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Granny Square Patterns in Top 100 for 2015

These cute granny square patterns are among the top 100 for 2015. I’m so very pleased to announce that my granny square patterns have been recognized among the top 100 of 2015 on All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns! (I hope you will forgive my bit of bragging, but I just have to shout about it! 🙂 ) I just received a note from Prime Publishing that one or more of […]
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Sweetheart Cardigan Sweater for 18 Inch Dolls – Pattern

A quick and easy knitting pattern for a cardigan sweater for 18 inch dolls.   Here’s how I got totally snookered into designing and making a sweater for 18 inch dolls: “Nanny will you knit my dolly a sweater?”  These were simply irresistible words.  My heartstrings had been tugged.  I said ‘yes’ with a smile, so easily.  Then I took a deep breath and  wondered what I’d committed myself to.  I reasoned […]
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Elephant Crochet Edging — Getting Creative

 Here is a quick show and tell from one of our readers:  It’s an adorable picture sent in by Natasha Jones, who used the Elephant Crochet Edging to make this cute ‘Tiara-Style’ headband.    She made just four of the elephant motifs at the top.  Without using a  foundation row, she and  others thought the elephants looked more […]
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Easy Knitted Headwrap Pattern

Easy knitted Headwrap pattern When this Easy Knitted Headwrap was featured in a picture on the post about the Magic Poinsettia a couple of weeks ago, I received  a surprising number of requests for  the pattern. I tried to jot down a brief explanation to someone who wrote in, but it was tough because just like all my  granny squares, I’d […]
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Magic Poinsettia Granny Square Pattern (Ornament)

#bakingoutsidethebox | This crocheted Poinsettia Granny Square and Ornament pattern will make Christmas warm and bright. Download the pattern now. Sharing This Magic Poinsettia Granny Square is my Christmas gift to all my crocheting friends far and wide.  In creating this Poinsettia granny square I failed many times. I turned a good deal of yarn into frazzled knots that hit the wastebasket with varying degrees of accuracy. What you see are bits and pieces of […]
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Lost Granny Squares Pattern Collection

Today I’m addressing two requests by readers for the Lost Granny Squares. 1. Get them all now.  Many of you have written and requested for me to mail you all of the patterns for all the Lost Granny Squares so they didn’t have to be found and downloaded one-at-a-time.  I tried to do this in the […]
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Serving Up the Easy Crocheted Stay-put Bootees Pattern

I’ve made this bootees pattern a gazillion times. Well, maybe half a gazillion times. I started making newborn baby layettes for charity shortly after 911. It was my self-imposed therapy to get through a time that was difficult for all of us. At the time I was using a simple bootee pattern that began at […]
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Elephants on Parade Pattern Update

  I found something that truly pleases me to share with you today.  It is the written pattern instructions for the crocheted Elephants on Parade Baby Blanket Edging. Recently I was perusing some of my ancient documents on the computer. (OK,  I started with the intent to clean stuff out and ended up reading and enjoying it. […]
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DIY: Design a Granny Square ~ Part 2

Here are 12 Ways to Join Granny Squares. If you've ever wondered how to attach granny squares here are 12 options. Take your pick! In the last post I gave you a little formula that will help in making your own custom granny squares. Today I’m sharing with you the guidelines or rules I’ve discovered that have helped me in successfully completing a custom granny square of my own.  I had to think and think about all this.  It’s been […]
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DIY: Design a Granny Square ~ Part 1

These cute granny square patterns are among the top 100 for 2015. Design a granny square?  Yes you can!  I have been wanting to put this down in words and share it with you for so long.  I have a lot to say, so hold on! Having this information is like a magical formula at your fingertips.   It’s a beautiful, wonderful equation that allows you to spin lace […]
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Magic Casement Pattern ~ The Lost Granny Squares Series

Magic Casement Turquoise granny square It’s hard to believe that the Magic Casement Square is the last granny square pattern in this series. I have a good many more blocks than when I began to rescue this projects 3 months ago.  I haven’t counted them yet, but I’m certain I am close to the number I need to complete “The […]
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Basic Granny Square Pattern ~ Kiss Granny

This Basic Granny Square Pattern is simple enough for beginners and bliss out time for experienced crocheters. This week I am “Keeping it Simple Sweetheart’ with the basic granny square pattern. This is the first granny I learned how to make and I had some of these in my stash of ‘Lost Granny Squares’.  It seems only right to take the time to explain the basics. I love this pattern, because making […]
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Round Peg in a Square Hole Crochet Pattern ~ The Lost Granny Squares Series

I imagined a lot of different names for this crochet pattern while I developed it:  ‘Bullseye’, ‘Wheel in a Wheel’, ’45 RPM’, ‘Suspended Disbelief’ and ‘Magic Medallion’.  I settled on ‘Round Peg in a Square Hole’ – the inverse of the common phrase; square peg in a round hole. This crochet pattern  is the result of my […]
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Grandmother’s Garden Pattern– The Lost Granny Squares Series

I loved making the Grandmother’s Garden granny squares this week.  It was easy to imagine a field of them all joined together and spread over a sleeping child. I have a small confession to make.  I bought yarn this week.  I had to.  I was running out of colors I need.  Really.  In fact I’m […]
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Postage Stamp Pattern – The Lost Granny Squares Series

I’ve always thought these granny squares looked like a postage stamp, but I almost named them ‘My Penance’… Years ago after making a bunch of  normal-ish granny squares I wanted to see if I could start one somewhere other than the middle. And yes, I admit it. Trying to reverse engineer this one and write down the instructions […]
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The Kaleidoscope Pattern — The Lost Granny Squares Series

#bakingoutsidethebox | The Lost Granny Squares Series Continues with the Kaleidoscope Pattern a fun and mildly challenging design. The Lost Granny Squares Series continues with it’s latest edition; The Kaleidoscope Pattern.  This square was an odd one in the box. It was an ‘only’ and I didn’t understand it until I measured it.  It was way over the 6 inch mark that I was adhering to back then.   I must have just […]
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