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Houndstooth Tunisian Baby Blanket

Some friends of ours at church are expecting a baby girl in August. I had in mind to make a certain blanket that I saw in a pattern book I had, Tunisian Baby Blankets by Kim Guzman. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the book.

After doing a search online, I found that I could download the book (the BEST option IMHO since the pattern is now on my computer!). So I was able to download the pattern and get started on it.

I’m using a size K afghan hook and Bernat Baby Sport in lilac and white.


Sydney Victoria’s Australian Dream

I finally finished the blanket I made for my friends’ baby who is due the beginning of March.

Matt & Eileen went to Australian on their honeymoon. They loved it there and when they got pregnant and found out they were having a girl, they named her Sydney Victoria.

I already had a design in my head of a blanket I wanted to make for them. I would take the pattern from the Butterfly Garden afghan and then cross stitch her name in the center. I had also wanted to see if I could get a sketch of the Sydney Opera House in there.

I had some colors picked out in my head and those were confirmed when Eileen showed me a picture of the bedding they wanted to get for Sydney’s room. The opera house was confirmed when they told me that they had a view of the opera house everyday from their hotel room.

I used Caron Simply Soft in Raspberry and Off-White. I used Bernat Satin in a dark, forest green and white. I used a J Afghan hook to crochet the blanket.

I found a neat sketch of the Opera House that I graphed using knitpro.

The blanket was finally finished on Saturday, Jan 31 and I took it over to their house. They seemed very pleased with it and when we took it up to her room, we saw it was a great match to the paint.

The blanket measures 44″ x 57″.


I am currently working up another blanket for friends of ours. They are expecting their first baby in March. I have known the wife for, wow, a long time. She and her sister used to babysit our kids. We’ve known her for at least 15 years.

I am using the pattern from “Butterfly Garden” in Caron Simply Soft Raspberry, Bernat Satin Forest Mist Heather and Bernat Satin Silk. My plan is to cross-stitch her name in the center along with some other objects (I hope) that portray why they chose the name they did.

I’ll have to wait until I give them the blanket before I post pictures in case they are lurking.

Personalized Baby Blanket

I made yet another personalized baby blanket. This time for some friends’ baby who is due to be birthed into this world in about a month. They will be naming her Amelia Grace.

I used Bernat Satin in Banana and Sea Shell. I used an I hook for the heart border and a J Afghan hook for the mat. I crocheted th mat using the Tunisian stitch. Otherwise, I followed the pattern from CrochetKim. I cross-stitched the name, Amelia Grace, onto the tunisian mat.

The blanket measures 35″ x 40″.

It’s nice and soft and the colors are great. It reminds me of pink lemonade. 🙂

Baby blanket for Amelia Grace

W.I.P.s and Finished project

I finished my friends’ blanket for their baby yesterday. I’m pleased with it. I hope they are, too. 🙂

I am working on finishing the Butterfly Garden Afghan, making up some hats for the kids and getting ideas for another baby blanket with a Sydney Australian look.

The Butterfly Garden Afghan made some progress last night, I am down to working only one skein of yarn on the blanket. The colors are finished and I only have about 2-3 inches left of the blanket to crochet. Then comes the cross-stitching of the butterflies.

I’ll see about getting photos of the afghan and hats sometime today.

Butterfly Garden Afghan – Day 13

I have completed 1/2 of the tunisian canvas portion of the afghan. My hand is really cramping up. I have a 10″ afghan hook an am trying to keep up to 180 stitches on it.

I did order a 14″ afghan hook today and a 22″ flexible afghan hook. However, it’s shipping from Herrschners, so I’m not holding my breath that they will get here by the time I finish this blanket. But at least I’ll have them for when I work on the next one.

Crappy pictures, but you get the idea. I’m tired of trying to figure this camera out.

Butterfly Garden – day 5

This is the progress I’ve made on the blanket.  This blanket is great because of the color changes and the alternating stitches.  Keeps my mind busy.  The border is a light green and yellow.  The yellow is difficult to see in the photos, but you can see it in “real life”.

It can get quite messy, but the process is fun and worth it.  🙂

Butterfly Garden update

I am really liking the way this stitch is coming out.  It’s called an SAS (smocked afghan stitch) and alternates between the basic and the purl afghan stitches.  It’s a lovely pattern.  One or two more rows before I add a change of color into the mix, adding the background to cross-stitch the picture onto.

Butterfly Garden


Originally uploaded by cmama

I’m currently working up this blanket. Instead of the flecked border, it will be dark green. The flecked comes in a yarn I’m not fond of so I thought the green would make a nice substitute.

I’m using Caron Simply Soft Dark Sage for the border and Bone for the inside portion.  I’m using a size J afghan hook.  When I made the Panda blanket, I used my H afghan cable hook.  It’s the only cabled afghan hook I have, so that’s what I use.  However, I picked up a non-cabled afghan hook at Joanne’s a few months back – the only one they had – size J (10).  The pattern calls for an H, but I crochet tight.  So, maybe, for once, this blanket will be close to the size the pattern says it will be.

I was wishing that I had made the Panda blanket larger, but I’m not interested in spending time reworking patterns to make them fit what I want.  I just want to open the book and start crocheting.

My joy comes from crocheting, not from designing.

So, using Caron Simply Soft and a J afghan hook, I’m hoping that this blanket will be a nice, soft, large, beautiful blanket.  😀

What I’m Working On

W.I.P. 7/16/08

I’m waiting for my elann.com order to come in so I can get swatching on my friend’s mom’s turban.

Elann.com - Coffee Bean

edited – It came in today! Yay!

I’m slowing working on the Kitty Bag.

I still have to finish the Belles doily.

I’m almost finished with my last La Mer scarf.

Can’t really get motivated right now to do much of anything. 😦

edited – I’ll be working on the Chemo Turban. 🙂