Crochet N More

Volume XIII, Issue No. 1
January 15, 2010

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This issue contains the final alphabet coaster pattern... the letter "z".
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Crochet christmas ornament - icicle

I'm looking for a pattern for a Christmas ornament. It is crocheted with white crochet cotton. If I remember the picture, it looks like a white rectangular strip which is starched and twisted around a large dowel. When it is completely dried, you cut a strand of beads the length of the icicle. I had the pattern and can't find it anywhere.

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If you try the Free Patterns on Crochet N More at
there is a pattern for an icicle ornament. Kath


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"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be;
for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our
happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
Martha Washington


Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased; for when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not descend after him.

Psalm 49:16-17


I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe...

Ephesians 1:18-19

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break and or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Matthew 6:19-21


No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him-- for the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever-- that he should live on eternally; that he should not undergo decay. For he sees that even wise men die; the stupid and the senseless alike perish, and leave their wealth to others.

Psalm 49:7-10



This quote is from Our Daily Bread - January, 2010 Issue

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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
to be added later to the Crochet Basics page)


You can steam block afghan squares by placing a cloth over the square and steaming it with an iron. Do not press it... just work with the steam and then let the square lay flat until it cools. Be sure to use a cloth between the iron and the finished piece and be extra careful if you decide to block "acrylic" yarn items as it could melt if overheated. Some people block by just steaming over the piece without actually touching the iron to the project but if you decide to actually press the iron onto your project I suggest testing a scrap swatch first.

You can block a crocheted piece by wetting it thoroughly.
Then remove the excess water (I like to spin it in the washer).
Shape the piece, pinning if needed, and then let it air dry.

NOTE: When pinning.. use rust free pins.

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Not all yarns are created equal !

Making a crocheted item using:
     the same pattern,
     the same hook
     and a different yarn
can yield a finished project of varied sizes.

For example, you can make a hat using a sport weight yarn and it may fit a toddler. Make that same pattern using a worsted weight yarn... it could very well fit an adult. Adjust your hook size to get an even bigger size difference.










Scrap Yarn Ideas ...

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RE: Table Runner

Thought I would start with something easy as I haven't touched a crochet needle for the past 20 years.
Came across yr work and found it rather easy. Could you please help me with the working of your table runner - the third row. I figured out the first and second but cant move further. What do you mean by
- Dc in ea dc. 2dc in ea ch-2 sp. across. Appreciate your early response.
Thanks & regards Debbie

<< reply >>

That means you work one double crochet in each double crochet stitch and two double crochets in the hole beneath each "space" where you made two chains.

Subject: A question.

Greetings Lisa:
Your website has a lot of great information and patterns. Every time I go to the "crochet n more" homepage my computer brings up a box containing the following message:

"Connect to
The server at Sun Java System Web Server requires a username and password. Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentication without a secure connection)."

What does this mean and what is it for?
Love in Christ, Esther Jennings

<< reply >>

I have a missing kids banner toward the bottom of the page but when I go to my site it loads normally. I'm not sure why that box comes up when you go there. Does the rest of the page load normally? If so... just close that box when it appears.

RE: Read A Pattern

I have a Pattern that reads:

First Row
(skip next ch, work V-St in next ch) twice, skip next 2 chs, work cluster * skip next 2 chs, (work V-St in next ch, skip next ch) twice, dc in next ch, (ch 1, dc in same st) twice, (skip next ch, work V-St in next ch) twice, skip next 2 chs, work Cluster: repeat from *

Third row
Ch 4 (counts as first dc plus ch 1) turn: dc in same st,(skip next sc, work V-St in next sc) twice, skip next 2 sc, work cluster, * skip next 2 sc, (work V-St in next sc, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, (ch 1, dc same st) twice, (skip next sc, work V-St in next sc) twice, skip next 2 sc, work Cluster: repeat from *

I'm not sure exactly if I'm reading this right since I have taken it out 3 times so I thought I would ask for some help

Thanks Cheryl

<< reply >>

Here's the non-abbreviated version:

First Row
(skip the next chain, work a V-Stitch in the next chain)
(skip the next chain, work a V-Stitch in the next chain)
skip the next 2 chains,
work cluster
skip the next 2 chains,
(work a V-Stitch in the next chain, skip the next chain)
(work a V-Stitch in the next chain, skip the next chain)
double crochet in the next chain,
(chain 1, double crochet in the same stitch)
(chain 1, double crochet in the same stitch)
(skip the next chain, work a V-Stitch in the next ch)
(skip the next chain, work a V-Stitch in the next ch)
skip the next 2 chains,
work Cluster:
Now repeat the instructions from the asterisk *

Where's Row 2?

Third row
Chain 4 (this counts as the first double crochet plus chain 1)
double crochet in the same stitch,
(skip the next single crochet, work a V-Stitch in the next single crochet)
(skip the next single crochet, work a V-Stitch in the next single crochet)
skip the next 2 single crochets,
work cluster,
skip the next 2 single crochets,
(work a V-Stitch in next single crochet, skip the next single crochet)
(work a V-Stitch in next single crochet, skip the next single crochet)
double crochet in the next single crochet,
(chain 1, double crochet in the same st)
(chain 1, double crochet in the same st)
(skip the next single crochet, work a V-Stitch in the next single crochet)
(skip the next single crochet, work a V-Stitch in the next single crochet)
skip the next 2 single crochets,
work a Cluster:
Now repeat the instructions from the asterisk *

Hope this helps.

I love that you have pictures of all your squares!
Great site, I'm going to use a lot of these!
Thank you. Rebekah Norton

Re: Row_Count_Purple_Heart_Coaster

I love your creations. I knew I saw a pattern for a purple heart square, as in a granny square but i found it as a coaster.. Do you have any granny square patterns with a heart center, similar to the purple heart coaster. Thank you in advacne for your assistance. Candace Brown

<< reply >>

See what you think about these patterns:

RE: Guestbook Message

Regarding Crocheting with neckties.
My aunt gave me a crochet hook with a point on the other end. It was for a project to make a rug with strips of neckties in a circle. The strips stand straight up on edge and the crochet hook is used to crochet a cotton thread through a hold you poke in the middle of the necktie strip. She could not find the instructions, however, so that's all I know about it. Someone else wrote in regarding crocheting with neckties and I thought this may be what she was referring to. I don't know the source of the hook. If anyone has information about this hook, please share. Thank you.

sharon barnhill

RE: Wool Donation

I am looking to donate knitting and crocheting supplies,as well as and some projects that have been started (sweaters)...If you have any information on who may need these please let me know. Thanks Debbie Lewis

<< reply >>

Try this page for information on donating:

I thought the Jane Anderson Sweater Ministry
might work for you since you mentioned partially finished sweaters.

I never make coasters, I mostly crochet baby sweater sets, and Christmas ornaments made of crochet thread. JayJay 771

<< reply >>

Thanks... I'll keep that in mind.

RE: TheDogHouse Pennie wearing sweater

Hi, I made this sweater for Pennie. It was very easy to modify to fit her size.
She is about 46 pounds but has very short hair and likes to be out in the snow but gets cold.

Katie Lyden

* Pennie *


Subject: Re: Spool Knitting Instructions - 123009: Msg Bd Q&A

Hi Lisa, Thank you so much!
I've had a few replies, as I thought I would - yours being the best site!
I'm hoping my Grankids will enjoy spool knitting as much as I did as a kid.
I can remember making so many things, I always enjoyed this, especially on road trips.
Thanks again for all your help.
Happy New Year Kris


Hi Lisa, I just found your very nice website. And yes, I am a child of the King - First Baptist Church of Middleport, OH. :-) I have been asked to teach a beginning crochet class for our county historical society through the Senior Citizens' program. I have crocheted since I was ten (55 years) but have never taught. I have been looking for something very easy to begin. Have you a suggestion? I would appreciate any help. God bless you and thanks for any help that you might give me. Texanna Wehrung

<< reply >>

Do you have a specific type of pattern you would like to begin your class with?

I would recommend a simple coaster pattern like this one:
It only uses a couple of stitches.

This pocket tissue cover pattern would work well also:

Any pattern that uses very basic stitches would work well.

This page may be helpful for teaching:

Feel free to print any patterns "as is" from my website to use in your class.
Many designers prohibit distributing their patterns but I encourage it.

Subject: Puff_Stitch_Baby_Hat

Hi Lisa
My name is Fred.
My wife Nancy, printed out your PUFF STICH BABY HAT and worked down to R 21.
She wondered where the instructions were for the popcorn around the bottom. I am looking at the picture and thought it was only the bottom part of the hat that LOOKED like popcorn. Are the instructions correct to finish at Rd 21? We both are over 70 and think the hat is adorable. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you Fred

<< reply >>

There's only one row of puff stitches (R18).
The post stitches on Rows 20 & 21 make the edge textured.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
                                                               Mother Teresa


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There's something for everyone!
The aspect of Fabulous and Flirty Crochet that stood out to me was the section on the yarns used in the patterns.
One page shows "actual size" photos of the yarns which makes it super easy to substitute other yarns if you want to.
For those who stay strictly to the recommended yarn in a pattern Katherine has included a yarn resource list.
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My wife and her friend Karen were talking about their labor-saving devices as they pulled into our driveway. Karen said, "I love my new garage-door opener." "I love mine too," my wife replied, and honked the horn three times. That was the signal for me to come out and open the garage.

Sidewalks were treacherous after a heavy snowstorm blanketed the university campus. Watching people slip and slide, I gingerly made my way to class. Suddenly I found myself on a clean, snow-free section of walkway. This is weird, I thought— until I noticed that it was directly in front of the College of Law building.

When ferrying workers back and forth from our offshore oil rig, the helicopter I was on lost power and went down. Fortunately, it landed safely in a lake. Struggling to get out, one man tore off his seat belt, inflated his life vest and jerked open the exit door.

"Don't jump!" the pilot called out. "This thing is supposed to float!"

As the man leapt from the helicopter into the lake, he yelled back, "Yeah, and it's supposed to fly too!"

A young child was having a physical examination before entering school. The doctor asked him,
"Have you ever had any trouble with your ears and nose?"

"Sure," answered the boy, "They always get in my way when I take off my T-shirt."

As a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, I taught a series of popular courses on software engineering. The program was highly competitive and difficult to get into, but one prospective student made our decision whether to accept him quite simple. When asked to fax over his college transcript, the student told me, "Well, I would, but it's the only copy that I've got."

The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot 's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't, Dear," she said, "I have to sleep with your daddy."

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy."

"I ain't saying the customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance she leaned over and pushed me."

These responses actually appeared on real science tests.
All were marked wrong:

"The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas."

"H20 is hot water, and CO2 is cold water."

"To collect fumes of sulfur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube."

"Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars."

"To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose."

"The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana."

Little Johnnie was bothered with a question that he had to ask his Sunday School teacher.

"Miss Davis, are there any animals in heaven?"

"I'm not sure Johnny, answered the teacher, The Bible doesn't say anything about animals in heaven."

"Oh, there's got to be animals in heaven", insisted Johnny.

"What makes you think so?" says the teacher.

"Well....every time there's a thunderstorm, my father says it's raining cats and dogs!"

The road by my house was in bad condition. Every day, I dodged potholes on the way to work, so I was relieved to see a construction crew working on the road one morning.

Later, on my way home, I noticed the men were gone and no improvement in the road. Where the crew had been working stood a new, bright-yellow sign with the words, "Rough Road."

My friend's husband, Ray, is a state trooper and enjoys sharing the excuses people use when stopped for speeding. One day, however, the tables were turned. Ray maintains an aquarium of exotic fish, and a prized specimen had threatened to turn belly up. The off-duty officer called a pet store, and they advised him to immediately purchase a special additive that would correct the water's pH balance of acidity and alkalinity. Ray and his wife jumped into the car and rushed to the store.

A state trooper signaled them to pull over.

"Go ahead," Ray's wife said. "Tell him you've got a Sick Fish!"



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