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Noelle’s Blanket Pattern

Noelle's Blanket

Here, finally, is Noelle’s Blanket pattern. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I finished this in the Challenge last month. What you don’t know is that I also finally finished writing the pattern. You can now make your own Noelle’s Blanket. Which is great! It is so much fun to see this blanket coming together as you make it.

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Cathedral Window Granny Square Free Pattern

Cathedral Window Granny Square

A few weeks ago, a friend brought me an afghan to repair. It was her mother’s favorite and was crocheted sometime in the ’70s. I was fascinated with the pattern as I have never seen a granny square quite like it. I decided to write-up a pattern based on the squares as I repaired the unraveled spots. It’s called a Cathedral Window Granny Square, and I’d like to share that pattern with you today.

Cathedral Window Granny Square

(I think I need to show you how to repair afghans because things happen– like dogs– but that is another post, or maybe another YouTube video!)

Cathedral Window Granny Square

As you can see in the photo, this square is done in 4 colors.

  • Color 1–The first two rounds are a light main color
  • Color 2– The third and fourth rounds are a medium main color
  • Color 3– The fifth round is the darkest shade of the main color
  • Color 4– The sixth round (in the example above) is white.

The yarn in the example afghan is baby weight yarn and the hook used was smaller than a G-size.

Notes: 

  • The sample square is crocheted in DK Stylecraft Special
  • I used a G-size hook and my instructions are in US crochet terminology

Abbreviations:

  • hdc — half double crochet
  • sc — single crochet
  • tc — triple crochet
  • dc — double crochet
  • ch — chain

Notes:

This square was crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK  with a size G hook. The instructions are written in U.S. crochet terminology. I crocheted several different squares using various color yarns. The photos are color accurate. The square will look misshapen until the last round and may still need blocking to get it truly square.

Instructions

Start of Cathedral Window Granny SquareRound 1

Using color 1, ch 3 and join into a circle with a slip stitch.

Ch 2 and dc into center of circle, *ch 3 and dc twice into circle (corner loop group created).

Repeat from * two more times, until you have four double crochet groups, ch 3 and join to beginning ch 2 with a slip stitch (4 corner loop groups created).

 

Row 2

Ch 2, *hdc into loop group 2 times, (hdc into space created between 2 dc of previous round). Hdc twice into next corner space (5 hdc created). Ch 4 and continue from * three more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch to complete the round.

There should be 5 hdc on each side. Fasten off yarn.

Round 3

Join color 2 at loop group on corner.

Ch 2 (counts as 1hdc), hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (8 hdc created per side). *Ch 5, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across the side and 2 in corner loop group ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.

Middle of Cathedral Window Granny SquareRound 4

Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc). Hdc into loop group and in each space between hdc across and 2 hdc in corner loop group (10 hdc created per side). *Ch 2, hdc twice into loop group from previous row. Hdc in between each hdc across and 2 in corner, ch 5. Continue from * two more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch.

Fasten off yarn.

 

 

Round 5

Join color 3 in corner loop group. Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) crochet 1 hdc in corner loop group and in each space between each hdc across ending with 2 hdc in corner loop group (total of 14 hdc).

*Chain 5 and crochet 2 hdc in corner loop and in each space between hdc from previous round ending with 2 hdc in corner loop and ch 3. Continue from * 2 more times. Join to beginning ch 2 with slip stitch. Fasten off yarn.

Round 6

Join color 4 (white) to corner chain loop.

Ch 1, sc in corner loop group, sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5.

Completed Cathedral Window Granny Square* Sc twice in corner chain loop. Sc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round, hdc in next 2 spaces. Dc in next 5 spaces. Hdc in next 2 spaces between hdc from previous round. Sc in next 2 spaces and 2 times in corner loop and then ch 5. Repeat from * two more times.  Join to beginning ch 1 with slip stitch. Tie off.

 

Cathedral Window Granny Square is complete.

Pattern based on vintage crochet blanket from a friend.

 

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Granny Square Scarf with Scalloped Border

Granny Square Scarf with Scalloped Border

The Granny Square Scarf is so flirty, feminine, and full of style. After creating it, I fell in love with the cute scallops around the outside edge–in fact, I love it so much I had to write up the pattern for you!

Crocheting the Granny Square Scarf

You can use any colors or yarn that you like to make this scarf. I think I made mine out of granny squares leftover from afghans. There always seems to be a whole row (almost) of squares that just didn’t quite fit in whatever afghan I’m currently working on. The blue scarf pictured here is crocheted using Vanna’s Choice, and the brown one below is made with Stylecraft Special DK.

Blue edged Granny Square Scarf

Versatile Colors

As you can see, the edging color can be whatever you need it to be, to match your coat or favorite outfit. I chose chocolate brown for this one’s border, and it really seems to make the pastels colors pop.

Brown-edged Granny Square Scarf

The pattern is very simple, but I’ve included three different corner detail options. Making scarves like this is one of my favorite things to do with leftover granny squares, especially when I don’t have enough for another afghan. You can find the pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy shops.

What I’ve Been Up To

watercolor leaves

It has been a lovely autumn week here. We watercolored leaves for our art class. Since we don’t have art every week, it is a nice change in our day when we do.

I am working hard to finish up some patterns to share with you. Hopefully, I will get them all posted in November. The home front has been pretty quiet, which I’m enjoying. I don’t know about you, but it seems like October and November hit at light speed, and we’re sliding downhill to Christmas rapidly.

Changes in Our Lives

The grandkids are settling in, and I am getting used to the idea that Hubs is now a Grandpa. It just cracks me up. The eyes with which I look out on the world feel about 16, but the rest of my body feels older. For about five months now, I have been working on some weight loss, and I’m finally starting to see some results. (Hopefully, those chocolate chips that keep calling my name aren’t going to make me gain it back!) I love dumping my “too big” clothes into the donation bag–quite a nice thing to have to do since I am not really working on losing weight as much as I should be right now. Real life is enough exercise for me; I can’t even seem to make time to go to the pool!

The other obstacle I’m fighting right now is being on time. It seems as though everything is working together to make me late to every single thing I have going on in my life. I’m not sure why either. For example, I drive my Mom and her friend to church every Sunday. After being told (repeatedly) that I am getting them there late, we finally sat down and figured out the right time. It turns out they are supposed to be there 15 minutes earlier than I was told.

I hope things are going better for all of you.

Oh, and I bought more yarn. Yes, I have repeatedly told myself that I have more than enough yarn, and I really do! I have enough of every color to last me awhile … except for that certain light yellow color which I really, really need!

Remember to always shop your stash first!

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Easy Fingerless Gloves Pattern

fingerless gloves

These Fingerless gloves make a great gift. They keep your hands warm while you are texting or typing. The pattern is easy to follow with lots of photos to make it perfect for beginners. The pattern comes in two sizes, small and medium, allowing it to fit most women and men. Our pattern testers found that the small pattern fits from petite to large; the medium fits from XL to 2XL in women’s sizes.easy fingerless gloves pattern

I used the James C Brett Yarn, “Marble Chunky,” to create the fingerless gloves shown on this page. The yarn is color-changing, making it look striped in the finished gloves. You will simply love the look without all the tedious work of changing colors and weaving in ends.

(There are affiliate links in this post and I receive a small percentage of any purchase that you make.)

The chunky yarn crochets up quickly. You can personalize these gloves in any color you choose, whether it’s your favorite color or the color of your coat. Below are just a few of the colors this yarn comes in. I had so much fun creating this pattern for you!

color changing yarn

Easy Fingerless Gloves Pattern

You can find this pattern at my Etsy or Craftsy pattern shops. The yarn is available online at various retailers. You can also use any bulky yarn that you have left over in your stash. If you do crochet these gloves, send me a photo via Facebook– I would love to see your results!

fingerless gloves

What I’ve Been Up To

This past week has been spent writing up patterns; I’m working hard on preparing for the holiday season. The more work I get done now, the less I have to do then. The weather here has been crisp and beautiful. The yard is being mowed as I type, for the last time this season, I think. It will be nice to put the mower away and focus on other things.

I decorated a little bit for the season with some pumpkins, but I need to add some flowers for color. It is time to put some pansies and mums into the front flower beds. All I need to do is get out there and dig some holes.

I also had a chance recently to re-pot my succulents into a more permanent container. They have been hanging out in plastic containers all summer. (I am notorious for killing plants!) I was trying to see if they would live long enough to warrant a pretty pot. They have; I think I like them. It will be good to have some houseplants that don’t die if I don’t water them all the time. Even the Aloe Vera plant is still alive after about six months in my home! Maybe there’s hope for my green thumb yet– and for the succulents this winter!

Talk to you later,

Karen