Shells and Lace Crochet Pattern

The Shells & Lace Baby Blanket is a lightweight, yet sturdy baby blanket that is the perfect size for travel. It’s a perfect transitional project for the beginning crocheter to step up to a more challenging project with its shell pattern stitch. This blanket is made with just one skein of Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn.




You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry or Craftsy.

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Sparkle Me Pretty Neck Wrap Crochet Pattern

Here’s a cute and quick project that looks impressive even though it’s a breeze to make.  What really makes it look impressive is the payettes in the Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite yarn and the fabulous button (which I purchased from Jo-Ann’s).





You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or Craftsy.

You can also find all my patterns available for purchase/download on Amazon.

Summer Rose Wrap Crochet Pattern

I have a new crochet pattern available — the Summer Rose Wrap.


The Summer Rose Wrap is the perfect summer project. It’s lacy and pretty — perfect to keep the chill off during cooler evenings. This wrap is even budget friendly, made with just one skein of Caron One-Pound yarn. But you can make it with any worsted-weight yarn of your choice.


This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry and Craftsy.

You can also find all my patterns available for purchase/download on Amazon.

Make-Shift Ironing Board

When I’m crafting and need to iron some quick little thing, I don’t really feel lie dragging the ironing board out.  I know you know exactly what I mean — unless you are lucky enough to have space enough to have one set up permanently!

Here is my quick, make-shift ironing board:


I simply grab my mini cutting board, lay a wash cloth over it and voila! I’m ready to iron and don’t need to worry about damaging my work surface.


How to Fix a Tear in Clothing — Fixing a Torn Pair of Leggings

My daughter ripped her favorite pair of leggings the other day. I didn’t know if it was even worth trying to fix them — or how I was going to fix them and have them look decent.  I thought I would share my success with others since it worked out pretty well.


First I  cut out a small square of an iron-on patch in a color that matched the spot where the tear was.  Luckily I happened to have this on hand in my crafting stash already.



I placed the patch on the inside of the leggings where the tear was, making sure the correct side of the patch was facing up, and pulled the edges of the tear as closely together as I could.

IMG_3169Next I ironed the patch in place from the front so that I could be sure to hold the sides of the material in place as I ironed, being careful to keep the material smooth and lined up, and not burning my fingers.  Here is what it looked like from the front and back after I was done ironing the patch:




Next, using thread that matching the material and the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine, I sewed over the seam.  This stitch will catch both sides of the tear and permanently keep the patch in place — because iron-on patches never really say in place! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can replicate this stitch by hand by sewing back and forth from one side of the tear to the other, being sure to keep your stitches neat and close together.



And here is the end result.  Can you find the mend?  It blends in pretty well, and it should hold up for a long time.  You can use this same technique to fix tears in lots of things!


June issue of I Like Crochet welcomes summer with 31+ bright new patterns

I just looked at the June issue of I Like Crochet and it’s filled with everything you need to make this summer a fashion success, including the Airy Openwork Tunic, the Vivid Coral Reef Top and the Sandy Beaches Tank. Check out plush home décor for every style with a fabulous selection of afghans and a pillow, and learn the easiest way to line a bag with the Flower Bug Handbag. Plus, explore the next shawl in our elemental shawl series with the sturdy yet delicate Earthen Blocks Shawl. Grab a copy today!

ILC june 2015 cover

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This month’s features:

  • 31+ bright new patterns to help explore the summer.
  • A variety of sweet and stylish tanks and cardis.
  • Adorable baby patterns from blankets to bibs.
  • Crochet summer totes everyone will love.

Click HERE to view the full table of contents for the June issue.


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