Are you joking? 3rd loop?

Doing my first CAL, my week four is as challenging as my first.  This time my hurdle is called the ‘stocking stitch’.  The CAL master keeps talking about that 3rd loop or ‘hump’ and there was no way for me to ‘see’ the obvious … Until I saw this Moogly video that details it all to understand.  Also its blog shows close up pictures and gives clear explanations.  What a relief!  Now I can move on!


lukas’ blanket

The baby is about to see the world and I just started on his blanket.  Typically me.   I found a wonderful soft yarn … that is hand washable only.  A bit annoying for a baby.  I understand the label [hand wash or dry clean, do not soak, do not bleach, use mild detergent and cool rinse water. Do not wring, reshape and dry flat away from heat and direct sunlight, do not machine dry] and the wise advice from the shop lady … but with the wool program, gentle soap, cold wash and flat dry, I hope it will hold the route.

I purchased – at my favorite Eat, Sleep, Knit shop – 2 skeins of  Targhee-Worsted 100% targhee wool, color: Crabby McHappyPants [hand-dyed fiber] in 563 m | 250 gr [616 yds | 8.8 oz] skein. Cost: $34/skein.

Hook: 6.5 mm.

The chosen pattern comes from Liam’s Blanket by Tia Davis and it’s pretty easy: a mix of single crochet combined with double crochet.

  • Chain 120 [for an approx 36″ x 36″ project].
  • Row 1: [1 sc, 1 DC] in second chain from hook, *skip next chain, [1 sc, 1 DC] in next chain; repeat from * to end of row, chain 1, turn.
  • Row 2: skip first stitch, [1 sc, 1 DC] in next stitch, *skip next chain, [1 sc, 1 DC] in next chain; repeat from * to end of row, chain 1, turn.
  • Rows 3 – 120: repeat row 2.

I ended Lukas’ blanket at 112 rows and added an edge.   I picked #46 from Edie Eckman’s book ‘around the corner crochet borders’.

Total weight: 718 grams for an end result of 107 x 102 cm.

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my super duper blanket

A crazzzy project that I started in the early Spring of 2014.  I saw this beautiful as-we-go stripey blanket, and decided to do my own.  King size. Yes, no less.

Today, almost one year later, I have decided to quit this blanket as I would never use it on my own bed anyway.  Also after such a long break first because I needed to order new colors then because I was suffering from my shoulder/elbow, I don’t feel it anymore. Instead, I will create a blanket for the guest bedroom, following another [much simpler] pattern, using the same yarn [Double Knit Special by Stylecraft – skeins of 100 gr/295 m | 100% premium acrylic].   Now that I am more experienced, surely it will turn out beautifully.

My original blanket of 402 chains, as shown in the slideshow below, included:

  • puff stitches in pale rose (#1080)
  • a row of DC in burgundy (#1035)
  • row of DC in spring green (#1316)
  • 2 rows of lemon peel stitches in Candy floss (#1230)
  • Catherine Wheel stitches have been added with a bigger crochet
  • 3 rows of Granny Squares stitches
  • weavie stitch
  • granite/moss stitch
  • linen stitch [I think for row #42]
  • and some ‘bullet holes’ like my daughter like to call those paint splashes ….

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christmas lights or any lights

Dedri, from lookwhatimade, posted a wonderful idea to personalize your little lights guirlande for the holidays – or any occasion for that matter.

Check her Flower Christmas Lights pattern.  Make sure to use LED lights (which don’t heat up), and push the flower behind the fitting, so it doesn’t touch the bulb.  And it would be smart also to not leave the lights on unattended…

Be aware that this pattern requests orthodontic rubber bands… the 1/8″ heavy duty ones. Dedri offers a link in her explanations.

how to – the treble crochet

The treble crochet is a very tall stitch [single crochet beeing the smallest one].

From the chain, wrapping the yarn twice around your hook, skip the first four chains and insert the hook into the fifth chain from the hook.

Bring the yarn over the crochet hook and draw it through the first two loops on the hook to get three loops on your hook.  Repeat the process to keep two loops on the hook and finalize the stitch.

For more detailed explanations, clear illustrations and a video, go to Annie’s Craft Store. She has a wonderful stitch guide!

how to – half double crochet | hdc

The half double crochet [abbreviated hdc] is half tall compared to the double crochet as it eliminates one step from the double crochet stitch.

Unless otherwise stated in the pattern, skip the two first chains from your hook and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

And to work the rows, the turning chain should counts as a stitch [check your pattern again].

Further, go to Annie’s Craft Store for very detailed explanations, clear illustrations [as shown below] and a video.

margaret’s hug shawl was a success

I can proudly say that it is the first time that I manage to finish a project without having to frog it many times along the way… and that looks super good!

I had some difficulties – mea culpa, I am still a novice – to get started with the written pattern but luckily the author had posted a shaky video that put me on the right path.

Here is the version of the pattern in my own words for future reference – If you intend to do this shawl, please refer to the original free pattern [‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl].  Remember, this blog is for my personal use on the go, to ease my life …

  • Round 1 –  Chain 4 [counts as first stitch] then 3 DC in 4th chain from hook, chain 3 again, 4 DC in same chain, turn [= 11 stitches]
  • Round 2
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch] 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3
    • In the next chain 3 space,  work [1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC, chain 3, 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC].
    • Skip the next 3 stitches and in the last chain, work 4 DC [= 17 stitches].
    • Turn.
  • Round 3
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch], 3 DC in same st as chain 3 then
    • * 3 DC in the next space between stitches of the previous row * Repeat until the corner
    • In the corner space, work [3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC]. Repeat until the last cluster;
    • In the very last space of the last cluster, work 4 DC, turn (23 stitches)
  • Round 4
    • Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3 then * [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC] in the next sp between stitches of the previous row * repeat from * to * to corner where in the chain space you need to work [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC, ch, 3, 1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC].
    • Repeat * to * again to final the stitch; work 4 DC into final stitch, turn (29 stitches)
  • Round 5 to 40
    • Repeat alternate rows of rows 3 and 4, turn. [Each row increases by 6 stitches (245 stitches)].

I used pure merino wool, worsted Malabrigo yarn (made in Uruguay)  in #512 Chestnut with a 6 mm hook.  I jsut have to think to hand wash it and dry flat it …

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alyska’s poncho

Birthday girl.  Birthday present.  Birthday poncho.

We shopped together at my favorite shop Eat.Sleep.Knit for her favorite color pattern. We opted again for Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash – mainly because of the price – made of 100% Superwash Wool, washable in the machine at 40F.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50.

  • 5 skeins of Navy – color 854 (I used 1 full skein for the cowl)
  • 2 skeins of Ridge Rock – color 874A

The pattern is ‘cowl-neck poncho’ by Simone Francis, published in the Simply Crochet magazine [issue 25], that you can purchase online.

Here is a similar pattern as a CAL.  Very useful with video.

Between the moment I started this poncho in February and this day in October, I decided to frog what I had done so far and give it another try.

Cowl – that’s where you start … with a chain 84 [with a 6 mm hook] and a slip stitch to join in the first chain to form a ring.  From there it’s main front and back post DC.  I made a 20 cm long cowl.

For the body, I did about 10-12 rows of granny stitches in Navy then alternated:

  • 7 rows of Ridge Rock
  • 10-12 rows of blue
  • 5 rows of Ridge Rock
  • blue again
  • 3 rows of Ridge Rock
  • finishing with 5 rows of blue.

There are 134 fringes made of 6 pieces of yarn …

The February birthday present was given on October 23rd  … Perfect for the beautiful autumns in North Carolina!

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close to perfection potholders

I finally master the making of potholders.  In my opinion.  I think my Grand-Mère would have been super proud!

My sister-in-law, Claudia, made me discover Aunt Lydia Crochet Threat Fashion 3, a 100% mercerized cotton, that makes the potholder looks like those from my Grand-Mère.  The color is Bridal White #0926.

I went to work with a 4 mm hook, chained 25 + 2 for the turning chain and did 60 rows in a HDC.  Then I fold the rectangle in three and sewed the open sides with double threat (you can crochet them close too, of course).

Finished: 38 gr | 14 x 14 cm.


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I love making hats.

Following this newborn elf hat pattern from B. Hooked Crochet, I made one for my third-grand-son-soon-to-be-born: Lucas Georges.

I made the newborn version in a single color: ‘oatmeal #400’ from Lion Brand, using a 5.5 mm hook. It was quickly done … the technique is well explained on the video tutorial and it’s just a question of alternating DC and SC for 43 rows, starting from the bottom to the pompom.  As I was doing mine with a leftover of yarn, I reached 24 rows.

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