Thursday, June 26, 2014

For Throw Back Thursday - A free Pattern


Made in water resistant nylon this bag is great for summers wet enjoyments.
The double parquet stitch pattern is interesting, an easy one to make and gives strength to the body of the bag. The bottom is worked in slip and single crochet stitches. 

First published in the March 2011 issue of Crochet Magazine it is now available as a free download from ' A free membership to the site is required with you email address but there are thousands of patterns to enjoy.

I am sure you will love having this one available for summertime fun. 
For this one click this link:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Seaside Wrap Free Pattern

How Cool is This! My latest pattern From Crochet World Magazine is among the Featured Patterns

I really enjoyed making this wrap. I can be worn multiple ways. The large hook with fine thread makes for a lovely open mesh design.  The Colors of the 'Gem' DN Serenity Garden 
yarn just pops with excitement, it is like a party; a summer good time.  
However my pattern tester used 'Spring Water' and the garment is Fabulous in the Blues. So pick you favorite color and create a little excitement of your own. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Giveaway: Win one of two Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hooks is giving away two Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet hooks. It is so easy to enter for your chance to win this great hook from Tulip!
Giveaway: Win one of two Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hooks. Enter now through 8:00 PM central time on Monday, May 12, 2014. International entries are welcome!
Enter on Facebook through this link (or our giveaway tab):




I was so excited this morning to find my patterns on the RedHeart site. I had to post them straight away.

The first is a light weight sweater with 3/4 sleeves in RED HEART® Boutique Midnight® yarn. The tonal change in the yarn married so nicely with the change in stitch pattern in the different rows. Way Cool.

Here is the link for the free pattern.

 The Second is an easy easy wrap that you can make longer or shorter / wider or more narrow. Hence it's name "As You Like It". The yarn is an exquisite multi-texture.  RED HEART® Boutique Magical™. 

Here is the link for this one.

I hope you enjoy making them for you wardrobe as much as I enjoyed making them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 National Crochet Month Blog Tour

Once again we are participating in the Blog Tour sponsored by Crochetville.

This year the spotlighted charity is
Halos of Love

 They distribute caps and hats to cancer patients in 450 cancer treatment centers in the US each month. They accept donations of crocheted, knitted, and sewn hats. If you are interested in donating hats or money to help get the caps and hats distributed, please visit their websiteThey can be contacted at website link, Facebook page

I want to give you as many of my free patterns as possible so I  have busied myself today locating links to my published designs. They were published in Magazines and books and some are now available as free patterns from the companies that acquired them. So please click the link , and find some lovely things to create. They are also on my Ravelry page with links where applicable. If you would care to rate them and add pictures of your finished projects, I would be thrilled to see them.

For taking time to visit my blog I have a couple more free patterns for you. In additions to the ones already available on this site and at the links above I am adding: 
For a limited Time -
Spring Daisy Scarf’ - found at this link  
Floral Broach Hook Minder’ - found at this link  

Please follow the entire tour and I am sure you will learn many new techniques, acquire some lovely patterns, enter fun drawing and have a fantastic time. I encourage you to remember to click on the link to Halos of Love and do what you can for our friends and family coping with cancer.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


I received information via email a few days ago about the National Crochet Month Blog Tour. I participated in it last year and had such a good time following everyone's blogs. But I looked at my blog and found I have been so very remiss in posting my ideas and impressions of what is up in my crochet world.

LOL! What a segue I just gave myself, (yes completely accidentally). Look for my newest published pattern in Crochet World Magazine June 2014 Issue. At the risk of being boastful I will say that it is a very exciting piece to adorn oneself in at this summer's pool parties.  This picture of the yarn I used is the only hint. But isn't it scrumptious?

What else am I allowed to divulge about what my hook has been wrapped around? Humph, that is a hard question....thinking...
Well I have made a sweater and a shawl in some of the most exciting textured yarn. Yes, you guessed it. Can't tell you what yarn or which yarn company it is for, but I can tell you that they have made their way through tech editing and that I am on pens an needles waiting for them to be released.

Also exciting, to me anyway, is that I have purchased even more knit and crochet books from my trusty friends at Amazon but I think I will keep that info for a new blog next week. Fingers crossed that I am able to find the time. I need to update my bookshelf on Ravelry as well. That is a great way to keep them inventoried.

Until Then,
Be sure to follow the National Crochet Month Blog Tour throughout March. Here is the first link. Crochetville, who is sponsoring the tour. ENJOY!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Free Pattern Bead and Thread Heart Ear Rings

This is the pattern I designed to teach a class for our local crochet guild.

You will learn to start with a bead in the center of you work and how to make picots as well as a basic heart motif enjoy.

Skill – Intermediate
#8 Pearl Cotton
3- 4mm beads
2 seed beads
#6/1.8mm steel hook
Picot Instructions
            Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in same st.
Long Picot instructions
            Ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch1, sl st in 1st ch of ch 5, sl st in same stitch.

Put beads on thread in this order - 1 seed bead on thread, followed by 1- 4mm, 1 seed bead, 2- 4mm beads; Push all but 1- 4mm bead up the thread length out of the way.

Round 1
Make beginning loop, ch5, sl st into 1st ch making a ring. Ch 1, 2 sc in ring, push 4mm bead into place against hook; [You are now using the tread from the opposite side of the bead], sl st.  Insert the bead into center of ring making sure that the working thread is on the working side of the ring. A thread gap should been seen on the right hand side of the bead. Insert hook in this gap and the ring. Make 2 sc, 1sc in ring only; join in Ch 1. (5sc, 1sl st) [sl st will be used as a sc]

Working in blo
rnd 2    Ch1, 1 sc in 1st sc, 4 sc in next sc, 4 sc in sl st [for stability work into lower chain as well], 4 sc in each of next 3 sc; join in ch1. (21 sc)
Working in blo
rnd 3    Ch1, 1sc in next sc, (2dc, 1 tr) in next sc; (2tr 1dc) in next sc; 1hdc in each of next 3 sc; 1 sc in each of next 3 sc; 1hdc in next sc, (1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc) in next sc; 1hdc in next sc, 1sc in each of next 3 sc; 1hdc in each of next 3 sc; (1dc, 2 tr) in next sc; (1tr, 2dc) in next sc, 1sc in next sc, Join.

Rnd 4  Ch3, sl st in same forming a ring; 1sc in each of next 3 st, 1 picot in same st; ch 3, ski next st, 1 sc in next, 1 picot in same;  [ch3, skip next 2 stitches 1sc in next, 1 picot in same] 3 Times; 1 sc in next st, 1 long picot in same, 1 sc in next, 1picot in same; [ch3, skip next 2 stitches 1sc in next, 1 picot in same] 4 Times; 1sc in each of next 3 st, 2sc in beginning ring; fasten off above beads, push beads into place, sew onto ear hook, re-thead through beads and weave in ends.

Optional - If desired sew beads to each picot