Free Rock the Block Blanket Pattern & Tutorial

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I love learning new stitches with fun textures! When those stitches work up quick it is an added bonus. I know I am not the only one. Earlier this year I released a section of a CAL and everyone kept talking about how much they LOVE the stitch. I immediately knew I had to share the block stitch with everyone.

Rock the Block Blanket

This specific block stitch has so many names that I am just calling it the Rock the Block Blanket. You will also hear it called the grid stitch, boucan stitch, leaping stripes and many more… but essentially, it is one of many different types of block stitch.

Today I am going to share with you how to work up this fun stitch and give you the pattern to work up this fun blanket in any size you want! I will also show you how to get over 6 different looks with this simple stitch pattern. So make sure you stay with me to the end.

Another HUGE advantage of working this block stitch is that the edges of the blanket are left clean. There is NO need to work an edge, WaHOO!!! I can hear you all shouting with JOY right now!

One Block Stitch / 6 Different Looks

Now this is my favorite part. Check out all the different looks you can achieve by working the block stitch. As you see all these versions, just start imagining the colors and patterns you can create as you make your Rock the Block Blanket.

Rock the Block Solid Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Pattern

What Size?

First you need to decide what size of blanket you would like to make and make a note of the width and length. Here is a good visual for blanket sizes I found online (unfortunately I don’t know who the image belongs to so I cannot give proper credit).

Blanket Size

What Pattern or How many Colors?

Yep, you have to pick one of them. I know it can be difficult but decide if you want to use one color, 2 colors or more. Then decide if you want to make your blanket with a specific pattern (1 row repeats, 2 row repeats, random, etc.), see the images earlier in this post to help you decide or watch this tutorial to see each one is worked.

Begin your Project:

Crochet a foundation row in multiples of 4 sc until the desired width is reached.

R1: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts], repeat [] until 5 sts remain, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, turn

R2: Ch 4 (counts as hdc + ch 2), skip next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, ch 2, skip next 2 sts], repeat [] to last st, hdc in last st, turn Note: Dc in this and following rows will be worked around/over the chain sp of the prior row, ch sp will be covered by the dc.

R3: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior], repeat [] to last st, hdc in 2nd ch of beg ch, turn

Repeat R2 & R3 until desired length is reached

Final Row: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, sc in next 2 sts of current row], repeat [] to last st, sc in last st, fasten off and weave in all ends

Rock the Block

I hope you love crocheting the Rock the Block Blanket as much as I did. In case you wanted to know how I worked the sample blanket up, below are my specific notes. I made this blanket as a stash buster, using up some of the yarn in my closet. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn the a Crochet Hook I.

Begin with C1 (Light Grey) Complete R1-R15

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R16-R32

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R33-R35

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R36-R38

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R39-R49

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R50-R52

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R53-R65

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R66-R68

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R69-R73

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R74-R90

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R91-R93

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R94-R108

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R109-R111

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R112-R114

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R115-R128

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R129-R139

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R140-R156 + Final Row

And that sums it all up! If you give this pattern a try, please share your final project on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page so everyone can see how beautiful it really is.

 

 

Frog Hat to Cookie Monster Pattern – Free

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The adorable and classic frog hat has been updated and is now available FREE to everyone!!!

Frog Hat

This darling hat was one of my first patterns. The cute little frog feet is what set this apart from most frog hats. I have made many of them over the years and each time, they simply turn out, adorable!

Now you can get the pattern (which includes sizes from newborn up through child) for Free on Ravelry and Craftsy.

How about a twist?

Last week, I had a customer contact me about making a Cookie Monster Hat. I sat down to draw up the pattern and soon realized it was nearly identical to my frog hat! Yipee!!! I quickly used the same pattern with just a few minor changes and Ta Da!!

Frog Hat Pattern Cookie Monster Cookie Monster Frog Hat

Do you see the similarity?

How did I do it?

First off, I followed the Child’s size Frog Hat Pattern exactly using blue yarn. Then I crocheted the eyes solid white and made a simple black round piece (with 7 hdc in the circle) and sewed them onto the eyes off balanced.

For the mouth I worked as follows (remember this is for the child sized hat):

Using black yarn and a Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
Foundation hdc 16 (tutorial for foundation hdc here)
R1: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, turn (17)
R2: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 8 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (12)
R3: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 5 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (9)
R4: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 2 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (6)
R5: ch 1, sc across entire row and around entire mouth piece, sew onto front center of hat. Make sure when you reach the top corners of the mouth to embroider a small smile line, secure with a knot and weave in all ends.

For the Cookies I worked as follows:

Cookie in Hand

Using medium brown yarn and a Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
R1: Ch 2, work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in top of beg sc (7)
R2: Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2hdc in each st around, join (14)
R3: Ch 1, [2sc in next st, sc in next st], repeat [] around, (21)
If this is your first piece, dark a darker color yarn and embroider small lined to represent Chocolate Chips.
Repeat R1-R3, lay your first piece on top of your current piece and slst through the sc from R3, working through both circle pieces. This just reinforces the cookies. Make 2 cookies and sew onto the hands (or frog feet).  For the cookie next to the mouth, just make one side and sew onto the corner of the mouth, there is no need to have it stronger so do not make the back side of the cookie.

I hope you found this fun! I love seeing how others have taken a Sweet Potato 3 pattern and customized it in their own unique way. If you have done this, please share it with me, I love to be inspired!

2017 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

October is almost here, you know what that means!
It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2017 Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!
This may be a long post, but it should answer most of your questions and  give you more detailed information on how it is organized.

Why are you doing the Cancer Challenge?

Many / Most of us have been effected by cancer in some way. It is difficult to see someone go through cancer and/or chemotherapy. But with a community standing beside them it makes the battle slightly less daunting.
In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014,
I am hosting the 4th annual Cancer Charity Challenge.
Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

How does the challenge work?

It is pretty simple.
Basically, I am asking all of you to help make hats for cancer patients and cancer survivors.
The hats can be made for someone you know, someone your friends know,
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor, or even a complete stranger.
You can make many hats and donate them to your local cancer center.
If a cancer center is not in your area you can contact me and ship them my way. I will include them with my donation to the Cancer Center of Idaho.

How long does the challenge last?

The challenge will begin October 1.
A featured designer/pattern will be posted each day until October 31, 2017.
You will have until  the end of 2017 to complete your hats and get them donated. This is great timing for donations during the holidays.

What type of hat should I make and what sizes?

You can use any hat pattern you like. People of all ages get cancer, so all sizes are needed. Teen and adult hats are most requested because they tend to fit more people.

Where can I get patterns?

This is the FUN part!!!
Each day throughout the challenge I will be posting a FREE hat pattern.
I have some amazing designers who are graciously offering their patterns for FREE in exchange for your donation. If you download a pattern you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat from that pattern for the challenge. If you download the pattern, please take a minute to visit the pattern designers facebook page and tell them thank you for their generosity.

 What type of yarn is recommended?

 The best yarns for chemo patients are soft and breathable yarns. It is also important that the yarn washes well. It is recommended to use cotton blends (however, 100% cotton tends to be less soft) and/or acrylic. Some favorite yarns used in past years, according to recepients, are Caron Simply Soft, Debra Norvelle, Lionbrand Homespun and/or Heartland, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Softee, you are probably getting the idea.
I have heard comments that wool hats can be very itchy and are not preferred.
Remember that it is important to use the correct yarn weight for the pattern you are following.

 What is my goal?

My goal is to simply help others and make it easy for you to do the same.
I started this challenge on a whim 3 years ago when I lost my uncle. Each year the challenge has grown, last year reaching over 35,000 hats pledged. I am astounded with the succes and am hoping to match and beat that number this year. So grab a friend and crochet away!

How do I pledge?

To pledge to make a hat simply download the pattern.
There will be 31 patterns available. If you download all 31 patterns you pledge to make 31 hats.
I am pledging to make 31 hats, one a day, sounds doable. But, if you can only make 1 hat, you are still making a difference, and I thank you for that.

Have Fun and Get More Involved

Make sure to share pictures of your finished hats on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page. This is not required, but it is fun to see what everyone else is making and see your own pictures shared too. When you share a picture please let me know what pattern it is from, I would love to tag that designer so they can follow the difference they are making with their donation.

Who are you Honoring?

Add a comment to this blog post to let everyone know who you are making hats in honor of.

Challenge Others

Do you know other crafters, crocheters or knitters?
Tag them in one of the facebook posts about the challenge, say “I challenge you to join!”

Get Started Early

The excitement and enthusiasm I see in everyone who has participated in the past is amazing. I have already had a few of you tell me that you already started making hats! Last year someone posted a hat they crocheted that had a beautiful cancer ribbon on it. She graciously shared the link that she used and the bonus is, it’s FREE. Click here to make a ribbon like the one below. These are great to add to your hats.
Below is an image that shows the awareness color for some of the more common cancers.
I hope this post answered all of your questions. If you think of anything I have missed, please let me know so I can let others know. Enjoy crocheting those hats!

Christmas Tree Skirt & Stockings Pattern Release

O'Christmas Tree SkirtI am so excited to wrap up the O’Christmas Tree Skirt CAL and offer the pattern in full to everyone! This pattern is being released just in time for you to make one for your tree this year. But it isn’t the only pattern being released, make sure to see the SALE offered at the end of this post 🙂

The O’Christmas Tree Skirt is made in Knit Picks Brava worsted weight yarn, it features the mini bean stitch that shows a lovely texture throughout the body of the skirt only to land with a fun bobble to transition into a beautiful colorwork of cables. The eye appeal will go with most holiday decor, whether it be traditional, whimsical or truely classic. Just switch up your colors for a completely different look and enjoy seeing the pattern come together in full.

O'Christmas Tree O'Christmas Tree

After designing the O’Christmas Tree Skirt I knew I had to design a fun and unique Christmas Stocking… so, it didn’t take long to come up with the Long John Christmas Stocking. 

Long John Christmas Stockings

Seriously fun!!! Everyone will comment on how darling these are as they are strung by the fire. The Long John Christmas Stockings are made in the same worsted weight yarn and feature the same beautiful texture of the mini bean stitch. But the cute flap adds so much charm to these little britches. The flap is the perfect size for a gift card or other small trinkets if the owners are younger folks.

Christmas Stocking

Are you in LOVE with BOTH of these Christmas patterns?

Act quick, because this week only (through Friday, August 25, 2017), you can get the Long John Christmas Stocking for FREE on Ravelry with the purchase of the O’Christmas Tree Skirt. You must add both patterns to your cart and input code, “Christmas” at check out.

O’Christmas Tree Pattern found here

Long John Christmas Stocking found here

Christmas Crochet

Summer Fun Crochet Pattern Sale

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Announcing: the Summer Fun Sale with Sweet Potato 3 crochet patterns!

 

As I depart on a fun filled week exploring the history of Washington DC with my family I want to offer all of you a week of crochet fun! Each day for the next week I will announce a Sweet Potato 3 pattern that will be on SALE for only $1.00

Since you follow my blog, you will get a sneak peak of each days pattern. Everyone else will have to wait to see them posted on facebook. But, grab them each day because they will only be on sale for 24 hours.

For each pattern you must use the code “SummerFun” at checkout.

Summer Fun Daily Pattern Sales

Saturday July 15, 2017: Crocodile Tiara / Crown Pattern

Crocodile Tiara Crown

Sunday July 16, 2017: Vintage Bonnet with Scallops Pattern

Vintage Bonnet

Monday July 17, 2017: Diagonal Delights Baby Blanket Pattern

Diagonal Delights Blanket

Tuesday July 18, 2017: Sweet Braids Hat Pattern

Sweet Braids Hat

Wednesday July 19, 2017: Newborn Scallop & Cables Bonnet & Wrap Pattern

Scallop & Cables Newborn Prop

Thursday July 20, 2017: Button up Waves Hooded Cocoon Pattern

Button Up Waves hooded cocoon

Friday July 21, 2017: Cropped Motif Cardigan Pattern

Cropped Motif Cardigan

Saturday July 22, 2017: Interlace Scarf / Wrap Pattern

Interlace Shawl & Wrap

I hope you look forward to the Summer Fun Sale this year, make sure to share these amazing steals with your fellow crochet friends.

~Christine

 

O’ Christmas Tree CAL – Christmas in July

There was definitely some glitches along the way, but we made it and the Christmas in July CAL is finally ready! Thanks for your patience as my computer was replaced and updated, whew! Now I can breath again and have some summer crochet fun.

CAL

The CAL project for this year will be the O’Christmas Tree Skirt.

The CAL is designed as a mystery for those that enjoy the unknown and new excitement of each release. HOWEVER, for those that would like to know what the final project will look like you can simply contact me for a quick sneak peak. Just send me a message on facebook for the quickest response.

I will host the CAL  in a facebook group. The group will be private, so if you are making the tree skirt as a gift and want to share your progress, you can. Your posts will not be seen by anyone outside of the group. I love hosting in facebook groups because the interaction is fun and it is so exciting to see everyone’s progress. You will not be required to join the group on facebook, all sections will be posted to ravelry as they are released.

CAL supply list

One of the biggest benefits of a CAL is that large projects are broken down into smaller, sometimes more manageable sections, making the project fun. The first section is the largest part so you will be given a longer time frame to complete it. The remaining sections are fun and much quicker to crochet.

Classic / Traditional Design

If you have participated in a past Sweet Potato 3 CAL, which are usually themed baby blankets, you may wonder about the design. There will be no appliques at all (how many of you are cheering right now?). The theme is just traditional, “Christmas”. This tree skirt will look lovely in any home, even those without children. It is a classic design that I would imagine any age will love.

Intermediate with some twists!

I always want those that join my CAL‘s to learn something new. The stitches are all intermediate and I will do live video’s to help explain each part of the Tree Skirt. I did add a fun twist to one of the sections. This is why you need the bobbins, but please do not let that scare you, I will make sure to walk you through it. I am confident you will LOVE the end result.

The schedule for the CAL is as follows:

June 20 – July 5: Purchase CAL, join facebook group, get supplies.
July 5 – 23 – section 1 (this is the largest section and will take some time to complete)
July 24 – section 2
July 27 – section 3
July 31 – section 4
August 7 – section 5
August 14 – section 6
August 28 – completed projects will get free coordinating pattern