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Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 1

April 29, 2010

Week 1 Instruction – April 26th

As we have some newbies in the group I’m starting with basic stitches and will ramp up as we go along to take them along a learning curve with us.

Amount of stitches

It’s spring around here and it’s making me happy with all the lovely flowers around.
Go outside and pick a flower (if you live in a climate with no flowers at present then Google you favourite flower and look at a picture of it).
Count the number of petals, multiply this amount by the amount of letters in the flower’s name, and that’s your number of stitches.
Now put your flower in some water and enjoy it whist you crochet 🙂

Flower I chose is the California Buttercup.

13 petals x 9 letters=117 stitches

Follow the instructions for small and then times it by 4 (for the month of April).

Number of rows

4 (for the month of April)

Hook size



Pick one appropriate to the hook size


One that has a connection to the flower you picked (this is kept as loose as possible for those working in one colour… it’s your choice what the connection is)


There are three choices of stitch for this week and I’ve linked them each to a good video tutorial that will come up in a separate window when you click on it. Pick one of these (if you find yourself suffering withdrawal pangs throughout the week then you’re welcome to do the others)

Double Crochet
Treble Crochet
Double Treble Crochet

If the more experienced among you want to do something more fancy with these stitches (like front post, back post, etc), go right ahead, it all works for me 😉

I use U.S terminology, but if you want to interpret it as UK then… feel free 🙂

Now, don’t sweat the small stuff, interpret this instruction any way you like (it isn’t a rule, it’s a guide!), yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems, share your successes in the chat thread and, above all, HAVE FUN!!!

Laine Colbert Pour Tapisserie

Throughout the project I’m going to use tapestry wool given to me by my Step-father’s mother, fondly known to all as Vonnie. She did amazingly intricate needlepoints, often translating her favorite paintings into tapestry. She and her sister traveled to France to buy their needlepoint wool, which they bought in color families so that she could get the subtle gradations required in converting paintings into needlepoint. I have boxes and boxes of the wool that I would love to use up. I’m not sure how old the yarn is, I’m guessing from the 50’s and 60’s. There are two different style tags – one looks older than the other.

13 petals x 9 letters=117 stitches
4 rows
yellow wool
4.00 mm/US G hook

In darker yellow I chained 117then did one row of DC, then one row of DC through the post (from front to back). Changed to lighter yellow (because I was low on the darker) and did two rows of DC through the post (front to back.)


Blanket & Afghan Sizes

April 28, 2010

Following is a list of blanket & afghan measurements I’ve compiled based on American standards. Mattress depths vary widely be manufacturer. Measure the depth of the mattress before designing the blanket/quilt/comforter. Standard & older mattresses average 9 – 12″, while newer pillow-top mattresses are 14 – 16″ deep and up. These deeper mattresses obviously require more depth & width to cover the mattress completely. Be especially careful about making covers for very fluffy comforters such as down-filled. They tend to puff out the fabric, so there is much more area to cover than the dimensions listed on the package. Take several measurements of the comforter after it has been fluffed to decide how big to make the cover.

BLANKET SIZES TWIN: mattress top is 39″ x 75″
Twin flat sheet: 66″ x 96″
Twin Blanket: 66″ x 90″
Twin Comforter: 69″ x 90″

EXTRA LONG TWIN: mattress top is 39″ x 80″
** Most popular size in college dorms**
Extra Long Twin Flat Sheet: 66″ x 102″
Extra Long Twin Blanket: 66″ x 95″

FULL/DOUBLE: mattress top is 54″ x 75″
Full/Double Flat Sheet: 81″ x 96″
Full/Double Blanket: 80″ x 90″
Full/Double Comforter: 84″ x 90″

QUEEN: mattress top is 60″ x 80″
Queen Flat Sheet: 90″ x 102″
Queen Blanket: 90″ x 100″
Queen Comforter: 90″ x 95″

KING: mattress top is 76″ x 80″
King Flat Sheet: 108″ x 102″
KingbBlanket: 108″ x 100″
King Comforter: 106″ x 98″

CALIFORNIA KING: mattress top is 72″ x 84″
California King Flat Sheet: 102″ x 110″
California King Blanket: 104″ x 108″
California King Comforter: 102″ x 106″


Full Term Receiving Blanket: 29″ x 32″ or 30″ x 36″ or 36″ x 36″, 23″ x 23″, 28″ x 28″
Small Preemie Receiving Blanket: 18” – 20” square
Medium Preemie Receiving Blanket: 20” – 22” square
Large Preemie Receiving Blanket: 22” – 28” square
Stroller Blanket: 30″ x 40″
Porta Crib (mattress top is 24″ x 38″) use receiving blanket
Small Cradle Blanket (mattress is 15″ x 33″) 15″ x 30″
Large Cradle Blanket (mattress is 18″ x 36″) 18″ x 33″
Crib Blanket(mattress top is 28″ x 52″): 28″ x 42″ or 30″ x 40″ or 36″ x 42″ or 36″ x 46″

Infant – 2 years: 24″ x 30″ or 30” x 36” = crib sized (6” granny squares= 5 across x 6 down ~ 30 sq)
2 – 6 years: 30″ x 36″  (6” granny squares= 5 across x 6 down ~ 30 sq)
7 – 11 years: 36″ x 42″ (6” granny squares= 6 across x7 down ~ 42 sq)
12 years and over: 48″ x 60″ (6” granny squares= 8 across x10 down ~ 80 sq)
All ages children 42”x 48” (6” squares= 7 across x 8 down ~ 30 sq)
Lapghan (often used in seniors homes) 36” x 48” (6” squares= 6 across x 8 down ~ 48 squares)
Adult Afghan (Will fit across top of bed) 48” x 72” = twin sized. (6” squares= 8 across x 12 down ~ 96 squares) or 50″ x 70″
Adult Double Bed (Will fit across top of bed) 60” x 84” = full sized. (6” squares= 10 across x 14 down ~ 160 squares)

Standard 20″ x 26″
Queen 20″ x 30″
King 20″ x 36″

In response to requests for this in a printable, save-able format I’ve created an infographic that has the bedding sizes.


f you’d like a downloadable, one-sheet version, click on over to my new design blog: