Tunisian Crochet Smock Crop

tunisian crochet smock stitch crop top

It’s too hot! Too hot to make blankets or sweaters or anything thick.  I did have some super soft lightweight Knit Picks Shine Sport yarn that I’d been saving for such a day. This yarn is HEAVEN guys! Pima cotton and modal make for fantastic fabric! It is sock weight, so it’s not too thick for a top. And, at $2 a ball you can fill your cart with a multitude of colors!!!!! I used exactly two balls for this little top for my 8 year old. That’s a $4 top gals! Read More

Tunisian Wrap Top

tunisian crochet top Loops and Threads woolike yarn

Ahhh … to find a pattern you love only to discover that it is in a language you can not understand …

It happens to all of us who browse Pinterest only to discover links that loop back around to Pinterest or are in a language we don’t understand. Again and again we keep finding ourselves staring at a photo of the perfect pattern wishing our parents would have sent us to Ukraine or to Japan for boarding school.

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Projects, projects and more projects

A few months have passed, and I’ve been busy, busy, busy. I think I’ve tried to post about a half-dozen projects or more, but get bogged down by school ending, vacations, birthdays —- you know, life.

So, I’ve finally reached a point where I can finally start writing it all down. Below are some pictures of what I’ve been up to since my last post. Some are from my own imagination, and some are patterns I will be writing reviews for. All pictures are of my own work … nothing “borrowed” from Google Images, I promise.

Let me know in the comments section which project you would like me to cover, and I’ll make that one a priority. Happy crocheting!

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crochet charts pineapple top

(Pattern notes on the above top can be found here)

You know what’s better than spending hours rewinding and skipping through You Tube patterns? CHARTS!

Visual learners, this one’s for us.

I must admit that I am waaaay late on this one. What have I been missing? Only about a million free patterns from all over the world. No translation required, no ginormous sentences explaining a simple shell stitch, no wondering where the pattern writer is taking you. It’s there. All there. For your gorgeous eyes to soak up.

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The Ridged Granny Square

Granny square ridges front post double crochet

It’s amazing how a little texture can upgrade the simple granny square. Today, I’m going to show you how you can alter this simple pattern with a simple “front post double crochet.” Read More

Join-as-you-go Granny Style

Join as you go granny square crochet joining squares

This is a wonderfully fast way to work up a blanket. It’s perfect for anyone needing a quick way to join their squares. It works for any granny square pattern, and you’re going to love it! Read More

The Starburst Granny Square

I keep seeing this square popping up in my Instagram feed, and I had to give it a try. If you can’t read a pattern, yet, this one is perfect for you! You gotta learn sometime if you want to take advantage of everything crochet has to offer, and this one is simple enough to dive right in to pattern reading.

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The No Seam Solid Granny

solid granny square without holes

The Solid Granny square is as versatile as it is beautiful. There are so many ways to use it that you won’t easily become bored. It is worked in much the same way as the clustered granny, found here, with only a few little changes. Read More

The Magic Circle

Magic circle crochet start to projects in the round

Here’s a little trick I wish I had learned ages ago. I finally mastered it a couple years ago, and it has helped me tremendously. I use it for any project that begins with more than one stitch in the starting chain. I use it for triangular shawls, squares, circles, and triangles. It’s strong, and quite easy once you see it broken down properly. Read More

The crocodile stitch

crocodile stitch tutorial

The crocodile stitch is one of those stitches that you gotta try at least once. It’s a yarn eater that takes some time, but once you do … oh boy, is it pretty! This is a very forgivable stitch, so don’t be afraid to go a little off script. In this video, I show you the basics and give you some tips on altering the stitch for different projects.

You can do this!

Here are a few projects I’ve completed using the crocodile stitch: Read More

Soap savers and washcloths

crochet cotton washcloth and soap saver

Nothing makes for a super quick and easy gift like a soap saver and washcloth. These two projects can be whipped up in a few hours, and make gift giving easy. I like to make these for my children’s teachers around the holidays.

So let’s get to it … both of these projects use Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, but you can easily substitute your favorite cotton yarn.  Read More

Abby’s Dragon Scarf

crocodile stitch, Caron Simply Soft, dragons, scarf

I’ve finally published this scarf I free-handed last fall. I received over 20,000 likes when I posted the picture above, and so …. one year later, it’s all written down and ready for you.  Download this pattern on Ravelry.


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Are you ready for this pattern?

Here are some of the stitches used in this pattern:

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