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Polka Dot or Bulls-eye Sweater

So, my planning paid off and Goose’s Polka Dot, or as I call it Bulls-eye, sweater is finally complete.

Actually, it’s been complete for a while… I’m having a hard time keeping up-to-date with this blog. I used to be johnny-on- the-spot.. now, I’m not as interested. I think Pinterest is the problem.

Anyway, I went with crochet rather than knitting, and I left off the sleeves. It was super easy to make. First, I made a simple circle using this pattern.

I used an H hook and changed my yarn color whenever I felt it needed it.

ch = chain
ea = each
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

To Begin: Chain 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in first sc, to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, (sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around. Sl st in first sc, to join. (24 sc)

Additional Rnds: For each new round, add 1 extra sc stitch to the number of sc stitches between increases (an increase is done by making 2 sc in one stitch). For example, round 5 would have 3 sc between increases then round 6 would have 4 sc between increases and so on.

When finished, end off. Weave in ends.

Throughout this process I held my work up to Goose’s back and measured my progress. Once I thought it was ready for the arm holes I marked the openings with small scraps of yarn.. like this…making sure they are even in number of stitches.. I had 14 on each side.

Then, I began my next round of stitches at the point that will fall just under the arm. Continue with that pattern. When you get to your next marker (just under the other arm) make a chain stitch of 14 (or the number equal to your arm holes), then go back to sc and finish with the pattern until you feel your sweater is the right size (I finished my last 2 rows with fringe yarn).  Add a tie to the front and you’re done.


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Puff-Sleeved Cardigan

I’m ecstatic to finally have this sweater done! (It’s taken me 3 weeks just to sew the buttons on.) I bought the book, The Crochet Closet (Leisure Arts #4800) by Lisa Gentry, about a year ago. (The last I checked it was on sale for only $13.63 – awesome deal!!)

I’ve admired the sweater on the cover for so long. My first two attempts were a bust, at no fault of the pattern. I have issues… Meaning: I’m much too lazy to count.

Anyway, In my first attempt I was 3/4 of the way finished with the body of the sweater when I noticed this…

What in the world! So, I pulled it all out and started again.

In my second attempt I was completely finished with the body of the sweater when I noticed this…

What in the world! So, I pulled it all out and started again.

The third and final time I smartened up and counted – most of the time. You know, old dog..new tricks. 🙂 Did I mention I hate to count?

I’m happy with the finished garment. I think it’s really cute and will look nice with a long sleeve T underneath, a pair of faded jeans, and some flats. Perfect for Fall.

It’s a very simple pattern.. consisting of only single and double crochet stitches. Very doable for those with a few crochet projects under their belt – especially if you don’t mind counting. 🙂

Book: The Crochet Closet (Leisure Arts #4800) by Lisa Gentry
Pattern: Puff-Sleeved Cardigan
Yarn: Canon – Simply Soft – Sage 4 balls

Note to self – if you make this sweater again go with one size smaller. Also, pattern uses every inch of the yarn required.


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Planning My Next Project







Okay, so I found a free pattern for this adorable Polkadot sweater by Berroco and immediately wanted to make it for Goose. It’s a little more her style than mine.. you know, cool – not embarrassing.. So I thought I might stand a chance at getting her okay. And sure enough, she liked it!! I’m excited!

But first, I must finish my current project. Another sweater. It’s embarrassing – not cool. This one is for me. 🙂

It’s been a few months in the works, very slow works, but hopefully I’ll have it finished soon. Trust me when I say, I’m tired of looking at the color sage (I’ll explain later).

Also, I’ll have to study the Polkadot pattern and up it to a size 10. Currently it goes to a size 8. It’s also a knit pattern. I prefer crochet.. so I might change that too. We’ll see.

It’s gonna be cute though!!! I can’t wait!


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Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell

Sorry, I’m running a little behind on my picture taking.. Finished this summer shell a week or so ago. The pattern was super easy to follow and the end result fits my shape well…  you know, pear shape :). Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell is one that I will definitely keep in my favorites file.

Summer has started on a nice and peaceful note. I have adequate time for myself and family and I plan to enjoy it to its fullest. Posts will, more than likely, remain short and sweet (unless of course I have something to say. 🙂 ). Maybe this will be the summer of pictures??

Here’s to a fabulous summer for both me and YOU! Enjoy it, because it’ll be gone in a flutter of your lashes.

Free Pattern: Lion Brand’s Airy Lace Shell
Yarn: Caron – Simply Soft (2 skeins)
Color: Iris


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Not So Lacy Jacket

Fast and simple projects are all I can fit into my days at the moment. But I wanted/needed a light sweater to cover my shoulders and keep me from getting cold when stepping from outside to inside. (I’ve been told that restaurants purposely keep their temps a little chilly so that their turnover is higher, and I believe it!)

This little sweater does just the trick. I crocheted it using my choice yarn of these days: Simply Soft from Caron. It hangs nicely and has just the right weight for summer. I also used the bones of the FREE Lacy Jacket pattern from Caron..
leaving off the fancy lace, and finishing it with a simple shell stitch.

Fast and simple, and just enough to keep the restaurant chill off.

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Teacher’s Gift

Yes, it’s that time of year… And I’m happy to say my end-of-the-year gifts are done! Can I get a woo-hoo? Trust me, I’ve been trying to decide on gifts since school started back in August. Goose doesn’t have a close relationship with this year’s teacher like she did last year. So every time I asked her what her teacher might like, she drew a blank, deer in the headlights type stare. Duuuuhhh.

Finally I decided on body wash with crochet washclothes for her teachers and aid. I mean, who doesn’t like that stuff? So I let Goose pick out the washes and then matched my yarn colors to them. Simple and easy with a very homemade feel. Perfect.

Pattern: Bark Sedge Stitch Washcloth from LionBrand.com

Chain 33.

Row 1: Skip 2 chains (counts as single crochet), work 2 double crochet in next chain, *skip 2 chains, work (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next chain; repeat from * to last 3 chains, skip 2 chains, single crochet in last chain – 10 (single crochet, 2 double crochet) pattern repeats.

Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as single crochet), turn, 2 double crochet in first single crochet, *skip 2 double crochet, (single crochet, 2 double crochet) in next single crochet; repeat from * across, single crochet in turning chain.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm) from beginning. Fasten off, and weave in ends.


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Twirly Crochet Skirt

You would think it’s a Can-Can Skirt by the way Goose was twisting and kicking around the house in it. And of course she had to put on her clompy heels and stomp.. You know, just to make sure EVERYONE was paying attention. I kept telling myself, while resisting the urge to pull out my hair, that it only means she likes it.

This one is a little more dainty than the last. The ribbon drawstring makes it so much sweeter. I just need to whip up a pair of stretch shorts to wear under it. The stitches are single crochet, but I used my rug hook… so they’re big with seeing room in between. Not a very lady-like look.

I’m not exactly liking the shrug and the skirt together either. The yarns are from the same color scheme, but for some reason I don’t think they go. The skirt looks better alone.. and the shrug looks better with a turquoise color. Don’t you think?

All in all, cute though. The skirt took one skein of yarn to make and only a few hours spread out over a few days. The majority of it is single crochet…

For anyone looking to make one, this is what I did..

*Measure your waist and using your H hook make a chain to match your measurement..
*Rows one and two, all sc
*Third row went like so.. 2dc, ch, skip next stitch and repeat (this is so you can lace your ribbon thru).
*Forth row, again all sc..
*Firth and rest, changed to a rug hook and sc.. adding an extra stitch every three stitches in every third row.
*Add buttons and ribbon.. (make shorts if you prefer a lady-like appearance) .. and you’re done.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Color: Orchid


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