I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas, I know we did. Oliver and Lily were old enough to really enjoy and understand what was happening. Since Christmas has now been and gone and everyone has their presents, I can now share the projects I have been working on since September - my families Christmas presents.
Mostly I made blankets for my family members, although also a couple of jumpers too. Some are patterns that are free, some paid and some are my own designs. This week I am basically going to have a gallery of the presents I made my family without too much text. I'll add a little information for the patterns I used so you can find them too, but mostly I just want the images to do the talking for me.
In the above picture, on the left is the jumper I made for my Dad in the Navy Blue aran wool from Aldi - the midwestern warmth men's cabled pullover. I really enjoyed making this and learnt a lot from the pattern about cables, its a paid pattern but definitely worth it. Top right is the dragonfly triangle scarf, a free pattern made in bamboo cotton in turquoise double knit. As its a smaller thread I did add a few extra rounds to make it a little largers. This is a quick pattern to work up and I really enjoyed making it. Finally on the bottom right in the cream aran from Aldi is the vertical RIB sweater, although I actually worked it in both loops rather than the back loops and added a smaller alternating back and front post HDC around all the edges to finish it. This is a paid pattern and was something new for me, I have never worked clothing vertically before.
Top left is a Chinese dragon blanket made in Paintbox Simple aran (becoming one of my favourite yarns to work with). I made the graph using Stitch Fiddle and is worked in basic Tunisian crochet stitch with a popcorn border. On the right is a chunky aldi yarn blanket worked in the Navajo Diamond Stitch, in Navy, sky blue and platinum colours. This is a really thick blanket which only took a few days to work up, plus the bonus is no ends to sew in!
On the right is a Hexagon sunset colour blanket, with 8 hexagons made in 10 different sunset colours, finished off with a pompom border at both of the short ends. It was designed for my sister to match her living room colours (plus she also likes hexagons!) On the right is a map blanket completed in Tunisian Simple stitch. The map was designed by my brother and sister for a book they are writing so seemed like the perfect Christmas present for him. Both blankets above were completed in Paintbox Simply aran. The graph was made using Stitch Fiddle.
On the left is a c2c crochet blanket with the image of a deer, completed in Aldi aran in red and brown (with a little cream). The border is an adaptation of a Celtic border pattern from the book of the Kells, possible the most challenging of all the Christmas presents I made this year! On the left fan of the video game Destiny may recognise the design as some of the banners from the game. This blanket was made in Paintbox simply aran and is completed in Tunisian crochet again.
The final two blankets are above. On the left is the leaping Stripes stitch, made in the baby wool from Aldi in pink, yellow, blue and white. On the right is my nieces princess blanket. In the middle is her knitted baby blanket and around the edge I have used the Princess and Villians graphs to add some of her favourite Disney Princesses, finished off with a puff stitch border. The blanket is completed in two colours of pink double knit with the princesses being made mostly using scraps I had left over from other projects. She hasn't received this yet as its for her 3rd birthday next month, but I don't think she will be looking on here yet!
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the Christmas presents I made this in the final blog post of the year. Join me next week for my round up of my first year blogging at Cosy Crochet.
Finally I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year, however you are celebrating.