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February 1, 2014 / lyndieloop

Crochet. NOT Knit

My husband calls my crochet, knitting all the time. At first I gave him a pass, but come on. How many times must you correct someone until you finally just let them call it knitting? I’ve reached that point. He likes calling it knitting.


January 31, 2014 / lyndieloop

Blouse Re-Do



I thought it might be a little fun to try my hand at redoing a shirt with crochet. I’ve seen it around awhile in the blogger sphere and Pinterest, and I have clothes I used to wear when I worked in a professional atmosphere, that I have no need for wearing now that I work from a home office.

Here is my first attempt at prettying up a plain, green blouse.

I cut off the sleeves, keeping the finished seam in tact, cut off the top and put two gathers in the front while gathering the back. I then made a square of four 2-inch squares using #10 crochet thread and a size 1 steel hook and sewed it on. I did not use my sewing machine to do it. I took the blouse off and on to make sure I had the neck and back lines right.

It took minimum sewing and crochet skills while at the same time being a satisfying result.

Below is the square I used. I took off the last few rows because I needed a smaller square.


January 19, 2014 / lyndieloop

Ideas for Organizing A Yarn Stash

For quite awhile I have been contemplating how to organize all my yarn. For a few years now I have been moving it from here to there and back to here, but it did not make the mess look any better. My sister sent me a photo of her organized craft closet, which further inspired me to do something about my mess. Well, it just so happens I walked by this organizer at Costco. It was $99.99 and fits all my yarn. It is made from a nice, heavy wood and comes with those canvas drawers. Now how can you beat that? How do they even sell it for that? It feels so good to have it all put away! What a good way to start 2014. I am off to a wonderful start.


September 22, 2013 / lyndieloop

Crocheted Petalline Dress

This is my daughter modeling the Pettalline Dress I made for her:


I learned a few new techniques found in this pattern which is especially why I decided to blog about it. The first thing I learned was how to join motifs as I went. The pattern was very clear on how to do this, and it made it look like one piece which appeals to me greatly in appearance.

Here is an example of putting two motifs together as I crocheted:


The other thing I learned was how to make tassels. Most people probably already know how to make them but I had never made a tassel before. It was also very easy to do and very fun.

For the pattern I decided on the large size which is a size 10. I also used one hook size larger. Both pattern size and going with the bigger hook were initially mistakes because the garment was too big for my 9 year old very thin, slight girl. I purchased the yarn used by the patternmaker and that was a very good call. Omega Trigo (100% cotton; 295 yd [270 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): 5 balls. I really like this yarn, especially for crochet. Very soft and washes well, not fading. After it was finished I could really tell it was way too long and way too big in the bodice so I had to reduce stitches down for the bodice. It was also too long so I left off the border in the pattern at the bottom hem. I also changed the straps because I wanted them to be more sturdy and thicker since they have a one inch strap rule at her school. For the straps I alternated 2 rows single crochet and 2 rows double crochet. I started with 6 stitches and graduated to 4 stitches then back up to 6 for an hour glass shaped strap.

I put it in the wash on hot and dried on hot, and I got it to shrink up well. It held its color. I can’t recommend this yarn and beautiful pattern highly enough for anyone wanting to give it a shot.

Here are a few pics of the final product. As you can see we turned it into an actual dress and that’s just fine. A prime example of turning a crochet fail into a crochet win!




August 17, 2013 / lyndieloop

Afterthought Heels

My son wanted me to knit him a pair of socks for his birthday last June. He was pretty specific about how long he wanted them, what color they should be and that he wanted them pretty thin. Though I was excited to do this for him I knew “thin” meant fine sock yarn and small needles. I decided on the Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn and used almost 4 skeins of it. I threw a little red sock yarn in there too because I didn’t think it would be as special if I worked that many rows of plain gray.

I cast on 72 stitches and using the recommended needle size on the Deborah Norville label, got started. 2 inches for 1×1 ribbing, then stockinette forever and ever, then picked a toe I liked. I followed the toe from this pattern. I also decided to put a little pattern on the toe. I grabbed that from here.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to try the afterthought heel. Basically you knit a long tube without caring about a heel until you have gone all the way to finishing off the toe. I did both socks before starting heels, measured for where the heel would go on both socks by trying them on, picked a middle thread and snipped. I put the live stitches on 4 needles for the heel, and just knit another toe. I found the directions to do this right here. Yes, it was scary snipping a stitch in the middle of the sock. But I did it. Boy I thought of so many uses for that little procedure so I tucked it away on this blog as a reminder. I made a knitted top with straps too long. One day I will get around to shorten those. Anyway, back to the subject matter.

Here is the before heels pic modeled by my daughter:


… And here are the after pics.




That scrunchiness is just me scrunching the sock down, not a result of an ill fitting sock. They fit really well.

If I had to do them again I would cast on 74, although since that number isn’t divisible by 4 it would have to be reduced back down to 72 at the start of the toe and heel decreases. My son says they fit well but I tried them on and think maybe a tad more width would have been nice. I’m glad I used small needles because they hold their shape with a tighter gauge. I’m happy with the Norville yarn. It seems to be pretty decent quality compared to other store bought yarns.

I don’t plan on making more socks for awhile. They take too long and they are monotonous. But when I do make them again, the afterthought heel is the way to go for me. I’ve done the traditional constructions: toe up, cuff down, picking up stitches for gusset and heel, but the afterthought heel was definitely the easiest method and achieved a beautiful result.

April 19, 2013 / lyndieloop

Granny Bag

I made this little purse out of granny squares I whip stitched together and lined with light blue flannel before sewing the whole thing into its final round shape. I used worsted weight yarn. If I were to do it again, I would take the green/blue squares and place them vertically in the center, but live and learn. In this case I didn’t want a very big bag, so I only did 4 rounds for each square. Here is a link to a traditional granny square which may help get you started: Traditional Granny Square

I used this diagram to figure out how to place the squares.

For the strap I did 4 rows of sc for every two rows of dc to add some texture. I made them long enough so the bag fits at my hip so that I can grab my wallet, keys or phone out of it easily.

If you want to make this bag and have any questions, I will be happy to help you out. If you do make it, feel free to post your pics. It would be fun to see what you come up with.

April 19, 2013 / lyndieloop

Crocheted Coin Purse. How to make it.

I am getting people interested in this coin purse so thought i would make helpful suggestions.

I will give a loose, free forming example of how this works for those interested in trying it out. If you want a more traditional pattern that tells you in more detail with pictures you can buy a similar one from here:
Candy Stripe Coin Purse
In the meantime this is about what I did:

Round1. Make magic ring and 8sc in ring (8)
Round2. 2sc in each st around (16)
Round3. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (24)
Round4. *Sc in next 2 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (32)
Round5. *Sc in next 3 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (40)
Round6. *Sc in next 4 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (48)
Keep going like this until it is about 3 inches in diameter. If you’ve reached 3 inches before round 6 then quit on whichever round that is. Or if you aren’t there yet, add more rounds. Or whenever 3 inches is reached. We will assume for the pattern it’s 48 sts.

Round7. Sc in each st around (48)
Repeat round 7 about 13 times depending on how big you want it. About 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 long. After that you decrease 4 sts evenly for the next 2 rounds. That brings you down to 40 sts.
From here you will want to math it out so that the sides each have 4 sl sts and you divide the circle working like there are two sides now for two extra rows so that it looks like an envelope. In this case you have 40 sts to work with, so you sc 15, sl st 4, sc 15, sl st 4, sc 15, ch 1 turn, sc 15 and bind off. Repeat for the second side by attaching yarn after the 4 sl sts and working two rows of sc 15 then bind off and weave in ends.

There should be 15 sts to fit under each side of the frame and 4sl sts on each side to fit under the sides of the frame.

They are really cute lined. You can sew the lining to the inside of it with a needle and thread before sewing it on the frame. This is especially good if you use sport weight or lighter so that it adds structure. If you use worsted cotton, you don’t need a lining as it holds its shape and would be too thick with added lining to fit under the frame. Practice with different hook sizes. I’d pick one size smaller than suggested so there aren’t holes. This site will give you an idea as to hook size for yarn weight. Crafty Yarn Council