Monthly Archives: August 2015


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Introducing my new crocheted blanket pattern – “Faded Love ” – now available for purchase on .

Stunning in its simplicity, this versatile granny square blanket can blend in with any decor, from vintage to modern.

The square itself is easily learned, with basic crochet stitches and a few front-post stitches. For a 47” x 56” throw, you will need 20 skeins; for 56” x 83”, you will need 36. Once you master the pattern, sit back and enjoy many evenings of relaxing crochet with an impressive result. Suitable for the beginning crocheter.

Use your artist’s eye to put together your own color combinations, or follow my lead with the luscious shades of Stonewashed XL, a chunky cotton/acrylic blend.  Update:  Yarn Packs in the Stonewashed XL are available at Deramores.  Use this link (US) or this (UK) or this (Canada)  and I will get a commission. (Use the pulldown menu for other countries.)  Try mentioning my name at checkout for a 20% discount too.  If you purchase the yarn pack through my link I will send you the pattern for free  – send me a private message or email with your order number and Ravelry name.

Directions for a stretchy join are included; this join is excellent when squares vary a little in size. ”

I used 36 skeins of Stonewashed XL for this blanket in the following amounts:

18 skeins Crystal Quartz, 2 skeins Corundum Ruby, 2 skeins Amazonite, 1 skein each Red Jasper, Yellow Jasper, Garnet, Deep Amethyst, Lemon Quartz, Green Agate, Smokey Quartz, Boulder Opal, Blue Apatite, Canada Jade, Coral, New Jade, Lilac Quartz, Brown Agate

Or put together your own combination.  If you purchase from Deramores using this link US or UK or click the banner on the right side of my blog I will get a commission on your purchase.  Thanks!  First-time buyers can mention my name at check-out for a 20% discount.

I am planning to start the CAL on September 21, 2015, with pattern support on my Ravelry board, and also in my Facebook CAL group.


Summer Mosaic Clue 3 Photos

Ignore my colors.  In this piece, the MC is green.

Round 3, Turn your piece and see the 12 stitches of Round 1.  Slip stitch into one of these. IMG_1303 IMG_1306


Round 3 complete.IMG_1307

Round 4 complete:IMG_1308

Round 5 BeginningIMG_1310 IMG_1311

Trying to show that pesky treble in the corner in Round 5.IMG_1313 IMG_1314 IMG_1316 IMG_1317

End of Round 6.IMG_1318



Round 7:IMG_1319

The skipped stitches of Round 6 that you skip in Round 7.  You will not use them again, just leave them be.IMG_1320

Round 7 corner with fpdc, fptr, fpdc all around the same st.IMG_1322

End of Round 8.  IMG_1325

Round 9:IMG_1326 IMG_1328

End of Round 9. IMG_1330 IMG_1331 IMG_1332 IMG_1333 IMG_1334

New Mystery Lapghan CAL


I am excited to be participating in a new Mystery Lapghan CAL with Crochet Memories and The Country Willow, in which 36 designers will offer a free 6″ afghan square over a period of 3 months (on second thought some are doing more than one so maybe not 36 but a bunch.)   My square will be coming up September 14, but go now to see more information and the first square of the CAL by Cylinda Mathews at

I’m planning to participate with this CAL – three 6″ squares a week shouldn’t be too bad!   I am going to choose my yarn now – always the fun part. 🙂  How about you?

Sunday Crocheting


Today I’m taking a break from designing to crochet something fun and learn new techniques.  I’m following Chi-Chi on her keitopalette blog as today is the first part of her new pattern release called Around the Bases.  I thought it would be a good way to use some of my Vanna’s Choice Baby Colors, since they are being discontinued and I can’t use them for designing anymore.  For my center square, I’ve chosen the square from The Enchanted Garden by Courtney Laube as it combines the work of two of my favorite designers, Joyce Lewis and Dedri Uys.  There is so much exciting crochet these days!

Summer Mosaic Clue 2 Photos

Where to join yarn in Round 10.

Some people joined with invisible join and cannot find the first stitch of the round.  I usually say to join to the first stitch of the round or the first stitch of any increase for ease of directions, but since the last two rounds had no increase stitch it is a little tricky.

So let us join to the third stitch to the right of the stitch that goes into the fpdc. Line it up over the increase in Round 7. There is no increase in 8 and 9 which makes it tricky but go to your first st of the increase in 7, move your finger up to 8, then to 9.  It’s the 3rd st to the right of the stitch that goes into the fpdc.  Thanks to Brittany Perrin for this photo:


If you start Round 10 in the wrong stitch you can adjust in Round 12. Round 10 is even, Round 11 is an increase round with 2dc in one st, dc in next 7. Once you get going in Round 12 you can easily see if you’re in the wrong place and you can adjust.



Round 12 can get a little tricky; read the directions carefully.  You are increasing in this round, and also placing the post stitches a little off-line.   Reading from right to left, each repeat consists of a fpdtr around the fptr below in Round 8, then you skip the st behind the post, sc in next 2, fptr around 3rd of 7 sc below in  Round 9, DO NOT SKIP, sc in next 3, fptr around 5th of 7 sc below in Round 9, skip the st behind the post, sc in next 2.  So each repeat contains 3 post stitches and 7 sc for a total of 10 st, x 12 repeats is 120 st.  Remember, you only skip behind 2 posts.  This is how the increase is made.  2 sc, 3 sc, 2 sc.



Here is a nice photo by Brittany Perrin:

round 12