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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

anxiety blanket

Weighted blankets have been in use for years to treat symptoms of sensory processing issues, but recently there is a lot of hype to treat insomnia and anxiety as well.  I have a close friend with anxiety and depression who often half-jokes about being out of order when her emotional issues flare up.  I created this graph as use for a weighted blanket with her in mind.
I plan on using 2 strands of WW yarn such as Red Heart when I make this (but using a chunky or bulky yarn would work too) with a J hook and 1 sc per graph square.  A commercially manufactured weighted blanket may have actual weights sewn in between the layers, but there is no need for that when using 2 strands or a super bulky yarn.  The effectiveness of the weighted blankets come from the heaviness of the total blanket, not from the individual beads sewn inside.  If you'd like to make it a lighter, regular throw, just use 1 strand of WW yarn.

If' you'd like to try this afghan for yourself, please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "out of order" in the subject line.  If you have any questions, please put them in the body of your email.  I'd love to see a finished photo of your work, so after you've made it email it to me or share it on Twitter using @kendrascrochet  or Instagram using #kendrascrochetedcreations.  

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Captain American themed free graph

Captain America is an enhanced Steve Rogers who was injected with a serum by the government to help with the war effort (WWII).  He was frozen in ice and suspended until the present day when he was thawed out and served the government again.  He stands for morals, patriotism, and truth, justice, and the American Way.

This graph was made to use 2 dc with an H hook to get a twin sized afghan.  If you'd like it to be smaller, 1 sc per graph square with a J hook will yield a 4 x 5 ft throw  if you increase the number of rows by 5 on each side and 15 on top and bottom.  I'd recommend working this one from the long side due to the lettering.  If you work it from the short side, a lot of the color changes will happen at the top and bottom and really slow things down.  See my post on intarsia crochet to get an idea how to do your color changes.

If you'd like the pdf of this graph, please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Captain America" in the subject line.  If you have any questions, please include them in the body of your email.

*tip: a border in red, white, and blue would really tie it together!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

For Sale

 I have a collection of items in my possession that I've crocheted in order to write a pattern, give as gifts, or just to see if I could do it.  This is a small sample of items I have at home that I've decided to sell.  If you're interested in any of them please email me for pricing.  The items shown are a stuffed green frog, stuffed neon orange elephant, stuffed green hippo, stuffed raccoon with ice cream cone, fox-themed hood with ears, and blue shawlette.  The stuffed animals are approximately ten inches high, but I can measure if you'd like a precise measurement.  These are all one of a kind items, but I can make similar ones if you'd refer a different color or size.








Friday, December 28, 2018

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty was created in 1974 by the Japanese Company Sanrio, and brought to the U.S. in 1976. She was purposely created without a mouth so that consumers could project their own feelings onto her and be happy, sad, angry, or whatever together with her. Also, she speaks from her heart, not with her mouth.

To get the pdf of this graph to create your own afghan, please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Hello Kitty" in the subject line.  Any questions should be in the body of the email.  At this time I have not completed the afghan myself so have no yarn amounts to share with you, but if you complete it and would like to send the information to me along with a photo to be shared here and/or on my Facebook page, I'd appreciate it! 

The graph is 120 x 100 squares.  I'd use an H hook and 2 dc per graph square to get a twin sized afghan.

If you like this, please let me know in the comments and share using the Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus buttons below.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Fight Like a Girl

After I made yesterday's pink ribbon post, I made up this boxing gloves graph to encourage our breast cancer fighting sisters.  Thanks for the inspiration, Gale, who asked for boxing gloves with the pink ribbon graph.

To get a twin mattress sized afghan (without putting on a border) use 2 dc per graph square with an H hook. Adding several rows of border will give you overhang for the twin bed.  To make this a 4 x 5 ft throw, add 5 rows to each side and 15 to top and bottom, but use a J hook and 1 sc per graph square. 

To request this graph, please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "pink gloves" in the subject line.  If you have any questions, please put them in the body of your email.  If you'd like me to make one for you, I can do that too.  Email me for pricing. 

If you like this pattern, please share it using the buttons below, and I always love comments!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

I know this one is very plain, but it is halfway through October (breast cancer awareness month) and I haven't posted one yet! 

The pink ribbon is one of the most recognized symbols of silent support. We all know someone who has been touched by cancer (of some kind or another), either someone who has been diagnosed, or someone who is a mutual friend of someone who has been. 

Breast cancer awareness ribbons outwardly show our moral support for those who have been diagnosed with, are receiving treatment for, and are survivors of breast cancer. We wear these ribbons for our mothers, friends and lovers, and sisters.

Ladies, remember to do your self-exams and get your medical checkups!  There are people who love you and YOU should be one of them!!!

If you would like this free graph (graph only, no written instructions), please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Pink Ribbon" in the subject line.  If you use an H hook and 2 dc per graph square this should come out about twin mattress sized.  Adding a few rows of border will make it cover a twin bed nicely with a bit of overhang. If you'd like a smaller throw, use a J hook and 1 sc per graph square, but add 15 rows to the top and bottom, and add 5 rows to each side.

If you'd like me to make one for you I can do that too!  Email me for pricing.

If you have any questions or comments, you can either email me or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Vegas Knights

The [Las] Vegas Golden Knights were formed in 2017 and is the first major professional sports franchise to be based in Las Vegas.  The Golden Knights are the first team in NHL history to have started their inaugural season winning 8 of their first 9 games!  I think we can expect great things from this team!

If you would like the pdf of this graph, please email me at kendrascrochet@gmail.com with "Vegas Golden Knights" in the subject line.  If you have any questions, please include them in the body of the email.

From this graph, if you use 2 dc per graph square with an H hook, your blanket should come out about twin mattress sized (around 3.5 x 6.5 ft) before including a border.  If you'd like a smaller throw, add 15 rows to each side of the graph and you'll get around a 5 ft square-ish afghan, using a J hook and 1 sc per graph square.  If you've never made a graphghan before, please read my post on intarsia crochet for tips and a little background.

If you'd like me to make it for you, I can do that too!  Please email me for pricing.