KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 8

Love.Ewe:

Trying to keep up as far as sharing goes, even though I’m behind on this project myself. I’d started this project for my son but his impatience led me to work up a corner to corner afghan for him. This project for me is on hold, due to orders, but here it is for you if you’re brave enough and not ADD enough to keep up. lol

Feel free to leave a comment and link to what you’re making with these. :) I’d love to see what colors you chose and your thoughts on this CAL.

Happy Hooking!

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

As you hopefully know to make this CAL a bit different from others every block, that is a multiple of 4 (e.g. 4,8,12,16,20), will be selected by YOU in apublic vote. I can now reveal that the square that received the majority vote was ‘D’ which IS…. the ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ Square!

Designed by another fabulous designer friend, Samantha from Silverdragon Crafts & CrittersSamantha has kindly designed this super pretty block especially for this CAL. One of the great things about it, other than how lovely it is, is that it really doesn’t need blocking when you are done!

This square is currently free on Ravelry and will be forever (yay!).

Although we are on block 8 there is still plenty of time to catch up – the full schedule and details about the CAL can be foundhere.

Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 7

Love.Ewe:

It’s that time again. Square 7 is up and being added to the crochet along. What colors did you end up going with? Did you change them after you got started? I’ve noticed a few unhappy hookers swapping colors and redoing their squares. I haven’t changed colors because these are what my son picked. I sometimes allow him to decide what color should come next so they end up pretty um… spectacular.

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

I have to say that I was drawn to block 7 particularly for the name; an Easter named square for Easter weekend. This is a simple square which is perfect, as the designer says, for advanced beginners and the design allows for super versatility for playing around with the colours you have chosen for your blanket.  

You should have a look on the Ravelry Projects for this one if you are looking for some inspiration as there are some really lovely and unique colour combinations! Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern.

This square is available for free (and has been since April 2009) on the Smooth Fox Crochet and Knit Blog

Free SmoothFox’s Easter Day Square by Donna Mason-Svara

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5.5 mm / US Size I
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: As many as you like!
  • Pattern available in…

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The booties

The pattern I started with got and update and changed a wee bit so the pink booties are a tad different than the white ones, but they were all from Fancy Bird Designs Fancy Sandal pattern. They turned out so well that I ran out to a craft store a few hours away to buy more beads and thread to try them in a different color. I’ll have to mix and match though because the flowers and ribbon are a bit harder to come by.

I hand washed these in the sink with Tide Free & Gentle and then stuffed them with dry paper towels. The weather was nice that day so I put them on my ironing board and sat them in the sun for a faster dry. I used the sun and a baby blanket I’m working up now as a backdrop for the final photos. Kind of nice, right?

Using Hodge Podge's tutorial shared in the last post, I shaped these four sets of booties.

Using Hodge Podge’s tutorial shared in the last post, I shaped these four sets of booties.

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Before shaping and adding ribbon to the top edge, I filled the booties with polyfil to keep shape while sharing progress with a client.

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Here is the final result. Cute pattern, great shaping tutorial. They were hand washed in Tide Free & Gentle and stuffed with dry paper towels.

Baby Bootie Blocking

Love.Ewe:

Sick of reblogs lately? lol
I’m working on some baby booties and I mistakenly made my first pair half an inch short. They are made with cotton thread so I’m hoping to fix them using Hodge Podge’s tutorial here. Have you used this tutorial before? Did it work for you? What fabric were you using?

I’ll post the baby booties very soon.

Originally posted on HodgePodge Crochet:

So, you FINALLY got around to making that perfect pair of baby booties!! Congratulations on your accomplishment! I seriously consider baby booties a right of passage for any crocheter because they test your skill set like nothing else in crochet will (except maybe mittens–but we’ll save that for another post).

In order to be successful with baby booties you not only have to make ONE absolutely perfect, but then you have to replicate that to make a SECOND shoe identical to the first. It’s not as simple as it sounds–trust me on that.

Sometimes you end up making that first shoe and things kinda go horribly wrong. Only, you don’t want to admit it to yourself (or anyone watching) so you plow on and end up with something like this:

http://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Baby Bootie Blocking

If your shoes look anything like these, (twisting, curling, and even if they aren’t exactly both the same length) you…

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 6

Love.Ewe:

It’s that time again. Here’s square 6 in the crochet along.
I admit, I’m a bit behind. How are you in your squares?

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

Yay so it’s time for block 6!!! I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way finished already!

For meMoogly (aka designerTamara Kellyand crochet are synonymous! When I first started out re-learning crochet (and still now) this is the blog I follow for inspiration and fabulous tutorials – she is also the inspiration behind this CAL so I wanted to include one of her patterns. 

Amongst her amazing designs is our next block.  I’ve always been fascinated by mandalas and Tamara designed one in a square – perfect! A mandala (if you are not familiar with the term) loosely translated means “circle.  Mandalas can come in many forms and, in the creation, aid meditation – and who doesn’t need a bit of inner peace now and again. 

This square is available for free (and has been since July 2013) on theMoogly Blog

Magic Spike Mandala Square – 12″ by Tamara Kelly


Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5.5 mm…

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 5

Love.Ewe:

Hey! Have you been keeping up with the CAL? There is an album for each square made on the Facebook group so that you can share your creations with the others in this CAL. Let us all drool over your color choices and design arrangement.

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

I class myself as very lucky to have lots of designer friends and the lovely Michelle From Home has kindly designed this next block especially for us.  Some of you may have also got to know her in the Facebook CAL Group as she is another of the fabulous Admin who helps me out there. 

Michelle  has used a unique variation of the ‘larksfoot stitch’ for this block which I’d never done before.  I love how this CAL is adding to our growing mental stitch encyclopaedia!

This square is currently free on Ravelry and will be forever (yay!).

Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern.

Larksfoot Inspired Afghan Square by Michelle Warwick

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Notes:

  • Hook: 6mm (size J hook) For this pattern it is recommended that you check your tension and gauge as you crochet this square. After fourrows, your square should measure 4” wide. If you are off, you will need to…

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 4

Love.Ewe:

In case you’re following along, here is square 4. Read through the post to find the link to the next square for KCACO-CAL2015. :)
Maybe one day soon I’ll block mine and share what I’ve been making with these. I’ve never blocked before and worry that I’ll mess it up so I’m waiting. lol (insert chicken sounds here)

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

So we had a bit of fun with block 4, putting it out for a public vote, and I can now reveal that the square that received the majority vote was ‘F’ – the ‘Harriett’ Square!  Although we are on block 4 there is still plenty of time to catch up – the full schedule and details about the CAL can be found here.

I love this fun design which plays with an octagonal shape inside a square.  It’s all created with simple stitches and produces a lovely end result.

This square is currently free on Ravelry (and has been since June 2013).

Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern.

Harriett Square 12″ by Carolyn Christmas

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great with up to 5 different colours changes but I would suggest at least 2…

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