It’s finally done: 225 Motifs plus a border that required turning a total of approximately 320 times…and in plenty of time before the arrival of my great nephew Michael Kenneth Aguilar, due in January 2018. This blanket measures approximately 36 x 36 inches for the motifs only, and approximately 38 x 38 inches including the border.
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The Circus Baby Blanket
The Circus Baby Blanket
The Circus Baby Blanket
About the Pattern
I will be writing this baby blanket up as a pattern that will be available on th e AHW Pattern Page and my Ravelry store. The motifs are based on a video I found, but had to revise to my liking. The border is also a video that I had to modify to my liking and to fit within a ten-stitch space versus the original eighteen-stitch multiple.
Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue, 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, and (no yarn label for color number) White Yarn Weight: 3, DK
So glad to be able to destash! This blanket border might benefit from a yarn that would provide better stitch definition. Definitely a yarn with more body might improve the appearance of the entire blanket.
I kept putting off infant crochet for my future great nephew, and the other day I realized I better start crocheting faster because he is due in January 2018.
I had been wanting to save the Wobbly Squares Blanket pattern for Bunnyland (a project in conception), but thought this would be a good place to try the pattern. OMG! The pattern is so simple and once you understand the repeats, it is not problem. Warning! Keep track, I lost count and almost ended up with a completely lopsided blanket due to wrong stitch counts: 48 on side one, 48 on side 2, 52 on side 3, 52 on side 4. I managed to catch this before the last eight rows and was able to conceal the mistake with only 1 adjustment row.
I had to dig up all my baby yarns and found a box of Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2 % Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Colors: Lemon Custard, White, Blue/Green mix, and Green/Yellow/White mix; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), so I mixed them up and started. Unfortunately, I forgot to include the mint green and baby blue I had, but looking at the blanket now, I think it would have been too much. My afghan measures approximately 32 inches square. I chose not to put a border. Next is a blue and white striped sweater.
Ironically, the project name – Upside Down by Jack Johnson – is appropriate to the pattern, which appears to be v-stitches, but in reality are double-crochet clusters – the Upside Down of v-stitches.
It’s been said the third time is a charm; let’s see if this is true. I have now removed the afghan image from the pattern due to Ravelry’s response:
Unacceptable image. Whether the pattern is charted or not, it is still an unacceptable pattern since it uses a trademarked image.
I have also included instructions on the Ravelry Store pattern where one can view the finished product, which would be here. Again, the pattern on my Patterns Page remains intact with an image of the finished product and a PDF chart.
Aiyaa! Ravelry removed my pattern from their database for the following reason:
Unacceptable standalone chart. NOT “original” art which is what’s required for these types of patterns.
My first argument is why the fuck does Ravelry care? My best guess is that they may be liable for selling the pattern.
Okay, so I removed the chart and I am resubmitting the pattern, which you should be able to buy in my Ravelry Store; I have not updated the pattern on my patterns page, which does include the offending chart. Because the chart has been removed, I am reducing the Ravelry Store Price:USD $5.00.
Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.
I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.
I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.
On da Hook: January 6, 2016 Off da Hook: January 21, 2016 Pattern:Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand Yarn:Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches
Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!
Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.
Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”
When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.
Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.
I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.
Having received so many request to purchase my San Francisco 49ers Tapestry Crochet Afghan Pattern, I finally set to inquiring with the team regarding sales of my pattern and copyright infringement. Today marks day three that I have contacted them via their website and social media. Not one reply.
My feelings are that if you don’t care enough to address inquiries, you must not mind me selling my pattern of your logo – SILENCE = APPROVAL – a la Judge Judy!
So, as soon as I finish the Oakland Raiders Tapestry Crochet Afghan I am currently working on, I will set forth to publishing my pattern and making it available for sale until such time, I received official legal notification from the San Francisco 49ers to cease and desist.
I received another request for my San Francisco 49ers afghan pattern on Ravelry. Once again, I informed the inquirer that I cannot sell without violating copyright law. Then I thought: contact the team and verify before cutting of another source of income. Here is what I was able to write them, using the website contact form (300 word maximum)
I created an afghan based on your logo. I have many people asking me about obtaining the pattern. Would sale of the pattern violate copyright laws? I am not a lawyer, nor can I afford one. Can I sell my pattern? See afghan here.
I also Tweeted the message and put if on their Facebook page.
Making good progress on the Oakland Raiders afghan…
This is my next commissioned piece; it will be an xmas gift, so I decided I better get started so I can finish on time. Please do not ask me for the chart, as I cannot violate copyright laws and distribute for profit, nor do I want to distribute for free because of the work involved in charting this logo.