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Vintage Peacock Green Stockings

September 3, 2022 No comments yet
Peacock Green BLO Stocking

I enjoy using old vintage yarn in unique colors. These stockings were crocheted using a throwback color from Red Heart Classic yarns in colorway Peacock Green. The crochet pattern used is my BLO Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern and is a free pattern.

These mini 6-inch stockings are for the 2022 Warmth for Warriors stocking drive for our troops. The stockings are filled with little goodies and given at Christmas to our troops. If you’d like to help and see another photo, please click continue

BLO Hat With a Twist

August 6, 2022 No comments yet
BLO Crab Stitch Crochet Hat

Here is an old hat pattern with a new twist. This hat features a crab stitch trim for the final row of edging. Thus a new hat style with a twist!

I used my free BLO hat pattern to crochet the complete hat following the original crochet pattern. Then for one additional row of trim, I crocheted a final row of crab stitches. Crab stitch is just reverse single crochet stitches worked from left to right which creates a twisted look to the project.

The finished size of this hat is

Cabled Scarf

June 20, 2022 No comments yet
Red Cabled Scarf

I created this cabled scarf pattern last year and decided it was time to crochet another scarf using it. The free crochet pattern is found here. It is an simple pattern with repeats that makes it fast and easy to crochet.

I used an I hook and some donated yarn to crochet this scarf for a local Veteran’s Outreach Program. I know it is getting warmer but hopefully someone will love the red with black striped scarf to keep them warm in the future.

The finished size is 7 inches wide by 62 inches long. Here is one more photo taken of the scarf.

Crocheted Poppy Dishcloths

June 5, 2022 No comments yet
Pointed Poppy Dishcloth

I haven’t crocheted any dishcloths in quite a while. I picked up this pretty ball of Sugar’n Cream cotton in colorway Poppy this last week. I figured it was time to break out some oldie but goodie dishcloth patterns of mine. So here is a 4-pointed cotton dishcloth crocheted using my pointed granny dishcloth pattern.

Next is a star dishcloth that I crocheted with white cotton along with the Poppy colored cotton that was leftover from the above project. I didn’t have enough yarn to do the complete dishcloth with the Poppy so I added white for the center and outer rounds. Here is the link to the free star dishcloth pattern.

Below are both dishcloths shown together.

Bulky Double Crochet Hat Pattern

April 19, 2022 No comments yet
Bulky Double Crochet Hat

Here is a new free crochet hat pattern to share. It is a basic double crochet bulky hat that can be crocheted using chunky yarn or 2 strands of worst weight held together. The pattern is simple and works up very quickly. Please enjoy my free crochet pattern!

Bulky Double Crochet Hat Pattern

Finished adult hat measures flat: 21″ circumference by 8.5″ long
Hook: N (9 mm) US sized crochet hook or K hook if you crochet loosely
Materials: 3 ozs Bulky yarn or use 2 strands worsted weight yarn together; and
Small amount of contrasting color for edging (if desired)

Rnd 1
Begin with a Magic Circle to start and work 7 DC in circle and join to top of first DC. (7 sts)
Pull tight your ring to close the hole.

Bunny Baby Lovey

April 3, 2022 No comments yet
Bunny Baby Lovey

Here is my crocheted bunny baby lovey for my newest granddaughter who was just born. Baby loveys are just so cute and there are many different patterns with lots variety to choose from. I chose this bunny lovey pattern from Crochet 365 Knit Too. The crochet pattern is free at the website.

Below is a closeup of the head. I had to double up my thin yarn to make the head and ears more sturdy so it did come out a bit bigger than the pattern. Generally I think it turned out fine and I enjoyed crocheting the pattern.

The crochet pattern makes a wonderful baby lovey blanket and is well written and easy to follow. So if you are looking for a baby lovey project, I would recommend checking out

Basic BLO Hat Pattern

February 24, 2022 No comments yet
Blue BLO Basic Hat

This post presents my basic back loops only (BLO) hat pattern. As you may know, I crochet lots of hats for charity and wanted to have a basic crocheted hat pattern that is worked all in back loops only. The textured look of working all in back loops makes for a raised stitch line on each round.

It is my hope that you will enjoy this pattern and crochet a few hats for your charity of choice using it. So without further ado, here is my free crochet pattern for my back loops only adult hat.

Back Loops Only (BLO) Basic Hat Pattern

Finished adult hat measures flat: 21 inch circumference by 8.25 inches long
Hook: H (5 mm) US sized crochet hook
Materials: 2.5 ozs Wool or Worsted Weight Yarn; and
Small amount of contrasting color for edging (if desired)

With H hook, Ch 4 and join to form ring. (Or use a Magic Circle to start.)

(Ch-2 counts as first Hdc st.)

Ponytail Girls Hat

January 15, 2022 No comments yet
Crocheted Ponytail Hat

You probably have seen these ponytail hats or messy bun hats that people are sporting these days. I crocheted this ponytail girl’s hat for my granddaughter. I looked at a few patterns but didn’t see the size and style that I was exactly looking for. So I set out and created this hat and will share the pattern details below.

I will first say that my GD has very thick hair and so this opening is fairly wide at 3.75 inches. I did use the vertical stripe hat pattern for the basis of my ponytail hat.

I crocheted a chain of 25 to begin for hole for the ponytail and joined it to make a ring. Then I worked 33 double crochet (DC) around the chain ring and then followed the pattern of DCs for 6 rows. I then started working the front and back post DCs. Check your length before you finish off to make sure your hat is long enough.

Below is a closeup photo of the top opening for the ponytail.

Rectangle Granny Blanket

December 20, 2021 No comments yet
Rectangle Granny Blanket

I just delivered this rectangle granny blanket to my local VA outreach representative. They come once a month from Spokane and each month I try and have a charity craft donation for them. The VA outreach program rep takes the items back to the VA hospital and uses them where needed.

I love the look of a granny blanket and this rectangle granny blanket pattern is awesome. You don’t have to join squares and it works up so nicely. Plus I love using various skeins of yarn to work up a unique blanket for donation.

I do just a few mods on the original crochet pattern. For the joining corner, I add my yarn at the chain 1 corner then chain 3 and work 2 more DC stitches at the corner. So I have basically 3 DCs at the corner to start a new color. I then continue around the blanket following the pattern until I get back to the beginning of the round. I work 3 DCs in the same corner space when I started and then chain 1 and join to the top of the beginning chain 3. Makes for the neat corner and the join looks better in my opinion.

If I am not changing colors, after the join at the corner, I turn my work so I am looking at the back of the blanket. I slip stitch back into the corner chain 1 space. Then turn my work back to the right side of the blanket and work 2 DCs into the same chain 1 space. So I have 3 DCs at start of corner counting the chain 3 as a DC. Again I think this corner joining tip looks better then slip stitching over several stitches to reach the corner.

Here is a closeup photo of the trim edging that I added.


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