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Volume XVI, Issue No. 19
October 15, 2013

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Take a look at this video which shows how to do a simple ripple dishcloth (working in both loops):


"Peaks" normally need at least 3 stitches and valleys must be decreased the same number of stitches for an even ripple.

Lisa Hamblin





“There is an appropriate way to use your story,
not as an excuse but as a testimony to God's ability to free you from the past.”
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And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20


To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised. "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.

Acts 1:3-8


And Cornelius said, "Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments, and he said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and invite Simon, who is also called Peter, to come to you; he is staying at the house of Simon the tanner by the sea.' And so I sent to you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord." And opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)-- you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And they also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day, and granted that He should become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us, who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."

Acts 10:30-43




And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20





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Stitch_Question - drop loop

I appreciated your ‘how to read a crochet pattern. The following was not indicated in your document.

I have a pattern that states:
Rnd 1:With MC, ch 4 join in first ch to form ring, ch 3, 4 dc in ring, drop lp, [join next color in ring, ch 3, 4 dc in ring, drop lp] twice

I understand everything except for ‘drop lp’ researched several sites & chrochet books, but can’t find drop loop.

This is the beginning for making a 3 color spiral. Please help.

Colynn Hamilton

<< Reply >>

To drop a loop, you simply remove it from the hook.
This is normally done when making specialty stitches like popcorns.
With this pattern being a spiral, I envision the designer wanting you to drop
the loop and then later on in the pattern pick that loop back up to contine
the “spiral” in that color. This would eliminate the need to carry the color
throughout the pattern, but you may want to mark the dropped loop with a
stitch holder in order to preserve the stitches until you pick it back up again.

This pattern sounds very intriguing.


Re: ReadAPattern

hello there and thank u for allowing my question... what does 6-6dc, or 18-18dc (for instance)
mean when u read a crochet pattern?

thank u for your reply, when possible, a crochet lover from greece,

<< Reply >>

These are references.
At the end of a row or round of instruction the number of stitches listed is the
number of stitches you should have on that row or round when you finish it.
This allows you to periodically check your work.

Subject: BridalHankie

Is that right size 7 crochet hook they usually come like j k l


<< Reply >>

Yes, I used a steel hook.
All steel hooks are numbered and aluminum hooks are lettered.

Re: pinwheel pattern

Do you have a pattern to crochet a pinwheel? My son sent me a picture of someone's tire cover
and although I don't want to make a tire cover, I would like to learn to crochet a pinwheel pattern.
I have included the picture.


I refer any new crocheters to your website because your tutorials are so easy to follow.

Thanks for all you do!

Susan Smith


<< Reply >>

Thank you!

There’s a free Pinwheel Doily pattern on this page:
It’s similar to the design on the tire cover... which is beautiful.

I have an afghan square pattern for a “windmill” that resembles a pinwheel:
It is a solid crochet fabric.


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RE: How to Crochet - How to Place a Marker


<< Comments >>


Very helpful!
My work always came out sloppy because I didn't know where to put the marker.


I like the flipping back and forth concept. I am a beginner and all the tips are brilliant.

Re: ReadAPattern

My pattern begins with the note : Join all rnds with sl st to first hdc.

So, I've just finished 2nd. rnd as instructed with a slip stitch to first half double crochet..

Now, 3rd. rnd states: Sl st in next ch-1 sp. Ch 2. 2 hdc in same space as LAST sl st.

Is the Last sl st. the sl st I just made in the ch 1 sp? or is the LAST one the sl st I used to finish rnd 2?

I'm a new crochter and this a free pattern for a beret from michael's.
I also came across the same instructions in another pattern.
It just doesn't seem to work if I go back to the last sl st in round 2 and yet I'm thrown off because if it is the sl st of round 3, why don't they say to do the hdc in the same ch 1 sp?

Can you help me?


<< Reply >>

That's a good question... but each designer has their own way of putting
their instructions down on paper.

>>> Now, 3rd. rnd states: Sl st in next ch-1 sp. Ch 2. 2 hdc in same space as LAST sl st.

This means you work a slip stitch in the next chain-1 sp.
Then make 2 chains, then work 2 half doubles in the same chain-1 space.

Re: Suggestion/Question


I am crocheting the cuff of a mitten which is all bl sl st. I have to chain 9 and then bl sl st starting in the second ch from hook. The next row is basically the same except I turn and ch 1 and then bl sl st and then continue this until I have the right measurement. It's all on top of one another and does not look right. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I have never done this kind of cuff before. It is suppose to make it stretchy. I do 3 or 4 rows and then I pull it all apart because it just doesn't look right.

<< Reply >>

Working all of the slip stitches in the back loops will produce a narrow ribbing.

Here’s a video on how to crochet in the back loops of slip stitches:

If you don’t care for this type of cuff... try using single crochet stitches
instead of slip stitches. The ribbing will be wider but more distinguished.

Re: Picot_Points_Doily

Can pattern be made bigger and how would i increase

<< Reply >>

You could make the doily somewhat larger by using a larger yarn or multiple strands
of yarn with a larger hook size .

To use the same materials and make a larger doily, you may be able to treat the
"points" as a ripple pattern to increase the diameter. Omitting the picot on the last round
until you get the diameter you want. This would be trial and error, of course.

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Re: How to Crochet - Baby Beanie, Part 2



Hallelujah! Finally a beginner tutorial that worked for me! I finally crochet'd my first baby beanie. Thank you so much! I just subscribed to your videos and will begin looking through your other tutorials.
Maria Rangel

Re: Pattern question


I need your help. I'm stuck on a section of my pattern.
I'm making a hat from Red Heart called Judy's Hat.

Round 13: With larger size hook, ch 6 (counts a first dc plus ch-3 sp), dc in next dc, (ch 3, dc in next dc) around, ch 3; join with slip st to first dc: 72 dc and 72 ch-3 sps.

Round 14: ch 3, (skip next ch-3 sp. dc in next dc) around; join with slip st to first dc

I would appreciate it if you could explain how or what I'm suppose to be doing with these rounds.



<< Reply >>

For Round 13
Use the larger hook and make 6 chains
These 6 chains will count as one double crochet which is 3 chains high.. plus a chain 3 space.
Double crochet in the next double crochet.
(Chain 3, double crochet in the next double crochet.)
Repeat the instructions in the parentheses all the way around.
Now make 3 chains and join with a s slip stitch in the first double crochet stitch, which is
the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 6.
When you finish you should have 72 double crochets and 72 chain 3 spaces.

For Round 14
Chain 3
(skip the next chain 3 space, double crochet in the next double crochet)
Repeat the instructions in the parentheses all the way around.
Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet.



Thank you Lisa. I love the words of encouragement.
God bless. Emmy

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Re: How to Crochet - Join with a Half Double Crochet



Do you, by chance, have a video on how to join a color into the BLO of a stitch?
Alejandra Montano


I do not have a video showing how to join a new color in the back loop of a stitch. I do have a video that shows how to work into the "back loop":

Google this:


The video link should come up in the results.

(Sorry, I am unable to add live links here.)

To add a new color of yarn, work the last stitch of the old color up to the very last step of the stitch, then yarn over with the new color and complete that stitch. You can join new yarn in the front loop, back loop, both loops, etc.

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"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle
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Humor provides us with a valuable tool for
maintaining an inner strength in the midst
of outer turmoil. - Brian Deery



A Sunday school teacher challenged her children to take
some time on Sunday afternoon to write a letter to God.
They were to bring back their letter the following Sunday.

One little boy wrote, “Dear God, We had a good time at
church today. Wish you could have been here.”


The proud father brought home a backyard swing set for his
children and immediately started to assemble it with all
the neighborhood children anxiously waiting to play on it.

After several hours of reading the directions, attempting
to fit bolt A into slot B, etc., he finally gave up and
called upon old Joe, a carpenter working in a neighboring

Joe, came over, threw the directions away and in a short
while had the set completely assembled.

"It's beyond me," said the father, "How you got it together
without even reading the instructions."

"To tell the truth," replied the old-timer, "I can't read,
and when you can't read, you've got to think."

As my son's seventh birthday approached, his excitement was
reaching fever pitch. As usual, Tommy was allowed to invite
about a dozen kids who live on our block.

The morning of the big day, a woman called to say she couldn't
make the party. I must have sounded confused, so she added,
"I'm Tommy's teacher." She paused, then said, "Didn't you know
he'd invited me?"

"No," I said, "but you're welcome to drop in later for a slice
of birthday cake."

After another pause, she said, "Did you know he asked the entire
class... 33 children in all?"

I thanked her, hung up and turned to Tommy, who was fairly
bursting with glee. I asked why he had done such a thing.

"I always wanted a surprise party, Mom! Are you surprised?"


My Dad and I were talking the other night about love and

He told me that he knew as early as their wedding what
marriage to my Mom would be like. It seems the minister
asked my Mom, "Do you take this man to be your husband."
And she said, "I do."

Then the minister asked my Dad, "Do you take this woman
to be your wife," and my Mom said, "He does."


Many years after receiving my graduate degree, I returned to
my alma mater as a faculty member. One day, while in a crowded
elevator, someone remarked on the elevator's inefficiency.

I responded that they had not changed in the 20 years since I
began there as a student. When the doors finally opened, I felt
a compassionate pat on my back, then turned around to see an
elderly nun smiling at me. "You'll get that degree, dear,"
she whispered. "Perseverance is a virtue."

Jake had proposed to young Gina and was being interviewed
by his prospective father-in-law.

"Do you think you are earning enough to support a family?"
the older man asked the suitor.

"Yes, sir," replied Jake, "I'm sure I am."

"Think carefully now," said Gina's father. "There are
twelve of us..."

My husband was making supper one evening and decided that
he would do our laundry at the same time. As he sorted our
clothes for the wash, he exclaimed, "Whoever said that men
can't multi- task?"

When he had finished preparing supper, he went to check on
the laundry, only to find that the washing machine had
completed its full wash cycle without any of our clothes
in it.


Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman--already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet—who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."


I was playing tooth fairy when my daughter, Marina,
suddenly woke up. Seeing the money in my hand, she
cried out, "I caught you!"

I froze and tried to think of an explanation for why
I, instead of the tooth fairy, was putting the money
under her pillow but her next words let me off the

"You put that money back!" she said indignantly.
"The tooth fairy left that for me!"


Little Jonny thanked his grandmother for the set of drums she bought him for his birthday. "They're the best present I've ever had," he said. "They've already made me $10."

"Wow!" said the grandmother. "You must have learned to play them real

"Not really," said the boy. "But Mom gave me $5 not to play during the day, and Dad gave me $5 not to play at night."


Some young children were sitting in a circle with their
teacher. She was going around in turn asking them all

"Davy, what noise does a cow make?"

"It goes 'moo.'"

"Alice, what noise does a cat make?"

"It goes 'meow.'"

"Jamie, what sound does a lamb make?"

"It goes 'baaa.'"

"Jennifer, what sound does a mouse make?"

"Errr..., it goes... 'click!'"

Our family owned restaurant is the setting for many
of our discussions about how to handle the customer
who asks, "What's good tonight?"

Obviously, we would never serve anything we didn't
think was good. I braced myself one Saturday night
when I heard the dreaded question posed to my husband.

He calmly replied, "Anything over $13.95."



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