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Purple Haze Flower Square

August 2, 2017 No comments yet
Purple Haze Flower Square

I crocheted this pretty flower square using the Golden Harvest pattern by AG Handmades. It is a lovely crochet square featuring raised flower petals in the center. I thought it would be a beautiful center square for a baby blanket in purple.

First here is my finished square I crocheted following the pattern with medium weight yarn and an I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I love the pattern but not sure when you are suppose to switch back to work on the front of square. I did at color change of row 8. At row 8, I worked on the front with the petals facing. Not sure if this is correct but my square turned out fine to me so I am satisfied with how I worked the pattern.

So to clarify I worked on the front side of square at row 8. On the final row, I worked sc’s around and did only sc, ch 2, sc in the corners with the Red Heart Purple Haze Shimmer yarn to complete the square. Square measures 6.5 inches wide at this point.

Once I had the pretty center square done, I added granny stitching around with lilac and white yarn finishing with the same shimmer yarn for the final trim row. Here is the a photo of the completed Purple Haze Baby Blanket.[…]

Crocheted Mandala Cloths

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Crocheted Mandala Cloths
Crocheted Mandala Cloths

Crocheting Mandala cloths has been such a fun adventure. I love how you can mix and match colors to create beautiful patterns. Here is a roundup of all the different Mandalas I crocheted this week.

This pastel Mandala cloth was crocheted using the Magnolia Mandala pattern. I crocheted this cloth using sugar’n cream cotton scraps. My finished cloth is 11.5 inches wide. It is such a pretty cloth and would make a beautiful hotpad or just as a decorative centerpiece on a table.

Next I crocheted several more Mandalas using Lucienne’s Summer Mandala pattern. My dishcloths were all just crocheted to part 1 of the original pattern which has up to 4 parts for a very large Mandala.

Here are a few dishcloths I crocheted with a 4 mm and 5 mm crochet hooks.[…]

Magic Wheel Round Ripple Blanket

June 29, 2017 No comments yet
Magic Wheel Round Ripple Blanket

Crocheting round ripple blankets are always one of my favorite patterns. I love making round ripples and always look forward to the different color combinations that are created with a variety of yarns.

I crocheted the center of this RR using some leftover Caron blue yarn before using a Yarn Bee Sugarwheel. The Sugarwheel is a new yarn that comes in a pretty yarn cake that is naturally variegated. This colorway is called “That’s my Jam.” It worked great for my small blanket that will be used for donation to Warmth for Warriors. I added some additional yarn from my stash in black and blues to finish off the blanket.

Final size is 43 inches across which should be a good size for a wheelchair blanket or lapghan. Warmth for Warriors collects lapghans and blankets all year long for use in VA hospitals, VA nursing homes, VA homeless shelters and/or base hospitals. If you are interested in helping our group, […]

Sunshine Mother Bear

June 18, 2017 3 comments
Sunshine Mother Bear

I just took a break from my other crocheting to make a bear for the Mother Bear Project. Meet Sunshine bear crocheted seamless and in the round. He’s a bare bear crocheted in his jammies with sleepy eyes.

This is bear number 23 that I have crocheted for this worthy and rewarding charity. If you aren’t familiar with the Mother Bear Project, you can check them out at their official website here or join us over at Ravelry for all the bear making fun.

For more helpful tips, you can check out […]

Top-Down Christmas Stocking

May 27, 2017 No comments yet
Top-Down Christmas Stocking

Here is a new mini Christmas stocking crochet pattern. This 6 inch long stocking pattern features a ribbed cuff and is worked top-down. There is an option for a folded over cuff which was a later idea added to the original pattern. Directions for both styles are listed in the free crochet pattern below.

Top-Down Crocheted Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook – approx. 52-55 yards depending on yarn medium weight yarn
or 56-60 yards for longer fold-over cuff option.

With Caron Simply Soft yarn- length is 6 inch long from top cuff to toe. 2.75 inches wide across top cuff.

With Red Heart Super Saver yarn- length is 6-1/3 inches long. 3 inches wide across top cuff.

R 1: Leaving a long tail to start, chain 8 and Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)[…]

Lumberjack Flannelghan Lapghan

April 28, 2017 No comments yet
Lumberjack Flannelghan Lapghan

The lumberjack flannelghan is a beautiful blanket pattern and I just love the look of it. There are many different color combinations that can be crocheted to make this blanket. I used soft navy and white Red Heart yarn to crochet my blanket.

Here is the link to the original lumberjack flannelghan pattern. The original pattern makes a 5 x 7 foot blanket. I wanted to crochet a small blanket that would be a lapghan size.

My lapghan was crocheted using a N (9 mm) hook with two strands of yarn held together. I played around with the pattern to make the squares smaller so I could crochet a lapghan sized blanket. I chained 16 to start and did 8 rows of DC for the first block. There are 15 DC’s on each row counting the Ch-2 at the beginning of the row. I crocheted 8 rows for each color square with a total of 5 squares for each strip. Each strip is about 7 inches wide. There are a total of 5 strips in my lapghan blanket.

For the border, I crocheted […]

Easter Towel Topper

April 15, 2017 3 comments
Easter Towel Topper

I found this pretty Easter flowered towel at Shopko and turned it into a crocheted Easter gift. I folded it in half and crocheted a pink towel topper onto the kitchen towel.

I used the free crochet pattern called double layered waffle towel topper pattern. The only change I made was for the extra large pink button I added for the closure. Because it was so large, I chained 3 stitches for the buttonhole. I then crocheted a few extra stitches into the buttonhole on the next row to secure the large opening for the button. It worked out great and the button fits through the hole nicely.

I love this double layered, no cutting or sewing towel topper. They make such nice gifts and work up super fast. So if you need a quick gift idea, check out this crochet project.[…]

Waistcoat Crochet Mini Christmas Stocking

March 17, 2017 1 comment
Waistcoat Crochet Mini Christmas Stocking

Here is a new crochet pattern for a mini 6 inch long Christmas stocking. This pattern uses the waistcoat stitch. I love the look of this stitch as it appears to be a knitted sock when it is really crocheted. Here is a link to a waistcoat stitch tutorial to help demonstrate how to crochet this knit-look stitch. I also found doing graph images can add a nice touch to a crocheted waistcoat stocking.

I have been practicing this stitch and I must say it is a bit hard to master. It is very dense and finding the V space to crochet into can be difficult. I found a larger crochet hook helps and crocheting in bright light makes it easier too. One important tip to pass along is to go slow and have patience as you crochet this stitch. I also found that the more I practiced the stitch, the better I became so keep at it if you find it difficult.

In working the heel in waistcoat stitch, you have to cut the yarn for each row. I found in future stockings I crocheted that it was easier to work the heel in regular single crochet stitches. It also helps so the heel isn’t so pointy looking. I have included both options below in the written pattern. So if you want to do the whole stocking in the traditional waistcoat stitch you can or use option 2 below.

Waistcoat Mini Christmas stocking pattern
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5-1/2 to 6 inch Mini Christmas Stocking
H (5 mm) crochet hook – 1 ounce of medium weight yarn (50-52 yards)

Chain 3 and join to form circle or you can use a magic circle.[…]

United Wavy Ripple Lapghan

March 4, 2017 No comments yet
United Wavy Ripple Lapghan

I ordered 3 skeins of this cool red and blue marble United Caron yarn on-line through a close-out sale. I thought it would be perfect to crochet a lapghan for the Warmth for Warriors blanket drive.

I crocheted this lapghan using the wavy ripple lapghan pattern and chained 107 stitches to start to make a blanket that was 34 inches wide. I crocheted using an[…]


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