-designs



At checkout, use the code: flash sale

Happy Crocheting :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Crochet Pattern: Milo Granny Square Blanket: Part 2

Milo is coming along!  I am working on the last few rounds of the border and I'm so excited to finish it and lay under it :) When I crochet a blanket, coming to the end is always bittersweet.  I am always excited to see it in all its finished glory but side I have dedicated so much time on it, I'm sad that its over.  Here are some pictures...




Monday, June 8, 2015

Pattern Release: Emerson Car Seat Cover or Blanket

Pattern release!  I have been working on this one for a while and I so excited to have released it today!

This pattern can be made as a baby/toddler blanket that is 27"x36" or as a car seat cover to fit a standard-size infant car seat.


By leaving off the straps, you are able to make a beautiful blanket!


In my pattern, I use 5 colors but the color combinations are endless- you can use all different colors as a scrap buster, all one color, or ay number in between!  The design is perfect for both boys and girls as well by just varying the colors you use.





I hope you love it as much as I do!

You can buy this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Tutorial: How to wind a ball of yarn from a skein

The first time I saw a skein of yarn I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it.  I was used to using balls of yarn and it was totally new to me.  Needless to say, I ended up with a huge tangled mess that took me hours to untangle and if the yarn wasn't so expensive, I would have just thrown it away instead of untangling it for ages.  But, if you know what to do with it, a skein is really easy to work with.  There are two ways I do this depending on where I am: 1.) when I am at home, I use an umbrella swift and ball winder and/or 2.) when I'm not home, (and before I got the yarn swift and ball winder) I use my legs...that's it.

For the umbrella swift and ball winder method-

I have this umbrella swift and this ball winder.  I got them as a Christmas gift off of my Amazon Wish List.  At first I was hesitant to put them on there because they are expensive but I am so glad I did, I love using them!

First you unwind your skein.




Next look closely and find the point(s) where the skein is tied and untie it.  In some lace weight yarn, it is tied in numerous places but in thicker yarns its only once.




Once you have it untied, carefully lift it onto the umbrella swift and secure the swift.


Then set up the yarn on your ball winder as per the directions that came with it.



Next start winding.

  


When you are finished, which will only take a few minutes, you end up with this-


Slip it off of the center of the winder and you end up with a beautiful center-pull cake.



For the low-tech "leg" method-

You start in the same way, first, you unwind your skein.

  


Next look closely and find the point(s) where the skein is tied and untie it.  Again, in some lace weight yarns, it is tied in numerous places but in thicker yarns its only once.



Now, I sit on the floor with my back leaning against something comfortable and bend my knees up then carefully lift the untied skein onto your legs.  Spread your legs out to the sides until the yarn is pulled tight.  That is important.  If there is not enough tension on the yarn, you will end up with a tangled mess.



Then you unwind a few rounds from your legs and start forming a ball.  When I start my ball, I wrap the yarn around two fingers a few times then I pull that off and fold it in half and then use that as my base for the ball and continue winding on that.



Continue in this fashion- unwind a few rounds from your legs (don't do too much at once of it will tangle), and then wrap it around the growing ball of yarn.  I usually do ten or so wraps in one direction, then turn the ball slightly and do ten more and so on.




Each time I turn the ball, I make sure its growing evenly at all angles.  Keep going until you have used up all the yarn on your legs and you end up with this-



Both ways work, and while a ball winder gives you beautiful center-pull balls of yarn, the leg method still gets the job done and leaves you with a nice ball of workable yarn.