Archives for Crochet

What row am I on?

Categories: Crochet, Knitting, and Organization.

~ We all face this challenge when knitting or doing a crochet project – keeping track of how many rows have been completed. There are many gadgets that you can purchase if you look around. The pen and paper method, and a old method my mother used that was poking a knitting needle through the row number didn’t work for me.  I have too many old patterns with numbers crossed off and holes in certain places.  It was time for a change.    I could purchase a row counter, but being the thrifty  crafty sort of person that I am
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Knitting Needle Flowers

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Crochet, and Organization.

~ I was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram to make some knitting needle flowers.  On a really hot and humid afternoon when it was far too uncomfortable to be outside I got out my little left over balls of yarn and my 4 mm crochet hook and made 8 little flowers.  Thanks eighbysix for the inspiration. The pattern I used was sort of my own but after looking around I found others had made similar flowers. Start with a chain of 4 and slip stitch to join the chain. Chain 2 and then do 11 hdc in the
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Stash Granny Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

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 few balls of variegated yarn and I added in some plain blue and plain green odds and ends.  The other started with a white centre and then used
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Time for Granny

Categories: Crochet.

Granny squares were one of the first things I learned to crochet, nothing fancy like all the granny squares out there today, just a plain and simple granny square. I still have the very first afghan I made when learning to make granny squares.  It was made in blocks of 12 which were hand stitched together and from time to time I have to restitch parts of it.  I’ve come a long way since then. Around the outside of the 12 blocks I did a row of white and then blue.  The blue rectangles were all edged in white and
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Green ‘Purse’onality

Categories: Crochet.

I love tote bags and I love to make tote bags.  I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the bottom. This one is in my favourite colour of green, with a green stripe material for the lining.  These bags are totally washable and fall right back into shape with just a quick iron. In total, for my pattern, you need 13 granny
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I Like ‘Purse’onality

Categories: Crochet.

~ I love homemade bags and have them in many colours.  I don’t use any bags/purses that are store bought but have ones with a little ‘purse’onality.  I’ve also made many bags to give away as gifts.  One of my favourites is a granny square bag in black, dark gray, light grey and white. I found this cute pattern for a bag made out of granny squares a few years ago. It is great for using up odd bits and pieces of yarn.  It’s called Inga’s crocheted bag.  I just tweaked it a bit and took out the squares that formed the
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Valentine Cup Cozy

Categories: Crochet.

~ Valentine’s Day – is it a day created by card, chocolate and flower companies to guilt trip you into buying something for someone in your life?  I think it is, but that is me.  It’s a day I’ve never really celebrated, except when I was working at school and the kids loved to exchange cards.  But it can be a fun day to brighten up the winter months. While I had the scraps of felt out making some little felt birds and critters I was inspired to make a Valentine cup cozy, or cup sweater as one of my
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Shoulder Snuggle

Categories: Crochet.

~ Winter is the time to keep cozy and warm and there is nothing better than wrapping a shawl around your shoulders and sitting by the fire and reading.  And don’t forget a lovely cup of tea.  Awhile ago I made this shoulder snuggle pattern from Lion Brand.  It made up very quickly and once the pattern was figured out (in the first couple of rows after the collar) I didn’t need to look at the pattern any more. I really like the way it turned out but as usual I tweaked the pattern a bit to suit myself and
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Granny Stripe Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

Now that gardening season is over I find myself doing more and more craft projects.  A project that I just finished up was the granny stripe shawl I made in January 2012.  I always had the intention of adding an edging to it and I finally added a fringe.  Here is how it looked. I’m calling it a Granny shawl because it is made using half a granny square. It isn’t really an original pattern but bits I’ve borrowed from other patterns.  You can find directions for the half squares if you Google it.  I’m doing 2 rows in each
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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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