Melody Crochet Podcast Episode 29



Hi! This week on my crochet and knitting podcast I finished a crochet hat and shawl this week. And started a knitted shawl by Stephen West. I am really excited to share that and my progress on some other projects! I talk a lot about different Lion Brand yarn this week. Not on purpose. They just kept coming up in the conversation. LOL



The shownotes are in this post if you keep scrolling. 





A little about me? My favorite things to make are hats, shawls, blankets and socks. I love yarn, tea, coffee and making. I hope to share that love with you.


Lets Connect!


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FOs


Fringe Triangle Shawl – MelodyCrochet – N Hook – Lion Brand Heartland
Owl Be A Messy Bun Beanie- Knots of Love with Jess – H Hook and Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda


WIPS

Hedgehog City Rollers – Rose City Rollers – Hedgehog Fibers Potluck – Size 1 ChiaoGoo Bamboo DPNsStripify – Steven West – Many different sock weight/fingering weight yarns – Size 5 Nova Platina Knitting Needles

Independence Kimono – MelodyCrochet – TBA
Laticia Socks – Ling Ryan – Lion Brand Cupcake in Tutu Much – Size D Clover Crochet Hook


Starting

Off the Shoulder Top


What Have I Done


Ikea Bag and Notion Pouches
Elite Le Gran Mohair Yarn in Merlot


Giveaways


Pink Yarn – Crafting With Aunt Petunia
TV Along – Layered Daisy


This week


Hubby
Arboretum

Ikea

Caterpillar Baby Cocoon Set with Video Tutorial

Crochet This Caterpiller Baby Cocoon and Hat set with me! This is sized for a newborn and perfect for newborn photography. Feel free to go up or down one hook size to accommodate if a bigger or smaller baby is expected.

The Materials Needed:

You will need red, yellow, brown and three shades of green yarn in a size 4 worsted weight acrylic. Here is the yarn I used:

One Skein Each:
Red Heart Super Saver CHERRY (Red)
Red Heart Super Saver SPRING (Medium Green)
Red Heart Super Saver PADDY (Dark Green)
Red Heart Super Saver HONEY DEW (Light Green)

Small Amount of:
Red Heart Super Saver LEMON (Yellow)
Red Heart Super Saver COFFEE (Brown)

I Hook
F Hook 
My Yarn Scissors
Yarn Needles

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Yarn Review! Red Heart Its a Wrap AND Its a Wrap Rainbow

Hi guys! Nice to see you all and I hope you are doing well. Guess what!

I did a yarn review on Red Hearts new yarn cakes “Its a Wrap” and “Its a Wrap Rainbow” 

Both are very pretty. Let’s discuss the differences really quick. 
Its A Wrap
“Its a Wrap” has super cute movie-related names and a nice strong contrast between the three colors in each cake. No gradient at all. It is bold, clean and modern. In store, you will find it in the crochet thread area of your local Michaels. There are 7 beautiful colorways!  and they are running $9.99 in store and at RedHeart.com. Its a bit less if you use this link and buy it at Amazon

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It’s A Wrap Rainbow
“It’s a Wrap Rainbow” is a polar opposite. Colors are bright and tropical. It romantically melts one color into the next. The yarn is made of 4 untwisted stands and the colors change by altering the color of each strand independently. This is a bit more work because you need to put in the effort to be certain that you pull up all 4 of these strands each time you pull up a loop. But the effect is nearly “optical illusion” addictive and I cannot get enough. It’s lovely and the fabric you create is so light and perfect for the summertime. I have a few of the pricier cakes of this type from Etsy and I share a comparison in the video review above. (Watch Here!
The Price is 11.99 at Joann’s or on RedHeart.com or you can purchase here on Amazon
Thanks for visiting with me. If you have any questions or a request for a yarn that you would like to see reviewed please let me know in the comments! Take care!

Melody

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Kelsey Shawl

I just fastened off my beautiful Kelsey Shawl. This was such a fun, quick and lovely crochet shawl to make. It took just one ball of Lion Brand Mandala. I used the Wizard Colorway.

I did a little bit of yarn cake surgery to omit the yellow. I chose to go up one size on the hook to produce a drapier and airy shawl for this Texas climate. It took me about 5 rows of the pattern repeat to get the pattern down and then I just used a progress keeper on both sides to keep from crochet too few or too many stitches per row. Got to love that clean and pretty edge.

I would love to try this in some cotton! I think it would be amazing.

Thanks for joining me today! Have a good one ❤
Melody

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Succulent Pot Baby Cocoon

Ohhh its baby season again! They are everywhere. Absolutely adorable. You know what else is everywhere? Succulents. Succulents and Cacti as far as the eye can see in art, stickers, slippers…you name it. But, not newborn photography. Until now. Here is my contribution to the cactus madness. My succulent baby cocoon. It’s an interesting crochet that won’t take you too long. And the finish project will make any new parent smile. So, grab a hook and lets play!

Here is what you will need:
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook
2 Colors of Size 4/Medium Weight Yarn.
Examples: Red Heart Super Saver in Redwood and Red Heart With Love Minty
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape

And here is a link to the free PDF

As always if you see something on my blog that you like and you do not want to make it yourself then feel free to contact me for a custom order on Etsy. Be sure to use the hashtag #succulentbabycocoon if you post pictures of your make.

Take care and see you next time!
Melody

Here is the Video Tutorial!

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Crochet Gauge and a Vanna’s Choice Review

Hello! Today we are crocheting a swatch. I do this with all new yarns to see how they behave. I will be using Lion Brand Vanna Solid in Aqua and a J Hook. It’s a great way to see what hook you want to use, how a yarn washes up, and a way to compare it to other yarns that you have also swatched. I find it very relaxing, too. So grab a hook and some yarn and let’s have fun!

If you are swatching:

sock or fingering weight yarn use a D hook
dk or sport weight yarn use a F hook
worsted or aran use a J hook
super bulky would need a N hook and perhaps cute the stitches in half.

So…about the Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. I feel silly even reviewing this yarn. It feels like such a standard yarn. It is really what I gauge other yarns against. But, in the name of science I will move on with this!

I hope that you enjoy. 🙂 Please like and subscribe.

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