Flower Vase

DIY Striped Flower Vase

Flower Vase

I think I’m still celebrating Cinco de Mayo, or at least wish I was. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so inspired by a beautiful serape blanket we have. I love how the colors in it are bold, summery, kind of off beat, yet work together so well. My love for these colors kind of surprised me. Isn’t it funny where we get our inspiration from? I thought it would be fun to recreate the stripe patterns with yarn on thrift store, mismatched glassware and turn them into flower vases.READ MORE

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Whenever we go to the beach (lucky us, its minutes away in several directions), I always look out for smooth stones, pebbles, and beach glass. For fun I thought I would try crocheting a few small stones. They turned out kind of cute, what do you think? Thinking of trying a few more, with a smaller crochet hook, if my eyes can stand it.

granny square sampler afghan- week 13

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This week's granny square is brought to us by Beth (who is @cookiecat57 on Instagram- remember you can tag your photos on instagram with #grannysquaresampler so we can all see each other's). I like this one because its quite different from the ones we've done over the past few weeks, retro, unusual, and just plain interesting. So let's do it! It is called "The Whirlygig" and needs no introduction other than Beth's photo, which she also kindly sent me.

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Make 2 of these this week (you overachievers out there can always make more if you want, but at least 2), each one using just 2 colors of yarn. As with all other squares we've done, this square starts in the center, going outward. Nothing new there. The slight twist with this square is that, from Rnd 2 and onward, you always crochet into the back loop only of each double crochet/dc stitch. Double crochet into the back loop only = dcblo. Here is a video that demonstrates crocheting into the back loop at about 2:12. (It also demos crocheting into the front loop, we will be doing a single crochet into the front loop only, or scflo, which helpful when crocheting with color B, as you'll see below).

 

The Whirlygig Granny Square

With color A (which is the yellow in the top photo above), chain 4.

Rnd 1- 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. Sl st to top of starting chain to join.

Rnd 2- Ch 3, dcblo into next dc, (5 dcblo into next dc, 1 dcblo in next 2 dc) 3 times; 5 dcblo in next dc, sl st to top of starting ch to join.

Rnd 3-5 Ch 3, dcblo in each dc, making 5 dcblo in center of each 5 dc group from prev rnd. Sl st to top of starting ch to join. End off yarn at end of rnd 5.

Using color B, attach to any free front dc loop on first round, scflo in same space, continue to scflo all the way around, end off yarn after each round. Continue to do this on all 5 rounds (refer to Beth's picture above), doing 3 scflo in center of each 5 dc group.

Just reminders-

Post your sampler granny squares to our Flickr group.

Post them to instagram.

Follow along on the pinterest board.

Find all the week's squares on this page.

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don't worry if you are behind! I am! Hoping to catch up this weekend. First we are celebrating Ian's birthday, he's 11 today! My baby is 11!

As always, let me know if there are any questions in the comments.

Enjoy crocheting this week!

Blair

 

granny square sampler afghan- week 9

How is everyone doing on the granny square sampler? Is everyone up to date on their squares? I know some have been crocheting on car trips and I am so jealous, I get car sick when I try. All that wasted passenger seat time!

This week I have a treat to share with you for our assignment today. I asked Erin if she would be willing to jump in and share a granny square for the sampler, and she graciously agreed. This week’s square is a sweet dimensional flower she chose for us.

(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)

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Three Dimensional Granny Square Flower- Make 3 of these.

The original pattern for this granny square can be found here. Follow this pattern as written thru round 5. Erin added another round to our version, which we both agreed frames the flower very nicely, and the instructions for round 6 are:

Round 6: Ch 3, * 1 dc into each of the next three dcs done in round 5, 1 dc into the ch-1 space that follows, 1 dc into each of the next three dcs, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into the ch-1 corner space, 1 dc into each of the next three dcs, and 1 dc into the ch-1 space that follows **; repeat from * to ** 3 more times, join with a sl st into the first dc made in this round. Fasten off and break yarn.

*This granny square only adds in one twist, crocheting into the back of some of the stitches. This creates the 3 dimensional effect of the flower. Erin has provided a video to show us exactly how to do it.

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Thank you Erin! Enjoy your crochet time this week everyone!

granny square sampler afghan- week 6

Well, at the end of the first week of summer vacation (i.e, kid home, but I’m still working) has gone swimmingly. Ian’s school is out today, so next week the wise craft house is officially “summering”.

Bring it, summer. We’re waiting for you.

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(Find all the assignments listed on this page.)

I was studying what we’ve crocheted so far and what we need. We need a big square. We need to accentuate some wonkiness here. A sampler needs wonky, wouldn’t you agree? So this week I wrote a variation of one of the squares in the original sampler. I’m calling it a sunburst variation. I love the way this one shows just little bits of color used in rows 3 and 5.We’ll make two versions of this granny square this week.

In this week’s square we are using a stitch some of you new crocheters may have not used yet, the half double crochet (hdc) stitch. This is a simple stitch, I found a video to demonstrate it here.

We are going to be getting more detailed in our granny square patterning. While we won’t get totally crazy, there will be a little bit of craziness in the coming weeks. I’ll walk you through it all.

Take a look at the Flickr group to see how everyone’s squares are coming together (and on instgram #wisecraftgrannysquareafghan). Thank you to everyone who is sharing pictures.

Design tips this week:

– In both squares, each row is a different color after the first 2 rounds.

– Pick high contrast colors for the first 5 rounds to really show the center “sunburst variation” pattern.

– If you are using a “ground” color or a color that you like to border your squares with, you may not want to use it for the larger square’s last round, only because I like that a contrast color accentuates its larger size. The choice is yours.

 

Sunburst Variation Square- Make 1 version with 10 rounds, and 1 version with 6 rounds.

Ch 4 stitches, sl st to beg. chain to form a circle. 

Rnd 1– Ch 1 (equals 1 sc), 5 sc stitches into center of ring, do not switch colors. Do not end off.

Rnd 2– Ch 2 (equals 1 hdc), 1 hdc in same space, 2 hdc on top of each sc all the way around (12 hdc), join with sl st to beg ch 2, end off.

Rnd 3 (2nd color)- Attach bet any dc st from previous round, ch 2 (equals 1 sc and ch 1), 1 sc in top of next hdc stitch, *ch 1, 1 sc in top of next hdc stitch*, repeat from *  all the way around, join with sl st to beg ch, end off.

Rnd 4 (3rd color)- Attach in any ch 1 space, ch 3 (equals 1 dc), 2 more dc in same space, *3 dc in next ch 1 sp*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

Rnd 5 (4th color)- Attach between any dc group, ch 1 (equals 1 sc), ch 3, *1 sc between next group of dc, ch 3*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

Rnd 6– (5th color)- Attach in any chain 3 space, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space to make a corner, *3 dc in next 2 ch 3 spaces, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp*, repeat from * all the way around, join with sl st to beg, end off.

**At this point you are finished with the smaller version, continue on for the larger version.

Rnd 7– (6th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 3 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 3 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 8– (7th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 4 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 4 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 9– (8th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 5 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 5 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.

Rnd 10– (9th color) Attach at any corner sp, (ch 3 (equals 1 dc) 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, 3 dc in between next 6 sets of dc stitches, *(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in same space, 3 dc in next 6 sets of dc stitches*, repeat from * all the way around, join with a sl-st to beg, end off.