Just Crochet/Craft Idea's: It's been a very long time since I have posted anything to my Blog. Due to family and life in general, I got a little detoured. I will try to get time to type up some new entries. I have created a lot of items, gave them away and did not take pictures or type them up. We lost both of our boys this year. Jiggy in March and Stubby in July. We have a new friend her name is MayBee (due to the fact that we weren't quite sure about keeping her). She's 4 years old and full of energy. I make her Kitty Strings with yarn, it was such a hit, I donated some to the local animal shelter. I'll try to put them on the Blog next week. As usual, if you have questions about crafting or crochet, I will answer them under the post where you leave the comment. Thanks for stopping by. Birdie

News of interest and/or Fun:
All your yarn web sites have Free patterns and great yarn buys. So check them out. My favorite finds to date are Red Heart Yarns, Lion Brand and Lilly Sugar & Cream Cotton. Also don't forget the craft stores, like Michael's or Joann's, they also have free patterns in their yarn section and some great books for sale.

Also GO TO... ALL FREE CROCHET or FAVE CRAFTS, They always have new Free e-books and lots of patterns and crafty things. and remember they also have ALL FREE KNITTING too!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Working on Lotsa' Leftovers

Update on my leftover stash of Lion Brand Boucle called Tutti Fruitti,  a contrasting LB Wool-ease Yarn in Taupe. I had enough of the combo to make a semi-small Afghan/Throw. In searching free pattern ideas at I came across a pattern made with wool-ease called Berry Bright Ripple Afghan. Using this as a starting point, I decided to include Lion's pattern with my interpretation for the leftover yarn that I had. This one is easy and fast, my kind of pattern. Mr. Stubbs claimed the finished mini-afghgan (see pic)

Berry Bright Ripple Throw
Free Pattern Number: L0093AD from Lion Brand Yarn
SIZE: One Size
36 x 42 in. (91.5 x 106.5 cm) Note: If you want it wider/longer add 12 chains to beginning chain for each extra ripple  and a set of extra color row changes . (1 addition will be approximately 42 x 46 in.)
• 640-146 Lion Brand Boucle
5 or 6 Balls (A) depending on extra width/length
• 640-143 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Taupe
5 or 6 Balls (B)
• Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size N-13
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
1 ‘ripple’ = about 6 in. (15 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
To change color, work last st with old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete st. Fasten off old color.
dc3tog (dc 3 together) Yarn over, insert hook into st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. (Yarn over, insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook - 2 dc decreased.
*Work 2 rows each with A, B,  rep from * for Color Sequence.
With A, ch 76. or (88)
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, *dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * 4 (5) more times, dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 2 dc in last ch - 6  (7) ripples.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, *dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * 4 (5) more times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch. Change to B.
Rows 3-36 (40): Rep Row 2, continuing in Color Sequence as established by changing color every 2 rows. Fasten off.

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