Crochet N More

Volume XII, Issue No. 24
December 30, 2009

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RE: Spool Knitting

Could someone out there please point me in the right direction?
I have the supplies, but the instructions seems to have flown right out of my head!
I'd love to teach my Granddaughters how to knit using a spool knitter - the instructions I did have were confusing, but I remember spending many hours as a young girl spool knitting lots of creative projects! Please help me in you can, the simpler the instructions - the better, please. When I am crocheting I seem to be able to do the complicated patterns, yet this has me baffled!
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Cheers from Canada, Kris



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FRINGE (strands of yarn along the edge of a project)

Fringe can be used for many different crochet projects:
     Doll Hair
The possibilities are endless !

Cut pieces of yarn a little more than twice the length you want your fringe to be.
Insert the hook in the stitch/space where you want a fringe.
Fold all strands needed for one fringe in half.
Using the hook, draw the folded ends of the yarn through the stitch/space.
Yarn over all of the strands of yarn in your fringe and draw them through the folded ends.
This completes the fringe and all you need to do is tighten up the knot by pulling on the strands of yarn.
Trim the ends of the fringe if desired.

You're working on a scarf.
You want each fringe to measure 4 inches long.
You want each fringe to be 6 strands each.
You will need to cut 3 strands of yarn approximately 9 inches in length, so when
folded and attached your fringe will measure around 4 inches long.

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When adding fringe to a project, choose a yarn that doesn't shed fibers easily.
Yarns that shed their fibers tend not to wear very well and after washing they begin to look ragged.
Using a non-shedding type of yarn will help your project look great for a long time.
It's also good if the fringe yarn has a tighter twist in the strands.










Scrap Yarn Ideas ...

73. Last week I cut up a lot of yarn into 6 inch pieces. Then I made wikki stix from them. This is a cool product which teachers love to teach handicapped children in the lower grades. Well, even the other children in grades one and two love to play with them. Some of my grandchildren are getting these as a Christmas gift. Sadie

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RE: T-Shirt Coaster

I had a question to ask you concerning the T-shirt coaster. I made one and it turned out great. I wanted to make sure that it was alright if I made some for friends and family as gifts. My sister (Lisa) is thinking of opening a craft store and I thought these would make a great addition. Would I be allowed to make the T-shirt coasters and sell them? If so, what should I do to credit you for the design?

Trusting in Him, Michelle Drumheller

<< reply >>

You have my permission to use any of my patterns for gifts or to sell finished products.
All I ask is my pattern not be sold and if possible include a link to my website with each item given or sold.

Subject: Christmas_Stocking

Hi lisa, do you have a easy crochet granny square stocking you can share,i'm new at crocheting & would love to make one for our christmas tree,thank you for any of your help. carrie

<< reply >>

I don't have a granny square stocking but I do have a Big Christmas Stocking that is pretty easy:

Subject: Suggestion/Question

I am trying to crochet baby mittens but I don't understand the directions after I finish the cuff.
It says:
Sl st across into starting ch Ch1 - sc in join Evenly space 15 more sc around cuff
I'm very confused.
Can you explain this to me in more detail???

<< reply >>

If this your pattern:

For the Cuff... you are working 6 single crochets for 14 rows into the back loop only... this gives you a ribbed look. I believe Row 15 on the cuff is actually a joining row. Work the each of the slip stitches through the stitch of round 14 and the foundation stitch opposite it at the same time from Round 1. (that means you work into the unworked loop of each chain on Row 1.

When you do this the piece should look like a wrist band.

Now for the Hand...
Round 1... you chain 1, and work one single crochet at that same spot. Now you work 16 more single crochets around the cuff into the row ends... evenly spacing them around. Join with a slip stitch in the first single you made.

Subject: ReadAPattern

Thank you so much for the pattern explanations. My mom taught me to crochet (long ago) by looking at samples and now I am actually working with written patterns. Your site makes it easy. Gloria M. Sanchez

Subject: Baby_Scratch_Mitts

I had a question on your pattern. I am semi new at crocheting but I am crocheting with the help of a woman that does know how to crochet more than I do. However, we both do not know what "post" means I have found the definitions for Bpdc and Fpdc under your site. I just do now understand what a "post" is could you please help and explain.

Susana Sanchez

Subject: Great page!

Hello, I love how you break instructions down on your web page! I just bought a book called Everyday Crochet and I can't, for the life of me, figure out where to start! It starts with the yoke, and says to make the same as a different pattern through body row 2. What the heck is the yoke? Besides the center of an egg, I'm lost! Am I starting with the top? Bottom? Side? Please help this is a sweater my sister-in-law wants for CHRISTMAS!?!?!? Thanks, Brande Schiller

<< reply >>

I'm glad my site is useful to you.
The Yoke of a sweater is the part closest to the neckline.

Subject: Basketweave_Towel_Topper

bpdc, fpdc. What does this means?
Thanks.. Can not wait make those for my kitchen :) Thanks Christina

<< reply >>

These are post stitches.

Here's how:
Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left
around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

Yarn over, insert hook from the back side of the work right to left
around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

This link is helpful in explaining these stitches.

You can find these and many other stitch abbreviations and instructions on my Basics page:
Hope this helps.

Thanks for posting the great dish towel crocheted topper instructions.
Every Christmas a friend gives me a couple of crocheted top dish towels.
Unfortunately, she seems to use old dish towels (probably from Goodwill) and they do not absorb water very well.
This year they weren't even clean! I know she means well, but...!!
I finally got frustrated enough with the cheap towels to look for a crochet pattern
so I can make my own out of brand new dish towels!
Your pattern looks perfect. Thanks! Tig

Subject: Row_Count_Breast_Cancer_Ribbon_Afghan_Square

I have not been crocheting long, but I want to make this pattern, and how am I supposed to change colors? what do I do with the finished color after changing to the next color? and then picking it up in the next row? does it look strange? please help:) -- Amy Kittel

<< reply >>

Take a look at this page:
for info on graphs and charts.
I carry my unused color along the row and drop it at
the point where I will need it again on the way back.

Subject: Basics Page

I haven't done anything in crochet for many years. I have finished my project, and can't find out how to do the last row to end the project. The instructions I find only show how to end the last stitch. I need to know how to get to that last stitch in the final row like in knitting you cast off. HELP!
Gail Chall

<< reply >>

In crocheting you work all the way across the row and then finish off only the last stitch.
To finish off you cut your yarn leaving about six inches, then yarn over and draw the yarn tail through the last loop on the hook. Pull it snuggly. Each yarn tail needs to be weaved back into your project. To weave your ends in take a yarn needle or use your crochet hook and sew the yarn tails back through your stitches.
This page should be helpful:

Subject: Barbs_Floppy_Brim_Hat

~~ first of all let me say thank you for sharing your pattern
Ive been knitting for many years now and have recently discovered crocheting therefore Im not very seasoned. Ive run into a snag though and have asked a friend who is an avid crotchetier and she also does not under stand the information in Row 13. Please explain Row 13 - I understand the first line but then with the ** and the * notations Im not sure what Im to be doing. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Tammy Robbins

<< reply >>

You're very welcome Tammy.
Asterisks work the same way in patterns whether there is one asterisk or two.
Sometimes a letter "t" is also used like an asterisk (*).
These symbols are in patterns to indicate what part of the pattern to repeat.

So for Round 13 you do the following:
Do not turn.
Slip stitch around the Front Post of the same double crochet you joined in.
Chain 3
Double crochet in the space between the same double crochet and the next double crochet.
* Front Post Double Crochet around next double crochet.

Repeat the instructions from the two asterisks (**) over and over ending with the last repeat
from the two asterisk to the single asterisk. (so your last repeat ends at the single asterisk)
Join with slip stitch in the top of the begininng chain 3. (you should have 120dc when finished)

Subject: Cell_Phone_Wrist_Pouch

Hi, I was wondering what your copyright entails.
I do not want to sell your pattern, but I would like to know if I can make your cell phone case to sell on etsy. It would not be mass produced in any manner, just made by me, in limited quantities. I would be more than happy to put a statement with the product stating that it was made from your pattern. Please let me know. Thanks, Lisa Perez

<< reply >>

You have my permission to make items using my pattern designs to sell.
Please keep in mind that not all patterns on my site are my designs.
Thank you for offering not to sell my patterns. I do not wish them sold... that's why I give them for free ;o) The only terms and/or conditions I have are that the pattern itself not be sold or reposted on other websites. I really appreciate your kindness in offering to include my information along with the items.
My website url with each item is fine.

Subject: ReadAPattern

I have a pattern that says Chain 2 HDC in each stich,join with a st. what and how do i do a HDC?
Jamie DeMaris

<< reply >>

That means you chain 2 and then work one half double crochet in each stitch.

A half double crochet is worked as follows:
Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch or space indicated,
yarn over again and pull up a loop. (You should have three loops on your hook.)
Yarn over again and draw through all three of the loops on the hook.

Subject: help w/ little angel ornament please

Hello Lisa, I'm one of your new website friends in the Lord. So glad to see you ask those eternal questions that need to be asked. Thank you for posting and sharing your little angel ornament crochet instructions. I've looked at numerous crochet patterns and I like yours the best, but I need help in understanding some of the instructions. I've not crocheted in a number of years and wanted to do these Christmas ornaments as gifts. Perhaps you can help me understand which rows of instruction make which parts of the angel. That would help a lot.

I'm concerned that after having done row 6, I still don't show signs of angel wings.
My angel seems to be 3-D. Is that correct?
I would like a stitch count for row 5 after I've made the decreases.
So far I have 10 chn2 spaces instead of 8. I've torn them out, started from Row 1 and still don't come up with the correct number. Perhaps a need a stitch count for the previous rows as well? Whatever help you can give me in the way of instructions will be a blessing! If you happen to have a closer view of the angel that would also help. Christmas blessings, Alene

<< reply >>

The angel ornament is one of my older patterns... but if memory serves me correctly... the wings aren't noticeable until you begin the skirt portion of the pattern. The angel is 3D... not flat.

As far as stitch counts go... I didn't include that info on earlier patterns.
Not sure why.... just didn't think about it, I guess. The only way I could get a stitch count is to make the ornament again and I'm sorry to say that I do not have time to do that right now.

<< Alene's Reply >>

Thank you for your reply. After I had done some more simple patterns I was able to go back and do yours successfully. And I LOVE it! It turns out that my main problem was not knowing how to decrease a half double crochet. I found out how on the Internet. You're correct the wings don't appear until right before the skirt row. I felt like it was almost magic! Thanks again for responding and Merry Christmas to you and yours. May we live out His birth in us everyday!
Alene Edwards

Subject: ReadAPattern

Thank you so much, I thought I knew what the asterisk.
But what do two asterisk mean at the end of an instructions.
(ex. 1 sc, 2 dc, 1 sc ** )
Novella C. Gibson

<< reply >>

You're welcome... two asterisks work the same way one asterisk does. These are only symbols that are referred to later in the pattern when instructions need to be repeated. Sometimes a repeat is partially repeated at the end of a row/round... and the designer puts two asterisks or a different symbol to let you know where to stop that repeat.

Subject: Crocheted Christmas Tree

Hello, My mother used to have a beautiful white crocheted Christmas tree with colored lights that was so pretty. It stood about a foot tall. I'd like to know where I can find one. I googled "Crocheted Christmas Trees," and your site came up. I don't crochet, but wondered if you or anyone you know has ever made the one with lights and, if so, how much it would cost to have one made. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Sincerely; Janice Wisinski

<< reply >>

After numerous searches I found the following tree patterns:

the first one is 7 inches tall and the other 48 inches tall.
As for the cost to have one made... that would depend on who you hire to make it for you.

Subject: No_Sew_Towel_Topper_2

When and how do you attach the yarn to the dish cloth? Anita A Crotchetier

<< reply >>

You don't atach the yarn to the dishcloth.
You hang the dishcloth in the finished topper.

Subject: Basketweave_Towel_Topper

Hi, I know that you said to contact you if I have any errors, However I found none.
I use your patterns quite often. This one I found special because it is fun, easy and I've already made a few for my family and friends for Christmas. I am sending you this message to thank you for your fun patterns, it means alot to me to have them. My name is Angela, I've been Crocheting and Knitting since I was 10 years old. I am now 35 I love to do my crafts and make gifts. I thank you again for putting your patterns out there for us to enjoy God Bless You and your gifts. Angela

<< reply >>

You're very welcome Angela.
I'm glad you are enjoying my patterns.
I've been crocheting since seventh grade... that was in the late 70's.
Like you, I love to make gifts. Life would be so boring without crafts :)

Subject: Two Dog Bandana Patterns

Hello! I've made a couple of the dog bandanas for my Corgi and just love the patterns. Thank you for sharing them. I wanted to ask if I can share the patterns with about 10 fellow crocheters in the Topeka, Kansas chapter of the National Crochet Guild. We would like to make some to donate to our local animal shelter to sell at fundraisers. Please let me know if that would be okay. Thank you so much!

<< reply >>

You're very welcome. I'm so glad you are enjoying the bandana pattern. Yes, you may share the pattern with your friends. Please print the pattern "as is" so your friends can print additional copies when they need them. I allow items to be made for gifts or for sale using my patterns. Please keep in mind that not all patterns on my site are my designs.


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I was on the phone trying to set up a furniture delivery. "If you would like to arrange a delivery date, please press one," the automated voice prompted me. "If you would like to confirm delivery, please press two." At that moment my three-year-old daughter let out an ear-piercing shriek. "I'm sorry," the automated voice said, "that is not a valid response."

The gentleman stopped to talk to the small girl who was making mud pies on the sidewalk. "My word," he exclaimed, "you are pretty dirty, aren't you, my little girl?"

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Little Johnny burst into the drug store and shouted excitedly, "My father is being chased by a bull!"

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My mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. My six-year-old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger's voice say, "We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?"

Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming,
"Dad! They've got Mom! And they want money!"

The minister of a well-attended, strong, and enthusiastic church often showed himself ready and able to deal with any situation that might come up. One Sunday, just as the minister was reaching the climax of his sermon, his own young son entered the church, ran to the center aisle, started making loud beeps and brrrmms like a car without a muffler, then zoomed right toward him. The minister stopped his sermon, pointed severely at his son, and commanded, "Jimmy, park the car immediately beside your mother on that bench (pointing), turn off the ignition, and hand her the keys."

The sermon continued undisturbed ... after a good laugh by the congregation.

We needed a new car, and I went to a local dealer with a long list of requirements.

"It must be inexpensive," I told the salesman, "but big enough to transport eight Wolf Cubs and all their camping equipment. It has to have lots of headroom. I don't want air conditioning because I like to feel natural breezes. And I'm not concerned about horse-power or a smooth ride."

The salesman gazed at me intently.
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Pardon me, lady", said the man trying to get back to his seat in the darkened movie theater, "but did I step on your toes a few minutes ago?"

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While working as a television news cameraman, I arrived at an accident scene, and a cameraman from another station pulled up behind me. As I parked the news cruiser, I heard a policeman on the scanner using the radio phonetic alphabet to alert other officers.
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There was a silence, and Teddy reappeared in the front room.

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After shopping at a busy store, another woman and I happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of finding our cars in the crowded parking lot. Just then my car horn beeped, and I was able to locate my vehicle easily.

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Proverbs as finished by a fourth grade class:

It is always darkest...Just before you flunk a test.

There is nothing new...under a rock.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with...a private jet.

A committee of three...gets things done when they are not fighting.

If you can't stand the heat...try Antarctica.

Better late than...absent.

A rolling stone...may dent the floor.

If at first you don't with it.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry...and then blow your nose.

A bird in the hand is....better than a woodpecker on your head.

Early to bed, early to rise...and you will get the best cereal.

Two heads...are pretty scary.

It is better to light a candle light a bomb.

A miss is as good as...a mister.

A penny not a lot.

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Haste makes...sweat



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