Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Here's another scarf from the Christmas at Sea site. I used the pattern SCrochet Scrappy Scarf.

I used an H hook with Knit Picks Swish Worsted superwash merino wool. Colors are Marine Heather, Hollyberry, and Squirrel Heather. I continue to be impressed with this yarn. I haven't worked with wool much with the exception of wool hats for the military but certainly would consider this yarn again.

Finished size is about 6" x  60". I used a skein (50 gr) of each color with a little more of a second skein of the Marine Heather. 

Happy crocheting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

scarf and placemat

Fresh off my hook is a scarf made with Knit Picks Swish Worsted 100% superwash merino wool in color Bark. I used an H hook. Very pleased with this yarn. It is so soft. I think I may have had one place where I had to cut out a piece. 

The skeins are 50 grams, 110 yards. I bought 3 skeins as the pattern said 300 yards. I had a bit of the third skein left. My finished size is just over 7" x about 42". 

This for Christmas at Sea and I used their approved pattern for a crocheted Mariner's scarf.

I am currently working on another scarf from those patterns. The best time to send them items is in the fall according to the page.

As I had a break in the items that had deadlines and while waiting for the wool to come in, I finished the last placemat.


Yarn used is Knit Picks CotLin Pomegranate, Ivy, Linen, and Eggplant.

Size is about 12" x 18". They are meant to be used with the stripes positioned vertically.

The foundation chain is 60. I used my seed stitch pattern and worked 93 rows. If you want the stripes to go horizontally just use a longer chain and work fewer rows. I would guess about 100 but you'll have to try it to see.

I used a G hook.

Each row takes about 3 yards of yarn. I estimate that 300 yards of each color is needed for the set. Of this particular yarn, that would be 3 skeins each. I used 2 skeins to make the three placemats but remember that they're not bordered. I do have a little left of each color.

I used the Fibonacci and Lucas number sequences to determine what color to use when. 
Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5. Lucas sequence is 2, 1, 3, 4, 7.
Fibonacci #1 uses the color order red, green, tan, purple.
Fibonacci #2 uses the sequence green, red, purple, tan.
Lucas #1 uses the sequence red, green, tan, purple.
Lucas #2 uses the sequence green, red, purple, tan.

I do have the pattern sheets written out but I don't have means to add them to the web site at this time as the program I used is no longer supported. That's a long, complicated story. :-) After it's tweaked I may add it to Ravelry.

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

shawl and doily

Off my hooks ...

Last night I finished this wheelchair wrap. The original pattern by Susan Coes used to be on the CrochetMe site. It has been changed to Interweave Crochet. The new link there is https://www.interweave.com/article/crochet/crochet-wheelchair-wrap-pattern/ I also found it in a 2008 copy at Susan Coes Wheelchair Wrap 

I altered the pattern slightly because the Brava Sport worsted I used is a little thinner - more a light worsted - and I wasn't sure how far what I had would go. I had the most skeins of Brava Sport Worsted Almond, a couple of full skeins and some partial skeins, probably left over from a Who scarf. 

I worked 33 rows in the pattern stitch and one row single crochet for a finished edge. That got me to the 18" needed. I did run out of yarn about halfway through the sc edging but found a small skein of leftover, probably from the same batch as it matched perfectly. 

This is a nice pattern, very simple. I have made quite a few of these. 

I also made a simple doily for a friend. I used Marinke Slump's mandala rug pattern but used an F hook and Knit Picks Simple Cotton sport yarn. 

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Recent Projects

On and off my hooks recently...

Cradle sets are for Bridget's Cradles and follow the patterns available to the volunteers. Yarn is I Love This Yarn Light Peach. I used a G hook.

Cradle sets - cradle, blanket and square
The cocoons are made with patterns I am designing. They are sized for a preemie and open so caregivers can get to the baby without removing them from the cocoon - at least that is the intent behind them. I'll find out soon if it will work as I am hoping.

I think the pink preemie cocoon was made with Bernat Baby yarn. I used a G hook. This one is going to God's Tiny Angels

Pink preemie cocoon with flap

Blue preemie cocoons are made with Loops and Thread Snuggly Wuggly Pale Blue. These are going to Heartstrings of Houma.
Blue preemie cocoon with flap closed

Blue preemie cocoon with flap open
I think the preemie hats were made with Knit Picks Brava Sport. The label was missing. I used a G hook.

Preemie hats in peach

The grey adult hats were made with Lion Brand Hometown USA Dallas Grey.
It's a super bulky (#6) yarn. I used a Susan Bates N hook. These are going to Bridge and Beyond.

adult size hat with super bulky yarn
I plan more of the same items plus squares as I get a chance and I'm hoping to make some shawls as well.

Right now I'm working on perfecting the write up of the cocoon pattern.

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


The squares are off as well as a couple of cradle sets which I forgot to take a picture of. oops.

Here's my latest work. It's a preemie cocoon and hat.

The pattern can be found here. I did change the edging to (ch 2, sl st, sk 1) to make a bit of a decorative edge. It's not fancy but just a bit of something extra.  I used a G hook.

My plan now is to make a few hats. A few years ago I made many little preemie hats. I'm going to look back at those patterns and see what I did then. I have much of this pink yarn - I think it may have been Bernat baby yarn.

Happy crocheting!