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April 30, 2012

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me; and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. When Thou didst say, "Seek My face," my heart said to Thee, "Thy face O Lord, I shall seek." Do not hide Thy face from me, do not turn Thy servant away in anger; Thou hast been my help; do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation! For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a level path, because of my foes. Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

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Gauge refers to the measurement of stitches and rows contained in a stitch pattern sample. Always begin your gauge swatch with the recommended hook size and yarn then adjust the hook size as needed. Be sure to make your swatch large enough to get a proper measurement.

To measure the stitch gauge... lay the ruler horizontally across the work.
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Re: Easy_Bookmark

Thank you, I am still a beginner and want to do 50 cross bookmarks for a up coming breakfast with my women's church group. do u have any real easy patterns.

<< reply >>

I have a few cross bookmark patterns you can try:
The last one is my favorite because it isn’t very big and it’s sturdy.
I plan on doing a video for this pattern soon showing how to make
it but it really isn’t too difficult once you understand how to stitch
onto the plastic canvas.

Re: Pinterest

I really enjoy your newsletter and have made some really neat stuff from your website. I just finished the double ruffle baby blanket and it turned out beautifully. Thanks!

Do you allow your stuff to be added to Pinterest? I've started to a few times, but thought I better ask. When I tried, the picture of the item didn't show up, but your logo did.

I thought since it would link to your site, and not just the free pattern, that it would be ok, but thought I better check.

Thanks! I'm looking forward to the next newsletter. :)


<< reply >>

I’m so glad you are enjoying the patterns offered at CNM.

Yes, I do allow pinning of my patterns.
When you share a link that goes directly to my pattern page
that helps keep the Crochet N More website online.
You can see some pages that I’ve pinned here:

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In the meantime... pin away
and thank you so much for writing!

Re: Dog Sweater

Good Morning Lisa,
I love your dog sweater pattern and I have attached a pic of my dog/best friend, Lilly, wearing one of the sweaters I have crocheted for her.
Thanks for the pattern,
Tammy Painter



* Lilly *
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See our other furry friends modeling their sweaters - Visit The Dog House!


What is
ch, sl st, sc, sc dec, hdc.


<< reply >>

ch is chain
sl st is slip stitch
sc is single crochet
sc dec is single crochet decrease
hdc is half double crochet

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Scrap Yarn Idea:
Store balls of scrap yarn in a mesh bag like oranges are packed in.


I use those zip-up plastic bag containers you get when you buy sheets or blankets.
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Crochet Tip: When crocheting a striped afghan... carry unused color up the side = fewer ends to weave in later.

Love this idea--- thanks !!
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Crochet Tip: Don't be afraid to "frog" your work.
If a stitch doesn't look good - frog it and crochet it again.


frog? I am sorry but I do not know that term.
Nancy Lofgren Easter
to unravel it a bit or completely
Ashley Amber Artechi
rip it, rip it, rip it. I have to frog all the time.
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It's kinda like "rip-it, rip-it".. :) And it's good advice. In the end, you'll be glad you did.
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When I first started crocheting it broke my heart to have to take out stitches... but I've been known to unravel or "frog" 20 rows or more on an afghan to fix a mistake.
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I will do the same thing.
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Oh thank you Ann Polk Watkins! I wondered why 'frog'!
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RE: How to Crochet - Foundation Double Crochet Stitch

Thank you.. Do you know what kind of yarn was used for this tutorial?
It seemed to crochet so beautifully..
Michele Stuurmans Shekey

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


I'm so doing this.....xoxo
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Re: How to Crochet - Joining Squares with Single Crochet and Chain Stitches


Thanks for this method of joining.
It is so pretty.



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Scrap Yarn Idea: Use scrap yarn to tie your scissors to your tote bag so you don't lose them.


good idea i'm always losing my scissors, I just bought a new pair because I couldn't find them and as soon as I came home I found them, it was ridiculous
Ashley Amber Artechi

RE: Read A Pattern

Hi Can you tell me what it means when it say DEC, 1 dc in each of the next 3dc 7 times then Dec 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc 7 times and then 1Dec 1dc in next dc 7 times hope you can explain this linda

<< reply >>

This seems an odd way to write a pattern.
I believe the designer wants you to do this:

work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc (that’s 7 times)

dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc (7 times)

dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc (7 times)

Is this pattern online?
When I first read it I interpreted it differently that I stated
above. If there’s a stitch count to refer to I recommend counting
the stitches.

<< Linda's Reply >>

Hi again yes I have 35 stiches and have to get to 14   it says in the index of the pattern that Dec =  (draw up a lp in the next st) twice, yoh and draw through all 3 lps on hook. I have done what you said to do but have more than 14 stiches left at end. Linda

<< My Reply >>

Okay... you should have 35 stitches after round 5.

This is round 14:

work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc
work a dc2tog then work 1dc in each of the next 3dc (that’s 7 times)

Now you should have 28 stitches

This is round 15:

dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc
dc2tog, dc in next 2dc (7 times)

Now you should have 21 stitches

This is round 16:

dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc
dc2tog, dc in next dc (7 times)

Now you should have 14 stitches

Round 17 is worked without shaping.
All that means is that you work one dc in each stitch.
Now you should still have 14 stitches

This is round 18:

Dc in each of next 6 dc, 2dc in next dc
Dc in each of next 6 dc, 2dc in next dc

Now you should have 16 stitches.

Let me know how this works up for you... the stitch count is correct in the pattern.

<< Linda's Reply >>

Thankyou so very much for all your help I do appreciate all the trouble that you have gone to, it has worked out now with your help. Linda

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Subject: ReadAPattern

Can you define "holding back last loop"?

<< reply >>

When a pattern instructs you to hold back the last loop
you do not complete the very last step.

For example: to make a double crochet you do this:

Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops. (2 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through the last 2 of the loops.

if you "hold back the last loop" you only do this:
Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated.
Yarn over and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook.)
Yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops. (2 loops on hook.)

Not working the last step of the stitch leaves you with 2 loops left
on your hook.


Re: question

On the ABC Afghan Square row 6 last 3 stitches would make it 29 sc than row 7 has 28 sc should it be on row 6 20 w 6 b 2 w not 20 w 6 b 3 w

<< reply >>

Yes, you are correct. Thank you so much for letting me know I had a typo.
The pattern is corrected:

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Re: Sun Coaster


This is a sweet pattern, coasters are such wonderful gifts, I've made nearly all of the ones you've shared. I'd like to express my sincere gratitude for this site for at least the last 15 years I have made maybe a hundred of the wonderful p...rojects so sweetly put in this really great site, and I've never had any problems following your patterns, what I'm tryibg to say is the patterns are right on!The price of a project can be cut dramatically thanx to Thank You § God bless you and yours.
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Scrap Yarn Idea:
Crochet doll blankets using scrap yarn... make them striped or join motifs in multiple colors.


Excellent idea! They would make great gifts for little girls to use with their baby dolls. Thanks!
Kc Denson


Enjoyed watching some of your stitch tutorials--I had never heard of an extended single crochet stitch and the method of having the closed center is great. Thanks!!
I tried clicking the link to see if there were any contest going but it took me to a small business directory site instead.

<< reply >>

Thank you so much for writing.
I appreciate you letting me know about the contest link.
I have removed it and added a link to an active contest sponsored
by Red Heart:

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Checkerboard Crochet Pattern


My kids take theirs everywhere with them!
Becky Cooksley-Bell
That's great! Not many kids enjoy board games anymore.

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Scrap Yarn Idea:
Use scrap yarn to make square for Warm Up America.


thanks for the link ..... I'm on my way there
Karen Fleury


Subject: Flower_Applique

Having trouble were I’m to attach and start in center.


<< reply >>

Thank you for writing regarding this pattern... I noticed a typo I had made on R3.
I have corrected the pattern page:

To begin the center of the flower you join the same yarn in any unworked loop on R2... then repeat R3. When you did R2 you worked into the BLO (back loop only) leaving the front loop of each stitch unworked... those unworked loops are where you work the center ruffle.


RE: Ribbed Edge Granny Baby Afghan

Just wondering how many for the first row?
Bhatha, Sukhi

<< reply >>

You should have 12dc on Round 1.

Subject: Crochet_Denim_Purse


My name is Kayla, I am 28 years old from South Carolina, I was looking at your pattern and wanted to know if you can Please E-mail me directions on how you made the Purse,
thank you in advance!!

<< reply >>

I used the leg from a pair of jeans, crocheted a flap and a handle and
sewed them all together to form the purse:

The bottom of the jean leg where the hem is will be the top of the purse
where you add the flap. The cut end is sewn shut to form the bottom of
the purse. The flap is sewn along one side of the hemmed edge and then
a handle is added to either side and a button sewn on as shown in the photo.


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Scrap Yarn Idea:
Crochet doll blankets using scrap yarn... make them striped or join motifs in multiple colors.


Great idea! When I was a kid I enjoyed making stuff for my dollies, little girls learning to crochet can be taught how to make blankets and things for their dolls, it will make the craft fun.




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Two elderly women were trying on shoes in our store. When I slipped a shoe onto one woman's foot, the end of my tie got caught beneath her heel. Unaware of my predicament, she stood up and started toward the mirror. For a few seconds, I found myself crawling along the floor beside her, trying to get her attention.

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For the life of him, he couldn't think of the names of the couple that were to be married. To cover his forgetfulness, he requested, "Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?"

Immediately, nine single ladies, six widows and two single men stepped to the front.


The young man ahead of my father at the flower shop was taking an unusually long time to place his order.When the clerk asked how she could help, he explained that his girlfriend was turning 19 and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or 19 roses -- one for each year of her life.

The woman put aside her business judgment and advised,

"She may be your 19-year-old girlfriend now, but someday she could be your 50-year-old wife."

The young man bought a dozen roses.


I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?"

To which I replied, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?"

He smiled knowingly and nodded, "That's why we ask."


While vacationing in Alaska, I couldn't help but notice all the warnings about bears posted in campgrounds, visitors' centers, and rest areas, advising people not to feed the bears, how to avoid bears, what to do if a bear sees you, what to do if a bear attacks, and so on.

My favorite, however, was a hand-lettered sign on the door of a small gas station in a remote area. It said: "Warning! If you are being chased by a bear, don't come in here!"

Fresh from a visit to the dentist, I decided to stop at my bank. Barely able to enunciate, I told the teller, "I'm sorry about not speaking more clearly. I've had Novocaine."

"You should have used the drive-through," she said.


"Everyone who goes through sounds like you," she explained.


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