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I love crocheting. I really, honestly do. If my hands ever have a spare moment, I like nothing more that to hold a hook and yarn in them. It relaxes me and takes me to my happy place. But recently I’ve been itching to knit. And I feel as if I’m cheating on my hooks.

Yes, it’s true. Silly. But true.

You see, I just love the look of knitted clothing. Over the last couple of years I’ve been collecting some beginner knitting books and purchasing a few patterns online here and there. I’ve even made a garter stitch scarf for Emma a few Christmases ago. It was awful, but I made it nonetheless.

I have a problem that when I first learn something I want to be PERFECT at it immediately. I want it to come easy. And that is not always the case.

I remember five years ago when my Nanny first taught me to crochet when Jacob was only a month or so old. I got so frustrated at times and wanted to just give up. But I didn’t. I kept going. And eventually I got pretty good at it.

I just need to remind myself of this as I am trying to teach myself to knit. Practice really does make perfect. And eventually, if I keep at it, I will get better.

I’ve successfully knitted quite a few things lately. As soon as one things comes off the needles, I immediately cast on another project. And quite often, I have quite a few projects going at once.  Oh, yes.

So what I have I been working on lately? I’ll show you!

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Pattern: Pebble Vest   My Ravelry Notes

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Pattern: Plain Vest (Size 12 months pattern is  free, additional sizes available to purchase)   My Ravelry Notes

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Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

in-threes cardigan

Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

As you can see in the pictures I have slowly got a little bit better. There is still a lot that I need to work on. But if you are a newbie knitter looking for some simple garment patterns, I really suggest the patterns above. Any questions that I had regarding the patterns were quickly answered by doing a simple youtube search. (Oh, google and youtube— where would I be without you?!)

I’ve mad e a few other things too that I haven’t got around to photographing. But I’ll be sure to share them as soon as I do. One of those finished projects may even be for me. Would you believe it?

I have something else very personal to share with you tomorrow. See you then!

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Once upon a time I had some coasters that I crocheted for our table. I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, but I think I have an idea. They’ve been gone for quite some time now. How exactly does one lose coasters you might ask? Well you see,  Miss Emma went through a ‘throwing away’ phase. Which was a whole heck of a lot of fun as you can imagine. Thankfully that phase is now over and new coaster were made.

I kept it pretty simple when making them. The colors I went with are pretty boring and simple too. I don’t know why I always like to gravitate toward neutrals and browns when creating things for myself. I do appreciate bold, bright, pretty colors, but I guess I just feel safe using neutrals. (Weirdo, I know.)

I’m sure most crocheters can look at this coaster and pretty much figure it out for themselves. But for those of you that are just learning to crochet and are as I was, no matter how simple the task, a pattern was always helpful.

These work up super fast and you’ll be able to put them to use in no time. I made 8 in about an hour.

Materials:

:: 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (2 colors of your choice– perhaps something more colorful than mine!)

:: H hook

:: tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

With first color, begin by chaining 4 and joining with a slst to beginning ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2, work 10 dc in ring. Join with slst.

Round 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each dc around . Join with slst (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, work *1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat around . Join with slst (30) Fasten off.

Round 4: Attach second color, Ch 2 and work *1 hdc in next 2 dc, 2 hdc in next dc* repeat around. Join with slst (40)

Round 5: Ch 1 and slst in each hdc around (40) Fasten off and weave in all ends.

And there you have it. Now go grab yourself an ice-cold sweet tea or beverage of choice and enjoy your new coasters!

I will be back later with my 366 post!

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