Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Found my Tea Cozy Free Pattern on Another Website!

I was just surfing through my blogs, knitandcrochetpatternchat.blogspot.com, for one, this one, and was checking where page views come from, who is viewing my blogs, etc. and discovered this website that has listed my tea cozy pattern on her website..  I was excited to see that.

Here's her website which has tons of free patterns.  Please check it out.

Free Indie Crochet Patterns

I've been on vacation but will be returning soon to add new patterns and chat with you about knit and crochet patterns, tips and techniques.

Happy Summer!  It's almost over and kids will be returning to school.  It's time to think about Christmas!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stitch & Unwind Website

Here's a very good website for your crocheting and knitting......

Mistakes Every Crocheter Makes – Part 1

There is a list of other people's "crocheting woes".

From the site:

"Stitch and Unwind is the official blog for AllFreeKnitting.comAllFreeCrochet.com, andAllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com. You’ll see post from all three being contributed regularly. Once in a while you might see a post from our friends at FaveCrafts.com as well!"

I didn't realize AllFree website had another blog.  There's knitting help, patterns and giveaways.  If you haven't seen it, please do take a minute to check it out.

Next week:

Look for Part 2 next week! What mistakes have you made?

Hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

2 Color Brioche Knit Pattern Stitch

Have you ever tried or seen the beautiful 2 color Brioche knit stitch?  Here's a website that is awesome and helpful and beautiful and everything you ever wanted in a website.

The Purl Bee by Pearl Soho  If you scroll down, you'll find the pattern and instructions on how to do the 2 color brioche knit stitch.  Please, leave a comment and let her know you found her here. Just click on all her links.  You'll find tons of helpful information and patterns.  Thank you Purl Bee!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nostepinnes Center Pull Yarn Ball

Look what I found!  A tutorial on winding your yarn with a center pull!!  Now I'm not sure what a nostepinnes is but from the pictures, it looks like you could find something else that would work as well.  

The website is +Curiosities808  and here is the link for the tuturial you see below.  Part of it, as I didn't want to step on any toes.  You need to go to her website to see the tute.

Please leave a comment so she knows you've been there and appreciate her help.

She's an awesome beautiful young lady living in Hawaii.  She loves creating and is very curious about painting, embroidery, crocheting.  She loves wool, knitting and yarn!

See the rest of the tutorial HERE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Knit and Crochet Websites You Need to SEE

Here's a wonderful website showing you her pompoms........she loves them!


She shows you how to make them in 9 easy steps.  She's on Facebook as Craft Share.

Please go HERE and read the beautiful story about the bird nest.  Also, check out all her wonderful photos and crochet patterns and projects.

It's such a wonderful thing to see.

Oh my, check out the rose and the lace scarf.  Many links take you to another site but it's worth doing.  I'd post some pics but I don't want to infringe on their copyrights.

Another great site to visit

Look HERE, too, to see how to make a hairpin lace tool.  Why didn't I think of that?

make your own hairpin lace loom

Now that I"m done here, I'mb going to check out more links on I Love Pom-Poms blog!

More later.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mochimochi Patterns

  Adorable Knitting Site with Mochimochi Patterns

I found this great website for you.  You can buy her patterns and her website explains how and where you can find them.  Don't miss out!  Look at her blog, too.  She has "helps" to make her little tiny patterns.

Have you ever heard of mochimochi?  I'm not sure what it means but it sure is cute!
I spent quite a bit of time on her website just giggling and truly enjoying her creations.  She's quite talented.   You'll giggle when you see the pigs with wigs and a tiny little umbrella!  Make sure you see the toilet paper!

She has some free patterns:
Captain Capacitor
Toilet Paper Roll
Tiny Perching Pigeons

The yarns she uses the most are fingering yarns. 

Along the right are her free patterns ~ you must go check them out.  You'll find pigs with wigs and a tiny little umbrella!

Please check out all my blogs:

Knit and Crochet Pattern Chat
Arts and Crafts dot COM

If you're interested in our motorhome travels, you'll find me at:

Fulltime RV Travel Fun

AND if you're interested in reading my RV park reviews:

RV Park Reviews

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crochet Turning Chain Alternatives

Crochet Turning Chain Alternatives

Mr. Miccawbar's Recipe for Happiness blog!!  

This is what Mr. Miccawber has to say.  This 
is just an excerpt..........please check out 
the blog for the rest of the information.  
You won't be sorry.  This is awesome 
and so is the blog!  Please, leave a 
comment for me if you wish to see 
more crochet helps........I'll be adding 
more knitting helps also.  So let me know; 
knit or crochet or both!  But please comment 
so I know if this blog is helpful.

"Crochet Turning Chain Alternatives

Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn.

These are some of the most familiar words 

in the crocheter's language. They signal 
the end of one double crochet row and the 
start of another. That chain 3 works to get 
your yarn up to the proper height for the 
next stitch. It's also (in my opinion) a fiendish 
ploy designed to drive the stitcher crazy.

You know what I mean - you've been there 

yourself. You're zipping along, you and your 
hook, dancing through the yarn and 
crocheting like the dickens, when all of a 
sudden you reach the end of the row.
 Screech! The happy momentum comes 
to a crashing halt as you poke around in 
the turning chain, looking for the right place 
to put your last stitch"...............

New Crochet Project

We're just about to get on the road again after spending all winter at Rio Bend RV park as workampers........I've been teaching Zumba Fitness and my husband working in the maintenance department.  When we're on the road, we're heading home to Washington State, I love to knit or crochet.

My next project will be to make another of those chair arm bags only this time I want to use plastic grocery bags.  I think it'll have less sag and more stability.  It's been so nice to have it hanging there with my journal, puzzles, pens, pencils and phone right at hand.  It's big enough to add a little snack, too.

So here it is repeated:

Ok, so here's the pattern as promised.  If you crochet, you know how to make adjustments for your chair arm.  Make sure you measure. 

Chair Pocket

Cotton yarn
G hook
Gauge isn't that important

Chain 40

Round 1, SC in 2ndh chain from hook and each chain to end, SC 3 in end chain and do not turn but continue crocheting around the other side of the 40 chains adding 2 in the end stitch.

Rounds 2 and 3, repeat round 1 so you have 3 rounds with increases on each end.

Round 4, SC in each stitch around with NO increases for about 3 rows, or desired number of rows to make a more solid bottom.

Round 6, if you want, change to a DC around each row for about 17 or desired size of pouch.  

Because you crocheted around, the stitches/rows tend to twist so begin next row by slip stitch to the corner so the flap goes straight up the side.  About 4 sts.

Now crochet in rows going back and forth to the desired length so that it fits around the arm of your chair.  I am using mine on a passenger seat in the motor home so they are quite thick and big.  I did 35 rows and then:

If you want a contrasting color, I had to because I ran out of the orange, attach it at the top in corner going down the side of the flap till you get to the pouch, sc across the top of the pouch and back up the other side of the flap.  End off.

Try the pouch on the arm and determine where the buttons should go.  I used 3 but 4 might be better depending on the width of your pouch.  Sew on buttons and use the spaces between the DC as button holes.  Waalaa!  Chair pouch!

I would love to see your finished project if you could send me a picture I'll post it.  kma2053@gmail.com  Thank you and comment, too, so I know if you like to see more free patterns.

Don't miss the filet crochet patterns I have for sale, too.

Thanks for visiting and happy crocheting!


Jogless When Crocheting Stripes

 example of crocheted stripes without the jogless method

Have you ever ever had this problem?  Of course you have unless you've seen this awesome website with a tutorial on how to avoid this jog when crocheting in the round.  Find it here:

Needle Noodles website

Excerpt taken from her website:

"Tutorial: Crocheted Jogless Stripes

A common problem in amigurumi: you want to crochet something striped, but there's this funky looking stairstep "seam" running diagonally where you change colors. How do you get rid of that!?

EDIT: I've also put together a pair of videos showing this technique in action. You can view them here:


So go ahead and take a look and come back for more helpful hints and websites that can help make your needlework look more professional and beautiful.  We can all learn something new.

Happy creating!!