The Reverse Gypsy Shawl

I found a shawl I liked in an old Golden Hands magazine (“Throw on a Gypsy Shawl), but it began with “Chain 284.”  No.  So I figured out how to start it at the point (“Chain 5”) and then realized I didn’t like how open it was and changed every other row to hdc instead of dc, and simplified the row ends and discarded the border and change the yarn weight and hook and  basically ended up with a different shawl.  It’s pretty much a lacy granny pattern so it can be done in any weight yarn with any hook, a simple two row repeat.

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Your Basic Hat


The basic crochet hat pattern is all about counting:

Row 1: Ch 4 and then put 11 more dc in the first ch (other 3 ch counts as a dc) (12 dc).

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in rest of stitches (24 dc).

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc in next stitch, then [dc in next stitch, 2dc in next stitch) eleven times (36 dc). Continue reading


January 2017

So while my country goes to hell, I’m cleaning up my crochet life.  This year I’m finishing four pre-2017 WiPs a month, at least.  A lot of them will only take an hour or two of work, so it’s absolutely do-able.  And if I look at it and think, “I don’t want to do you any more,” I can frog.  Since I have over eighty WiPs, this may be more than a 2017 project, especially since I am driven to start new things, but I can put a dent in it.  And along the way, I can destash, clean out my Dropbox crochet folder, and maybe write some of the patterns I’ve designed.

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The Irish Rose

The Irish Rose pattern is old, old, old, as old as Irish lace.  Of course the lace roses were done with thread and a tiny hook, but you can use yarn and a much bigger hook to make bigger flowers faster.  Bonus: no working into stitches, the Irish Rose petals are all worked into chained loops.  If you can chain, sc, hdc, and dc, you can make an Irish Rose. Continue reading


The Egg-and-Cress-From-the-Beginning-of-Time Scarf

In Terry Pratchett’s Eric, the characters go back to the beginning of time, watch the world pop into existence, and meet the Creator, who’s eating an egg and cress sandwich. They’re on an empty beach and the first tide rolls in, and somebody tosses the egg and cress into a tidepool where it washes into the ocean:

“Tidal action turned it over. Thousands of bacteria suddenly found themselves in the middle of a taste explosion, and started to breed like mad. If only there had been some mayonnaisse, life might have turned out a whole lot different. More piquant, and perhaps with a little extra cream in it.” Eric, by Terry Pratchett, page 151

This was also the birth of the Egg-Cress-Sandwich-From-The-Beginning-Of-Time Scarf.

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