Friday, September 14, 2012

The Maratimes - Part 2 (PEI)

Hello Folks...Check out some of our beautiful shots of PEI, Canada:

 
Sand dunes - the beaches are gorgeous here.

 
Red sand.


 
Near Cavendish

 

 
Church in Charlettown

 
Anne of Green Gables house in Cavendish.

 
Green Gables gardens.

 
East point drive.

 
Red sand sunset

 
Sunset

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baby Blanket :: Free Pattern





Hello Friends...some of you may remember last srping I was working on a blanket for my new little niece or nephew to be.  As promised, I've finally gotten around to completing the pattern for the baby blanket.  It's a fairly simple and quick project as the blanket is stoller/crib sized.  Although it can easily be modified to whatever size you like. 



Please kindly use this pattern for personal use only.  Please do not distribute with out my consent.  Pining of images are welcome, otherwise all images are copyright and may not be used without consent.  Thank you -- Alison, Modern Grace Design



Required Materials:
  • 2 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby in Antique White; 140 g / 5 oz ;approx. 331m /362yds each
  • 1 skein of Bernat Softee Baby in Mint; 140 g / 5 oz ;approx. 331m /362yds
  • size 4mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Required Crochet Stitches:

chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc)
Note: All terms are U.S.

*A note about gauge: This pattern can easily be adapted to any size you wish. If you prefer a larger blanket, simply chain a multiple of 3 + 2 sts. Measure to desired width and add multiple rows for desired length. The following pattern should make your finished blanket approx. 21`` x 26``, which is a good size for a stroller or car seat.

Main Blanket:

ch 62,

Foundation Row - In 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc into each ch across (61 sts.)

Row 1 - ch 2, in first sc (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1, dc), skip next 2 sts, *(1 sc 1 hdc, 1 dc) in next st, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * across, ending with a sc in last st, turn.

Row 2 - ch 2, in first sc (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1, dc), *skip next 2 sts, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc) in next sc, repeat from * ending with 1 sc in top of turning ch, turn. You should have 20 little sc, hdc, dc groups. Tip: You are always making your group in the sc stitch from the previous row.

Repeat row 2 until your piece measures appox. 22”, or until desired length is reached. 
Note: your last row of repeating row 2 should be done on the wrong side. Turn.

Final Row - Ch 1, and sc in each st. across (60 sts). Do not fasten off.
Note: This final row should have the right side of the blanket facing you.

Edging:

Round 1 -  Loosely ch 2, (first top left corner made), sc evenly down the side of your work. Loosely ch 2, (bottom left corner made), 1 sc into each sc across bottom. 
Loosely ch 2, (bottom right corner made), work up last side with sc evenly.
Loosely ch 2, (top right corner made), 1 sc into each sc across top. 
End with a slip st. into first corner. Here you can join your contrasting colour, do not fasten off.

Round 2 - With contrasting colour, 1 sc , ch 2, 1 sc into corner Sc into each sc down the side. When you reach the corner repeat 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc into the corner. Continue this way around until you reach the first corner. Slip st. into first corner, completing the sl st. by bringing up your original colour.

Round 3 - With original colour, ch 1 and then repeat round 2. Slip st. into first corner, completing the sl st. by bringing up your contrasting colour.

Round 4: Shell Border - With contrasting colour, ch 3, 4 dc into corner. Skip 1 st., sc in next st., skip 1 st., 5 dc in next st. Continue this way around , with 5 dc into all corners. If you get to a corner and you have an extra st., simply add another sc so that you can do the 5 dc in the corner.
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