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Crochet N More

Volume XVII, Issue No. 10
May 30, 2014

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RE: afghan

I am doing a ripple stich afghan and is for a small size. when I get done with this one I want to make the larger size but don't understand what I need to do. the size that I am currently doing is a 42 x 84 I want to make a double/queen. the one I am doing now you 9sc 3sc in next chain 9sc skip 2. the pattern for the larger size says to make it twice as wide (20 ripples) and half as long maybe an extra 100 rows. so my question is do I do 18sc 6sc in next chain 18sc and skip 4 or do I follow the same instructions and chain 309 because this fist pattern says to chain 209 thanks ahead of time for any help you can give me because I am a beginner in crochet don't know a lot of stiches accept single and double crochet.

Lori Fuller,


If you like the current size of the ripples then keep working each ripple with 9sc.
Making each ripple with 18sc would each ripple twice as tall as well as twice as wide.

In order to increase the afghan size you need to see how many stitches are used for each ripple (mountain, peak and valley).
In other words, if the pattern uses...
9 sc to go up the mountain
3 sc in one stitch for the peak
9 sc back down the mountain
then skip 2 stitches for the valley

you would need:
9 + 1 + 9 + 2 = 21 chains to complete one ripple repeat

A standard Queen size is 60" x 80".

If one ripple repeat measures 5 inches wide then you would need a total of 12 ripples to measure 60 inches wide.
60 divided by 5 = 12 ripple repeats
each ripple repeat needs 21 chains
12 ripples x 21 chains = 252 chains
Now you need to add one chain (the height of one single crochet) in order to begin the pattern.
So your total number of chains needed for your foundation chain is 253.

To adjust the length just keep on crocheting until the afghan measures 80" long.

Lisa Hamblin





Subject: Re: Baby flip flops or sandals

My friend asked to make these adorable flip flops....I do not know whose pattern they are or where she got
the pi ture from....I have been searching 5 days now...can anyone help me finding a pattern ? Even
something close would be greatly appreciated. Be blessed. I'm new to this blog I don't see where I can
attach a photo.....

Denise Hebert


I sent you a private message about emailing me the photo.
In the meantime, you can find a list of flip flop patterns here:

Lisa Hamblin, CNM/MBA





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Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, "Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun, will be your territory. No man will able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:1-9


Blessed the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Thyself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers. He established the earth upon the foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever. Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters were standing above the mountains. At Thy rebuke they fled; at the sound of Thy thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which Thou didst establish for them. Thou didst set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they may not return to cover the earth. He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains. They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they lift up their voices among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine which makes man's heart glad, so that he may make his face glisten with oil, and food which sustains man's heart. The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted, where the birds build their nests, and the stork, whose home is the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers. He made the moon for the seasons; the sun knows the place of its setting. Thou dost appoint darkness and it becomes night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl about. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God. When the sun rises they withdraw, and lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until evening. O Lord, how many are Thy works! In wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is full of Thy possessions. There is the sea, great and broad, in which are swarms without number, animals both small and great. There the ships move along. And Leviathan, which Thou hast formed to sport in it. They all wait for Thee, to give them their food in due season. Thou dost give to them, they gather it up; Thou dost open Thy hand, they are satisfied with good. Thou dost hide Thy face, they are dismayed; Thou dost take away their spirit, they expire, and return to their dust. Thou dost send forth Thy Spirit, they are created; and Thou dost renew the face of the ground. Let the glory of th Lord endure forever; Let the Lord be glad in His works; He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 104:1-35


And immediately He made the disciples get into the boat, and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already many stadia away from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were frightened, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"

Matthew 14:22-33







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Re: Suggestion/Question

What does (ch1)(tr ch1 tr)in ch space 6 times mean


<< Reply >>

When an instruction is in parentheses it will be repeated as instructed directly after the ending parenthesis.
Chain 1 in parentheses without an instruction directly after is should just mean to chain 1.
Not sure the reason the designer put that alone in parentheses.\

The next set of parentheses ask you to make a treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the next chain space for a total of 6 times.

this means you will do this:

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the next chain space (that’s one time)

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the same chain space (that’s two times)

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the same chain space (that’s three times)

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the same chain space (that’s four times)

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the same chain space (that’s five times)

treble crochet, one chain and another treble crochet in the same chain space (that’s six times)



Re: Suggestion/Question

I am making a Double Ruffle Granny Baby Afghan and I don’t understand how to do the second ruffle. The pattern says “Join Pink in the unworked lp of any st on R33 (at the base of the first ruffle).
I know lp means loop. Does this mean to work in a chain stich? If so, do I start with the white ruffle at the top of the afghan or do I start with the white ruffle at the bottom of the afghan.
Do you have a tutorial where I can see how to do it?
I would appreciate you getting back to me as soon as you can.
Thanks, Lisa

<< Reply >>

The first ruffle is all worked in the Back Loops Only.
The second ruffle is worked in the Front Loops (the unworked loops) from that same round.
Hold the edge away from you and work into those unworked loops to complete the second ruffle.

Here’s a video showing how to make a double ruffle (this one uses different stitches but is the same idea):


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ok i have a question what is DcDec2tog and how do you do it?
i'm new at this

Rebecca Jeffers

<< Comments >>

DcDec2tog stands for Double Crochet Decrease 2 Together.
This means you will make two double crochets become one.

Work a dc in the next stitch without completing the very last step (leave the last two loops on the hook),
then dc in the next stitch without completing the last step.
You should have three loops on the hook then yarn over and draw through all the loops.
Decrease made.

Here's a video tutorial for this stitch:




RE: Message on the Crochetnmore Fan Page

Re: Guest Post: Repeat Crafter Me — Owl Granny Square Pattern - Petals to Picots


<< Comments >>

You are awesome

Dianne Wright


Thank you so much Dianne... I try to share patterns I think everyone might like.
This one is not my design however.



Re: Help

I have some directions that say*skip 2 stitches, (sc,2dc) in next stitch.
What do the parenthesis mean? Do a sc and 2 dc in next stitch or 2 dc in next sc?

<< Reply >>

When an instruction is in parentheses you will do everything inside parentheses according to what is just after it.
For your instruction you have an asterisk as well as parentheses.
An asterisk is used when a designer wants to have you repeat a certain set of instructions... keep in mind that will be mentioned again later in your pattern.

So you need to skip 2 stitches... then work a single crochet and two double crochet stitches all in the next stitch.



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Re: Baby ABC Blanket

Here's the completed project :).

Baby's ABCs Afghan View Photo

Baby's ABCs Afghan View Photo

Thank you so much for your encouragement!
I absolutely love the final result.



Subject: Help Please

Hi Lisa,
First of all thank you for your website. I have learned so much; however, I did see you said if anyone needed help to email you.

I downloaded an afghan pattern from It's called Sassy Sunflower Afghan. I want to do a memory afghan for my sister-in-law. My brother passed away recently and his favorite flower was the Sunflower.

I am not a beginner, but recently picked up crochet again after no doing it for so many years. I usually can figure out a pattern but this has me really bummed out. I am at Rnd 5: Beg cl; *ch 5, cl over next 4 sts; rep from * around, ending ch5: with green sl st to top of beg cl with green-12 petals. Fasten off gold.

I hadn't done the cluster stitch before. The first petal was easy and it was beautiful to see how the cluster created this petal. But the ending stitch is at the top of the cluster. How do I repeat the next ch5 and clusters around the brown center? I have searched and searched on the internet and cannot figure out how to get from the tip of the petal back to the center to chain 5 again. It doesn't say to fasten off and if I take the top of the petal and start a new chain of 5 stitches, it just brings the petal bending toward the side. There must be something missing here.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could look up this pattern and help me break it down as all the other sunflower afghans weren't as pretty as this one was. It is probably a very simple answer and I just can't see it.

I look forward to searching more patterns from your website and help me with this pattern.

Thank you,
Janie McManious

<< Reply >>

> I hadn't done the cluster stitch before.
> The first petal was easy and it was beautiful to see how the cluster created this petal.
> But the ending stitch is at the top of the cluster.

For Round 5 you work a Beg Cl (beginning cluster):
Ch 4 (counts as tr), holding back last lp of each st on hook, tr in next 3 sts, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hook.

Now make 5 chains
Then work a Cl (cluster):
Holding back last lp of each st on hook, tr in next 4 sts, yo and draw through all 5 lps on hook.

Now you repeat the instructions from the asterisk all the way around and end by making 5 more chains.
Now you use green and slip stitch to the top of the beginning cluster.
This just means you are changing colors where this round joins at the top of the cluster... just insert the hook into the top of the cluster
and draw the green through the cluster and the chain stitch on your hook.
You should have 12 petals when you finish Round 5.

> How do I repeat the next ch5 and clusters around the brown center?
Rounds 4 and 5 are the gold part of the sunflower which includes all the petals for that motif.

> I have searched and searched on the internet and cannot figure out how to get from the tip of the petal back to the center to chain 5 again.
> It doesn't say to fasten off and if I take the top of the petal and start a new chain of 5 stitches, it just brings the petal bending toward the side. There must be something missing here.

You don’t have to do more petals for the current square... Round 6 begins the green border around the actual sunflower.

For Round 6, you have already joined the green yarn at the top of the cluster on Round 5
now you work one slip stitch in the first chain 5 space.
Now chain 1.
Work 6 single crochets in that chain 5 space (into the hole beneath the chains)
Work 6 single crochets in each of the remaining chain 5 spaces around.
You should have 72 singles when finished... not join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet you made.

Round 7 says you work in each stitch around... meaning one stitch in each stitch.
Begin with a chain 4 which will count as one treble crochet.
Work a double crochet in the next stitch.
Work a half double crochet in the next stitch.
single crochet in the next 12 stitches
half double crochet in the next stitch
double crochet in the next stitch
treble crochet in the next stitch
chain 4
treble crochet in the next stitch
double crochet in the next stitch
half double crochet in the next stitch

now repeat from the asterisk * around... ending the last repeat at the double asterisk **.
Slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 4 and fasten off.


Re: Bead Stitch Hotpad

Do you a video demonstration of the crochet bead hotpad stitch?
I have the instructions from your web site, but I would like to see it done on a video.
Thank you,
Barbara Whittaker

<< Reply >>

Not at this time... but I will definitely add that to the list of video ideas.
Thank you!


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<< Comments >>

Can you do the puff stitches in different colors?

Tena Helms


Yes, you can. A viewer just sent in a photo of an afghan done with the puffs in a different color.
I will be including it in today's issue of the CNM Newsletter.







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Humor provides us with a valuable tool for
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Last night my granddaughter Aria was sharing how she'd had "the WORST day of her life"! Everything
she touched went bad...nothing was right.

Trying to put things into perspective for her I asked, "What about the little girl who doesn't have any dinner tonight, or a place to call home or a bed? What about her?"

Without missing a beat she answered, "Well, I bet this is the worst day of HER life, too!"


My wife tells me that our children are referred to as "Digital Natives" since they will not remember a time in their lives prior to the internet, iPhones, touch screens, or wifi.

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I was lying in my hammock, sunning and reading, when all of a sudden, a car came crashing through the hedge
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He drove 5 miles, no Stop-n-Go, then 6, then 7. At about 10 miles down the road, he stopped for directions again.

This guy replied "Just go back down this road about 5 miles and turn right at the Stop n Go."

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One day, a neighbor who has watched his routine for many years confronts him.
" What is this powder you sprinkle on the street every morning?"

"It's special elephant powder," the old man said.
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That’s exactly my point, your Honor,” said Max. “I’m curious also to hear what he could possibly say!”


Rachel asked her mom for a dollar to give to a little old lady in the park.

Kathy, impressed by her daughter’s kindness, gave her the dollar.
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