Thursday, December 9, 2010

American Beauty Finished

Presenting My American Beauty Throw

I finished my American Beauty Throw yesterday.  

She is 10 granny squares by 10.  

I love her colors of red, white and blue. 

Previously posted about (here).

Around The Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

I had fun crocheting the edging.  For the edging I made up the first eight rounds - single crochets of white (2 rounds), then one round of single crochet in red, white and blue; then three white rounds of double crochet, chain one, skip one repeated around (corner has three double crochets).

I used an edging in my new book, Around The Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman, to complete the last three color rounds of blue, red and white.   I love this book!  I highly recommend it for your crochet library.  It has beautiful photos of each border in color with both the written pattern and diagrams.  It's loaded with tips too.


Base rnd, each side:  Multiple of 2 + 1 corner sts.

Begin 2 sts to left of corner st.

Rnd 1 (blue):  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), skip 1 st, *[dc in next st, ch1, skip 1 st] to corner, (dc, ch1) three times in corner st, skip 1 st, rep from * around, join with slip st to 3rd ch of ch-4.

Rnd 2 (red):  Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, *2 dc in each dc to corner st, 6 dc in corner st, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join with slip st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 3 (white):  Ch 1, *sc in next sc, FPdc in next st; rep from * around, join with slip st to first sc.  Fasten off.

FPdc:  Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of stitch indicated and pull up a loop, (yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) two times.

I Love Granny Squares!

American Beauty In All It's Glory!

My Throws

Alaska Crazy Colors
American Beauty
Merry Kringle

I'm crazy but I love crocheting the granny squares.  I just find it so comforting to work this stitch.   

I'm almost finished with decorating.  Hubby and I are setting up a model train track on our dining room table and having so much fun setting up our modest Christmas village.   It's a work in progress.   Here's a sneak peek.

Isn't This Deer and Snowman Cute.  We bought it at Michaels.

Have a wonderful day!   
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  1. Hi Sandy, this American beauty is a true beauty! Wonderful, I also like the edging very much, gives me inspiration for the blanket I am working on...
    Love, Maaike

  2. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I've been loving this blanket as it progressed along - I very much love your detailed edging, too. What a marvelous creation. Like you, I'm in love with granny squares, especially joining as you go. No matter what else I'm working on, I always seem to come back to my grannies. :-)

  3. How precious is the deer and snowman. As for your blanket, absolutely stunning! I just love this so much that there another I am going to have to make. What a beautiful job you did.

  4. It's definately a beauty - great work. :)

  5. This is stunning. It's just the right blue too, as it has an American feel, without being to 4th of July-ish at all. Great border.

    So, what's next?

  6. I LOVE it, Sandy! I just adore all things granny and I really like your edging, so lovely. xx Josie

  7. Lovely blanket Sandy. I like the border, that sounds like a great book, I'll have to see if I can find that at the library.

    That snowman looks worried he's going to lose his nose.

  8. Another great blanket, love it! xx

  9. Well done you!!! It's lovely, I really love the border!!!
    Great work.

    Best Wishes


  10. Now how did you do that so fast? I didn't expect you to be finished with it already! It turned out great though. I love it.

  11. Wow, that is beautiful. I have that borders book and love it.

    That deer and snowman are so cute, too.

  12. Oh my those throws are wonderful it's hard to pick but I'd say my favorite is the Merry Kringle. I bought a couple foam balls today to try Elizabeth's snowman. We'll see how I do.

  13. Sandy- lovely,lovely,lovely that's all I can say about all three throws. Love the red,white and blue- always.

  14. The blanket is so so pretty. I love the shade of blue that you used. I do hope you plan to snap a picture of your village.

  15. WOW...i love the Colours!
    Your Blanket is very, very beautiful...Great Work of you and nice Pictures!
    Enjoy your Weekend and send you many Greetings,


  16. Great job Sandy. The colours are so clean and crisp.
    Can't wait to see the whole Christmas Village, plus photos of details (to sticky-beak) :-)

  17. Sandy~thanks for linking up at LH!
    The crochet on this is fabulous~lovely little snowman

  18. OOh I love this post! Love to see your Blankets. The book sounds good too!
    We always had a train running around the base of the christmas tree when the girls were little.
    I haven't even put up my tree yet, only a little one I recently bought. Great post, great blankets!
    Hugs suex

  19. I love this American Beauty!

  20. Wow, another really great afghan. Love the colors and the pattern.

  21. OHHHHHH! Now I'm stalking your blog. . . I LOVE THIS Blankie so much!

    Seriously want to run out to Michaels NOW and get the yarn. Or I suppose I could run downstairs to my hoard of yarn to see what I've got!