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Saturday, May 23, 2015

FPdc2tog a quick tutorial

As you read through the pattern you just bought,  the tension begins to rise. This is crazy, what the heck???
Is this for real???  I can't do that.  The doubt begins to rise, and frankly, your personal defences kick in, and the designer is labeled as nuts.

But wait, there are pictures from several people here.  some of the names attached are people I chat with in a group.  I am as good as they are.  If they can figure this out, I can too.  

So you grab the yarn, and begin.   then, about the time you begin to feel confident, the idea of working stitches in unconventional places does not seem quite so difficult; you are hit with   FPdc2tog.  What the Heck????????

Has to be a typo, never heard of it.  back to calling the designer an idiot.

Well, hold your tongue, it is not a typo, and it is not hard to do. just break it down, and work the stitch.

Let's do a FPdc2tog    together

First of all, I am assuming you are familiar with the concept of decreasing.
You make the fabric smaller, by taking 2 stitches down to one stitch. 
for a quick video on that, please visit this video on

As in any dc2tog, you begin to work the stitch on the first st indicated, keeping the last loop on the hook. then work the beginning of the stitch on the next one, also holding the last loop.
the difference in this is that you are working around the post, instead of through the top of the stitch.

So lets do that:

Yarn over, and insert the hook under the post of the indicated stitch.

Yarn over, pull through. you now have 3 loops on your hook.

yarn over, and pull through the first two. 
you  now have two loops on the hook, with the first half of a fpdc completed.

so it is time to create the first half of the second one.

the picture is a smidge blurred, but you get the idea.
Yarn over, insert the hook under the post as described in your pattern.
Trust the pattern, and your ability to read it.

After yarning over, and pulling through the first two loops, we now have 2 first halves of front post dc.
3 loops on the hook.

I'll bet by now you are ready to close this and move on.

Seriously, it is EASY!

Yup, as you expected, you yarn over, and pull through all three loops on the hook.

Just incase you are still here, let's look at a couple more details, that may play into the pattern you are working.
See how the top of the stitch lays together? All three loops stack together to form a point, similar to a dart in a fabric blouse?  seeing something here?

 When you add the next stitch to your fabric, you really begin to see how the character of the fabric differs.  

Following direction is about trust. trust in yourself, and the person creating the pattern.
It is not always perfect, as we are only human, 
If you find it does not work out right, set it down for a bit, then re-read it. did you miss something?
No? it just does not look right?  then by all means, reach out to the designer, (ME)  ask for guidance.

Be sure you cite the pattern, the row or round number, and your question.  typing out the entire instruction is a waste of time and energy.I Have the pattern, and can look it up if needed, but explaining yourself is what is needed.   A Picture of what yours looks like is worth 4 Million words.  not at an angle,  Lay your work flat on a table, or floor, center the issue in the viewfinder straight over it, and click.   Send that image with your question.
I want you to get it.  I hope to be in a place to expand your skills, as well as offer unique, wonderful patterns for you to work up.

And one more point.  If you send your question to me at 2:00PM, depending upon where you are in the world, I may not see it for a few hours.  I may be sleeping, I may be at my granddaughters school, I may be at the grocery store.  It is not my intent to ignore you, but the entire world is not in the same time zone, and I do have a life in addition to my work.  If you have not heard from me in 24 hours, Please resend the original message.  

Thanks for your time today


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Friday, May 22, 2015

  • I asked you to vote, and a few did, it must have been a hard choice, as there were only a total of 7 votes.

This weeks winner is

Enjoy this pattern for $1.00 
Offer good 5/22 and 5/23 2015 only
Extended to May 25 2015

No refunds.  follow the instructions, it will work.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Design Face Off Number Two

                                 48 at start                                                       16 at start
Cabled Slouchy Hat                                    Snowed In Royalty

Which of these two designs is your favorite?  

Just click the name, to be taken to Ravelry, add the design to your favorites.
The design with the biggest increase in hearts will be our winner, so even though the count is slanted at the start, it really isn't.

Come back to the Blog on Friday or Saturday, to see which the Winner is.  And to get the code to get the winning design for $1.00

Both designs have instruction to make them for Children, and Adults

See you Friday
Happy Hooking

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our Face Off Winner Is

I asked you to vote

43 of you did
And the Winner is:

 Higher Power Silk Prayer Shawl Pattern

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To get your copy for one dollar, Click the Blue link there under the picture.  then in the coupon code box, type   Face-Off   Hit apply, wait for the price to change, then proceed with your purchase.  You can buy other patterns, but the discount will only apply to the Higher Power Silk Prayer Shawl Pattern.
I will not provide refunds, Simply stated, if you cannot follow these simple directions, you have no business trying to follow my crochet pattern.
Sale ends at 1159PM May 16, 2015

The Link for the wonderful Sparkle Yarn from The Silk Drop is in the pattern, and I know there is a discount available to purchase the yarn. Follow the link right ^^^^^ , and check out the pinned post.

I won't keep you, you have a wonderful shawl to make!

Until next time


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Which do you want????

This has been a busy week.

Two Patterns have been published for your enjoyment!

They are very different, They both speak to me, the inspiration is from a similar place, an inner desire, something very tangible, within myself.  The manifestation of missing loved ones, being distanced from family and friends. Both are Fantastic Designs. 

The Higher Power Silk Prayer Shawl

Worked in sport weight Sparkle Silk from The Silk Drop
An amazing product. I completely loved working with it. The hanks are HUGE, at about 400 yds, this is actually a very affordable shawl.  Check out the Silk Drop facebook page for the code to get an even better price on this yarn. :D At the time of this post, the code is in the pinned post on top of the page.

Vote for Higher Power Silk Prayer Shawl

Be Happy Reggae Wrap

Worked in Red Heart Super Saver, This design is full of Life, Fun Colors, and a very warm outlook on life.
A simplistic stitch pattern, with optional bordering to take it from a unisex drape to a more Feminine look.

Vote for Be Happy Reggae Wrap

Both of these designs have options included in the pattern for sizing, as well as borders.  Both designs are easily worked by any crocheter with very basic skills.

Go Show your Love, and come back on the 15th to get the winner, and the code to get your copy for $1.00

If you buy a copy of either one before the 15th, I will provide a special code to get any other pattern from my shop for that same dollar. (through Ravelry)  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Be Happy Reggae Wrap Crochet Pattern Release

don't worry

Reggae Wrap

A Bob Marley Tribute

Design inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes you can pinpoint it's origin, others, there is no clear source, but more a feeling, or emotion. 

Recently, I found myself feeling nostalgic, I was playing with yarn, as I do, every day.  a design formulating, Retro, Fun, Bright.  Without wanting to tip anyone off to exact shape and form, I started chatting with a group about thoughts evoked with particular keywords.
Be Happy was used in one of the replies.
Of course, that brought a smile, how could it not?
When I learned from the yarn company that my efforts were going into a soon to be discontinued product, I got discouraged, and set it aside. This happens a lot more often than I want to think about.
Fast forward a few days.  May 5th, 2015, again feeling that twinge of nostalgia, on Youtube, listening to the songs that I hope will evoke a good cry, so I can get over this.  
Up pops Don't Worry, Be Happy in the suggested tunes.
Of course, that brought a smile, How could it not?

In less than half the song's  duration came the vision. 
Who is this man?  Bob Marley, A name I know, my grown kids all have varying reverence. It was the question
A quick Google Search revealed So MUCH more than I ever thought about. 
Doing something to express the feelings bombarding my brain was paramount.
I had missed his Birthday, but, it was just a few days to the anniversary of his passing. 
A fresh Goggle Doc was opened, the pattern started spilling on to the page.
I found myself wanting to Stir it up

As you look at this pattern, you will find numbers that correlate to Bob's History.  Nothing Earth Shattering, but calculated to be key.
The pattern is actually simple, As are the Philosophies behind the man.

I have a personal attitude, that is fretful. I worry the warts off a toad. always questioning, always challenging myself, and those close to me.  I never settle. I could so use a dose of the peace this man found.

I am happy with this design, and it is my hope you will find joy in it for yourself.

Get Your copy of the pattern here