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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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.

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 😎

Wondering What I’ve Been Up To? πŸ˜

Keep reading and you’ll find out 😊

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It feels like it’s been forever that I ‘talked’ to you. See – I’m going through an ‘obsessive’ crochet phase. I get that once in a while.

I thought about you and this little blog of mine often. I outline posts in my head, grab the iPad…then one glance toward the yarn – and that’s all she wrote. Or in this case – didn’t write. πŸ˜‰

But maybe the fact that you’re actually reading something I wrote is a sign that the phase is ending. 😊

Now back to why you’re here…you wanna know what I’ve been up to. Here you go

I made a few hats

I shall call them ‘Never get lost in a snowstorm again’ 😜

I found a great pattern on Pinterest – How to size and crochet the perfect hat/beanie.

It’s a written pattern, and really easy to follow. If you want to make a hat or two…take a look

It doesn’t get easier than that. 😍

The only thing I changed, I added the ribbed edge using alternating fpdc/bpdc to give them a tighter fit. 😊

A scarf and another hat

For this scarf I recreated one of my jewelry designs The two ends wrap around the neck, then get tucked through a loop behind the flower. That way you can wear it tight for extra warmth, or, if that gives you a ‘choking’ feeling, loose for looks. 😊I do plan to write the pattern over the weekend, so you will see it within the next few days. Pinky swear 😘The matching hat

My New Purse

I really love how this one came out 😊 And it’s so much fun to make…I see a few more of them in our future 😁

A Puzzle Sweater

I made a little progress on this sweater. I took the pieces that were joined together apart, and started over. There is an idea behind the madness 😜 You’ll see!

I’m currently working on a Puzzle Poncho for a constantly shivering friend. That poor girl is always cold, and since we are expecting another arctic blast 😩 she needs something warm and yarny asap. 😊 By next time I’ll have a picture…hopefully of her wearing it! 😍

Oh….one more thing! Last weekend was the Fantastic Bake-Along, hosted by Tracy on her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day

On the menu this weekend were ‘Mary Berry Gingersnaps’. Rebecca was kind enough to share her amazing (sounding) recipe. Rebecca is the author of a fabulous blog – Twinklehook

If you don’t know them – you should hop on over to their blogs. Tracy and Rebecca are both awesome and inspiring crafters and wonderful friends! 😍

I did not ‘bake along’ this week πŸ˜• I knew if I baked those cookies, and have them in the house, then any chance of wearing my jeans, which I accidentally shrunk in the wash πŸ˜‰, any chance of wearing them in the near future would just be gone.

So I lived vicariously through the success stories of all the other bakers – while gnawing on a carrot πŸ₯•

Now I’ll go back to wielding the crochet hook so my lovely friend will be cold no more πŸ˜ƒ

Have a lovely weekend!

I’m sending you Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’•

More β€˜Last-Minute’ (handmade) Gifts πŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Here are a few more ideas for that special someone that deserves a handmade gift πŸ˜‰

1. A Dreamcatcher

Last year I posted the story behind the lovely origins of Dreamcatchers 😊

I believe they make wonderful gifts, and you can make one in just an hour or two.

I found this awesome pictorial on Pinterest

The writing is a tad small – but the pictures explain the process really well. I hope you think so too. 😊

If you wanna safe time, and not worry about wrapping the ring – a Grapevine wreath makes a great frame for the ‘web’

I made some of these, and they were loved all around. πŸ˜ƒ

2. Mesh Grocery Bags

I love these reusable bags. They easily fit into your purse, and unfold in a snap to hold all your groceries. No more plastic!

(Photo taken from the ‘Knit-O-Matic Website)

You can find an easy to follow (written) tutorial here

3. Gift card/Money/Jewelry Holder

I made a few of these little pouches this year. They’re a pretty way to present small gifts.

And they are so easy -and fast – to make.

Here’s how…

Ch 12; dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 1 chain, 3 Dc in next 3 chain, skip 1 chain, dc in last chain. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the space between last dc, and the 3dc cluster. Ch3, 2dc, ch1, *3dc, ch1. Repeat from * 2 more times = 4 clusters

Now you will work on the ‘underside’ of the starting chain.

3 dc in ch1 space, ch1; *3dc, ch1 in 3ch space; repeat from * 3 times = 4 clusters. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the first ch space of the rounded end. Ch2, 2dc, ch1, 3dc in same space; ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 space; (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space.

Ch1, 3 dc in next two ch1 spaces.

Ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space. Ch 1, 3dc in next ch1 space, ch1. (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next space.

(Ch1, 3dc) in next two spaces. Join with a slipstitch, and fasten off.

Stitch or crochet 3 sides together…et voilΓ‘…you’re done.

Are you all set for Christmas now? I’ll look around…maybe I’ll find some superfast gifts 😁

If I do I will share them with you tomorrow! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

A Few (handmade) Last-Minute Gifts πŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Are you still frantically looking for another gift idea? Wanna make something? 😁

I found a few lovely things that can be made in just a few short hours.

How about a warm & cozy

1.) Infinity Scarf

I made this one in appr. 3 hours (and I’m not super fast 😜)

You need

4 skeins of a super bulky yarn (#6) – I used ‘Lionbrand Hometown USA’*

1 crochet hook L (8mm)

Special StitchV-st = (Dc, ch1, Dc) in indicated st or space

Setup Row: Ch 22, V-stitch in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch. Turn

Pattern row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *V-st in second dc of first 3-dc group, 3 dc in ch-1 space of next V-Stitch; rep from * to end, Dc in 2nd ch from turning chain. Turn.

Repeat pattern row until your scarf is (at least) 57″

Sew the short ends together, and weave in the ends (Sorry πŸ˜‰)

When making an Infinity Scarf I always twist the scarf once –

I think that gives it a nice ‘knotted’ effect when worn. 😊

2.) A Headband

This adjustable Headband really only takes about 2 hours.

It fits any size head, because it ties in the back 😊

You can find the pattern here

3.) Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

I found these gorgeous boot cuffs on Pinterest – and the link actually led somewhere 😜

It brought me here – to Dabbles and Babbles – a website full of wonderful ideas πŸ˜ƒ

Here are the boot cuffs

(Photo taken from website)

A little hint – when you click on the link, one of the first things you see is an offer to buy an ‘ad free’ version of the pattern. If you keep scrolling you’ll get to the pattern though – with a few ads here and there πŸ˜‰

I hope this was/is of some help. If you need more ideas, please stop by again tomorrow… I have a few more things to show you. 😁

Until then πŸ’•

*I’m not affiliated with any brand/company mentioned here.

Oh, Christmas Tree πŸŽ„πŸŽΆπŸŽΆ ~ Build Your Own Little Forest

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Do you still have a flat surface in your house that’s in need of some Christmas Deco? How about some fast & easy Christmas trees? πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

All you need is Styrofoam cones (I found mine at Walmart), yarn, and pins.

A little elf is not necessary…she just wants to say ‘Hi’ 😁

The type of yarn is not really important (it shouldn’t be too thin though). A medium weight yarn you want to work into a chain ⬆️ . Fuzzy yarn works great as is, and so does artisan-handspun wool.

You need appr. 9 feet of chain/yarn.

Start by wrapping your chain/yarn around the base of the cone (no glue necessary – the styrofoam does a nice job of ‘gripping’ the material).

So, wrap around, and -about every 2″ -secure the chain/yarn with the pins

You don’t need to secure it on each wrap. 3, r pins every few rows is sufficient. If you see a gap between the rows, just push them together before you add the pin.

Round and round you go…all the way to the top. One more pin…et voilΓ‘

Now you can decorate with ribbon, more pins, and a topper. For that I took the silver cap off a miniature ornament, and pushed it into the styrofoam.

Oh…with the artisan spun yarn (no need to crochet a chain 😁) it would look like this

That will be pretty, don’t you think? 😍

Here are a few more trees I made …

This would make a great Christmas craft for the kids! Maybe a nice gift for Grandma, Auntie, their Teacher… 😊

I hope you feel inspired, and will make your own little Forest. ☺️

Please let me know what you think, what you created! πŸ’•

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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