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July 2017

Color Inspiration for Summer

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Summer is definitely in full swing here in Tennessee! It’s been crazy hot and humid lately! Once it’s over 90 degrees I want to be near a pool and that is all! We got a bit of a break today with some pop up rain showers, which has helped cool it off considerably.

Feeling the heat did give me a bit of inspiration, though! I realized that there are some great color combinations that you can get from “summery” things! I wanted to share with you a few of the photos that have inspired me to create a few summertime color palettes.

Below each photo I have linked the closest yarn color I could find to match these photos. I hope they inspire you to create something wonderful!

 


These sea shells truly show all the amazing colors you can find near the ocean! I think this color pattern would be fun for a summery project!

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Mixed Stitch Blanket CAL – Border

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Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

I hope you have enjoyed working on this project! I would love to plan another Crochet Along again soon! This has been so much fun, and I have seen so many awesome versions!

When I finished my blanket I felt that I still wanted to add a little something to it. It looks lovely without a border, but I thought a little bit of an edge would make it a bit sturdier all the way around. Because there are a number of different stitches in this pattern, I didn’t want the border to look to fussy. I wanted to keep it simple.

You can add any border to yours that you prefer, but if you’d like to match mine, I’ve shared how below. I’ve also shared how you can keep going with your project if you want to make it longer before adding a border.

To add a border:

For the border I used the moss stitch (sometimes referred to as the granite stitch). If you need help with the moss stitch, click HERE for a tutorial. I did 7 rows of the border pattern. I used one color twice, on the first and last edge row, and each of the others once.

Starting in corner,
R1: 3 sc, *sc in each st across to end of row, 3 sc in corner, sc as evenly as possible down side, repeat from *
R2-4: Moss stitch
*ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 3 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
R5-7: Moss stitch
            *ch 1, sk 1 st, sc, 5 sc in corner, repeat all the way around
Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Tada! You have a lovely finished blanket to show off!


Want to keep going?

Do you want to keep going with this blanket, but don’t know where to start?!

Many people have written to me to ask how they could keep going with this project. I shared with you my second blanket, which I decided to make using Caron Cakes Pistachio yarn. I want to make that one long enough to fit from top to bottom on my queen sized bed. The pattern creates a blanket that is approx 60″x40,” which is perfect for a couch, but not for a bed!

In order to keep the distance between the special stitches consistent throughout the pattern, I figured out that I need to start a number of rows into the pattern. To continue on past Week 8 (Row 80): Return to Week 2 and start with Row 18 (the trc row). This will keep your pattern spacing consistent. Now you can continue on to your desired length. If you’d like to do the border rows at the end of your project, it works best to end on an hdc row, so just keep that in mind as you repeat sections of the pattern!

I hope this has helped you make this project truly one of a kind for you! This has been so much fun to create and share! You are all so awesome, and you have created some beautiful work! If you want to share your finished blanket join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group or tag me on Instagram (@couchsurfercrochet).

If you’ve enjoyed this project, please feel free to share!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.

 


 

 

 

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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 8

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Week 8
Rows 71 – 80

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

 

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.
Week 7 (rows 71 – 80) can be found HERE.

 

I can’t thank you all enough for joining me on this awesome journey! I had never attempted a Crochet Along project of my own before, and everyone has been so encouraging and wonderful about this whole project. After this week, we are all finished with the main body of the blanket. I went one step further with mine and added a small border, but if you don’t want to do that, you can finish this week and show off your finished piece!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

I started a group on Facebook called Couch Surfer Crocheters so people could share their finished pieces, and it has turned into a wonderful community of fiber artists. Lots of people have been sharing their progress in the group, and we’d love to have you!

 

Row 71: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 72: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, 1 ch), sk 1 st, *dc, ch 1, dc in same st, sk 2 st, repeat from * to next to last st, skip 1 st, dc in last st of row, turn

Row 73:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each dc and ch sp to end of row, turn

Row 74:  Repeat row 72

Row 75:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 76:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 77:  Repeat Row 76

Row 78:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row

Row 79:  Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 80: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

I swear my couch is red, not orange like it appears in this photo! It’s quite close the red color in the blanket, and I love the way it looks hanging over the back of my couch! It’s the perfect size to use there.

If you’re looking for a new project to start, check out my Criss Cross Hat Pattern, the Cotton Washcloths, or the Simple Lacy Scarf! Those are all quick projects you can do that don’t take up quite as much time as a full sized blanket!

 

Next week (Monday, July 24th) I will share with you how I did the border rows. Some people have asked about making a longer blanket (to fit the size of a bed). I will also be sharing with you how you can continue to grow your blanket by repeating sections of this pattern to do just that! Thanks for joining me on this Crochet Along! I’d like to do another one in the future, so keep an eye out for that announcement! And check back often, as I’m always posting new patterns and sharing what I’m into in the crochet community!

If you’d like to add a border, or continue to grow your blanket, click HERE!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry. 

 

 

 

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Slouchy Side Saddle Stitch Hat

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Slouchy Side Saddle Stitch Hat
(say that five times fast!)

Recently I shared with you all the Criss Cross Hat Pattern, and the Crochet Beret. I made both of those using Caron Cakes yarn in Blueberry Kiwi. When I was finished I still had around 1/3 of the cake left to use. I finally got around to doing just that! I had recently started a baby blanket using the Side Saddle Stitch, and I wanted to see if I could adapt that into a hat! This hat is worked from the brim up, so you get a good fit around your ears, but plenty of slouchiness in the back!


Stitches used in this pattern:

Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
PS: Pattern Stitch (Side Saddle Stitch): sc into next ch 3, ch 3, 3 dc into same ch 3, sk next 3 dc
**to decrease** insert hook into next ch3, pull up loop, insert hook into each of the next 3 dc, pull up loops, insert hook into next ch 3, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 3, 3dc into same ch 3

The side saddle stitch can feel a bit challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it this hat works up quick!
For a video tutorial of the Side Saddle Stitch, click HERE.

This hat is worked from the brim up.
I used a 5.5mm (I/9) crochet hook.

BRIM:

R1:  Ch 11, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in all stitches to end of row, turn

R2: *Ch1, hdc in back loops only to end, turn

R3 – 39: Repeat from *3 more times (40 Rows of back loop hdc)

Join ends with a sl st row, do not fasten off!

Work a round of sc in the brim (now working in the round).

 


BODY:

R1: Ch1, 3dc in same st as joining, ch 3, sc in next st, sk next 2 st, *3dc in next st, ch 3, sc in next, sk next 2 st, repeat from * to end (19 groups of 3 dc, ch 3, sc made), join with a slst into 1st dc, do not turn

R2: Slst into next 2 dc, work PS to end, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R3: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS around,  join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R4 – 7: Repeat Row 3

R8: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS, dec, (*work PS 4 more times, dec,) twice, work PS 4 times, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R9: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS, dec, (work PS  3 more times, dec,) twice, work PS 3 more times, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R10: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS, dec, (work PS  2 more times, dec,) twice, work PS 2 more times, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R11: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS, dec, (work PS, dec,) twice, work PS, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, turn

R12: Slst into first 3 dc, work PS, (dec)3 times, join with a slst into ch 3 of same row, fasten off, leave a long enough tail for sewing

Weave end through the ch 3 spaces and pull close, weave in ends.

Optional: Make a pom pom with the Pom Pom Maker, and sew on top!

I love the look of this hat, and it has a fabulous texture! I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern! If you try it out, feel free to share with me on Instagram! Or join the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group, and share with all of us! We’d love to have you! If you want to try out a couple of different hat patterns, check out the Crochet Criss Cross Hat or the Crochet Beret!

Happy crafting!

This pattern is available AD FREE in my Etsy Shop as well as on Ravelry.

 

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Mixed Stitch CAL – Week 7

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Week 7
Rows 61 – 70

Welcome back to the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along!

Week 1 (rows 1 – 10) can be found HERE.
Week 2 (rows 11 – 20) can be found HERE.
Week 3 (rows 21 – 30) can be found HERE.
Week 4 (rows 31 – 40) can be found HERE.
Week 5 (rows 41 – 50) can be found HERE.
Week 6 (rows 51 – 60) can be found HERE.

 

I’m so happy that you all have joined me on this project! It has been so much fun to see all of your creativity at work! After this week, we have one more to go! If you want to add a border, there will be 7 additional rows worked around the entire edge of the blanket. I will share how to do that once we complete Week 8!

If you would prefer to read a chart, click HERE.

Row 61: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 62: Repeat row 61

Row 63: Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 64: Ch 2, hdc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 65:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, *3 dc in next st, skip 2sts, repeat from * to second to last st,  2 dc in the second last st, and then 1dc in the last st (to make a straighter edge)

Row 66: Ch 2, hdc in first 2 st of granny cluster, **3rd hdc goes into the “space” created between clusters.

Row 67:  Repeat row 65

Row 68:  Repeat row 66

Row 69:  Ch 3, dc in all st to end of row, turn

Row 70:  Repeat row 69

Weeks 1 – 7 so far!

Oh my gosh, you guys! Only one more week to go on this awesome project! It’s been such a fun journey with all of you! I would like to create a photo gallery here on my site of all of your completed projects once they are done. It’s so cool to see how one pattern can be recreated in so many different ways! Week 8 will be available on July 18th.

If you haven’t already, join us in the Couch Surfer Crocheters Facebook group to share your work, or share directly with me on Instagram.

On to WEEK 8!

Update: Now that this Crochet Along is complete, the FULL pattern is available AD FREE through Ravelry.


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