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Heart Dishcloth

February 7, 2020 No comments yet
Heart Dishcloth

Here is one more quick heart project I just completed in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is a cute and easy pattern worked in the round or should I say heart-shape. It is all worked on the right side without turning. My finished size is 8 inches wide using a G (4 mm) crochet hook.

I crocheted my cloth using a small amount of scrap red Christmas cotton that contains a silver metallic thread throughout. The free heart dishcloth pattern by Janelle Schlossman is no longer on her blog site. But you can find the pattern still here by using the Wayback Machine on the web.

I thought I remember crocheting this pattern before and sure enough I crocheted it 10 years ago. Here is that heart cloth with a white contrasting yarn for trim.

Danish Valentine Heart

January 16, 2020 1 comment
Danish Valentine Heart

Time to gear up for the next holiday coming up, right? Here is my Danish heart that I crocheted for a little Valentine’s Day gift. It’s a cute ornament that you crochet in 2 oval pieces and then weave together to create the final woven heart.

The Danish heart pattern is available here at Ravelry. I had a little trouble getting started with the oval pieces at round 3 until I saw a photo of a completed oval. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So with that being said, here is a photo of my 2 oval pieces.

Christmas Crocheted Towel Toppers

November 3, 2019 No comments yet
Snowman Crocheted Towel Topper

Well Halloween is over and now the Christmas holiday season begins. I know many will argue that we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to get started on those handmade Christmas gifts. So with that in mind, here are some Christmas crocheted towel toppers to inspire you.

I got this cute snowman holiday towel last year at an after Christmas sale. Using my double layered towel topper technique, I crocheted through both layers of the towel folded in half. No sewing or cutting needed and added a red jingle bell for a closure. Here is a closeup of the topper.

Next is a dollar store bar towel which I crocheted the topper using the same pointed handle towel topper pattern. Because of the odd shape of this towel, I folded the towel in half with the fold-line along the left edge. I then crocheted through both layers along the top edge to add the towel topper.

Just to give you more ideas, here are a few more Christmas towel topper photos.

Striped Mini Christmas Stockings

August 31, 2019 1 comment
Striped Mini Christmas Stockings

I am busy crocheting more mini Christmas stockings for Warmth for Warriors. We have an unofficial goal for 2019 of 4,000 stockings. We just received an update from Warmth for Warriors headquarters that they have received 2,653 stockings so far this year.

Here is a new twist on the cuffed mini Christmas stocking pattern but with stripes. Here is the version with just 2 stripes on the upper leg portion. For this option, crochet 2 full rows after the chain 12 for upper leg with the main color, then carry yarn and crochet 2 rows twice in the stripe color for a total of 10 rows. The top left stocking, does not have 2 full rows after the chain 12 and that is why it doesn’t look like the others.

For the 2-stripe option, I think the stocking looks better without adding the final trim row as written in the original pattern. Just fold over the cuff and add the hanging loop. Of course, you can always crochet whatever style and trim you’d like.

Next shown top left is a same cuffed stocking pattern but where you change yarn colors every 2 rows. Again just carry the yarn inside the stocking that you are not using. This makes for less knots or ends to weave under.

Last on the top right is a patriotic red, white, and blue stocking. Crochet this stocking all in red until the last 6 rows of the upper leg portion. Then add white yarn for 3 rows and end with 3 rows of blue for a cute little 6 inch patriotic Christmas stocking.

Please help us make our goal of 4,000 mini Christmas stockings for the troops this year. The deadline for shipping stockings is November 1 so headquarters has enough time to stuff the stockings with little goodies for shipment to the troops for Christmas. If you need any more information concerning the stocking drive,

Christmas in July Stockings

July 1, 2019 1 comment
Patriotic 6" Mini Christmas Stocking

Happy 4th of July! It’s a perfect time of the year to celebrate the 4th and Christmas in July with stockings. Of course stockings this time of year honor our country and our troops.

As we continue to make mini Christmas stockings for Warmth for Warriors, here are my latest using red, white, and blue yarn to crochet stockings. I used the fold-over option of this 6 inch Christmas stocking pattern to crochet these stockings.

Mods from original pattern: Work the toe portion of the crochet pattern as written in blue yarn,

Loopy Mini Christmas Stocking

May 4, 2019 No comments yet
Loopy Mini Christmas Stockings

Here is a new twist on an old mini Christmas stocking pattern. This loopy trim option uses the chain 8 fold-over cuff that I wrote about in this recent post.

Instead of chaining 12 for the upper leg portion of the stocking, just chain 8. Once you complete the leg portion, you are ready to add the loopy edging trim.

Attach yarn at back of stocking. I used a contrasting yarn as shown.

Cuffed Christmas Stocking

April 14, 2019 No comments yet
Cuffed Mini Christmas Stockings

These mini 6 inch Christmas stockings use an optional fold-over cuff from my original crochet pattern for the mini cuffed Christmas stocking pattern. Below you will find the crochet directions for this optional fold-over cuff using contrasting yarn.

You work the first 8 rows of the stocking pattern but then only chain 8 instead of 12 stitches for the upper leg portion. Then work the pattern the same until you come to the first decrease row. In rows 9 and 10, you want to work the decreases on either side of the back of the heel for shaping.

Finish off the stocking and leave a long tail for closing up the back heel seam.

Now for your contrasting fold-over cuff,

Recycled Christmas Cards

December 24, 2018 No comments yet
Recycled Christmas Card Ornament


Merry Christmas! I have been recycling old Christmas cards into ornaments for years. I just love taking the beautiful old cards and repurposing them.

It is very easy and children especially can enjoy recycling the cards and crocheting around the edges. Here is the instructional tutorial on how I recycle the cards into these ornaments.

Also be advised that if you don’t want to crochet around the card edges, you can always use a craft needle and yarn to whip stitch around the edges for decorating.

Here are some of my creations for 2018.

Granny Christmas Tree Ornament

December 19, 2018 1 comment
Granny Square Christmas Trees

I saw this cute granny square tree ornament and just knew I had to try it.

The tree on the right was the first one I crocheted. I had trouble with the pattern and couldn’t get my stitch counts to come out to match the pattern. So I improvised and did my own thing to get the tree to come out looking okay.

I reached out to the pattern designer Squibbly Bups for the Granny Christmas Tree pattern to figure out the pattern as written. I heard back from her and found out she counts the Ch-1 as stitches so that is why I was off on my stitch counts. I re-worked the pattern which is the tree ornament on the left.

I also changed up the base of the final row on the tree to just work


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