Crochet Bucket List – number 3

I think I started this one last year June.

Christelle , founder of the South African Facebook group “Ons Hekel” challenged our members to crochet a blanket for charity.  If you know me and my crochet well, you will know that I have never ever finished a crocheted blanket!

I’ve been eyeing this beautiful green acrylic yarn for a while, but had no project for it.  This challenge was the perfect excuse to buy a few balls.  I saw this beautiful shawlette pattern on Moogly.  It had a beautiful stitch pattern.  Almost like a Corner to Corner, but a bit more lacy. Then I figured out that you can make a square with the pattern. (well sort of, hehe!)




This is how the square looks. I then went all around the square with a variegated yarn using 1 sc ch3, thinking I could then JAYG them all together in a stunning blanket.


Now I have this stack of not so square squares! And two mittens. lol!


Here my assistant, Anya helps me packing them out to see if we have enough squares for a blanket. Oh dear! Now you can clearly see that not all the squares are squared! Eeeeek!


Then Anya came up with this idea for a photograph. I wonder why? She does not know what Frogging means in crochet language.


Crochet Bucket List Item Number 3

I really really do not have lots of hope for this project to become something.  Let’s just put it in a bucket for now.

You are going to love tomorrow’s post.  It is another unfinished blanket!  lol!


Crochet Bucket List – numbers 1 and 2

From the dictionary:

“Bucket List” = a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime

It has been way too long since my last blog post.

So much happened in between.  In January we moved house from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to our three girls’ schools. It just makes life much easier.  Paternoster was about 40 minutes drive to school. We are building a little beach cottage here in Langebaan in an area called Paradise Beach.  So …. for 2016 we rented a house here.  And  … end of this month (November) we are moving into our own house. Yay!

I am struggling to get organised with the packing.  Not one of my favourites!  And as with the previous move there is always so much yarn, fabric and other crafty stuff to sort out.

I see now that I am way beyond  a few unfinished WIP’s.  Everything is terribly chaotic and out of control.  So  …  I’ve decided to do a few posts about all my projects that I still have to finish.  Putting them all on a Crochet Bucket List makes a lot of sense to me. It also adds some fun in to the packing and sorting and who knows?  Maybe I get to finish some of them in the new house!


                                                        This basket lived in a box since the January move.


This package lived in the same box. Unopened! Twelve extra balls of Colours of Grace Aran 10 ply cotton.


I emptied the crochet basket. And here is my WIP! The plan is to crochet doilies with my Pink Doily Rug Pattern, and then join them together. I’m still deciding : Blanket? Curtain? Wall Decoration? Any other suggestions?


This T-yarn basket will be Number 1 on the Crochet Bucket List. Those scallops on the edge keep on flopping over. I am going to frog the edge and redo it.



                                                                   Tadah! Crochet Bucket List Item Number 2!


Thank you all for stopping by.  I’m off to find more WIP’s to fill more buckets!




Floppy Star

Hi All!

Sorry for being so scarce!  We had Exams,  a School Nativity play, and a School price giving this evening.  Busy Busy!

I have a little star pattern for you.  Little if you crochet it with dk yarn or cotton.  Or BIG if you use bulky or t-shirt yarn.  Have fun and do show us if you make some.


The pattern in words.  Photos after that.

I use US terms and any yarn and the hook size recommended for the yarn.

A 12 mm hook for the t-shirt yarn (bought from 50 Something Yarn Shop)

A 4 mm hook for dk cotton yarns.

Just one important note!  Be carefull NOT to pull your magic ring too tight, otherwise your star will be floppy.

Round 1

In Magic Circle, ch 2, 12 hdc, close with ss in first hdc

Round 2

ch 1, 1 sc in same closing ss.

*In next stitch: 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc

In next stitch: 1 sc* repeat x 4

End with 2 dc, ch2, 2dc and close round with a ss in to the first sc

Round 3

ch 1, 1 sc in same closing ss

*Into ch 2 space:

ch 1, 3 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc, ch 1

Into sc: 1 sc* repeat x 5

Close round with a ss into the first sc, cut your yarn and pull through to the front.

Then work the ends away at the back.

Round 1  pictures


Round 2  pictures

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Round 3  pictures

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Close round 3 with a ss into the first sc

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Then you can either work your ends away at the back or use them to tie your star to a tree or present.

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These two stars were crocheted with eco-fusion from Nurturing Fibres

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Vinnis White Cotton for the white ones.


Vinnis Tori for a bulky star.  They are great on gift bags!

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And here I tested the first one with t-shirt yarn

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And one with 4 ply cotton from Elle -Yarns

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Ok, I think you get the idea!  You can crochet this little floppy star with any yarn in your stash!

I’m off to Langebaan.  The two teenagers are both  receiving academic prizes tonight.










Boho Granny Square Fingerless Gloves


I just love the crochet inspiration and ideas we see on Instagram.  A while ago I saw this post on Kathryn Vercillo’s feed  @kvercillo  telling us about Granny Square Day 2015  that was started by  Susan who decided that the month of August needed another Holiday.  Susan asked crochet friends to post pictures of their granny squares on Instagram on the 15th of August.  She then makes collages of every one’s grannies and have it printed on fabric, mugs and phone covers.  You can see all of these on her Instagram feed @suregal27


I immediately abandoned my lacy crochet mittens that I was struggling with,  and  started a granny square.  BUT!!! Could not stop at two!  Just went on and on!  Then I wondered?  What shall I do with all these grannies???  Seeing that I was busy with other crochet mittens before the granny “attack”,  I thought, …  what if you crochet two grannies together and make fingerless gloves?  And that’s exactly what I did.  First the small ones for Anya.  Then larger ones for myself.

These are the first two granny squares that I started with, and which I posted on My Instagram  with the hash tag #grannysquareday2015

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And the rest of my grannies! ….

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I want to  show you how I made the smaller ones for Anya.  She is 5 years old and her hand width is 7 cm.

I use US terms.  Here is a handy little conversion chart if you use  UK terms . For my fellow South Africans who crochet in Afrikaans, try this conversion chart for US and  Afrikaans terms.

You need to know how to do the following:

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

V-stitch = Normally a V-stitch is dc, ch 2, dc in the same stitch. The one I use here for the wrist part of the glove is:

hdc, ch 1, hdc.  That is just my lazy way of getting a ribbing effect/look.

I close (end) my granny squares with a  false stitch . Dedri has a nice tutorial for that!


  • 2 x   granny squares with 3 rounds each. ( I made mine with Elle Gold Double Knit and a 5 mm hook )
  • scissors
  • yarn needle


 My granny squares does not have any chains in between the granny clusters. And I have 2 chains in my corners.

  1. You are going to join two squares with Dedri’s  flat zipper method , working in the inside loops (back loops)
  2. After joining the 2 squares: ch 1 and then sc in each stitch (working to your left) . Stop just before your 2 ch corner.
  3. Fold your grannies to form a tube. You are now going to close the tube with your next sc.
  4. Insert your hook through the 1st corner chains of both grannies.

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5.  Carry on with sc all around the top.

6. + 7.  Close with ss into first sc

8.  ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc + 1 ch), hdc  =  first hdc V-stitch made.

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9.  Into every 2nd stitch: hdc v-stitch all around.

 I ended with 10 V-stitches in one round.  Yours is going to depend on the method you used to make your granny square.

Close your first V-stitch round with a sc into the first V you made.

Crochet 2  more V-stitch rounds.  Cut your yarn, end with a false stitch and work away the yarn end.

Also work away the end where you started to join your two squares.

10.  You are now done with the top part of the glove. That is the part that goes over your wrist.

11.   Now you are going to join the side where the thumb opening is going to be.

With some new yarn (I used pink) pull a loop through to the front of your work, leaving the tail on the inside. Make  6 slip stitches into the back loops for the “thumb openings”.

12.   Then join the last 3 dc’s  and one chain with the flat zipper method.

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13.   After your last flat zip stitch:

ch 1, and work single crochet stitches (towards the left)

14.  Continue with sc all around.

15.   Close with a ss into your 1st ch 1.

16.   You can now cut your yarn.  Leave a tail about three times the length of the glove, because you are going to            use it for your last few slip and zip stitches.

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17.   You are now working on the other side of your thumb opening.

Flat zip through the same 4 stitches. (that is through the same stitches in step 12.)

18.   Slip stitch into the back loops of the last 7 stitches on your square until you reach the wrist part of the glove.

Pull your yarn through after your last ss

Make a false stitch and work away the end.

19.  And you’re done!  Yay!

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Anya loves her fingerless gloves!  They came in quite handy for the last days of winter.

I made a pair for myself as well.  For the adult version I used granny squares with four rounds;  five rounds of the  V-stitches  and I appliqued an Anya heart  to my one glove. My hand width is 8 cm.

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Thank you for testing the pattern Anne-Marie. xxx  She made a pair for herself and her little girl.  She used a chunky yarn and a 5 mm hook.  Because of the thicker yarn a granny with 2 rounds was big enough for the smaller glove.  For the bigger glove she used a 3 round granny.


And then I made some more granny square gloves using variegated yarn. With them I did not use V-stitches for the wrist parts and also no slip or zip stitches.  Much Much Easier!  Do you want the pattern for them too?


Please do show us on our Facebook page: Crochet in Paternoster if you make these!  If you have any queries you can inbox us there as well.

PS.  This is how I measured the size of our hands.

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Doily rugs with t-shirt yarn

I post many of my t-shirt yarn rug photos on my Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, but thought it was about time to load them here as well.  For some of them I have free pattern links that I can share with you.  And then some of them are without  a pattern.  I will start with the doily rugs and then move on to Mandalas and Granny Squares.

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The first one is my own  doily pattern (just in case you haven’t seen it yet!)


The second one was my first t-shirt yarn doily rug from a pattern.

 You can read all about it and find the pattern on Sara Rivka’s blog.

Her blog is full of creative craft and crochet ideas.


Anne-Marie made a larger version of the above pattern by adding more rounds.

She is a very creative crocheter, and like me,  addicted to t-shirt yarn!  lol!

Her white rug is 125 cm in diameter.



For this beautiful cream doily rug I used a bulky cotton and Esther Chandler’s Passion Flower Doily Pattern

Do browse her blog for some lovely basket patterns as well.


Here is Anne-Marie’s pink version of the same pattern



I love this classic doily pattern.  I worked from a pattern in a Crochet Magazine.

You will find a similar pattern here:



I made quite a few of these rugs.   I always refer beginner rug makers to this pattern by Susan Potter,

because it is very easy and you can make it as big or small as you want.


The following  rugs were orders from clients.  I did not follow any pattern.  If you have worked with t-shirt yarn a lot, you will know that every ball/skein of yarn differs from the other in texture and elasticity.  Which means, no two balls of t-shirt yarn will have the same result with the same pattern.  Sometimes the yarn just tells you which pattern or stitch will work best for it.




And when an order has to be a specific size, you also need to adapt the number of rounds in the pattern to get to the requested size.  For this one I started with my own Pink Doily Rug Pattern, and made a few changes.


This pink and grey one was also an order.  I took photos of each round and will do a photo tutorial one of these days.




I hope you enjoyed looking at Anne-Marie’s and my rugs!  We really love making them.

We buy all our t-shirt yarn from 50 Something Yarn Shop

If you struggle to find the ready cut t-shirt yarn where you live, you can always make your own from old t-shirts.

Here is a link to a post on Craftsy where Kathryn Vercillo explains how you do that.


Do make sure you like our Facebook Page where we show you more of our crochet creations.  Please inbox us there for any orders.  We also share other t-shirt yarn rug patterns and know-how’s and we like showing you our followers’ crochet projects as well.

Hope to see you soon!  I have more rug pattern links to share with you.  And I am also working on a little crochet pouch and a beautiful flower pattern.

Easy Peasy Crochet Basket

Easy Peasy Crochet Basket

Hi everyone! It’s been much too long since I posted something!

So today I am sharing a little photo tutorial for a very easy crochet basket.

I just don’t know what to call the stitch that I use? I make two single crochets into every 2nd stitch. Do you know what it is called?

The result is a sturdy side for your basket and I quite like the rhythm of the stitches when you start going around and around.

It is winter and cold here in South Africa. And I have a cold. And the middle teenager has a cold. So I picked some flowers from our garden before I started the tutorial this morning.

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Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Gauge: for t-shirt yarn, a 12 mm or 15mm hook for any other yarn, the size recommended on the yarn label
Terminology: American (US)
Dimensions: chunky acrylic, bottom = 10cm, height = 12cm you can alter the size by adding rounds to your bottom circle and/or side rounds
Requirements: Any yarn you have in your stash basket. A crochet hook in the size recommended on your yarn label.I used a 6mm for the Chunky Acrylicand a 12 mm for the t-shirt yarn
NOTES: You need to know how to do the following:magic circle”how to crochet a flat circle with double crochet”If you are not familiar with the above technique, you can Google for it. You will find lots of tutorials or you tube videos to show you how.
Abbreviations: Magic Circle

Slip stitch

Single crochet





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Round 1

1.  Make a magic circle

     ch 2 (counts as 1 dc)

     work 12 dc into the magic ring

2.  close round with slip stitch in to the 1st dc

3.  pull your magic ring closed and tight

[ total of 13 dc ]

Round 2

1.  ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch (that would be in

     the slip stitch)

2.  2 dc into every dc all around

3.  one last dc into the ss where you started

    (that just fills up the gap neatly)

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

    skipping that “ch 2” again.

[ total of 25 dc , because you added that

extra dc into the slip stitch ]

Round 3

1.   ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch

2.   1 dc, 2 dc all around

      in other words, you increase in every 2nd


3.  you should end up with 1 dc and then you

    do a last dc into the ss where you started

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

     skipping that “ch 2”

[ total of 37 dc ]

Round 4

1.  ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch

2.  1 dc, 1dc, 2 dc all around

     in other words, you increase in every 3rd


3.  you should end up with 1 dc and then you

    do a last dc into the ss where you started

4.  close the round with a ss into your 1st dc

     skipping that “ch 2”

[ total of 49 dc ]

This was the last round for the bottom

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The side is 2 sc in every 2nd stitch.

So from the bottom circle’s last slip stitch:

skip one stitch and make 2 sc into the next stitch

all around

from here on, you do not “close” / “end” the rounds

you just go around and around

after your first side round you will see your sides come up like magic!


when your sides are the height you want them, you can get ready for the border by starting with a slip stitch

* skip one, 2 dc, ch 3, hdc picot back in to front loop of the 2nd dc

in next stitch, 2 dc

skip one, slip stitch *

repeat all around

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Then you just slip stitch in to your first ss of the border, work your ends in and you’re done!

That’s it for now. I have used this pattern for t-shirt yarn as well. Maybe I’ll show you those baskets next time. Keep well.

Big Valentine’s Day Crochet Hearts Round-up! 25 x “Other”

En hiermee die laaste van die Valentyn versamelings.

Dus is hier nou altesame 178 skakels na gratis hart patrone.

Number 8 and the last in the series of heart round-ups.

This brings the total of heart pattern links to 178!

Thank you for all the shares and positive feedback.





























I think this wreath could look nice in a yarn shop. Maybe to show off new stock?













These little heart dolls are so cute!



I love Anabelia’s little motives that she added to her hearts.



I love these free form hearts!