Eyelet Crochet Baby Blanket with Scalloped Edge

I found this great, free pattern for an eyelet crochet baby blanket. I really like the crisscross eyelets and the scalloped edge. The pattern is very easy to follow.

Eyelet Crochet Baby Blanket
I used a 5.5 mm crochet hook. The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Solids & Heathers: 3 skeins of off-white and 2 skeins of peach. The finished size is 39.5 x 39 inches wide. I did not complete the 9 rounds of single crochet stitches around the border. I only stitched 5 rounds before adding the scalloped edge. I felt the blanket was large enough.
Eyelet Crochet Baby Blanket with Scalloped Edge

I followed the advice of the pattern designer and blocked the blanket after I completed it. I think that is an important step and it really helps set the square shape of the blanket. I look forward to giving this blanket as a gift.

crochet baby blanket with eyelets and scallops

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Free Knitting Patterns for Dog Sweaters – Six Options

My mother asked me to knit a dog sweater for Dougie, their pug-bulldog mix. So, my search began and I found several free knitting patterns for dog sweaters that I like a lot. There may be something here that you’d like to knit for your dog.

Key to the free knitting patterns for dog sweaters:

  1. Drops Design Knitted Dog Sweater
  2. I-Matey Dog Coat
  3. Turtle-Neck Dog Sweater
  4. Rainbow Dog Sweater
  5. The Boyfriend Dog Sweater
  6. Dog Hooded Coat

I have never knitted anything for a dog, so this will be an interesting project. Dougie has a really wide chest. I think I’ll have to adjust whatever pattern I choose. Also, I’ll need to choose a durable and washable yarn. I like the sweater with the hood; it’s funny to think of a dog wearing a hoody. Once I’ve completed my project, I’ll be sure to post a picture of Dougie in his new jumper!

Happy Knitting!

free knitting patterns for dog sweaters

 

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Granny Square Baby Blanket Pattern

I really like the final outcome of this granny square baby blanket pattern, but I learned something about myself in the making of it. My true limit for making granny squares is about 20. Originally, this was going to be an afghan with over 400 squares (original pattern requires about that many squares). I had to force myself to crochet the 110 squares for this blanket. I’m so happy to have completed this project. This will make a very nice gift for a new baby!

granny square baby blanket pattern

The pattern for the blanket/afghan is from Cute & Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench. It’s a book with a lot of wonderful patterns. The squares are seamed on top with single crochet stitches (squares into rows and then rows are seamed together). After all the squares are together, the blanket is stitched all around with one row of single crochet stitches.

I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Solids yarn. There are many colors of this yarn available so it’s a nice choice for making a highly colorful blanket. I crocheted the granny square baby blanket with a 4.0 mm (G) hook. The final size of the blanket is 33″ x 37″ (10 squares x 11 squares).

If you like making granny squares, this is a project for you!

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Easy to Knit Lace Shawl

easy to knit lace shawl

I finally finished this easy to knit lace shawl that I plan to wear when I go to the symphony / opera / theater. Of course, I won’t be able to wear it until fall because the yarn fiber makes one very toasty. The Magic Shawl pattern was designed by the Knitting Fairy and you can find it on Ravelry. I knitted the large shawl (gauge will differ, depending on the yarn). I love its length and how it wraps around me so nicely.¬† I added glass beads down the center knit stitches (crochet method). Since I was using stash yarn, I did not have enough to knit the trim indicated in the pattern, but I did have enough yarn to crochet a picot edge (3 chain picot and single crochet in every stitch around the edge).

The pattern is very basic and uses yarn overs at each end and in the center of each row. I knitted the shawl on size 10 needles to add air to the pattern. You can use smaller needles if you want a tighter “weave.” The yarn I used is S. Charles Collezione Ritratto. It’s really a beautiful yarn (53% Rayon; 28% Mohair; 10% Nylon (Polyamide); 9% Polyester). I really like the color.

easy to knit lace shawl with glass beads
Glass beads were added to the two knit stitches at the center of the shawl (used crochet method to add beads).

 

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Free Crochet Collar Patterns

free crochet collar patterns

I think crochet collar patterns are great. They are easy beautiful accessories that you can make for yourself or to give away. What a great way to dress up a t-shirt!

I searched for free patterns that I would like to make up. I hope there is something here that makes you want to grab a crochet hook too.

Here’s a key to the pictures above:

  1. Peter Pan Collar Crochet Pattern (Ravelry)
  2. Collar in Cotton Viscose (Ravelry)
  3. Crochet Collar Pattern
  4. Flower Girl Collar
  5. Vintage Crochet Collar
  6. Georgette Collar (Ravelry)

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Homemade Turtle Candy using ROLOs

homemade-turtles

Like a lot of people I’m counting down the days to Valentine’s Day, and I’m testing recipes in the kitchen which I think might make good gifts for coworkers, friends, and family. During the Christmas season, my sister-in-law makes homemade turtle candy, but I don’t consider this recipe to be seasonal – turtle candy is good any time!

To make homemade turtle candy you’ll need:

  • a bag of ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
  • small pretzels (I like the small squares.)
  • pecan halves

On a cookie sheet, line the pretzels and then place a ROLO on top of each. Top each ROLO with a pecan.

(You can choose to add the pecans after the ROLOs spend time in the oven, but I chose to place them prior to the heating process. Keeps me from rushing in the assembly process and it allows the pecans to disburse oils which add flavor. The pecans I used came straight out of the freezer too.)

Bake at 220-degrees F for 2 minutes. Gently squish pecans into the ROLOs. Remove turtle candy from the cookie sheet to a piece of wax paper on the counter top to cool.

After the candy is cool, you can package the treats. Don’t forget to taste test. You’ll want to know what everyone is sure to enjoy!

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Pink Knitting Projects – In the Pink

pink knitting projects
The year is almost at a close, and it went by very rapidly in my opinion. The older I get, the faster the years fly by. I thought today I would wish every visitor, those new and those who frequent ImagineMechanix, a Happy New Year! May it be one that has you “in the pink.” In other words, may you be in very good health and in good spirits in 2014. Of course, it always helps to knit! I found some lovely pink knitting projects that you might want to take a closer look at. There may be something above that you’d like to knit up for yourself or someone else.

Key to the knitting projects above:

a. Orchid Cowl – free pattern on Ravelry
b. Pink Ribbon Washcloth (Breast Cancer Awareness) Рfree pattern on Ravelry
c. Pink Tulip Patch Blanket – $3.50 pattern on Ravelry
d. Pink Phoenix Shawl – $6.00 pattern on Ravelry
e. Pink Home Slippers – $4.99 pattern on Ravelry
f. Knitted Neckwarmer – Blog and Etsy

I wish everyone the best of health! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by next year.

 

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DIY Bird Feeders – How to Make a Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeders
There are tutorials available for all of these bird feeders.

With the weather cooling in many parts of the country (I’m still waiting here in Texas, but it will happen eventually.), it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Construct one of these DIY Bird Feeders and make it a little easier for birds to find nutrition.

I think all of the examples are elegant. These bird feeders will not only make the birds happy, you’ll enjoy them too. Who doesn’t like watching birds in their garden? I bet you also know someone who would appreciate one of these for their garden. Make one as a Christmas gift. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have wine bottles on hand, so I’m leaning toward that design. I also have terracotta pots that I could re-purpose. All of these great designs use recycled materials.

Here’s your key to the DIY Bird Feeders:

  1. DIY Bird Feeder using a Melamine Bowl and Plate
  2. DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders
  3. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
  4. DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder
  5. DIY Tea Cup Hanging Bird Feeder
  6. DIY Acorn Bird Feeder (site unavailable as of June 2014)

DIY Bird Feeders for the Kids

If you want a project you can work on with the kids, consider Bird Seed Feeders.

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