Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial

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Hi there readers! It’s Ali, back from Dream Crafter. I am so excited to share this craft with you today because its something that has taken me a long time to complete. I love a good project that I can just sit down and do at night. Doing crafts like crocheting or sewing or cross stitch are some of faves because they help me unwind from my day. I started this blanket about 4 months ago (although it didn’t really take me that long to finish. I’m just a procrastinator,) and I love how it turned out.

diy crocheted winter blanket I am a huge fan of grey. You can never go wrong with a good neutral. Especially on something that is so big. Here is what you will need to make it:

1. A million skeins of Lion Brand “Dallas Grey” yarn. Seriously…I think this took me like 15-17 skeins. Of course this depends on the size of blanket you want. I made mine big enough to cover the length of my 6 foot hubby. :)

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2. You will also need a size J or K sized crochet hook. Remember that the larger your hook, the more “hole-y” your blanket will be, but that also means fewer stitches.


Row 1: Ch (chain) 125, plus Ch 2 for increase

Row 2: Skip first hole and start in second loop working the other direction. hdc (half double crochet) in each ch across. ch 2 for increase.

Row 3-55: Follow same instructions as in Row 2.

Row 56: Finish blanket with single crochet all the way around. Tie off. Re-thread any loose ends from when you finish a skein.

Thats it! Easy peasy!

folded blanket I can’t believe how soft this blanket is. I just want to stay in it all day. Maybe I should have added some sleeves and made it into Snuggy version. :)

soft blanket I think when my mom comes to visit from AZ this is going to be her favorite blanket. And I can’t wait to wrap up my new baby boy in this softy. Huzzah for warm blankets!

Thanks for letting me stop by and share some of my crafting world with you! Be sure to stop by Dream Crafter to see all the other shenanigans I am dreaming up for Christmas this year.


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Holiday Greetings with Adobe Voice

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We are loving the new FREE app from Adobe.  Adobe Voice!  My family has had fun telling stories this week, especially my kids!  They love hearing their voice. I thought this would be the perfect way to share a Holiday message with friends and family.  Sharing our Holiday Christmas Greeting below.  It took just minutes and is something friends and family will love seeing, but more importantly will be a little treasure for our family.   The possibilities are endless when using Adobe Voice.  Some great ways we have thought of are:  a grandparent reading a story to a grandchild, a year in review, school projects, craft tutorials, and many more ideas!  Adobe Voice would also be a great tool for educators or business owners as well! When my sister and I were little, we loved recording our voices on our pink “Ghetto Blaster’ (remember those children of the 80’s!)  We would listen to it over and over and thought [Read More…]

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Have Yourself A “Crafty” Little Christmas *Free Printable Gift Tag

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Last month we shared this at Tatertots and Jello!  We love Jen and her amazing site. Today I’m sharing a free printable gift tag for you!  A Christmas gift tag to go along with any crafty gift.  You can attach this to a kid craft, diy kit, or craft supply, etc.   You can download my printable tags below.  Personal use only please:) This tag is fun to tie onto washi tape too!  I have some creative friends who would love a gift like this. Some of the best kid gifts are ones that promote creativity!  Another cute idea is a gingerbread craft kit…add to a mini stocking.  Thanks for letting me share this fun gift idea with you today!  Merry Christmas! Pin It

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DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

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My little 5 year old boy loves Ninja Turtles.  For his playgroup this month, we had to make some Ninja Turtle ornaments!  It was so easy and fun! Supplies you need to make Ninja Turtle Ornaments: Green ornament balls (I found a big plastic tote of them for 4.97 at Walmart!) Ribbon 1/2 in wide in Blue, Red, Orange, & Purple (Found at Michaels Craft Store) Hot Glue or Elmer’s Glue & Google Eyes (ones that fit inside your ribbon) If you do Large ornament balls, you will of course want wider ribbon and bigger eyes:) Just string glue around the middle of the ornament ball.  Slowly add your ribbon leaving a 3 inch piece on each end.  Tie the two 3 inch piece ends together  in a double knot.  Add google eyes! You have some adorable Ninja Turtle ornaments & a happy little boy (or girl!)  We even made a mini tree for my little boys room!  Such a [Read More…]

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Under The Mistletoe Candle and Gift Tag


This post is sponsored by Glade. The opinions and text are all mine. We are excited to join with 19 other Amazing Bloggers today for a Christmas Blog Round Robin… Home for the Holidays! Each blogger will share a Christmas post that you won’t want to miss. You’re going to see Christmas crafts, Recipes, Printables and Decorating ideas! We’ve made it fun and super easy. Just check out my Christmas post below and then clink on the link to see what the next bloggers has up her sleeves.  By the end, you will have seen 20 darling Christmas ideas! Enjoy! One of my favorite ways to celebrate this holiday season is with scents. I usually run to Target and gather an armful of holidays scents to fill my home with the joys of the season! I usually have a pine, baking, and cranberry type scent that I alternate burning depending on what I’m doing that day. I love it! I [Read More…]

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Wishing You A Berry Christmas Gift Tag


  I was walking through Michaels the other day and found these adorable red berry containers! It was love at first sight! A Christmas gift idea was brewing and I love the outcome! I came home and worked out this fun printable tag, which you can download below. Then I dipped some strawberries in chocolate.  If you need tips on melting chocolate in your microwave, use these tips from Kirsten. It’s my go to for chocolate melting info. I shredded some green paper for the filler, and placed my berries inside.  Use some bakers twine to add the tag and there you have it! Another fun last minute gift for those you really love!  Let’s be honest, if you get chocolate from me there is love there! Please feel free to use our download for personal, non-commercial use.  Please link back to us if you post online. Pin It

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Apple Crisp a la mode

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Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. When temperatures start to drop Apple Crisp becomes one of my favorite comfort foods. Probably because it was my mom’s go to treat on snowy Sunday afternoons. The apples, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the crisp–oh the crisp! I could eat it by the spoonful with or without the apples! Peel and slice apples. One of those peel, slicer, corer things would be handy to use right about now! Slice the apples into 1/4″ thick pieces.. Add spices, flour, brown sugar, butter and a bit of water. Toss the apples until it is all mixed  together and pour in pan. Place pan on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet just in case it bubbles over. For the crisp you’ll need more cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, old fashioned oats, flour and melted butter. Stir together. Top apples with the crisp mixture and bake at 350 for 60 minutes (or until [Read More…]

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Raspberry Sauce // DIY Gift

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Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlte.  Today I am sharing a homemade idea for the holidays.  This Raspberry Sauce DIY Gift is perfect for topping cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt and more.  Plus, I have included labels which you can print later in this post.   I love the idea of making raspberry sauce for Christmas.  It says “Happy Holidays” with it’s vibrant red color.  The recipe I used makes approximately 6 oz, which is the exact size of mason jars I bought. In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.  Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds. [Read More…]

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Christmas Festive Ice Cream Bars

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Target and Magnum are celebrating the chocolate lover in all of us this season.  Forget cookies this year…Santa is getting these this year!  Festive delicious ice cream bars!  I’m excited to share how easy it was to whip up this fancy treat! What you need: Magnum White Bars (these are so beyond delicious by themselves) Festive toppings: Peppermint candies crushed up Candy Cane Candy Melts Green Food Coloring A pastry bag to pipe on the chocolate Melt the candy cane candy melts in your microwave (checking and stirring every 10-15 seconds).  Add green food coloring and blend thoroughly.  Place this in a pastry bag…or ziploc bag and cut the tip.  Using the bag, create green stripes on each bar.  Then…sprinkle on the crushed peppermint.  Delicious!  This would also be a perfect treat for any holiday party!  Keep these babies frozen until your are ready to enjoy!   They also look so pretty on a festive Christmas plate. This is the season [Read More…]

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