Coffee Cup Square Motif

Coffee Connection Afghan Square
Coffee Connection Afghan Square
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Cast On: November 26, 2012
Cast Off: November 26, 2012
Recipe: Coffee Cup Square Motif by Hooker Leo
Needle: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn: Red Heart Soft; Yarn Color: 1882 Toast; Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Weight: 4
Dimensions: 12 x 13 inches, should be 12 x 12 inches

Having finished Summertime Blues Blanket, I was all geared up to deconstruct my first attempt and recreate the Coffee Cup Square Motif for the Coffee Connection Afghan within the requested dimensions: 12 x 12 inches. The odd thing is that I have already made a square – minus coffee cup, with the same yarn, but different color – using an 8 needle and had no problem with gauge.

I started with an 8 and it kept coming out about 13.5 inches wide. After a few calls to some knitter friends, I decided to decrease the needle size. With a 7 needle, I still was too wide at about 13 inches. Not pleased, I decided to go down to a 6 needle. Finally, I got the right width measurement, but did not discover until I was done that the height is 13 inches. Aiyaa! Well, at least one dimension is correct. I’ll let the overage be absorbed by the blanket.

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Always And Forever Afghan

Always And Forever Afghan
Always And Forever Afghan
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On da Hook: June 2, 2012
Off da Hook: June 23, 2012
Recipe: Always & Forever by Hooker Leo
Hook: E
Yarn A: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (717)
Yarn B: Unknown
Yarn C: Unknown
Yarn D: Unknown
Yarn E: Coats & Clark’s Red Heart Nylon (261 Maize)
Yarn F: Herrschners Afghan (342 Dark Gold)
Dimensions: 44 inch diameter

This was so fun to design. My inspiration came from Crochet-A-Long Doily, which I loved for the spiral design. However, I wanted the spiral to start from the center, so one night I sat and worked at it until I got a formula that actually works, despite the fact that it doesn’t really spiral, versus radiate from the center. The yarn weight, after researching, is about about a 1, fingering.

I was worried during construction because the end kept curling up, which led me to think that maybe I should have based my pattern on twelve sections versus ten. Because of the curling, I was thinking of blocking it and framing it as tapestry. I would love to hang it on my wall, but it should really be framed properly, between two panes of glass. If I use nails to hang it, I am afraid it will loose it’s shape and become dusty. However, after I washed/dried it today, it lays completely flat. YAY!

This was really a stash buster of all my thin yarn. My original vision was to use the reds, oranges and yellows in a color scheme to resemble the sun. I should have used a one row repeat of each color, which might have improved the radiation effect and improved the color distribution. Oh well! I think it would look fabulous on my orange walls, but until I can afford to have it framed properly, I will hope to sell it as an afghan.

The name was most likely a random selection from my library: Always and Forever by Heatwave. I think the name fits the afghan colors.

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Kid Afghan

Kid Afghan

On da Hook: April 11, 2012
Off da Hook: April 18, 2012
Recipe: Kid Afghan by Hooker Leo
Yarn: Knitting Fever Euro Baby Kids Rock (Fiber Content: 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester; Yarn Color: 05 Creme; Yarn Weight: 6, Bulky)
Hook: US J/10 – 6.0 mm
Dimensions: approximately 3 feet square

Wow! What I hoped would be a two-day project turned out to be a one-week project. I continually kept screwing up the stitch pattern and would have to frog 1-3 rows each time. The border presented a couple of problems as well: the first time I did not like what I had done, the second time I ran out of yarn. A recipe PDF is available on my Recipes page.

I bought this yarn at a “local yarn store” and despite the fact that it is 93% Acrylic/7% Polyester, the price per skein was hefty.

The name – Kid, a song by The Pretenders – was inspired by the yarn name and for whom the afghan would be most appropriate.

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Purple Rain Cocoon/Hat

Purple Rain Coccon-Hat
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Start Date: August 28, 2011
End Date: September 15, 2011
Needle: 10.5 US
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun (Fiber Content: 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester Yarn Color: Barrington, Yarn Weight: 5, Bulky)
Coccon Pattern: ODH Designs
Hat Pattern: Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Ruth’s Hands
Dimensions: approximately 16-inch diameter x 23-inch length

Having crocheted Sunflower Cocoon/Hat, I thought it would be neat to knit one. Thanks to SarahBea for lending me some 10.5 US Circulars. Going by the dimensions of the Sunflower, I was surprised that this one came out two inches wider. It is shorter by one inch because I ran out of Barrington.

Price: USD $50.00

Cocoon Recipe

German Cast on 53 stitches on each of two 10.5 circular needles
Knit all for 17 inches

Decrease*
Row 1: K2TOG at beginning and middle of each needle
Alt Row: Knit All
*My decrease measures 5 inches. I think I decreased from 53 stitches to 29 stitches.

Seam
I closed my cocoon with the Kitchener Stitch.

Opening Border
HDC in each picked up stitch along the border and repeat for total of three rows