I’ve run across a few interesting variations in stitches lately and thought I’d pop a few here for you to note in case you run across them in patterns. I provided more than one video as I find sometimes I need to hear it different ways to “get it”.

Working in third loop of hdc

Third loop in the round. I did this on one of the hats I made recently. I did not have any problem with it.

Waistcoat Stitch / split single crochet stitch

Mattress stitch


I hope that was helpful to someone!

Happy crocheting!



Vanna’s Choice

The additional skein of Yarnspirations Caron One Pound in Persimmon arrived and I finished the Vanna’s Choice afghan. The yarn is worsted weight, 16 oz (453.6g), 812 yds (742m), 100% acrylic. It says “no dye lot” and whether that is accurate or not, I didn’t see any difference in the yarn I received.Ā  I needed three skeins to complete the afghan though I only used about half of the third one.

12-9-2018 afghan Cyndy corner12-9-2018 afghan Cyndy - vanna choice12-9-2018 afghan Cyndy closeup

The pattern is in the book Vanna’s Afghans A to Z published by Oxmoor House (February 1, 1995). You can probably find it in your local library, through interlibrary loan, on Ebay or other used book sellers. At the time I’m writing this I couldn’t find it on Amazon but there were several copies on Ebay.

I used an H hook and instructions for the baby size but changed the direction of it and continued until it was as big as I wanted it. I added a round of single crochet and a round of (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2) in same stitch.

My finished size is about 45″ x 65″.

I found the yarn stiff to work with using the H hook but after I washed and dried it, it draped much better.

Another afghan I’ve made from this book is the Whispers of White (also published elsewhere as Welcome Home) which I made for my great nephew in memory of his deceased grandmother, my sister-in-law.

That’s all for now!

Happy Crocheting!




I completed another cowl using I Love This Yarn print in colorway Sunset. ILTY print is 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn in 5 oz (142gm), 252 yd(230m) skeins. I used an H hook to work this cowl.

12-7-2018 Hattie cowl

I tried a different seaming method on this one. I think it does look better but because of the variegation (is that a word?) in the yarn it still shows. Here is a comparison of the two methods I’ve used thus far.

I’m not complaining as I think they still look great and I still love this pattern. It doesn’t take long to make and is a simple repeat.

The pattern suggests it can be done in the round and I did make an effort at that but wasn’t happy with it after a few rounds so I’m going to give that another go.

I can see such potential in this pattern using different variegated and solid yarns to make them different. This is important to me as I am thinking in terms of the Christmas shoeboxes which will be going to a particular church so all the young people will be in the same area. I think they should all have different fabric patterns. This one is about 8 1/4″ and should fit nicely in a box I think. I didn’t measure it flat before I seamed it but it looks to be just slightly smaller than the blue one.

As I noted before the pattern is Bev’s Cozy Cowl at Craftsy. It’s a paid pattern but I will certainly get my money’s worth as I intend to make a dozen or so of them.

Happy Crocheting!


Cowl or hat

What a quick project! I made this cowl/hat in one day. The worsted weight yarn is Patons Decor 3.5 oz (100g), 208 yds (190m), 75% acrylic, 25% wool in color Rich Country Blue. I’d liken the thickness to the Vanna’s Choice yarns. It took most of the skein.

The pattern is Bev Qualheim’s Bev’s Cozy Cowl. It’s a paid pattern I found at Craftsy and worth every penny. It was quick, easy, and warm. I will be making more of them.

You can wear it as a cowl or pull it up over the head as a hat. I used a whipstitch to join my ends and it does show where the join is. Next one I will either work in the round or use a different join.

Here it is laid out. Mine is 24″ x 9″. When folded it is 12″. I used an I hook. I also added a single crochet edging around.

I also finished another hat. For this one, I used Bernat Satin in colorway Bordeaux. Bernat Satin is 100% acrylic, 3.5oz (100g), 200 yds (182m). I used an H hook. This one was a little big on Hattie so she rolled up the brim.

hat bernat satin 12-5-2018

In other news, I bought myself a light that one wears around the neck and shines on the work in progress. I actually have bought two. The first one I bought is apparently coming from Belgium. I did not realize this until I got the shipping notice that it wouldn’t arrive until the end of January. That one was from Colorcasa. The one I purchased after I got that sad news is by Minger and is supposed to be here Monday. I can’t wait to get it and try it out. I’m hoping it will help especially when working with dark colors. I found with this dark red I had a little bit of difficulty.

That’s all for today.

Happy Crocheting!



I grabbed a few skeins of Vanna’s Choice recently and decided to make some hats with it. I’ve finished a few and wanted to give my new model a chance to shine. šŸ™‚

I think these are dusty blue. I used an I hook. The patterns are just freehand. I used front post dc in two of them.

On the other I used the hdc going into the third loop behind the top front and back loops. This is a new technique for me. I’ve seen it used in patterns and was curious. As it happens it’s quite easy to accomplish and gives a nice raised look.

I wanted these a little smaller than the ones I’ve been making for men lately. These are meant for a chemo center, mainly for ladies who would have smaller heads and no hair. I used rounds to 66 stitches then worked even using the aforementioned stitches.

I have so much yarn. I really need to up my game and crochet faster! LOL

I also completed a scarf but forgot to take a picture. If I get one from the recipient I’ll post it later.

Happy Crocheting!