NOTES OF INTEREST:

Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: As usual I have a few new projects I'm working on and one more new Great Grandbaby coming that I'm creating a Blanket for, so, busy, busy. If you have any comments, or questions about my interests (creativity), I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie



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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Boucle/Terry Blankie, Hat and Booties

This is a very special crochet pattern gift for a very special person. I have an aquaintance, who has a best girl friend that fell in love with a special guy. Best friend got pregnant, the guy panicked and ran. She turned to her family for help. The family tried to convince her to have an abortion. She couldn't do it, she was healthy and didn't believe in it. Her family mocked her, her siblings called her a whore. So my girl aquaintance is helping her out with non-judgemental support, love and advice. This brought back many dark memories from my past and I had to do, what I do best, for her. Wahla! Baby Blanket, Hat and Booties. My hope is someone will make these for someone else that just needs a little support.

Boucle/Terry Baby Blanket, Hat and Booties
By Berta Gilholm

Materials: (For all three projects)
1 skein - Sensations Rainbow Boucle Yarn ww#4 11oz/853yd (312gm/780meters) color#1215 Cream.
5 skeins - Festival Bulky (Terry type mix fiber yarn) polyester/acrylic 1.75oz/50gm, Lavender
(can substitute a yarn like) Bernat, Lulu, 1.75oz/50gm, color of your choice.
Approx. 3oz. Worsted Weight  (WW) Yarn in Cream.
Crochet Hook size: US L/8mm for Blanket
Crochet Hook size: US J/7mm for Hat and Booties
Yarn Needle
Stitches and Abbreviations: Ch = chain, Sc = single crochet, Hdc = half double crochet, Dc = double crochet, Sp = space, Sl St = slip stitch.
Note: Beginning and ending 2 rows use 2 strands together. The rest of the blanket is done with 1 strand. Each beginning ch 3 of each row counts as a stitch.
Blanket Pattern: Size approximately 36” x 43”
With Hook size US L/8mm and 1 strand of Boucle and 1 strand of  WW held together, Ch 87
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * across, turn (43 sc – 43 ch1)
Row 2: Ch 1, Sc in first sc, sc in first ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat across ending with 1 sc in last ch 1 sp and 1 sc in last sc, turn fasten off  WW and Boucle, join Festival
Row 3:  Ch 3, *dc in next sc, dc in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across, turn (86 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, *dc in next dc, dc in each dc across, (86 dc) fasten off Festival, join Boucle   
(First Pattern Section)
Row 5: With Boucle, Ch 1, sc in next dc, *sc in each dc across, turn
Row 6: Ch 3, sc in next sc, *dc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * across, turn
Row 7: Ch 3, sc in next dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, turn
Row 8 – 15: Repeat row 7, at end of row 15 fasten off Boucle and join Festival
Row 16:  Ch 3, *dc in next sc, dc in next dc bar,  repeat from * across, dc in top of ch 3, turn (86 dc)
Row 17: Ch 3, *dc in next dc, dc in each dc across, (86 dc) fasten off Festival, join Boucle          
Row 18 – 30: Repeat first section – row 5 through 17.
Row 31 – 43: Repeat first section – row 5 through 17.
Row 44 – 56: Repeat first section – row 5 through 17.
Row 57 – 69: Repeat first section – row 5 through 17.
Row 70 – 82: Repeat first section – row 5 through 17. At the end of row 82 fasten off Festival and join 1 strand of WW and 1 strand of Boucle held together
Row 83: With WW/Boucle ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in each dc across, turn
Row 84: Ch 1, Sc in same stitch, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * across, turn (43 sc – 43 ch1)
Row 85: Ch 1, Sc in first sc, sc in first ch 1 sp, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat across ending with 1 sc in last ch 1 sp and 1 sc in last sc, fasten off  and weave in ends.

BOUCLE TERRY HAT  (14 inch circumference)
Note: For a larger size add 6 more increases to row 4 for a total of (48 dc) and add 1 more row of Boucle at row 8, then continue with row 9.
Pattern:
With Hook size US J/7mm Terry Ch 4, join with a slst to 4th ch from the hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3, crochet 11 dc in ring,  join with sl st to top of ch 3, (12 dc) fasten off Terry and join Boucle
Rnd 2: With Boucle Ch 3, 1 dc in same sp as sl st, *2 dc in next dc, Repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same space as ch 3, *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, Repeat from * around,  join with sl st to top of ch 3, (36 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next 4, dc, 2 dc in next dc (increase made), *dc in each of next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, Repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, (42 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, (42 dc)
Rnd 6 – 7 – 8: Repeat row 5, fasten off Boucle, join Terry (42 dc)
Rnd 9: With Terry Ch 3, dc in next dc and each dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, (42 dc)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, hdc in next dc and each dc around, join with sl st to top of ch 3, (42 dc) fasten off weave in ends.

BOUCLE TERRY BOOTIES (make 2) (6 - 9 month)
Note: For a larger foot area add 2 hdc increases near center of row 6 for a total of (21 hdc) and add 1 more row of hdc after row 10, then do row 11 and continue finishing.
Pattern:
With Terry Chain 17 leaving a 6 inch tail at beginning of chain
Row 1: work a sc in 2rd chain from hook and in each chain across, turn(16 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, fasten off Terry and join Boucle, turn
Row 3: With Boucle Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn (16 sc)
Row 4: Chain 1, Hdc in each sc across, turn
Row 5: Chain 1, Hdc in each hdc across, turn
Row 6: Chain 1, 1 hdc in first 6 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc (increase made), 1 hdc in next hdc, repeat from # twice, 1 hdc in last 4 hdc, turn (19 hdc)
Row 7: Chain 1, 1 hdc in first 5 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc (increase made), 1 hdc in next hdc, repeat from # three times, 1 hdc in last 6 hdc, turn (23 hdc)
Row 8: Chain 1, 1 hdc in first 7 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc (increase made), 1 hdc in next 2 hdc, repeat from # twice, 1 hdc in last 7 hdc, turn (26 hdc)
Row 9 & 10: Repeat Row 5, at the end of row 10, turn
Row 11: slip stitch in the first 13 hdc to center of piece,  fasten off and leave a 12 inch tail for weaving.
FINISHING:
Fold the Bootie in half and put the tail through the yarn needle, starting at the center front of the bootie, do a  blanket stitch across the bottom and up the back side of the Boucle seam, fasten off and weave in end. Put the beginning Terry chain tail through the yarn needle and do a blanket stitch through the top 3 rows for cuff seam, fasten off weave in ends.

11 comments:

  1. Is it difficult to work with this kind of yarn? Does it get tangled easily

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    1. Boucle is a little more difficult than regular ww, but after 2 or 3 rows, it flys by. You get used to the stitch and you can substitute a ww wool or mohair. The picture on the blog header is a spread I made out of the same type of yarn. I looked at your blog Chris and you are wonderful, I don't think you'll have any problems. Birdie

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  2. May God bless your friend and her precious baby. Please know that I will be praying for her and want her to know that she is loved and applauded for her courage. She will need the support of friends in the coming months and years. Thank you for sharing her story. It is my intention to make the blanket (and maybe the hat and booties too) to donate to a crisis pregnancy center.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement. The pregnancy center donation is a terrific idea. I hope others join you and I probably will as soon as I catch up with my great grand baby stuff. Birdie

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  3. Prayers for the woman and her baby...so glad she decided against abortion and so very sad for her lousy family. Nice blanket too.

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  4. This story just touched my heart. I will be making this set for our local pregancy center. I always feel that - when one door closes another opens- and this sure is the case here.

    Thank you and God Bless, Carole from Oregon

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    1. I'll tell you another. I went through the same mess about 100 years ago and a few understanding people kept me on my feet. Thank you for pointing out the HEART of the story. Have fun crocheting, Birdie

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  5. Birdie
    I am neither pro nor against abortion, firmly convinced that each woman must do what is right for her at that time.

    What touched me was your comment on the many dark memories of your own. I share many dark memories on this subject and know how it tugs at our hearts. It amazes me that here we are nearly 50 years after my experiences and we have young women still being bullied & humiliated in a time of need for any woman.

    Shame on anyone that says she should have done one thing or another. What everyone should focus on is making sure that whatever decision a woman makes, there are support networks that provide that much needed help.

    I, too, will make this set for someone who needs it.
    Leonie

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    1. It never ceases to amaze me of all the good hearted and caring people out there. I am so glad you enjoyed the pattern and I'm sure many future Mom's will be delighted with your creation of love. Birdie Gee

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  6. Your story touched me as well. I have been looking for a pattern to make for my friend having her second baby. I had some questions about the amount of yarn needed and the working with 2 strands together. I have never done this before. Do you just start with 2 strands? As for the yarn is it 3 different kinds or just 2? Is the cream colored stein larger than the lavender and that is why you only need one stein? Are the yarns both the same weight? I have been crocheting for a while but have never worked with 2 strands of yarn before. Anyone that can answer please help. Do you know of any instructional videos on YouTube that might help.
    Thanks

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  7. Working 2 strands together is pretty simple and I don't know of instructions on it. Get your yarns side by side and make sure they both pull out smoothly. Make a slip knot the same way you do with 1 strand holding both yarns together the same way you do one strand. The Cream yarn has 11 oz. in a skein and the Lavender has 1.75 oz. per skein that is why you only need 1 skein of cream. The yarn is worsted weight but furzy in both cases. Fuzzy yarn is hard to work with and I suggest a soft worsted weight or less fuzzy baby yarn for the first one. Good Luck, Birdie

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