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Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design. When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, 

A Simple Border for Blankets and Afghans

A Simple Border for Blankets and Afghans

There are so many beautiful options when choosing a border for your blankets and afghans.Whether you prefer something a bit more lacy and eye-catching or something more simple and understated there are hundreds of options out there! Today I would like to show you a 

The Connection Square

The Connection Square

The Connection Square was designed specifically to be part of our Friendship Blanket Cal.


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I have chosen the bean stitch for this one because it is a neat stitch to master, looks great and can be used in so many different projects! Once you have your tension even on this one I am sure you will love it as much as do!

The Connection square will also make a great washcloth to add to a set or to a spa set for a gift idea. And is is a nice thick one so you may want to think about making it in a thick cotton and using it as a hot pad.


Video Tutorial:

You can find out video tutorial for this one below. We also have a left handed version which you can find here.


Pattern Links

You can find pdf versions of this pattern in all of the usual places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here



Free Pattern:

Written instructions for the bean stitch: *insert hook into indicated stitch, yo, pull up loop*; repeat 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on the hook, chain 1.  After you chain 1, skip the next stitch as the ch1 will count as a stitch.

Foundation Single Crochet:

I find this has a more aesthetically pleasing finish than the chain starts to projects. You can find our tutorial on the foundation stitches (sc is about 23 mins in):

For right handed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPHOG4VIi_Q&t=109s

Left handed – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqkTFzCja-A



  • 100 yds #4 weight yarn of your choosing.
  • 00mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


3 bean stitches and 3 ch1 and 6 rows = 2” x 2”



Your square will be 9” x 9” – if it is not adjust the starting row by multiples of 2



  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Bs – bean stitch
  • Fsc – foundation single crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Ch1 stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated.



Row 1 –           Fsc 34.


Ch 35 sc in second ch from hook and each ch across.


Row 2 –            Ch1, turn, sc in the first st, *sk the next st, bs in the next st, ch1 * Rep from * to * until you 2 sts left, sk1, sc in last st.



Rows 3-24      Repeat row 2 until square measures almost 9” in height.


Row 25 –         ch1, turn. Sc in each st across (34)


FO and sew in ends.


Free PDF Pattern:

As part of the Friendship Blanket CAL you can get this pattern as a free pdf until the end of April 2021.


If you are making this as part of the CAL please use the code from our roundup post and if you have the code you can download it using the buttons below!



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The Kate Scarf

The Kate Scarf

The Kate scarf is our newest member of the Kate Collection! The Kate collection is actually named after one of my sisters.

There are a few more items coming in this collection – we have a beanie, a baby bonnet and baby blanket, a mug cozy, a coffee beanie cozy  and a gorgeous purse perfect for wedding season all waiting in the wings to be released! I just keep coming back to this stitch pattern and thinking it would be great for so many things!

The Kate Scarf has been waiting a while!

This pattern has waited almost a year to be released. I wrote it, had it tested and ready to go with the matching beanie and then a designers nightmare happened. A similar pattern to the beanie we have waiting was released by another designer. There are differences between the patterns that make them sufficiently different, but it knocked my confidence a little and we decided to wait until the winter to release this one and allow sufficient time that it didn’t seem like a copy.

Don’t worry …

I have talked through it with the other designer and all is good! She knows that we didn’t copy her design and told me to get it out there! So we are releasing the scarf first. The beanie will follow in a  day or so!

Quick Make:

This pattern is a quick make, and the scarf is so cozy!


Pattern PDF

You can get this pattern as an inexpensive PDF also in the usual places:

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Our Shop here

Lovecrafts here


Are you ready for the free pattern?

The pattern Specifics:

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You will need:

Gauge is not important. My scarf measures approximately 7.5″ x 70″


  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • Alt ch3 – alternate chain 3
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep—repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • bpdc – back post double crochet
  • sk—skip

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Easily adapted for width and length.
  • Stitch multiples of 6 plus 3 if chaining to start, or 6 plus 1 if foundation row is used.
  • Alt ch3 counts as a st.
  • We work this scarf from left to right rather than bottom to top. Our first row therefore creates the height and we work to the length we desire.




Special Stitches:

Alt Ch3:

This is a way of starting the row without using the ch3 which can look gappy at the edges. To do the alt ch3 turn your work, sc into the first st and then ch2. This counts as a stitch.

Foundation half double crochet:

You can find our  right handed tutorial on this at  https://youtu.be/wPHOG4VIi_Q We also have a left handed tutorial. I find that this gives a much better finish than a chain start.

Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet:

You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc:

Right handed version –  https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08

Left handed version –  https://youtu.be/biHxNSKo5Vw

For the bpdc visit https://youtu.be/hTPKAPQblkE


The Pattern:

Row 1-           Fhdc 31 (or any multiple of 6 plus 1) OR

Ch33 (or any multiple of 6 plus 3 to get the desired height)


Row 2 –            If you chained:  [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in 6th ch from hook.  *sk 2 sts, dc in next st, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st; rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.


If you used the fhdc :

Alt ch3, sk 2 sts, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, *sk2, fpdc in the next st, sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st

Rep from * to end–end with a dc in final stitch.





Row 3-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.



Row 4-        Turn, alt ch3 (counts as a st), *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to * until you work into the last ch1 sp of the row.  Dc in top of the turning chain from previous row.





Row 4-138   Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.


Row 139        If you started with the fhdc row:

Alt ch2 (which is a sc and one ch) in the first st, hdc in each st and ch1 sp across.


FO and weave in ends.


Your Kate scarf is completed!


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Stitch of the Week: Staggered Double Crochet Pairs

Stitch of the Week: Staggered Double Crochet Pairs

Welcome back to stitch of the week.

stitch of the week: staggered dc pairs

#4 in the series is the Staggered DC Pairs.  It looks like a V stitch but that’s just your eyes playing tricks on you!  It’s actually an upside-down V shape, completed by doing a double crochet two together (DC2TOG) over chain 1 spaces from the previous row.

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Oh, and did I forget to mention…you work in each stitch twice!

That’s right! They are pairs, after all.

To get this started, you can head over to the Stitch of the Week tab from the Tutorials Menu and download the free PDF, which should also help explain things when you’re offline.

What you need:

You will need any yarn you would like to use—this stitch makes an awesome sturdy mesh so it’s ideal for everything.

You will need the hook that your yarn label recommends.

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 5mm hook—keepin’ it simple!



DC—double crochet

DC2TOG—double crochet two together (decrease)

SDCP—staggered double crochet pair stitch


*to*–work the instructions between the two *


YO—yarn over


This stitch’s repeat pattern does not start until row 2.

Ch3 does count as a DC.

Make sure to chain 1 after each dc2tog cluster and each SDCP stitch.


The multiple for this stitch is any odd number plus 3.

For the swatch, I chained 18—15 (odd number) plus 3 more chains at the end.

Row 1: dc2tog starting in the 4th and 5th chains from the hook.  Ch1.  *Dc2tog over the next two sts, ch1*, rep *to* until 3 sts remain: dc2tog over next two sts, ch1, dc in final chain.

Row 2: Ch3, turn.  SDCP—complete a dc2tog as follows: yo, insert hook into first ch1 spc and pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops, hold.  Yo, insert hook into next ch1 sp, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all 3 loops on the hook.  Ch1.  *Yo, insert hook into next ch1 sp, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru two loops and hold.  Yo, insert hook into next ch1 sp, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru two loops.  Yo, pull thru all 3 loops on the hook*.  Rep *to* until only the turning chain remains.  DC in top of turning chain.

Row 2 is the repeat for the rest of the pattern.

To learn how to do this stitch and change colors visually, head on over to the YouTube Video.

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Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

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