Friday, January 13, 2017

Daily Crochet Inspiration: Fusion Blanket

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Use your fabric scraps or fat quarters, join them with crochet to turn them into a Fusion blanket, table runner, home decor.  Love the look! Use contrasting fabric and yarn color to create a new design like the photo above. 

All you need is one simple tool,  a crochet edge skip stitch blade. These 45 mm blades can be used with most cutters (Olfa, Clover, Dafa, Fiskar). The blade gives perfect spacing to create holes in the fabric that you will then use yarn to crochet around and join. 

Happy Crocheting!


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Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Crochet Goals


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Welcome to 2017! May this be your best year yet!   I am so excited about this new year with new crochet goals! Today I am sharing my list of 10 crochet goals that I have for the new year. This coming year, 2017, I am looking at my crochet with a bigger lens. I am looking at it with the perspective of advancing, improving, getting better, GROWING my skill.  

Recently I have been working on writing down my skills, talents, and also my passions. Crochet is at the top of my list because it is an enjoyable way to pass time at the end of the day that helps me wind down after all the daily-adventures in our home. I want to invest in crochet with quality time with specific goals that will help me GROW...

The following is the list of ways that I am looking forward to using to GROWING in my crochet. Let me know in the comments how you plan on growing in your crochet this next year. Or really, just what your goals are! 

Crochet Goals 2017: 

1. Strengthen your skills - This is at the top of the list. I am looking at growing and sometimes that growth means receiving education in an area that needs growth. A few years ago I took a Craftsy class, Beyond the Rectangle, and I honestly learned so much from it. I was able to watch it at my own pace! I have been able to apply what I learned through several of my projects not just by crocheting a sweater.  This coming year I want to take: Professional Finishing for Perfect Crochet and Crochet Cables. There are so many classes to choose from!!! I am looking at ones that will help me design, use more techniques that will eventually take my crochet to the next level! 

2. Build a Crochet library - There are several crochet books I have really, really enjoyed. Some have patterns that I would love to try. There are a lot of European crochet books that are just jaw-dropping inspiring. Here's a post with books on my wish list. Take a look. 

3.. Crochet a blanket for that special person - I have made baby blankets for my babies while I was pregnant with them. They have outgrown them now, yet they still hold a special place in their baby box. These serve me as beautiful priceless keepsakes! Now that they are getting bigger, they need a new blanket to grow with them. This year would be the perfect time to crochet each of them a blanket that they can grow into. 

4. Treat yourself to new yarn - never tried before: These are some of the yarns I have seen being used by other bloggers all over the world! They look amazing in all kinds of projects. 

  •  Stylecraft Special DK, looks sooooo beautiful, soft, and comes in a variety of colors!!!! I am a big fan of The Patchwork Heart, Heather there uses this yarn which is how I came to know it. I would like to make a rainbow granny square blanket with this yarn that way I could really take advantage of all the colors available. 
  • Cashmere: Ah Cashmere, where do I start? Hmm. Probably the most important fact: SOFT, very, very soft. Ideal for shawls, scarfs, socks, sweaters. I would really, really love to get my hands into this! 
  • Alpaca: Alpaca yarn are soft, can be found in fingering weight which make them ideal for crocheting socks, baby animals like amigurumis or baby sweaters. 
  • To find new places to purchase yarn, check this post

5. It's a new year, go ahead and pick 3 of your WIP and finish them! You will be so glad you did! I have a couple of granny squares I made about 3 years ago with the intention of putting a baby blanket together. Well, when I was expecting during that time, I decided to make him a brand new blanket. So those squares are still in the drawer. I think it's time to put them to use and practice joining squares with different methods. 

6. Teach someone to crochet: I have been teaching my daughter and it has been so much fun! She really likes to make a long chain and comes up with several uses for them. Maybe there is someone in your family, at work, or at your church who would like to learn a new craft this year. Maybe they know something you would like to learn. How about you connect and learn something new together? This book has some really good pointers and pictures that could help you along the way as you teach a friend to crochet. 

7. Start a crochet-tea time club with your friends, at church, or family. Start a mom's or women's group in your local area and plan a time to get together with some appetizers and crochet time or knitting! It can be very easy to sit at home by yourself to crochet, but honestly, this is your time!!! GATHER, reach out, hang out and enjoy your craft together. 

8. Seasonal decor: This is something I actually started for Christmas 2016 that I plan on continuing in 2017. Recently, I made a pillow cover in Christmas colors to go along with our decorations. It is a quick project in which the cover can be easily switched out to reuse the cushion.  What I like about it is that it speaks home, warmth, love, and dedication. Only you know the amount of time and thought that goes into each crochet project, but getting to share it with our loved ones in our own home is an amazing feeling.

9. Invest in quality hooks: Your hands will thank you! Depending on the length of my project, I like to use Boye aluminum hooks carried at pretty much every craft store and grocery store. For amigurumi or any project where I need to use a G hook or smaller size, I prefer to use Clover Armour hooks since it has cushiony handle. That's my favorite for crocheting multiple rows of single crochet. For more information check my post on crochet essentials.

10.  Document your projects and progress: Really, take pictures of your projects as you go along and make up some collages with your pictures. It is so fun to see the progress made in your projects! Plan before and after photos. Take a picture of where you were crocheting, who you were crocheting with, take pictures of your crocheting group! Start an Instagram account or share in your favorite Facebook group. 

Have fun crocheting! Whichever goals you pick will be the ones that you will remember for years to come! 

Make 2017 a year of growth, development, of progress. Take your crochet to a new level this new year! 

What kind of crochet goals have you set for 2017? Let me know in the comments! 

Happy crocheting!


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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Crochet Bauble Ornament Patterns

Crochet ornaments are the rave. Make them in any color combination or solid using crochet cotton or DK weight yarn like Stylecraft. I just made one in red, green, and white. It is hanging by our Christmas tree.  I love that they are quick to make, fun, a really special keepsake, protects glass ornaments with favorite colors.  I don't think I could ever get tired of crocheting ornaments. 

Just use your favorite crochet hook, I used my G size Clover hook and my yarn. 

Here are some patterns that you might find useful: 

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1. Crochet Christmas Bauble through Craftsy (paid pattern)

2. Little Bits of Christmas Crochet Thread patterns through Leisure Arts


Hope you find these useful! 

~ Fabi

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunny Sky Star Stitch Crochet Coaster

This rainy Sunday afternoon I got to sit on my new bed and crochet the afternoon away. It was blissful! My husband was doing some reading on the couch and my children were napping. It was just me, my hook, and yarn.  

I chose Sugar and Creme's Hot Blue color and contrasted with their Sunshine color.  The names of these colors just resonate summer to me. :-) Just like my Summer Breeze dishcloths, this coaster screams summer, sunshine, pool time, and clear skies. 

Once I took the yarn out, I started with the typical slip knot and made a quick chain. I was going to need a quick project, one that I could complete during that Sunday's nap time because *I just needed to crochet. Period.* Ever have those times?

Finally I decided to make something using the Star Stich (Punto Estrella). It creates creates such cute bumps that make this stitch look intrinsic when in reality,  it's really not complicated. :-) 

To make this coaster, I used the following materials:

Lily Sugar n Cream cotton yarn - or your choice of cotton yarn. 
Crochet hook H (Clover hooks are my favorite!)

Check: What do the abbreviations mean?


For this pattern, I changed colors every 4 rows. 

1) Crochet a chain of 25 stitches. 

2) On the second ch from the hook, pick up a loop and in each of the next 4 ch (6 loops on hook), yo and through all loops on hook, ch 1 (this forms the eye of the star), *pick up a loop in the eye of the last star, pick up a loop through the back of the last loop of previous star, pick up a loop through same ch as last loop of previous star, pick up a loop in each of next two chains.  At this point, you should 
have 6 loops on your hook. 

Okay, so now that you have the 6 loops, yo through all 6 loops, ch 1, repeat*. When you get to the last ch, finish with a hdc on the last stitch. 
Turn your work. 

3) Ch. 1, 1 sc in hdc (from previous row), 1 sc in eye of star st, 2 sc in star of each eye across. Finish this row with 1 sc on top of the turning chain.  
Turn your work. 

4) Ch 2, pick up a loop in the front part of the second chain from hook, then pick up a loop in the back part of the same ch, pick up a loop in each of the next 3 sc, yo through all 6 loops, ch 1. *pick up a loop in the eye in the of the last star, pick up a loop in each of the next 2 sc, yo through all 6 loops, ch 1, repeat. * Finish this row 1 hdc in last sc. 

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until coaster measures 5 inches approx. 

Hope you enjoy this pattern! What colors will you make your coaster? 

Have a wonderful day and find some time to crochet, it's good for the soul! 



Monday, April 4, 2016

Pick Your Craftsy Prize Giveaway!

I loooooove Craftsy! I have watched several of their classes and I keep on referring back to them as needed especially because once you get one class you will have it for a lifetime.  

Craftsy is giving you a chance to enter to win a prize of your choice from the Craftsy site, worth up to $100! Giveaway begins 4/2 @12:30am MDT and ends 4/30 @11:59pm MDT. Enter to win a prize of your choice from Craftsy!

Restrictions: Giveaway open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

Click HERE to enter to win a prize! 


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beyond the Traditional Granny Square

Once learning to crochet the basic granny square, you'll be ready to learn to make new styles. You can mix-match them in blankets, pillow covers, or for home decor.  Granny Squares are just too much fun to make!

Hope you enjoy this list of books with raving reviews:

1. The Granny Square Book

2. Granny Square: 20 Crochet Projects with a Vintage Vibe

3. Granny Squares and Shapes

4. 10 Granny Squares: 30 Blankets

5. The Big Book of Granny Squares: 365 Crochet Motifs

Happy Crocheting!


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to Wet Block Crochet and Knit Granny Squares Tutorial

How to Wet Block Crochet and Knit Granny Squares

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Why Wet Block Crochet or Knit Granny Squares?

Crochet Granny Square before wet block crochet

Crocheting the puff square was an enjoyable process! Picking out the colors, understanding the pattern, sewing the crochet ends. But it looks wonky on the sides. I had originally intended these squares for a pencil case but I know that if kept this way, all the hard work would be in vain. 

This is why I am sharing how to wet block your crochet (or knit) granny squares. 

Blocking is the final touch to your crochet project which will ultimately enhance every stitch and color patterns in your square.  


How to Crochet Granny Squares -

See 10 FREE Patterns to Crochet Granny Squares
How to Crochet a Granny Square Blanket with a Border
Reference Books to learn to Crochet Granny Squares - Beyond the Basics

Check out my Favorite Crochet Tools used to crochet the puff granny square. 

Benefits of Wet Blocking Crochet or Knit Granny Squares: 

  • every square will be symmetrical squares
  • everything will be the same size 
  • square will hold their shape for a long time

What is needed to wet block crochet or knit granny squares?

You will need:

  • Blocking Board  -- this one measures 12inx12in which would be large enough to block several squares.
  • T-Pins -- the pins are easy to push through the blocking board and can be easily removed. The sharpness is perfect for holding the squares in place. 
  • Spray bottle - optional

How to Wet Block Crochet and Knit Granny Squares

1. First of all submerge your squares or use a spray bottle to wet your granny squares. 

2. Then set your squares on a blocking board. Use pins to hold the squares in place. The blocking board will help you achieve symmetrical squares. When you use it all your squares will have the same measurement. This is exactly what is needed when it is time to sew the squares together to make a blanket or complete the desired project. 

3. While wet, ;ay the piece flat on the blocking board, hold it in place with the T-Pins until the desired measurement.

When you block your crochet or knit granny squares, your work will look even and will be a piece to keep for a long time.  

Hope you have enjoyed this quick tutorial!



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