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July Daily Deals 2015: July 29: 75% off the Scrappy Shells Blanket crochet pattern

July 2015 Daily Deals with @ucrafter, 31 days of #crochet and #knitting discounts, sign up for daily email alerts at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/JulyDD2015

Welcome to July Daily Deals! Every day in July, 2015, I’ll be sharing a coupon code or special discount for crochet and knitting patterns, supplies, and goodies. Each discount will last just 24 hours, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to sign up for daily email alerts here.

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Today’s Daily Deal is for 75% off the Scrappy Shells Blanket crochet pattern! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry. This pattern was originally published in I Like Crochet.

Scrappy Shells Blanket: Vital Statistics

Scrappy Shells Blanket, #crochet pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafter for sale on Craftsy, Etsy, Kollabora, Ravelry

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This vibrant and colorful baby blanket makes a great gift. Plan out your colors or use scrap yarn to create a unique variation.

Skills used

  • Basic crochet stitches: chain, double crochet, single crochet
  • Working in rows
  • Increasing and decreasing by skipping sts
  • Changing colors

Finished Size

  • Baby Blanket: 31” (79 cm) wide x 40” (101.5 cm) long.

Materials

Shop Lion Brand Yarns on LeisureArts.com!

Gauge

  • 18 sts x 10 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

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#Crochet #TipsTuesday: 3 Tips for Making Your Crochet and Knit Baby Gifts Amazing

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday

If you’re like many crocheters and knitters, you love making gifts for babies. These projects are relatively small and portable, so they’re fun to make year round, and these gifts are loved and cherished by parents and babies alike.

Here are three tips for making amazing baby gifts every time!

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Choose the right yarn

Accessories, garments, and blankets for newborns, infants, and toddlers generally need to be washed frequently. Choosing yarns that can be both machine washed and dried allow for the most versatility.

  • Cotton is a breathable, plant based fiber. Cotton typically shrinks, but washing in cold water and machine drying on a low heat setting can reduce the shrinkage. For parents concerned about eco-impact, there are many organic options available, as well as undyed and low-impact dye options.
3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Galler Yarns Inca Eco is an organic cotton yarn that uses low impact dyes.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Another great organic cotton yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

    • Bamboo is another breathable, plant based fiber. Bamboo is said to have antibacterial properties. On its own, it is difficult to wash and often loses its shape, so it best when combined with washable wool to create a more elastic yarn that is appropriate for babies.

    • Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that holds up to washing and drying. Colors don’t fade over time. Acrylic is less expensive than natural fibers, so it is a great option for larger projects like blankets.
    • Wool is making a comeback for baby projects. A natural animal fiber, wool is breathable, elastic, and has great stitch definition. Choose a superwash or machine washable wool yarn that has been chemically treated to prevent felting, or felt your crochet or knit project after finishing it to create a dense and cozy project.

Many “baby yarns” are blends that combine the best elements of some of these different fibers while also reducing cost and making the final project washable. (Other “baby yarns” are just regular yarns in pastel colors, so be sure to check the labels!)

Other “baby yarns” are light weight (or DK) yarns. Although projects in thicker yarns can make cuddly toys and blankets, garments in thinner yarns allow newborns and infants a great range of motion.

If the parents have a registry, consider selecting yarns that match or coordinate with colors in the nursery. If the gender isn’t yet known (or shared), consider gender-neutral colors. Don’t feel restricted to yellows and whites; experiment with contemporary color combinations like teal and chocolate, rainbow colors, or several greens.

Consider safety

Babies enjoy chewing on everything, including handmade gifts! Make sure to weave in ends carefully with a yarn needle to avoid unraveling.

When making toys, avoid buttons or plastic eyes. Use embroidery to decorate facial expressions. Avoid fringes, chain or icord ties, or other stringy adornments that can present a choking or strangulation hazard.

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Prepare your project for gifting

Many parents will avoid using handmade gifts because they worry about damaging these treasured items in the wash. When giving handmade baby  gifts, always include care instructions. You can download and print my free care instructions tags, order sew-in labels, or include the yarn ball band inside of a card.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Include care instructions (and free printable labels)

Although many parents will wash gifts before use with a baby detergent, consider washing your project before gifting it anyway. If you smoke, have pets, or have been working on the project while commuting or traveling, washing will reduce the presence of germs, strong odors, dust, and dander.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to crochet and knit wonderful items for babies that can be enjoyed and passed down for years to come!

If you’re planning to crochet your next baby gift, try my free patterns for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket or the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket!

What are your favorite tips for crocheting and knitting baby gifts?

July Daily Deals 2015: July 24: 75% off Throwback Throw crochet pattern

July 2015 Daily Deals with @ucrafter, 31 days of #crochet and #knitting discounts, sign up for daily email alerts at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/JulyDD2015

Welcome to July Daily Deals! Every day in July, 2015, I’ll be sharing a coupon code or special discount for crochet and knitting patterns, supplies, and goodies. Each discount will last just 24 hours, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to sign up for daily email alerts here.
From July 6 through July 24 (or while supplies last!), I’m also participating in the Christmas in July/Hanukkah in the Heat Blog Hop. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details and links to the other participating blogs and shops!

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Today’s Daily Deal is for 75% off the Throwback Throw crochet pattern! Click here to add it (with the discount) to your cart on Ravelry. This pattern was originally published in the August, 2014 issue of I Like Crochet.

Throwback Throw: Vital Statistics

Throwback Throw, #crochet pattern by @ucrafter, for sale on Craftsy, Etsy, Kollabora, Ravelry

03-intermediateUS terms 504-medium 50Stitches with different heights create zig-zagging triangles in this comfy throw.

Skills used

  • Basic crochet stitches: chain, double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet, slip stitch
  • Working in rows (for blanket), working in rounds (for border), changing colors, increasing, decreasing, skipping stitches
  • Special stitches: cdc, dtr, and dtr2tog (with explanations in pattern)

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Finished Size

  • Throw: 56” (142 cm) long x 44” (112 cm) wide.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m) – 4 skeins ea in 169 Shenandoah (MC) and 174 Joshua Tree (CC), or approximately 990 yd (905 m) in ea of 2 contrasting colors in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Shop for Lion Brand Yarns on LeisureArts.com!

Gauge

  • 20 sts x 17 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

75% off on Ravelry with coupon code jdd20150724 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern today!
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Today’s the last day of the Christmas In July/Hanukkah In the Heat blog hop! Don’t forget to visit the other participating blogs for sample sales, supplies, coupon codes, and more special crochet offers!

Christmas in July/Hanukkah in the Heat, a Blog Hop Special Event, July 6 through July 24 via @ucrafter

American Crochet

Creative Threads by Leah

Crochet Memories

Darcy’s Crochet Creations

Designs from Grammy’s Heart, with Love

Mainly Crochet

Rebeckah’s Treasures

Sweet Potato Creations