Monday, December 11, 2017

Gypsy Grandma's Neckerchief Bandana

 DISCLAIMER: I used the format from other patterns to make my own
Cowl Bandana.
It is big girl size.

Skill Level: Knowledge of crochet and stitches used. 
What I used:

United States Crochet Terminology

Hook: H - (5.00) for Breast Shield
           I - (5.50) for Collar and Edge trim

           Basic Yarn (Mainstays) 397 yds  (2 skeins)
           Color used: Aran

           ch = chain
           sc = single crochet
           dc = double crochet
           fo = fasten off and hide ends
           st = stitch
           slst = slip stitch
           sp = space

Stitch markers, safety pins, or something to mark the ends of your rows, moving markers with the end/beginning of each row.

Note:   (ch 2 turning, is not used as a dc stitch)
last dc of previous row, will be used as first stitch in each row, the first st is placed here

Pattern: Breast Plate (with H- 5.00 hook)

          Row 1: ch 4 - 4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc, in 4th ch from hook. ch 2, turn.
          Row 2: 2 dc, in first dc of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each dc to last dc, 2 dc in last dc st. ch 2, turn.
          Row 3: repeat Row 2, ch 2 turn.
          Row 4: 3 dc in first dc of previous row, 1 dc in each st to ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last dc, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 5: 3 dc in first dc of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last dc 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 6: 3 dc in first dc of previous row, 2 dc in next st. dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last 2 sts, 2dc in next to last st, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 7: 2 dc in first dc of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 8: 3 dc in first dc of previous row, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 9: 3 dc in first dc of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row10: 3 dc in first st of previous row, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), dc in each st to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next to last st, 3 dc in last st. ch 2, turn.
          Row 11: 2 dc in first 2 dc sts of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last 2 st of row, 2 dc in last 2 st of row, ch 2, turn.
          Row 12: 3 dc in first st of previous row, dc in each st to ch 2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, dc in each st to last st, 3 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
          Row 13: 3 dc in first st of previous row, 2 dc in each of the next 3 dc sts, dc in each st to the ch 2 sp (3 dc, ch 1 (one), 3 dc) in ch 2 sp dc in each st to last 4 dc sts, 2 dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in last st.

Turn, to work across the top of bandana.
Now you are starting the cowl of the neckerchief.

Working across the neck portion in sc. 2 sc in the ends of each dc along the top side, (I worked mine in the ch 2 at the ends of the rows when possible.)

Cowl: (change to I - 5.50 Hook)
          ch 1, turn,
(I try to have the right side toward me, I do it by putting a stitch marker in the right side stitch of the first row)
          Round 1: sc across the top of bandana, 53 sc, evenly spaced,
(2 sc in ends of each row, as stated above),
           ch 40, making sure to not twist the chain, join by slst in the first dc.
(or as many as needed to make the cowl comfortable to wear, this took a couple tries for me)
          Round 2: ch 2, dc in first sc, same as join, place a marker in top of the first dc, dc in each sc and ch back to join. Join to the top of dc where marker is, (the ch 2 may need to be used as a post stitch when you work the 2nd round, but this is the only time the ch 2 should be used as a stitch.)

From here I followed the Friendly Red Fox, Frozen Inspired Cowl

After I got the cowl as long as I was comfortable with, I finished off and put on the edge trim.

I did not use this video but remember the edge pattern I used from a vintage baby blanket. 

Head Wrap: Criss Cross Head Wrap

Working on Criss Cross Fingerless Gloves
Note: buy all the yarn you need at once to be sure the same dye lot, as
"Basic yarn by Mainstays"
does not use dye lot and the trim is a shade different that the neckerchief.

Remember: Nothing is difficult if you do it with a joyful heart.

God Bless & Keep Thee.

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til next time,



Friday, September 9, 2016


Jamming months of handiwork into a single post cuz I'm busy, 
jamming handiwork. lol
August 2016 Project

Like most folks my age, we have lived long enough we like the handiness of running to the basement or laundry room and working up some dirty clothes and drying them at our leisure. 
Oh, the bucket, we use powder, sometimes, and have these leftover, with the craft room so close to the washer, just made sense to use the bucket for yarn and the smell is awesome.
Even better if you take it with you to crochet or work a project, no need to worry about spills, getting dirty or losing something if to place the lid on it.

Next Project August 2016

Crochet Ox and Lambs for Nativity Set.
     The Ox, the Nativity set must have an Ox. I search and searched and found one. YAY! 
I used "Mikey The Bull" a crochet pattern by Mindy Lenox, modified it only a bit but very happy with it.
I used a smaller hook and fingering weight yarn. Love it!          
Thank you, Mindy

     Sheep, it must have sheep, what would a Nativity be without sheep. 
Sarah Zimmerman of "Repeat Crafter Me" came to the rescue with her Lamb Mobile, of coarse, I used an even smaller hook and about a size 3 or 5 thread type yarn, did that make sense? Anyway, I did once again modify the pattern. They are still cute. Toooo cute.   
Thank you, Sarah

Ok, that's all for August, are you bored yet?
I have more and we are only 9 days into September.
Here goes only a couple more I promise.

September 2016 Project

     Camels, the Wise men got there some how. 
I was very impressed with the work up on these camels. Pattern was very good even worked with smaller hook and yarn, didn't distort and looked really good.
The pattern: Canal Crochet
I think it is in Spanish but the designer has English and French translations. 
If you know how to crochet, you got this.

Here is the set together

Now a little something just because I liked the pattern.

First, I need to show off my stitch markers, most are beads left from bridals and formals I've worked in the past.
Love them, why did I wait so long to make them.

Last but not least, 
this small lapthrow.

The center piece is a square from "Look at what I made" 
The pattern can be found here: Charlotte 
It is a beautiful square and just had to finish it with some of the roses from Sophie's Universe, part 7
Very pretty piece.
 Thank you, Dedri

Hoping to share a stable I am working for the Nativity set. 

A work in progress,

All of the patterns at the time of this posting are good links and FREE.
I am not responsible for broken or forbidden links.
I'm just sharing what I do in my spare time.

til next time

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Monday, April 25, 2016

My crochet Jane & The Dragon

Many may not understand my obsession with
Jane and the Dragon.
She is a young lady in waiting that wants to be a Knight.
She has a dragon that has choosen her to be a pet or the other way around,
whichever the case may be, they are a team.
I have made this doll before
and find it will make a good doll for the Jane I want.
The pattern is free and can be found here: (but it is written in russian or turkish)
or here
I worked the feet a little different to look like the shoes Jane wears.

Worked the legs as if they are they leggings she wears.

Not finished but put together,
I used extra clothing from another doll I worked.
I'm not a fan of naked dolls

Hubby said "She has no hair".
I worked this Poncho for an 18" doll and needed a model.
Poncho pattern can be found here: Poncho for You and Me
No hair, no problem, The hat pattern can be found here: Walking the dog.
I am now working another doll to keep from trying clothes on my original
Jane doll.
She's coming along.
Going through stash yarn looking for just the right color and weight for the layers Jane needs,
Found the gray and filament thread yarn for her side shields.
Working them in a crocodile stitch.
I am looking forward to the finished project.
Oh the dragon, yes the dragon, I 'm considering this pattern,
Not much else
God Bless and Keep Thee
til next time
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016


the Feasts of The Three Kings
And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas,
the Three Kings, (Wise Men)
had come to the place of the birth of The King of Kings,
Jesus Christ.
I had always wanted a Nativity Set and love to crochet. I found this set online and was fascinated with it, it has no faces, which to me symbolizes the respect to the 4th Commandment of the 10 Commandments of the Holy Bible.
4.) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
I know they are dolls, even the Amish do not put faces on their dolls.
I worked the 3 wise men from the same free pattern as the Joseph, just used different weights of yarn and kinda winged it. I love the way it all came together.
Maybe I will work some sheep, and a stable in the future. I began working a camel but didn't like the way it was working up. Maybe I can find a camel pattern I like in the next year and add it.
This is the pattern I used, which is simple and cute. Crocheted Nativity Set
Just a little notable about this day.
Epiphany, the Feasts of The Three Kings
Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on 6th January (or January 19th for some Orthodox Church who have Christmas on 7th January) and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three Kings) who visited Jesus.
Epiphany is also when some Churches remember when Jesus was Baptised, when he was about 30, and started to teach people about God. Epiphany means 'revelation' and both the visit of the Wise Men and his Baptism are important times when Jesus was 'revealed' to be very important
Some Churches celebrate use Epiphany to celebrate and remember both the visit of the Wise Men and Jesus's Baptism
Epiphany Eve (also known as Twelfth Night) marks the end of the traditional Christmas celebrations and is the time when you were meant to take Christmas decorations down - although some people leave them up until Candlemas
til next time,
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Clownfish lapghan

Hello Everyone,
I had a request to give instruction about a baby clownfish I worked a few months ago. I'll do my best but I just kinda "flew by the seat of my pants", which I hardly ever do but here goes:

Someone else's pattern was my inspiration,
you can find it here: SHELL SLEEP SACK AND CAP

The fins, again, inspiration from another pattern.
of coarse I added touches to the ends of the fins.

I used a G  ~ 4.00mm hook, or size that works with the yarn you are using.
Stashed yarn that had been gifted to me.

Working in ROWS, not rounds, well not yet. lol

I worked from the top ~ down, it is worked in a shell stitch,
5 double crochet in the same stitch, make the shell.

I chained as many as I needed to fit around the baby and worked my shell stitches until I was comfy with the number of shells worked in the chain, then took the shells out and began working the rows.

(Then, making sure I had enough chain stitches for the shells.)

          Row 1.) single crochet in the back humps of the chain, to the length needed for baby cocoon.
          Row 2.) chain 2,  Double crochet in the top of last single crochet of previous row, and in each single crochet across. (ch 2 does not count for anything here, other than turning)
          Now begin working in the shell stitch
working about 1 ~ 7 rows in orange.
cut yarn, when you have as many rows as you like for the look you want.
join black yarn and work 3 rows in shell stitch
cut yarn,
join white yarn and work 5 rows in shell stitch
cut yarn when you have as many rows as you like for the look you want.
join black yarn and work 3 rows in shell stitch.
cut yarn
join orange, work 2 rows, in shell stitch, next, join as to begin working in the round.

DISCLAIMER: I must admit, I relied heavily on the pattern 
 Clownfish (nemo) Cocoon style blanket  to work most of my cocoon and the SHELL SLEEP SACK AND CAP  for the hat and shell stitches  link above
from this point I just kinda winged it until I got what I wanted.
Checked out shell decreases with youtube videos, like this one.

About marker 29:49 she shows you how to join the work for rounds, if you continue to watch, she will also show you how to decrease your rounds and how to attach the tails and fins.

Like I said: I do nothing by myself.
I can not take credit for anything other than what my 2 hands are able to create.
And with the blessings of God I am able to do that.

Wishing All of you the VERY BEST in the New Year, wow 2016, can you believe it?

not much else,
like everything
most is trial,
the rest is error.
God Bless & Keep Thee
til next time

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Years worth of Handiwork updates

2015 is almost in the books but not without some much accomplished works.

I worked Mermaids and Sharks for grandkids Christmas. That was fun.
Just 3 of 6 that I worked.


Also made a Flaming skull bag.
Pattern from Spider Mambo
Worked a pair of finger mittens for the Hubby to use while hunting.
Even a Spiderman for the youngest Grandson
Many other projects just way to many to post.
Seems as though it is time to say Good-bye to another year.
Looking forward to visiting with all of you in the New Year.
Merry Christmas
God Bless and Keep Thee
til next time
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sophie's Universe

Post update;
She's finished

I have never worked a Crochet-along before, someone posted this on Facebook and thought I could catch up and I have.
I have so much yarn in storage, older yarn some from the 1970's, only a skein or 2 of colors, enough to at least make a round.
The designer has said this is halfway through the work.
You can find the crochet-along here: sophies-universe-cal-2015
A 20 week adventure. I'll need to yarn shop after this.
Well maybe.
Then again I may need to work another to clear more yarn.

Hope all is well in your Universe.

til next time
 God Bless and Keep Thee
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