Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year – Projects and Stitches Galore!

by M. J. Joachim
Happy New Year kind visitors! Best to you and yours.
I’m happy to share that my kids all loved their afghans J That was quite a project, making 3 originally designed afghans in one year!
You’re all familiar with the first afghan. It’s the afghan you saw me working on most of this past year. My oldest daughter couldn’t have been happier with her special handmade treasure this year.

The second afghan turned into more of a work of art. All the while I was working on it, I kept calling it my daughter’s snowflake blanket. This is a piecework afghan, which included some hand weaving between the center motifs. The outer edge is ruffly and this little diddy certainly matches my 2nd daughter’s vibrant and lovely personality J

Using Tunisian crochet for the 3rd blanket, I created panels of Tunisian simple stitch and Tunisian double crochet. After hand-sewing them together, I crocheted a ridge border of triple crochet, alternating front and back post stitches all the way around for (I believe) 5 rounds. My son’s first expression when he saw it is a treasure for my heart.

Time was of the essence, good people. Documenting each step along the way took a backseat, so my kids could receive their annual handmade gifts by Christmas this year.
New additions to the website are listed below for your convenience. I hope you find several you enjoy for projects in the coming year.
That’s all for now, good people!
See you again soon J
M. J.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Greetings (and a few new patterns too!)

by M. J. Joachim

T’was the 12 Days of Christmas
And projects were done
Crocheted without mercy
Fatigue simply shunned

Stitches a plenty
M. J. dared not resist
The challenge for more
Pleasing those on her list

Beginning with motifs
Then picots and shells
Moving onto some flowers
To help deck the halls

Wishing you and your families
The jolliest of times
Merry Christmas to all
M. J. says with a rhyme

For those seeking patterns
Please do not despair
Simply click on the links
To see new stitches there

Merry Christmas Everybody!
See you again soon J

M. J.

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Photo Credit: Public Domain, United States Library of Congress

Friday, December 7, 2012

Deck the Halls and People too!

by M. J. Joachim
This next project is just got posted on our website. It will make a great decoration for Christmas, and you might even put a little earring wire in it, and wear it as a pair of earrings.  
Just click on the title link, and you’ll be taken right to the landing page of instructions.

Wishing lots of things to smile about…see you next time J
M. J.
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Solomon’s Knot

by M. J. Joachim
Now don’t get yourself all tied up in knots over this one. I tried that, becoming more befuddled by the moment, as I looked through a few resources with instructions about Solomon’s knot. Turns out, it’s not nearly as difficult as all that, and once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite fun – oh, and very quick to make too J

Step 1:  Start with a large loop

Step 2:  Yarn over, draw yarn through loop

Step 3:  Insert hook behind 1st loop and make a single crochet stitch

*Solomon’s knot is 2 parts, consisting of the large loop + the single crochet stitch
[Repeat Step 3 until your base is the length you want it to be.]
Step 4:  Working from right to left, single crochet in the 5th knot from your hook

Step 5:  Make 2 more Solomon’s knots (large loop + sc behind it)

Step 6:  Skip 1 knot and make a single crochet in the next knot

[Repeat Steps 5 & 6 across first row, finishing with a single crochet in the last sc.]
Step 7:  Start next row by making 3 Solomon’s knots; skip 1st knot, single crochet in next knot

[Repeat Steps 5 – 7 to continue pattern.]
Note:  Large loop size works best when it is ½ inch to an inch long. However, you can vary this, depending on your project and the overall appearance you are trying to achieve.
Oh, and don’t forget to check in with the Lots of Crochet Stitches Website Updates. I added an original snowflake pattern to the site yesterday, plus those stars I told you about earlier this week.
That’s all for now, kind followers. Looking forward to seeing you again soon J
M. J.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 New Star Crochet Patterns

by M. J. Joachim
Starry, starry night…
Work in Progress Wednesday – that would be my new Lots of Crochet Stitches website, dear people.
It’s all about stars this week, for some reason. Today, I designed 4 new and original patterns for you. These were a result of my personal creativity and did not come from any book or resource. You know the drill – copyright on intellectual property, links more than welcome etc.

Stars Patterns pictured:  top left is A, top right is D, bottom left is C, bottom right is B
Here are the links to the patterns:
That’s all for now. I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. Only 2 more days til the weekend J
M. J.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Crochet Star Motif 120412

by M. J. Joachim
I wanted to show you how easy it is to use different sized hooks and yarns, to make lots of wonderful stars today. Yesterday, I used a fairly common size hook I and 4-ply cotton yarn to make the Easy Crochet Star Motif 120312. Today, I’m using chenille yarn and a size N crochet hook. As you can see, the results are intriguingly different.

Crochet Star Motif 120412 Instructions
Step 1:  Chain 4; make ring by slip stitching into 1st chain

Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet); make 14 more dc in center of ring; join by slip stitching in top chain of 1st dc

Step 3:  Chain 3; triple crochet decrease over next 2 dc’s:
     Step 1:  Yarn over twice
     Step 2:  Insert hook in 1st stitch or space indicated
     Step 3:  Yarn over, draw up a loop

     Step 4:  Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (twice)

     [Repeat Steps 1 – 4 one more time, only in Step 2, insert hook in 2nd stitch or space       indicated]

     Step 5:  Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook

Step 4:  Make picot >>> chain 3, slip stitch into 1st chain

Step 5:  Chain 3; slip stitch into next double crochet at center of star

Repeat Steps 3 – 5, four more times. Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

Lots of Crochet Website Additions --- Simply click on the title of the picture, and a link to the instructions for the pattern will open up for you. 

That’s all for now, kind followers. Until next time, I wish you only good things J
M. J.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Easy Crochet Star Motif 120312

by M. J. Joachim
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…
When you wish upon a star…
It came upon the midnight clear…
These are songs that were dancing through my mind, as I made this easy crochet star tutorial for you tonight J

Step 1:  Chain 2; make 5 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook; slip stitch into 1st sc made

Step 2:  Chain 1; single crochet (3 times) in each sc; slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 3:  Chain 1; single crochet in same place
Step 4:  Chain 6; working from 2nd chain from hook, back to center of star:
>>>make 1 slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook
>>>make 1 single crochet in next chain
>>>make 1 half double crochet in next chain
>>>make 1 double crochet in next chain
>>>make 1 triple crochet in next chain

Step 5:  Skip 2 single crochet in center of star; single crochet in next chain
[Repeat Steps 4 & 5, three more times]
Step 6:  Make 1 more star point (Step 4); join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet in round
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

I also added the following motif tutorials to the Lots of Crochet Stitches website today:

That’s all for now, kind followers. Until next time, I wish you only good things J
M. J.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Arizona Snowflake Crochet Motif 120212

by M. J. Joachim
Now I know many of you are being inundated with rain, snow and much colder temperatures. For that, my heart truly goes out to you. Out here in Arizona, however, we survived the extremely hot temps of summer – along with our nasty dust and monsoon rain storms. It’s positively picture perfect weather, without a snowflake to be found, which is why I give you the Arizona Snowflake pattern.
Yes, it’s true, we really do decorate cacti with lights out here. I don’t personally have any cactus in my yard, but if I did…nah, I wouldn’t risk getting poked, just so I could light them up. However, there are plenty of folks in the area who do. It’s quite a site to see too J
Arizona Snowflake Crochet Motif Instructions
Step 1:  Chain 9; make a ring by slip stitching into the 1st chain

Step 2:  Chain 3; make 23 double crochet stitches in center of ring; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3 in round

Step 3:  Chain 10 (counts as 1 dc + 8 chain); single crochet in 4th chain from hook

Step 4:  Make 1 double crochet in each of the next 4 chain stitches

Step 5:  Skip 1 double crochet in ring; dc in next double crochet in ring

Step 6:  Chain 8, single crochet in 4th chain from hook; repeat Steps 4 & 5

[Repeat Step 6, ten more times, ending with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of first chain 10 at beginning of round.]
Finish off.

I’ve been busy on the Lots of Crochet Stitches website today too.

That’s all for now, kind people. Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. Until next time, happy crocheting J
M. J.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Introducing the Lots of Crochet Stitches Website

by M. J. Joachim
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all that good stuffJ In the spirit of the season, I’m giving you all a little gift today.
Well, it’s actually not so little…
And it’s definitely a work in progress…
Seems creating actual web pages, as opposed to blog posts, is a bit more difficult than making crochet stitches, especially when you use those pages to build a new website.
Naturally I didn’t let that stop me.
So, without further ado, I give to you the Lots of Crochet Stitches Website J
Now before you go check it out, please remember this is a work in progress, and between the google monster and my own special learning curve, there are bound to be adjustments and minor things to fix along the way. I hope you’ll join me on the journey, so we can make lots of crochet stitches as much as our hearts desire J
Thanks again for all of your fabulous support. This one’s for you, since you’re all the absolute best blog followers in the world!
M. J.

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