Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Lovely Baby Blanket

Original pattern by Wormie


2 colors baby weight yarn (I used white and pink Baby Coordinates)

G Hook

Stitches used:

Double Crochet Base Stitch (click here for video instructions)

Double Crochet (DC)

V-Stitch – Double crochet, chain 2, Double crochet (all in same stitch)

Cluster - (click here for video instructions)

Single Crochet (SC)


Finished blanket is approx 23” x 28”

Row 1) Use Double Crochet Base Stitch to create a starting row 91 stitches long.

Row 2) Chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC in next stitch. Skip next stitch, **V-stitch in next, skip 2 stitches**, repeat ** across row to last 2 stitches. DC in each of last 2 stitches. Turn.

Row 3) Chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC in next Stitch, chain 1, **cluster in next V-stitch, chain 2**, repeat ** across to last 2 stitches. DC in each of last 2 stitches. (At end of row 3 I changed from white to pink yarn. If you want to change colors, do so with last pull through of last DC in row 3. Cut the white yarn and work the end in as you work

row 4. Turn

Row 4) With pink yarn chain 1 (counts as first SC). SC in next DC, SC in top of cluster, 2 SC in space between clusters. Continue SC across the row. At last SC change back to white yarn. (cut the pink yarn and work the tail in as you work row 5). Turn.

Row 5) With white yarn chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC across row. Turn

Row 6) repeat row 2.

Row 7) repeat row 3

Row 8) repeat row 4.

Row 9) Repeat row 5

Continue this pattern working rows 5-9 fourteen more times.

At end of row 64 do not change color or turn work. Continue working with pink yarn, doing SC around remaining 3 sides (along long sides of the blanket, place 2 SC in the side of each DC and 1 sc in each sc. Work 3 SC in each corner stitch. After working perimeter of blanket, join w/ slip stitch to first sc of row 64.

Border: For the border I used my Loopy Edging (click here for photo instructions):

With pink yarn chain 7, skip next 4 DC, SC in next stitch. **chain 7, dc in 5th sc**, repeat around entire perimeter of blanket joining with slip stitch to base of first arch.

Working in same row under the first arch, slip stitch into next 2 sc. Remove the hook and pull the loop through to the back side of the arch. **Chain 7, pulling chain to the front of your work sc in center stitch of first arch.** Repeat this pattern all the way around the perimeter creating an interwoven arched border.

This blanket can be made in a solid color yarn, or have fun by experimenting with the stripe pattern by changing the color on the V-stitch or cluster-stitch row.

This is an original copywrited pattern. Feel free to use it for personal or charity use, but do not sell the pattern or post it elsewhere. You may link back to this original pattern post.

Note - pattern corrected - Thank you for your comment, Cortney!

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Black or Pink???

Why not both????

No sooner do I finish a crazy slipper craze using the easy pattern from my earlier post, when I find Abi's Slipper Pattern. This pattern is even easier to make than the other, and the slippers are super warm and cozy!!

I might have to make some more of these!!!

Those dots on my ankles are hive scars. Think they'll ever fade?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

... cats don't like it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
His and Hers

The weather seems to think it's still summer, but I know that winter is on its way. I want to be prepared, so I made some slippers for my hubby and myself. I honestly didn't expect to like these much (I'm a barefoot type worm), but they are SO comfortable! I love them!

I used this pattern following it exactly for me, and using a larger hook for hubby.

These slippers are fast and easy to make, and extremely comfortable to wear.

Sunday, October 12, 2008
Another Kippah

This is another Kippah that I recently made.

I started the center design using a doily pattern (if you're a member of freepatterns.com, the pattern is there under "trinket doilys"). Then I sort of improvised with rows of DC and another row of pattern clusters to edge it. I like the way this one looks and think I'm going to send it to my sister.

Saturday, October 11, 2008
The Worm's New Clothes

Wormie's got a new shirt, and from the responses that I got out and about town today, lot's of folks like it!!!

It was designed by a good friend of mine. If you like it too, you can buy your own here.

Sunday, October 05, 2008
A year ago.....
One year today, right about now, Honey and I came home. After two days of driving from Florida, we and the three cats arrived in Bloomington at about 5:15pm on 10-5-08.

From the minute we drove into town, Bloomington felt like home. We love it here. This town has so much to offer. For me, it was the end of a chapter and the start of a new one. It's been great! Life always has its stressors and challenges. Starting a new job, building a new home, the flood, the move.... it hasn't always been easy, but it's been fabulous.

Now, a year later, we and "the boys" are in our new home. We've met wonderful people and made new friends.

It's been a GREAT year!


When hubby and I got engaged, I was still rather new to crochet, but I decided that I wanted to crochet the kippot (head covers) for our wedding. I bought some nice soft black and silver yarn and made simple kippot for our guests and something just a bit fancier for hubby.

Last month, with the high holidays approaching, I wanted to try my hand at some of the really beautiful and intricately designed kippot that I've seen. I think that my skill level is not quite
there yet.

Instead, I bought some very lovely thread. Hubby like the bright colors and I thought that I could make a nice kippah. Unfortunately that yarn was stiff and rather challenging to work with. I did manage a very simple kippah (shown above). Hubby likes it, but it doesn't seem to want to stay put on his head, and it didn't satisfy my nead for something really lovely.

With Yom Kippur just a few days away, I wanted him to have something a bit less "noisy" and really beautiful. Using this pattern, I made the ivory colored kippah above. On my bust head, it seems oddly shaped, but it is soft and a pretty. It's a bit larger than many kippot, and will hold on hubby's head better. I think it came out well.

I still want to try my hand at the more intricately designs patterns. Maybe by this time next year I'll have that art mastered.