The Purple-y Oversized Ruffle ShawlΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How wonderful to see you! 

Are you ready for the big reveal? πŸ˜‰

Alright….here she is 


In this picture ⬆️  the colors are almost ‘true to life’ ….in this one ⬇️ not so much, but you’ll be able to see better how it looks like when worn. 😊


It is quite big, isn’t it? 

Now I will tell you how you would go about if you wanted to make one for yourself. πŸ™‚

You will need 

– 5 skeins ‘Caron Simply Soft’ in your favorite color 

– 4 skeins Ruffle Yarn (I used ‘Red Heart’ Sashay with Sequins)

Hook Size I (5.25mm) That’s slightly bigger than recommended, but I wanted the shawl to be loosely crocheted, and flowy) 

– Needle and Thread 

Start with the Caron Yarn, and crochet a half ‘Granny Square’. 

I found these wonderful directions on Ravelry. So instead of copying her, I’ll give you the link to the page of Renate Kirkpatrick. *

And now crochet until you used up all 5 skeins. 😁 To avoid the dreaded ‘sewing in of yarn ends’ I use the ‘Russian Join’


For me the end was nerve racking! Why? Take a look…


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 And the yarn is discontinued! Double Whammy! Oh well, it all worked out fine! 😎

Alright….time to add the ruffle. I used one round of double crochet. Yep, that’s really it. πŸ€“  

Start anywhere. Insert your hook through one space of the ruffle yarn, about 2″ from the beginning. Pick up 2 loops of the last row on the shawl, and work a double crochet – always skip a space of the ruffle yarn. That way your border will be nice and full, and the shawl not wavy and puckering. 

And now keep going. Skip a space, yarn over, pick up 2 loops, and work a double crochet, like you do with any other yarn. 



When you get to the end of a skein, stop 2″ before the end, and pick up with a new skein (about 2″ in). Aaaaand keep going. Work 3 dc in every corner stitch, to ensure the corner will lie nice and flat.

This actually took a wee bit longer than anticipated, but it’s worth it in the end. 😍

Once you worked your way around the shawl …well done! High five βœ‹… take the loop off the hook, take your needle and thread, pick up the loop, and secure it with a few stitches. 


Always insert the needle into the yarn. 

Fold over the end of the ruffle yarn and stitch in place. Repeat on the other side, then join both edges together, using a Satin Stitch. Here also …into the yarn 


There, you can hardly tell it’s there….right?! πŸ˜€


Trim the frayed edges (not too close to the seam!)

You’re done! Now, all you gotta do is wait for a cool night so you can show her off! 😊

I hope this is easy to follow! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or mention it in the comments. I’m always right here. 😘

* If you can’t get to the pattern because you are not a member of Ravelry, and don’t wanna be, let me know I will post the instructions for the ‘Half Granny Square’. πŸ€—

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Drop me a line or two if you get the chance. I always love hearing from you! 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ I am in no way affiliated with the companies, people, and website mentioned here. 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – Lemonpeel and MossΒ 

…..nope, not a new Smoothie recipe – really the names of two beautiful crochet stitches. πŸ˜‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I’m glad you could visit! 

Today’s stitches are not just beautiful, but also very easy…even for beginners. 

The first one – the ‘Lemonpeel’ stitch only uses two basic stitches. Single- and Double Crochet. 

So grab some yarn and a matching hook and crochet along. 😊

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

– Row 1 Chain 1, sc in the second chain from the hook, dc in the next stitch. *sc in the next stitch, dc in the one after that* . Repeat to the end of the row. 

– Row 2 Chain 1, turn your work. Sc in the very first stitch, dc into the next. Repeat alternating sc and dc to the end of the row. 

Repeat Row 2 until your piece is the desired size. 

It’ll look like this…

The second stitch is the Moss Stitch. This one is moving fast to the top of my list of favorites! 😍

Ready? Let’s go…

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

Row 1  Skip the first 3 chain stitches, and sc into the fourth. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, sc into the next* Repeat to the end of the row, ending with a sc in the last chain. 

Row 2  Ch 2, turn your work. Sc in the first chain space of the previous row. Ch1, sc in chain space and so on. Last stitch should be a sc into ch space. 

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. 

There, wasn’t that easy. πŸ€— You wanna know what it looks like? 

I love it worked with a ‘self-patterned’ yarn 


Pretty nifty, eh? 😎

Do you think you’ll give these stitches a try? What will you make? Let me know …because I’m quite nosy by nature 😜

Now I leave you alone so you have time to practice! 😁

I hope to see you soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ The Catherine WheelΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice to see you! Thanks for visiting today! β˜€οΈ

It’s a glorious sunny Sunday, so I’m on my way outside to read a bit, crochet some – I started a ‘cotton’ project, not so hot on the hands 😜 

But first this…

Today I wanna show you how to crochet the beautiful ‘Catherine Wheel’. 

The instructions tell you to ‘7 dc tog dec’. If you’re a beginner, and don’t really know what to do here (or you do, but can’t quite remember) here’s a ‘how-to’ …

Crochet to the place where you wanna use this stitch 


Work 1 dc. In the same stitch work 6 more, without finishing them all the way. By that I mean – start the dc (3 loops on the hook)


but pull the yarn through 2 loops only one time…that adds 1 loop to the hook. 

After you worked 7 dc – you will have 8 loops on the hook, hook the yarn over and pull through all 8 loops 


Done! πŸ˜€ Now you’re ready for the ‘Catherine Wheel‘ 

⚑️Pictures are at the end of the written tutorial ⚑️

Start with a foundation chain of a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 2

Row 1 Sc 2nd ch from hook and next chain. *skip 2 chains, put 7 dc into next chain. Skip 2 chains, 1 sc into each of the next three stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches left over should be 1 sc into each. Fasten off yarn. Turn.

Row 2 Fasten on new colour. Ch 3, 3 dc tog dec, ch 3. 1 sc into next 3 stitches. *Ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into next three stitches. Repeat * Across. Final semi circle is ch 2, 4 dc tog dec, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 Ch 3, 3 dc into same stitch where the Ch 3 started, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches on the row below. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 1/4 circle is 4 dc into the middle of the Catherine Wheel. Fasten off.

Row 4 Fasten on new colour. Ch 1, sc into the next 2 sc. *ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches are 1 sc into each. Turn.

Row 5 Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch and the next stitch. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 2 stitches are 1 sc into each.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 over and over until you get to the desired length of project you want.

  Row 1
At first everything will look a bit wonky, but don’t worry, it’ll straighten itself out at the end. 😊

 Row 2
 Row 3

 Row 4


Row 5 

It is so pretty, isn’t it. 

Here a few things I learned during the practice runs πŸ˜‰

1. Make sure there are 8 loops on the hook when you stitch the ‘7dc tog dec’ 😁

2. Always skip the ch3 from the previous row….the first (few) tries I didn’t, and, well, was not happy πŸ˜– until the πŸ’‘-moment 😜


3. Sometimes you’ll think you can’t fit the 7dc into one stitch…keep going, you can 😊

I think that’s it πŸ˜€ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 😍 I’m always just one message away! 

Let me know what you’ll be making using this gorgeous stitch. I think I’ll use it to fill a little gap on the back of my ‘Granny Square Cardi’. ☺️

Take care! Have fun! I hope to see you next time!

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Popcorn & Broomstick ~ It’s *New*Stitch*Sunday*Β 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How very sweet of you to peek in.

Welcome to a new feature – ‘New Stitch Sunday’ πŸ˜€

 When I crocheted years ago I didn’t really get that deep into it. I knew single, double, treble etc. crochet…enough for a dishcloth or a simple scarf. 😁 As I’m re-discovering my love for needlework I do wanna get a little (or a lot 😏) fancier. 

And I’d love to share with you what I’m learning. πŸ€“

The first stitch that caught my eye was the

  I. Broomstick Stitch.

You will need a large knitting needle to assist with this stitch. 

1. Start with a foundation chain — a multiple of 5 plus 1. 

2. Work a row of sc across the chain. 


3. First row of loops  — Hold the large knitting needle in your left hand. Enlarge the loop on the hook. Slip the loop onto the needle. 

If you don’t have such a large knitting needle on hand, a large cooking spoon will do 😏



4. Take the hook through the next stitch of the previous row. 


5. Pick up the yarn as you would for a sc. Enlarge the loop and slip it onto the needle. Repeat for the entire row. 



6. Slip the first 5 loops off the needle onto the hook. 

7. Hook the yarn and pull it through all 5 loops


8. Work a single chain stitch.                                                                                                                  Guide the hook through all 5 loops each time, work five sc into the group of loops. 

9. Repeat for groups of five for the entire row.



There…isn’t that pretty? 😍

The  II. Popcorn Stitch is as cute as it sounds and perfect for accent rows to pep up an otherwise simple design. 

1. On a right side row work 4 dc into the second stitch from the hook. 


2. Remove the hook from the loop, insert it through the top of the first dc, and again through the loop. 


3. Draw the hook backwards and pull the loop through the dc stitch. 

4. Work a sc into the next stitch. Skip a stitch and start over. 


I think this would be darling as the border of a hat. 😊

I hope you found a little inspiration here 😍 Let me know if you tried these stitches- any questions? πŸ€— Which ones should we try next Sunday? Any requests? 😁

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Crochet a Dishcloth ~ Fast and Easy DIY ProjectΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by….but you might wanna take a step back! I have a nasty cold 🀧 and I know you don’t want anything to do with that! 😜

That’s also the reason why I have nothing to show you for ‘Work-in-Progress’ Wednesday. The last three days I spent on the couch…sleeping and watching TV. πŸ˜– Not at all my thing…ugh. I just didn’t have the energy to do anything else. But ~  I’m on the mend now…so I have a nifty little project for you that can be done in an hour or two. πŸ˜€

Let’s crochet a nice dishcloth πŸ™‚ It’s really simple, and will last you a long time.

All you need is

~ 1. a yarn remnant ~ I prefer ‘Red Heart Super Saver’ because it’s a bit scruffy, and in combination with the stitch texture perfect for scrubbing without scratching! πŸ˜€

~ 2. a crochet hook Size H – 5mm – for this yarn. If you use a different yarn, please check the recommended size on the band.

Okay…..let’s start with

Ch 40 (+2)

Dc in each chain stitch, skipping the first one; at the end of the row ch 3

Second row *dc in every 2nd stitch, ch 3 at the end of the row*

Repeat from * to * 14 times (rows)

At the end of the 15th row ch2, turn and finish with one row of dc in every stitch.

Done! That was easy, wasn’t it? πŸ˜€

Oh…. I did take some pictures, let’s not let them go to waste πŸ˜‹.


Skip one stitch to receive the mesh look

At the end of each row insert the hook into the 2nd chain stitch.

Care is also real simple – I set it on top of the silverware in the dishwasher every time I run it, and rinse it in a bleach/water solution once a week. This way it stays clean and non-smelly. 😝

Alrighty….now off to do the dishes before I fall asleep again! 😏

I hope to see you soon….that time with an update on the Cardigan πŸ˜

 Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo

πŸ’«I’m in no way affiliated with any product mentioned/shown here. 😁

Create an ‘Artsy Day Planner’ ~ UpdateΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ™‹πŸ» Thanks so much for peeking in. 😍

Remember I started creating my own day planner? Well, it’s been a while, but it’s finally finished … I guess I’ll have to start the next one in September πŸ˜‹

If you missed it…here’s the start of the project πŸ“

I finished the artwork for each month little by little…in the beginning I used oil paint- and would not recommend that. It takes a long time to dry, and makes the pages kinda heavy. 

So….here are my calendar pages 

As you can see, I went from oil painting to tangling (with gel pens), to colored pencils, and soft pastel chalk. Whatever strikes your fancy…there are no limits! Even a collection of your favorite quotes would be awesome. 😍

The one change I made from the original idea….I changed the cover art. Remember I painted an owl to grace the cover? Not so great…it does need a smooth cover. So I made a collage out of strips of scrapbook paper 


That should work! 😁

I do hope I inspired you, and that we all start carrying our own, individual art around. Can’t wait to hear (and see) what you did! πŸ’•

See you soon πŸ’ƒπŸ»

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