Christmas Crochet Decorations and a T-shirt Yarn Rug

Christmas Crochet Decorations and a T-shirt Yarn Rug

I want to show you what else you can do with my free Floppy Star Crochet Pattern

Decorate a plain parcel with a crochet star.

Hang your Crochet Stars on a plain wooden Christmas Tree.

If you make my Floppy Crochet Stars with t-shirt yarn, you can join them with slip stitch rounds to make a rug.

If you add more and more stars, you can make a bigger rug with a different shape!

I’ve seen a follower joining her cotton stars to make a table runner.

How wonderful that you can use one little pattern for so many projects! What have you been making with your Floppy Stars? Email us a photo then we can show everyone.

We want to thank you all for your support, likes, comments and orders for 2017. We really really do appreciate you all. Hope you all have a peaceful festive time with your loved ones.

With lots of love

Anneke and Anne-Marie

Crochet in Paternoster

Larger Lacy Doily T-shirt Yarn Rug

Larger Lacy Doily T-shirt Yarn Rug

What you’ve all been asking and waiting for! The PDF file for the larger doily rug!

Download the free PDF from Ravelry . Larger Lacy Doily Rug

Remember, you still need the Free Lacy Doily Rug Pattern for the inside.

Just checking? Are you following us on our other media pages too?

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On our Facebook Page we share our crochet as well as links to other designers’ pages.

And on our Pinterest Boards we’ve pinned all the rugs we have crocheted as well as fabulous rug patterns from other talented designers. You will find ideas and patterns for Doily rugs, Rectangular rugs, Square rugs and much much more.

Oooooh! You have to see this one too! I had an order for a pink and grey doily rug. I used the first few rounds of my pattern, but was working with very thick bulky T and a 15mm hook. I then had to make adjustments to the original pattern and this was the end result. A thick, soft and squishy 75 cm beauty.

Grab a big hook and some chunky yarn and go crochet a beautiful rug!

Lots of love


3D Crochet Star Pebble Necklace

3D Crochet Star Pebble Necklace

Living ¬†Dangerously! ūüėāūüėāūüėā

Whenever we travel, I bring back beach pebbles in my suitcase.

In my collection I have pebbles from Strandfontein, Blouberg, Arniston and Knysna, South Africa; Swakopmund, Namibia;  Skopelos and Skiatos, Greece; Positano and Portifino, Italy. There are a few small rocks from Les Gets in the French Alps and a few tiny black rocks from Mount Vesuvius in Naples.

I’m always a little nervous when we check in our luggage at the airport ¬†ūüė≥

I then be-crochet the pebbles into necklaces. They make great gifts. One friend uses her neckace as a curtain tie. They also look beautiful if you hang them on a hook against the wall.

I made a Photo Tutorial for you. ¬†If you are on a beach holiday right now, pick up some pebbles an give it a try. If you can’t find any pebbles near you, try your nearest plant nursery.

My pattern is written in US (American) Terminology

What you need:

Beach Pebbles about 4 to 5 cm in diameter.

Any yarn in your stash with the crochet hook recommended for your yarn.

I used Eco-Cotton from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook.



MC   Р  Magic Ring,   ch   Р  chain,   sc   Р  single crochet,   ss   Р  slip stitch,   dc   Р  double crochet,   dc2tog   Р  double crochet two together,   fpdc   Р front post double crochet.


In MC, ch1, 12sc, close with ss in 1st sc


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ch2, 1dc in next stitch (counts as first dc2tog), ch3

dc2tog, ch3     X 5, close with ss in first dc2tog



After this round you will see how your Front Post Double Crochet Stitches make your star pop.

After closing round 2 with a ss, make 1 fpsc, ch2 ( that counts as 1 fpdc ) , ch4

*1 fpdc around the next dc2tog, ch4 *   repeat x 4

1 fpdc around the last dc2tog, ch2, 1hdc   ( for the hdc, you yarn over twice , insert your hook into your first fpdc, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook )

That simultaneously closes your round AND  brings your end of the round to the middle of the loop in between your double crochets.


Your work should now fit loosely on your pebble.



This round needs less stitches in the chain loops. Which means you are “decreasing ” to close your work at the back of your pebble.

ch3, 1sc in 4ch loop  X 5, ch1, 1hdc.  ( same method as previous round)



This round is just single crochet into each of Round 5’s ¬†3ch loops to ensure a tight fit.



Look at the front of your pebble. You want your necklace string “attached” to the top left and right point of the star.


Turn to the back again.

Now it started raining, so I am left with very little natural light.


“Move” towards the top left with 2 or 3 single crochets. That also ¬†secures the beginning of your string. You can’t hang a pebble on just a slip stitch!


Start making chain stitches here. Mine is about 60 cm .

Cut the yarn, leaving a 25 cm tail, because you want to use your tapestry needle to secure the end of your chain to the top of the star.

There you go!

Ready to wear.


Or wrap it in gift paper for a friend.

For different size pebbles, you can stick to the star pattern and then just adjust the number of chains in your chain loops.

You can also use small flower patterns for the front “panel” of your pebble cover.

Have a look at my Pinterest Free Crochet Flower board here:



Thank you for reading this post.


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Merry Go Round Crochet Basket

Merry Go Round Crochet Basket


For those of you following my Crochet Bucket List Series. In between filling those buckets I have also been crocheting baskets and rugs.  The baskets make perfect teacher gifts.  Which you can fill with chocolates or flowers.  If they are yarn lovers, you can fill them with yarn.

They are super easy to crochet and you can use T-yarn, any bulky yarn or any other yarn in your stash.

Let me show you how to make them.

Difficulty: Beginner.   

Time: 60 minutes.  (depending on size)

Sizes: Will depend on your number of beginning rounds as well as your number of side rounds.

With t-shirt yarn and a 12 mm hook: 4 rounds at the bottom and 8 rounds on the sides, gives me a basket of 20 cm in diameter and 20 cm in height.

With eco-fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook: 2 rounds at the bottom and 7 rounds on the sides, gives a cute tiny basket of 3 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height.

For the photo tutorial I used a DK Acrylic and a 4,5 mm hook.

Terminology used is US (American).













magic circle


slip stitch

single crochet




half double crochet

back loop/s

double crochet

stitch count for round in green and Italic


(Remember: When you are working in a spiral, you need to use a stitch marker to mark your last stitch of the round)

round increase in every total of stitches
1 No increase 12
2 Every stitch 24
3 Every 2nd stitch 36
4 Every 3rd stitch 48
5 Every 4th stitch 60
6 Every 5th stitch 72



rnd 1: Into mc: ch 1, 2 sc, 2 hdc,  8 dc, do not close round     [12 sts]

rnd 2: (  Your first dc of rnd 2 is going into the first sc of rnd 1. ( and that is how you begin a dc spiral! )

From here on you need to put a stitch marker in your last stitch of  each rnd.

Make sure you can find that 1st sc to work into before you pull your magic ring tight.  )

2 dc in each st all around, do not close rnd.     [24 dc]

rnd 3: Your first dc of rnd 3 is going to be into the first dc of rnd 2

* 1 dc, 2dc * all around, stitch marker in last stitch, do not close rnd.     [36 dc]

You should have a pretty good idea of spiral crochet now.  You can now decide how big you want the bottom of your basket. For a larger bottom, you just carry on with your spiral rounds using the increase table above.

After your last dc in rnd 3 you need to taper down to get an even ‚Äúend‚ÄĚ.

This is how you do it:

Work the following into each of the next stitches:

last dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc

Your spiral should look a bit more roundish now!  Do not end off here.  You are starting your side right here after that last sc.



Work in the  back loops for the first round of your side.

To bring your side up to dc height: 2 sc, 2 hdc, then dc all around. ( stitch marker in your 1st sc )


When you come around to your first sc you made in the back loop, you simply dc in the normal way (under both loops of  that sc) and then carry on with normal dc stitches in each stitch all around.


You do not need stitch markers for your rounds from here on, because you are just going around and around until you are happy with the height of your basket. Hence the name: Merry Go Round!

When you decide you are happy with the height of your basket, you taper down again to get the top part sort of even: last dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, 2 ss and work away the end.

OR don’t work away the end and carry on with a pretty edge/border.


My Border on this light blue basket is done over two rounds.  ( the border also “doubles” as handles if you want to carry your basket )

1st  round: dc 3 tog, skip 1,  ch5

2nd round: into each ch5 loop: 5 sc

What else can you crochet with this pattern?

Chair Leg Socks:

I used Eco-Fusion from Eco-Fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook.

Measure the diameter of the bottom of your chair leg.

Mine was 2,5 cm.  Crochet your bottom until it is 2,5 cm, then crochet in the back loops to bring the sides up. (Work away your beginning tail here, as it is difficult reaching it when your sock is finished.) Then you go around and around until you decide they are long enough.  I stopped at eight rounds.

These will come in very handy to protect our painted cement floors in our new house.


My wonderful Testers’ basket photos started coming in and I just love what they made!


Nicci left her basket as is with no border. Neat!


Elize made a scallop edge on her basket. Love the pink and the heart!


Ria used a scallop edge as well and added a red ribbon.


Susan used the crab stitch for her edge.

Just a few other ideas :


Crochet in the 3rd Loop to get this knit like basket.

Polly from Every Trick on the Hook has an excellent tutorial for crocheting in the 3rd loop.  Do take some time and browse her blog. She is an excellent designer, her patterns are stunning and very well written and explained. 


Make a fellow yarn addict’s day with a basket filled with yarn. I made this one for our neighbour after she looked after our cats when we went on holiday.


For this one I used slip stitches for the top edge round.


Make three baskets. Crochet a long string and attach them all together. These hanging baskets are ideal for small spaces.



I made these teeny tiny plant pot covers with eco-cotton. They are 3 cm in diameter. A very cute gift .


This photo gives you an idea of the sizes. The t-shirt yarn basket was a gift to a crochet friend. I love the fancy border. I will have to share the border in a next post, because it is getting very late now.

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.

stap 1 tot 4

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.

5 to 8

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.