Belinda’s Craft Gallery

Hi! Welcome to my brand spanking new blog. I’ll be posting about craft projects that I’m currently working on or have completed. Right now my main crafting passion is crochet, but I also knit, draw, and paint ceramics. I’m interested in thousands of other craft techniques so you never know what else I may pick up. Stay tuned!

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I received Red Heart yarn in Flame, Glow Worm, and Dayglow for a Christmas present from my cousin’s best friend. She tells me that her 3 year-old nephew helped her pick out the colors. He did a great job! While not colors I would have picked out for my self I think the blanket turned out wonderfully. The pattern is called Primrose Lane Throw and can be found on the Red Heart web site. I started this project on Dec. 26, 2015 and finished today Jan. 25, 2016.

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Trifle Blanket

I finally finished this blanket today. Apologies for not making sure it was smoothed out before photographing it. I did turn after each round, which may be obvious to some experienced crocheters, as it tends to lay flatter. I think I’ll donate this blanket to Warm Up Medina County.

A man once asked me to make a Cleveland Browns afghan. I found a picture to print and make a graph afghan. I made notes because I wanted to enlarge the pattern so it would fit a queen-size bed. Got 15 or so rows into it and the man exited my life. Well, then I decided to make it anyway and gift it to my cousin. The only problem being I lost interest in the project. I set it aside for awhile and instead worked on a bunch of baby hats, booties, and the Sunflower Throw. I decided to pick it up again but I lost the graph with my notes. So this is Plan B:

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Renaning it Pumpkin-Gingerbread Trifle Granny Blanket.

Years ago, and pre-stroke, I crocheted a filet doily of my last name. I finally saved up enough money to have it framed. I’m sure it’ll look amazing hanging on the wall above my bed, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture and showing it off now! It has a burgundy suede mat and cherry wood frame.

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Yesterday I completed the Sunflower Throw. It’s a free pattern found on the Red Heart site. I started the project on August 1st and finished it yesterday, October 18. It took me a lot longer than usual (my average is a month for adult afghans), but then again, I didn’t work on it steadily. The pattern was fairly easy but for some reason I didn’t understand the directions for the 3 strips. I finally just decided to do what my instincts were saying. Seemed to work! I ripped out stitches more times than I care to admit but that’s nothing new to a crocheter. Decided to use the join-as-you-go method and love it. Yay for new techniques!

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I am trying to go back and re-create the pattern I made years ago for the Flower Tape Measure Cozy. I got a couple requests for the pattern but I didn’t write anything down. Better late than never! As soon as I get to the store to buy some green yarn and a tape measure I will post the pattern in its entirety. In the meantime, enjoy making the rose!🙂

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Irish Rose

Materials: Sportweight or Baby Yarn; F/5 – 3.75 mm crochet hook

Directions:

Chain 6; join with sl st to form a ringIrish Rose.

Rnd 1: Chain 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), *dc, ch 2** rep from * to ** 6 times. Join with sl st in top ch 3. (8 dc, 16 ch made)

Rnd 2: In next ch 2 sp, *sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc** rep in ea ch 2 around. (8 petals made)

Rnd 3: Working behind the sts in Rnd 2, *sc in base of sc, ch 5.** rep around. Join with sl st. (8 ch 5 “loops” made.

Rnd 4: In next ch 5, *sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc** rep in ea ch 5 “loop” around. Join with slip st in sc. Bind off and weave in tail. (8 petals made)

It’s been a long time since I posted anything but I’m still around. I was trying to use up leftover yarn from the cowl I’d previously knooked and came up with this hat:

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I was using the Ridge Hat with Brim free pattern on Ravelry but, of course, I ran out of yarn. I briefly considered buying the necessary yarn to complete it, but that would defeat the stash busting attempt, and I’d probably end up with more yarn I need projects for. A vicious circle right there!

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