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Ombre Crocheted Blanket Tutorial

DIY Ombre Blanket

When I was a sophomore in college I was too poor to buy Christmas gifts, so I had my grandma teach me to crochet. That year all my loved ones received poorly crafted rectangles of yarn that could barely be recognized as scarves.

I’ve kept at it over the years and slowly developed a little more skill, although I still mostly stick to simple scarves and blankets. Now that our nights are getting chilly, I’ve been spending my evenings camped out in front of SVU reruns while working on crocheting projects.

My life is so glamorous.

Earlier this week I completed this pink ombre blanket using a simple shell pattern. The shell is one of my favorite patterns because it looks a lot more complicated than it is – the only stitches you need to know are the single and double crochet.

Shell Stitch

Here’s how to do it (For this generous-sized throw, I used two skeins of regular-sized Red Heart yarn per color, and a size J crochet hook):

Starting Chain: Chain in multiples of 6 until you reach your desired length. Add two chains and turn your work.

Row 1: Single crochet in second chain from hook. Skip 2 chains, and do 5 double crochets in the next chain. Skip 2 chains, and do one single crochet in the next chain. Continue across the rest of the row. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 2: Do 2 double crochets in the next single crochet. Skip 2, then single crochet in the next double crochet. Skip two, and do 5 double crochets in the next single crochet. Skip 2, and single crochet in the next double crochet. Continue this pattern across. Do 3 double crochets in the last single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: Single crochet in the next double crochet. Skip 2, and do 5 double crochets in the next single crochet. Skip two, and do a single crochet in the next double crochet. Continue this pattern across, chain 2 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your blanket reaches your desired length.

Blanket and Chair

Right now this guy is hanging out on the pink armchair in the guest bedroom until the weather gets cool enough to require a lap blanket in the evenings.

And in case crocheting is not your thing, I found some really pretty ombre blankets for sale here, here, and here.

Pinterest Challenge: Animal Magnetism

Today I’m participating in the Pinterest Challenge, which is being co-hosted by my fabulous and stylish friend Emily at Sparkle Meets Pop.

I was traveling for work all last week and am now up to my ears in follow-up from my trip, so I didn’t have the time or energy to tackle anything too intense this time around. I settled on these simple DIY animal magnets from A Rose on the Moon:


First, I found some plastic jungle animals at Wal Mart and picked several of my favorites to dismember:

05.08.13 Plastic Animals

Animal Lovin

(I swear, those two were stuck like that when I emptied the bag.)

The animals used in the tutorial I followed were hollow and mine were not, so I wasn’t able to cut them with scissors or a craft knife like she did. Thankfully, Dave was only too happy to step in and offer his services:

05.08.13 Saw


Whiskers offered his services, too:

Whiskers Helping

The next step was painting the animals. I had just bought some acrylic paint in springy colors for a different project, so instead of buying gold paint in order to go with the color scheme from the original pin, I decided my animals would be springy.


The darker animals needed two coats, but the lighter ones were good with just one.

After the animals dried, I super glued magnetic buttons to their backs and they were ready to take their place on the fridge:

05.08.13 Elephant

It may not be the most impressive of DIY projects to showcase, but I like the touch of whimsy these little guys add to the kitchen.

Magnet row

Two Animals

Now I just need to figure out what to do with these:


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