I am feeling much better these days. I felt like I had one foot in the grave for such a long time without really realizing it. It's funny how you don't realize how awful you feel until you start to feel better. I still have a ways to go, but that's part of the journey I suppose. I am still working on learning to bring much needed balance to my life, but I think that is a challenge many can relate to.
For the month of February, we are crocheting a bobble stitch block. I kind of love bobble stitches! There are lots of things that make me happy in crochet - and bobble stitches happen to be one of them. This block is simple, it's a lot of half double crochet stitches with bobble stitches scattered evenly - giving the fabric a polka-dot effect. I always loved polka-dots. Unfortunately my husband does not, so I currently have nothing polka-dotted in my wardrobe. I should probably remedy that situation....
Here is a peek of a project that I made for my nephew's wedding a few years ago. The entire blanket features the stitch pattern from this month's blocks. I added the tunisian crocheted heart with the couple's names and wedding date cross-stitched on to hopefully make it something special for them.
|Customizable Keepsake Afghan|
bobble: (Yo, insert hook in indicated st or sp, yo, draw yarn through st and up to level of work) 5 times in same st, yo, draw yarn through 11 loops on hook.
Foundation ch and Row 1: Ch 34. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each stitch across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout). Skip first hdc. Hdc in each stitch across. Make 1 hdc in top of turning chain. (33 hdc) Turn.
Row 3: Ch 2. Skip first hdc. Hdc in next 3 stitches. *Ch 1, skip next stitch. Hdc in next 7 stitches. Repeat from * until within last 5 stitches. Ch 1. Skip next stitch. Hdc in last 3 stitches. Hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 2. Skip first hdc. Hdc in next 3 hdc. *Bobble (see Special Stitches) in ch-1 sp. Hdc in next 7 stitches. Repeat from *to last ch-1 sp. Bobble in last ch-1 sp. Hdc in last 3 hdc. Hdc in top of turning ch.
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat row 2.
Row 7: Ch 2. Skip first hdc. *Hdc in next 7 stitches. Ch 1, skip next stitch. Repeat from * until within last 8 stitches. Hdc in last 7 stitches. Hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 8: Ch 2. Skip first hdc. *Hdc in next 7 stitches. Bobble in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * until within last 8 stitches. Hdc in last 7 stitches. Hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Rows 9 and 10: Repeat row 2.
Repeat rows 3-10 for pattern.
Variation for polka-dot square: On bobble stitch rows (rows 4 & 8), carry another color along through the row and switch to it for bobble stitches only (then switch back to main color) to make a polka-dot fabric.
I'm sharing one more photo of the stitch pattern in a self-patterning yarn. It's always interesting for me to see how the same stitch pattern looks when you change up yarn types and colors.
|bobble stitch pattern in self-patterning yarn|
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