Velvet scrunchies

Okay, I admit it. I was skeptical. The 90’s were hard on my socially awkward self. I did love them though. Who didn’t love Blossoms hats? Anyways, not only is my messy bun happier but my wrists were so warm. I’m weird, I know.

Materials:

* Velvet Yarn

* I / 5.5mm crochet hook

*favorite type of hair tie

PATTERN:

Round 1: sc 35 around hair tie. Do not join (35 sc)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. sl-st to first dc. (70 dc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

Enjoy! Tag #shelbysheasstiches when you finish yours!

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Wow! Retrograde CAL a wild ride

I have zero words to express the amount of excitement and gratitude I have surrounding this project. This pattern has been brewing in my head for several years. Thanks to an wonderful group of friends who took me out dancing one night, this would not have happened the way that it did. That is a story for another night.

It started off with a few cakes of yarn. I knew I wanted to make something with, but nothing was coming up strong enough.

Then I remembered my original pattern- Kiss Fist (Kiss Fist- Etsy) that is a single block that can be used in a blanket. I know I wanted to expand on the X-st that I have created. That is where Retrograde was born.

You see, during the months leading up to this my sister-in-law moved in with my husband, myself, and our two young daughters. When days would go sideways our responses was always “Mercury is in retrograde again” and move on with whatever crazy  hit the fan. This blanket IS retrograde. If you don’t frog this pattern once, you’re doing it wrong. I have spent hours, and days, and weeks, ripping back my work. But at the end of it all… I look at this blanket and I’m so in love. If you’re ready for this adventure,  check out the links below. If you’d like to buy a complete, printer friendly, detailed version of the pattern check out the link here Retrograde- Etsy

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Introducing Retrograde

Retrograde Section 1

Retrograde Section 2

Section 3 Retrograde!

Section 4 Retrograde

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Border!

Retrograde Section 5v

Section 5

Notes

  1. Rounds 1 and 2 haver a VERY small difference that you have to pay attention to. The numbers wouldn’t play nicely with me. Overall this will have no effect on your final piece, it will just feel strange doing it. 
  2. Round 1 starts on a multiple of 3,  and you’ll only crochet ONE dc before you start the repeat of (DC 2, ch-1, sk-1) pattern. Each side will have one lonely DC hanging by itself. This is where Round 2 is worked differently too. 
  3. Round 2 starts in any EVEN ch-1 space. 
  4. When you get to the lonely DC, you’ll 2 sc into that stitch. Everything else is worked as usual. 

Pattern

Round 1 (A) : **SEE NOTE # 1 + 2 **  ch-2, dc into multiple of three that is closest to your join, (ch-1, sk-1 sc, dc 2) across to corner stitches, ch-1, skip 1 sc,   [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1 sc, dc 2)  26 times, ch-1, sk-1 bpsc, dc, (ch-1, sk-1 sc, dc 2) 35 times]  3 times, ch-1, sk-1 sc, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) into center sc, (ch-1, sk-1 bpsc, dc 2) across to first dc, join with a sl-st. (123 dc, 62 ch sp,/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 2 (B): **SEE NOTES** ch-3, X-st in even ch-1 space closest to join, sc 2, x-st, sc 2 across to corner,  [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 31 times] 3 times, 3 sc into corner space, (sc 2, x-st) across to first x-st. (31 X-st, 64 sc/ 3 sc)

Round 3 (A): ch-3, dc in sc, dc in next sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) to corner stitches ch-1, sk-1, [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 32 times, ch-1) 3 times, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) to starting dc, ch-1, sk-1, sl-st to first dc made, pull long loop. (126 dc, 66 ch sp,/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 4 (B): (X-st, sc 2) across [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 32 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) to two stitches before first st, sc 2. (32  X-st/ 3 sc)

Rounds 5-20: Repeat rounds 3 + 4 for a total of 10 rounds of X’s. 

X-st counts: R2 31, R4 32, R6 33, R8 34, R10 35, R12 36, R14nts: R2 37, R16 38, R18 39, R20 40.

Section 4 Retrograde

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Introducing Retrograde

Retrograde Section 1 (following sections will be available from here).

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edits: 10/22 to Round 1

Section 4

Retrograde

Color A

Color B

Stitch Marker

Hooks: 4.5mm, 5 mm, 5.5mm

Stitches

  • ch

  • V-stitch (see Notes)

  • V-stitch corner (see notes)

  • bphdc

  • Hdc

  • bpsc

  • sl-st

Notes

  1. If work becomes wavy go down a hook size or two. I used my smallest hook size for this round.

  2. Starting after the center sc of the corner, start your v-st in a multiple of 3 closest to your join. See notes for explanation of multiples.

  3. There will be 10 Rounds of V-Stitches.

  4. V-st is (dc, ch-1, dc) into same space.

  5. V-st corner is (V-st, ch-2, v-st) into the center corner sc.

  6. You’ll be working v-st into the ch-1 of the previous round.

  7. Round 13 is worked slightly different than the previous “border” rounds. You will not work a sc into the ch-1 space.

  8. I will include the starting stitches, but as long as your ends counts are the same, don’t worry about where you start from.

  9. Inbround 1 you will need to pick one spot on each side to skip 3 stitches instead of 2.

Pattern

Round 1 (A): **replace one sk-2 with a sk-3 per side. See notes #9 **ch-2, v-st (sk 2, v-st) 22 times, sk 2, [v-st corner, (sk 2, v-st) 39 times, sk 2] 3 times, v-st corner,  (sk 2, v-st) 17 times, join with a sl-st to first  v-st. Pull long loop ( 39 v-st / v-st corner)

Round 2 (B): pull back loop, ch 2, v-st into 12th v-st from previous round, v-st into the next 11 v-st, (v-st corner into ch-2 sp, v-st into the next 41 v-st) three times, v-st corner into ch 2 space, v-st into next 29 v-st, sl-st to first v-st. Pull long loop (41 v-st / v-st corner)

Rounds 3-10 :  Continue alternating colors and repeat the v-st pattern. V-stitches per side, not counting corners,  are as follows- Round 1 (39), Round 2 ( 41), Round 3 (43), Round 4 (45), Round 5 (47), Round 6 (49), Round 7 (51), Round 8 (53), Round 9 (55), Round 10 (57).

Round 11(A) : ch 2, **start at the v-st closest to your join**(bphdc around v -st leg, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around v-st leg) to ch-2, [3 sc, (bphdsc around v-st leg, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around v-st leg) 59 times], 3 sc, (bphdc around v -st leg, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around v-st leg) across, sl-st to first v-st, pull long loop. (59 hdc, 118 bphdc / 3 sc

Round 12(B) **start at bphdc closest to your join* ch-1, bphdc across, ch-1, sk-1 sc,  (3sc in corner sc, ch-1, sk-1 sc, bphdc 177, ch-1, sk-1 sc) 3 times, 3sc in corner, bphdc across, sl-st to first bphdc/hdc, ch-1, pull long loop (177 bphdc, 2 ch-1/ 3 sc)

Round 13(A): ch-1, bpsc across to ch-1 sp,sk ch-1, sc in sc, (3 sc in corner sp, sk ch-1 sp, bpsc 177, sk ch-1 sp, sc in sc) three times, 3 sc in corner sp,sk ch-1 sp, bpsc across, sl-st to first sc. ( 177 bpsc, 2 sc / 3sc)

Round 14 (B): ch-1, sc in each stitch across, 3 sc into each corner. (181 sc/ 3sc)

Section 3 Retrograde!

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Introducing Retrograde

Retrograde Section 1

Retrograde Section 2

Section 3

Retrograde  

Rounds 1-14

Color A (serpent)

Color B (Centaur)

Hooks: 4.5mm, 5 mm, 5.5mm

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Stitches

  • dc

  • X-st (Click for photo tutorial )

  • V-st (see stitches) –** link in final copy of pattern

  • V-st corner (see notes) **link in final copy

  • bphdc

  • Hdc

  • Sc

  • Bpsc

  • sp

Notes

  1. This section will create five rounds of the X-st.

  2. Round 1 has modified corners. The corner is worked over the three sc corner stitches from the last round of section 2. Dc in first sc, (dc, ch-2, dc) in center of corner, dc in last stitch. **photo tutorial in final copy

  3. Starting at the last corner made from Section 2, skipping corner stitches, and sc, place marker at the 37th bpsc.

  4. Start your round in any multiple of (3+1) **ask group for help. Final copy to have detailedin notes.

  5. X- st can start in any even chain space, or the last sc of the side.

  6. (DC, ch-1, Sk-1) sections start in the corner space, or in the first sc of any (sc 2) repeat

  7. Round 11 can start in the top of a X leg (DC)

  8. The border round with the (bphdc, hdc, bphdc) repeat varies from Section 1. It does not have the extra two hdcs between v-st.

  9. Odd rounds are counted from the right corner. Even rounds are counted from the left corner. Feel free to ask the group when needing help with counting.

  10. Notes in italics are only notes, not stitches.

  11. Count the sides of every round, every time. Or be okay with frogging. Or asking for help making mistakes work without frogging.

Pattern

Round 1(A):  ch-2, dc into stitch with stitch marker *see notes 3 + 4*, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 14 times, ch-1,sk-1, dc *see note 2* [ (dc, ch-2, dc) in center sc, dc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 27 times, ch-1, sk-1, dc]  3 times, (dc, ch-2, dc) in center sc, dc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 12 times, ch-1, sk-1, dc, sl-st to first dc, ch-1 (56 dc, 28 ch-1/ dc, ch-2, dc)

Round 2 (B): ch-3, **start X stitch in 9th skipped  stitch from the left*, (X-st, sc 2) 5 times, [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 14 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) 9 times, sc 2. (14  X-st, 30 sc/ 3 sc)

Round 3 (A): *start in the middle of the first sc of the 7th X-st* ch-3, dc into first sc inside X-st, dc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 15 times, ch-1, sk-1, [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 29 times, ch-1) three times, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 13 times, ch-1, sk-1, sl-st to first dc made, pull long loop. (58 dc, 30 ch-1/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 4 (B): ch-3, *start X stitch in the first leg of the x-stitch from round 2, see note 5) (X-st, sc 2) 5 times, [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 15 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) 10  times, sc 2. (15 X-st, 32 sc/ 3 sc)

**Rounds 5-10 are repeats of Rounds 3 + 4A***

Round 5 (A): *start in the first sc between 7th and 8th X, see note 6 * ch-3, dc 2 (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 16 times, ch-1, sk-1, [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 31 times, ch-1) three times, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 14 times, ch-1, sk-1, sl-st to first dc made, pull long loop. (62 dc, 32 ch-1/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 6 (B): *start X-st in the first leg of the fourth X from previous *, (X-st, sc 2) 5 times, [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 16 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) 11 times, sc 2. (16  X-st, 34 sc/ 3 sc)

Round 7 (A): *start in the first sc in the middle of the 8th X *  ch-3, dc into first sc inside X-st, dc,  (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 17 times, ch-1, sk-1, [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 33 times, ch-1) three times, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 15 times, ch-1, sk-1, sl-st to first dc made, pull long loop. (66 dc, 34 ch-1/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 8 (B): ch-3, *start x-st in the first leg of fourth X stitch from previous round*, (X-st, sc 2) 5 times, [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 17 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) 12 times, sc 2. (17 X-st, 36 sc/ 3 sc)

Round 9 (A): *start in the first sc between 8th and 9th X*,  ch-3, dc 2, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 18 times, ch-1, sk-1, [ (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 35 times, ch-1) three times, (2dc, ch-2, 2dc) in center sc, (ch-1, sk-1, dc 2) 16 times, ch-1, sk-1, sl-st to first dc made, pull long loop. 70 dc, 36 ch-1/ 2dc, ch-2, 2dc)

Round 10(B): ch-3, *start x-st in the first leg of fourth X from previous round*, (X-st, sc 2) 5 times, [ 3 sc in corner space, (sc 2, X-st) 18 times, sc 2] 3 times, (sc 2, X-st) 13 times, sc 2. (18  X-st, 38 sc/ 3 sc)

Round 11 (A): *start v-st in the first leg of the 9th  X, see note 7* ch-2, (v-st, sk-2) 19 times, v-st, sk-3, [v-st corner, sk-3, (v-st, sk-2) 36 times, sk-2, v-st, sk-3] 3 times, (v-st, sk-2) 16 times, sk-2, sl-st to first v-st, pull long loop. (36 v-st/ v-st corner)

Round 12 (B): *start hdc on the first leg of the 10th v-st, not including the corner stitches, or the first left of any—st * ch-2, (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around second leg of v-st) 11 times, [3 sc in ch-2 space, (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around second leg of v-st) 38 times] 3 times, 3sc in ch-2 sp, (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc in ch-1 sp, bphdc around second leg of v-st) 27 times, sl-st to first bphdc. (38hdc, 76 bphdc/ 3sc)

Round 13 (A): ch-2, bphdc 63, ch-1, sk first sc of corner, (3sc in corner sc, ch-1, sk- last sc of corner, bphdc 114, ch-1, sk last sc of corner) 3 times, 3sc in corner, bphdc 51, sl-st to first hdc, (114 bphdc, 2 ch-1/ 3 sc)

Round 14 (B): ch-1, bpsc 33, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in first corner sc, (3 sc in center sc, sc in last corner sc, sc in ch-1 sp, bpsc 114, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in last corner sc) three times, 3sc in center sc, sc in last corner sc, sc in ch-1 sp, bpsc 81, sl-st to first bpsc. (114 bpsc, 4 sc/ 3 sc)

       END OF SECTION 3

Retrograde Section 2

Section 2
Retrograde

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Color A

Color B

Stitch Marker

Hooks: 4.5mm, 5 mm, 5.5mm

Stitches

  • ch

  • V-stitch (see Stitches)

  • V-stitch corner (see Stitches )

  • bphdc

  • Hdc

  • bpsc

  • sl-st

Notes

  1. If work becomes wavy go down a hook size or two

  2. Place stitch marker at the 24th sc from the center sc on Round 17 of Section 1

  3. If your join is off, you can start your V-st in any space that is a multiple of 3 (3,6,9,12,15,etc) starting your count on the stitch after the center sc of the corner.

  4. There will be 5 Rounds of V-st

  5. You’ll be working v-st into the ch-1 space of previous v-st

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Section 2

Color A

Color B

Stitch Marker

Hooks: 4.5mm, 5 mm, 5.5mm

Stitches

Notes

  1. If work becomes wavy go down a hook size or two

  2. Place stitch marker at the 24th sc from the corner sc on Round 17 of Section 1

  3. If your join is off, you can start your V-st in any space that is a multiple of 3 (3,6,9,12,15,etc) starting your count on the stitch after the center sc of the corner.

  4. There will be 5 Rounds of V-st

  5. You’ll be working v-st into the ch-1 space of previous v-st

Pattern

Round 1 (A): Pull back loop, ch 2, v-st where the stitch marker is, (sk 2, v-st) 8 times, sk 2, [v-st corner, (sk 2, v-st) 16 times, sk 2] 3 times, v-st corner,  (sk 2, v-st) 7 times, join with a sl-st to first  v-st. Pull long loop ( 16 v-st / v-st corner)

Round 2 (B): pull back loop, ch 2, v-st into 13th v-st from previous round, v-st into the next 4 v-st, (v-st corner into ch-2 sp, v-st into the next 18 v-st) three times, v-st corner into ch 2 space, v-st into next 13 v-st, sl-st to first v-st. Pull long loop (18 v-st / v-st corner)

Rounds 3-5 :  Continue alternating colors and repeat the v-st pattern. V-stitches per side, not counting corners,  are as follows- Round 1 (16), Round 2 ( 18), Round 3 (20), Round 4 (22), Round 5 (24)

Round 6 (B) : ch 2, (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc into ch-1 space,  bphdc around second leg of v-st) 9 times, [3 sc into ch-2 sp (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc into ch-1 space,  bphdc around second leg of v-st) 26 times], 3 sc, (bphdc around first leg of v-st, hdc into ch-1 space,  bphdc around second leg of v-st), 17 times, sl-st to first v-st, pull long loop. (26 hdc, 52 bphdc / 3sc)

Round 7 (A) pull loop back, ch-1, bphdc 41, ch-1, sk sc,  (3sc in corner sc, ch-1, sk sc, bphdc 78, ch-1, sk sc) 3 times, 3sc in corner, bphdc 36, sl-st to first hdc, ch-1, pull long loop (78 bphdc, 2 ch-1/ 3 sc)

Round 8 (B): Pull back loop, bpsc across to ch-1 sp, sc into ch-1 sp, sc in sc, (3 sc in corner sp, sc  in sc, sc in ch-1 sp, bpsc 78, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in sc) three times, 3 sc in corner sp, sc in sc, sc in ch-1 sp, bpsc across, sl-st to first sc. ( 78 bpsc, 4 sc / 3sc

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A multi stitch blanket to wrap up with as the weather changes. Use tips throughout the pattern to choose different weight yarns. The unique X-stitch provides an intricate change of pace to our usual stitches. Easy enough for beginners to master, and challenging enough to stretch the skills of an experienced crochet artist. Join Shelby Shea’s Stitches CAL Facebook group for space to share your work and ask questions. Facebook CAL

A multi stitch blanket to wrap up with as the weather changes. Use tips throughout the pattern to choose different weight yarns. The unique X-st provides an intricate change of pace to our usual stitches. Easy enough for beginners to master, and challenging enough to stretch the skills of an experienced crochet artist. Join Shelby Shea’s Stitches CAL Facebook group for space to share your work and ask questions. CAL Group

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Introducing Retrograde

What goes into making a blanket: part one

What exactly goes into making a blanket ? Most know yarn is involved, maybe a couple of those pointed sticks, but what does it really mean to make a blanket.

I am going to use a recent baby blanket I made for a co-worker as an example. As soon as I hear someone is expecting my brain starts planning. I wonder what colors they will use for their baby. Will they find out the gender? What is their general style? I start researching patterns for possibilities.

Colors are next. I was lucky enough to see a picture of the nursery and was able to decide on these colors.

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Now that I have the colors I can finalize the pattern. I used a mix of parents style and nursery theme. I picked Promise Petals, a free pattern at Ravelry.

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Now the fun starts. I decided the final blanket would be a 4 X 3 quilt style. I cranked out 12 squares in a couple weeks. For this square it made more sense to make it in an assembly line.

Center flowers first

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I didn’t snap pictures of the squares with the background added. Each full square took roughly an hour to make.

Next I joined the squares. Which is another two or so hours.

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I picked out a pretty border. Another couple of hours. Then it’s ready for the wash.

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Not the best picture, but here she is all done. Ready for Baby Girl Munson to make her debut in a few weeks.

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My blankets are, usually, one of a kind, and customizable. I don’t follow one specific blanket pattern , but pull from several resources.

Where in the world have I been?

I guess I am not so great at this blogging thing.

I ended the 2012 year making some of my most favorite blankets for some of my most favorite people, a few baby and sibling blankets, some comfortghans, a few hats, a few scarves, and I continued to practice knitting.

Here are some of my adventures. Please excuse the Instagram snapshots. My goal for this year is to take better, actual, pictures. 🙂

For one of my BFF’s I made a log cabin style blanket. It has been one of my favorite finished blankets to date. I still think about making another one just about every week. Here is a picture without the border.

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Another BFF now has one of my favorite blankets to make : the Babette. I have made about 6 of these now. I made this one in fun, dramatic colors to match her personality.

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There are a few great things that happen in the online yarn community that is Ravelry.com. One is swapping handmade items. A group I belong in swaps between 12-20 squares in a coordinating theme. In one of my previous posts I talked about the blue lagoon swap. The second great thing is something that happens along side of the Olympics. People set up their goals and work during the length of the events starting with opening ceremonies. This year I decided to take my 20 blue squares and turn them into 3 lap-sized blankets for my husband and his cousins. I finished in time!

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I made my first sibling blankets for a family I adore. Both Daisy square blankets. I only have a picture of the older sister’s blanket. The baby sister’s blanket was a 3 X 3 of daisies in more muted colors.
The other sibling blankets I made were stars. The big sister got bright girlie colors. Baby brother got soft, sweet boy colors. I didn’t get a picture of these before I gifted them.

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In my goal to make blankets for all of my family, I made my sister a blanket that matched the tones in her living room. Seriously, my pictures suck.

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I fell in love with infinity scarves this year. I made a whole stash before the morning sickness kicked in. Most I have gifted out.

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And this was another swap blanket for my favorite sister-in-law.

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This year I hope to make a bunch of new blankets for people to love.

Follow me on Instagram for (probably too many) progress shots of my many on going projects. That is including Baby, coming August 2013. 🙂 ShelbySheasStitches