Tiger Daddy took the kids food shopping this evening, giving me unfettered access to the nice clean floor in the kids room. At the moment, it's the only clean space, large enough for me to lay out the fabric for the blankets. I am using a double sided, pink ultra cuddly fleece (from Fabric.com) and a make-up, girly pink flannel. I do have a single-sided rose fleece, but this time I opted for the double-sided since Nana Bear runs cold (as do most women vs. men). So got the pieces cut and now I just need to pin them together and sew. Looks like I'll get it done before our trip.
For the key chains, I was going to use the pattern I found on the Lion's Brand Yarn site, but it calls for making the leaves individually and then chaining them together and, well, I just don't like having to fasten off so much. So I remembered that Sarah at Sarahndipities had a pattern for a shamrock garland, which worked much better for me and my laziness.
The major changes to my pattern was 1) to chain 5 initially instead of 3 because I was having a hard time finding the center of the ring with just a chain 3 (pathetic, yeah?), 2) I wanted four leaf clovers, so I added a leaf, and 3) I lengthened the stem and single crocheted back towards the center and the slipped stitched to the center ring. I made the stem thicker since I will be attaching the key ring to the end of the stem and wanted it to be stronger.
Chain - Ch
Slip stitch -sl
Single crochet -sc
Double crochet - dc
Treble crochet - trc
Ch 5, sl to first ch to form a ring.
1 Leaf: Sl into ring, ch 3, trc, dc, trc, ch 3, sl into ring *repeat to make as many leaves as you like - shamrocks have 3 leaves, and, of course, the mythical Four Leaf Clovers have 4
Stem: After last leaf is made, chain 10, sc into 3rd ch from hook and into each chain all the way back down the stem, sl to ring. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Thanks Sarahndipities for the pattern to work off of.