Monday, July 4, 2016

Crochet Lego Blanket Free Pattern

It's been a long time since I've been able to put something up here! I've missed all of my awesome stalkers!

This last May my not so little brother graduated from High School!


We were so proud...

I decided he needed a gift from his big sister. Everyone else in the family has a blanket made by me, but he hadn't got one yet.

Being that he's always been into Lego's the only thing I could think of was to come up with a Lego themed blanket. I scoured the internet for a pattern that inspired me, and I found a few that I liked, but nothing that really struck me. So this is what I came up with. I winged most of it, taking a little bit of stuff I saw and combining it into my own pattern.

I think the look on his face speaks volumes.


He got the blanket in the middle of the summer, and immediately crawled under it in my parent's living room. Silly teeneager!

Enjoy the pattern below, and if you have any questions about it, please feel free to let me know! Thanks for looking!


Lego Themed Crochet Blanket
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Designer Notes:
Each block measures 3.5’’X5’’.
This blanket measures 42’’X70’’.
I used a J hook and “I love this yarn” from Hobby Lobby.
Use whatever hook and yarn you want to achieve desired size.
There were 168 individual Lego Blocks made and sewn together to form the blanket. Yours can be adjusted to make whatever size blanket you want, simply by adjusting the number of individual blocks you make. I did four colors with a white border, but you can do as many colors as you want and adjust the number to make your desired size blanket.


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Stitch Abbveriations:
Ch=Chain
Sc=Single Crochet
Dc=Double Crochet
Tc=Triple Crochet
Hdc=Half Double Crochet
Yo=Yarn Over


Special Stitch: Bobble Stitch


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**yo twice, insert hook in designated stitch. Yo, pull up a loop, yo pull through two loops, yo pull through two loops.** One partial Tc complete, and you now have two loops left on your hook. Repeat from ** to ** four more times all in the same stitch, at the end you should have six loops left on your hook. Yo, and pull through all six loops. One bobble stitch complete


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Lego Block:


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Row 1: Ch16, sc in second ch from the hook and in each st across.  Ch2, turn. (15st)
Row 2: DC in each st across. Ch1 turn (15 st)
Row 3: *Hdc in each of the next 3st. Bobble stitch in the next * repeat from * to * three times total. Hdc in last three st. Ch2 turn (15 st)
Row 4: DC in each st across. Ch 1, turn (15st)
Row 5:  *Hdc in each of the next 3st. Bobble stitch in the next * repeat from * to * three times total. Hdc in last three st. Ch2 turn (15 st)
Row 6: DC in each st across, Ch 1, turn (15st)
Row 7: Sc in each st across. (15 st)
Fasten off

Assembling the Blanket:
Once you have made all of your blocks comes the fun part! Now it’s time to start laying out your blocks to form the blanket. Your creativity can really be let loose at this point. I laid out all of my blocks on the bed to try and find a pattern and color scheme that worked for me.


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Joining


I used a simple Sc join for this blanket. There are many other methods of joining, but I wanted a textured feel on the top to go with the texture of the blocks. Feel free to use whatever joining method is best for your project!


Match two blocks, wrong sides facing and Sc through both layers, putting one stitch in each space. When you get to the end, take your next two blocks (both with wrong sides facing) and continue joining with a Sc through each stitch. Keep joining blocks in this method until you get to the end of your row.
(For a more detailed set of instructions, check out this tutorial from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2014/04/how-to-join-solid-granny-squares.html)


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Do the vertical seams first, and then go back and do the horizontal seams.
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Finishing and Border:
Starting in the corner, Sc around the whole blanket, tucking in your ends as you go. (or leave them out and weave in later, I’m just lazy and don’t want to weave them in later!) When you get back to where you started, join with a sl st in the first Sc and ch 4.


Dc in the same st, then skip 2. **Dc in next sp, ch1, Dc in same sp. Skip 2.** Repeat from **to** all the way around the blanket. When you get back to the start, join to your ch4 with a sl st, and ch4. Dc in the same stitch, then V-stitch in the next space. Continue putting v-stitches in the spaces of the previous row’s V-stitch.


I put two rounds of V-stitches around the whole blanket, then ended with two rounds of Sc. This gave it a nice wide border to offset the blocks.


Fasten off, and weave in all your ends. And that’s it! Viola!





Thank you for using my pattern for your blanket, and if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for improvements to this pattern, please feel free to email me! amber@craftaboo.com

You are welcome to use your finished products in whatever way you want, including selling the finished product. Please do not copy, reproduce or use any part of this pattern for anything other than personal use. Thank you.  


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Campus Book Rental.com and Summer Kickoff!

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own**

It's coming up on graduation time around these parts. All the colleges are gearing up for their graduation ceremonies, and people are starting to feel ready for summer. But there are those of us out there that still have people in college for the summer semester. For all of you out there that join us, here's a shout out to you guys! 

There's this awesome company called Campus Book Rentals.com. Guys, they're so cool and easy to use! There's so many perks to using their service. Why buy textbooks that you're barely going to need a few times, when you can rent them? Here's a few of their perks. 

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-can highlight in the textbooks
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Check out this video for more information on this awesome service. 


So for all of you still doing the college thing, make sure to check them out! For everyone else, let's celebrate summer with some pool time, lemonade and flip flops! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easy Peasy Leftovers Omelette

Easy Peasy Leftovers Omelette



Back in January we moved across country from Utah to Tennessee. For a couple of months after we arrived, we were living in a weekly motel, while we looked for an apartment. For the first couple of weeks it was an adventure...and then it got old fast. The hardest part was not having a full kitchen to be able to cook in. One of my favorite breakfast foods is eggs, and you can't cook a lot of eggs in a microwave and a crockpot. (believe me, I tried every variation of this!) 

So now that we're in our own place again, I'm loving being able to cook like a normal person again. So because I'm cooking a lot, there's a certain amount of leftovers in the fridge. I decided to combine some leftovers and eggs and whip up this easy tasty omelette. I figured I'd share it with you guys in case you were hungry and at a loss for what to make for breakfast. (Or dinner, it works great for dinner too!) 

You will need: 
  • 3 eggs
  • leftover pot roast, chopped (or you can use ham, turkey, whatever you like)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (any kind you like, but I used cheddar)
  • 1/4 c chopped mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2tbsp butter or margarine



Start by heating your pan over medium heat, and adding the butter.



Crack your eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Beat them very well, for about two minutes. This is how it should look when you're done.


Pour your beaten eggs into the warmed pan on the stove and DO NOT TOUCH. The trick to a great omelette is patience. (Now I don't have any of that, but if I can do this you can. I promise!)



After about two minutes your eggs will start to look like this. Wait for the edges to cook and then move the pan around on the heat to evenly cook the top.


Slide your spatula around the edges to make sure they're free and not sticking. Your eggs should be almost completely set up with just a little bit of liquid ontop.


While your eggs are cooking prepare your filling ingredients. This is the fun part, you can add whatever you like! Mushrooms and roast were my choices today, but it would be awesome with tomatoes and spinach, zucchini, etc.


When your eggs are almost completely cooked reduce heat to low, and add your filling to the top of the omelette. Let it cook on low for another minute and then turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the stove.


Using your spatula, very carefully fold the edge over to create the pocket of tastiness we all know and love. Leave the pan on the stove and let the remaining heat from the skillet finish cooking the eggs and melt your cheese.


Slide your masterpiece onto a plate, add some fresh fruit and viola! Easy peasy!


Enjoy your tasty omelette and pat yourself on the back for a cooking job well done!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Green White & Blue Baby Blanket

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed earlier this week and ran across this pattern from Moogly titled "Red White and Baby". It was beautiful Americana crocheted baby blanket. I instantly fell in love with it!


I loved the colors that Moogly picked, but when I saw it for myself, I was seeing bright spring colors. And colors that could go for a boy or girl. It didn't call for a lot of yarn, and luckily I had some colors in my stash that went together well.



It only took me a couple of days to whip this up. The pattern is definitely not something I can just "set and forget" but I actually enjoyed this. It was a challenge, and it was fun. It measures 35''X38''.



Anyway, I've put it up in the Etsy shop to see if there's any takers. I'm also going to be taking this with me to craft fairs this summer. I think it turned out super cute!





What's your favorite summer/spring accessory?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Minion Cell Cozy Giveaway Celebration!

This summer I'm planning on heading out to a few craft fairs. I'm haunting Pinterest lately finding new fun ideas of things to make! I've run across a few fun patterns, and one of them was for a cell phone cozy, minion style!

 

So the problem with Pinterest is you get all excited because you see this awesome little thing, and click through....and there's nothing there. So I dug a little deeper and finally found the link to the pattern on Hopeful Honey for this awesome little minion phone case.

It worked up super fast, and turned out too cute! So then of course being the purple whore enthusiast that I am, I had to make a purple minion as well.


Now I've got one for each kind of mood I'm in. The best part about this little guy is that I can slip my debit card and a chap stick in here and be good to go. (You know ladies, instead of hauling around a 20lb purse, we sometimes have to give our shoulders a break and just take a couple things!)

I think they're super cute! I'm going to put them up on the Etsy page and see how they do. If they do well, I think it's a good sign that I can make them for the craft fair.

But guess what guys? I'm giving away a Custom Made Minion Phone case FREE to one lucky reader! I will custom make it to fit your phone. You can chose purple or yellow minion.


 All you have to do to enter is use the little Rafflecopter linky below!

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the re-naming of the blog, can you? Good luck! Winner will be announced next Saturday on the Facebook page!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Barefoot Sandals

The weather this weekend was fabulous! We almost hit 80 degrees and it was sunny with a breeze. This obviously put me in the mood for summer! Sunshine, grass, picnics, swimming, walks after sunset. All of which you can do BAREFOOT! 

Now I don't know about you, but the best feeling is to walk barefoot through the grass during the summer. And my feet aren't necessarily my best feature. I don't treat them very nicely sometimes. So I of course need to dress them up a bit.

I decided to whip up some of these super cute barefoot sandals to add a little bling to my rockin bare feet! Check them out below. Also check out more pictures on the Facebook page!



Made some red-white-blue themed sandals. Gotta get ready for those 4th of July picnics! 


Ignore my less than beautiful feet, and focus on the cute sandals! 




Then I decided to make some in some fun spring colors. 





Testing them out by walking barefoot outside on the pavement. It felt great, and my feet of course were stylin! 


I'm gearing up for summer craft fairs, and decided to make a few pairs of these as a test to see how they'd fair. I'm going to throw them up on the Etsy site and see how they do. 

Tell me Stalkers, what's your favorite part of the weather warming up? Do you wear flip flops, or go barefoot? Tell me what you think in the comments below. 

Also stay tuned this weekend for a super fun giveaway coming up to celebrate the blog name change. 

Happy Hump Day! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Winter Snowflake Crochet Blanket

Winter Snowflake Crochet Blanket



I am so beyond excited to share this project with you today. I've been hinting at a new project to appear on the blog and today is finally that day. Calm down, I know you're just too excited...

Around Christmas time last year, my Mom was talking to me about gifts for our little family of two. She told me she wanted to get me something I'd love. I asked for a Hobby Lobby. When she stopped laughing, I asked for a Jo-Ann's. 

After that round of laughing (by this point I was getting upset with all the laughter, I mean who doesn't ask for a Hobby Lobby for Christmas, right?) we finally settled on her buying me some yarn. Her reasoning was that with all the crochet work I'd done over the last few months for others, that it was high time I make something for myself.

Now as good as that is in theory, all of you crafty people know that to make something for yourself is easier said than done. It's so much more rewarding and fun to make for others! But she convinced me to do for me. So we hopped in the car and headed to Jo-Ann's. (I was super sad when I realized we weren't going there to put a real estate offer on it...) We fondled all kinds of yarn for a good half an hour before I found the ones I loved. I struggled with colors for a while. As any long time stalker of this blog knows, I'm a purple whore enthusiast. But I really didn't want a whole blanket of purple. That's even a little overboard for me. But I did settle on grey, white, blue and purple. Winter is my favorite season. It's so pretty and still, and so I chose these colors to kind of represent that theme.

I wanted to make myself a blanket. I decided I was up for the challenge and so we bought out the whole yarn section amount I'd need for a good size blanket.

And then the yarn sat there. And sat there. And then it sat there some more. I haunted Pinterest trying to find crochet blankets that inspired me. I had made a granny square blanket before, but I wasn't wanting something that traditional this time around. I also wanted this to be something I ADORED not just liked. So I found a few things that I liked and started in on them.

Turns out, I hated all of them. Every last design. I ripped out each and every one I started on, and went back to Pinterest. Finally I found a picture of a blanket that was crocheted, but looked like quilt squares. PERFECT!!!

I got all fired up and did a little bit of it....and then we ended up moving across country. Yeah...cause you can work on crochet blankets while driving a moving truck across Nebraska...This is just a long winded way of saying, that I finally had time now that we're in our new place to sit down and work on this seriously.

I am in love with how it turned out!
 Let me take you on a picture tour of this awesomeness.


This was an "in progress" picture. After I'd finished the first two rows, I couldn't wait to put them together. 


If you follow my Facebook page this was the sneak peek I posted. I was simply too excited to share this. This was after I got all four rows put together. 


This was after I got the first round of borders on it. I added a wider border on top and bottom. I needed some length to cover my little piggies! 


This was me trying to decide if I liked the second border I put on it enough to keep it. 

A closer look at the border. I used the same yarn that I joined the rows with as the border. I wanted it to tie everything together. 

I love how thick and chunky this yarn is and how it offsets the purple perfectly. 

This was after I got it completely done. I love how the snowflakes just add a certain pop to the whole thing. 

It measures 58''X72''. Perfect for taking naps, or watching TV. 





More closeups of the snowflakes. I love how they stand out! 

Looks ready to take a nap! 

And more close-ups of the snowflakes. I love how I used one yarn and got so many different looks!

So there you go guys! My brand new blanket. My Christmas present from my Mom to me. She said on the phone "sorry you had to work so hard for it." I responded with "What work? This was fun!"

And it really was. This turned out so much better than I even thought it would!

Have you ever had to make your own Christmas present before? Tell me about it in the comments!

PS. To celebrate the new name change, we're going to be having an awesome giveaway soon. Stay tuned!