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I'm a Lumberjack and I'm Okay!

YarnspirationsErin Black

We are getting so close to the Canada 150 celebration and I am excited to present to you this amazing new Lumberjack Crochet Throw Pattern.  It is available, for free, from Yarnspirations and can be found in their awesome Canada 150 Lookbook!

The idea for the Lumberjack Throw came to me while I was brainstorming for the Canada 150 projects and thinking about my childhood. I remember watching Sunday night TV as a kid (The Raccoons to be specific) and this amazing cartoon for the "Log Driver's Waltz" would come on. I loved the song, and the fact that my Dad was a real life lumberjack made it even better (he wasn't actually a lumberjack, he worked for the city and sometimes cleared brush, but I was 7 years old, so steel toed boots and thick grey work socks with a cream cuff and red stripe meant lumberjack.) The nostalgia factor of this blanket is huge for me, and using a cuddly yarn just makes wrapping up in it that much better.

This throw size blanket is crocheted with cozy Bernat Softee Chunky. This yarn is an old friend of mine that I use whenever I am looking to make something soft and cuddly that works up quickly. And this blanket definitely fits the bill.

It is also a pretty easy stitch pattern that makes it the perfect project for working in front of the TV.  The amazing ribbing is created with a combination of front and back post double crochet stitches and the pattern becomes pretty intuitive once you get going. 

The front-post and back-post stitches are actually pretty easy! It's just a question of where you place your hook.

For front-post stitches, simply place your hook under the post of the stitch from the previous row instead of through the top loops of the stitch as your normally would (see below.)

For back-post stitches, simply place your hook over the post of the stitch, coming through from the back of your work, (see below.)

Pretty easy, Eh!?!

This blanket really is so much fun to make and use! If you are looking for an in depth tutorial, my friends over at The Crochet Crowd have recorded a video tutorial just for this blanket, making it super duper easy to follow along.

Be sure to post your amazing creations to Instagram and tag me @midknits #midknitsmakers. I would love to see your makes!

Get the free Lumberjack Crochet Throw pattern from the Yarnspirations Canada 150 Lookbook!

Happy Crocheting,
Erin

Croch-EH! Throw Pillow

YarnspirationsErin Black

Happy Birthd-EH Canada! The big party is this weekend and you could easily whip up one of these pillows before the big day! The Croch-Eh! Throw Pillow pattern is free from Yarnspirations and is available through their Canada 150 Lookbook!

This pattern uses one of my all time fave crochet stitches and it might not be one you are familiar with. It is called the split half double crochet (splhdc) and it gives the fabric a thick texture that slightly resembles knitting. The Splhdc is worked like a normal half double crochet, but instead of working the stitch into the top of the previous row as your normally would, you work the stitch in between the legs. (See the photos below for a visual guide to this stitch.)

The Croch-Eh! Throw Pillow pattern uses a chart to make it easy to follow and uses tapestry crochet techniques so you can carry your non-working yarn along the top and backs of your stitches; No need to use yarn bobbins!

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To change colours in tapestry crochet simply finish your last stitch of your first colour to your last pull-through, wrap with the colour you are switching to, and pull your final pull-through for the stitch. This will leave you with your new colour on your hook, ready to start stitching.

As I worked this pattern I made sure to keep the yarn I was carrying to the wrong-side (or back-side) of the work.  I also made sure not to carry the red yarn across the entire pillow, keeping it only in the area where the EH! is located. You can easily drop the red yarn to the wrong-side of your work once you reach the edge of the EH!, and pick it back up once you crochet your way back to it on the next row. This ensures that you get a crisp and clean finish on the front of your pillow.

The final step for this pillow is to seam up three sides, stuff with a pillow form, and seam up the final side!

I really love this pillow (and I don't think I am the only one!) If you are looking for a more in-depth tutorial, my friends over at The Crochet Crowd have recorded an amazing video tutorial for this pattern that walks you through the entire process from start to finish! From reading the chart, to working the split half double crochet stitch, tapestry crochet techniques and how to properly change colours, Mikey has everything covered! Check out the video tutorial here!

Be sure to post your amazing creations to Instagram and tag me @midknits #midknitsmakers. I would love to see your makes!

Get the free Croch-EH! Throw Pillow pattern from the Yarnspirations Canada 150 Lookbook!

Happy Crocheting,
Erin

Happy Birthd-EH!

YarnspirationsErin BlackComment

It's Canada's 150th Birth-year and what better way to celebrate than to show off our Canadian pride with our favourite yarn-y hobbies; Knitting and Crochet! If you haven't had a chance to check out Yarnspirations Coast To Coast - Canada 150 Lookbook yet, make sure you do. It offers an array of free knit and crochet patterns that are all Canadian-centric in their design and super cute!

I was lucky enough to be asked to design some pieces for the collection and look forward to showing you some behind the scenes photos for some of the patterns soon!

Here are the pieces I was lucky enough to design! the patterns for the ccc, xxx and xxx are all available for free at Yarnspirations.com
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The patterns are all available on the Yarnspirations.com website for free!

Croch-EH! Throw Pillow
A-moose-ing Knit Pillow
Lumberjack Crochet Throw
Maple Leaf Knit Applique
Crochet Buffalo Plaid Afghan

Take a look at these other amazing projects that are also available through the Coast To Coast - Canada 150  Lookbook.

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Go To Seed Knit Scarf

I will definitely have to make some of these projects for myself!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting,
Erin

Be sure to post your amazing creations to Instagram and tag me @midknits #midknitsmakers. I would love to see your makes!

Mega Free Crochet Pattern!

Free Crochet PatternsErin BlackComment

Never Fear, the crochet version is here! Do you really think I would leave all of my crochet peeps out of the Welcome-to-the-blog free pattern?!? Not likely.  I have used the same Bernat Mega Bulky yarn from Yarnspirations as I used in the knit version to create this gorgeous single-crochet throw. The yarn is amazingly thick and warm, 100% acrylic, and has a gorgeous luster that gives beautiful stitch definition. Because the yarn is so thick, this blanket works up in no time flat. On with the pattern...

MEGA CROCHET THROW BLANKET
knitting pattern 2017002

Written in Standard US Terms

+ DIMENSIONS:
Width: 44" (111.76 cm)
Length: 54" (137.16 cm)

+ SKILL LEVEL:
Easy

+ TECHNIQUES:
Chain Stitch, Single-Crochet Stitch, Easy Color Change, Fringe.

+ SUPPLIES REQUIRED:
US size 50 (25.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

+ YARN:
Bernat Mega Bulky
#7 jumbo weight
100% Acrylic
300 g (10.5 oz) / 58 m (647 yds)
3 skeins (1 for blanket 2 for fringe) Light Grey Heather (yarn A)
7 skeins Radiant Orchid (yarn B)

+ GAUGE:
Approx. 7 sts x 7.5 rows = 8" square in single-crochet.

+ ABBREVIATIONS:
approx. = approximately
ch(s) = chain(s)
fr = from
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)


PATTERN:
with yarn A
Ch 40
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch fr hook, 1 sc in each ch to end of row. ch 1, turn. (39 sc)
Row 2: 1 sc in each st to end of row.
with yarn B
Rows 3-48 : rep row 2.
with yarn A
Row 49-50 : rep row 2.
Break yarn and pull through remaining loop on hook.

FINISHING:
Weave in loose ends.

Make fringe and attach to the trim edges of the blanket.

+Cut strands approximately 13" (33.02 cm) long.
+Fold one strand in half to form a loop.
+Insert your hook in a stitch along your trim edge and pull the fringe loop part way through.
+Pull the two ends of the strand through the loop and pull tight to secure.
+Continue adding fringe across both blanket trim edges.

Happy Crocheting,
Erin

P.S. Don't worry knitters, I have a version just for you!

Be sure to post your amazing creations to Instagram and tag me @midknits #midknitsmakers. I would love to see your makes!


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