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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket – a great pattern for beginners.

There’s still a nip in the air at this is the time of year, so it’s a perfect time to grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with a good book. I was getting a bit bored of always making baby hats so I decided I needed a new project. When my daughter Noelle saw me looking at blanket ideas she begged me to make her a blanket.  I knew Noelle would really enjoy and appreciate a blanket that I made just for her. So I formulated a plan and took Noelle to the store to pick out some yarn. She picked out this fun and colorful yarn by Bernat that’s super chunky and has great colors.  I also picked up a size P/11.5mm crochet hook and went to town on my newest project.

This blanket was inspired by Melanie Ham’s “Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Tutorial” on YouTube. It’s the same basic crochet pattern but I’ve changed the size and added some detailing. Her original baby blanket pattern can be found here. I highly recommend Melanie’s video tutorial – it’s fabulous, especially for beginners.

This blanket is super easy and crochet’s up really quickly. I’m not a fast crocheter and it took me a little less than a week to finish it off. Noelle loved the finished blanket and uses it all the time now. It’s great because its cozy without being too warm. Noelle tends to get hot quickly so the loose weave in this blanket is perfect for her. I’ve used this blanket on occasion myself and it really is the best of both worlds. My finished blanket is 44″ x 55″ which is the perfect size for my daughter.

One last thing, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to learn from some great instructors, you may want to check out some of the great classes at Craftsy. Their classes are great and very reasonably priced.

Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern 

Materials:

  • Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn – the number of balls you need depends on the size you make the blanket (I used 4 x 300 grams balls (255 yds) of peachy ombre colored yarn for my44″ x 55″ blanket).
  • Crochet Hook – US P/11.5 mm.
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

If you choose to make this blanket smaller or larger, for the initial chain, just be sure that the number of chains you use is divisible by 6. 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72. etc.

To join a new ball of yarn, tie the end if the yarn to the end of the 2nd ball and continue crocheting. Trim any ends that are sticking out.

  1. Make a slip stitch and chain 60 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain.
  2. Not turning your work, count back 4 stitches from the hook and do 2 dc in the same spot, skip a chain, 2 dc and continue in the same manner along foundation chain until the end.
  3. Once you reach the end, 1 dc in the last chain.
  4. Ch 3 and turn.
  5. 1 dc in first chain, skip 1 ch, 2 dc and repeat until the end (the 2 dc should be in between the “v” stitches front the first row)
  6. Using the top chain on the end, place 1 dc. ch 3 and turn.
  7. Continue steps 5 and 6 until you’ve made the blanket as long as you’d like. I made my blanket 50 rows.
  8. Fasten off.
  9. When adding the fringe, cut the yarn to about double the length you want the fringe to be (mine were 8 inches each total length). Fold your yarn in half and take the side with the loop and push it through the gap on each side of the 2 dc along the border of your blanket. Then get the side with the loose ends of the yarn and pull them tightly through the loop to secure. Continue until both ends of your blanket have fringe across the entire width of the blanket.

Download the Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket pattern here.

If you love crocheting blankets, check out this fantastic book: Afghan Lover’s Collection

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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

Quick and Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket

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3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint

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DIY Foam Paint

DIY Foam Paint

3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint – It’s that time of year again. The kids are officially out of school and on summer holidays. Unfortunately our kids were off school 2 weeks early due to a teacher’s strike so I had to be proactive in creating some new summer activities early.  I had a couple of Noelle’s friends over the other day and we were looking for something to do so I decided foam painting may be fun – we’ve never tried that before. I looked up some recipes online and found that I had all the ingredients I need to create this fun concoction.

Making foam paint is as easy as it gets. You’ve got your shaving cream, your craft/school glue and your food coloring – that’s it!

Mix equal parts shaving cream and glue into a ziplock bag, add your desired food coloring and then, with the bag sealed, squish the bag together until all your ingredients are nicely mixed together. Have your little artists create a layout for their design on a semi-rigid material (I used large white cardboard envelopes) and when they’re ready for the foam simply cut off a corner at the bottom of the bag and use like you’re piping icing. Once the art has been completed, set aside so the foam can dry and solidify overnight.

Looking for more…Kids (and their parents) will love these fun 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more in the book Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids

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3 ingredient DIY Foam Paint

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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DIY Foaming Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap – Who doesn’t like foaming hand soap. The problem is that you tend to go through it so quickly – especially if you have kids. Not to panic, there’s a really simple way to make your own foaming hand soap.  It’s actually the container pump that makes the soap come out all foamy and lately I’m finding it hard to throw away perfectly good containers so why not be both frugal and environmentally conscious by refilling your old container. I worked it out and it cost less than a quarter to refill a container with this DIY foaming soap. This inexpensive soap is also perfect for the cottage, camping, or to keep near the garden.

The recipe for the DIY foaming hand wash is crazy simple.  You take your container, you add some dish soap, some water and voila you’re done.

Materials:

  • Clean container with foam pump (I used one from Bath and Body Works and removed the labels)
  • Dish soap of your choice (I’m sure liquid hand soap would work too)
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Get an empty and clean foam pump container and fill it up between 1/6 and 1/4 of the way with dish soap.
  2. Fill the rest of the container with water (make sure you don’t fill it too much but  leave space at the top for the pump to go in – otherwise it will overflow).
  3. Twist the pump lid on and give the container a gentle shake to make sure the soap and the water mix together.
  4. Go ahead and give it a few pumps and the foam should start coming out.
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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband

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Easy 3 Strand Crochet Hair Band Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Easy 3 Strand Crochet Headband – Over the Christmas holidays my daughter Noelle was generously showered with lovely gifts, including some great new outfits. What does a girl with new outfits need… chic accessories of course. I created this three strand headband pattern and I’m quite please with how easy it was and how well it turned out. This fun crochet headband can be made in under 15 minutes and uses very little yarn.

3 Strand Crochet Headband Pattern

Materials:

  • 3 colors of yarn (or you could do all the same color if you’d like) – I used a mix of yarns: Redheart Soft in white, Caron Simply Soft in light and dark purple.
  • Crochet Hook – US I9/5.5 mm.
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch (U.S.)

  1. Measure the head of the person you are making the headband for.
  2. Leaving at least a 6″ tail of yarn, using the chain stitch, make a chain 3″ less than your desired length. Keep your tension consistent along the entire chain – medium to firm tension.
  3. Now add in your new color, making sure to leave at least a 6″ tail of yarn (if you aren’t sure how to add in a new yarn color into your stitches please watch this great video tutorial here – the video shows how to change colors using a single crochet stitch but the concept is the exactly the same for the chain stitch). Once you change to your new color, cut off you end of yarn from the first chain you made so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  4. Chain the new colour until it’s the same length as the first ( to check, grab the end where the 2 colors were joined, hold the cut ends and fold the second color over so that the 2 chains are now side by side).
  5. When the 2 chains are the same length, connect them by making a slip stitch into the last stitch of the first chain.
  6. Add in the third chain color by following steps 3 – 5.
  7. Trim the final color yarn end so that there is at least a 6″ tail.
  8. Take the 3 loose cut ends and braid them together and then tie off with a knot on the end. Repeat again on the other end.

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~ Jamey

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