Archives for Crochet

Mermaid and Shark Tails

Categories: Crochet.

~ I recently finished a couple of fun crochet projects, one for each of our grandkids out west.  These were both Yarnspiration free patterns.   The mermaid tail was made using Impeccable yarn in the variegated colours of mauves, purples and green.  The shark tail or sack as the pattern calls it used Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in grey.  Both used an 8 mm hook.  The only change I made to the pattern was to make the shark sack flat instead of in the round.  It just worked out better that way, I tried working in the round
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The Life Way Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

  I recently completed a test pattern of the Life Way Shawl by Amy of lovemademyhome..   This was a nice pattern to follow and repeated the same rows, so once I had figured out how to do the different squares I didn’t need to keep checking back with the pattern. I used Austermann Step 6 yarn from Grey Heron, our new local lys.  This one was in many of my favourite colours of greys, greens, rust and a bit of beige.  It’s a worsted weight yarn and was lovely and soft to work with. It’s a corner to corner pattern,
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Stacked Squares Scarf

Categories: Crochet.

  I recently tested a pattern for Amy of lovemademyhome.  It was a great little pattern to crochet and consisted of two rows, so once you remembered that you could crochet away while watching tv and not have to keep referring back to the pattern. I love having different scarves for the winter and this one was crocheted with a soft yarn and it will fit nicely under the collar of my winter coat.  The pattern that Amy made used 175 rows which made the scarf much longer than I wanted.  The joy of this pattern is you can make
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National Granny Square Day

Categories: Crochet.

  August 15 is national granny square day.  This is the very first pattern I learned to crochet and I’ve used it in many, many oatterns. In honour of granny square day I’m sharing some of my favourite items.  Here is my very first blanket.  I’ve improved a lot since then. My favourite granny square purse. And another. Granny square lapghans. Big granny squares. Small granny squares.   Have you got a favourite granny square to share today? Connect: Bloglovin’ /  Contact form / Instagram /Subscribe by Email
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Drink Cozies

Categories: Crochet.

    When working I used these cozies all the time for my water containers.  I used to partially freeze the water in the container and then top with cold water.  As the day went on the frozen part melted and kept the water cold.  The cozy absorbed the condensation on the container. I switched from plastic bottles to stainless steel containers to eliminate recycling all the plastic bottles. Since retiring the cozies only come out when the water containers are used.   But recently I’ve found a new use for these bottle cozies … I use them to put on
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It’s Flossie Bird

Categories: Crochet.

It’s spring and the birds are retuning to the garden. I’ve seen and heard robins, red wing black birds, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more. And look … here is a rare bird sighting. It’s a … ah … um … duh … Flossie bird. This bird isn’t found in any birding book but you can catch a glimpse of it at Attic 24. It was a fun and quick pattern to make up. Of course I had to tweak it a bit and instead of using yarn I used embroidery floss.  I save them for small needlework projects
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Stash Granny Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

The winter project list is getting shorter with the completion of another stash granny afghan.  I had 2 on my list, one in blues/greens and one in greens. These actually started out as granny stripe afghans but I decided after a few rows of each to change to a granny square pattern.  I decided to change after realizing that I had already done 2 stash afghans in granny stripes and it seemed a square one would work up faster than a stripe one and would keep me warmer while working on it over the winter. The blue/green one had a
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Going Round in Circles

Categories: Crochet.

  The idea had been mulling around in my mind for ages, time to think outside of the box (or square) and get into the round. I’ve been making crochet circles of different shapes and I’ve put them all together into my latest ‘purse’onality project. The rest of my crochet bags are either made with granny squares or stripes, so it was time for a change.  My bags are always lined, done at the end of the project.  This time I made the bag backwards, starting with the lining and the crochet strip that would hold it all together. This
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A Crochet Needlecase

Categories: Crochet and Sewing.

Here’s how I made a crochet needle case that resembles a little hat.  I received my original one many years ago as a gift one Christmas from a student.  It has had many years of use. It’s a great little project to use up some odds and ends from the yarn stash.  You also need a small amount of felt and a thimble.  It’s also a great project if you sell at craft sales or bazaars. The original one is about 11 cm. across but the edges are curling after lots of use.  But the curl makes it more like
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Twiddlemuffs

Categories: Crochet.

Have you heard of a twiddle muff?  I had to look it up the first time I heard of it.  It’s a hand muff (either knit or crochet) designed to be a stimulating activity patients for suffering from dementia. It’s a double thickness and the items attached can be joined in right as you are knitting or crocheting or attached when finished.  You use different textures of yarns and different stitches to provide a tactile experience. I used crochet as it worked up very quickly.  I cast on 55 stitches and worked the inside in rows of double crochet until it reached
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