2.5 hour Crochet Baby Blanket

dcbabyblanket_brownwithgreenborder-copy I love crocheting and knitting baby blankets. Not that you didn’t know that already. Sometimes a knit blanket can sit on my needles for a few weeks. In order to give myself a blanket break, I also work on a few smaller projects while it’s in progress. However, this blanket can be finished in a fraction of the time. I’m not lying when I call it the 2.5 Hour crochet baby blanket.

I’m not the fastest crocheter or knitter and even I can finish this blanket in a f. I need to take multiple breaks with a one year old in the house. It’s a very basic pattern using only double crochets for the body of the blanket and single crochets for the border. The best part is that you use bulky yarn and a very large hook. And in 2.5 hours, you have yourself a baby blanket.

It’s not a large blanket but it’s perfect for the stroller. And to be honest, that was the only time I used a heavy blanket with James. It gets cold here during the winter in the great white north. So a thick, cosy blanket while taking the baby for a walk is ideal.

Also, had I thought of this blanket earlier I probably would have used it during his newborn photo shoot. It fits perfectly into a wicker laundry basket which is the perfect size for newborn photographs.

You can find the PDF here.

2.5 Hour Crochet Baby Blanket 

You will need:

  • N Crochet Hook
  • Approximately 350 yards of Bulky Yarn. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. You’ll need 3 balls for the main colour and 1 ball for the border. NOTE: you won’t use all the yarn for the border and you only need the 3rd main colour ball for 2 rows, so I usually by 5 balls for the main colour and make 2 blankets.
  • Removable Stitch Marker. This is optional and only necessary if you plan on taking multiple breaks. The stitch markers will keep your place and keep your work from unravelling.
  • Darning Needle and Scissors. To cut the long tails and weave in the ends.
  • Finished Size:


  1. With your main colour chain 40, turn.
  2. Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, DC in each chain to the end. (37 dc’s worked) Chain 3, turn.

Repeat row 2 24 more time or until desired length is reached. NOTE: if you plan on making this blanket longer, you will also need more yarn.

On the last DC, change the yarn to your border colour (mine is green). To do this, use the border colour to make the last yarn over and pull through both the remaining loops.

With the border colour, chain 1, turn.

  1. Single crochet into each stitch all around the blanket. When you get to the corner stitch, work 3 single crochets into the corner stitch. While you work the single crochets on the sides make sure you space them out evenly.
  2. As you reach the beginning of the round, sl st into the first st and chain 1. Do not turn.
  3. SC in each stitch, working 3 sc into the corner stitches.

You can repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as you’d like to achieve your desired border thickness. Remember that you will need to adjust the amount of yarn you need if you plan on making a bigger blanket.

On the last stitch, sl st and fasten off. Weave in all your ends and block.

That’s it. Now you know why I call it the 2.5 hour crochet baby blanket.

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Happy Crocheting.


Bumpy Road Baby Blanket | New Pattern Available

Bumpy Road Baby Blanket I’ve finished the third baby blanket. I’m calling it the Bumpy Road Baby Blanket. It was lovely to knit. The repeats were easy enough that once I had them memorized I could knit and watch tv. The ultimate goal. 🙂

At this point (with James) I’m a sucker for easy (or easier) patterns. Simple stitches where my mind doesn’t have to think, remember rows and continuously count stitches. And this baby blanket fit the bill perfectly.

The Bumpy Road Baby Blanket can be found here. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.

Bumpy Road Baby Blanket

Yarn: Caron One Pound in Rose. Or your favourite medium to heavy worsted weight yarn, preferably acrylic or an acrylic/wool blend. You will need approximately 850 yards (777 meters). Note that I used the entire ball of Caron One Pound (812 yards) and had very little to spare, so make sure you have at least 850 yards.

Needle Size: 10 US (6 mm). I prefer to work blankets using 40” circulars, but straight needles will also work

Gauge: Approximately 15 sts and 24 rows = 4”

Finished Size: 36”(91.4 cm) wide x 35” (88.9 cm) long

Also Need: Stitch Markers (2) and a darning needle.


Blanket is worked in multiples of 8 + 6 stitches. This does not include the border. When you include the border it is worked in multiples of 8 + 22.

PM refers to place marker.


Happy Knitting,


James | One Year Old

I can’t believe it, I now have a toddler. That’s right, my baby is now a one year old. A year ago I was holding my sweet little newborn. Today, that same newborn is taking his first steps. A year of keeping this precious boy safe and healthy while watching him grow has gone by in the blink of an eye. It truly does go by so fast. one year old

I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. The newborn stage was NOT my favourite. But as he grows older I find myself longing for my 2 month old who would spend all day napping on my chest. Or those cute and tiny outfits that you swear would only fit a doll. But more and more I see a little man standing in front of me and not a baby.

A One Year Old James

  1. He still has no teeth. I know I shouldn’t worry but I want one of those little suckers to pop through already.
  2. He has started walking. Only a few steps here and there but it’s a beginning. Life will become much more hectic once he begins running around, so I’m okay with letting him take his time.
  3. We are weaning him off formula slowly, and starting homogenized milk.
  4. I’m petrified of given him peanuts and peanut butter. Everyone I know that has had a allergy has been quite severe. I’m holding onto the fact that no one in our families has a peanut allergy.
  5. He spends more and more time playing with Crosby. Surprisingly Crosby is starting to enjoy it and will hang around James longer than usual.
  6. We haven’t transitioned to one nap yet. He’s done one nap twice in the last 2 weeks, but boy was he ever cranky on those days. His second nap is usually 30 mins max. so I’m sure we’ll be fazing it out soon.
  7. We are starting to notice his temper. If his toys aren’t turned on when he wants to play with them, he lets out this grunt and shakes his arms and throws the toy. If anyone has any advice on how to nip this anger issue, I’m all ears! jamespreppy jamesonswing jamesinstroller jamesincakeimg_0868img_0885img_0921jamesandcrosbyjamesandcrosby2



Maria The Monkey – New Pattern Available

Meet Maria the Monkey. She’s my newest pattern and stuffed animal available for sale. Maria the Monkey

I finished her a few weeks ago but was only able to sit down and write out the pattern last week. I think she is just darling. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy. The finished Monkey can be found on Etsy.

Happy Crocheting,


James at 11 Months Old

Today my baby is 11 months old. I can’t believe it. I know I’ve been saying this at every month but time does go quickly when they are young. In the blink of an eye my little newborn turned into an always moving 11 month old.11 Months

James at 11 Months Old

  1. He can climb the stairs. He loves climbing the stairs. He’ll even cry in front of the baby gate in hopes that I’ll let him go upstairs. It’s great when I want to tire him out before naps or bed time. Just let him clim the stairs a few times. However there’s only so many times momma can climb the steps before her legs give out.
  2. He still isn’t walking. Surprisingly, he has no interest in walking either. He’ll take a few steps while I’m holding his hands but once he notices how slow we’re moving he drops to his knees and speed crawls away. That’s right speed crawls. Like nothing I’ve ever seen. I have to be in a slow jog to catch up to him.
  3. Teeth have yet to make an appearance. He acts like he’s teething. The drooling, the whining, the chewing on everything. Yet still no teeth.
  4. He’s at least 30″ tall and this doesn’t include his impressive arm reach. We have very few surfaces left that are James free. Actually there’s only the kitchen counter and kitchen table that he can’t reach. And every day he finds something new that I have to move out of his reach.
  5. He loves Crosby more and more everyday. He’s always looking for him and pointing at him and smiling. He tries to play with him throughout the day. For the most part Crosby plays with him too. James can be a bit rough, more hitting and less petting. I know he’s too young to grasp the concept of ‘gentle’ yet and no matter how much I show him how to pet the dog (with his own hands) he still likes to hit him, or pet him very rough.  Crosby has been perfect, sitting there and taking the abuse. When the dog gets fed up he walks away. I love this and am so proud of Crosby.
  6. He still eats and sleeps like a champ. I always feel like I’m going to jynx these habits by talking about them, especially his wonderful night time sleeping habits.
  7. He’s more interested in toys. He would play with his toys before, but now he can sit for 10-15 minutes and play with one of his toys. I’m quite please that he’s able to play independently even if it’s a short period of time. IMG_1585 IMG_1449 IMG_20160818_085018 IMG_20160815_133458 IMG_20160812_130854 IMG_20160809_140845 IMG_1590

I can’t believe this is the last monthly birthday post. The next will be when he’s a year old. My mind seems to be baffled by the fact that I have an almost one year old. I better enjoy his last month as a baby and truly cherish James at 11 months old.


2016 Goals Updated

Surprisingly I’ve been able to work on some of my 2016 goals this summer. I’ve been able to accomplish more this year than any previous year. It’s been quite motivational when I see the progress I’ve made. It’s slow progress but progress none the less. I have to remind myself that these are yearly goals and I still have 4 months to complete them. So here they are.

2016 Goals

  1. Create 6 new blanket patterns to add to Etsy and Ravelry
  2. Create a simple baby sweater that’s customizable
  3. Crochet a Christmas Tree Skirt
  4. Slippers for the cottage (approx. 8 pairs)
  5. Knit a nice pair of socks.

Completed Goals

  1. I’m working on the third baby blanket. The Three Stripes Baby Blanket (second blanket) can be found here. I frogged the other blanket I was working on. The beige blanket with the diamonds. I didn’t like the look of it and I wasn’t feeling it. As strange as that might sound, my heart has to be in the project or it will never get finished. It’s doubtful that I’ll be able to complete 4 blankets in 4 months but I don’t plan on giving up.Baby Blanket Goals
  2. I’ve had this goal in my head for quite some time. However, I can’t justify sitting down and working on a simple baby sweater when I’m working on other projects and have a severe lack of time. I did manage to start a somewhat simple baby sweater. I may use this sweater as my simple baby sweater. However, it won’t be customizable. This shouldn’t be a problem because I will have future years to work on a project of this nature.
  3. I’ve found a few patterns that I like for a Christmas Tree Skirt. I plan on taking a few ideas from different patterns and meshing them together for a skirt that I love. I still have my crazy must-have list for this project and I believe it’s attainable. I simply need to sit my butt down and get these ideas out of my head.
  4. My mom still has to choose a wall colour for the family room at the cottage. Until then, I won’t plan any blankets. Oh, in case you’re wondering I’m changing this goal. My parents have been fixing up their new cottage and I’d rather make them a nice throw for the family room.
  5. When I first wrote out these goals I thought for sure this would be the one that I wouldn’t complete. I’ve always wanted to knit socks but never found the time or a suitable pattern. Surprisingly in the last goals update I had found a pattern and started a pair. I can happily say that I’ve finished these socks. They’re done.First Pair of Socks

I’m happy to say that my goals are coming along nicely.

Happy Knitting,


Summer Knitting

Isn’t the summer wonderful? The sun shining makes everything and everyone seem happier. I love the heat, the longer days, the cottage time and just summer in general. Something about this season feels like a vacation, feels like a holiday. Since I’m still on Maternity Leave I’ve adopted this school mind set and now I’m on summer vacation. The fact that my leave is up in September isn’t helping this whole vacation mind set.

A lot of people say that they don’t knit or crochet in the summer. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the lack of time. I don’t usually have this problem. I always have a project on the go. And if by some sort of freakish accident I don’t, I’m planning my next projects.

Summer has always been my ‘catch up’ and ‘plan’ season. I can catch up on those projects that are still sitting in my WIPs basket and I can plan what’s next and what I’ll be making for Fall and Winter and most importantly Christmas.

This year has not worked out quite as expected. Simple foolishness on my part. I have a baby now. A baby who doesn’t care about letting me finish just one more row, or the fact that I’m counting my stitches. Or taking his usual naps so I can get some posts written or items listed. So I’ve come to the realization that my work expectations need to change.

I won’t be able to catch up on all of my project and I won’t be able to plan a lot for the upcoming seasons. And that’s ok. It’s the summer and I love spending time with my little guy.

I have managed to complete some projects and start on some new ones. Here are some projects I’ve managed to accomplish.

Summer Projects

  1. Three Stripes Baby Blanket: The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy. The finished blanket can be found here.Summer Three Stripes Baby Blanket
  2. Crochet Monkey: Isn’t this guy so cute? So far he’s my favourite. I’m still writing out the pattern, but it should be available shortly.Crochet Monkey
  3. Crochet Rhino: I made this guy with bulky yarn. He seems a little bit sloppy. Once I’m done writing the Monkey pattern, this guy will be next.Crochet Rhino
  4. Baby Sweater: I’ve been wanting to start a baby sweater for some time now. I have tried to create this in a few different sizes, but I’m only knitting the one for James’ size (which is 18 months). Soon I will be looking for test knitters for the remaining sizes.Summer Baby Sweater
  5. Baby Blanket: I just started this one a few days ago. It’ll probably be on my needles for a month. But hey, at least it’s started.Baby Blanket
  6. Crochet Monsters: I’ve been working on a handful of smaller crochet monsters. These are for James’ First Birthday. We’re going with a monster theme and I want these guys to be hanging around. The bonus is that I can give them as favours at the end of the party. I want to have at least a dozen monsters. I have over a month left. So far I’m in good shape, I think.Crochet Monsters

How’s your summer knitting and crocheting?




James at 10 Months Old

10 Months OldThis post is a tad late but last Tuesday James turned 10 months old. Everyday he’s become more and more like a toddler and less like the small baby I brought home from the hospital. I know I’ve mentioned this but it bears repeating. I was not a fan of the infant stage. In fact I hated it. Lack of sleep does not bring out the best in me, and I’m positive my husband will agree.

But as he gets older and older I’m feeling more nostalgic for those infant days. The days where he slept for 18 hours. Not 18 hours continuously and definitely not at night, but I was able to accomplish so much more because of his numerous cat naps. And the cuddles. At least 2 of his naps were spent on my chest while I knit and some random show was on in the background. And as I miss those days and want to go back to them, I have to remind myself (almost daily) that I hated that stage when I was living it.

I was scared when he was an infant that I wouldn’t like any stage. Because everyone loves a baby. At that age they’re so cute and cuddly and bring back fond memories to mother’s whose children are grown. And if I hated it what hope did I have as he was getting older. But when my friend had her baby in February and I reminisced, it dawned on me that everyone loves the baby stage as long as you’re not the sleep deprived parent. Everyone loves a baby they can cuddle and love and still get a full nights sleep.

Luckily, I’ve been loving each stage that followed the horrible infant stage. He’s not even a year old and I feel like we’ve passed so many. But each new skill he learns makes him more fun and lovable. Everyday he does something that makes him cuter than the last.

James at 10 Months Old

  1. He loves to eat. Everything! His favourites so far are toast, spaghetti, chicken and yogurt. I’m sure if he could he would only eat those foods.
  2. James went on his first African Lion Safari adventure. I’d like to say he loved it but I don’t think he realized what was going on. None the less it was a fun day that I will remember.
  3. He is always on the go. No more cuddling, no more sitting in one place and playing with his toys. He can spend hours crawling from one end of the house to the other.
  4. He loves playing in the dog food and water bowls. I have fished a few kibbles out of his mouth in the beginning but now he likes to throw it all over the floor. And when you firmly tell him no, he grunts back. It’s like his version of talking back. And he knows he’s not supposed to touch because when he crawls to it, he’ll turn back to see if you’re looking and if you are then he walks away, but if you aren’t then he makes a mess.
  5. He still loves the water. The pool is his favourite. We haven’t had a chance to get him in the lake at the cottage but there is no doubt in my mind that he’ll love that just as much.
  6. James also went on his first 4 track ride with Pepere. He acted like he owned it the moment he sat down. His arms went straight to the handle bars like he didn’t need my dad to drive. I’m sure Pepere has already bought him his own.
  7. His 2 favourite people are Nana and Memere (both grandma’s). His face lights up when he sees them. And he only wants to be held by them. Actually, his Dad should be on this list too. If I say let’s go see Dad, he gets the biggest smile. A slight blow to my mothering ego but I’ll take it because it means that he has plenty of people in his life that love him and that he loves.

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This month was also a very difficult month for us, as a family. On July 10th, my Father in Law passed away. It has been such a devastating loss to our family. Words cannot describe how much we love and will miss him.



James at 9 Months Old

9 Months OldAhh. I can’t believe it. My baby has been in the “real” world longer than I grew him in my belly. Today he’s 9 months old and it feels like a big milestone. Well all of his monthly birthdays are “milestones” but this one feels extra special. For 9 months I’ve watched him grow and learn so much. He’s gone from a blob that poops, eats, sleeps and cries (is there a better way to describe a newborn?) to this awesome baby that loves tickles, walks, Crosby and bath time.

And I’ve changed too. I’ve gone from a blob that poops, eats…..just kidding. I’ve gone from sleeping in to early mornings every morning. From loving alone time to never being alone. From knitting all day to knitting a few hours a day – if I’m not too tired. From not being bothered by a mess to always feeling the need to clean. From not being a mother to being a mom. And I love it. Well, not every moment of it. But the good days outweigh the bad days and I find myself loving him more and more each day.

James at 9 Months Old

  1. He loves the water. The pool, the bath (and soon the lake), you name it and he loves it. If he could, he’d stay in the bath until he was a prune from head to toe. We would have never figured this out had we not done swimming lessons. Best decision ever.
  2. He standing on his own. Does holding onto the couch count as on his own? Probably not but I’ll take it. He also shuffles from one end of the couch to the other. I’d love to say it’s because he wants to learn to walk but in all honesty he’s trying to get the dog.
  3. Speaking of Crosby, James just adores him. He wants nothing more than to play with him – which entails pulling on his tail, pinching him and trying to grab his tongue. Teaching a 9 month to be gentle feels impossible, but we will get there. And Crosby, well for the most part he just wants to be left alone. I’ve watched them go in circles around one of our armchairs as James tries to “catch” Crosby. And every so often I’ll get the look from the dog like “why aren’t you helping me?”
  4. He still eats and sleeps like a champ. He sleeps between 10-12 hours a night and 2 naps throughout the day. I love it and don’t ever want it to change. As for the food, James loves to eat – anything and everything. We had a hard time with pureed peas and avocados but give them to him in chunks and he can’t get enough. He especially loves chicken and spaghetti.
  5. He loves watching cars go by and going for his daily walk. The walks are really for the dog. He deserves them for putting up with James.
  6. He went on his first swing a few days ago. Unsure of it at first, but like everything else he loved it in the end. I’ve yet to find something this kid doesn’t like. Wait….he doesn’t like tin foil. As soon as you pull it out the box he cries. We’ve become a family who can use tin foil silently. Hahaha. Anyways about the swing, he loves it. We didn’t get a chance to play that long. Crosby was crying the whole time. As if he knew we were interrupting his precious walk so that James could play for a minute. How dare we!9 Months Old 9 Months OldIMG_20160610_121106 9 Months Old 9 Months Old 9 Months Old

So at 9 months old he’s a pretty active baby. Always needs to be on the go and keeping me on my toes. He finds – almost daily – new things that I have to baby proof. Like a fan. Who knew that this kid was going to like shoving his fingers in a fan thats turned on – I sure didn’t see that coming.

I can’t wait to see what next month bring us.

On a side note, I’d like to say Happy Father’s Day to my awesome Dad and Father in Law. Keith and I wouldn’t be the parents we are today without your love and support. We love you!

And to my wonderful husband Happy 1st Father’s Day! I love you so much and could imagine doing this parenting gig without you. You do so much for James and Crosby (and me) and we can’t thank you enough. Enjoy this day and I’m looking forward to spending a lifetime more with you 🙂 xoxoxo


New Patterns Available

During the last few weeks I’ve been slowly working on a few new patterns. They aren’t my usual baby blanket patterns. They are crochet animal patterns. I’ve been making knitted and crochet animals for a few years now and a while ago I realized that I can easily create my own. I’ve made some monsters for my Etsy shop so making animals shouldn’t be a problem. And it hasn’t been. I’m loving creating these guys.

It all started when James and I were laying with one of his stuffed Giraffes. It’s just a simple toy and as I was looking at it I realized that I could crochet this exact Giraffe. Everything about it down to the ruffle on the back of its head. And that got me think that I could create a bunch of other animals too. But I wanted to start with the Giraffe. I used the basic shape of his toy and started writing a pattern. Then I had more ideas for more animals and now I have a handful of animals that I want to create. But in the last month of so I’ve only had time to finish four. However, only two of them are ready for purchase.

Two New Patterns Available

  1. Giraffe: This is George the Giraffe. I made him used worsted weight yarn and a G6 hook. The finished Giraffe can be found in my Etsy shop. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.Crochet Animals
  2. Owl: Olivia the Owl. She is made using worsted weight yarn and a G6 hook. She can be made with or without the wings. The finished owl can be found in my Etsy shop. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.New Patterns Available

I’m still in the process of seaming and photographing a Rhino made with chunky yarn. I also have to make sense of my notes and write the pattern for the Rhino and a Monkey that I was able to finish last week. By the end of the summer I would like to have about a dozen stuffed crochet animal patterns available. Looks like I’m in for a busy summer – it’s a good thing I love what I do!

What crochet animals would you like to see?

Happy Crocheting,