Crochet Ridged Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

It seems like I almost always have a crochet baby blanket on my hook – or at least I’m thinking about the next one I will be making. ๐Ÿ™‚ There are literally thousands of patterns out there to choose from, and I’ve made a lot of them! Today I want to share a pattern I created. I hope you like it!

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The Crochet Ridged Baby Blanket is a simple repeat of double crochet with front post double crochet and back post double crochet stitches to create the “ridges”. I made this blanket using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in Earthblossom and an H/5mm hook.

I decide to let the yarn just make whatever pattern it was going to make as I went along. Even though my skeins were all the same dye lot, you can see in the picture below that they didn’t all stitch up the same. But I kinda like the way it turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a closer look at the border which is rounds of single crochet in the back loop only. You can find my free pattern below. I’ve also included a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

Crochet Ridged Baby Blanket 


Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Earthblossom – 5 (4 oz) skeins


H/5mm hook


Stitches used US terms:

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Double Crochet – dc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Back Post Double Crochet – bpdc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo


Note: ch 2 at beginning of row counts as 1st dc stitch.


Row 1: Work 89 fdc. Turn. (89 stitches)


Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (89 stitches)


Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. fpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, fpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across to last 4 stitches. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (89 stitches)


Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. bpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * to last 4 stitches. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (89 stitches)


Rows 5-64: Repeat Rows 3 and 4, ending with a repeat of Row 4. 


Row 65: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). dc in each stitch across. (89 stitches)


Do not turn after last row.


Border:


Begin working in Rounds. Do not turn at the end of each round.

 
Round 1: ch 1. sc crochet evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc.

Do not turn. 


Rounds 2-4: ch 1. sc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 


Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

I think this pattern would work up beautifully in a solid color. Or maybe a solid color with a different color border.

What are your favorite colors for baby blankets?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Easy and Fun Birthday Cards

Hi friends,

I recently pulled out a few of my Unity Stamp Company stamp sets to make some easy and fun birthday cards. Our children’s pastor at church sends a card to each of our kids for their birthdays – I love that! – and I have the privilege of making the cards for him. It’s so fun!

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This card is made with the Cuddlebug Bunny set. Isn’t she adorable?!? I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white card stock and colored her with Copic markers. Then I die cut my image with the Pinkfresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Square die. The sentiment is stamped with red ink on white card stock and punched with an oval punch (similar to this). I inked the edges of the oval with red ink. I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card and then attached both the bunny image and the sentiment to the card using foam tape, overlapping the corner of the bunny image with the sentiment.

I made this next card in 2 different color combos. The set is called So Glad You Were Born. It’s a fun set with lots of birthday sentiments to choose from. I stamped the birthday cake image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment with black ink above the birthday cake. I used these Stitched Mini Slim Stacklet dies from Taylored Expressions to die cut the image and the mat layered behind the image. I attached a piece of patterned paper (these papers both came from Unity Stamp Company) to a white card. I attached the stamped image to the card with foam tape.

I also made this last card in 2 different color combos. This set is called Sweet Sprinkled Donut. Isn’t it fun!?! I stamped the donut image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the image using dies similar to these and inked the edges with ink to match my color scheme. I stamped the sentiment with the matching ink, punched it with an older discontinued Stampin’ Up punch (this is similar), and inked the edges. I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card and attached the stamped images with foam tape, overlapping the corner of the donut image with the sentiment. I finished the card by adding 3 sequins.

I love these larger stamps from Unity Stamp Company! They make it so easy and fun to make a quick card that still looks great – and you can make several in a short amount of time.

Which one is your favorite? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Sheet Pan Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars

Hi friends,

Sometimes you just want a cookie! Bar cookies are the best thing ever to quickly satisfy your craving…you just mix up your cookie dough, spread in the pan, and bake. I like that your entire batch of cookies is finished at one time – I usually clean up my mess while the cookies are baking so that when the oven timer goes off the only thing left to clean is the pan the cookies are in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I found this yummy recipe for Sheet Pan Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars here at Six Sisters’ Stuff. The recipe is super quick and easy and it makes a ton of cookies – plenty to share! You probably have most everything you need right in your kitchen.

If you haven’t checked out Six Sisters’ Stuff, you should! Tons of tasty recipes and so much more!

Here’s my sheet pan ready to go into the oven…

Browned and cooling…You should smell my kitchen! ๐Ÿ˜‹

I love butterscotch and oatmeal together! These Sheet Pan Oatmeal Butterscotch Bars are so yummy. You can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds a couple of days after you’ve baked them to have warm cookies – just like fresh out of the oven!

I wonder how these would be with chocolate chips? I may have to try that next time…๐Ÿค”

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Americana USA Wood Blocks

Hi friends,

Last year I made these cute Americana Wood Blocks to add to my patriotic decor. I thought it would be fun to add some USA blocks this year. They are super quick and easy to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

Apply 2 coats of paint to your blocks – one block each of red, white, and blue – letting the paint dry between coats. Paint your “U” white, your “S” blue, and your “A” red. Once the paint is dry, dry brush your blocks and letters with brown paint to give them a vintage look.

Using E600 clear adhesive or another strong glue, glue your letters to the blocks – the “U” to the red block, the “S” to the white block, and the “A” to the blue block.

Next I glued my blocks together, slightly offsetting them. This step is totally optional – you may not want to glue them together. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can either stack them like I did or put them side by side.

I added them to my tired tray along with my other fun patriotic decor. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

If you are interested, you can find the info for my Chunky Polka Dot Wood Stars here, my Mini Patriotic Rolling Pins here, and my Patriotic Mini Pallet here.

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Mini USA Sign

Hi friends,

Need a little something extra to add to your 4th of July decor or to spruce up your picnic table for your backyard BBQ? This Mini USA Sign is super easy to make! It measures 5 by 6 inches so it’s the perfect size to tuck anywhere you want to. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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You’ll need a thin wood rectangle (I found these at Hobby Lobby), 1.75 inch letters (these are what I used), red, white, and blue acrylic paints, a napkin printed with a patriotic design (I found mine at Dollar Tree), and some Mod Podge. You may also want some ribbon if you want to add a simple bow to the top of your sign.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to separate the very top printed layer of the napkin from the layers below it. You want to make sure that you only have one layer of the paper napkin.

I painted my rectangle with 2 coats of white paint using a foam brush, letting it dry between coats. I painted both the front and the back to give it a more finished look. Then I brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush onto the rectangle and carefully smoothed the napkin over the top. You’ll need to be gentle so the napkin doesn’t tear. There will be some small wrinkles, but I like the texture it adds. If you’d rather have a smooth surface, I’d suggest using scrapbook paper since it is thicker than a napkin. Let it dry for a few minutes and then trim the excess napkin from around the rectangle using sharp scissors (these are my favorite). Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top.

While the Mod Podge is drying, paint your letters with 2 coats of paint. Attach your letters using a strong glue – I used E600 clear adhesive. I used red, white, and blue ribbon to make a small bow using the super easy Re-Fabbed bow method.

Here’s my finished Mini USA Sign! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Super fun and easy to make! It will add a little patriotic touch wherever you decide to put it. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Chunky Polka Dot Wood Stars

Hi friends,

I promised in this post that I would be sharing all the info on my Chunky Polka Dot Wood Stars…you can find the details on these fun stars below!

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I found my chunky wood stars in the craft section at Dollar Tree. The stars measure about 4.5 by 4.5 inches and are 3/4 inch thick. Dollar Tree has really stepped up their craft section – but if you see something you think you might want to use in future projects be sure and snap it up because things go fast!

You’ll need red, white, and blue acrylic paint (this is a great set), a paint brush, and a 3/4″ (or smaller) spouncer for making your polka dots. I like this set of spouncers because it has several different sizes to use on all your polka dot projects.

I removed the twine hanger from my stars and painted one star blue and one red. I used a chip brush to apply my paint, but a foam brush would work, too. I painted the stars with 2 coats, letting it dry completely between coats.

Then using my spouncer, I randomly applied polka dots with white paint. I did this on both sides of my star because they will be used on my tiered tray. If you want to hang them, you can tie the twine hanger back on. I just made sure that the hole is at the bottom of the star on my tray so it’s not so noticeable. You could also cover up the hole by tying the twine (or a ribbon) into a bow and glueing it onto the star.

Here they are on my tiered tray. I love how they turned out! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

The details on my Americana Wood Blocks is here. The info for my Mini Patriotic Rolling Pins is in this post and you can find my post about the Patriotic Mini Pallet here.

Decorating my tiered tray for July 4th has been so fun! What will you put on your tray?

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Squishy Facial Round

Hi friends,

I have a quick and easy Crochet Squishy Facial Round pattern for you today. It’s squishy because it’s made with Bernat Blanket Twist yarn which is incredibly soft and thick. The yarn is 100% polyester so you can throw these facial rounds into the washer and dryer and they will come out wonderfully squishy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I used Bernat Blanket Twist yarn in Cream and an L/8mm hook to stitch up my facial rounds. They work up in just a few minutes – so quick and easy. You can find the pattern below.

I’ve included a link below to a free PDF for easy printing. I’ve also included a link to the free PDF for the labels I made. I simply printed them out on kraft card stock, cut them into strips, and secured the label around 2 facial rounds with a piece of tape on the back.

Simple Crochet Squishy Facial Round

Bernat Blanket Twist yarn in Cream

L/8 mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo

Chain 3. Slip stitch to first ch to form a ring. 

Round 1: ch 1. Work 10 hdc in ring. ss to first hdc. (10 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. Working in blo, work 2 sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (20 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. Working in blo, work 2 sc in same stitch as ss. sc in next stitch. *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch* Repeat from *to* around. Join with ss to first sc. (30 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends. ย 

Here’s the PDF for the pattern…

And here’s the PDF for the labels…

I added a few of the Squishy Facial Rounds to a basket I made from the same yarn (details in this post) along with a lavender scented soap to make a fun, pampering gift.

Bernat Blanket Twist yarn comes in several colors – what color will you make your Squishy Facial Rounds?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Mini Patriotic Rolling Pins

Hi friends,

Do you remember my Mini Easter Rolling Pins from this post? Well…since the 4th of July holiday is coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to make some Mini Patriotic Rolling Pins to add to my tiered tray! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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I found my mini rolling pins here. They are about 7 inches long and are really good quality. Youโ€™ll also need some scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, and ribbon if you want to tie that to the rolling pin.

I used Mod Podge this time to adhere my paper to the rolling pin and I highly recommend using it. It just makes it so easy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

First I painted the handles of my rolling pins using my acrylic paints and a small paint brush. (If you need to resupply your craft room, this is a great set of acrylic paints .) Then I trimmed my scrapbook paper to about 3-1/4 by 3-7/8 inches. Youโ€™ll want to make sure that the edge of your paper will overlap a little when you wrap it around your rolling pin.

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the rolling pin with a foam brush. Attach one edge of your paper to the rolling pin and wrap it around. To secure the other edge of your paper, brush a little Mod Podge onto the back and adhere it over the first edge.

Then tie some patriotic ribbon (similar to this) in a double knot around one of the handles and youโ€™re done! I think they turned out so cute and they are super quick and easy to make.

And here they are in my tiered tray. I love changing this up for the different holidays and seasons!

You can find the details for my Americana Wood Blocks here and my Patriotic Mini Pallet here. Stayed tuned for my post about the Chunky Polka Dot Stars coming soon!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Happy Birthday Sweet Friend

Hi friends,

When you live in Alabama, this Jar of Flowers in the Simply Blessed stamp set from Unity Stamp Company looks like cotton stems! ๐Ÿ™‚ So that’s how I colored them up for this birthday card.

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I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. The sentiment is from a set called Sweetness from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with the Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock, punched it with a scalloped oval punch (similar to this), and inked the edges with green ink.

I embossed a panel of green card stock with the Weathered embossing folder from Taylored Expressions and attached it to a white card. I attached the stamped image over the green panel and added the sentiment to the card with foam tape.

This is a great card to use for so many different occasions. Just change the sentiment and of course you can color it up as flowers instead of cotton. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How will you color up this beautiful stamp?

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Textured Color Block Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

I have a beginner friendly crochet baby blanket pattern for you today. It works up with simple half double crochet and single crochet stitches. By working in the back loop only of your stitches, it adds a nice texture to the blanket. If you are looking for a blanket pattern that is more “solid” with less “holes”, this might be just perfect for you!

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I stitched up my blanket using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn with a J/6mm hook. Any of your favorite worsted weight (4) yarn will work. Although I made my blanket in White and Silver Grey, this blanket would be so pretty in lots of other color combos to match a new little one’s nursery.

This is a great tutorial for learning the Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch. I love using foundation row stitches to begin my crochet projects rather than a chain if I can, especially if I will be adding a border. It gives you a great beginning edge that’s easy to crochet into later.

Here’s the pattern for the Crochet Textured Color Block Baby Blanket. I’ve also included a free PDF below if you’d like to easily print the pattern. I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crochet Textured Color Block Baby Blanket

Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn – White and Silver Grey – Two (5 oz) skeins of each color

J/6mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Foundation Half Double Crochet – fhdc

Chain – ch

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Back Loop Only – blo

Slip Stitch – ss

Row 1: With White, work 100 fhdc. Turn. (100 stitches)

Rows 2-12: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to Silver Grey.

Rows 13-24: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 25-36: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to Silver Grey.

Rows 37-48: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 49-60: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to Silver Grey.

Rows 61-72: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Change to White.

Rows 73-84: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). hdc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (100 stitches)

Do not turn after last row.

Change to Silver Grey.

Begin working in Rounds. Do not turn at the end of each round.

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc.

Rounds 2-3: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished size of blanket is approximately 29 by 35 inches.

What color will you make your Crochet Textured Color Block Baby Blanket?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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