A Quick Baby Blanket

I found a curious thing in the stash of vintage yarn from my great-grandmother–quite a few large crocheted squares. I believe they were the beginnings of slippers, but the assembly instructions were unfortunately missing.

So instead of letting them go to waste, I took a few and put together a little baby blanket. The intended recipient is still undetermined :p but you never know when you’ll need a last minute gift!

Mind you, I still need to wash and straighten it up, but I think it turned out quite well.

If you’d like to make one, you’ll need 4 squares in single crochet, in alternating colors if you want. Then in a third coordinating color, sew the edges of all 4 together. In that same color, single crochet around the entire outside edge to create a border. I added 5 single crochet in one stitch at each corner, but I think 4 would do just fine.

Adorable Crochet Summer Clutch

No doubt summer is fast approaching, and while I usually don’t even want to look at yarn during the hot and sticky days of June-August, this crocheted clutch is too cute to pass up! I found it over on Tangled Happy. Small and versatile, I can see it being perfect for the essentials. And think of the bright tropical colors you can use! Now I just need to dig out the yarn and the crochet hooks…

Also, I know I haven’t been posting as regularly, but I’m still around (promise). Summer is the time I unwind, spending more time outdoors and less time in front of the computer. So go soak up the sun and I’ll see you back here every once in a while until winter comes back.

Yay summer!

Crocheted Spring Flowers

I was doing a bit of spring cleaning recently and found a whole pile of crocheted flowers left over from a project I worked on early last year.

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Trying to figure out a use for them, I ran across this post on Repeat Crafter Me for Dum-Dum Daisies. Super cute, right? I decided a bouquet of these little cuties would be perfect to take to Easter dinner in a few weeks! I even have a bright sunny flower pot I can put them in.  So in the time it takes to watch Total Recall, I weaved in all those ends and ended up with 15 flowers ready for little lollipops.

I think I’ll stop by the dollar store tomorrow and pick some Dum-Dums up. I probably won’t assemble the flowers until closer to Easter, but I’ll definitely share the result. I love spring! I’m just happier all the time 🙂 and much more inspired to be crafty!

Super Easy Homemade Granola

I made this granola on New Year’s morning in all of 15 minutes and was so proud at how it turned out that I had to share. Why proud? Because I didn’t even follow a recipe, and often times that doesn’t work out so well. Here’s one time that it did.

easy fast granola recipe

Super Easy Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of warm honey
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • a dash of cinnamon, sprinkle of allspice, and pinch of salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut, cranberries, and spices.
  3. Warm honey in microwave or on the stove until thin and runny.
  4. Add oil and honey to oat mixture and stir until coated.
  5. Spread out in an even layer on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Granola will still be soft when it comes out of the oven.  It will become crunchy as it cools.

Fantastic on yogurt or as a bowl of cereal!

 

 

Knit and Yarn Ornaments

Hello! I’ve missed you! I know I’ve been a bit quiet, but I feel I need the time to reflect on the direction of Knitting Naturals and plan shiny new things for the coming year.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all having fun getting ready for the holidays! Looking for a few new ornaments for your tree? Give these a try! Even if you aren’t a knitter, some of these only require yarn wrapping skills. Super easy and quick.

Happy decorating!

For the knitter:

Knit Yarn Wreath

knit yarn wreath ornament

Envelope Ornament

knit envelope ornaments

Knit Bulb Covers

For the non-knitter (or knitter with little time and/or patience):

Yarn Wrapped Wreaths (or try this other awesome tutorial)

yarn wrapped mini wreath

Pom Pom Snowmen

pom pom snowmen

Yarn Tassels

diy yarn tassels

I hope your holidays are full of yarny goodness and plenty of laughter!

Awesome Crochet Dish Scrubbies

This isn’t a pattern of my own, but one that I’ve been wanting to try out for a while.  A few weeks ago I developed the Eco Knit Sponge, with is super absorbent and great for washing dishes or cleaning up spills on the counter.  While the sponge does have ridges on one side, I found that sometimes I just have some really stuck-on food that needs a little more power to scrub off.  So I crocheted a few dish scrubbies and have loved the results!

I will say they turned out much bigger than I thought they would. For whatever reason I just thought they’d be little circle just to scrub a small area, but the pattern makes one as big as my palm! The first one I made turned out quite lopsided, and isn’t pictured here.  These two I actually gave to my Mom, since she had mentioned wanting additional scrubbies for her house. Hopefully she finds them as useful as I have!

crochet dish scrubbies

This is a great project to use up extra yarn, especially if you have any that is scratchy and not useful for any kind of garment that you would wear.  Even if you don’t have enough of one color, just use what you have.  I like the look of using different colors in them, which is what I had to do when I ran out of brown yarn.

Crochet Dish Scrubby Pattern

Original pattern by Judith can be found here.
Materials
  • size H crochet hook
  • worsted weight yarn
  • yarn needle for finishing
Directions
  • Chain 21, leaving a long enough tail to weave through the entire length of the finished piece
  • Row 1: 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across to the last 2 ch, sc last 2 ch together, ch1 and turn
  • Row 2:  sc first 2 sts together, sc across to last st, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn
  • Row 3: 2 sc in first st, sc across to the last 2 sts, sc last 2 sts together, ch1 and turn
  • Repeat rows 2 & 3 for a total of 21 rows.
  • Bind off, leaving a long enough tail to weave through the entire length of the finished piece.
You will have two long tails now (one at the beginning and one at the end) on opposite sides of the piece.
Slip stitch the beginning row and ending row together.
Using the yarn needle, weave one of the tails through the edges of the rows and pull tight to cinch that side together.  Tie a knot to secure, trim the remaining yarn and weave in ends.
Repeat this on the other side, weaving the tail in and out of the edges of the rows and pulling tight to cinch together. Tie a knot, trim yarn, and weave in ends.
The edges of the rows now become the top and bottom of the scrubbie, you just have to squish is flat to make it look the photos.  Keep in mind the double-thickness can delay drying time, so I usually make sure to wring the scrubbie out extra good before setting it out to dry.  Happy crafting!
Crochet Dish Scrubby
Crochet Dish Scrubbies Pattern