Wednesday, July 23, 2014


This is a re-blog from LION BRAND YARN.

31 Ways Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life and Make You Healthier
17 Lion Brand Notebook / by Danielle / 5 hours ago
The research is in and there’s no denying it: people who knit and crochet have a much better chance at staying healthy, being happy and getting organized.

In the past few years, reports from authoritative sources such as CNN, the Huffington Post and Oxford University, cite evidence to support the fact that knitting and crochet can change your life in many ways … and for the better.

Health is a serious matter for all of us, so we took some time to compile our favorite writings on the matter; articles from Lion Brand bloggers such as Kathryn Vercillo and investigative reports from mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post.

We hope that you find this round-up useful and that you’ll include knitting and crochet as part of your personal health and wellness plan. It works!

31 Ways that Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life

Relieve depression.
Promote mental health.
Reduce anxiety.
Process grief.
Alleviate cabin fever during winter months.
Reduce Stress.
Practise mindfulness and meditation.
Create a non-medicinal, feel-good high.
Protect the brain from damage incurred by aging.
Learn discipline, empathy, patience.
Lose weight.
Relieve insomnia.
Relieve chronic pain.
Keep your brain fit.
Think clearer.
Reduce negative thoughts.
Reduce or postpone dementia.
Improve your mood.
Get organized.
Build self-esteem.
Avoid cognitive impairment.
Delay memory loss.
Control eating disorders.
Find friends.
Reduce irritability and restlessness.
Control addictions.
Get strong.
Practice prayer.
Give to others.
Build community.
:: Get the pattern shown above: Aromatherapy Eye Pillows (pattern available in knit and crochet) ::

Thursday, May 22, 2014


The link to Free Vintage was broken and finally a kind person at Ravelry brought it to my attention. So this is a repost with corrected link and step by step information. Apologies to all.

Hi everybody!
Although this is an old pattern, I'm calling it mine because I rewrote and reworked it in today's English crochet terms. I found the pattern HERE at Free Vintage I was looking for something quick for some instant gratification and this looked perfect. I grabbed some size 3 crochet thread and a 2.75 or C hook.
Now let me tell you, I'm an old hand at reading and writing patterns, but it was like this was written in some other language. After just the first couple of rows I was confused. So I *did it and frogged it* repeat *to* several times! Finally I got smart, got some paper and pen and wrote the pattern as I made it. Feel free of course to use the one from Vintage (you ought to see it and try it even to appreciate what I have done to it) but the following step-by-step will save you a lot of time and frustration.
2.75 or C hook
Size #3 crochet cotton

Rnd 1/ ch 7, join with ss to form a ring, {Do not use magic circle, this pattern needs the ss join.} ch 5, dc in ring *1dc, ch 2* 7 more times. After last ch 2, ss in 3rd ch of ch 5. You should have 8 spokes and 8 spaces.

Rnd 2/ ch3, 4 dc in next space (for total of 5), 5 dc in each space around. (5x8=40 dc) ss to top of first ch 3.

Rnd 3/ ch 3, skip 1st dc ( which is the one your ch 3 came out of) 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, *ch 5, dc in next 8 dc, ch 5 *. Repeat * to * around and join with ss to top of ch 3. (40/8=5 so you have your 5 points started.) this rnd has 8 dc in each point and 1 ch 5 space between.
There is no joining from here till the finish.

Rnd 4/ ch 5, sc in ch 5 loop of previous row. Ch 5 and skipping the 1st dc, *dc in next 6 dc, ch 5* around. ( you are skipping first and last of 8 dc in previous rnd so you now have 6 dc at each point and 2 ch 5 spaces between.

Rnd 5/ with last ch 5 on hook, sc in 1st loop, ch 5 and dc in 2nd dc in previous rnd, dc in next 3 dc for total of 4 dc, ch 5, sc in loop, ch 5, sc in next loop then ch 5 and dc into 2nd dc of next point. Remember we are skipping 1st and last dc of previous rnd. Continue around. You should have 4 dc in each point separated by 3 ch 5 loops.

Rnd 6/ with last ch 5 from rnd 5 on hook, dc in 2nd dc of point,
and 1dc in next dc. Now you have 2 dc in point. Make 3 ch 5, sc loops then another ch 5 to dc in next point. Do this around until you have 2 dc at each point separated by 4 ch 5 loops.

Rnd 7/ 1 dc in each point and 5 ch 5 spaces between each dc.

Rnd 8/ edging. You may use the original edging or any one you like. I did this: 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc in each loop around.
(When you pin it to block, remember this is not a circle, it is a hexagon.)
That's it! I hope I've made it clear and simple and if you find any mistakes, please contact me.
If you extend the loop rounds then do a couple or three rows of plain single crochet for the band, this makes a lovely slouch hat, join several together for a larger piece, do red, white, and blue for 4th of July. I even think this souls make a nice rug in chunky yarn.
Crochet every single day,

Friday, May 9, 2014


Hi everyone,

Finally got past my eye surgeries and am back to blogging. As I has said in a previous post, I want to do more designing but have not been able to do much lately. However, Sangeetha of CROCHETKARI has been doing just that. She is my very best friend in this world (besides my husband) and she has done more in her two years of blogging than I could dream of, although we started our blogs at about the same time.

She is celebrating her 100th post, has published her first pattern (PDF) which you can read about HERE, got her own domain and redesigned her blog AND opened her CROCHETKARI ETSY SHOP.

I hope you will help celebrate her Blogaversary this month with me as I could never fit it in a singular post. This is only an introductory post in case you have not discovered her on your own yet. LOL

Crochet Every Single Day,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I found this quite a while ago and now cannot find source. Well there is a source but it leads nowhere, so if this is familiar to you, let me know and I will give the author due attribute.


I've had a problem with too many projects, and often times I need that hook I was using for an older, hibernating project for a shiny new project. The problem then arises when I go back to the old project, often one without instructions or one where I've gleefully ignored the instructions, and can't remember what hook I was using (and/or found out in shifting it I've accidentally ripped out a bunch of work).

Then it hit me - an idea so simple I can't believe they're not on every store in the country! Maybe because they think people finish one project before they go on to another? (*snort*) Or maybe because it's so simple. Grab a large necklace hook, a piece of thread, and some beads - regular and alphabet - and VOILA!

The necklace clasp goes around the working loop to keep it from unraveling, and the alphabet bead reminds you what hook you are using! You can also use numbers, if you're using steel hooks or one of the 'in-between-the letters' aluminum hooks. Totally simple to quickly slap together a whole set!

I think this is genius and just had to share.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Goodbye November

Hi everyone,

November has been a big decision-making month as far as crochet and blogging for me. Thirty posts in thirty day was the challenge, and I was doubtful, but took it on to prove something to myself-and I did. It was certainly a positive learning experience.

The big revelation is that although I go barking mad if I don't crochet every single day, I don't finish a project every day to post about and I don't enjoy the stress of a deadline every single day. Crochet calms me. The rhythm relaxes me. I love designing whether on paper or in my mind.

Long and short of it is that I'm going back to the way I enjoyed crocheting and posting at my fancy. I have no advertisers for just that reason. Hope you will still visit and comment. There is nothing to show you today. I'm working on the Blooming Swirl pattern and the drop stitch tutorial, but it might take me a day or two.

I have discovered not only that posting every day is not for me, but also just how much I love my blogging buddies and commenters. Thank you all!

Crochet Every Single Day,

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Blooming Swirl Doily

Hi everyone,

Hope every one of you had a nice Thanksgiving Day. I got to crochet some which made it a really good day for me. I made a couple more of the soap savers and then just wanted to do something small before bed, so I made this.

It's a very pale silvery blue and washed out terribly on a white background.

There were three just like this in with my table linens when I sat the table today. Instead of finding the pattern to make the fourth, I just studied one of the finished ones and "copied" it to make another.

If you want to make one just like this, let me know and I'll write out the pattern. It's another quickie that would make a nice gift, especially in sets.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MOOGLY's Soap Saver Contest

Hi everyone,

I've been very busy today as I am sure most hosts for Thanksgiving dinner have been. No sweat. I had decided yesterday to make this soap saver and read thru the pattern. Estimating maybe an hour for the project was where I went wrong.

Now I could probably make all the rest I intend to make for gifts in probably 45 minutes each! It's a glorious and inventive pattern, but.....Well, just let me say this; the first person who makes this from the written pattern HERE should contact me. I will ask 2 questions about the pattern and if you can answer them correctly YOU WIN!!! Win what? I will give a $10.00 off discount for you to buy anything you want from JIMBOS FRONT PORCH! That's it. It's just that easy.

Anyway, a little gratification for a finished project is mine. Will you be my winner? Remember it's the FIRST person to answer TWO questions correctly. If you send me a photo of your finished soap saver, I'll publish it here on the blog whether you win or not. Until tomorrow.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dallas Scarf

Hi everyone,

I finished the scarf I've been working on and have dubbed it the Dallas Scarf because the color of the yarn was Dallas Grey. The pattern I described when I started it has now been perfected and is now ready to share.

Dallas Scarf

2 skeins Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn
Hook size N 10mm
American terms

Stitch- long single crochet- (lsc) insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull loop to front, yo, pull thru first loop on hook, yo, pull thru remaining 2 loops.

Note: I started with a chainless sc foundation, but you may just as easily start with a regular chain.


Chain desired length or width that you want (if you use a regular chain then your next row should be sc across, chain 2 and turn, and should be started in second chain from hook).

Row 1 - *lsc in back loop only (blo) in 1st stitch. Lsc in back loop only (blo) in second stitch* repeat **to end of row. [ in every row place last lsc thru both loops ] Ch 2, turn.

Row 2 - ??? If the last lsc (before the on thru both loops) was worked in blo of previous row, work in flo in current row and vice versa.

Once you get going, this works up like a forest fire! It looks very complex but is really very simple. Just can't wait to try it in a finer yarn to girlyfy it.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Monday, November 25, 2013

More on MOOGLY

Hi everyone,

I've spent too much time today looking at ALL, well at least most, of vast body of work by Tamara Kelly. Her "Hookin on hump day" series is currently at number 59! You can start HERE.

What I believe is still her most requested pattern is called Blackberry Salad Striped Afghan and you can find it HERE.

So I did not start anything new today, but there is this one other project I haven't mentioned. I just had to work on this today. These blankets are completely reversible and I so need to finish the blue one now for twins.

Are you beginning to have anxiety about finishing dedicated projects for gifts before your deadline? It's making me bonkers!

Crochet Every Single Day,

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Free-form Finale

Hi everyone,

I'm going to take one more look at it tomorrow to be sure, but today I think my green piece is finished. The photos are self explanatory.

I intend to sew some felt to the back and hang it as is. Sometimes I frame them, but I wanted this one to be really organic looking. It's the first one I have tried in just one color.

I hope you have or will try playing with this fun and creative form of crochet. For me this means I'm down to my scarf, bed cover, soap savers (from MOOGLY), and blanket edgings to finish in these last few weeks of 2013.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crochet Goddess Award ~ Tamera Kelly

Hi everyone,

I've been so busy that I forgot about my CROCHET GODDESS AWARD series! For the next month or so I'll be promoting Tamara Kelly of MOOGLY so that just in case (right!) you don't know Tamera or may be new to crochet and knitting, you will no longer be unaware of her many talents. The link under her photo takes you to a page where she describes her rise to fame which I prefer to call her "ascent to goddessness".


The link below this photo takes you to my current favorite pattern from MOOGLY.


And she has giveaways all the time. The following link takes you to a current one.


This photo and link gets you to a passion I suffer from almost continually-edgings.


I am definitely going to make as many of the soap savers as I can for adults on my gift list and I make delicious little blankets that are perfect for the edgings for the kids.

Also, you may want to go to my post of November 8, 2013 to see the latest pattern from MOOGLY that I have made. And her "Hookin on hump day" button is in my sidebar.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Friday, November 22, 2013

Scarf Pattern

Hi everyone,

Today I'd like to give you the pattern for the scarf I've been working on. It looks complicated, but it's really simple. I've heard this called a xsc stitch, that is extended single crochet-at least I think so. Anyway it is a simple stitch:

Insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull loop thru, yo and pull thru one loop on hook then yo and pull thru remaining two. Repeat.

To me it's like working a foundation single crochet stitch, but I often see similarities where there are none. Anyway, what makes it look complicated is how the stitch is situated. It's placed in the back loop only of one stitch and the front loop only of the next. If it was back loop only in previous row it will be front loop only in current row and vice versa.

It's completely reversible (good thing to have in a scarf). It looks different on the front side, but still misleadingly complicated.

I thought this yarn was too stiff (it's Hometown USA by Lion Brand), but I tried it with an N hook and it's really nice. This could be for a man or a woman, but I'd suggest a finer yarn for a woman. That's just my personal preference.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Hi everyone,

My little art piece is about 12 inches by 8 inches now. The textures are beginning to stand out one from another, and it's beginning to take on that organic look I wanted. See for yourself.

It's easier now and going faster. More tomorrow on that.

Tomorrow is also the 50 year anniversary of the assignation of John F. Kennedy, our president in 1963. Find out more by visiting another blog of mine HERE.

Also I haven't forgotten that pattern stitch for the scarf, in fact I'm writing that now. Tomorrow then.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kermit Would Love This

Hi everyone,

My project is looking odder everyday.

Still I have faith because in my previous projects it has been just all wrong...UNTIL it started looking okay and then finally something I was very happy with. Right now I'm in the heavy doubt stage. And besides the color, Kermit might like it because as it is, it's obviously brought to you by the letter L. Haha!

Also, I love the stitch I developed for a manly scarf, but it's just too stiff with the yarn I used. So frogging that and looking for a yarn that has more drape. By the way, here's a tip. Instead of frogging and rewinding yarn, leave it until you're ready to reuse it. Crochet directly from the piece that needed frogging, frogging as you go. Without rewinding the yarn, it doesn't get stretched out as badly and, of course, it saves your time.

Ten more posts for the completion for my first annual NaBloPoMo.

After that, I'm going to slow down a bit so I can go back to my writing. If you are interested, you can visit my other blog HERE.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Possible New Stitch for Scarf

Hi everyone,

Today might be the last nice cool day here before the weather turns cold, so I'm trying to hurry up and get a pattern worked out for a large scarf for my husband to wear when he walks the dog. At this time I'm leaning towards a pattern I've worked out that I'll be happy to share with you a little later. Here's a swatch close up and a little closer yet.

It's a beautiful silver grey that does not show very well in the photos at all. More on this tomorrow.

Of course, I'm also working on the free-form thingy. The assembly has started and the feeling is getting easier to come by now that I'm not attempting to write down every step. Anyway this is the present condition of the thing.

So many projects, I worry that none will turn into finished objects without some kind of magic.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Monday, November 18, 2013

So Far on Free-form

Hi everyone,

Believe it or not (my husband certainly found it hard to accept as truth), I had to go shopping for yarn today! It's true, I didn't have enough different greens to play with so I bought some more.
The yarn I want to show you today is by BERNAT and is called Baby Blanket. The color is Baby Green and the wrapper calls for a 8mm hook which is an L ( discovered after I removed the giant sticky price tag that had conveniently been placed securely over the info I needed.) I crochet tightly AND didn't have an L (just not my day) so I used a 10mm or N HOOK.

Here is the yarn.

It's rated a size 6 or Super Bulky. By the time it was acquired and my other errands run, I have only been able to do one ditty. That's okay, cause it's a big one. Here it is in comparison to some of the other pieces. ( The one at the bottom.)

I'm nearly ready to do some assembly and fill-in crochet. I hope you will come back tomorrow for the next big adventure in the making of art. Just so you'll know, this is much more difficult to do in fits and starts and having to write and photograph everything. Thinking I could easily do all this in one day without the distractions, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Crochet Every Single Day,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

More Ditties

Hi everyone,

Today I only worked a few ditties because I wanted to work on my bed cover that you can see HERE. It's beginning to get cooler and I promised myself I would have it finished before this year ends.

So here's all I did today on art project.

I hope you're working on something free-form and that you'll come back tomorrow for another update.

Crochet Every Single Day,

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little Free-form Ditty

Hi everybody,

Today I have made an attempt to make a little piece of art and write down what I did at the same time. Whew! I think writing stifles the nature of from-form, but here's what I made.

I used 2 strands of very thin nylon held together and an F hook. Here's the nylon next to size 3 crochet thread.

You may use any yarn or thread as long as you use the appropriate hook size. Now here's the thing. I can't write a "pattern" for this and I want you to play freely making your art. However, if you like this thingy and want to approximate it, then follow the guide below. Again, this is NOT A PATTERN. It's a written guide to help you attain a ditty kind of like mine. No rows or rounds, I guess you could call it free-form writing!

Into a magic circle (look it up if you are a beginner), 3sc, 3dc, *ch1 tr* six times. Sc in blo around to last 3sps. Vst in last 3sps. Ch 4, turn, Vst in each of the 4 Vsts, Vst in next 4 sps, dc in next 5, ch 1, turn, sc in same st, ch 10, sc in second ch from hook, 1hdc, 3dc, 1tr, turn, slst in first sc, turn, 5sc in side of last tr, 3sc, 7dc in next big sp, slst in top of 2nd dc of previous rnd/row, ch 4 and sc in next st 4 times for 5 loops, dc, 5 Vsts, hdc, sc, ch 5, sc in next 3 sc in next sp, 3 dc in next st, 3dc, 5dc in next big sp, then slst in top of dc circle, 5 dc in sc circle, slst in next tr of previous rnd/row having turned the dangly so the right side of it is facing you.

I'm not going to write out the rest of the project because you can just see how mine is generally shaped and mimic it or (PREFERRED) do your own playing. Be free. Until tomorrow.

Crochet Every Single Day,