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Volume XIV, Issue No. 12
June 30, 2011

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Subject: poncho pattern

Hello Lisa,
I am extremely sorry to bother you with so many questions. I really like the link you gave me for making ponchos. I had earlier posted a question about how to increase the stitches in case a different yarn is used. I have another doubt also. could you please tell me what is meant by 4X and 6X in the pattern below

Thank you very much for taking time to answer my queries.
Row 1: Ch3, dc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, (dc in next 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc) 4X, work center shell (see note #2, above) in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, (dc in next 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc) 10X, work center shell, ch 1, sk next sc, (dc in next 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc) 5X. Join with sl st to top of beginning ch 3.



Anytime a pattern has instructions inside parentheses... the number after it is how many times you repeat those instructions.

In this case.. for Row 1 you do the following:

Row 1: Chain 3
double crochet in the next single crochet
Chain 1
skip 1 single crochet
(double crochet in the next 2 single crochets
chain 1, skip the next single crochet) -do this 4 times-
Now work a center shell in the next single crochet (as noted in the pattern)
Chain 1
skip the next single crochet

(double crochet in the next 2 single crochets,
Chain 1, skip the next single crochet) - do this 10 times -

Work a center shell
chain 1
skip the next single crochet

(double crochet in the next 2 single crochets,
chain 1, skip the next single crochet) - do this 5 times -

Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning ch 3.

Hope this helps!
Lisa Hamblin















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Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Psalm 105:4

The Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes. Then his wife said to him. "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die! But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job 2:7-10

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in Thee; and in the shadow of Thy wings I will take refuge, until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. He will send from heaven and save me; he reproaches him who tramples upon me. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth. My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let Thy glory be above all the earth. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they dug a pit before me; they themselves have fallen into the midst of it. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory; awake, harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to Thee among the nations. For Thy lovingkindness is great to the heavens, and Thy truth to the clouds. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let Thy glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 57:1-11

The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Beloved, do not be surprised at the finery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God. For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

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The standard popcorn stitch is worked as follows:
Work 5 double crochets in the chain or stitch indicated.

Drop the loop from the hook.
Insert the hook in first top of the first double crochet of the 5-dc group.
Pick up the dropped loop.
Draw through the stitch.

Now you can "pop" the popcorn to the right or wrong side of the work as needed.

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Subject: Row_Count_Attic_Window_Afghan_Square
Left Hand Version

I love this pattern and appreciate you giving it away but my question is I am left handed and not for sure how to convert it to left handed to make it look correctly. can you give me any suggestions? I want to make an afghan with as I have made the attic window quilt. Thank you Dawn

<< reply >>

I hadn’t really thought about making a left-handed version.
For a right-handed crocheter the foundation chain is made and when Row 1 is worked
the yarn tail is on the left side. For a left-handed crocheter the yarn tail will be on the right side.

I believe you can make the Row Count Attic Window Afghan Square a left-handed pattern by working the color changes in reverse.

What I mean by that is:

Work Row 1 as stated in the pattern.

Where Row 2 says:
“Ch1, turn. 1CB, 27CC”
Reverse that and work
“Ch1, turn. 27CC, 1CB”

Where Row 3 says:
“Ch1, turn. 26CC, 2CB”
Reverse that and work
“Ch1, turn. 2CB, 26CC”

Change each additional row the same way.

Please let me know how this works for you.

RE: Accent Rug

Made this rug today for my niece. LOVED this patrern!! I used a dark green with off white stripes. I put pink flowers on the stripes! Thanks for the great patt. Becky

RE: Printing

Why am I not able to print directions to your patterns when it says free patterns?

<< reply >>

I'm not sure why but the Firefox browser does not allow
me to print the pattern by clicking the "Print just the pattern on this Page" button.
I am able to print the pattern by using Internet Explorer.
If you can access a different browser... try to print using it.

Another option: Select the text of the pattern and copy it.
Then paste it into a word program and print from there.
If all else fails... email me the pattern you want and I will email it to you.

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I love your site and I am glad you share your believes with the world. Thank you so much for that. And also thank you so much for the crochet patterns. You are a blessing.
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I love to crochet and dont have a lot of time to spare, I am always looking for fast and fun projects to create for craft shows.
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I just discovered you are a believer and how wonderful a testimony. I also believe in Jesus as my Savior and what a wonderful Lord he is. I really enjoy reading other testimonies on you web site. You are indeed a blessing and I hope you continue to post on your web site the miracles and blessing of the Lord. I love to crochet but unfortunately at times like some of the others on the site don't quite understand the pattern instructions and after hours of trying some time hours even days, I just like one lady throw it in the drawer and forget about it. I just finished a rose afghan which at first was difficult but when I put it down and went back the next day it came together. I made a sample square out of extra thread I had so as not to fray my yarn for the afghan. I find sometime that is the best way to see how it comes together and then do it with the yarn for your project. I can't believe how simple it was and it was done with granny squares and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making it and how beautiful it came out. I thank the Lord for the ability to do such beautiful work. I am saving it for my granddaughter for when she marries. I know it will be something she will appreciate and cherish and hopefully pass on to the next generation. Things like that are a keepsake to say the least. Well thanks so much for your web site, continue being a blessing and sharing your life with everyone. It is very encouraging and helpful to all of us crocheters out here. God bless you and your family and your business.

Barbara Daniels


Let the be light and joy in many the city with voice of Gospel and out pouring of the Holy Spirit and healing to everyone who will take toward Jesus and be touch of heaven in realy life with God and love of victory of Jesus,
thanks and bless, keijo sweden

As I was reading Gracie Knowles' comments, I remembered my great-grandmother teaching me to crochet, and my grandmother teaching me to knit. When I asked my great-grandmother about tatting, she gave me her shuttle and told me all she could tat was knots -- and she wished me luck. I learned to tat at a craft store, and have found many helpful videos online. Gracie, have you tried this resource?

Gracies comments can be found in this issue:

(Lu's comments have been posted on our Facebook page so Gracie will see these suggestions)

Dear Ms. Hamblin,
I am in the middle of crocheting the William's Baby Hat: am on R6, repeating rs 2 & 3, and it seems to me that if I continue 18 more rows the hat would be too tall.
From rows 4-9 to rep 2 & 3 three times. Please check for me if I am doing it right. I am a new learner and instructions don't are too clear to me; takes me many reading to understand. I bought a book to learn, and I would like to get the Encyclopedia of Crochet, but it's too expensive for me.
Please help me finish this project.
Thank you for your time,

<< reply >>

Rs 4-9: Rep Rs 2&3 three times.
This instruction means you repeat Rs 2 and 3 for Rs 4-9.

In other words...
R4 – work R2
R5 – work R3
R6 – work R2
R7 – work R3
R8 – work R2
R9 – work R3

Hope this helps.

lisa i want so bad to do the hanky love it, but how do you put the crochet part on the hanky??

<< reply >>

The Bridal Hankie pattern on this page:
is completely crocheted... no attaching required.


Subject: Row_Count_Paw_Print_Afghan_Square

i have a question how many squares should I make to make a afghan
please e-mail me back
from melissa

<< reply >>

You can make an afghan any size you like.

Each square is 7.5" x 7.5"
If you want your afghan to be 6 squares wide and 7 squares tall
the finished afghan should be approximately 45" x 52.5"
plus the extra fabric you get with which ever joining method you use.

Subject: Row_Count_Wreath_Coaster

I'm looking for the pattern for the wreath itself - Do you have a pattern for that?
Thanks - Ellie

<< reply >>

I have a pattern for a Photo Wreath that can be used
as a Christmas tree ornament:

You can find numerous links to wreath patterns on this page:



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