Tag Archives: Knitting and Crochet

Coffee, anyone?

8 Jul

Too much?  Well, then how about just a bit of espresso?


HERE’S THE FREE PATTERN, brought to you by one Ms. Hannah Kaminsky.  Thanks, Hannah!


88 is a LOT.

3 Jul

Here, my friends, are 88 granny squares all yarned together.

That’s right! My super secrety project was an awesome granny quilt for my friends Dennis and Holly (the ones with the chickens, don’t you know), who are either about to get married or just got married (depending on when you read this post).

Isn’t it happy?

perspective: cell phone + kitten

And because we all know I think wrapping paper is one of the most wasteful things ever:

Congratulations, Dennis and Holly!  I hope you enjoy your 88 awesome granny squares for at least the next 88 years!

FPF: Dog Bone Ami

27 May

Wanna make a cute little bone for your cute little puppy friend?

Yeah, I thought you might.

Here’s the pattern, courtesy of Ginny over at Sunflowers at Home (you can also find it for FREE, of course, on Ravelry!)

Dog Bone Ami

1: work 6 sc in a magic circle

2: work 2 sc in each (12 sc)

3: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch) 6 times (18 sc)

4: (2 sc in next stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches) 6 times (24 sc), FO.

REPEAT rounds 1-4 but do not fasten off.

5: sc in each of the next 12 stitches, sc in any sc of the first circle made, sc in next 23 stitches of the first circle, sc in the next stitch of the original circle and in the remaining 11 sc (48 sc).

6: sc in 11, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 21 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 3 times, pull through all 4 loops on the hook, sc in last 10 stitches (44 stitches).

7: sc in 10 (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in each of the next 18 stitiches, (insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop) 4 times, pull through all 5 loops on the hook, sc in the last 8 stitches (38 stitches).

8: sc next 2 stitches together, (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 6 times (31 stitches).

9: (sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc next 2 stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch (26 stitches).

10: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 5 times, sc in last stitch. (21 stitches).

11: (sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc next two stitches together) 4 times, sc in last stitch (17 stitches).

12-24: sc around.  FO.

Repeat from the beginning to make the second side of the bone.  Stuff each end (add a squeaker if you’d like), and sew the two sides together.

Now then.  Can I get a VOILA?  YAY!

FPF: Marker Holder

13 May

Friends.  I have reservations about this pattern.  I’m nervous about sharing it with you.  I’m seriously, SERIOUSLY afraid that someone will turn me in to What Not To Crochet and I’ll be forever branded as, “that girl who crochets weird and stupid things.”


I recently side-loaded about ninety books onto my beloved Nookery Nook.  Since I don’t want to immediately archive these books once I’ve read them, I needed a good way to keep track.  I came up with the awesome and utterly original idea of…drumroll please…  MAKING A LIST!

Who Is This?

Yeah, I don’t know.  I searched Google for “list” and this girl came up in the image results.  Apparently this is what a list looks like.  Lists are pretty!

Ahem.  Anyway.

So I needed to find a way to carry the book list and a marker with my Nook.

The List (and a pretty pink marker)

So, uhm.  Don’t judge, okay?  I like to make lists, and I like to hilight things.

Here’s the pattern:

Stitches: half double, half double-increase, triple

ch 2

1: with a G hook, 6 hdc in 1st ch

2: hdc-inc around (12)

3: (hdc, hdc-inc) around (18)

4: tr around in every other stitch (9)

5: hdc, ch3 in each space (9)

6: tr around (9)

7: hdc around (9)

8: (hdc, ch3) around

9: tr around

10: hdc around

11: (hdc, ch3) around

12: hdc around

13: ch20, join to first ch with sl st, FO.

Okay.  So.  Pretty please don’t turn me in to the crochet police.  If you don’t have a Nook, then you could… umm… hang a marker on your key chain, or… hang it from a magnet on the fridge right by your grocery list…  Or… Yeah, I don’t know.  But just in case you’ve always wanted to know how to crochet a little pouch to keep a marker in, now you do.  *sigh*

…maybe if i say “VOILA” ?…     meh.  I need some coffee.

Free Pattern Friday: Hemp Market Bag

15 Apr

Finally!  Something you can make out of hemp that won’t brand you a friend of The Dude!

...that sounds exhausting, man...

You’ll need:

-some hempy hemp from hemp town

– a 3.75mm (F) hook

1: ch5, sl st to form a ring

2: *ch 11, sc into loop* 5 times

3: *ch11, sc in the 6th ch of the next loop, ch 11, sc in the sc*

4: *ch 11, sc in the 6th ch of the next loop*

5: repeat row 4 eight times & FO.

Now for the drawstring/handle!

1: ch 60, turn.

2: ch1, dc across, FO.

3: weave through your bag in the second row from the top.  When finished, sew the ends of the drawstring together to form a continuous loop.  Once you pull the drawstring closed, you’ll have enough left over for a neat little handle!

mmm... tomatoes and parmesean...

Free Pattern Friday: Swirly, Twirly Hair Tie

4 Mar

Wanna make this?

Here’s how!

1. With whatever sort of hook you’d like and a yarn with a bit of stretch to it (the stretchier the better, actually), make a chain about 6 inches long.

I'll give you a dollar if you can tell me the last time I combed my hair...

2. In the second chain from the hook, and in each chain thereafter, work 4 double crochets.

3. When you get to the end of your chain, slip stitch to form a ring and FO.



Uhm, and in other news, apparently WordPress now has sponsored tags, because the recommended tags for this post include Kanye West and Eliza Dushku.  Hmmm…

Free Pattern Friday: Pom Pom Flowers!

25 Feb

So, there’s not really much crochet in this pattern, but it’s quick, easy, and fun.

is it a flower? is it a faery wand? does it belong to Dr. Seuss?

Caution: If you are a perfectionist, give it up now.  This is not the project for you.

You’ll need:  two different colors of yarn, a 12 inch, 3mm pipe cleaner, and a G-sized crochet hook.

1. Wrap some yarn around three of your fingers about 65 times.

don't wrap too tightly or your fingers will turn blue.

2. Take the wrapped yarn off your fingers and cut another piece of yarn (in the same color) about 5 inches long.

it's warm, oh yes, but it's not fuzzy yet...

3. Tie the 5″ piece of string around the loops (in the center) as tightly as you can.

Aww, isn't it cute?

4. Cut all the loops.

...it's GROWING...

Aaah! It's the flying spaghetti monster! Halp!

5. Trim around your tiny spaghetti monster until he looks reasonably ball shaped. If you’re spending more than about 45 seconds on this step, you’re spending too much time.  Give up now or you’ll be micro-trimming for the next six hours.

PRO TIP: If you are using light yellow yarn, DON’T sit on a black comforter to do your trimming… Unless, of course, you feel like lint-rolling your entire bed.

6. Take the 12″ pipe cleaner and fold it in half.

this is what a folded in half pipe cleaner looks like.


7. With the second color of yarn and your crochet hook, chain 25 or so – just make sure your chain is the same length as your pipe cleaner.


8. With the bent edge closest to your hook, hold the pipe cleaner next to your chain and start a single crochet in the second ch.  When you’ve gone through the chain and are about to yarn over, put the pipe cleaner on your hook.


I switched to pink yarn so this would be easier to see...


9. Complete the single crochet as usual.


this is what the "front" will look like after a few stitches


10. Pinch the two sides of the pipe cleaner back together, and from now on treat them like one strand.  Continue to sc across, carrying the pipe cleaner along as you would a strand of yarn in a color change.


the back of your pipe cleanery friend


11. When you get to the end of the chain, stop. Cut a piece of yarn, about 5 inches again, with the same color you made the pom pom.  Thread it through the “top” of your stem (the end with the pointy bits of the pipe cleaner).


the finished pipe cleaner


threading color 1 through the top of the stem

12. Now thread the other end of your yarn through the needle so it looks like this:

13. Shove the needle up through the center of the pom pom (Sorry, I couldn’t think of a non-dirty way to say that…). Push the pointy ends of the pipe cleaner up into the pom pom a bit further – this will add some stability.

14. Tie the two long strands in a tight square knot and trim them to the same length as the rest of your pom pom, and…  VOILA!  FINISHED!

I’m actually going to be turning these little beauties into something other than flowers… You’ll have to stay tuned to see what they become!  Happy Hooking!  })i({