Sunday, November 23, 2014

Afghan Project Pattern #112114 - Joining 3 Squares


by M. J. Joachim


Post #2 in Afghan Pattern in the Making. Please view Post #1 to make your squares.

The vision for this afghan is a nine patch, so I’m joining 3 squares at a time, which will be followed by joining three, 3 square strips. Today we will join individual squares into 3 square strips.

Use Color C to join squares
Step 1: Join 2 squares, right sides together, in any chain 2 space


Step 2: Chain 1, make 1 single crochet in same space

Step 3: Match stitch for stitch, making 1 single crochet in each stitch and chain 1 space, ending with 1 single crochet in chain 2 space at end of row where sides are joined together; finish off

Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to add 3rd square to strip - Do not finish off after 3rd square is joined in strip



Step 4: Open square, chain 1; make 1 single crochet in same space over last joining stitch in seam. Squares are right side up now.

Step 5: Make 1 single crochet in 1st chain 2 space at seam; make 1 single crochet in each stitch and in each chain 1 space to the next seam of 2 joining squares; make 1 sc over last stitch of seam; make 1 sc in each stitch and chain 1 space to 1st corner of rectangle

Step 6: Make 3 single crochet stitches in corner; continue working around, making 1 sc in each stitch, making 1 sc in each chain 1 space, making 1 sc over each last stitch in seam and making 3 single crochet stitches in each corner of the rectangle.



Make 3 rectangles for each 9 patch square.

I will be working on designing joining rectangles made in this post - Post #2, and completing the design for the finished look of our first 9-patch square. We will need several 9-patch squares to make a full afghan.

If you are crocheting along with this pattern, you can continue making 3 square strips - 3 for each 9-patch square, while I work on designing the next steps for this original afghan design that is in the making on Lots of Crochet Stitches.



Thank you so much for visiting, commenting and sharing. I’ll be back as soon as I can with more details about how to make this afghan for you.

M. J.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

New Afghan Pattern in the Making

by M. J. Joachim

I bought this yarn a while ago with the intention of making an afghan for my bed with it. My original idea was to frame begonia squares with the variegated yarn. The yarn got stowed away as so often happens. I knew the right inspiration would come, and I’d start making that afghan one day. Today’s the day, and as an added incentive for me, you’ll get to watch and see the progress as I work on it.

I’m no longer making begonia squares. All day I thought of quilted nine-patches. By late afternoon, I was thinking of granny squares, but I want my afghan to be more closely woven than that, so I’m making my first square in my own granny square pattern. I think I’ll use the green in the center, with the variegated on the outer portion of my squares, then frame my nine-patches with the burgundy, and put a whole bunch of nine-patches together.

I think one of the things I like most about this square is that it has a bit of a ruffle to it. I can picture a great big, fluffy afghan floating across my bed or snuggling up with it on the couch.

Granny Square Afghan Project Pattern #112114

I purchased 3 skeins each of 4-ply Loops and Threads, Soft & Shiny yarn (311 yards p/skein).  My colors are: Jewels, Citrus and Burgundy. I will make as many 9 patch squares as I can with this and together we will see how big the afghan will turn out.

Pattern uses 3 colors - A, B and C

Size J hook

Square Pattern Instructions

Step 1: Chain 6, make a ring by slip stitching into 1st chain

Step 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 2 more dc in center of ring

Step 3: Chain 1, make 3 dc in center of ring

Repeat Step 3 ten more times (so that you have 12 groups of 3 dc; chain 1, join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 4: Slip stitch into each of next 2 dc and into 1st chain 1 space. Make beginning corner (chain 3 + 2 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in same space

Step 5: Chain 1, make 3 dc in next chain 1 space (twice)

Step 6: Chain 1, make corner (3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in next chain 1 space

Repeat Steps 5 & 6 around, ending with Step 5 + chain 1; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Finish off Color A; join Color B to any chain 2 corner space

Note: Square is supposed to be ruffly.

Step 7: Make beginning corner (Step 4) in chain 2 space; repeat Step 5 for each chain 1 space and Step 6 for each chain 2 corner space, so that you have 3 double crochet stitches in each chain 1 space and (3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in each chain 2 corner space, with chain 1 in between. Finish round with chain 1 and join with slip stitch to top of 1st chain 3 in round.

Step 8: Repeat Step 4, slip stitching into next chain 2 corner space. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 as instructed in Step 7 around. Finish off.

I hope you’ll enjoy following along as I make this new afghan. For those who want to do a crochet along, I will be making 9 of the squares in this pattern for my first 9 patch. You’re going to need a lot of these for the finished project, so feel free to make as many as you want (in multiples of 9). I’ll be posting the next steps as soon as I finish designing them for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and sharing this post today, and have a lovely weekend!

M. J.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Butterfly Crochet Patterns

by M. J. Joachim

Top right: M. J.'s; Bottom: Christina's
I finally made the butterflies from my last post. When I pinned that post, Christina commented and gave me her pattern for them. I think there may have been some confusion of UK vs. US symbols, but I did my best to follow her pattern just the same. The whole thing turned out really well, because now we can make big and small butterflies. We can even have them flutter all over our Christmas trees if we want.

I used pipe cleaner for the antennae. It was very easy and I think it looks good too.

My Butterfly (made by looking at the picture with no pattern)

Step 1: Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to make a ring

Step 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 2 more dc in center of ring; (chain 1 + 3 dc) seven more times in ring - finish round with chain 1 and slip stitch into top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 3: Join 2nd color in any chain 1 space; Chain 3, make 2 more dc in same space, chain 1, make 3 more dc in same space; make (3 dc + chain 1 + 3 dc) in each chain 1 space around - finish round by joining with slip stitch in top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 4: Join 3rd color in any chain 1 space; chain 3, make 7 dc in same space; make 8 dc in each chain 1 space around - finish round by joining with slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Christina’s Butterfly Pattern
Step 1: Chain 6, join with slip stitch to make a ring

Step 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1st triple), make 2 more triple crochet in same space; make (chain 2 + 3 triple) in center of ring 7 more times

Step 3: Join 2nd color in any chain 2 space; chain 4 + 2 more triple in same place, chain 3 + 3 more triple in same place, chain 1; make (3 triple + chain 3 + 3 triple) in each chain 2 space around with chain 1 between each group - finish round with chain 1 and a slip stitch in top of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 4: Join 3rd color in any chain 3 space; chain 4, make 7 triple in same space

Step 5: Make 1 dc in next chain 1 space; make (8 triple in next chain 3 space)

Repeat Step 5 around, ending by joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Fold butterfly in half, right side up. Use pipe cleaner to secure and make antennae.

Thank you for visiting and sharing my post today. I hope these butterflies truly brighten your day!

M. J.

p. s. I'm really sorry. I tried to add individual pictures for you, but blogger didn't want to cooperate with the formatting of them in this blog post.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Creating a Crocheted Butterfly from a Picture

by M. J. Joachim


Thanks to a friendly email I received today, I’m trying something a little bit different in this post. I’m looking at the picture which I found on a free crochet website, and trying to figure out how the butterfly is made. I did not read the article or look at the instructions on the site.







  • The first thing I notice is that 3 colors are used.

  • It looks like the butterfly is made from a circle that is folded in half, and has 8 shells for the final round.

  • I’m guessing I would have to chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to begin.

  • There are (probably 8) sets of 3 double crochet stitches in the center round, with chain stitches in between - hmm, maybe 1 or 2

  • Join the 2nd color to one of the chain sections for the next round. Make (3 dc + chain 2 + 3 dc) in the center of each chain section. Begin by chaining 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 2 more dc, chain 2 and 3 more dc in same place. 

  • Join 3rd color to any chain space for the final round. Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 8 dc in same place; make 8 dc in each chain space around

  • Fold in half and make 2 antennae with the chain stitch. I’m sure we’d need to fiddle with this part, to get it just right.

I’ll have to test this over the weekend to see if I’m right. Either way, it’s kind of a fun game to play, looking at a picture of something crocheted and trying to figure out how it was done.

Thanks so much for supporting Lots of Crochet Stitches with so much enthusiasm and kindness. Your comments, shares and emails are always received with a smile, because I truly do appreciate you. Here’s to a wonderful weekend for all.

M. J.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

The First Afghan I Ever Made

by M. J. Joachim

Okay, so I’m cheating today, but if you knew what I went through before I came up with this post. For some reason, I was all thumbs today, consequently turning my yarn into tangled twists and knots not once, but twice. I was about to make my third attempt when I remembered this was in a box in the garage.

You see, our air went out this past summer when it was 109 degrees. There was no saving it, so up in the attic the workmen went to replace the duct work, put in new insulation and provide us with a much needed new one. There in the dust and old insulation sat an old protected box. One of the guys asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t even know it was up there, so I said, “Sure!”

As I opened the box, tears welled in my eyes and a gasp of surprised lodged in my throat. Inside the box were a whole bunch of treasured keepsakes to pass down to my children, including this old afghan! 

I thought we lost this box when we moved 15 years ago. I had no idea someone put it up in the attic. It’s the only thing that was up there, so nothing else got put up there with it.

I remember the hours I used to watch my mom crochet. She never taught me how. I just watched her for hours at a time. Then one day I asked if I could use some of her yarn and borrow a hook. This time I spent hours copying her moves, inserting the hook, yarn overing and drawing the hook through my own work. The stitch I came up with is something like a single crochet with chain stitches in between.

Step 1: Insert hook in desired stitch or space

Step 2: Yarn over, draw up a loop; chain 1, yarn over draw through both loops on hook


I think that’s how I made it…

As you can see, I knew nothing about adding stitches to the corners to make them sharp and neat. Mine are rounded. Nor did I know how to change colors, so I have a few knots where one color ends and another begins. Still the colors are very soothing and I used to cover myself while watching t.v. with this blanket all the time. That was some 30+ odd years ago, when I was a young teenager, and it’s still in pretty good condition!

Thanks so much for letting me share my story with you today. Here’s to keeping you in stitches!

M. J.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wrapped Triple Crochet Stitches

by M. J. Joachim




I decided to play with triple crochet stitches a little more, since yesterday’s post was so much fun.

Before I get into steps, I’d like to invite you all to the Google + community I created only a few hours ago. It’s called Effectively Human, and it’s a group dedicated to people. You can share what you do, how you feel or brag about other people there. The purpose of Effectively Human is for people to work together, to make the world a better place, and this is our very own little online community, to discuss, promote and share everything related to us. I do hope you’ll join me and help spread the word about it, please.

Now, onto our tutorial…

Step 1: Yarn over (twice), insert hook in desired space or stitch; yarn over pull up a loop

Step 2: (Chain 1 + yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) three times

That’s all there is to it. For all over patterns, make a base chain of 7; begin new rows with chain 7.

Thanks so much for visiting, commenting on and sharing this post today. I’ll see you again soon, and I hope to enjoy your company over in the Effectively Human Google + Community.

M. J.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Triple Crochet Stitch with a Twist

by M. J. Joachim




Step 1: Yarn over (twice), insert hook in space or stitch indicated; yarn over, draw up a loop

Step 2: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, chain 1 (Repeat Step 2, one more time)

Step 3: Yarn over, draw through last 2 loops on your hook

This is a fairly tall stitch. After experimenting a bit, I think it’s best to start new rows with chain 6. Foundation chains should add 6 to the base chain, and begin stitch in 6th chain from hook.

As with the DC3 Stitch I shared last Saturday, I don’t know if this stitch has ever been made before or not. I do know I was playing with my yarn again, and this is what I came up with.

Happy Crocheting Fellow Hookers!

M. J.


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