New Shawls

I found a new shawl pattern that is currently my favorite personal project. I have completed 2 so far and I started a third one recently. Here are the juicy details:

Pattern: Klaziena Shawl
Yarn: 2 skeins = 1 shawl. For the teal/grey I used Scheepjes Whirl and for the brown/tan/white I used YarnArt Flowers.

I followed the pattern as written until I got low on yarn and here is the border I came up with:

Ended on a pattern row 5

Next Row:
Ch 3, 1dc, skip 2, sc, skip 2,5dc, skip 2, sc
Repeat: [5dc, skip 2, sc, skip 2]

at the point do 7dc in ch2 sp

continue repeat, end with 2dc in last stitch.

After I finished the grey/teal one, still being home a lot due to the pandemic, I started a 2nd one in a brown/tan/white color way. Same border as the first one.

I have just started my 3rd one using YarnArt yarn for a friend who picked out the color she wanted. Excited to see how the colors turn out on this one as it goes :)

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Personal Projects Update

In and around all the baby blankets I have been doing I wanted to share some personal projects that I completed and have photos of :)

First up, a hat, with a pom pom! I had not made myself a hat in quite some time. And I just love this yarn and hadn’t made anything for myself with it yet so I gave this pattern a try. I will admit I made the band a little too big, but it still fits well enough. I should have done about 6 or so rows less than I did because it stretched a bit more than I thought it would with wear, but I still like it :)

I used this pattern. I will admit, I am usually not a “brim to crown” hat pattern person. I usually like starting at the crown and working my way down to the brim, but I am pleased I used this because I really wanted it to have a stitch like this with the color changes the yarn had. The pom pom was made the standard way you typically make pom poms, I won’t link to anything because I would say it came out ok but not amazing :) There are tons of videos/resources out there to help with them so I will leave you to find your own path with them.

Next up is a poncho style coverup. I documented this one actually already in my Ravelry account with additional work up details. But here are the basics:

Pattern: poncho with two rectangles
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Flora in Amethyst – I bought 8 skeins for the project

The biggest change I made was I used bobble stitches instead of popcorn stitches and I added some extra rows to make it a bit wider. I also used the suggestion to do a foundation hdc instead of chains and hdc because it let the panels stretch a bit better.

Here are details about the borders:

Outer edging:
[sc, sc, sc (ch 3 picot)] all the way around

Inner edging:
1 row hdc (3 stitch decrease hdc in 2 corners)
1 row hdc (also decrease every 5th stitch in longer side)
1 row hdc (also decrease every 5th stitch all the way around)

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Other Recent Gift Projects

Here are a few other projects I have done recently that I have pictures from to share :)

I made this blanket and hat set using the Loopy Love Blanket pattern from Moogly. I used 3 different colors of Inca Eco cotton yarn by Galler Yarns that I have had for awhile. The border was mostly made up as I went. I think I did 1 row of sc’s all around in each of the colors. Then a row of dc’s with the green. Then with the yellow I did shells with corners that were regular dc’s to make the corners feel a little more decorative.

This next project is my most recent new baby gift. My friends were going with a “moon and stars” theme so I decided instead of a typical rectangle blanket I would make a star shaped play blanket and attach some stars on it, keeping the nursery room color theme in mind.

I used CARON Jumbo Ombre in the color Faded Jeans. I started with the beginning rows of the star from a pattern, but quickly just opted for regular rows of dc and increasing every other row. So I would not say I followed an actual pattern except to get me started. For the border I finished with a row of [sc, picot, sc].

Then I added some small stars and based mine from this pattern. I wanted the stars to be a bit bigger than the pattern called for, so I did another round of dc’s and thus was able to get 6 points for my stars instead of 5 since I had more stitches. Then I just secured them to the blanket with the tail which I left extra long since I knew I needed some for this purpose. I really like how it turned out :)

Here is the blanket in its new home!

Up next will be some personal projects I have completed. Thanks for reading!

Finally an update!

In the handful of years it has been since I last updated, I have continued to make tons of baby blankets for friends & family. While I did not get a photo of each one, here are a handful I did manage to grab a photo of before gifting them :) All these ones used a standard C2C pattern. For the border, I would do a round of [sc, ch3] all the way around. Then I would do 3 dc’s into each ch3. You can get close up photos of this and a longer explanation in this post.

I will do another post next of some of the other projects I have done using other patterns. Enjoy the colorful gallery :)

Baby Blanket Bonanza!

Threads by ionyka - Baby Squares Blanket1

Patchwork Squares Blanket

I wanted to share a few more projects that I have wrapped up recently, all baby blankets as I relax between my 38th & 39th week of pregnancy. The big day is right around the corner, I can hardly believe it!

The nursery room is all set and I wanted to add a few personal touches to it to make it complete.

First up is a pattern I found awhile back that I wanted to use with our nursery colors. I liked the mix and match look of the squares and knew it would be something I could do relatively quickly as the patterns are fairly basic. Continue Reading →

Mountain Colors Cowl

Threads by ionyka - Mountain Colors Cowl1

I attended Stitches West this past weekend, I am fortunate that it is held just about 1.5 miles from our house, score! I did not really have a huge list of any yarn I needed in particular this time, seeing as I have so many baby related projects I am already working on or already have ready to go. So my shopping purchases were limited, but I did come across this beautiful tweed-esque style merino/silk yarn by Mountain Colors called Twizzle in Wild Horse. (Ravelry Yarn Link). Continue Reading →

Striped Chevron Blanket Legacy

My Grandmother has made countless chevron striped blankets for our family, I honestly cannot say how many she actually made, but its a LOT. I personally am the proud owner of 3 of them. The first, pictured below on the left was one she made for me when I was younger because it matched the wallpaper in my room growing up. The one on the right was made for my sister around the same time.

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My 2nd Scalloped Shawl


I have received so many compliments and Likes on my first Scalloped Shawl that I knew I had to do another at some point! This time it was a request from my Mom that lead me back to this fantastic pattern. She wanted a black shawl with gold accents that she could wear with nice outfits during the cool months. I spent the better part of 2-3 months causally looking around this past summer for yarn that would work well for this project.

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My First Baby Blanket


I am thrilled to share that as I write this I am into the 19th week of my pregnancy and feeling great! The holidays are upon us and although I did not get around to any more holiday themed items this year, that is ok, plenty of time for next year right?! ;)

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#ShopSmall With Me This Holiday!

I like to shop just as much as anyone. However with so much pressure being put onto retail employees, and retailers as businesses, over the last few holiday seasons to work on and through the holiday (I know, I worked retail for the last 10 years) I do not wish to condone or support this. Requiring store employees to work on Thanksgiving or fear getting fired and Mall corporations requiring its stores to open earlier or they will incur fines, is just simply not nice.

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