Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Three Things, Snow, A Ta Dah and A Granny Rectangle Tutorial

 It is snowing! A lot. Crazy, yesterday it was in the high 50's F and raining. Fifty degrees in January is almost unheard of in this part of the country. Overnight it began to snow. I actually love days like this. Work and school are cancelled, my husband is off today too, and it is so pretty outside. This was at 4:30 this morning...
This was at 5:00...
Perfect day for building snowmen and then blankets and cocoa with a movie.

 Last Thursday we were in the middle of some very cold weather. Around 0 F. I made a cowl with some yarn I got for Christmas.
Once again, excuse my just out of the shower face and hair. I should probably think about this before I take these photos. He he. The cowl is so soft. Lion Brand Yarn Hometown. Just chain a circle as big as you want and sc in the back loops only. Don't turn at the end, it took about an hour to make.

 One project I have been working on is a granny rectangle blanket.  I don't like a chain foundation to show, I think it looks uneven. So here is what I came up with...

Ch. 31, then dc in the 6th ch from the hook. Work a dc in each stitch until you have 21 dc.  Join to the first ch with a slip stitch. You should have a loop at each end with 5 chains.

For the second row, change colors. I do it on the side, three dc's from the end.

When you get to the ch 5 loop, stitch 3 dc then ch 3 then 3 dc then ch 3 then 3 dc. That will make your end nice and rectangular.

The next row is where it starts to look like a granny square, only it is a rectangle. When you get to the corner you do 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Just like a granny square. Easy peasy. Continue rounds until the blanket is as big as you want it. I am making a blanket for our couch, I haven't gotten very far yet. I am using up all of the rest of my Bamboo Ewe. I don't think it is being made any more. Bummer.
I hope this pattern is easy to follow. I will talk to everyone soon. I am going to go play in the snow now. :)