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I am 45. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. In 2015 we added another beautiful young adult to our house, our niece, and she has been a great joy! Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Yellow Blanket

I've been working on the Double Diamond baby afghan pattern by Bernat. I used worsted weight yarn and a size I hook to increase the size of my squares. 

This is for my nephew, Josey. He asked for a yellow afghan for Christmas, but I didn't have time to get one done. Instead, I sent him a car pillow and a promise that a yellow afghan would be following. My sister-in-law, who is good at making me feel guilty..LOL..let me know he's been waiting patiently for his afghan. Thankfully, I started this afghan before she said that, so I felt like I was slightly ahead of the game. 

Anyway, I actually "finished" it, but then I measured it. It was only 42" x 42" and Josey is already 46" tall. So, that's not going to work. I am currently working on some "afghan extensions" to increase the length to at least 52", more if I have enough yarn. I will post more pics when I am done. 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Still obsessed with dishcloths


Yes, I'm still obsessed with dishcloths. So obsessed, in fact, I dug into my pattern book and found a dishcloth pattern I designed last year and forgot to release. (It was a busy year) This one is called Paddle Wheel Dishcloth because it reminds me of the paddle wheel on a river boat. I started the design as a wagon wheel from a covered wagon, but as it worked up it morphed into a paddle wheel instead. Either way, I like how it looks. It uses very little yarn and is only 6-1/2" from side to side. Not everyone is in love with big 9" dishcloths, I'm not. I like something that fits in my hand and squishes up nicely. This one has the added benefit of "scrubby ridges". 

Paddle Wheel Dishcloth is currently in testing. I will get all the feedback, notes, and pictures put into a nice, neat package available on March 15th as another free Bizzy Crochet pattern! :)

Blessings!!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Green Leaf Hat - New Free Pattern!!


The free pattern is available on Ravelry and Love Crochet
Or copy and paste from here: 


Materials:
2-3 oz worsted weight yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver)

1 oz or less sport wt yarn  for flowers
H hook (F Hook for flowers)
Lg eye needle for assembly

Gauge H hook: 4 rows dc x 8 stitches= 2”x 2”

Instructions for Hat:
With H hook and worsted yarn.
Row 1: ch4, join to make a circle, ch3 (does not ct as dc), 12dc in circle, join with sl st to first dc. (12)
Row 2: ch2, 2dc in join and each dc around. Join with sl st to first dc.(24)
Row 3: ch2, dc in join, 2dc in next, (dc in next, 2dc in next) around. Join with sl st to first dc. (36)
Row 4: ch2, dc in join, dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 2dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (48)

SIZE 0-3 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 12 times, join with sl st to first sc. (12 fans)
Row 6: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 11 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (12 dc, 12 sc)
Row 7: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 11 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (12 fans)
Repeat Rows 6 & 7 until hat measures 6” long, ending with Row 7.

SIZE 3-6 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, hdc in join and next 4 dc, 2hdc in next dc, (hdc in 5dc, 2hdc in next) around. Join. (56)
Row 6: ch1, (sc in hdc, sk 1, 5hdc in next hdc, sk 1) 15 times, join with sl st to first sc. (14 fans)
Row 7: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 14 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (14 dc, 14 sc)
Row 8: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 14 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (14 fans)
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 until hat measures 6.5” to 7” long, ending with Row 8.

SIZE 6-12 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, dc in join and next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 3dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (60)
Row 6: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 15 times, join with sl st to first sc. (15 fans)
Row 7: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 14 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (15 dc, 15 sc)
Row 8: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 14 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (15 fans)
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 until hat measures 7.5” long, ending with Row 8.
   
CHILD/ADULT INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, dc in join and next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 3dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (60)
Row 6: ch2, dc in join and next 3dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 4dc, 2dc in next) around. Join (72)
Row 7: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 18 times, join with sl st to first sc. (18 fans)
Row 8: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 17 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (18 dc, 18 sc)
Row 9: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 17 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (18 fans)
Repeat Rows 8 & 9 until hat measures 8” to 8.5” for child/8.5” to 9.5” for adult, ending with Row 9.

CONNECTED TRIPLE FLOWER:
With F hook and sport weight yarn (larger hooks and yarn just make bigger flowers)
Flower 1: ch4, join to make a circle, (ch2, 2dc in circle, ch2, sl st in circle- Petal Made) make a total of 5 petals. Do not cut or detach the yarn in any way.
Flower 2: ch4, join to make a circle, **when you join the circle, it’s going to feel like the first flower is in the way, just keep turning your flower until the circle is facing you the right way and work into it** Make 5 petals in the circle.
Flower 3: repeat Flower 2.

This will come out in a bit of a “clump”. It can either be left in a bunch when you sew it to the hat, or straightened out like the original picture shows. You can also keep going and create a flower border. It’s up to you.