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Topic: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Kitchen Accessories  (Read 1556 times)
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« on: September 29, 2018 12:32:47 PM »

I recently organized a "Life is Berry Sweet" Swap, themed around cheerful little strawberries.  (A flagrant copy of the same theme over on another site.)  I had the good fortune to be crafting for the lovely kittykill.  I know she has a red & yellow kitchen, and an overall 'Granny-Chic' design concept, so I decided to make her some granny inspired goodies.

I fell in love with an adorable potholder I saw on Ravelry, but the pattern was only available in a book that's out of print.  Sad  So I decided to try to figure it out myself.


I started by looking on Youtube for a video showing how to make a mitered corner square.  For mine I started with a chain of 52, then followed the video instructions, alternating colors every 2 rows.  I made two of these squares, and then used the red yarn to hook them together along the edges to make it two layers thick.  Then I added a basic shell border in red, along with a loop at the top, and found a pattern for a strawberry applique


I liked the alternating stripes of white and green potholder so much that even though I planned to make some strawberry dishcloths (below), I decided to make a striped one too.  I was partially afraid that kittykill might want to display her goodies, rather than use them, so I figured a spare dishcloth to actually use wouldn't go amiss.  The pattern is one of my all time favorites, as it makes nice sturdy, but still pretty, dishcloths.  It's available as a free Ravelry download.  Fire Blossom Dishcloth


I knew I would be making at least a few of these Granny Strawberry Dishcloths, before I started on the potholder.  I made them earlier this summer for some friends, and just loved how they came out.  The Granny triangle is a quick & easy pattern, but the stems can be a little confusing as you read the written pattern.  I just used a pen & paper to sketch out what the directions were saying badly, and then winged it.  (If you aren't on ravelry, you can also find the pattern on the Yarnspirations website.)


Finally I wanted to add a few more bits and bobs to the kitchen set.  I thought a set of coasters might be fun, so I tried starting with a set based on a variation on a granny square, but I disliked how it was coming out.  It didn't seem like it would make a good size coaster, and the bubble stitch used made it too bumpy to hold a drink on top of. 


So I ended up taking the coaster I started and turned it into a trivet instead.  I figured with a larger item like a pan, the slightly lumpy center wouldn't be as much of a problem as it would with a narrower glass.  I just added a few granny rows and a border with some picot stitches in the corners.


Since the square coaster idea didn't work, I decided to try a round variation on the Granny theme, and went with this pattern, intended for Christmas ornament, and added a round of slip stitching on the backside, to give it a slightly raised edge.

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018 03:00:23 PM »

WOW! It's like a whole field of strawberry goodness!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2018 08:56:00 AM »

What a cute and fun set!
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018 09:21:54 AM »

What a great set!
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018 09:56:00 AM »

Thanks guys!
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2018 03:16:48 PM »

This is an abundance of deliciousness, every bit of it is adorable.
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018 01:16:31 PM »

These are all mine and I love them! They go so great in my kitchen. Aren't they just the cutest thing ever?
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018 07:03:38 AM »

Love those!

And congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018 08:16:57 AM »

Thanks racky!
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2018 10:09:07 AM »

Super cute set and love the colors too!
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