An Oversized Poncho ~ The Pattern πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the pattern you’ve been waiting for…well, some of you anyway 😁

Feronia πŸ’–

and 

Persephone πŸ’š


Ready? Let’s do this! πŸ™‚

You will need: 

– 5 Red Lion Brand ‘Mandala’ cakes ~ 5 because I noticed that some of the colors don’t run as long in some cakes as in others…so you will need to dig into the 5th one to supplement 

Hook Size G (4.25mm)

Stitch Guide 

Magic (adjustable) Ring: Form a loop with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

 

Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

Pattern 

Form one Magic Ring, into the ring work *3dc, 3ch – repeat from * 3 times. Join with a slipstitch to the first dc. You will have a square. Pull the middle string to close the hole.


Round 2: Ch 1, turn, *3dc, 3ch, 3dc in ch3 sp. Ch1. Repeat from * 3 times. Slipstitch with the second color to the first dc. Ch 1, turn. 


Round 3: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1, Corner into ch3 sp. Repeat 3-times from * Join with a slipstitch. Ch1. Turn.

Round 4 and all following rounds: 3dc, separated by 1 ch into all ch1 spaces. Corners in the ch3 spaces, changing colors every 2 rounds. 

Feronia has 20 rounds, Persephone has 18 rounds.

After the desired amount of rounds fasten off.

Border: 

You can start the border anywhere. Insert your hook between 2 dc, and pull the yarn (new color) through. Ch1, 1dc in same space. Work the length of the square with 1dc in each 1ch space, 1dc between each cluster dc (not in the loops of the dc in the previous row). 

Corner: Ch1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1 into ch3 space 

Work around the square. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Work 2 more rounds the same way, in different colors. 

Joining of the Squares 

Insert your hook into the corner ch1 space, and pull the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following my picture/written tutorial you can find here

 

Join the Squares according to this 


Now you’ll notice that the neck hole is a bit big ☺️ 

You can fix that by adding more Border rows. 

Insert your hook anywhere along the neckline. Pull the yarn through. Ch 1, dc 1 in same space. Continue on to 2 stitches before the point of the ‘V‘. There you have to crochet 5 together as follows: 

Insert your hook into the next stitch. Yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. 

Repeat for the next 3 stitches = 5 loops 


Continue with the Border stich to the next ‘V’. 

5 dc together. Continue with the Border Stich. Join with a slipstitch. 

Add more border rows to achieve the desired size. 

Feronia has 6 extra rows; Persephone has 4 extra rows. 


The Picot Edging is a beautiful finishing touch 😍

Picots: Insert your hook between 2dc. Pull yarn through. Yo, pull through. 1sc. 

*1 slipstitch in next space. Ch 3, slipstitch into the first ch. 1 sc. Repeat from * Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Drawstring and Tassels 

Crochet a long chain. Thread it through the last Border row. 

Cut 20 pieces of yarn (appr. 7″) Fold in half, and position them onto one end of your chain.

Secure by stitching through the loops of the chain. 


Wrap a length of yarn around, near the top. 

Secure the end. 

You’re done! πŸ˜ƒ

Well, except for the pesky ends…but let’s not think about that now. 😜

I hope you’re happy with this pattern. If you get stuck, have questions – please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m just a quick message away πŸ€—

Let me know how you’re getting along. I would love to hear from you. 😍

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Done, Done, and Done! πŸ˜Ž

Hello and ‘Happy October’ my lovely friends! 😍

How is it October already? 😳 What happened to September? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

It seems like I blinked twice, and…poof….it was over. That can’t be good πŸ™ƒ

Even though I had the feeling that I was really busy…it seems like not much got done. So many ideas are still bouncing around in my head, and not much going on here on this blog of mine either πŸ˜•

Oh well…new month, sleeves are rolled up – watch out world! 😁

I did finish a few projects though πŸ€“ Well, except the ends…those darn things still have to be taken care of. 😞

Here is – finally- 

1. The ‘Granny Square Cardigan’ 😁 

The new sleeves are longer, and have a ‘thumb hole’ – it’s a bit cozier that way 😁


2. Feronia & Persephone – the oversized Ponchos 

This ⬆️ is Persephone – named after the Goddess of Spring. She was forced to live in the Underworld, but allowed to visit her Mother Demeter once a year. During that time the trees were budding, flowers and crops started to grow. I thought the colors perfectly reflect her journey from the darkness to the light,  and the beauty of the world turning green again. 🌺

This is Feronia ⬇️  You already know all about her. 😊

I am going to write out the pattern for the Ponchos – as a matter of fact I’ll start right now. 😁

I hope to finish it tonight…if not you’ll see it first thing tomorrow morning! 

Here’s to a fabulous and productive October! 🍾πŸ₯‚ Cheers! 

Thanks for visiting πŸ’• I hope you stop in again soon! 

Crochet ~ Along Part IIIΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the (overdue) Part III of the ‘Wallhanging CAL’ 

Have you been waiting for it? I’m so sorry that it took me ’til now to tell you how to go on. πŸ˜• Next time this happens (which I hope is never!) just yell holler at me. 😊

So let’s hop on the CAL train πŸš‚ ⬅️ Ha… how cute is this? 

Row 11 – The Tapestry Stitch 

This one is really easy. πŸ˜ƒ It’s a great way to use and showcase the beautiful (and valuable) handspun yarn in your stash without breaking the bank. 😍

Besides the handspun yarn I used some frizzy yarn (pick a thin yarn or you won’t be able to see the underlying one)


Now just work a row of double crochet stitches across, while guiding the spun yarn, and enclosing it in each dc.

Of course I forgot to take pictures…so I recreated the stitch on another piece (which has nothing to do with the CAL πŸ™‚)

Make a loop in the first stitch, position the spun yarn across your piece. For the first dc make sure that the yarn you work with is behind the stationary yarn. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, finish your dc as usual.

Work all stitches very loosely because 1. the yarn is very thin, and 2. you don’t wanna ‘choke’ your pretty handspun yarn. πŸ€“

Row 12 Dc in black 

Row 13 – 18 – The Star Stitch 

Each Star stitch row really consists of two rows, the ‘Star’ base and a row of hdc stitches. I used 3 different colors, but it’s also very beautiful in one color….that’s completely up to you of course 😁

I found a great photo tutorial at ‘The Spruce’. She’s doing such a great job explaining this stitch that I, instead of copying her, just give you the link to her page. If you’ve never done this stitch or need a refresher ‘course’, click here πŸ˜ I hope you don’t mind! 😍

Row 19 Dc in black 

Row 20 Tapestry stitch – same colors as Row 11

Row 21 Dc in black 

Row 22 Change color to turquoise. Ch3, *skip 2 stitches, Dc 3 in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. 1 dc in last stitch. 

There…that’s it for Part III. You have my word that you’ll have the next part in front of you next week. πŸ€“

If you missed the beginning, here is 

Part I 

and 

Part II 

Have you started yet? Let me know how far along you are already. 😊 Or do you plan to but get constantly interrupted? πŸ˜‹ What to do? 

She’s ⬇️ got it right 🀣


Thanks for visiting and reading πŸ’• 

Ohhh…tomorrow is WIP Wednesday and I finally have something to show ya 😎

I hope you will be back to take a peek πŸ’œ

A Few Random Things Β πŸ˜ŽπŸ¦„πŸŒ» – and a WIPΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• The Holiday week is coming to an end, and with it our ‘stay-cation’. Meh πŸ˜• We really enjoyed the last few days…Yep – hubby had a few days off πŸ˜ƒ and we checked off a few things on my ‘gotta-wanna-see-this’ list! 😎

You already know about the beautiful park that took me only 10 years to discover 😜 I guess it’s safe to assume that I’m no descendant of Lewis & Clark 😬

On Monday we went to the KC Zoo. It was a very hot and humid day, so we didn’t visit ‘Africa’ – which makes up about half of the terrain – but it still took us almost three hours to walk through the other half. 

I know that you know what animals look like – so I won’t bore you with any pictures. πŸ˜‰

Well maybe a few nifty ones… 

That’s how hot it was – the Dromedary seeking shelter in the shade 

I bet he thought we had some treats for him 😊


These two were playing Catch on the ropes πŸ™‚


The ‘Poison Dart’ frogs are quite pretty, but awfully poisonous 😳 I just read that the poison of one frog can kill 20.000 mice….eeek 


Well….you know πŸ˜‹


Then we went home, fired up the grill and enjoyed a fabulously delicious dinner with the kids 😍

The next day brought us wonderful chilly Fall-like temperatures….so we ventured out again. This time to a nearby Sunflower farm. 40 glorious acres of sunflowers 😍 It is truly spectacular! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…


Amazing, isn’t it?! πŸ˜ƒ


Her smile ⬆️ is so much prettier than mine ⬇️

The bees and butterflies love it there 😎


Nothing special going on today…yet 😁 We just got back from walking our ‘Angel Falls Trail’


This is a picture I took in the spring….everything is much greener now of course 😊

So – maybe – I will have a little time for my WIPs today πŸ˜ƒ 

I finished this poncho last week 


I used the ‘Lion Brand Mandala’* yarn. It comes in beautiful, inspiring color combinations ….I wanna try them all, right now 😜

Now I’m not a big fan of the green rectangle in the middle – so I made some flowers….


to cover up most of it. Like so 

I think that’ll work 😊 What are your thoughts on this? 

If you like the flowers, you might like the fact that I wrote a how-to for them a while back 😁 and you can find it here πŸ˜ƒ

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So now we’re sitting on the patio with coffee and cake πŸ€— enjoying the sunshine, the buzzing of the bees, and the lovely flowers πŸ’œ

Oh…look what I just spotted…the last of the summer roses


They’re so beautiful…and very fragrant 😍

They reminded me of a lovely thought written by 

George Eliot 

Roses

You love the roses – so do I. I wish

The sky would rain down roses, as they rain

From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?

Then all the valley would be pink and white

And soft to tread on. They would fall as light

As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be

Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Fun Fact: George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. She was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels are known for their realism and psychological insight. [wikipedia]
Thanks for visiting and reading aaaalll the way down to here 😁 I feel like I was a bit all over the place today….I hope you enjoyed it anyway. πŸ€—


*I am not affiliated with the ‘Lion Brand’ Yarn Company 

The Rainbow ~ Cupcake πŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco πŸ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy 😬

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 


Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

πŸ’₯A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.πŸ’₯
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ 😁 That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 


It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. 😎

Done! πŸ˜€


What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? 😁 I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. πŸ’œ

Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

It’s a fabulous day πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Welcome back!

The weatherman promised us a perfect Friday 🌞 And – for a change – he was right πŸ˜‰

We woke up to temperatures in the 50s…no humidity πŸ™†πŸ» Yay! 

So we walked the dogs for a good hour. πŸ™‚ And then – because they’re not the fastest walkers…everything is too interesting, everyone is a friend πŸ™‚ – then we walked a beautiful trail nearby. Just trees, bushes, wildflowers 


We passed a cornfield 


 It’s a bit blurry – but you can see how tall the corn is 😁
Once home my daughter stopped by for breakfast before she left town for a weekend on the water.  Not as fancy as it sounds …it’s a raft on a Missouri River πŸ˜… but I’m sure she’ll have a ton of fun. 

After I waved my goodbyes, I grabbed my yarn and hook 


This little idea for a ‘Teapot Cozy’ has been flitting around in my head for a few days now, and I had to see if it can be done. Well, guess what…it can be done 😁


Now I have to recreate it 😳 ’cause every cozy needs a front and a back. πŸ˜‹

Once that’s accomplished…this time around I’ll make sure to write down every step 😏 – you will find the pattern right here for ‘Small Project Sunday’. 

But first I’ll watch an episode of ‘Monk’ – one of my favorites πŸ€“

I hope you’re having a fabulous day too! 🌞🌻🌾 

Thanks for visiting and reading. πŸ€— I hope* you enjoyed everything. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with your ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😁

Until then πŸ’•


* I really don’t like to repeat a word in two consecutive sentences. I did get out my Thesaurus to find an alternative ☹️ Nothing! That reminded me of my favorite meme though 


πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Still cracks me up! 

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