Caron Cake Crochet Blanket Pattern

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In my last post, I talked about my review of the Caron Cake yarn. This yarn has definitely made a name for itself in the yarn community, to the point where some Michaels stores are running out faster than they can put these on the shelf. After picking up a couple to start with, I decided to make my very own crochet pattern. Since I love making baby blankets, I thought it was very fitting to make a blanket using these Caron Cakes.

caron-cake-bumbleberrybumbleberry-caron-cakeI was looking through my Crochet Stitch Dictionary book, which I have a review on, to help me decide which stitch to use. I decided to go with the V-stitch. I found this stitch to be very pretty, but very simple. I ended up using 3 Caron Cakes in the colorway Bumbleberry. The finished baby blanket measures to be a total of 43” x 36”.

If you are interested in making this baby blanket, please see below for the free pattern.

caron-cake-blanket-3caron-cake-blanket-2caron-cake-blanket-4Yarn-Caron Cake in Bumbleberry (I used 3 cakes)

Hook: I-9

Blanket measures: 43” x 36”

PATTERN:

Ch 130 +2 for foundation chain

Row 1: 2 DC in 4th ch from hook, *skip next ch, 2 DC in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, skip next ch, 1 DC in last ch, ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: *Skip next 2 sts, 2 DC between 2nd skipped st and next st; rep from * to last 2 sts, skip 1 st, 1 DC in turning ch, ch 3 and turn.

Row 3 and on: repeat row 2 until desired length

And there you go! I hope you enjoyed this pattern. If you have tried this pattern, or made something similar, please let me know in the comments below.

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Yarn Review: Caron Cakes

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Today I’ll be reviewing Caron Cake Yarn in the colors Bumbleberry and Lemon Lime. I saw this yarn all over YouTube and different crafty websites, so I knew I had to get my hands on this and try it out for myself!

This yarn is classified as a 4-worsted weight yarn. For crocheters, the recommended hook size is a 5mm H-8. For the knitters, the recommended needle size is a 5mm US 8. This yarn is made of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. Each cake of this is a total of 383 yards. This yarn comes in 18 different beautiful shades with some clever names I might add.

This yarn is soft and very easy to work with. I enjoy the color changes as it makes the project that more interesting. While this yarn is soft, if you are highly allergic to wool, I would skip this yarn. The colors I picked up are in Bumbleberry (purple colors) and Lemon Lime (green colors).

caron-cake-bumbleberrybumbleberry-caron-cakecaron-cake-lemon-limelemon-lime-caron-cakeStay tuned for this weekend where I will share with you my first crochet pattern using one of these colors!

Have you worked with this yarn? How do you like it? What have you made with it?

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Crochet Football Hats Available

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Football season is in full swing! Why not show support of your favorite team with one of these football hats?

These hats come in sizes newborn all the way to adult. These hats feature earflaps and braided tails. Don’t like this option? Then you can customize your hat into a beanie instead.

You can choose from any of the 32 NFL football teams. Featured here are the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

If interested, check out my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/amandacrochets22. These football hats will only be available on my Facebook page for a limited time, so get them while you can!

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Book Review: Cuddly Crochet by Stacey Trock

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Today I’ll be reviewing Stacey Trock’s book titled Cuddly Crochet. I first discovered this book a few years ago when I was listening to Stacey’s podcast Crochet Chat. Sadly, she no longer has this podcast, but I am grateful that I was able to discover her website and her books. Her website is amazing and very colorful. She designs adorable amigurumi, which I just had to try out for myself.

cuddly-crochetcuddly-crochet-bookWhen it first started looking through this book, I noticed how detailed it was. She gave instructions for how to make each piece, different yarns she used and yarn substitutions, and of course different toys, hats, and blankets to make. For me, I wanted to start with something simple so I wouldn’t get discouraged and upset if something was confusing and didn’t turn out the way that I would like it to. I settled on making a bear. The bear turned out super cute and I couldn’t wait to get started on the next stuffed animal.

crochet-bearOverall, I think this book is well-written, detailed, and provides lots of beautiful pictures so you know what you are making. At the beginning of the book, Stacey provides different hat sizes, discusses different crochet stitches, and provides an alternative for child safety eyes. Towards the back of the book are different resources where you can find yarn substitutions, pattern abbreviations, and yarns featured in each pattern. Stacey also provides a list of different websites you can visit to purchase yarn, hooks, and other materials. If you are interested in crocheting amigurumi, this is one book you should definitely pick up!

crochet-bunnyTo find out more information about Stacey Trock, please visit her website: http://www.freshstitches.com/

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Why I Crochet for Charity

Crocheting for charity can be a wonderful thing as you know you are making something for someone in need. It’s also a great opportunity to give back if you want to do something other than giving a monetary donation. Many people feel fulfilled if they are able to help someone out, even in a small gesture by donating a hat, scarf, or other handmade item. Whatever the reason for crocheting for charity, this is a great way to help make a difference in the world.

I started donating my crochet items to charities for a few years. I know I have the talent to make things, but after having my crochet items pile up, I thought it was time to do something about it. After all, there are only so many family members you can crochet things for, especially if you have a small family like I do. While I do sell most of my crochet items at craft fairs, and I’m trying to get more involved in Etsy, I wanted to also donate some of my items as well.

Donating my crochet items to charity gives me a chance to work on different stitches and patterns that I’m just learning and practicing.  The more you practice a stitch, the better you will get at them. Plus it’s an opportunity to give someone in need one of my crochet items rather than my items piling up in my closet.

I have donated to a few different charities over the years, one being the American Heart Association. They are looking for red newborn hats, which will then be given to babies born in hospitals during the month of February. This is to support American Heart Month. I have donated hats to them a couple of times. However, this year they have so many hats that they are not requesting anymore. I’m sure it’s different for every state, but this is what I found out this year in the state of Illinois.

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Warm Up America is another charity I have donated to. This charity is looking for baby blankets to help warm newborns born in Parkland Hospital. Participants can also crochet or knit 7”x9” squares that will then be sewn into a baby blanket. This is a great opportunity for someone like me who loves making blankets.

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Another charity I have donated to is Comfort for Critters. This charity is about providing comfort to animals living in shelters awaiting their forever home in the form of a pet bed. This will give the animal some comfort but also provide something familiar to them. Once that animal is adopted, the pet bed will go with them as they adjust to their new home. This is probably one of my favorite charities to donate to as I love animals. I probably have donated over 100 pet mats to them this year alone! As someone with a rescue animal myself, this means a great deal to me.

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Have you donated to charity? Which charities have you donated to? Let me know in the comments below.

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Loom Knitting Experience

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A few years ago I received this round loom set from my boyfriend for Christmas. I’ve always wanted to try out loom knitting, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

This set comes with four different looms: 5 ½”, 7 ½”, 9 ½” and 11 ½” loom. A hook, needle (which apparently I lost), and instructions are also included in the box. With this set you can make hats and scarves.

img_2451I decided to do a simple hat as my first project. Upon first working with this, I didn’t find the instructions and the process of loom knitting all that difficult. It does take some time to get used to, but I would imagine you will get faster with time. However, I did notice, and maybe this is just me, that you have to either double up on worsted weight yarn or use a bulky weight yarn achieve better results. I did my first hat using only one strand of worsted weight yarn and I just didn’t like the way it looked. My tension was good, but I felt like it had too many holes and wouldn’t hold up very well. My next couple of hats, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn. To finish, you sew the top together. I added a pom to each hat for fun.

This hat has a roll up brim:

img_2450img_2449This hat has a small brim on the bottom:

img_2446img_2445Overall, I enjoy loom knitting, but it’s not my first go-to project. I know I need to use this set more as I’ll get better at it and even get a little faster. However, my only issue with this is the start of it. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but it seems like the first peg or so makes the yarn stretch a little more leaving a big seam and wide gap in between stitches. (See picture below in between the two red arrows) Does anyone else have this problem?  Am I doing something wrong? Please leave a comment and let me know if there’s a way to fix this!

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New Products in My Etsy Shop

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Today I’m launching my newest crochet collection on Etsy. This collection features crochet baby blankets, baby sweaters, and newborn pom hats in the colors mint, gray, and white. Feel free to browse this collection and see the different styles I have available. Below are some of the items from this collection:

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