Off to the Farmers Market with your New Bag you go ~ A Crochet Pattern πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•This is the time of year where the Farmers Markets are in full bloom 😍 Do you visit your local one? If you do, you probably appreciate a bag that fits in your purse, but will – if need be – expand to hold all the treasures you find. Well, get your hook ready and start crocheting…you’ll have one in just an hour or two 😁Here’s what you need…1 skein (11.9 oz/601 yards) ‘craftsmart’ yarn (Michaels**) – makes 2 bags or 3 skeins (2 oz./56g each) ‘Kitchen’ Cottonor RedHeart Super Saver ** – appr. 300 yards (pictured here)Crochet hook Size I/9 (5.5mm)Note:Do not join rounds. Place a stitchmarker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of each round.’increase‘ = 2sc in one stitch Pattern: Make a magic ring. Round 1: 6 sc in center of ring Round 2: 2sc in each stitch – 12 scRound 3: *increase, sc, repeat from * – 18scRound 4: *increase, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * – 24scRound 5: *increase, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * – 30scRound 6: *increase, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * – 36scRound 7: *increase, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * – 42scRound 8: *increase, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * – 48scRound 9: *increase, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * – 54scRound 10: *increase, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * – 60scRound 11: *increase, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * – 66scRound 12: *increase, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * – 72scRound 13: *increase, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * – 78scRound 14: *increase, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * – 84scRound 15: *increase, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * – 90scRound 16: *increase, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * – 96scAt this point the base measures about 4″ (middle center to outer edge)Now we get to the body of the bag.Round 1: *Ch5. Skip 2sc, sc in 3rd stitch. Repeat from * all around.When you get to the end of the round, chain 5, skip the last 2 stitches, sc 1 in 3rd chain of the first loop of the previous round.Repeat Round 1 until desired height (don’t forget to move your stitchmarker every few rounds 😊)When you reach the desired height (mine is 18″ from middle center of the base to the top) work a row of sc. Round 1: *3sc in 2., 3., and 4. chain of the loop. Ch2. Repeat from* all around.Round 2: sc all around Round 3 (Handles): Ch 70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch (be careful not to twist the chain!) Sc in next 50 stitches. Ch70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch. Sc to start of first handle.Round 4, 5, 6: Sc in every stitch/chain, (except the sc between the handles)Note: If you get around the chain, and continue on, be careful to ‘stay the course’. You do not want to find that you happily crocheted in the space between the straps of the same handle 😁 Experience has shown that it can happen! πŸ˜‰ Especially if the chain twisted despite the care with which one keeps it straight.Fasten off…you’re done. And only a few ends to weave in! πŸ˜ƒI’ve made a few in the different yarns.Red Heart **craftsmart** yarn in rose/yellow Peaches & Creme ** Kitchen Cotton This one is my favorite…it reminds me of Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ 😍Oh – a quick note before you leave …I realize that I have the tendency to overexplain things. Please don’t be offended! I’ve just encountered one too many patterns that left me scratching my head, wasting a lot of time ‘trying to figure it out’ πŸ˜• and I try to avoid that when I write my patterns. Nevertheless…If you do notice any mistakes please let me know.Happy crocheting (and shopping!) 😁 I’m looking forward to seeing your bag! Have a fabulous, glorious, wonderful weekend! 😎** I’m not affiliated with any products mentioned here.

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30+ Hot Weather Crochet/Knitting Projects πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well…it’s hot! There are no ifs and buts about it!

And unless you live in parts of the Southern Hemisphere you’re probably looking at your yarn stash with a tear in your eye, willing the weather man to come up with some clouds or – dare we hope – a ‘cold’ front! 😊

But fret no more! Dry your tears, pick a project ⬇️ that won’t cover your lap, legs, toes, pick up your hook/needles and start your Hot Weather Project πŸ˜ƒ

Maybe you’re already thinking about Christmas Gifts! πŸ˜‰

How about a cute Tea-Cozy? I love the hedgehog πŸ˜„

25 free Knit and Crochet Tea-Cozy Patterns by diyhowto.org

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Speaking of Christmas πŸŽ„

Crochet Elf Hats for the entire family following this easy & awesome Pattern from B.Hooked Crochet

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Or maybe you or someone you love needs a new project/market bag?

11 Summertime Crochet Bags and Totes – find the patterns for these beauties right here

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And of course there’s always Amigurumi πŸ˜ƒ Doesn’t get smaller than that!

You can find all the patterns here 😍

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My absolute favorite – the Granny Square – is the perfect project for sweltering days!

You can compile a stash now, then join them when it gets cold.

If you’ve never made one, or need a refresher course…help is one click away 😊

Or get out your kitchen cotton, and make a larger one = Dishcloth! πŸ‘πŸ»

Add a Scrubby-Yarn Flower – no more digging for an elusive Scrubby-pad with wet, soapy fingers. 😁

There….that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know what you’re making 😍

Enjoy your day! Stay cool! 😎

I Think There’s Something Wrong With The Pattern!? πŸ˜³

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

About two weeks ago I ordered yarn recommended for beautiful wrap I found in a pattern book. You might remember…well, probably not, since you have a life outside of my blog 😜

So I ordered the yarn, waited around patiently. Last Friday it finally came, and since a Friday night is made for exciting things 😁 I sat down and started crocheting a ‘Lacy Wrap’.

I was almost done when the crochet hook slipped out of my hand – yep, I fell asleep, woke up hunched over, inches away from the wrap. I could’ve put my eye out πŸ˜†

I finished it the next day…and that’s when I got suspicious – I think there’s something wrong with the pattern. Take a look…

This is the picture in the book

Here is my wrap…

I followed the pattern faithfully, the finished wrap is the size stated on the pattern…but, is it just me or does it look like the book-version is about twice the size? 🧐

I’m very sure that I’ll have to play with the pattern for the next wrap.

I have about 3/4 of the second skein left. So making it bigger won’t be a problem. Still annoying, don’t you think? Do you find that a lot of patterns are not quite right? Or do I just have bad luck when it comes to ‘pattern picking’? πŸ˜‹

Alright…that’s all for now 😊 Time to play with hook and yarn!

I hope you have a fabulous Saturday night! I’ll be back tomorrow for the ‘ Fantastic Bake-Along’ with Scones! Yummy! πŸ˜ƒ I hope you can join me!

Until then πŸ’•

WIPs and A New Stitch πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope this finds you well and happy! 😊

Over here we’re experiencing ‘August in June’ 🌞🌞🌞 It’s hot…blazing hot! And to make matters worse, the humidity is at like 80%! Ugh πŸ˜‘

So the last thing anyone wants to think about is…scarves! 😁

That was until a friend of mine got this awesome book called ‘Lacy Wraps’ *

It has some wonderful patterns inside. I picked 2, and got right to it.

Since it’s a paid pattern I’m fairly certain that I can’t share it here 😬 But… I learned a new stitch, and that I can tell you more about. πŸ˜‰

In all my years of crocheting I’ve never even heard of the ‘Linked Double Crochet’ stitch (ldc). And it seems like I really missed out. It’s well on it’s way to become my favorite stitch! 😍 It creates a wonderful texture, with the height of a double crochet, but without the holes. And it’s pretty simple to stitch. Sounds awesome, right?! 😁

Let me show you…

You start with 3 chain.

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain (right to left – my arrow is backwards πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Sorry)

Yarn over, pull through.

**Insert your hook into the vertical bar (marked in green) right to left, yarn over, pull through.

Now you’ve linked your stitch to the starting chain.

You have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Repeat from ** to the end of the row.

You do want to see that line running through the middle of the stitch!

Isn’t it pretty? πŸ™‚

Here is the first ‘Lacy Wrap’ – it incorporates the ldc stitch quite nicely

Next on the list is the wrap from the book’s title page. I absolutely love that one. I ordered the yarn in three different colorways… I can hardly wait to hold it! πŸ˜†

So while the yarn is ‘turtleing’ 🐒 it’s way here I’m keeping busy with an Owl Wallhanging – I don’t think I’ve shown you this one yet

I’m very happy with it…it just needs one more stabilizing bamboo rod on the right. I’m hoping it’ll keep it from getting longer and longer πŸ˜‰ The mandala is already more like an oval than a circle. I better hurry!

When sitting under the Owl got too warm, I did a few rows on my ‘ Stashbuster Sweater’. That one is coming along…

The Grannies are going to be part of the sleeves. Another puzzle…that’s what I dooo πŸ˜‹

I lost a few hours of my day after I glanced at my yarn basket

No, I didn’t pass out πŸ˜‰ I decided I needed to detangle and put my winder to good use. See, I had just reached down for the next color, and never really paid attention to the thing by my feet. 😁

But it’s all nice and neat now…probably not for long…so I’ll enjoy it while I can. πŸ€“

That’s all for today. Keep your fingers crossed that my new yarn shows up today! It’s been in the are since Tuesday – so hopefully today’s the day! πŸ˜ƒ

Until next time πŸ’• Take good care of yourself 😍

* I’m not affiliated with any companies/products mentioned here.

A Fabulous Workshop πŸ™‚

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend doing the things you love! 😍

Today I’d like to tell you about the workshop my friend Michele and I hosted…emmm 3 weeks ago…I can’t believe it’s been that long already! 😳

Long story short – we had a lot of fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Ha…just kidding – I will tell you a little more. 😊

Two days prior Michele and I met for a ‘working lunch’ to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

And then the day was here! Off to Weston – with wobbly knees and a pounding heart (I was a bit nervous 😜) But Michele has a very calming presence, so things got better as soon as I got there. 😍

Three lovely ladies came for a day of crochet…and crochet we did. For 5 hours!

Sprinkled with stories about past projects, Grandma’s needlework, travels, and whatever else came to mind, and laughter the time just flew by.

We met at ‘ Florilegium’, a wonderful Yarn/Fiber Art store in Weston, MO

The lovely owner generously opened the doors of her beautiful ‘Creative Cottage’ to us

Isn’t it lovely? Thank you, Gretchen! πŸ™‚

We had a Crochet Expert, an advanced crocheter, and a beginner. The perfect mix!

3 projects were on the agenda – the ‘Chilly Cowl’, a Granny Square dishcloth, and a flower.

Amy’s goal was to finish all 3 projects…and she did! πŸ˜ƒ

Here she is showing off her Chilly Cowl

Julie made a lovely Cowl

…and almost finished her flower. But she had a pattern sheet, so she finished it at home no problem! 😊

Mary didn’t like working with the cotton yarn, so she picked a gorgeous skein of Malabrigo wool (my personal favorite 😍) and started a winter cowl…never too early for that. Let’s hope she doesn’t run out of patience before she finishes! That’s easily done when you first start out with hook and yarn.

So everyone had a great time, and we all agreed that we’re definitely doing this again!

Music to my ears. ☺️

Michele and I are busy planning the next project. Rest assured – you will hear about it when we know more! πŸ˜†

Now go run, have a fabulous weekend! 😎

Until next time πŸ’•

Be Cool 😎 A Summertime Chilly~Cowl Pattern

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well, Summer is here, there’s no doubt about it! The forecast shows more 90s across the board. So we’re thinking up all kinds of ways to stay cool…one of them is this ‘Chilly Cowl’. 😊

It’s made of ‘Kitchen Cotton’, and works up real quick.

The idea is to soak it in (really!) cold water, put it on and stay cool while gardening, biking, walking, hiking, etc.

Here are some I made…

Hubby claimed the skinny navy/pink one when he mowed last week, and is a fan! πŸ˜ƒ

He said it made a world of difference.

Now I don’t wanna waste any more of your time I’ll give you the pattern real quick so you too can be cool during your outside-time. 😎

For the skinny cowl you’ll need:

Home Cotton (Sugar ‘n Cream* for example) – appr. 50-g (100yards)

Hook: H (5mm) or I (5.5mm) or J (5.75mm)

Stitches:

Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc),

V-stitch: (dc, ch, dc) in designated stitch

Pattern:

Ch 95.

Turn.

Row 1:

Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (first ‘stitch’)

Hdc across length of chain.

Join with a slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’ (be careful not to twist)

Row 2:

Ch 4, 1 dc in base of ch4.

*Skip 2 stitches. 1dc, 1ch, 1dc in 3rd stitch.

Repeat from * all around.

With 2ch left, slipstitch to 3rd ch on 1st stitch.

Row 3:

Ch4, 1dc in base of ch4.

*1dc, 1ch, 1dc in space between 2 ‘Vs’ of previous row.

Continue from * in round.

Row 4 (and following to desired width)

Repeat Row 3

When you reach your desired width work 2 finishing rows as follows:

Ch2, hdc (ch1) of first ‘V’. *Hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc in (ch1) of next ‘V’. Repeat from * all around.

Slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’.

Ch1, sc in every stitch around.

Slipstitch to join. Fasten off.

And you’re done! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

I hope this pattern is easy to follow! If you have any questions, please let me know! 😊

This Cowl was one of the projects at our recent workshop

The ladies loved it and didn’t hesitate to model 😍

I sure hope you will show off your cowls, and let me know if it works for you! 😊

Take good care of yourself! Stay cool 😎

WIP – Wednesday ~ Summer’s Here πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope everything is well at your end of the Interwebs πŸ˜‰

(Sorry, I’m watching ‘Monk’, and he just said it – that made me laugh so I had to use it in a sentence πŸ˜†)

Alrighty…where were we? Oh right – the current WIPs.

I’ve been busy planning next week’s workshop – so there is not too much to report 😁

I’m still working on the Purses. The ‘Agate Slice’ purse is almost finished.

Front and back are done, so is the strip that will keep everything together and give it some width. Then lining and handles and I have something to show off 😍

A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook add for a yarn sale. Well, put ‘yarn’ and ‘sale’ in one sentence and I’m there. Oh boy, was it a Sale! 😁

I found Bamboo yarn for an unbelievable price! Yeah, I had to buy bundles of 10…but at $2 a skein I didn’t hesitate! 😍

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

The sock-knitters among you probably spotted the sock yarn right away. 😁 Yep, same company, and also an amazing deal.

I’m very happy with the quality of both! I’m working with both yarns right now – they’re coming together in a colorful Summer-Tunic

What do you think? A nice cami underneath, and I’m set for the hot weather 😎

The first strip for the back is already done

The only problem I’m foreseeing now is the ‘weaving-in-of-the-Bamboo-yarn-ends’. It’s quite slippery, and I’m worried that it won’t stay where I put it. Any tips? I would be so grateful! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out the company (no affiliation, just a friendly tip 😊) here’s the link to the Yarn Zone

I just checked, and the ‘Bag Deals’ are still available. πŸ˜ƒ

The planning for the workshop ‘A Day of Crochet‘ is coming along nicely.

People are signing up, projects are done – there will be a ‘Granny Square’ lesson, crochet flowers, and a ‘Chilly Cowl’ – that’s a Summer cotton cowl. Before wearing you soak it in cold water, and it will keep you cool for hours. 😎

Chilly Cowl

Granny Square & Flower – for a 2-in-1 Dishcloth/Scrubby

I hope everyone will have a fun crochet-day 😍

Have you been to a Yarn-Retreat? Do you have any tips/advice for me? What did you expect when signing up? I would love it if you would share your experience! 😌

Until then πŸ’•

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