Knit Along, Baby!

Or, maybe it’s a baby knit along? Or maybe a knit along for babies? It’s so much work to come up with a catch hook. Just sayin’.

So how about we just get to the point. (If you want to skip the story, scroll down for important dates.) Do you see that super cute tiny human up there in that pic? She’s the latest addition to our family, and I’m totally using her cuteness to draw your attention to the buttery blanket she’s modeling!

I first saw this Baby Gradient Kit by Feza Yarns at the beginning of October and fell in love with the softness of the yarn and the fineness of the knit. She won’t stay small for long, so I dropped everything and got to work. I finished it in about 3 weeks, and it was both relaxing and rewarding to work on. Plus, she loves it.

I really wanted to make another to have on hand for any future babies in our family, so I got with my friends at Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn to get another kit. I ended up buying two, because, well, two.

I’m so excited!!!! The kind of excited where I want other people to be excited, too! So, why not join me in a knit along? This is a fabulous project for starting off the new year. It’s a relaxing, easy knit, and with a little encouragement, it can be a pretty quick finish.

So here’s the deal- visit Intown Quilters Fabric & Yarn and/or The Green Apricot on Facebook or Instagram (@intownquilters @thegreenapricot) to see how to earn 15% off of your kit and be entered into a drawing for a $40 gift certificate at IQF&Y. (Opportunity ends 12/25/17.)

Then, cast on your first row on 1/20/18 and get to knitting! The kit includes 4 cakes of hand-dyed viscose/cotton yarn and the needed pattern, which is basically a garter stitch edging with a stockinette body. Each section is intended to gradually change color from one cake of yarn to the next. I didn’t follow the color change in the pattern for the one I made for our granddaughter, but I will for the next one.

And how about an incentive to finish? Post a pic of the first completed section on or before 2/3/18 with the hashtag #iqfykal and tag The Green Apricot/@thegreenapricot (so I can find it) and IQF&Y will have a reward for you! We’ll keep going every two weeks, and before you know it, you’ll have a completed bit of seriously soft and sweet on your hands. It might even be difficult to give it away.

IMPORTANT DATES:

12/25/17 Deadline to earn 15% discount and enter drawing.

1/20/18 Cast on!

2/3/18 Finish first section!

2/17/18 Finish second section!

3/3/18 Finish third section!

3/17/18 Finish!!!!!!

Stay tuned for more info, and be sure to check out both Intown Quilters and The Green Apricot on social media.

Triple Ripple

IMG_8541I learned to crochet when I was 9 years old, using a book that my mom bought for me at a craft store.  My parents had been going through infertility issues, and had decided to begin the adoption process.  I was elated at the news that a baby was coming, and I would finally have a sibling.  So, I wanted to make things for the new baby, and of course, why not begin with crochet blue and white bunny slippers?  My mom still teases about those slippers to this day.  I think she still has them.  They are horrendous.  And darling at the same time.

Now, all these many years later, I still can’t resist the feeling of a hook in my hand, and the smooth gliding of yarn through my fingers.  For me, it’s mindless work, something I can easily do while “watching” football and the news with my husband.  He calls it a nervous habit.  I call it productive.  And relaxing at the same time.

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Click the photo for more information about Threads of Love

It also gives me an opportunity to work in a few service hours here and there.  I have a goal of 520 hours of service each year, and I keep track of it in my Instagram account.  You can check it out @thegreenapricot, #520in2014 or #520in2015.  With that in mind, I recently whipped up this darling baby blanket for an organization called Threads of Love.  Busy Needles is a guild that I attend, and they support a number of charitable organizations, including this one.  One of our members is particularly active with a local chapter of Threads of Love, and she is wonderful about reminding us of opportunities to support the Piedmont Henry neonatal unit.  So, that’s where this Triple Ripple is headed to.

Now, since I learned how to crochet from pictures in a book when I was 9, I’m no wiz at showing anyone else how to crochet.  But I can write up the pattern.  I did look and see if there are any good crochet tutorials online, and I have to be honest with you, I didn’t really find any that I can honestly recommend.  I know, that means I should do one myself, and I will.  Sometime.  But not today.  Today, it’s just a pattern, or else I am never going to get this blog post done.

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Triple Ripple

Crochet hook- Size I

17.5 ounces white med wt cotton yarn
10 ounces yellow med wt cotton yarn
10 ounces blue med wt cotton yarn

sts=stitches, ch=chain, dc=double crochet, dc3tog=double crochet 3 together, rep=repeat

Chain 129 sts with white.

Row 1- Skip 2 ch (count as 1 dc), 2dc into next ch, *1dc into each of next 3 ch, [over next ch work dc3tog] twice, 1dc into each of next 3 ch, [3dc into next ch] twice; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc once in last ch, turn.

Row 2- 3ch (count as 1 dc), 2dc into first stitch, *1dc into each of next 3 sts, [over next stitch work dc3tog] twice, 1dc into each of next 3 sts, [3dcinto next stitch] twice; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc once in last stitch, turn.

Row 3- Change to yellow.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 4- Repeat Row 2.

Row 5- Change to white.  Repeat Row 2

Row 6- Repeat Row 2.

Row 7- Change to blue.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 8- Repeat Row 2.

Row 9- Change to white.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 10- Repeat Row 2.

Row 11- Change to yellow.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 12- Repeat Row 2.

Row 13- Change to white.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 14- Repeat Row 2.

Row 15-40- Repeat pattern from Row 3 to 14, ending with white.