Breezy Bee, Crochet

Baby Blanket for my 1st Niece

I’m super excited to announce that I became an auntie this week! My niece arrived on Monday and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also excited to share the gift I made for her. It is by far the biggest project I’ve completed.

The blanket is a little bit bigger than a standard full size blanket, so I have it split into two pictures. Those who follow my Instagram account have already seen it in pieces along the way.

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My niece’s nursery has jungle theme with an emphasis on tigers, so when I saw the tiger pattern from 1dogwoof‘s zoodiac collection I knew it would be perfect. I used the tiger and monkey designs from her original collection.

I was also lucky to find some redesigns that let me keep with the jungle theme. Alli Palli Creations was working on a similar baby blanket while I made this one and was kind enough to send me the graphs she was using for hers. That added the zebra, cheetah, hippo, and giraffe. I also found a blanket done with some additional animals by Semiha Atak Yenidünya, and that added the panda and lion.

Inspired by these wonderful ladies I did a few recolors of 1dogwoof’s tiger and monkey desgins to create the white tiger, panther, and lemur. Lastly I made the elephant design to get me up to 12 animals for the blanket. I’ve included the graphs for the ones I’ve added below. You can check out additional pictures of the blanket on my Instagram and Facebook.

This was my first project using corner to corner (C2C) crochet and I’m in love with the stitch. The only thing I would recommend is not using ombre yarn. It looks awesome, but it makes weaving in ends absolutely miserable. Lesson learned. I used a size J crochet hook and full details for yarn colors used are listed below:

(Red Heart Super Saver abbreviated RHSS)

Edging: RHSS Grey Heather

Zebra Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS White and Charcoal
Eyes: RHSS Ombré Scuba

Monkey Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Fur: RHSS Warm Brown and Buff
Eyes: RHSS Charcoal
Inner Ears: Baby Pink

Cheetah Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron, White, and Charcoal

Panther Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS Charcoal and Grey Heather
Inner Ears and Nose: Black
Eyes: RHSS Saffron

Panda Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS Charcoal and White
Eyes: RHSS Ombré Scuba

Hippo Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Base: Big Twist Premium Medium Denim
Snout and Tail: RHSS Light Blue
Inner Ears and Nose: RHSS Baby Pink
Teeth: RHSS White

Lion Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron and Buff
Mane, Nose, Feet: RHSS Coffee

Tiger Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS Pumpkin, Charcoal, and White

Lemur Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS Dusty Grey, Charcoal, and White
Eyes: RHSS Saffron

Elephant Square:
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Base: Dusty Grey and Grey Heather
Eyes: RHSS Charcoal

Giraffe Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron and Warm Brown
Feet and Ossicones: RHSS Coffee

White Tiger Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS White and Charcoal
Inner Ears and Nose: RHSS Baby Pink
Eyes: RHSS Spring Green

Thanks so much for reading. If you have any questions feel free to comment below!

Crochet, Gifting

Easy Breezy Potholders

My bestie loves to cook and her birthday was the perfect opportunity for me to whip up some potholders. It was one of the first things I learned to crochet and is wonderfully simple, yet fun.

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To finish up her gift I picked up a Blue Q oven mitt from Copper Pony. The mitt is sassy, fun, and matches the potholders perfectly. I also found a fantastic card that matched my color scheme. If you are in the St. Cloud area I definitely recommend checking out the store. There are tons of fun goodies, the shop smells amazing, and the owner is phenomenal. I was also lured in buy the close-out sale at Herberger’s and found a cute spatula to round out the gift.

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I used the Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Retro Stripe and the recommended hook size I-9 (5.5mm) from Boye. I love using the stripes yarn because the color change motivates me to keep working on my project. I picked up mine at Joann so I could use the 5% cashback from Ibotta. I also picked up a few skeins of Big Twist yarn to test out because they had some great deals for it,

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made the handmade portion of my gift!

– Breezy Bee