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My Corner to Corner Afghan

February 22, 2015 No comments yet

Here is my first ever corner to corner afghan. I crocheted this using one strand of black yarn held with different shades of blue scrap yarn I had in my stash. I tried to do a color scheme by starting and ending with the same bright shade of blue yarn. I then just used some different colors with a light blue yarn in the center.

I used this corner to corner afghan pattern to crochet my blanket. The pattern has a good video tutorial that is found here which I found very useful on how to get the pattern started.

Here is one photo while the lapghan was in progress.[…]

Crocheted Potholders with Recycled Rings

February 4, 2015 1 comment

I love crafting with recycled materials. So when I crocheted these potholders, I used recycled plastic rings for the projects. I recycled these plastic rings from milk, juice and other plastic bottles.

Here are two crocheted potholders I made using my recycled rings. The green potholder has a milk jug ring for it’s loop ring and the blue speckled potholder has a smaller juice ring for the hanging ring. So depending if you like a larger hanging loop or smaller, just choose the ring dimension that you like best to crochet around the plastic ring for your potholders.

Both of these potholders were crocheted using my free basic potholder pattern. […]

Basic Twisted Cowl Scarf

January 26, 2015 3 comments

As you may know, I love basic and easy crochet patterns. So I set out to crochet myself a basic winter cowl scarf that I could wear to keep me warm. Not only can this cowl scarf keep my neck warm, it also can double as a hooded scarf.

I just love this crocheted cowl scarf. It’s is simple to crochet and works up fast. I hope you will find this pattern useful and let me know if you have any questions as you work the free crochet pattern below.

Crocheted Twisted Cowl Scarf Pattern

Finished size: 74 inches long and 10 inches wide.

N crochet hook
2-1/2 skeins of Olive Green Paton wool yarn used
557 yards / 8.75 ozs
All terms in USA crochet directions.

Ch 29 to start for a 10 inch wide scarf […]

Sweater Wrap Vest

January 3, 2015 3 comments

I can now reveal my crocheted sweater wrap I crocheted for my DIL for Christmas. When I saw this cute sweater wrap pattern I just knew I had to crocheted it for her.


I used a 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook and Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Grand Canyon. It took 3 skeins which was 753 yards (688 meters), 15 ounces to complete the wrap. Finished size is 9-1/2 inches wide by 82 inches long.

Here is a photo before I joined the back seam.

Here is a closeup of the stitching on the front side.

I did not get a photo taken of sweater vest on but here is a photo of the designer modeling her vest wrap.[…]

Baby Blue Vest

November 24, 2014 No comments yet

I crocheted this baby blue vest for a co-worker’s daughter who is expecting a baby boy in a few months.

This baby vest is a newborn size and I used my free baby sweater vest crochet pattern. This is an easy and quick little pattern that takes less than 4 ounces of yarn to crochet. […]

Crocheting More Mini Christmas Stockings

November 12, 2014 4 comments

Here are ten more mini Christmas stockings that I crocheted for the troops. These are my final contribution to the 2014 Warmth for Warriors Stocking Drive. The organization fills the stockings with goodies and are distributed as little Christmas gifts to the troops.

These socks were crocheted using Sucrette’s mini sock pattern. I only crocheted the pattern to 6 inches long so I adjusted the original pattern just a bit to make my stockings smaller. […]

Crocheted Baby Sweater

November 3, 2014 No comments yet

I love to hear from people who are crocheting my patterns. I especially love seeing photos and thought I’d share this cute newborn baby sweater that Freya crocheted. She used my Ana sweater design and crocheted her’s using the free newborn sweater pattern for the newborn baby size.

Should you want a bigger sized sweater, here is the original Ana sweater pattern which fits a child 2-3 years old.

The Ana sweater is an easy pattern and the only issue people have found is on the up and down stitch count on the pattern. I’m always here to help should anyone have questions as you crochet this baby sweater. […]

Crocheted Childs Ribbed Hats

October 11, 2014 7 comments
Closeup of Crocheted Ribbing

Here are some ribbed band hats I crocheted in several shades of yarn in child sizes. Here is a pretty colorful wool hat I crocheted with a ribbed band. I used my ribbed band hat pattern but only worked even on 58 stitches as of round 5 for a child’s size with a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. This resulted in a finished size of 17 inch Cir at band edge and 8 inches long that fit a 2 year old girl just fine.

Here is a closeup of the ribbing on the hat band with full pattern details below.[…]

Spike Chain Stitch Scarf

October 1, 2014 12 comments
Crocheted Spike Chain Stitch Scarf

I have been crocheting chain stitch scarves lately and came up with this stitch variation. On my chain stitch scarves, I change yarn colors every other row and just carry the yarn at the end of that row. I drop and pick up the new color after I crochet two rows.

On the first row of the new color, I do a single crochet spike stitch or long crochet stitch down into the first row of the prior new color. By working this long single crochet stitch, it creates a unique V stitch look to the scarf. Here is a closeup of one scarf I crocheted using the stitch design.

Here is a pink and white youth sized scarf I crocheted using the same chain stitch design. For the youth size, I crocheted a starting chain of 5 feet.


Spike Chain Stitch Scarf Pattern

H (5 mm) crochet hook
3 – 4 ozs Medium weight yarn in 2 colors for total of 7-8 ozs for adult length scarf
USA Crochet terms used in pattern

Row 1
Chain 7+ feet to start scarf. Don’t worry about stitch count as you can always just unravel any unused stitches of the base row you don’t need.

Row 2
SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC in the next stitch also.[…]


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