Dec 4, 2015

New Things Are Coming

I apologize to all my readers.  I know I have been absent for a while but just know, NEW THINGS ARE COMING.  Stay tuned for all the new stuff I have in store in 2015.  It's going to be great.

Stay Tuned!  This is not just another abandoned blog.

Jun 3, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern Round Up --- Stuff For Cleaning

Okay, I am a little late when it comes to spring cleaning, ya know with it almost being June and all, but it is never to late in the year to change your boring daytime rituals with new accessories.  

All of these free crochet patterns are hear to help you clean your home with style.  I choose the patterns in this roundup because they are all extremely unique.  

This is not just a round up of dishcloths, though I do include some interesting ones, I tried to include other patterns you may find handy around the kitchen and throughout the rest of your home.

Each pattern was chosen specifically because of it's style or functionality.

Make cleaning fun with this free crochet pattern
collection that features cleaning supplies.

Jun 1, 2015

Circles in Squares Afghan

I have finally taken the time to sit down and finish a whole afghan. I know it seems a small task but I typically stick to quicker patterns and designs like scarfs and handbags. Completing this larger blanket is a pretty big accomplishment for me.

I used a few different patterns and a little bit of improvisation to complete this afghan. In this post, I am going to explain my methods and share with you where I found all of my supplies to make this blanket.

Large Granny Square with a Circle in the middle.
Close up of my finished afghan.
As I said before this pattern afghan came together quite fast.  I have a couple of other blankets I have been crocheting on for months but from start to finish, I was able to complete this afghan in about 2 weeks.  Once I started working on it I just could not put it down.

I used the "Squaring the Big Circle" free crochet pattern to make the squares of this blanket.  It was created by Kate Jenks and it can be found on her blog.  You can also add it to your Ravelry favorites so that you can crochet the pattern later. 

It's a super simple pattern but do not fret if you are not the best at reading the foreign language that is crochet and turning the abbreviations into projects.  Kate also provides a photographic step by step tutorial so that you know you are completing each row correctly.

Apr 4, 2015

Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

I know I have not been adding to my blog as of late and I apologize for that, I have not had a lot of time for crafting as of late but I did want to take a few moments and share this baby blanket I made recently and also share with you how to make one of your own.

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This is a really easy blanket to whip together as it is just made of one giant granny square.  I would make one of these large enough for an adult but I have found that the large you crochet a single granny square the more likely it is to lose some of it's shape.

That being said I expanded this particular square to 33 rounds to as to make a decent size baby blanket for a member of my family that is having a little boy soon.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this blanket, It is one of my favorite yarns to work with because of how shiny and soft it is. The colors do really just pop.

The colors I used were Taupe, Medium Country Blue, Sunshine, and Bone.

I used one skein of each of the yarns and still a bit of each left over.

Giant Granny Square Blanket with made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn

After I finished up the blanket I decided to add an edge to the blanket as to give it more of a defined shape.  This was pretty simple and it really adds a nice decorative touch to the blanket.  With a granny square you have your groupings of three stitches and your gaps.

Feb 13, 2015

About Crochet Hooks

Have you every wondered why there are so many different types of crochet hook.  They come in a variety of styles and sizes, each of which have their specific purposes.  While some people have their preference of material when it comes to crochet hooks, I come from the school of though where every material has it's place.

What kind of crochet hook should I use?
In this post I am going to answer some of the most common questions
I see around the internet about crochet hooks.

I have a little bit of everything when it comes to crochet hooks and if you crochet with different types of fibers, it is a good I idea for you to also have different types of crochet hooks as well.  Today I am going to cover everything you have always wanted to know about crochet hooks.

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Some of this is standard information and some of this comes from my personal experiences using different materials and shapes in my own crochet art.

First I will talk about materials then I will move into the different shapes of crochet hooks.  Finally I will give size references based on the weight of the yarn.

If you have ever asked yourself, "Which crochet hook should I use for this project?"  I am here to answer that question.

Feb 11, 2015

Becoming a Craftsy Affiliate

I have some awesome news to share for all of my followers.  I have recently applied and been approved as an Craftsy Affiliate.  Becoming an affiliate in this program was one of my goals for this blog in 2015 and I am very happy to announce my new partnership with the awesome and amazing company.

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My three favorite things about Craftsy are....

Feb 9, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern Roundup -- Geeky Things

I was stumbling around Raverly one day (check out my profile) and I did a search for some of my favorite icons from video games and movies.

While there were tons of free patterns featured, these were my favorite.

I threw the dragon patch in because it is a creative silhouette and I think it would be the purple embellishment on an almost finished project.

All of these crochet patterns are complete free at the time of creating this post.

Star Wars, Nintendo, Mario, Zelda, Video Games, Claptrap, Aliens, Free Crochet Patterns
Crochet these free patterns for the geek in your life!

Feb 7, 2015

Free Crochet E-Books


I have noticed a bunch of free ebooks at Amazon for Prime subscribers and I thought I would take a couple of minutes to share a few of them here today.

Don't have a Kindle?  No worries, all of these books are available to read on multiple devices.

Don't have Amazon Prime?  I highly recommend it.  I use the services daily.  It includes access to movies and television shows along with music and of coarse.....free eBooks.

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There is a yearly fee associated with Amazon Prime service but after you pay that you have so much access to free media.  This includes free movies, television shows, original series, commercial free streaming music, and of coarse books like the ones I have listed in this post.

Feb 4, 2015

Cluster Stitch Mesh Infinity Scarf


Today I am sharing my latest design.

The pattern featured in this post is for the Cluster Stitch Mesh Infinity Scarf, but you probably already knew that because of the post title.

I was bored one evening just watching movies and crocheting in bed when I came up with this lacy and modern design.

This crochet scarf take very little time to finish and the pattern is really easy.  Once you finish a couple of the rows, the pattern will be set in your memory which makes it a great project for those occasions where you may not be able to dedicate your full attention to your work.

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Double Crochet Cluster Stitch Mesh Infinity Scarf Pattern
This scarf is really easy to crochet.  Once you memorize the pattern this project
works up in no time.  It would make a great last minute gift.

I have been stash busting and this red acrylic yarn was just calling to me.  With all of this white and gray (I live in Ohio, winter here is rough sometimes) I just needed a bit of color in my life.

Let this infinity scarf keep you warm this February, crochet it in red to add a little Valentine's Day flavor to your winter accessories.

Feb 2, 2015

Free Valentine's Day Crochet Patterns 2015

Valentine's Day is on its way which means it is time to crochet gifts for out loved ones.  In this crochet pattern collection, I will be featuring some things you can make to give to loved ones.

Free Crochet Patterns for your sweetie on Valentine's Days

Jan 26, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern Roundup -- Boot Cuffs

There's so much snow.  I have been in boots everyday for weeks.

That's why I have decided to put together a free crochet pattern roundup of boot cuffs so we can dress up those shoes that some of us seem to be reaching for everyday.


All of these patterns are completely free and available to you at no charge at the time of this post. Boot cuffs are a great project because they are small and do not take a lot of time to work up.  That makes them a great gift option as well if you would like to make something for someone last minute.

Jan 19, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern Roundup -- Crochet Bags

It is the perfect day to crochet.  It snowed here in Ohio last night.  My road is still covered. Where yesterday I could see little bits of grass peaking up through the snow, now I just see more white, there to replace a little bit of what melted over the last few days.  I cannot complain too much as winter has been fairly calm this year.

To help keep everyone from getting cabin fever in this icky winter weather Ohio is experiencing, I have rounded up 5 free crochet bag patterns.  If you love to crochet purses and bags make sure to check out 20 Free Crochet Bag Patterns.

If you would like your pattern free crochet pattern featured in a future crochet pattern roundup please make sure to contact me.  I love to see new patterns.

Jan 18, 2015

Crocheting Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

This is the first ever pattern I have tried that makes mittens.  I am completely smitten by these mittens.  I made them for my mother as a Christmas gift last year.

Link to Free Crochet Pattern For Mr's Murdock's Mittens
Mr's Murdock's Mittens all finished up for my mother

I know, I know... it's crazy, I am only writing about them now...but I am catching up and I know now is the time of year when everyone is going to look for crochet mitten patterns.

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Jan 3, 2015

Pink Pineapple Doily Free Crochet Pattern


Hello and Greetings Everyone

I know I haven't been around a lot to post lately but with the holidays, well everyone knows how that goes...

But I am back and I have a new crochet pattern to share, it's called the Pink Pineapple Doily

The original pattern appeared in 1951 in the publication Star Book No. 87, Doilies, Doilies, Doilies.

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I am absolutely in love with this doily. It looks like a very complex pattern but if your are just starting to make doilies and other crochet goods this is a great pattern to learn how to read other, more complex patterns.