Crochet a Heart – Knit one too!

Valentines

I realize the title of my blog is Mama Loves Knitting...but she also can dig on some crocheting every now and again. For the pattern of the week I'll share a little love: both a knit heart and a sweet little crochet heart pattern. I've heard rumor there are videos on You Tube (approx. 4 minutes long) for you to learn how to do this in no time flat! I found this one that I'm trying the second I get home.

I'm pretty sure Sloaney Baloney's blanket will have some crochet hearts upon it...due to the knitting mishaps that occurred during Lexie's labor - I had 'work fall off needles' more than a handful of times so we have a couple of holes. Whoops. Nothing that can't be patched/covered right up though. Oh and that blanket is purt darn near complete.

Happy Valentine's Day! My little Simon loved his cozy sock monkey and homemade gifties at dawn. I'm one lucky loved Mama.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Finished Blanket

close up

Finally finished up the blanket...and it is en route to Madison to sweet little Clara. I started crocheting her one back in June before she was born, but once I learned how to knit, I decided that crocheting was for the birds - well not really - but knitting this up was a lot quicker for me. I still really like crocheting too and luckily there are many projects where these two abilities go hand in hand. I used size 11 needles and this yarn was pretty chunky and it all came together pretty quickly when I would actually sit down and work on it. I mostly knit the entire thing but did a few rows here and there where I would knit two, purl two (k2, p2) just to add a little bit of variation.

So my blanket ended when my variegated yarn ran out. It ended up being really soft and actually a pretty perfect size for just a lap blanket, but great for a cuddle blanket for a wee one. It was pretty much square when I was done.

square

And of course we had to test it out before sending it. Hopefully little Miss Clara will pose in a photo for us that I'll post as soon as she gets her gift. Since I'm sure you're all dying to see her sweet little face again, I know I am!

Testers Serious Testers

My little testers seemed to be fans of the cozy blankie - that's always a good sign. So onto other projects, next my plan is a bag/satchel of some sort.

I have a fun new book that I just got called Head to Toe Knits by Zoe Mellor and there are several projects in there I plan to attempt.

I'll dive into my yarn cubby to find the perfect yarn and I'm kind of thinking I might do a felted variation of something, I've been dying to knit and felt something, so I think that's my plan.

Folded Treasure

Still working on this...whenever I get a wild hair. And someday I'll finish at least this one! Who knows if I'll ever make two - no just teasin' I will!

sockie sock

Happy Knitting! Pull up a hammock and knit in the sunshine, who says you can't knit in the summer?

Checkerboard Scarf

So I've been experimenting with a ton of different stitches, I was told it was best to make a small block (before you start your entire project) to make sure you like the way the stitches look. The problem is that I didn't start off following patterns so I was just wingin' it. It seemed to work out the same way though. If I didn't like the way something was looking I would just take it apart and start over - with a scarf that's easy. So I will share a couple more scarves.

Nicole's Scarf

Just wanted to make sure you got to see my pretty friend Nicole! Disclaimer: I did not knit this hat! The scarf I did. It is a wool blend chunky yarn (yarn from crocheting days that I had on hand). It is variegated and I made a checkerboard pattern (sort of).

Checkerboard Scarf

I think you can see the detail a bit more in this photo. I just alternated knitting and purling and then switched when it looked like I'd done about 5-6 rows. I know I could have counted, to be sure, but I was too lazy. It didn't end up being as long as I might have liked it to be - but I only had one skein of this yarn to experiment with. And, turns out I liked the scarf enough to gift it.

Clara Scarf

And I had to end this post with sweet Baby Clara - lovin' on her Mama's scarf.  Happy Knitting!