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It’s been so long since I blogged that I’ve almost forgotten how!

The crochet-a-long for January in the Crochet Jewelry of the Month Group on Ravelry is Turkish Loop Bead Crochet.  They provided a video on doing the 3-loop beaded method as well as some tutorials on the 3-loop and the 2-loop methods.

It’s an interesting stitch and I like learning something new.  So this is the project that I ended up making.  I did the 3-loop method, used size 10 crochet cotton, a size 8 steel crochet hook, twisted bugle beads (about 1/2″ in size) and size 8 seed beads.

This photo shows the bracelet and one of the bugle beads that I used.

From 2012 Projects

This photo shows the clasp that I used.

From 2012 Projects

If you like combining beads with your crochet then give this a try.  There are all kinds of suggestions for bead combinations.


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Tussie Mussie Ornament

Tussie Mussie Ornament

From 2011 Projects

I was given a little challenge and this is what I came up with.  I couldn’t find anything on Ravelry or the net like it.

Most Tussie Mussies are made from a round doily, either paper, crochet, knit, etc, then folded to make a cone shape.  So here is mine, cone shaped right from the beginning.  I’m giving you the directions to make the basic shape, then it’s up to you to decorate as desired.  Directions require you to have basic knowledge of crochet and terms.


  • Aunt Lydia’s Size 3 crochet cotton
  • size 1 hook (2.35mm)


  • chain 26, join
  • Row 1: ch 1, sc in each chain stitch around, join ch 1 (25 stitches)
  • Row 2-9:  1 sc in each sc, join, ch 1
  • Row 10: *3 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* around, join, ch 1 (20 stitches)
  • Row 11-12: 1 sc in each sc, join, ch 1
  • Row 13: *3sc, decrease over next 2 sc* around, join, ch 1 (16 stitches)
  • Row 14-15: 1 sc in each sc, join, ch 1
  • Row 16: *2 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* around, join, ch 1 (12 stitches)
  • Row 17: 1 sc in each sc, join, ch 1
  • Row 18: *2 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* around, join, ch 1 (9 stitches)
  • Row 19: 1 sc in each sc, join, ch 1
  • Row 20: *1 sc, decrease over next 2 sc* around, join,  don’t ch 1(6 stitches)
  • Row 21: sc in 2nd sc, decrease over next 2 sc twice (3 stitches), join, fasten off.  Weave your end through the bottom and up the side.  This will give you a nice point.


  • Fold your cone in half (side to side) to find the edge stitch on one of the sides.  This stitch and one on each side of this stitch will be where you start your handle for a total of 3 stitches.  Join yarn to the right of the edge stitch, ch 1 sc in that stitch and the next 2 stitches, ch 3 turn.
  • hdc in the last sc – this will give you a half dc, ch 1, hdc.  ch 3 turn.
  • hdc in the last stitch.  Repeat until handle is desired length.  With the chain one spaces you can leave as is, or weave a ribbon through the handle later if you choose.
  • When handle is desired length, fasten off and sew to opposite side.
  • I thread a very narrow piece of ribbon through the handle.

You are done, decorate as desired.  Have fun!

This pattern is  for personal use only, please do not copy and sell my pattern.

From 2011 Projects

The little critter that I put inside is a pattern by Amy Mielke called Little Crocheted Teddy Bear.  I used a size 5 steel crochet hook and DMC Baroque Crochet Cotton.  I rearranged a few things to make him look more like a little dog while he was in the ornament.

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Sampler Blanket – Sort of

I found this pattern called “Warm Up America”  designed by Kathy Wesley published in “It’s Great to Give” by Coats & Clark.  It’s a knit/crochet blanket made up of 7 x 9 squares.  I am not a “guage swatch” person when it comes to blankets, but with this one since it uses knit and crochet I felt it was needed to make sure the blocks would come out  the same size.  The pattern calls for a size 8 needle and a size H hook.  I needed  size 7 needles and a G hook in order for my blocks to be 7 x 9.

Working 7 x 9 squares is like doing dishcloths.  Easy take-a-long project, if I get bored with knit I just do a crochet block. In the pattern booklet there are 4 block patterns for knit and 4 block patterns for crochet.  As I started working the patterns I realized that all of the knit blocks have very close stitches and all of the crochet blocks were very open.  Let’s face it, I get bored easy.  So I decided to play with some other pattern stitches and come up with a variety of blocks.  That is how I came to think of it as a Sampler Blanket – Sort of.  Not every block is different as I would think a true sampler would be.

There are so many different stitch patterns, this is where I truly began to have fun.  Some of them just didn’t have the right “feel” for the blanket or their stitch pattern repeat was too long to fit into 7 inches comfortably.  A lot of this is a matter of personal preference.  I did find that I had to work several rows either knit or crochet to get a “true” measurement on the block.  I did a lot of ripping, but with this I really didn’t seem to mind it.

I will share with you the block patterns that I made for this blanket outside of the published patterns.  You’ll have to get the booklet  for those.  I used standard abbreviations for knit and crochet, you can find explanations for those in many places.

Please keep in mind that your guage may be different than mine.  My suggested chain or cast on stitches are just a guide to get you started.

Cross Stitch Block-crochet

  1. Chain 28
  2. DC in the 5th stitch from hook
  3. Dc in the 4th stitch from hook(at this point you will have 1 dc and 1 set of crossed stitches)
  4. Skip 1 chain, dc in the next, dc in the skipped stitch
  5. repeat step 4 until 1 chain is left – dc

You should have 1 dc, 12 sets of crossed stitches, 1 dc.   Chain 3, work your cross stitches over the cross stitches from the previous row, end with a dc on top of your ch 3 from the previous row.  Repeat this row until you reach 9 inches, then fasten off. 

This is the way I’ve always done this stitch, I’ve seen other versions.

From 2010 Projects

 The following stitch patterns are from the Reader’s Digest- Complete Guide to Needlework.           

 Woven Stitch – crochet

This is a really simple block and I think one of my favorites.

  1. ch 31
  2. sk 2 ch, 1 sc, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 sc*, ch 2 turn
  3. *1 sc in chain space of previous row, ch 1*, 1 sc in the turn ch sp, ch 2 , turn
  4. Repeat row step 3 until you reach 9 inches, fasten off.

This stitch is a multiple of 3

From 2010 Projects

Alternate Stitch – crochet

  1. ch 28
  2. sk 3 ch, 2 sc in next ch, *sk 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch*, ch 2 turn
  3. *sk 1 st, 2 sc in next st*, ch 2 turn
  4. repeat step 3 until you reach 9 inches, fasten off.

This stitch is a multiple of 2

From 2010 Projects

Up and Down Stitch – crochet

  1. ch 26
  2. sk 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, *1 dc, 1 sc*, 1 dc, ch 2, turn
  3. sk 1 st dc, *1 dc in sc of previous row, 1 sc in dc of previous row*, 1 dc in ch 2 of previous row, ch 1, turn
  4. repeat step 3 until you reach 9 inches, fasten off.

This stitch is a multiple of 2 ch

From 2010 Projects

The next post I publish on this will have some of the knit squares that I made for the blanket.

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Babies Everywhere Babies

That’s how I feel, it seems like in my life they all seem to come at the same time.  I have four babies in the friends/family group coming by the 1st of the year and I need to get busy!

I made the crochet basket to hold diapers so I’ve moved to a cute little baby sweater that I found while cruising Ravelry the other day.  The pattern is called SLK Baby Sacque by Susan Kraus.

I used Bernat Softee Baby in the colors Her Jeans Ombre and Pink.  I used a size G hook and added a picot border.  I also did knit cuffs on the sleeves because I think they’re fun. For the cuffs I used size 6 knitting needles to do 1” of 1×1 ribbing after doing 10 rows of dc on the sleeves. Decreased on rows 4, 7, 10.  I added a little flower button.

From Projects

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a happy and safe weekend!

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Stash Baskets

I saw a lady on Ravelry named likerussel make this basket pattern larger and use it for baby diapers.  I have a baby shower to attend in September and I thought it was a perfect idea.  The colors of the nursery are pink and green with a touch of red.

Crochet Stash Basket by The Purl Bee

From Projects

I used a J hook and two strands of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the colors Med Thyme and Candy Print.  I followed the directions for the bottom but only did 3 repeats of the side.  I mimicked the side loops for the handles, only I did the two loops over 11 stitches.  The basket is 10″ tall and has a circumference of 41″.  This should hold a whole package of diapers.

Since I have all of this Red Heart in my stash from making tote bags, I decided to make this next basket. 

From Projects


I did up to 11 sc between the increases and then did one repeat on the side.  I may put some dishcloths in this and give it as a gift.

This last basket I did the same 11 sc between the increases but I did sc rounds all the way up until I did a row of the loops.  I may use this one for my slippers.  This is a fun versatile pattern.

From Projects

Just for fun here is my latest pair of stitch markers that I made for a Rav friend.

From Beading

I  hope you all have a wonderful, safe and fun weekend!

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Here is my latest attempt at using some more of my stash.  I have seen several knit mitred squares but not many crochet ones.  On Red Heart’s web-site they have a free pattern for a Crochet Mitred Blanket.  I used this basic square pattern to make this bag.

From Projects

Here is the basic “recipe” of how I made the bag:

I used 3 skeins of Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes in the color Denim and one skein of white and a size G hook.  I made 8 squares, four for each side.  I chained 41 stitches and worked the mitre square.  Sewed the four squares together to make the front of the bag and did the same for the back.

I attached the white yarn at the upper most left corner of the front and worked 5 rows of single crochet around the side, bottom and other side of the front.  I then attached the back by doing a row of single crochet through the corresponding back stitches.

From Projects

Then I did 5 rows of single crochet all around the top.

For the closure tab I found the center of the top front and attached the yarn and worked single crochet over 5 stitches for ten rows then decreased to 3 stitches for two rows and then decreased to 1 stitch.  Fasten off the crochet and leave about 10 inches of yarn.  Thread some beads onto the yarn going around the last bead, back up through the beads that were just strung on and then weave the remaining yarn through the crochet stitches on the tab.

From Projects

I made a loop on the back to run the strip through for the closure.  I attached the yarn and did 10 chain stitches then attached the yarn with a slip stitch about 6 stitches away and then did a sc through each of the chain stitches.  Fastened off my yarn and wove in the ends.

From Projects

For the handles I doubled the yarn for stability used an H hook and attached the yarn to the front and worked four rows of sc, decreased down to three stitches and did 49 rows of sc increased back up to five stitches and worked 4 more rows of sc.  Fastened off the yarn and left enough length to sew the handle to the other side of the front.  Repeated for the back. 

This is a close up of the closure and buttons that I sewed on.

From Projects

Of course, I had to add a lining with lots of pockets.

From Projects

This bag measures about 13″ wide and 14″ tall. 

You could use this basic “recipe” for any crochet block that you choose.

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Everyday Purse

From Projects

While trying to use up more and more pieces of scrap balls of yarn that I have lying around, here is a pattern that I came up with.  There are probably others very similar, but in any case here is mine.

I used an I hook and two strands of worsted weight yarn held together(1 strand of bulky would also work).  This makes a nice dense fabric that you can line or not.

The rounds are not joined, but worked in a spiral.  I used a safety pin to mark the lst stitch in each round.  This is moved up at the beginning of every round.

Chain 19

  1. sc in 2nd ch from hook(place marker in this stitch for the beginning st) work a sc in the next 16 ch sts, work 3sc in the last st – work a sc in the next 16 sts on the opposite side of the chain, work 2sc in the beginning ch, do not join. (38)
  2. 2sc in the 1st st (replace marker in 1st sc, you will do this every round), 1 sc in the next 16 sts, then 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 16 stchs, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st.(42)
  3. sc in 1st st, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 16 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 3sc, 3sc in next st, 1 sc in next 16 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts.(50)
  4. sc in next 2sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 18 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 5sc, 3sc in next st, 1 sc in next 18 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 3 sts.(58)
  5. sc in next 3sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 20 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 7sc, 3sc in next st, 1 sc in next 20 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 4 sts.(66)
  6. sc in next 4sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 22 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 9sc, 3sc in next st, 1 sc in next 22 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 5 sts.(66)  At this point my rectangle bottom measured 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  7. sc in back loop of every stitch around – this will give you a bottom ridge which is very helpful if you decide to line the bag and want to use a piece of plastic canvas for the bottom.
  8. Continue working sc in every stitch moving marker up for each round.  Change colors as needed or wanted.  I worked 25 rows for the body and the height of my bag was 8-1/2″

This is a picture of the base, before the body is started.

From Projects

I used purchased handles you can do whatever type of handle that pleases you.  I made a flap to hold the handles.  I crocheted 5 rows over three stitches and then sewed to the inside of the bag (4 times of course).

Experiment – Have FUN!!

From Projects
From Projects

Feel free to use this pattern for your personal use, please do not copy and sell the pattern.

eta(because someone asked):  just wanted to add this link for Joann Fabric and Crafts.  This is where I got my handles.  Mine are size 8.25″ x 5.125″.  I don’t think they carry the exact same handles, but they do have something similar.  Hope this helps.

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