Knitting Through the Seasons

Recently, I’ve been using this worksheet to track my crochet progress through the months. Every month I would choose a project (or several) I would work on during that month and then I would check off a box every day that I actually worked on my chosen project. This worked out great. With that reminder in my Hobby binder I actually crocheted a lot more than if I didn’t have it. I just hated to see those empty boxes so I crocheted for at least 15 minutes every day (depending on what my goal that month was – sometimes my goal would be to crochet for a certain amount of time and sometimes to crochet several rows for my project).

However, once I started knitting regularly, I couldn’t find a similar worksheet so I made some for myself. But, since I would get bored with just the same worksheet every month, I chose to make 4 different worksheets. While the worksheets are not really representative of the seasons, I called them that because I intend to use each one three times during a year. Here are pictures of my worksheets. If anyone is interested, contact me through the Contact form here on my website and I’ll send the pdf file to your e-mail.

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Gabriel’s Shevron Blanket

Technique: Knitting
Difficulty: Easy
Yarn: Red Heart Soft
Color: Nature, Ice Blue, Turquiose
Size: 
Status: WIP
Notes: 

  • June 7, 2014 – I’ve started learning to knit this year and I’m finally feeling confident enough to start a larger project. I’ve found this pattern on Ravelry and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. If it turn’s out OK, I intend to make another one for a little girl.

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  • July 19, 2014 – I’m almost halfway finished with the blanket. It’s really hard to work on it while it’s so hot. The yarn is hard to work with while my hands are sweaty from the heat! Here are some new pics…

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Hearts and Flowers doily

Pattern: Hearts and Flowers doily
Difficulty: Moderately hard
Thread: Unitas Mirabela
Color: White and Pink
Size:
Status: WIP

Notes: 

  • March 12, 2014 – This is supposed to be a set of two doilies which I’m making as a gift for Easter. So far it’s going well. I made all of the flowers for the first doily, I’ve started the center in pink and then I continued on with white. I’m almost at the point of attaching flowers and then I intend to do the border in white instead of green.
  • April 2, 2014 – The first doily is finished, except for the border. I’ll do that after I finish the second doily. I also finished all the flowers for the second doily and I started doing it’s center.
  • June 18 – I didn’t manage to finish it by Easter so I stopped working on it. I get a few stitches done whenever I’m bored but it’s mostly on hold. I intend to finish it by the end of the year if not summer!

Pink & Grey Interlocking Groovyghan

Technique: Interlocking Crochet
Difficulty: Medium
Yarn: Red Heart Soft
Color: Pink and Grey
Size: 
Status: WIP
Notes: 

  • June 1, 2014 – After finishing my baby blanket Ripples in the Pond I was ready for a new project. I was looking around the Ravelry when I came upon this Groovyghan and it was love at first sight. However, I also wanted to do more Interlocking crochet so I came upon the idea for an Interlocking Crochet afghan based on this Groovyghan. My new aghan will have five sections. The side sections as well as the middle one will be based on granny squares but the other two sections will be differents. The left one will be diagonal lines while the right side will be rows. Here are some first pics of my newest project!

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  • May 15, 2014 – Soon after I took the pictures above I decided that the blanket was too narrow so I ripped it out and started it over. I decided to leave the left, middle and right motif alone but to enlarge thezigzag and rows motif. I also decided to keep a written record of the pattern instead of just following  the diagrams of every motif. This way, when I finish the blanket I might also publish the pattern. Is anyone interested in that?

Cathedral Window Doily

Pattern: Cathedral Window
Difficulty: Moderately hard
Thread: Unitas Mirjana br. 5
Color: White and Pink
Size: Approximately 35cm
Notes: 

  • Jan 9, 2014 – I started the project today. The pattern looks beautiful but I have to admit that I had some doubts for the first five rounds; it looked so strange. But it started taking shape after that so I continued. This is a bit more advanced than I usually crochet so we’ll see how it turns out!
  • Jan 10, 2014 – Ran into a problem with understanding the pattern at 6th Round but the guys over athttps://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/doily_of_the_month/infohelped me out. Thanks guys!
  • Jan 15, 2014 – Finished today, the outside border actually took the most time and it was the most complicated. I did make two minor mistakes during the 1st round of the border which I covered up during the 2nd round but all in all, I’m satisfied with this project and I will definitely try it again now that I’m familiar with the pattern!

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Ripples in the Pond

Pattern: Interlocking Crochet/ZigZag Pattern
Difficulty: Medium
Yarn: Red Heart Soft
Color: Purple and White
Size: 120 x 85 cm
Status: Finished
Notes: 

  • February 2, 2014 – So far it’s about 1/5 done. I’ve spent a 100g ball of each white and purple. It’s relatively easy to follow the pattern but I have to be careful about the edges. I’ve had to scrap several hours worth of crocheting because I’ve realized that I’ve made a mistake at the beginning of the row 5 rows down. And it’s not just ripping back one color; you have to do both of them so in essence I had to rip back ten rows and not just five (5 with white and 5 with purple) to get to the mistake. This has taught me to check for mistakes every few rows so I never have to do that again. I was ready to cry when I realised how much that would set me back. Since then I’ve had to go back one row a few times but it was not such a big deal as the first one.

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  • February 10, 2014 – I only have a few rows to do before I reach the middle of my blanket. I’m making a good time and I haven’t done any mistakes since my last update. I’m almost done with the second balls of yarn. I think that I’ll need four balls of each color for the blanket and possibly another for the border.
  • February 26, 2014 – I’m more than halfway through. I’m currently on the third ball of yarn for each color and I need to go buy some more soon. I’m hoping to be done with the blanket by March 15 but the end of March will be just fine if I don’t manage. I’ve decided to change the name of the blanket from Baby Blanket ZigZag to Ripples in the Pond because it kinda makes me think of a pond when I look from the center of the blanket. Here’s some more recent pics of the blanket.

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  • March 15, 2014 – Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to finish by myprimary deadline. I still have about 15 more rows to do as well as the border. I’m confident that I’ll be finished by the end of the month though. My progress stalled for a while because I started to work on a dress for my 5-year-old niece’s birthday. Now that I’ve figured out the pattern modifications for that, I’ll be able to concentrate on the blanket.
  • March 20, 2014 – Finished the main part of the blanket. I only have the joining and the edging to do. Hope to do that by the end of the week.
  • April 2, 2014 – I finally finished the last part of the edging. The edging took a lot longer than I expected. I started off with a scallopped edging but didn’t like it so I switched to a ripple edging. This one looked much better and it seems great for a baby blanket.

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