My Crochet Journey So Far

I learned to crochet when I was 16. My Great Grandmother was living with us at the time. She was a prolific crocheter. I had broken up with a boyfriend and was moping around the house. My Grandmother couldn't stand it so she sat me down and taught me how to crochet. She taught me how to crochet the granny square and let me tell you that that was the HUGEST granny square afghan that anyone has ever made! I just kept going and going and going! I slowly branched out from making afghans to making sweaters and other things. I don't intend to post patterns because these are not my original designs. I just thought it would be fun to have some sort of record of what I have made and who it went to.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Olaf Snowman-September 2017

Olaf head and face-the eyes and mouth and tooth are all made out of felt and glued onto the crocheted head

Uhoh, Olaf in pieces! A friend said I should connect him with buttons so that he could be taken apart!

Finished Olaf

All 3 Frozen characters together

I was looking for a pattern for Olaf and I wanted a bit bigger than what this pattern called for. I couldn't find another pattern that I liked better that was bigger. So I doubled the yarn and I used a size K crochet hook and he turned out to be a comparable size to the dolls so I was happy. 

These are going to be Christmas presents for my 2 granddaughters and my grandson. Hope they enjoy them! I thought they all turned out cute. 

I got the pattern for Olaf here: One Dog Woof Her instructions were pretty good. There is some "free crochet" that has to be done for the nose. That means you just kind of have to "wing it" to the best of your ability. Not sure I'm overly happy with my rendition, but it will work. I would have preferred to crochet the eyes and the mouth and tooth, but wasn't sure how to "free crochet" those so I went with the felt look instead. The pattern calls for animal eyes, but I don't like using those so I just made up some felt eyes. He does look cute!

Ice Queen Sweetie(Elsa) August 2017

head, body and legs(I love the way these dolls work up. The instructions are GREAT!

face and dress

arms and wig cap

she looks like Cousin It!
All finished(she has a white sparkly cape on as well)

The two girls together

I really enjoyed crocheting these dolls. They work up quickly. The only time consuming parts are the face and the hair. I'm not overly fond of Elsa's hair, but it will do. I'm sure my granddaughters will not know that they aren't perfect. ha! 

I got all of my doll patterns from Made By Mary's Etsy store. Check out all of her masterpieces! Her instructions are excellent and easy to follow!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Winter Sweetie doll(Anna)- August 2017

Here she is almost all put together

Here she has her face and her wig cap getting ready for hair...and arms!

She has arms now!

Finished! She's so cute! I'm not a hair professional, so it looks okay in the picture, but I see all of the flaws. ha!

I made this doll for my youngest granddaughter for Christmas. I had to cut the cape a few rows and probably could have not done several more rows because I crochet a lot bigger than most people. I thought she turned out pretty cute.

I got the pattern from Made By Mary. At the time I got the pattern she was offering it for free along with all of her super hero dolls. I don't know if they are still available or not.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My most favorite afghan EVER! July 2017

I was looking for a Harley Davidson afghan to crochet for my dad for Christmas and found this one. I loved crocheting it. It took about 2 months to finish, but I think the end result is GREAT! Here is a picture progress of the whole project:

It's starting to look like something!

A mess of yarn!

I decided I needed to come up with a better plan, these kept getting tangled up

I put yarn on these embroidery cards. At one point I had 50 of these cards filled and also was using several smaller balls of yarn!
One wing almost finished and starting on the lettering

starting to add a little orange for the Harley logo

Moving right along

I found that I needed to go on the back and cut yarn that had been left behind and tuck them all in as I went instead of waiting until the end of the project.

The weird thing about the Harley Davidson words is that you can hardly read it just looking at it, but in the pictures it looks so clear. 

I can see the mistake can you? I don't know if I read the pattern wrong or if I skipped a line or what, but there is a random white stitch that should be either black or orange. Did I fix it? NOPE! I left it and hope that nobody else can see it even though it is glaring to me!

It's getting too big for the couch!

Speaking of the couch...doesn't that other afghan look lovely on there?

Starting the other wing and moved to bed to photograph

Almost finished!

Finished! I added a little bit of a border. I was going to add more, but I was tired of the project by then and I thought this was big enough so I left it.

Another angle of the finished project

 I think my dad will love this! But now I have to wait until Christmas to give it to him! Ack! That will be difficult as I want to show it to everyone!!!

Here is the link to purchase the pattern

There are a lot of other Harley designs there and other graphs and such to choose from. I need to go browse now that I am projectless! I didn't really look around while there because I was specifically looking for the Harley design.

This project took a lot of time! I mean serious time! I watched a ton of episodes of Bones and lots of movies and other TV while crocheting this. I believe it took me about 2 months, but it could have been longer. I focused pretty much all of my time on it. Mainly because I was obssessed! No, I will never crochet this particular pattern again! I'm a one-time kind of project gal!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

May 2017

I made this afghan for a friend for her birthday in June. I hope it is the colors that match her bedroom and bathroom!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 2017- Argyle afghan

I made this afghan for a family friend who's birthday is in April. I didn't get it finished for his birthday though! This afghan took me forever to finish! I mean forever! It was time consuming. This is how I gauged the time:

I watched 8 seasons of M*A*S*H
8 episodes of Agatha Christie movies
At least 3 other types of movies, but I'm sure more
And countless other TV shows that kept my mind occupied while my fingers kept busy with this afghan.

Another way I counted time was that it took me a whole day of pretty much non-stop crocheting to finish a diamond and a half!

I love the finished project! Another time consuming part of this afghan was that I had to have 5 different skeins of yarn going at once so I had to constantly stop and untangle the whole mess every now and then. ha!

Onto my next project...some lighter colors and a bit more feminine!

The pattern was out of this book:

Monday, February 27, 2017

February 2017

This is the center panel with a single rose on each side of it

There are 4 of these roses on each side panel

The finished afghan
another view of finished project.

This afghan took me way too long to finish. But it was for me and so I had to set it aside for Christmas projects and then set it aside for other things going on in life. It is finished now and it turned out better than I thought it would. There are lots of flaws, but since it is for me I am not going to worry about them!