ribbon lapghan

Off my hook this week is a pink ribbon lapghan.

The picture does not show the color off well but the yarn is Red Heart baby pink. It’s a pastel pink. 

The finished size is about 39 1/2″ square. Each square is a bit over 12″. I used an I hook for the body of the square and an H for the single crochet edging around each square. I left a very long tail, about 3 lengths of the square, to use for sewing the squares together. This worked out well. I sewed three across and then I used the leftover tail to sew the strips together.

The edging around the entire afghan is (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2) all the way around.

The pattern is my cancer ribbon afghan which can be found at Crochet Cabana and on Ravelry.

Happy crocheting!


My daughter is always making things for other people for Christmas and birthdays. I thought that this year for Mother’s Day I would make her something. I’m not as clever as she is, but this is what I came  up with.

This name lapghan is about 38″ x 39 1/2″, not quite square. Each letter was made individually and then sewn together. I did it that way since the names are not of equal length and I thought it would be easier to make them come out even. I ended each piece with a long strand which I used to sew them together.

The colors I used were Hayfield Bonus DK Extra Value shade 0792 Moss Green and Shade 0766 Pumpkin, Stylecraft Special DK Copper, Currant, Plum and Mocha (edging), Knit Picks Brava Sport Paprika. 1 skein each color.

The edging is one round of single crochet in Mocha around each strip, and then one round single crochet around entire ghan. The last round is (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2) around. I finagled with the skip to get my corner stitch in the right place. 🙂

Now case in point, daughter gave to ME for Mother’s Day these beautiful bookmarkers. I could never do such delicate work myself. I’ve already used the little angel one.

The patterns are at Ravelry.
Suzie’s Little Angel Bookmark by Suzetta Williams
Butterfly Bookmarks by Anna Pakura
Cross bookmarks by Rainbow Junkie

Her family also made a donation in my honor to supply expectant mothers in Rwanda, Malawi, Haiti and Lesotho with new, sterile medical equipment and childbirth kits.What a wonderful thing to do. Making a difference in a very special way.

Happy crocheting!

more hats

I picked up some Bernat Baby Blanket yarn the other day and decided to make hats out of it. I know it’s not the normal yarn for hats, particularly this colorway (Pitter Patter), but it is very soft and I thought it might be a nice, comfy covering for the head. The yarn comes in several nice colors, but the store I was at did not have any solid colors, only a few of the variegated ones.

One hat is quite small, fitting me snugly. The other is just slightly larger and fit me perfectly. Both are for small heads. There is not a lot of give once it’s made up.

For the larger hat I used an L hook and the rounds are 12, 24, 36, 48, then work even. It’s a little funny because the yarn label suggested a K hook. That is what I used for the first hat. It is not the yarn nor hook’s fault that it was snug. I could have done an additional round. But I found it worked up too tightly with the K and went larger for the second one. I had a few yards (maybe 7 or 8) left from the skein.

For the yarn I used the other day, I found the hook suggested was too large and went down several hook sizes. I think it was from a J to a G.

So when you crochet, the hook you choose to use does not have to be the suggested hook. It depends on many things – your tension, what you want your finished work to look like, how tight a weave you want, how stiff your project needs to be for its purpose… and so on. Play with it.

The other day, hubby picked up some Bernat Softee Baby yarn in pink and I was able to make 3 hats from the skein with a little leftover. I just played with the patterns with no particular design in mind when I started out.

The first hat is 12 stitches, then 24, 36, 48, 48, 60, 60, (72 x 6), round of (dc, dc, fpdc), round of (sc, sc, fphdc), dc, dc, sc  (18 total rounds). This one fit me best.

The next one is 12, 24, 36, 48, 48. 60. 60. 72, 72, 84 x 5,5 rounds of sc, one round of (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2). This one fit me, but loosely.

The next one is 12, 24, 36, 48, 48. 60. 60. 72, 72, 84 x 6, round of (dc, dc, fpdc), round of (sc, sc, fphdc), round of sc. This one also fit me, but loosely.

I used a G hook to make all the hats.

Happy crocheting!