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Volume XVI, Issue No. 23
December 15, 2013

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I am looking for a pattern to a afghan I crocheted It was black and white Puff stitch and bp triple..looked kinda like big strips of a movie strip..any help would be appreciated :)
-- krista swanson (frustrated)



I have searched and have not found any patterns that I think resemble what you're looking for.
Do you have a photo of the afghan?
Can you give me any additional information?

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"Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born.
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"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel"

Isaiah 7:14

And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His hame Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins. Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, "God with us."

Matthew 1:21-23


Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end."

Luke 1:26-33


"Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all were proceeding to register form the census, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

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Subject: double triple crochet

How do you do this? I know how to triple just not double triple.
Directions say “chain 5, work 5 double triple crochet in the first chain of 5, slip stitch in same chain as beginning of the 5 chain,repeat”

Dale Kling


I believe your instruction is from a pattern called Icicle Angels that can be found here:

A Double Triple Crochet is also known as a Double Treble Crochet.
Here’s how:



Yarn over three times, then insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (You should have five loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have four loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have three loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops. (You should have two loops on your hook.)
Yarn over and draw through two loops.

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Did you know you can join a new color yarn to a project using a double crochet?
For instance, when making granny squares you can eliminate the slip stitch join and subsequent chain 3 to begin a new color round by joining the new color with a double crochet.

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Re: Suggestion/Question

Hi, I'm having trouble with reading a pattern I need help fast.
The pattern reads...
Ch2*yo, insert hook in first DC, draw yarn through st, yo and through 2loops (loosely),repeat from*in each of the next 3sts (5loops on hook), then yo and through all 5loops, chain 1 for eye of inverted half shell, **ch 3, 1sc in next dc, ch 3, repeat from* in each of the next 9sts (10 loops on hook), then yo through all 10 loops, ch 1 for eye of shell, repeat from **across, ending draw yarn through 6loops on hook, ch 1 for eye of half shell, turn.
I am lost, have tried the pattern but doesn't look right.
Suggestions welcome.
Thanks in advance,

<< Reply >>

I’ve broken down these instructions for you:

Chain 2
yarn over
insert hook in the first double crochet
yarn over and draw up a loop
yarn over and pull through 2 loops loosely
now repeat the instructions from the asterisk in each of the next 3 stitches.
you should have 5 loops on the hook.
yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on the hook.
chain 1 for the eye of the inverted half shell
chain 3
work 1 single crochet in the next double crochet
chain 3
now repeat from the asterisk in each of the next 9 stitches.
you should have 10 loops on the hook.
yarn over and draw through all 10 loops on the hook.
chain 1 for the eye of the shell.
Now repeat from the ** across ending with a yarn over and drawing through all 6 loops on the hook.
chain 1 for the eye of the half shell.


Subject: Puff_Stitch_Baby_Hat_2

I practiced crocheting the newborn size ( I am a beginner) and it came out beautiful. Do you have the same pattern for a 4-5 month old?
Thank you!


<< Reply >>

I'm so glad you enjoyed the pattern.
At the moment I do not have any larger versions of this hat... but keep watching :)


Re: Stitch_Question

I am fairly new to crocheting. I'm crocheting your Christmas ornament bag.
Why the "ch 5" on rows 3-24?
Thank you,

<< Reply >>

The Chain 5 on each of rows 3-24 gives you spaces in which to weave the tie string when you finish.


Re: ReadAPattern

what does (3dc over the last dc made) mean.

<< Reply >>

I believe this instruction is in the “Falling Leaves Afghan”, a/k/a “Crochet Autumn Leaves Afghan”.
I have read one interpretation of this instruction online and it isn’t what I believe the designer wants you to do.

I believe that “3dc over the last dc made” means to work those 3 double crochet stitches around the post of the last double crochet you made. This will make those 3 stitches lean.

Let me know how this works out.


Re: Hook_Or_Pen_Pouch

Hello. I was wondering how many crochet hooks this pouch would hold. BTW, I love all the miscellaneous item patterns. I'm still a semi-beginner & am looking for other projects other than beanies & scarves.


<< Reply >>

It depends on the hook sizes... I would estimate it to hold at least 4-6
average size hooks (G-H-I). I’m glad you are enjoying some of my patterns.
Most of my patterns can be made in a short time... I love quick projects because
they make great gifts.



Subject: Beginner hat pattern


Do you have a easy beginner hat pattern? Thanks.

Susan Roderick

<< Reply >>

The pattern for Barb's Purple Hat is fairly easy.
It is made from the brim to the top.


Subject: Dog_Sweater_Pattern

Rd. ch.16 the nape of the dog? It seems awfully small... Is it because I'm using 3 wt. yarn?

Thanks again ...nancy

<< Reply >>

Once you make the 16 chains you join to the opposite end of the working row.
The 16 chains plus the 40 half double crochet stitches make the circumference of the neck.



RE: Post on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

I'm looking for a free pattern to crochet a buddy blanket.

Grace Wamsteker

<< Comments >>

See what you think about this pattern:


Thank you but It's a buddie blanket not a bunny blanket. I appreciate your input and will save it for a baby.
I have a 5 yr old boy that wants a BUDDY blanket.
Grace Wamsteker


I'm not sure what a Buddy Blanket is? There are tiny blankets like the bunny one that are referred to as a "lovey". Do you have a picture of a Buddy Blanket?


It looks like a small crocheted blanket with a bear head and arms in the center. The arms look like they are holding down the bear. You are so nice to help with the search of a free pattern. Thank you.
Grace Wamsteker

I found a free pattern for a Panda Bear Lovey:

A different type of Teddy Bear Blanket Buddy has a free pattern via this page:


RE: Post on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

confused about instructions! please help..on bonnie's cross bookmark, arms: row 3/says ch 4/1st ch 4 sp made/ is that suppose to join, somewhere?
Cathy Pinyan Thompson

<< Comments >>

For Row 3 you make 4 chains (which will count as one ch4 space) Then go on to work 3 double crochets, one chain and 3 more double crochets all the next chain 1 space of the next shell. Rows 3, 4 and 5 comprise one "arm" of the cross. Each time you make 4 chains OR make a treble crochet you will be working along the side of one "arm". Hope this helps.

Re: Dog Sweater Pattern

Here is a pic of my dog with your crochet pattern. Again, thank you for sharing.
I'm making a pink one for another dog and I will send you a pick too.

And a pic of my other dog Pixy Bear with her coat. She's a mix Yorkshire. Very sweet.
Josee Jojos Bedard


Free Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

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Owner: Josee Jojos Bedard

Free Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

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Owner: Josee Jojos Bedard


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