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Volume XI, Issue No. 22
November 30, 2008

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I am looking for a pattern that has the letters WV on it for West Virginia. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Misty Clawson


I haven't been able to locate an afghan for West Virginia.
You might try checking with Sue at this site:
she has done some really nice team afghans.



"" Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning how to dance in the rain."


Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife. A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts. An evildoer listens to wicked lips, a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.

Proverbs 17:1-6

Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH. And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4



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The following patterns will be added to our Free Patterns soon.

Row Count Christmas Tree Afghan Square Crochet Pattern


Row Count Star Afghan Square Crochet Pattern








The following page is a list of uses of scrap yarns:








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Row Count 2008 Afghan Square Crochet Pattern


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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
to be added later to the Crochet Basics page)


Sometimes a pattern has you work rows of stitches and then to form a border or edging
you are instructed to "work in the row ends". The row ends are the first & last stitches you did on each row.
If the rows are single crochet stitches then the "end of the row" refers to
making the required stitches around the first & last single crochet stitches on each row.
If the first & last stitches on the row are double crochet stitches you work around the post of the double crochet stitches. No matter what kind of stitch you are using you work around the actual stitch on the end of the row... not into the top of it.

The first photo in the following picture shows a swatch turned on its side
with the ends of the rows on the top. I used a white cotton thread to work into the
row ends so you could see where the stitches go. The second photo shows the entire
piece with a border added. I worked one single crochet into each row end, one single
into each unworked loop of the foundation chain, one single in each row end up the opposite
side, and one single in each stitch on the last row I had made. For each corner I worked
3 singles so the motif wouldn't curl up.

Row Ends


NOTE: All of the Row Count Afghan Square patterns use this edging.






SINGLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

TRIPLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

This file is very informative when learning to crochet:



Write notes on your crochet pattern to use as a reference.
Write notes about what type of yarn you used, the size hook, who you made the item for,
when it was made, if you enjoyed the project, etc.
This information could come in handy if you decide to make the same item for another person.
It could also keep you from making that item for the same person again.
I know my memory isn't that great :o)





Scrap Yarn Ideas ...

59. Just another use for really small scraps of sock yarn: When I give socks as a gift, I stitch the date of making under the foot, always in a contrasting colour, thanks to my scraps.
Heidrun from Germany

60. I make lots of cute little fridgies, to decorate children's clothing with them. I fasten the fridgies with just a few visible stitches (on the backside), so I can change them from season to season easily and can use them again next year. That makes a designer jeans out of a cheap dull jeans - just having done a Halloween witch, no working on Christmas tidbits.
Heidrun from Germany

61. Next use is letting children "paint" with them. I take a window color picture, make it big on the copier, and the little ones glue the scraps to the picture - that makes really nice presents.
Heidrun from Germany


do you have number 62?



The following page is compilation of uses for scrap yarns:

If you have a use that's not listed email me!



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Just wanted to say that I love your site.I have been relearning the skills taught to me by my grandmother when I was younger. I have made the Hook/Pencil pouch a few times for friends (using a 6mm hook makes it large enough for dry erase markers)Now if I could just get the hang of the granny square I'll be all

Dewayne(Dewey) Hamilton

looking for free crochet mittens patterns for children and glove patterns for adults.

<< reply >>

Try this page for links to mittens and gloves patterns:

Thanks very much for sharing so many great patterns .

I looked over your pattern explanation and can't find what I am looking for. My question is in regards to your granny square pattern. (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp. I understand that I need to do 2 double crochet's, and that I need to chain two. Are the two chain stitches the start of the 3 DC's? As in, instead of chaining three to do the double crohet's I chain two? I'm a bit confused on the whole step actually. Also, Everytime I do a DC in any pattern am I supposed to chain three to make the DC? RND 2: (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp.* (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp. Repeat from * twice more. Join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. Ch 3, turn the square over. (that is the step I am referring to) Much Appreciated, Amber

<< reply >>

The part in parentheses that says: (2dc, ch2, 3dc)... those two chains between the double crochet stitches leave a little hole where you work stitches on a subsequent round.

So... you work two double crochets, two chains and three more double crochet stitches all in the next chain 1 space for that part.

Re: ReadAPattern

My pattern says “……turn work and begin sc in the other side of the beginning ch. Sc 33 stitches with 4 sc in the last ch. I am new to reading patterns and this one is kind of confusing to me. Christina Wilkinson

<< reply >>

Working in the opposite side of the foundation chain is easier than you may think. All you do is work all the way around the chain instead of just down one side like we usually do. Think of a foundation chain... you work stitches down the chain like normal... to work in the opposite side (or in the other side) of the foundation chain you work around the end of the chain and back up the other side of the chain... without turning.
For your pattern you should have 33 stitches with 4 in the last chain.

RE: Doll Booties

hi. I was just wondering what size doll these booties are for?
I'm searching for a pattern for American Girl size booties/slippers.
Thank you! --bernadette

<< reply >>

To be honest, on alot of the patterns I added earlier I failed to include the size and some I have forgotten which doll I made them for.

My daughter, Haley, loved her American Girl too and though I don't recall making any booties for it... I think you'll like the hoodie pattern I made:

Here are links to more 18" doll patterns I have listed as well as a few others I've found online:

i'm doing a crochet potpouri bag and the pattern reads , chain 5 counts as a dtr. i found out what that stood for but then it says do a dtr in next 2 sc tog. how do i do that?


<< reply >>

I believe the designer wants you to work the dtr in the next stitch which was the 2sctog.

I need help. I am a fairly new crocheter. I am really having trouble with trying to crochet a simple scarf with fun fur/eyelash yarn. I have been told to use big hooks, not so big, etc. I have trouble with not being able to see the stitches. I put another piece of yarn with the fun fur. What type of yarn should I put as the second yarn? What are some tips I need to know - hook size, etc. I would appreciate any help that is easy for a beginner. Thank you. Ruth Ann

<< reply >>

This is definitely a widely known problem. I mostly use the eyelash and fuzzy yarns as embellishments. I have made scarves using a strand of worsted weight along with a strand of the novelty yarn and an extra large hook. The trick is to use "simple" patterns that have large holes so stitch placement is easier. You might try placing stitch markers in difficult to see stitches or use a contrasting yarn or even a smooth ribbon looped through each stitch so you can pull it out when you need to. That way you can your stitches easier.

You might try this pattern:
you can use the eyelash yarn as a trim or incorporate it with a smooth yarn
for the entire pattern using a larger hook.

RE: The Dog House

Thank you for the great pattern.
This was my first one and I plan to make many more in all different colors.
This is my dog Kneesaa modeling her new sweater.

* Kneesaa *


Re: Help

In crochet, what is the stitch equivalent to garter stitch? Thank you.

Ruth Ann

<< reply >>

That would be a Tunisian Purl Stitch.
Try this page:


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My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers. Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience.

"Where have you worked as a glazier?" my son asked.

The man replied, "Dunkin' Donuts."

A guy took his girlfriend to her first football game. Afterward he asked her how she liked the game.

"I liked it, but I couldn't understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents," she said.

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"Well, everyone kept yelling, 'Get the quarter back!'"

A lady had been exposed to strep and needed to visit the doctor's office just to have her throat swabbed for a culture. She sat in the waiting room for quite a while with her legs crossed, reading a magazine while other patients came and went.

Suddenly her turn was called, but when she stood up to go in, she discovered her leg was "asleep". Not wanting to keep the nurse waiting, she limped and staggered toward the inner office door. She noticed one elderly lady nudging another who sat beside her, as the two of them sympathetically watched her painful progress.

Two minutes later, her procedure completed and her leg back to normal, she walked easily back into the waiting room. As she strode past the two elderly ladies, she overheard one whisper triumphantly to the other, "See, Myrtle, I TOLD you he was a wonderful doctor!"

After trying a new shampoo for the first time, Dewey mailed off an enthusiastic letter of approval to the manufacturer.

Several weeks later he came home from work to a large carton in the middle of the floor. Inside were free samples of the many products the same company produced: soaps, detergents, tooth paste, and paper items... with a "thank you" note from the manufacturer.

"Well, What do you think?" asked his smiling wife, Olga.

"I think that next time," Dewey replied. "I'm writing to Toyota".

In his younger days our golden retriever Catcher often ran away when he had the chance. His veterinarian's office was about a mile down the road, and Catcher would usually go there.

The office staff knew him and would call me to come pick him up.

One day I called the vet to make an appointment for Catcher's yearly vaccine.

"Will you bring him," asked the receptionist, "or will he come on his own?"

Unfortunately, getting a new passport required a new photo. As I handed my ten-year-old passport and the new picture to the clerk, I sighed. "I like the original better," I told her.

"Trust me," she said. "Ten years from now, you'll like this one."

Two elderly women were fussing about their husbands over tea one day.

"I do wish my Leroy would stop biting his nails. That makes me terribly nervous!" the first one said.

"Oh, my Elmer used to do the same thing," the other woman commented.
"But I broke him of that habit real quick."

"What did you do?"

"I hid his teeth!"

My boyfriend and I were lunching at a sidewalk cafe in Huntington Beach, CA.

Our waitress looked like a real surfer girl: athletic with a great tan and blond hair. Mulling over the menu, my guy asked her if the roast beef was rare.

The waitress gave us a long blank look, and then replied, "Well, no. We have it, like, just about every day."

Little Johnny's father was a pastor in a small church.

One day, his father told Little Johnny that a very important bishop was coming and that he would be staying with them. Little Johnny became very excited and asked his father if he would get to meet him.

His father thought about this and decided that he would let Little Johnny bring the bishop tea in the morning and wake him up. Little Johnny agreed to do this and was very excited. His father gave him instructions: first, knock on the door of the bishops room and then say to him "It's the boy, my Lord, it's time to get up."

Little Johnny was very excited and rehearsed his lines repeating them over and over. Finally the day came and Little Johnny had learned all his lines. He went to the door and knocked. He was so excited and nervous though that his lines got mixed up and the boy said,

"It's the Lord, my boy, and your time is up!"

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This woman and her son are in a nice restaurant. There's quite a bit of food left over, so the woman tells the waiter, "Please put the meat in a bag for the dog."

The son jumps up, "Wow, Mom, are we getting a dog?"

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