Archives for Crochet

Lost Souls Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

The Lost Souls Shawl was made awhile ago but as it was a gift for someone. Now it has been delivered I can finally share it with you. If you look carefully you can see skulls throughout this shawl. This is a pattern I came across on Ravelry, and the best part was it was free. Below is a closer look at the skulls. This was made for a Hallowe’en lover and I’m sure she will enjoy it. I had to try it out with one of the shawl pins a purchased while on the spring South Eastern Ontario yarn
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The Project Bag

Categories: Crochet.

I’m taking part in the Southeastern Ontario Yarn Crawl and one of the challenges was to create a project bag. I decided to create one based on my circle bag but on a bit smaller scale. So out came the bag full of little balls of leftover yarn from socks and fingerless mitts. When I look at the bag I can remember all the different patterns made with the yarn. I always like to line my bags and as in the circle bag I started with the lining to have a base to fasten the circles to. I also wanted
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It’s a Wrap

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Crochet projects are perfect for winter, especially when they get bigger and drape over your legs and keep you warm as you work. I have two shawls on the hooks right now, one using the Virus shawl pattern and the other using the Lost Souls pattern. Both of these patterns are available on Revelry. Shawls will wrap you in warmth and love. I’m really enjoying using the new crochet hooks that I’ve been purchasing with the 50% off coupons at Michaels. They are ergonomic with soft handles which are perfect for those of us with arthritis. And how about the
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Keep Your Place

Categories: Books, Collections, and Crochet.

I have quite a collection of bookmarks or bookmarkers, some have been gifts, some I’ve purchased, and some are home made. This crochet one is one that I improvised from a rectangular granny square pattern.  You can print it right from this webpage.  Feel free to sell your finished items at crafts fairs and shows or give them away to friends.  They are the perfect gift to  tuck inside an envelope. I’ve made a couple of different colours of this bookmark.  The book they are on is a thrifty find for $1.  It is a book published in 1979 by
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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 I figured
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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

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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

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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

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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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