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Patriotic Crocheted Lapghan

July 1, 2018 2 comments

Here is a patriotic lapghan blanket I just finished up for the Warmth for Warriors. Each year we have a blanket drive where people crochet, knit or sew blankets and lapghans for the troops and veterans. This is my patriotic blanket in honor of the 4th of July.

I took the original light & lacy baby blanket pattern and changed colors every 5 rows. I started with Red Heart yarn in red, then white and finally with blue. I crocheted 4 sets of 5 rows in each color ending with one last set of 5 rows in red yarn to finish off the blanket before adding the border. I then used the blue yarn to work the border.

Here is a closeup of the beginning of the pattern to show the detail of the stitch pattern.[…]

Japanese Knot Recycled Bag

June 15, 2018 5 comments

Here is a new recycled plastic bag yarn project. This pattern is called a Japanese Knot bag as it features 2 handles. One long and one shorter, which closes by sliding the longer handle through the shorter one as shown. The Japanese-styled bags are often times made smaller and worn over the wrist.

This tote bag is crocheted using recycled plastic bags made into yarn known as plarn. It can be worn over the wrist or also draped over your shoulder.

Here is the free Japanese Knot Bag pattern written using plarn but it also can be crocheted using bulky yarn or 2 strands of worst weight yarns held together.

The finished size of this recycled tote bag is […]

Patriotic Christmas Stockings for the Troops

June 7, 2018 No comments yet

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some patriotic Christmas stockings that I crocheted for the Warmth for Warriors.

Each year we handcraft mini Christmas stockings for the troops and fill them with little items such as soaps, shampoos, chapsticks, candies and other little goodies. The mini stockings are then given out to the troops as little Christmas gifts during the holidays. These little stockings might not seem like much, but we are told they are well received. The mini stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

I played around with a few mini Christmas stocking patterns to come up with these patriotic themed socks. The stocking on the left is a cuffed Christmas stocking of mine and the other is a variation of this crochet pattern.

Below is one more cuffed mini stocking I crocheted in red, white, and blue yarns. […]

Round Ripple Blankets

May 23, 2018 1 comment

I have been working hard to use up some of my old stash yarn. As many of us have, I have bags of small balls of yarn and partial skeins of leftover yarn. Some of the yarn doesn’t match up well together but I have really been trying to use it up while doing charity crafting.

Here is the first I completed which is a round ripple lapghan. The lapghan is 35 inches wide and will be going to out the Warmth for Warriors blanket drive.

Next are two different baby blankets I crocheted for Kathryn over at Crochetville. These are going to this year’s NICU blanket drive that she heads up each year.

I used several bits of old Lullaby variegated yarn and mint green yarn in both baby blankets. I did finally run out and finished with some white Red Heart SS to finish off the scalloped blanket.

I crocheted this baby blanket for 15 rounds in the Aggie May’s round ripple pattern. Then I did a new edging for the final 16th round. Here are the details on how I crocheted my scalloped edging.[…]

Crocheted Towel Toppers

May 10, 2018 1 comment

I bought several holiday towels after Christmas last year. They were marked down 50% and more on some of these. I decided to start early and add towel toppers to them. I will use them for Christmas gifts and charity auction items for the upcoming holiday season.

All of these towels are what I call double-layered as I don’t cut the towels in half or sew the top edges. I simply fold the towel in half and crochet the towel toppers directly into both layers of the towel. This creates an extra heavy towel which I think is better than the single layer towel with towel toppers.

These two towel toppers were crocheted using my pointed handle towel topper pattern. I should also add that all of my crocheted towel topper patterns are free.

The next towel has the waffle towel topper added to it. I used a red jingle bell for the button closure.

The final towel features my original[…]

Mother Bear for March

March 30, 2018 No comments yet

I just finished crocheting my first Mother Bear for the year. I haven’t had too much time lately to work on bears for the Mother Bear Project but did want to crochet one more bear to ship off to the organization.

Here is Mr. Bare Bear who was crocheted using a partial skein of Yarn Bee Fair Isle yarn in purple teal multi colorway. I tried to match a few areas as I crocheted the parts of the bear so there was some matching of colors. I added a simple scarf using the same skein of yarn.

This bear uses the crochet pattern from the Mother Bear Project but it has been adapted to be seamless and without joining. You can read more on my mods of the original crochet pattern here if you’d like more info.

For more information about the Mother Bear Project just click on this picture link below […]

Mini Christmas Stockings for the Troops

March 16, 2018 2 comments

The Warmth for Warriors organization is once again requesting homemade mini Christmas stockings for the troops. For the last several years, I have been heading up the yearly drive for the group on Ravelry and promoting the stocking drive on other sites.
Each year we ask for handmade crocheted, knitted, sewn, or woven mini Christmas stockings be crafted to about 6 inches long. They are then filled with little goodies at the Warmth for Warriors headquarters before being sent off in early November to soldiers overseas.

In 2017, over 2800 stockings were stuffed with soaps, shampoo, candies and other little treats as a small gift for our troops for Christmas. The filled socks are just a little gift to brighten spirits for our troops during the holidays.

I have several different free crochet patterns available on my site to inspire people to make stockings for the Warmth for Warriors. I hope that others will be inspired and help us in this year’s campaign. Here is the top-down mini Christmas stocking pattern featured in the above photos. […]

Round Granny Blanket

March 4, 2018 No comments yet

I have wanted to try out a round granny blanket pattern for a while now. I used this round granny mandala pattern from Crochet from Raymond. It is an outstanding pattern with lots of pictures to help show how to create a beautiful round granny mandala blanket.

This pattern can be used to blend different colors and assembling color fades creates so stunning granny mandala. One only needs to check out the over 600+ different completed blankets on Ravelry to be inspired to grab some yarn and start your own beautiful round granny mandala.

Here is one more round granny blanket that I just finished today. […]

Front Post Crocheted Hat

February 25, 2018 1 comment

I just finished up this front post crocheted hat using a skein of blue wool. Towards the end of the pattern, I ran short of yarn. This thick front post crocheted hat pattern is a real wool eater and I just didn’t have enough yarn in the solid blue to finish the hat. So I looked through my stash in search of a matching yarn to add to the hat.

I added 3 rounds of Big Twist yarn in royal blues before finishing with 3 single crochet rounds of trim in the solid blue yarn to complete the hat.

Here is a close up of the contrasting yarn I used.

The variegated yarn added a fun and different look to the hat. What at first appeared to be a problem with a shortage of yarn actually turned into a blessing in disguise as I wouldn’t have thought of adding such contrast otherwise.[…]


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