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Volume XV, Issue No. 1
January 15, 2012

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This issue has seen a few obstacles along the way. Our internet stopped working Friday night and then my monitor died. I'm so glad my husband (Tim) takes care of all of my computer issues. He installed a new monitor and I was ready to work again on Saturday morning.

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RE: tangeled yarn

I have an almost full skein of yarn that is soooooo messed up it seems impossible. Too much to throw away, and I'd rather not cut a bunch of short pieces. Can this yarn be resqued Thanks, Becky



All yarn can be rescued... you just need a lot of patience.
Some skeins have portions that get knots so tight they have to be cut away. With gentle hands you can usually save the entire skein.

When trying to untangle the yarn, do not pull on the strands very hard as this will knot it up worse. Pull the strands using very little tension... beginning with one end start winding the yarn into a ball while you work that ball back and forth through the tangled yarn to free it.

Good luck!

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Matthew 6:13-15


But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt form him either. Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way. And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
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Insert hook in upper horizontal loop of last stitch made.
Yarn over, draw loop through, (2 loops on hook)
insert hook in lower horizontal loop on same stitch,
yarn over, draw loop through, (3 loops on hook)
insert hook in next st on row you are working,
yarn over, draw loop through, (4 loops on hook)
(yarn over, draw loop through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.

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Christmas Hotpad Crochet Pattern

I made two of these for Christmas gifts. Very quick & easy. Thank you for the pattern!

Sherry Lynn Tenhundfeld

RE: Question about this Dog Sweater Pattern

I want to crochet this for friends. In the pattern, you say to crochet in the 'hump' of the stitch. I've not read this in directions before. I've seen 'back loop, front loop, front bars, etc.' but not the 'hump'. I would appreciate it if you could help to clarify this for me. My friends think it will work perfect for their puppies.

Thank you!
Sharon Hartis

<< reply >>

This video explains working into the “hump of the chain”

Hope this helps... enjoy the pattern!

Link posted on Google+

- Very inspiring, and uplifting - thank you so much for posting this.

Kathy Dagenhart


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I want to try this tonight
Kathy Huff

looks lovely!


Re: need help with crochet abbreviation

Hi, Can you tell me what it means in crochet instructions when they put the '@' sign ?
I cannot find this in the abbreviations page anywhere.
Thank you very much

<< reply >>

Designers use symbols to set off instructions to be referred
to again later on in a pattern. Does your pattern refer to the @ sign
later on in that row/round?


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Thought you might enjoy this prayer from the Daily Encounter this week:

"Dear God, how can I ever thank you enough for your great Christmas love gift to me and to the world. In appreciation for all you have done for me, I surrender my heart and life afresh to you. Please use me in whatever way you will to be a part of your plan to spread the gospel to the world in which I live and in some way to people around the world. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


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Very nice prayer, thank you for sharing"
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I have no idea on how to crochet can u try to teach me?


<< reply >>

Take a look at this page to get you started crocheting:
I have videos linked along with written instructions.

Crochet Video: How to Crochet - Baby Beanie, Part 1


Looking forward to part 2 :-)

thank you for sharing!


RE: crochet question

dc4together over (sc, sc, dc, dc)-does this mean that after you do the dc 4 together you then sc, sc, dc, dc, or does it mean that the dc-4 together is worked over those sc, sc, dc, dc from the row previous?

Carol Everett

<< reply >>

This means you work the dc4together over the stitches in parentheses.

So you do this:
work a dc in the next sc without completing the very last step
work a dc in the next sc without completing the very last step
work a dc in the next dc without completing the very last step
work a dc in the next dc without completing the very last step
Then yarn over and draw through all loops on the hook.

Crochet Video: Linked Double Crochet Stitch

Thank You Lisa!
This stitch is amazing! This is like a dream come true! The dc stitch has never been one of my favs because it doesn't create I tightly woven fabric. More of a decorative stitch for me the dc. This ldc however is Fantastic! I grabbed a hook and a skein of yarn and clicked the play button on your video and within a minute I held in my hands my first ldc swatch! I am adding this stitch to my favs! Thanks Again! Have a Happy Creative Crochet Day!
T =) TStitchesandCrafts


RE: uk and us terms for crochet

Hi could you tell me are your patterns in us terms,as i understand that some stitches are called something different here in the uk
Carol Davies

<< reply >>

Yes, my patterns are in US terms.
You can refer to our Crochet Basics page for a list of
some differences in terms.

Link posted on Twitter:


Just looked @ your Dog bandana, does sc in hump mean through the blo?
Thanks for the pattern. :-)

AuntieToy Sylvia Ellis

<< reply >>

No... the ridge loop on the back side.
Here's a video:


Thanks Lisa, that was a great video& it explained it to me well. :-)

AuntieToy Sylvia Ellis

Posted on the Crochetnmore Facebook page:

"I made your dog sweater for my mini daschund. How cute can it be. I'm going to make another one with multi color yarn. And your pups are so cute in their sweaters. elise"
Elise Ryan

RE: Row_Count_Paw_Print_Afghan_Square

Hello, just discovered your paw print square pattern and i love it. I am going to make one for my doggie and me ! I do have a question: are you carrying the CC thread along the back ? or how are you doing this ?
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
Linda Rohland

<< reply >>

Glad you like the pattern Linda.
I carry my unused yarn along the top of the stitches as I work,
dropping it at the point where I will need to pick it back up again.

I have a video tutorial here showing how to make one of the row
count patterns:
You can watch how I carry the yarn.


Hi There,
I know this is probably a stupid question, but I am learning to crochet on my own and I saw your website.

What does this mean:
Ch 17 (35,53)

I get the "chain 17" but what does the 35 and 53 mean in the parenthesis?

Thanks for your help! And the website...

Angel Eutsler

<< reply >>

To your question...
>> Ch 17 (35, 53)

This means you chain 17 for the first size listed... 35 chains for the next size or 53 chains for the largest size.

RE: ABC quilt

Hi there!

I was given your ABC blanket pattern by a friend’s mom who has been using it for years. She sent along some minor changes that she thought would make it easier for me. After I realized a minor mistake in her pattern (stitch count) I thought I was in business until I realized I wasn’t turning rows properly. That’s to say, I don’t understand which stitches to do to finish a row and which to do to start a new row. I have looked online and viewed several videos, but none of them deal with this particular pattern, so they don’t seem to translate. Can you give me a more detailed explanation of how to turn each row? I would like to do puff stitches on every other row (so as to make a polka dot border) versus every row. Can I do that?

Just as a side note, I am adjusting the alphabet to the Pular Roman script alphabet since I live and work in Guinea, West Africa among the Fulbe people. The literacy rate among our people group is less than 30%, and I thought this would be a good gift for newborns, as it might encourage a desire to learn to read and write while providing a much needed blanket for the child.

Thanks for your help,


<< reply >>

I always alter this pattern when I make it also.
I add extra stitches to include the border as I work... making a puff stitch
on every other row. This makes the border look the same as the dividers
for the squares.

To turn the rows on this pattern you just make one chain and then turn
and follow the next row on the graph. You will be making the puff
stitches on every other row with the pattern as it is written. If you
change the alphabet you will need to graph this according to where
you need your puff stitches to obtain the letters you chose.



RE: No_Sew_Towel_Topper




<< reply >>

The No Sew Towel Topper isn’t attached to the towel at all.
The pattern is crocheted and you insert a towel through the

RE: Crochet Casserole Carrier

I just love your round casserole carrier pattern. I haven’t made it yet, but I plan to. I was wondering if you have a pattern for a rectangle one? I saw one at a recent event and loved it.

Thanks a bunch!


<< reply >>

I have a 9x13 Casserole Tote pattern here:

I also have a Loaf Pan Tote pattern on this page:

Hope you enjoy the patterns.


RE: can you help?

I have 1/2 dolls and am looking for patterns for pillow dolls. The dolls are made on a pillow? Thanks. Eloise Beach

<< reply >>

It’s taken a while but I finally found a few pillow doll patterns
linked on this page:

Hope these patterns work for you.



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