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TTMT #564 – Generosity

I’m enjoying having my son home for spring break this week but I did manage to prepare a video last week to share some wonderful quilts & afghans sharing with me for The Linus Connection. Please enjoy!


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A Little Help From My friends

It’s Linus Saturday today and I’m one of the willing and happy distributor of blankets. We sort them by size, fold them and pack them off to send out to children in crisis in Central Texas.

This month, I’m taking four blankets to the monthly meeting, three courtesy of wonderful friends.

afghan by Amber
Pretend Plaid by Amber

Quilt by Kristel

Quilt by Kristel, quilted by Marge, bound by me 🙂

afghan by Amber

Eye of the Tiger by Amber

Oh Wavy Baby

Oh Wavy Baby, by me



UFO Update – Black & Red Afghan

black and red project

Remember this, when I posted about the UFOs and such I’d like to get finished in 2011? Well, the end of February saw me finishing these blocks above into this afghan below!

Black, Red & White Ghan

The black/red squares came from a Twilight Crafts swap in 2009. I made all the white ones to give it a checkered effect and to help the black/red blocks really stand out.

I crocheted all the blocks together with white yarn, then crocheted around with black. Once I changed to white yarn, I crocheted evenly around and then continued with the border, most of which is done in hdc. The finishing row is a reverse sc (aka crab stitch), which adds a really awesome ridged texture.

I really like the finished product and have decided that I will keep this one for myself. Quite a few of my friends participated in this swap and it makes me happy to have a little piece of their craftiness!

Remember the stairs? I will have something to share about those very soon!!

14 days until my bee’s annual quilt retreat!



A Year of Blankets

The Linus Connection‘s 2010 A Year of Blankets. Enjoy the gorgeous handmade goodness and consider helping out a blanket making charity in your area in 2011.

Learn more about The Linus Connection, my favorite charity:

My December Donations:

Modly Layer 'Em Up
The Ugly Quilt, a quilting experiment gone wrong. I just could not make myself like this. I tried. Eventually, I just gave up and stitched the blocks together. Several people told me it was very striking. The two redeeming qualities of this quilt – it lay perfectly flat for quilting and it squared up exactly. I’m sure someone will love it, I was just very tired of looking at it.

Blue Granny
Blue Granny – I love this ‘ghan. It is made of leftovers from Blue Bricks and the last couple of skeins of blue yarn in my stash.

Blue Granny
Also? Picot edges make me happy.



Loopy Shells Blankie

Green Blanket for Linus Oct 2009

Printable Pattern

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The original version of this pattern was given to me by a friend as a hand written pattern.  I lost that pattern for years, but continued to make the blanket, and when I finally found the pattern again, I realized I’d modified it significantly from the original version as I’d tried to work from memory.  Oops!

Another name for this blanket could be “stash eater” because it loves yarn!  It’s a very simple pattern that makes a squishy, thick and snuggly blanket.

The one pictured will be donated to The Linus Connection.

The blanket works up to be approximately 36″ wide.   It looks great with wide or thin stripes, in variegated yarn or solid!

You’ll need:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used “I Love This Yarn” and a few other random greens I had on hand) – approximately 30 oz.
  • J Hook

Shell = (sc in next sc, ch 3, dc) in same st

Ch 130

Row 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook, skip next 2 ch, (sc in next ch, ch 3, dc) in same st.  [sk next 2 ch ( )] to end of base ch, sc in last ch.

Row 2:  ch 3, dc in same st, sk ch 3, (shell) in each sc across, sc in last ch 3 sp.

Repeat Row 2 for desired length.

For edging, continue pattern around by working (shell) in ch 3 spaces along sides and back of foundation row.  Finish off.

April 2005
I donated this one to Linus in April of 2005

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Strawberry Ice Cream Baby Blanket

Strawberry Ice Cream Crochet Blanket for Linus March 2009

Mmm, luscious pink strawberry ice cream.  Soft pink with bits of brighter yumminess.  That’s what I had in mind when working up this baby blanket pattern.

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Printable Pattern

This pattern is also available on Knit Picks!

You’ll need:

  • 6 ounces Caron Simply Soft Watermelon (Color A)
  • 8 ounces Caron Simply Soft Soft Pink (Color B)
  • 8 ounces Caron Simply Soft Raspberry (Color C)
  • H  hook

Finishes approximately 36″

Note: Ch 3 counts as first dc throughout

strawberry ice cream

hole-free center made using magic loop technique


Row 1: With Color A, use the magic loop* (also called magic ring) technique.  [3 dc, 2 ch] four times on loop, join at the top of first dc with a sl st.  Pull loop tight.

*you can also start this like a traditional granny square: ch 3 , 2dc, [ch 2, 3 dc], rep [ to ] 2 times, ch 2, join to the top of ch 3 with a sl st.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in corner], continue to dc across, repeating [ ] for corners, join with a sl st in the top of ch 3.

Row 3: Repeat row 2, join Color B at sl st.

Rows 4-6: Repeat Row 2, join Color C at sl st, end of row 6.

Rows 7-9: Repeat Row 2, join Color A at sl st, end of row 9.

Row 10 – 31:  Repeat pattern (1 row of Color A, 3 rows of Color B, 3 colors of C) through row 31 (the last row will be Color A).  At the end of row 31, join Color B in sl st.  ch 1.

Note: Do not turn ch 32 or 33

Row 32: ch 1, sc in back loop of each dc.  3 sc in corner ch.  Repeat around, joining Color C in sl st.

Row 33: ch 1, sc in back loop of each sc, in corner [sc, 2 sc, sc].  Continue sc in back loop around,  repeating [ ] in corners, join with a sl st and finish off.

strawberry ice cream (7)

back loop sc edging

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Oh Wavy Baby!

July 2003

made in 2003 for The Linus Connection

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printable pattern

This is yet another baby blanket I designed specifically with The Linus Connection in mind.  Linus receives the great majority of my crochet efforts and because crochet is so portable, I get a lot done.  I crochet in the carpool line, when I watch telly or when I have to wait for an appointment.  If my hands are busy, I tend to be happy!

Use up your scraps, go solid, variegated or ombre.  Each works brilliantly with a wavy ‘ghan!

For the scrappy version, you’ll need:

  • odds and ends of a worsted weight yarn (sample made in Red Heart)
  • K hook

Finished size is approximately 40″, depending on your gauge.   This is a homey pattern and I don’t fuss about the gauge, as long as it’s crocheting up nicely.

Note:  When changing colors, join new color with a sl just before you ch 3 for a new row.

ch 132

Row 1: 1 dc into third ch from hook and in the next three ch, *skip 2 ch, 1 dc into next 4 ch, ch 2, 1 dc in next 4 ch*.  Repeat * to * until the last six ch.  Skip 2 ch, 1 dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in last ch.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: 1 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st, *sk 2 st, 1 dc in next 3 st, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) into ch 2 sp.  1 dc in next 3 st*.  Repeat * to * until the last six ch.  Skip 2 ch, 1 dc in next 3 ch, 2 dc in top of last dc.  Ch 3, turn.

Pattern: Repeat row 2 until blanket is approximately 40″ long.  Finish off.

Wavy Baby in Progress

For a more delicate pattern, try a lighter weight yarn with a smaller hook.

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Way Back Craft: Ariel’s Blanket

Ariel's Blanket Ariel's Blanket - The original blanket
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Printable Pattern

Ariel’s Blanket was made as a replacement for a special little girl that had loved her blanket to pieces.

Her mom found me online through my first crafty website, Jen’s Crochet & Crafts and we later met so she could show me the blanket and I could meet her daughter. I agreed to make it, if she’d pay for the yarn and make a donation to the blanket charity I volunteer for, The Linus Connection. She agreed and the replacement process began.

The blanket is a recreation made as close to the original design as possible. It was my great pleasure to crochet this for Ariel. It’s been at many years now, since I made Ariel’s Blanket. I hope she still has it, and loves it as much as she did the day I gave it to her!

Red Heart Baby Sport Pompadour Yarn: small
amount blue, yellow, green, peach & pink
(approx. 1 – 1½ oz.), 40 ounces white
For one square: small amount for center color,
approx. 2 oz white)

PC= Popcorn
Ch 3 counts as DC in PC st
Size “F” Hook

Finished Blanket is approximately 44″ x 54″

Row 1: Starting with center color, Ch 6, join with sl st. Ch 1, 12 sc in loop. Join with sl st.

Row 2: Ch 3, 4 dc in beg sc [drop loop from hook, insert hook in top of first dc, pull loop through to make first PC] ch 4, sk 1 sc, 5 DC in next sc, follow [ ], ch 4 around until you have 6 PC.

Row 3: ch 1, sc in same st. 7 dc in ch sp, sc in petal join st around. (6 “Petals”)

Row 4: ch 1, sc in same st, [ch 5, sc in next sc] around, join with beg sc with sl st.

Row 5ch 3, 4 dc in first ch sp. [In next sc: Dc, ch 3, dc. In next ch sp: 4 dc. Dc in sc. In ch sp: 3 dc, ch 3, 3dc] Dc in sc, 4 dc in ch sp. Repeat [ ], join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Finish off.  (This seems very odd, but it works out!)

You should now have a square with equal sides, 9 stitches per side with a ch 3 in each corner.

Row 6: Join white in any corner sp. Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in same corner space. Ch 1. {[Dc in each of the next 3 dc. Ch 1] Repeat [] to corner space. In next corner space, 3 dc ch 3, 3 dc,ch 1}, Repeat {} around. Join with sl st at beg ch 3.

You should now have 5 clusters of 3 dc with a chain sp between on each side with ch 3 in each corner.

Row 7 & 8: Sl st to corner sp ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. {3 dc in ch sp to next corner. 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corner}. Repeat {} around. Join with sl st at the top of beg ch 3.

Row 9: (do not sl st to corner) ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in each dc to corner. {[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corner], 1 dc in each dc to corner}. Repeat {} around.

(for added variety, row 10 can also be in a contrasting color)

Row 10: ch 3, PC in next st, 1 dc, PC, 1 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in all corners), 1 DC, pc, 1 dc, PC around.

Row 11: ch 3, DC in each st around, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in corners).

Row 12: ch 1, sc in each st around, 3 sc in corners. Finish off.

Make 20 squares. Join squares 4×5 either with whip st or sc. Add border.

Border: ch 3 counts as first stitch

cluster = 3 dc, ch 2, sc in 1st ch, 3 dc

(Here, your cluster is 3 double crochets with 2 chain stitches, then you single crochet in the first chain stitch you just made. This makes a point in the middle of the cluster. You then make 3 more double crochets to finish the cluster.)

Join white in second sc of corner, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, sc in first ch, 3 dc, skip 1 sc, sc in next ch, (cluster, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch, cluster), around.

Each square should have 6 clusters, not counting corner clusters.

Join with sl st, finish off, weave in ends.

Happy crafting!

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This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series’; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of the blog.

Ariel's Blanket by Cathie Morales