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Crochet N More

Volume XVIII, Issue No. 22
November 30, 2015

Serving approximately 7,000 crafters...


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an unknown future to a known God.”
~~ Corrie ten Boom ~~


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I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord. How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with Thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count. Sacrifice and meal offering Thou hast not desired; my ears Thou hast opened; burnt offering and sin offering Thou hast not required. Then I said, "Behold I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me; I delight to do Thy will, O my God; Thy Law is within my heart." I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I will not restrain my lips, O Lord, Thou knowest. I have not hidden Thy righteousness witin my heart; I have spoken of Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation; I ahve not concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth from the great congregation. Thou, O Lord, wilt not withhold Thy compassion from me; Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth will continually preserve me. For evils behond number have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; they are more numerous than the hairs of my head; and my heart has failed me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; make haste, O Lord to help me. Let those be ashamed and humiliated together who seek my life to destroy it; let those be turned back and dishonored who delight in my hurt. Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, "Aha, aha!" Let all who seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; let those who love Thy salvation say continually, "The Lord be magnified!" Since I am afflicted and needy, let the Lord be mindful of me; Thou art my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 40:1-17

Now a certian man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. And it was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. The sisters therefore sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it." Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When therefore He heard that he was sick He stayed then two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because the light is not in him." This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, that I may awaken him out of sleep." The disciples therefore said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep. Then Jesus therefore said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him." Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him." So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off; and many of the Jews and come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went ot meet Him; but Mary still sat in the house. Martha therefore said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." Jesus said to her, "Your brother shall rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world." And when she had sauid this, she went away, and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, "The Teacher is here, and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she arose quickly, and was coming to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. The Jews then who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Therefore, when Mary came to where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here my brother would not have died." When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. And so the Jews were saying, Behold how He loved him!" But some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have kept this man also from dying?" Jesus therefore again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, "Lord by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" And so they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always; but because of the people standing around I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me." And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." He who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings; and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

John 11:1-44



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Patterns sometimes refer to a chain space.. it can be chain 1 or any number/series of chains.
Ch-1 sp is the same as chain one space.
Ch2-sp is the same as chain two space.
Example: If a pattern says "sc in next ch-1 sp" then you do a single crochet in the next chain one space (the next space where you previously chained one). Work the stitch into the hole below the chain... not directly into the chain itself.

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Re: Lost

Heart Crocheted Afghan made by Christina Terzian

Please can you help me find this pattern.
I have searched and can't find this pattern anywhere. Many thanks. Debbie.

<< Reply >>

The afghan in that picture was made by Christina Terzian.
She used a pattern that I had for inspiration and made that afghan.
Sorry, but I do not have the actual pattern.

I do have a couple of heart afghan square patterns you might use to make
a similar afghan:
These squares can be used alone or together along with your favorite joining
method and/or border to finish make an afghan.


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RE: How to Crochet: Writing on Single Crochet Fabric with Slip Stitches



<< Comments >>

Thank you for your video.
I'm going to try this with STARS and HEART shapes!
Adgurl Oone


RE: no sew towel topper

I’m not clear on if you are crocheting these on top of the towel or how they are attached to the kitchen towel.

There is no instructions for that or any pics showing how it is attached.



<< Reply >>

The topper isn’t directly attached to the towel... you fold a dish towel length ways and insert it through the Hanging Loop.

I designed this pattern for my Aunt who loves to hang her towels but the towels would always wear out before the topper.
She had been cutting the toppers off and sewing new towels onto them. With this pattern she just needs to change the towel.


Re: Doggie Sweater Dress

Here's the finished product!


Crochet Dog Sweater

Crochet Dog Sweater

* Roxie *
Owner: Tanya



Re: Christmas Angel Pattern

I was on your web site and would like to know how to get the Christmas Angel pattern. I cannot access this Pineapple pattern anywhere. It is a flat Christmas ornament type pattern.
Please contact me with information how to get this free pattern.
Judy Raymond

<< Reply >>

I don’t recall ever designing a pattern like you described; however,
I believe this is the Pineapple Angel pattern to which you are referring:






dc dec in next 2 sts 4 times

<< reply >>

A “dc dec” is a double crochet decrease (a/k/a dc2tog).

“Dc dec in next 2sts 4 times” means you will work 4 double crochet decreases.

Here’s how to make a double crochet decrease :

Work a double crochet 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 is a video showing how to make the double crochet decrease:


Complete that decrease four times for your pattern.


RE: Stitch_Question

Hi, I just joined from my "fun" email account, but this one "business" is whats attached to my instant email. So my queation is about the size 9 child socks. I'm wondering what you would suggest if I'm wanting to make house socks for my kids who are considerably bigger then a child's size 9. My daughter is an 8.5-9 in women's, my oldest boy is a 7.5 in men's and my little guy is a 6 in kids, he's almost 9 years old. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for what you do! Your dog sweater pattern was the first pattern I read all the way through and undrstood! That made me feel so accomplished! Thanks again. ��

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You’re very welcome Melissa.

It has been quite a few years since I designed the sock pattern.
It should be easy to adjust the size of the sock by making the foundation chain longer in order to obtain more length and repeating rows 8 and 9 for more width. How many stitches and rows you use will depend on your tension. Keep in mind that this sock pattern has no shaping like traditional socks do. It is made more like a leg warmer and closed on one end.

ps I’m glad you enjoyed the dog sweater pattern.
I would love to see pictures Smile


Re: Popcorn stitch

Lisa been crocheting from your site for years, now I need help. I am making an afghan and going to use a popcorn stitch once in a while through the blanket. My question is do I need to do one roll with no popcorn or can I scatter them through with no problem?

Sharon Bell

<< Reply >>

You should be able to incorporate popcorn stitches throughout
an afghan pattern on any double crochet row.

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 the 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.

This video shows how to make the Popcorn Stitch:



RE: ReadAPattern

Hi there, I’m trying to start this crochet poncho for my daughter, I do know basic crochet but what does the part that says “A over pattern” mean? I understand that 4 sts should equal about 5 inches.

Thanks! Karen

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4 sts = about 5 in. (12.5 cm) with larger hook and A over pattern; 7 1/2 sc = 4 in. (10 cm) with smaller hook and B.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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<< Reply >>

Gauge measurements are included in a pattern for reference to help you obtain the correct garment size.

The Gauge measurements for this pattern should be about 5 inches across 4 stitches when you use the larger hook (Size P) with Color A (Homespun Thick & Quick) while working in pattern.

Then with Color B (Homespun) and the smaller hook (Size L) the measurement should be 4 inches across 7-1/2 single crochet stitches.


RE: ReadAPattern

The pattern says (dc,tr) exactly what does that mean?

Tom & Darlene

<< Reply >>

When crochet instructions are within parentheses the pattern should instruct
where to place that set of instructions just after the closing parenthesis.

For instance,
(dc,tr) in the next stitch
means you work one double crochet and one treble crochet "both" in the next stitch on the working row.

if the instruction says:
(dc,tr) in the next ch-sp
you would work both of those stitches in the hole beneath the next chain or series of chain stitches on the working row.





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Humor provides us with a valuable tool for
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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."


Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.
'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
'Of course, you do,' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house,' Johnny explained.
'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!'


As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"

The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my email??!!"

My husband had run to the store with our daughters, Sarah (4) and Hannah (2) and on the way home he drove through a neighborhood looking for houses for sale.

After a bit Sarah asked, "Daddy, what are we doing?"

My husband said he was looking at the houses that were for sale.

Sarah asked "Are you gonna buy a new house?"

Dad replied "Maybe."

Then Sarah said with much concern, "But Dad, how will we get it HOME?!"


A friend and I were driving in the country looking for an address. We found the town, but we couldn't locate the road.
We drove to the police station. They'd never heard of the road. Neither had the Fire Department. We went to City Hall, where a community get-together was going on. We consulted a map, with no luck, until finally we happened to ask one young man who knew exactly where the street was. He pointed to the map, showing us exactly how to get there. I said, "Thank you. Are you with the Police? Or the Fire Department?"

"Neither. I deliver pizzas."


On one particular Sunday, the pastor was emphasizing the importance of everyone giving their tithes and offerings.
He went on to challenge the people to give enthusiastically because II Corinthians 9:7 says in it that "God loves a cheerful giver."

As the plate was passed, a little boy in the second pew, quickly slipped off his neck tie and placed it into the offering plate.

His mother, absolutely mortified, asked him what in the world he thought he was doing.

The boy replied, "The pastor said put your ties in the offering plate and do it joyfully. I love that man!"


Lee, a seven-year-old boy, was asked to say thanks for the Christmas dinner.

The family members bowed their heads in expectation. Lee began his prayer, thanking God for his mommy, daddy, brothers, sister, grandma, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food.

He gave thanks for the turkey, the stuffing, the Christmas pudding, even the cranberry sauce. Then Lee paused, and everyone waited ... and waited.

After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the Brussels Sprouts, won't he know that I'm lying?"

Frequently complimented on what a pretty girl she was, my five- year-old daughter, Maria, had become fairly used to relatives' and friends' comments.

One evening my friend Eleanor came to visit just as Maria was being tucked into bed, so she came to say good night. “My!” Eleanor said, “you have really long eyelashes!”

“Yes, Eleanor,” said Maria. “They should be long. I've been growing them for five years,” she paused,
“and I never cut them once.”


An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.

"You've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint!" a girl in the line said to the little fella.

Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him. "I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," she said, while tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "Freckles are beautiful."

The boy looked up, "Really?"

"Of course," said the grandmother. "Why just name me one thing that's
prettier than freckles."

The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma's face, and softly whispered,


As the family gathered for a big dinner together, the youngest son announced that he had just signed up at
an army recruiter's office.

There were audible gasps around the table, then some laughter, as his older brothers shared their disbelief that he could handle this new situation.

"Oh, come on, quit joking," snickered one. "You didn't really do that, did you?"

"You would never get through basic training," scoffed other.

The new recruit looked to his mother for help, but she was just gazing at him. When she finally spoke, she simply asked, "Do you really plan to make your own bed every morning?"


On a crisp fall afternoon, my four-year-old son was helping rake leaves in the front yard of our farmhouse. I glanced up just in time to see a flock of geese flying over and pointed out how they flew in a formation shaped like a V.

He patiently watched them as they disappeared over the horizon and then turning to me and asked, "Do they know any other letters?"

When eighty-four-year-old William fell in love with his eighty-three-year-old neighbor Phyllis, he thought his heart would burst with joy. However, little did he know that it was another part of his body that would give way first.

Getting down on his knees to propose to Phyllis, he told her that he wanted to ask her two questions. Firstly, would she marry him?

"Oh yes," she replied. "But what's your second question"

"Will you help me up?"







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