Archives for Crochet

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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Stash Busting Afghans

Categories: Crochet.

Such a dilemma! What to do with all the odds and ends of leftover yarn?  They usually turn out to be all different weights/thickness and different colour groups.  If you are like me you do lots of stash busting projects. A few years ago I took all the baby weight yarns that I had left from knitting things for the grandkids and used it up making a couple of granny stripe afghans.  These became favourite afghans at home for draping over things to make tents, for spreading out for picnics and for wrapping up baby dolls in. One day I mentioned
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Little Pot Handle Hats

Categories: Crochet.

Quite awhile ago a friend asked me to make some little hats, the kind that fit over the handle of a pot or a casserole.  She gave me one from her mom from years ago and I fiddled with it and came up with a pattern.  These make great little stocking stuffers, novelty gifts, or bazaar items. This is a great little stash busting project and you can use worsted weight or cotton weight yarn. 4 mm crochet hook.  I’ve found that cotton yarn makes up tighter than worsted weight yarn.  For a slightly bigger pot hat you could increase the
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Removable Hanger Covers

Categories: Coat Hanger Crafts and Crochet.

Over the long and hot summer I did some crochet sitting in the shady spots in the garden.  One of the most popular posts on my site is the crochet covered coat hangers and it seems no matter the time of year folks are always hunting for this pattern.  I decided to change the pattern up a bit this time and make them removable with ribbon or velcro. I made the two halves of the pattern, a printable version can be found here. A visitor to my site  mentioned ages ago that she did her own adjustment to the pattern to make them removable.  I
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