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Crochet N More

Volume XVII, Issue No. 4
February 28, 2014

Serving approximately 7,000 crafters...


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RE: Difficulty-Skill Levels

Recently I started teaching my Grand Daughter how to crochet. She loves it. I then started looking at Difficulty or Skill levels on patterns and now have a question for you. You are one of the few other than the big pattern companies who list this information. The big companies list the skill levels as Beginner, Beginner Plus,Easy, Easy Plus, Intermediate, Intermediate Plus and Experienced. You list the difficulty (skill level) as Easy/medium, medium, and medium difficult to name a few. How does your listings match up to the big company listings?
Thanks for your help.



I base my skill levels on how difficult I think a pattern would be for a beginning crocheter.

If a pattern uses the most basic stitches I list is for a beginner. If it uses more complicated stitches I list it as a medium skill level. Difficult is reserved for patterns that use very complicated stitch patterns and/or require a lot of assembly in order to finish.

Sometimes I list a pattern as Easy/Medium or Medium/Difficult... which means I think the skill level lies somewhere between the two.

Hope this helps.

Lisa Hamblin






“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God
that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
~ Max Lucado ~


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Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people; but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am Jehovah.

Leviticus 19:18

"I LOVE Thee, O Lord, my strength." The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18:1-3


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practiced the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.

John 3:16-21

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34-35


If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.

John 14:15


This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father, I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.

John 15:12-17

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28


If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I had the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8


Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning, I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world, not the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust f the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:7-17






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Re: How to Crochet - Ruffled Edge


<< Comments >>

Your video is good but you go too fast. It's difficult to follow.

Sarah Noble

Lisa, I just wanted to thank you for being so clear and explanatory in your Youtube videos.
I just found your facebook page. Just picked up crocheting after a long break and do not know
why I ever stopped.
thank you Lisa

Annette Whetzel Burke


RE: Message on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

I have been a fan of your site for many years now. I am looking for a site that has bed dolls or bed pillow dolls. I would like to get started as most are Christmas gifts.
Any help you can give I would greatly appreciate

Thank you

<< Reply >>


Thank you Toni.
Fibre Craft used to have a variety of bed doll pattern leaflets.
I have found some of those available for free online.



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RE: Message on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

Lisa, I just wanted to thank you for being so clear and explanatory in your Youtube videos.
I just found your facebook page. Just picked up crocheting after a long break and do not know why I ever stopped. thank you Lisa
Annette Whetzel Burke


<< Reply >>

You're very welcome Annette.
Thank you so much for such a nice compliment.
I hope to make more videos soon.


Hi there, I am a big fan of your videos and love your work. I am thinking about making a ladybug blanket. I was going to just do an all red single stitch blanket and then put the black spots on it to make it look like a ladybug (its for my daughter) However I am really lost when it comes to adding the black spots. Should I make the black circles and then attach them to the red blanket following your tutorial for attaching an applique to a hat or should I use the method of "writing" on a crochet blanket. I found a tutorial where you crochet lettering onto a blanket with a slip stitch, I'm just not sure how to do it in the form of a circle. I searched through all your videos and could not find anything to answer my question. Thank you in advance for any response and/or tutorial video.
Luke Bowman

<< Reply >>

Thank you so much.
You could add ladybug spots to an afghan in many ways.
Applique would be quite a process for an afghan leaving many yarn tails to weave in. Surface crochet would work or you could crochet the spots into the afghan by changing colors where you want the spots.

After receiving your message I designed a Row Count Ladybug Afghan Square. I will be adding it to the website soon. I think an afghan using my new square alternating with red, black or white squares would be very nice.


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So cute! It will be quite awhile before I can make something like this.
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RE: Easy Dog Sweater

I wanted to share some pictures of the sweater I made using your pattern.
This is Bella wearing your pattern.

Free Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

Free Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

* Bella *
Owner: Tina Preston

Tina Preston




Dear Lisa:
Hope all is well and blessed with your family.
Please let me have your opinion on which is the best yarn to crochet bags. I made a simple one with Caron Simply Soft, and is a messy work. Just washed it by hand, but is not improving. I made one of cotton for a present ( which I am about to send) and wonder what to tell the recipient to maintain/preserve the bag's appearance.
Also, what should I use in the future, best yarns for bags, gloves, etc. I like this Simply Soft for babies stuff a lot, for it offers more per yard, nice to work with and beautiful: What is your opinion and experience with yarns?
Thanks for your informative site, effort and services you are offering.,
May God bless you for it.
Dinorah Hernandez-Cata
Miami, Florida

<< Comments >>

You’re very welcome Dinorah.
Our family is doing fine, thanks.

Caron Simply Soft yarn is wonderful for an afghan or any other project where softness is a plus. I find that Red Heart Super Saver works great for bags and totes because is washes well. Cotton yarn is very sturdy and has limited stretch but in my experience it fails to maintain a nice appearance if washed in a machine. Hand washing the bag would help maintain the appearance of the yarn, no matter which type used.


RE: Paw print square

I love this pattern but I can't work out how to carry the contrast colour across.
Can you help? Do you have to thread it through from front to back?

<< Reply >>

Our video for the Row Count Purple Heart Coaster pattern shows
how I do color changes:

How to Crochet - Row Count Pattern/Color Changes - Part 1

Color changes are the same in all of my row count patterns.
I never cut a color until I finish with it.
I carry the unused color along to the point where I will need it again for
the next row,
then drop it so I can pick it up on the way back.


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Re: How to Crochet : Kaleidoscope Afghan Square (Rounds 1-4)



I thought it was a really well done video. Easy to follow, friendly, and detailed without being boring. I am curious how you would a whole blanket in just a big granny square.

<< reply >>

Glad you enjoyed the video Cheri. I haven't tried to make this pattern into one big square. I think you could repeat rounds 4-7 in order to make the square larger. Keep in mind that the stitch counts will be different and you would need to pay close attention to the position of the long single crochet stitches in order to maintain the visual aspect of the pattern.


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Re: How to Crochet : Reverse Half Double Crochet


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Thank you once again Lisa!!
Your videos are so clear and helpful
Annette Burke



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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



An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one-question
final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array
of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the
professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk,
and wrote on the board: "Using everything we have learned
this semester, prove that this chair does not exist."

Fingers flew, erasers erased, and notebooks were filled in
furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one
hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One
member of the class, however, was up and finished in less
than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the
group wondered how he could have gotten an "A" when he had
barely written anything at all.

His answer consisted of two words:
"What chair?"


A man came home from work and found his three children outside,
still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes
and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the
house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry,
he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and
the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and
the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.
In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled
on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled
on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile
of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles
of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill,
or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the
bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap
and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a
heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in
the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him,
smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?"

She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come
home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?"

"Yes," was his incredulous reply.

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."


A duck was standing on the curb looking across the street
when a chicken yelled to him...
"Don't do it buddy, you will never hear the end of it!

A husband and wife were at a party chatting with some
friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up.

"Oh! We’ll never need that. My husband and I have a great
relationship," the wife explained. "He was a communications
major in college, and I majored in theater arts.

He communicates really well, and I just act like I'm listening."

A recent bride called her mother one evening in tears.
"Oh, Mom, I tried to make Grandmother's meat loaf for
dinner tonight, and it's just awful! I followed the
recipe exactly, and I know I have the recipe right
because it's the one you gave me. But it just didn't
come out right, and I'm so upset. I wanted this to be
so special for George because he loves meat loaf. What
could have gone wrong?"

Her mother replied soothingly, "Well, dear, let's go
through the recipe. You read it out loud and tell me
exactly what you did at each step, and together we'll
figure it out."

"OK," the bride sniffled. "Well, it starts out, 'Take
fifty cents worth of ground beef' ..."


My grandfather worked in a blacksmith shop when he was a boy, and he used to tell me, when I was a little boy myself, how he had toughened himself up so he could stand the rigors of blacksmithing.

One story was how he had developed his arm and shoulder muscles. He said he would stand outside behind the house and, with a 5-pound potato sack in each hand, extend his arms straight out to his sides and hold them there as long as he could.

After a while he tried 10-pound potato sacks, then 50-pound potato sacks and finally he got to where he could lift a 100-pound potato sack in each hand and hold his arms straight out for more than a full minute!

Next, he started putting potatoes in the sacks.


"The car won't start," said a wife to her husband. "I think
there's water in the carburetor."

"How do you know?" said the husband scornfully. "You don't
even know what the carburetor is."

"I'm telling you," repeated the wife, "I'm sure there's
water in the carburetor."

"We'll see," mocked the husband. "Let me check it out.
Where's the car?"

"In the swimming pool."



A couple was making their first doctors visit prior to the
birth of their first child. After the exam, the doctor took
a small stamp and stamped the wife's stomach with indelible

The man and his wife were curious about what the stamp was for,
so when they got home, the man took out his magnifying glass
to try to see what is was. In very small letters, the stamp
said, "When you can read this, come back and see me."



They've closed a road to repair a collapsed sewer-pipe
near where I live.

The actual road closure is not apparent until you go
around a bend, so a lot of drivers go to see if the
road is really closed and then have to turn in the
narrow road.

Their embarrassment is made worse by the back of the
"ROAD CLOSED" sign, which reads: "TOLD YOU SO!"


One afternoon, Karyn, my sister-in-law, was driving with
her two little girls, Taylor and Tammy, in the back seat.
After a few minutes of listening to them argue, Karyn
yelled, "Knock it off, both of you!"

Taylor, the eldest, asked, "How did you know what we were

"Mommies have eyes in the back of their heads." Karyn

A few weeks later, the gang was again out driving, doing
some errands. "Mommy," Taylor asked innocently, "do you
still have eyes in the back of your head?"

"Of course I do," Karyn responded. "Why do you ask?"

"Well," she said, pointing to the object in her hands, "I
thought maybe you could read us this book while you drive."


"'That's a great place to work!" shouted my 16-year-old
brother after coming home from the first day at his
first job. "I get two weeks' paid vacation."

"I'm so glad," said my mother.

"Yeah," added John. "I can't wait to find out where
they send me."


When I went to get my driver's license renewed, our local
motor-vehicle bureau was packed.

The line inched along for almost an hour until the man
ahead of me finally got his license.

He inspected his photo for a moment and commented to the
clerk, "I was standing in line so long, I ended up looking
pretty grouchy in this picture."

The clerk looked at his picture closely.

"It's okay," he reassured the man, "That's how you're going
to look when the cops pull you over anyway."





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