Beginner Washcloth Collection #1 and #2

This is a short collection of washcloth patterns that are super simple, beginner friendly patterns. These are a great way to practice some basic stitches and practice keeping rows straight.

Cotton yarn; 1 skein of most will make 2 to 3 washcloths depending on the yardage in the skein; I really like lily sugar n' cream, red heart scrubby smoothie,  and premier cotton yarn. H (5.0 mm) hook, or I (5.5 mm) hook; yarn needle;  scissors Gauge will vary depending on yarn used and hook size, and as such is not provided; You should end up with a near square finished product.

First off is a linen stitch washcloth: 

This is basically a simple row repeat;  First row should be done on back loops of the chain;  the subsequent rows are worked in to the top of first and last stitch, and into the space created by the chain 1; All rows start and end with a sc; this provides more structure; Stitches:
Ch: yarn over, pull through loop Sc: insert through stitch, yarn over, pull up l…

Sunflower Market Bag

So this is part of my flower obsession lately, it is worked in the round (well square too). And works up pretty fast. It's made of two panels seamed together and then a quick handle.

Lily sugar'n cream in brown(one), yellow(one) and green (super size or two skeins).
H (5.0 mm) hook
Yarn needle, and scissors

Gauge: gauge is not super vital to this project. 1 finished panel is approximately 12 in. by 12 in.

In the round for the brown the ch 2 does not count as a stitchIn the green square the chain 3 does count as a stitchthis pattern is worked in the round with as little complication as I could manage the first round of the green is worked in the back loops only 
Starting with brown:
Center of Flower: 

Round 1: Ch 3, in third chain DC 10, sl to top of first DC to make circle.  (10 dc)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in next stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around sl to top of first DC  (20 dc)

Round 3: ch 2, *2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, repeat from * to end of round, s…

Crafting to Cope: Find Your Own Way through Grief

This is the second in my series about grief, grieving, and helping people that are grieving. This one is for the people who are grieving. I am still in the early(ish) stages of this, but these are just my thoughts.

First of all if you have lost someone, or something, you are not alone.

Whether it be the loss of a loved one, the loss of an infant or pregnancy, the loss of a pet, a relationship, or anything, your loss is not less than anyone else's. What matters is what the loss means to you and how you feel about it. Don't listen to or worry about the people that try to compete with your loss, there should not be a competition in grief. The loss of a companion animal may hurt someone just as much a losing a parent, you are the one that decides how you feel, no one else can.

If you are experiencing grief, you may be here hoping to find answers to what you are experiencing, or how this process works, or maybe even about the stages of grief, sorry but I don't have any real an…

Grief Happens: It's Time to Talk About Its

On Instagram lately there have been a number of posts from a wide variety of people and entities on mental health awareness and how it's ok to talk about how you are feeling and to focus on selfcare. I am happy that this is out there and that there are so many crafters that are open and willing to talk about how their craft has helped them deal with Anxiety, or Depression or OCD. I want to add another layer to that conversation and I will be sharing some personal experiences as well.

One thing that is not talked about and is more taboo, at least it seems like it lately, than mental health conditions is talking about grief and its profound and substantial impact it has on people. There is that image going around about grief being like a ball in a box with a button (See below), which I agree accurately explains how grief reactions feel but it's not the whole picture. There are books, but some are way too sappy/sad, and other blogs (some of which are worth a read), but none I fe…

Herring Bone Scarf

I designed this Hat and scarf for my younger sister's birthday. It has a fabulous texture, photos don't quite do it justice. 

A printable version of this pattern is available for download on my ravelry accountMaterials: · less than 240 g aran or worsted weight yarn. (I used Redheart Yarn With Love in Pewter.·Needle and scissors for finishing·5.00 mm (H) hook
Gauge test: starting chain is approximately 7 inches4 rows of herring bone dc is approximately 1.5 inches
Stitches and Abbreviations: ·Chain: ch·Herring Bone Double Crochet (HB): yarn over and pull up a loop (3 on hook), pull first loop through second loop (2 on hook), yarn over and pull through first loop (2 on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops to finish (see Herring Bone Beanie for  stitch photos)
Notes: This scarf won’t have straight edges along the edges due to the nature of the stitch it will have a slight ripple. Pictured below
Start: Ch 27,
Row 1: starting in second chain from the hook, HB in eac…

Herring Bone Beanie

I designed this hat for my younger sister, it varies between a tight fit and a slight slouch depending on the size of your head. It could also be suitable for men. 

A printable version is available for download on my ravelry account.

MATERIALS ·Less than 170g aran or worsted weight yarn (I used Redheart Yarn With Love in Pewter)·5.00 mm (H hook); I used Clover Amour H hook·Scissors and needle for finishing 

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS ·Single Crochet, Back Loops only (SC BL): Pull one loop through half of the stitch furthest from you, yarn over and pull through two loops.·Herring Bone Double Crochet (HB): yarn over and pull up a loop (3 on hook), pull first loop through second loop (2 on hook), yarn over and pull through first loop (2 on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops to finish

·Herring Bone two Together(HB2TOG) This is the decrease stitch: Yarn over, pull up a loop,, (3 on hook) pull up a loop in next stitch (4 on hook), pull first loop through second loop, (3 one hook), yarn …

Peppermint Swirl Pot Holder