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Sweet 16 Afghan

Julie's Sweet 16 AfghanThe first project of the year is finished and delivered! My Niece Julie turned 16 in January and I wanted to make her a nice, grown-up afghan.  With her favorite color purple, I started in on a corner-to-corner afghan.  This is a very simple pattern that you can easily google instructions for.  It works up perfectly square, or rectangular with very little effort and I really like how the variegated yarn looks in the pattern.  (We know I just love variegated yarn.)

My own creativity comes into play with the edging on this piece.  I did not write down the pattern for this one, but I will include a very rough account of it below.


This is Julie with her afghan after she received it today. Sorry it was late for your birthday!


Join all rounds with a sl st in beginning st.

Round 1: A round of single crochet. Two sc in each ch 2 at the end of each row and 3 sc in each corner.

Round 2: Dc in each sc. 3 dc in each corner.

Round 3: Dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc around.  Dc, ch 2, dc in each corner.

Round 4: Dc in each dc around, 2 dc in each ch 2 sp. 3 dc in each corner.

Round 5: Repeat round 3.

Round 6: (Dc, ch 2, dc) in each dc, ch 2.  (Dc, ch 2, dc) in each corner.

Round 7: (Dc, picot, ch 1) 3 times in first ch ch 2 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1. Around. (Dc, picot, ch 1) 5 times in each corner.

Round 8: Dc in ch 1 between first and  second picots, ch 5, dc in ch 1 between second and third picots, ch 1, (dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 1. Around.  Dc in ch 1 between second and third picots, ch 5, dc in ch 1 between third and fourth picots, ch 1 for each corner.

Round 9: Repeat round 7 with 5 (dc, picot, ch 1) in each ch 5 sp.  (Dc, picot, ch 1) 7 times for each corner.

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Three Cabled Boot Cuffs

I have completed the boot cuff pattern, and in fact ended up with three patters in one!  It is now available for sale on Ravelry here.

Three Cuffs

Straight Cable and Button StrapUsing three different cable stitches and an optional decorative strap and button, a total of six different boot cuffs can be created with this pattern!

Pattern features one easy, one intermediate, and one advanced cable pattern.

Includes pictures and written crochet instructions.

I would love to see pictures of your finished project! Email them to me at the address on the pattern.

Twisted Cable

Celtic Knot

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October – Square Nineteen

October – Square Nineteen

Oh my gosh is this thing not just adorable!? My sister in particular is going to love this.

The pattern comes from here.  Although the pattern on that page references yet another page for the skull and crossbones applique which is just sewn on with a tail of yarn.  The pattern doesn’t specify the eyes and nose, so I just used my cross stitching experience to make french knots for the eyes and a small stitch for the nose.

I did have to make a slight adjustment to get my square to reach my seven inches and that was doing one more round in black before switching to the white for one row.  Other than that, this pattern was pretty straightforward and simple.  This is definitely one of the cutest squares from this project.

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Afghan Order Complete

Ribbon CrossHere it is, all ready to package and mail out!  It’s a good thing I got this order actually because as I was working this up I found and corrected two errors in the pattern.  I got an updated PDF loaded to Ravelry and sent out to those who have already purchased it. Fortunately (and unfortunately) that’s only 3 people.

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September – Square Eighteen

September – Square Eighteen

I surprised myself last night by completing September’s second square after finishing blocking the afghan order that I completed.

The pattern for this square is Square 4 from the pattern book 101 Granny Squares by Darla Sims.

The square is quite a bit different from many that I have been doing.  It uses single crochet stitches rather than the double crochet stitches that most of the squares use so it definitely looks a little different.  I really did like it, though I did make a few changes.

The pattern called for (sc, ch 3, sc) for each corner stitch which left spaces for the corners and made shaping a little difficult, so instead I worked 3 single crochets in the corners and just worked each corner in the second single crochet of the previous row’s corner. I liked this look much better.  Also, if I did the square again, which I won’t right now, I would work a double crochet instead of a single crochet in creating the large loops for the windows in round 2.  I think this would help the shaping in forming a square. As it is, I will have to rely on blocking to help with that.

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January – Square Two

January - Square Two

January – Square Two

January’s second square is a bit more complicated.  I continued with the cold winter blue and white and added a snowflake.  This pattern requires a bit of knowledge in shaping in order to transform the piece from round as it starts out, to square by the last round.

The FREE pattern for this square can be found here on Ravelry.  The original picture there is in red and white and the center is done in the contrasting color rather than making the inside all the same color.  But it looked like a snowflake to me so I did the center all in white.  Just another example of the different results you can get by changing colors.  I also skipped the last round of single crochets on this one as I had already reached my seven inches by the round of double crochets.

I do like how this one turned out.  The snowflake is very pretty.  I didn’t find the pattern to be completely clear though.  I had to do a bit of experimenting to figure out the shaping.  But it all turned out well in the end.

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January – Square One

So I am a little behind in starting out the Granny Square Project.  The new baby decided to come a few weeks early in December rather than wait till the middle of January so I’ve been a bit busy.  But, we went to visit the in-laws this past weekend and I was able to get caught up while they played with the kids.  So I will be posting both January and February’s squares here shortly. 

January - Square One

January – Square One

January’s first Granny Square is the most basic of Grannies.  I completed it in blue and white to go with all the cold temperatures and snow we’ve been having this winter.  Each of the squares in the project will be seven inches square.

The basic pattern is as follows.  As a note for all my Grannies, I start them all out using the “magic ring.”  There is a good tutorial here if you need it.

Round 1: Sl st in a magic ring, ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2 in ring) 3 times, join with sl st in top ch of beg ch 3, pull tail of magic ring tight to close ring to complete round. Finish off.

Round 2: Join new color with sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1) 3 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. Finish off.

Round 3: Join new color with sl st in any corner ch 2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) across to corner, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch 2 sp, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) across to corner, repeat from * around and join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. Finish off.

Repeat round 3 until the desired size is reached. I also added a row of single crochet for edging with 3 sc being completed in each corner.  This is completely optional.

The nice thing about this is you can finish off on each round and add a new color, or you can continue in the same color.  Each square can look completely different, yet be completed from the same pattern.  You can also make it as large or as small as small as you like.  Usually the fewest rows completed is 3.  (See, I’m trying to appreciate the Granny here.)  January’s square two coming up shortly!

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Project Linus

I have joined a new organization!

Project Linus is an organization that “Provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.””

And here is the first afghan I have made to donate!  This baby afghan is a fairly simple pattern.  The pattern stitch is made by alternating a wrong side row of double crochet + slip stitch, with a right side row of straight double crochets.  The combination of the double crochet followed by a slip stitch creates an interesting textured bobble type stitch. 

This stitch gives the simple 12-row repeat before changing colors some pleasant detail without complicating the design.

I continued the simplicity to the edging where I completed one round of single crochets in white, followed by one round of the pattern stitch.

I have added the websites for both the National and Kansas City chapters of Project Linus to the Links menu if you are interested in more information!

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Birthday Skirt

I made this skirt as a present for my Niece Abbi’s 4th Birthday this month.  I wanted to make her something fun for summer so I went looking for a pattern on Ravelry.



The pattern is very simple and easy to make – done in a spiral of single crochet stitches instead of in rounds.  The lack of joining each round and chaining to take the work up to the next row makes the piece seamless all the way around and I really liked how that turned out.  The ruffles are fairly easy, done with shell stitches.  The first, or lower ruffle is just worked around the bottom edge of the skirt before finishing off.  However the second, or upper ruffle is made separately and then sewn on about an inch and a half above the lower one, gathering in as you go.  If I had that part to do again I would have worked it into the skirt initially instead of making it separately.  Joining the separate ruffle was a bit of a pain.

The top hem is folded over about a half inch and sewn in place to make a pocket for a draw-string.  I really liked that to allow me to make it a little bigger so Abbi can hopefully wear the skirt longer.  (Plus she’s so tiny for her age, I was afraid it was going to be too big to begin with.)

You can view the original pattern and pictures by  clicking on this picture.  In spite of how I personally didn’t like how the second ruffle was done, I did very much like this pattern over all.


And here are some pictures of Abbi in her skirt!

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Baby Booties Pattern

So like I mentioned in the previous post,  I designed these cute little booties.  I looked at several different patterns and just didn’t like them.  So I came up with my own pattern instead using a combination of what I’d seen elsewhere, along with my own changes.  I may even design some more different booties coming up here.

Size: Newborn

• Worsted Weight Yarn.
• 3/8” Wide Ribbon
• Size F (3.75mm) Crochet hook
• Yarn Needle

Pattern Stitch:
3 Single Crochet Decrease (3scDec) Uses next 3 sc: insert hook in next st, [draw up a lp] 3 times (4 lps on hook), yo and draw through all 4 lps. (3scDec made.)

Row 1: Ch 26, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across (25 sc)

Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in 11 sc, 3scDec, sc in last 11 sc.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in 10 sc, 3scDec, sc in last 10 sc.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in 9 sc, 3scDec, sc in last 9 sc.

Note: Rows 8 & 9 are worked in the round along the edge of previous work.

Round 8: Ch 3, turn, [skip next st, hdc in next st, ch 1] across to end of row, hdc in last st, ch 1, 8 sc evenly in end of rows, ch 1, 25 sc across beginning ch along bottom of work, ch 1, 8 sc evenly in end of rows, ch 1, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Round 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around to first [hdc, ch 1] space, [ch 3, sc in next ch 1 sp] across row, ch 3, join with sl st to first sc.

Row: 10: Ch 3, turn, sc in first ch 3 sp, [ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp] across , finish off leaving a 20” tail for sewing.

Finishing: Turn bootie inside out and whip stitch along the heel and sole to toe. Weave ribbon through Round 8 and tie in a bow.  Weave all yarn ends.


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