Keepsake Coverup

As I mentioned previously, I started a Keepsake Coverup with some I Love This Yarn I had on hand. Yarn is Antique White, 100% acrylic, 7 oz (199g) 355 yds (325m) skeins. Dye lot 201450.

Keepsake Coverup is a pattern I’ve used many times. It goes quickly and makes a lovely afghan. It is in the book Quick and Cozy Afghans by Leisure Arts.  Tip: Ebay has a number of copies much cheaper. Most are pre-owned but there were a few that said new.

Finished size is about 27 1/2″ x 31″, made with an I hook.

The only problem I had with this one is the second skein of ILTY that I picked up (same dye lot) had bits of dark green in it. I picked them out as I ran across the bits, hoping I didn’t miss any. When I finished the ghan, I found another skein in the same dye lot. LOL I could have saved myself some trouble.

I’m also continuing to work on the filet bear afghan. Here’s where I am currently.

bear wip 8-20-2018

This is about 41″ wide and 18″ long.  I’m just shy of half done. I was worried about the size but, having measured it, I now think it will be just fine, maybe a little large for a baby afghan but babies grow quickly.  🙂

The yarn I’m using is Bernat Baby Sport which is what Walmart had on hand. I mistook it for Bernat Softee Baby which is a softer yarn but this one is okay too. It’s 100% acrylic, 10.5 oz (300g), 1077 yds (984m) skeins. One might be enough for I’ve got a second one in dye lot 166043 just in case. The color is Baby Yellow.

Since these are huge skeins I used my Thirty-One bin to put it in.  (I think that print is gone but there are other cute ones.) That’s working out very well.

More on that when it’s done.

I  also have in progress a Bernat Pop lapghan and I have those Annie hats waiting for my itchy fingers to get hold of.

Happy Crocheting!




Hat and more

Another hat done. For this one, with an I hook, I worked dc rounds of 12, 24, 36, 48, 48, 60, 66, then worked a round of dc, fpdc. a round of hdc, fpdc, then I worked two rounds of sc. Then with an H hook, I worked two rounds of sc to give a little tighter fit around the brim. Of course, that is a fit on me and my model.

8-13-2018 pink hat

I normally work on one project at a time, but as it happens I have started THREE projects, all of which are in progress. What happened was that I had started working on a lapghan with the Bernat Pop I bought recently. Then I was asked to make a baby afghan in a neutral color. I had some yellow so I started the bear afghan I got from Mary Maxim. I had to scan the chart and number it and all that because MM doesn’t put the row numbers on their charts. Then I got about a third of the way and realized it was going to be way big as I was using a sport yarn rather than fingering (which is what comes with the kit).

So… I started a white Keepsake Coverup with some I Love This Yarn I had on hand. I’m about half done with that. Keepsake Coverup is a pattern I’ve used many times. It goes quickly and makes a lovely afghan. It is in the book Quick and Cozy Afghans by Leisure Arts. Tip: Ebay has a number of copies much cheaper. Most are pre-owned but there were a few that said new.

I fully intend to finish all of these projects!

Here is the bear WIP.

mm bear wip 2 8-16-2018

But what I really want to share is my excitement over the first shipment of the new Annie Caring kits I’ll be getting. I love the yarn color and hats is just what I need to make! I haven’t really looked at the patterns closely but the pictures look like they’ll be simple to do.

The kits come with free hooks (like I need more!) and a free stitch guide. Of course, there is also the pattern instructions for the hats. This first shipment cost $15.94 with shipping and the discount for joining. The future shipments will probably be in the range of $25. We’ll see if they are worth it but for this first one I’m well pleased.

I can’t wait to dive into those but first I must finish at least one of the afghans. LOL

Happy Crocheting!




I happened across this in an old post and thought I’d give it new life. 🙂  I didn’t write it. I don’t know the author. Just sharing it.

Pattern: A set of written instructions that may or may not result in creating the object in the picture. Most patterns include a list of supplies, but this is for your amusement only.
After all, Amazonian Rhesus yarn in smoky turquoise does not exist, and cannot be
obtained. Patterns also have fun-to-do math problems, such as 1 dc in next 7 dc (34 dc

Yo: Yarn Over, meaning you need to wrap your yarn over your hook. Of course, this assumes the yarn doesn’t split, fray or tangle. If this happens, yo then stands for, Yell Outrageously.

Dtrtrc: Double-treble-treble-crochet. This is a stitch where you yo four zillion times, insert hook in stitch and pull through the next two loops, repeating until all loops are off the hook, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.

Reverse sc: This stitch is the lefty’s revenge on all of us righties. For once we have to work
backwards, too!

Catalog: A dangerous device that hypnotizes crocheters. It lulls them into a catatonic
state, causing them to spend the family’s grocery money on patterns and yarn. It may also be an evil plot to cause the downfall of the American economy.

Hook: A device permanently attached to a crocheter’s hand. It is also connected to her
blood supply, and if for some reason it becomes dislodged from her hand, she breaks into a sweat and starts to feel faint. If the hook cannot be immediately replaced, the only valid substitute is a catalog (see above).

Yarn: The only reason sheep farms still exist! It’s also what crocheters buy when they have money. If there’s any cash left over, they buy food and clothes.

Doily: This seemingly innocent item looks like a table protector, but if someone actually tries to put a wet glass or an ashtray on it, the creator will instantly turn into a snarling
Doberman. Use doilies at your own peril.

Cat: A non-mechanical device used for unraveling afghans, unwinding skeins and keeping one’s lap warm. A cat requires daily maintenance in the form of light stroking.

Dog: Another non-mechanical device that is used for chasing down balls of yarn and putting tooth-mark engravings in wooden hooks. It’s a high-maintenance item that does not store easily.

Baby: A valid excuse to crochet something.

Housework: An ancient rite that was performed by some B.C. women (Before Crochet). Historians believe it may have had something to do with a device called a vacuum cleaner, which was kept in closets now occupied by yarn.

Yarn Weights

I’m pretty familiar with the different yarn weight categories and I know that sport and DK weight yarns are slightly different. However, my brain malfunctioned recently and I was trying to remember which one was thinner as I had in mind a requested project that needed cotton, somewhat thin but not thread.

Knit Picks provided my answer. Here’s a great article noting the differences, particularly in their yarns, but a good reference I think for any. It’s not a new article but it’s still timely.

You’ll note on your yarn labels these cute little symbols. They’re the reference as to what weight yarn you’re using. To answer MY question, Sport is slightly thinner than DK. (The picture below is Knit Picks labels.)

knit picks yarn weight system

Now when you’re looking at yarn in the store, you’ll look at those little pictures, but my advice is to also feel the yarn and give it a good look as well because, for example, not all #4 yarn is the same. I would say that worsted is the weight that has the most variety. I would actually break it down into light worsted, worsted and heavy worsted. Caron Simply Soft I would consider light worsted. Red Heart with Love I think of as heavy worsted. Probably Vanna’s Choice would fall in there as well. Red Heart Super Saver I would probably consider worsted. You may feel differently and that’s okay. The point is that some are thicker than others and it will make a difference in the size of your finished project and probably in what hook you decide to use as well.

Does all this matter? Depends on what you’re making and what yarns you’re using. If you’re making an afghan using a stitch like single crochet and your yarn varies in weight, you’ll notice the difference along the sides of your project. Some rows will stick out just a tad more, or go in just a tad. If you’re making a project using the same yarn throughout, probably doesn’t matter at all except in the size of your finished project.

When making a scrap afghan or scarf you want to be aware of the thickness of the various yarns you’re using. That’s not to say don’t mix yarns because that depends on how you feel about it. I’ve made projects for myself and just said, ehh I’ll fix that with a border. Don’t be afraid to play, but know yourself and how much any difference will bother you.

Happy Crocheting!



Free Patterns

Every now and then I run across a pattern I like. That’s not to say I’m ever going to get around to making them but thought you all might like to have a look too. So here are some I’ve run across recently. If you like free patterns, you might also have a look at the Facebook page of Kim Guzman called Only Free Crochet. I find a lot of the items I like there. I might also note that some free patterns also have a for sale option on Ravelry or Etsy where you can purchase a pdf of the pattern rather than having to copy and paste into another program to save it.  I also often take the option to save it to my Ravelry favorites when that option is offered

This lovely hexagon afghan by Jess caught my eye.

Herrschner’s Baby’s First Gingham Blanket ... so cute. Baby weight yarn offered in several colors. Not a bad price for a kit but it doesn’t give any specifics as to how many skeins you get in the kit. That matters to me because I probably wouldn’t use an F hook and would need more yarn.

Star Trek Insignia. This is a knitted pot holder but there’s a chart. I saw a baby afghan made using this chart. I tried it myself but I didn’t like the result. Here’s a picture of it unfinished. It’s actually yellow.

star trek insignia 2018

This is a video demonstrating how to make a vest by sewing two scarves together. I make a lot of scarves so thought this was a great idea. Of course, I’ve not done it yet. LOL

Chickens have been in our conversations a lot lately and when I saw this egg apron I had to immediately save the pattern figuring that chickens will eventually be a part of our lives. 🙂 Our neighbors actually do have chickens.

Lindsey at Winding Road Crochet has a tutorial on the herringbone stitch which she uses in an infinity shawl pattern.  If I decided to make this I would probably not join to make an infinity shawl but just continue the pattern and make a regular shawl.

Isn’t this Ana Lucia Shawl gorgeous? Since I’m always in a hurry and never have enough of the right yarns to make the beautiful patterns I find, I’ll probably never make this but I think it’s so lovely.

As I’ve mentioned before when I order yarn for a specific project by the time it comes in I’ve forgotten what I ordered it for and end up using it for something totally different. LOL No worries. It all gets used eventually.

This Soft Pebble Shawl is so pretty. I might actually have to make one. It doesn’t take much yarn (less than 1000 yards) or time. My only hesitation is that it’s so open weave which is not good for most of my charity projects which depend on warmth since they go to cold areas.

Underground Crafter’s blog post contains over 100 free crochet patterns. Worth a look I’d say.

Andraya’s Seamless Hooded Scarf is an older pattern that I’ve used a few times. The last one was this year, in fact. You can see that blog post here.  If you want to see the others just search the site for “hooded”. The hood makes it appealing as you don’t have to carry a separate hat and won’t lose the scarf.

hooded scarf 4-14-2018

Here are some hat patterns particularly for those who want to crochet for cancer. I made one of these recently – the Basketweave Vertical Stripe.

chemo hats modeled (3)

If you’ve ever wanted to do a ripple afghan but the thought of it made you pause, you might try this one at Attic24 by Lucy. Huge pictures in the tutorial make it very easy to follow. I have made lots of ripples, including this one. They are fun and not too hard once you see how the process works.

That’s all for now. I know there are many many other patterns out there and maybe I’ll share a few more in another post. I save off patterns just about every day. I have so many that I could never make them all in what’s left of my lifetime. 🙂

Happy Crocheting!