Since I posted my Breaking Bad afghan pattern over a year ago, one thing has bugged me. I’ve always wanted to make it more square than I originally had. But once I posted it, things kinda took off and I sold a bunch of them and just didn’t have time to sit down and write up a pattern for a square one. Finally, I found some time, and MAN! I wish I would have done this sooner because it didn’t take me nearly as much time as I thought. I didn’t even have to play around with the pattern at all.
The new pattern actually looks mostly the same as the old one. The new one is just square and the old one is rectangular. The square one works up to about 80″ and works great as a blanket for the bed!
Breaking Bad inspired afghan
Yarn: Color 1- Loops & Threads Impeccable, Pumpkin (3 balls); Color 2- Red Heart SuperSaver, Buff (2 balls); Color 3- Red Heart SuperSaver, Cafe Latte (2 balls); Color 4- Red Heart SuperSaver, Coffee (3 balls)
Hook: I, 5.5mm
Size: About 80″ from side to side
This pattern is essentially one large granny square, so if you know how to do a granny square, skip to the number of colors for each round.
Ch 6, slip st first st to form loop
Round 1: Ch 2, 2 dc into loop, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, join to first st
Round 2: Slip st 2 sts, *ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1* in each corner around the circle
Round 3: Slip st 2 sts, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, *3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1*, continue with ** in each corner and 3 dc, ch 1 in all other ch 1 spaces
Continue repeating round 3 in the following pattern:
Color 1: 16 total rounds
Color 2: 10 rounds
Color 3: 5 rounds
Color 4: 3 rounds
Color 1: 4 rounds
Color 2: 6 rounds
Color 3: 2 rounds
Color 4: 5 rounds
Fasten off and weave in all your ends.
It’s a simple stitch and makes a great first blanket. It’s a great pattern to learn for future crocheting!
To say progress on the entryway has been slow would be an understatement! I was hoping to knock it out pretty quickly, but a very things got in the way: not being able to decide how to make the bench, work/school, vacation, and then good weather. Yes, good weather has made me less and less in need of a bench in the entryway, so I’ve been putting it off.
Speaking of vacation, we recently went to Ft. Lauderdale for a week with my family! It was great to see my family for the first time since I moved six months ago and to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather! We spent a lot of time in the pool, on the beach, and even took in a few Cardinals spring training games.
Good news it that we finished one thing: the coat rack!
For the rack, we simply found two extra boards lying around in the basement, then sanded and painted them a nice green color. Then we nailed them together, added four hooks (purchased at Wal-Mart for ~ $2 a piece), and screwed it to the wall! Since we already had boards, paint, and screws, this coat rack cost us just $8 for the hooks! Not too bad.
I bought the M & H letters from Michael’s, then painted the M/H with craft paint. Added a nice Coke bottle with some daffodils from the yard and it was complete! It has been nice to have a place to hang our coats and not have them taking up so much space in our closet.
Not sure if we will get the bench done – hopefully by next winter it will be complete. But we are staying fairly busy with the apartment. We recently painted our living room which has given our place more of a permanent “home” feel rather than a temporary place before we move somewhere else.
As the weather begins getting nicer, I will be spending a lot more time outside. I am determined to get our back yard in some sort of decent condition before the summer. I was able to plant a few flowers in our window box this weekend!
Spring is my favorite season!
Wow, it’s already two and a half months into 2014 and I haven’t posted once! To be fair, I haven’t done anything crafty/DIY for awhile. I’ve been slowly working on a blanket but after Christmas crocheting, I am a bit burnt out. We got stuck in the middle of a “massive” snow storm. (It was massive for the South.) We had some fun going out and playing in the snow though!
The one thing that this storm has made me sure of is that we need a mudroom! Right now, we generally take our shoes off in our little entryway… however, I am usually wearing a big scarf, my winter coat, and a backpack with my laptop and books in it. So, I’m either struggling to even bend over to my shoes (let alone, untie and take them off) or I have to lay all my stuff on the wet ground. Neither is good!
But I have plans to convert our entryway to a small mudroom where we can put our stuff up in a dry place, sit down, and take our shoes off without a huge struggle. Here is our entryway now:
As you can tell, it’s quite small but I think it will work for what I want to do. First, I want to build a small bench for seating and then place an already existing shoe mat underneath it for dirty shoes. Above the bench will be a coat rack. Above that, I would like to make something decorative, like a heading or sign, possibly with some flowers to brighten the place up (more ideas later). To the right, next to the door to go outside, I’d like to put hooks for a broom and make something to hold James’ leash and harness. In graphic form, it would look like this:
I actually tried to draw everything but then remembered I can not draw. Ooops! I have a few ideas for the bench. This one from Magenta and Lime looks easy and inexpensive, but we’d have to do a bunch of math to make it smaller. (Math is my enemy.)
I love this upholstered bench from The Mother Huddle. A little cusion is always nice!
For the coat rack, I am thinking of doing something simple like this with just a piece of wood and hooks:
I also like this coat rack which would make the “decorative sign” part absolete, as I could use the rack both for flowers and decorating.
I’d like to make something like this for keeping track of James’ leash and harness:
Now that’s a lot of inspiration… just need to find some time to execute!
Hopefully everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day. I am spending Snow Day #2 in the lab!
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I was lucky enough to spend the day with Michael and James and received a plethora of new goodies. I always love getting gifts but trying to figure out how to fit all my new gadgets into my tiny kitchen is never fun! James got a new set of toys and he has been in heaven:
Destroying toys is his favorite hobby. My sisters gifted me a new set of bamboo crochet hooks that I absolutely love! I have been using metal hooks since I started crocheting and never realized how heavy they were until I tried the bamboo hooks.
With a new set of hooks and a brand new charcoal winter coat (Thanks, Mom!) I knew I was going to have to whip up a new scarf. I knew I wanted an infinity scarf that was light and could be worn for warmth with my coat or just as an accessory. I also knew I wanted it to be gray and yellow (still my favorite color combo!). After a little interweb inspiration, I came up with this:
It’s light yet warm. And the pattern is so easy. You can whip it up in an hour with less than a skein of yarn!
“Carefree” Infinity Scarf
Hook: Gray- K hook; Yellow- I hook
Yarn: Any yarn is fine. For mine, I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in True Grey and Vanna’s Choice in Mustard. I used less than one skein of each.
Notes: You should use the K hook with the gray yarn and the I hook with the yellow yarn. Remember to crochet loosely so that your scarf is very lightweight. Turn after each round.
DC: double crochet
sc: single crochet
With gray, ch 200
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next 3 sts*, repeat from * to end
Row 2: With yellow, *ch 2, 2 sc in ch 1 sp*, repeat from * until last st, ch 2, 2 sc in last dc
Row 3: With gray, ch 3, *3 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1*, repeat from * to last ch 2 sp, ending with 3 dc
Row 4: With yellow, *ch 2, 2 sc in ch 1 sp*, repeat from * until last st, ch 2, 2 sc in last dc
Row 5: With gray, ch 3, *3 dc in in ch 2 sp, ch 1*, repeat from * until last ch 2 sp, ending with 3 dc
Repeat rows 4 and 5, alternating as before until you reach row 11, ending with a gray row.
Do not fasten off. I find it best to weave in your ends at this point, then slip stitch the short ends together to make your infinity scarf. Weave in your last end and you’re done!
This will be my last post of 2013. This year has been such a great year for The Batter’s Box. I have learned so much about crocheting and have loved being able to create and share patterns with the crochet community. I also sold my first crochet items to people other than my family and friends which has been nerve wracking but also exciting. I am looking forward to what new adventures are in store for myself and for the blog!
Have a safe and happy new year! Here’s to 2014!
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