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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Tapestry Crochet

My First Try at Tapestry Crochet

    I made this little coin purse recently and I am again hooked on something new! Go figure...LOL
    Anyway, it is so much fun and you can find out more by going to this Tapestry Crochet website by Carol Ventura who helped to bring this great new craft to America.

      Tapestry crochet is similar to regular crochet, except that two or more yarns are worked at the same time to create a colorful fabric. Actually, one or more yarns are carried while another yarn is crocheted. The finished pieces look woven instead of crocheted.

          Grandma is Back!



              Tuesday, November 28, 2006

              Triple Play Pattern

              This was just the cutest little skirt/top/capelet to make!

                I made this for my daughter for Christmas. She lives in Florida and should enjoy wearing this there. Of course it will look much cuter on her...LOL

                    You can click below to purchase the pattern at Annie's Attic.
                    It is called Triple Play.

                    Just another dishcloth, Diamond Pattern


                    Diamond Pattern

                    My mom showed me how to make this crochet dishcloth. It is a lot of fun to make and makes up very fast!

                    I decided to try 2 colors and switch them in the middle. It worked out pretty good. I will definitely make more of these.

                    Thanks Moma!

                    Thursday, November 16, 2006

                    Happy Birthday to me blog!


                      Happy Birthday to me blog....
                      Happy Birthday to me blog....
                      Happy Birthday to
                      Happy blog....

                        I almost forgot that Knit Knot Purl Curl turned 1 on November 14th!

                          What an exciting year it has been! There have been some ups and downs, happy times and sad times, but the Lord has been with me through it all. Isn't God good?
                          I can't believe that it has been almost 2 years come January 07 that I have been looming. How fun it was to learn something new, and I am still learning...LOL

                            It seems as though lately I have been learning so many new techniques for working with yarn!
                            My yarn stash keeps growing and growing.

                              I have learned to crochet clothes! I am currently crocheting a shrug for my niece, and Double Crocheting a sweater for my hubbie. I have learned Tunisian Crochet, Crochenit or Crochet on the Double as some call it. I just recently learned of Tapestry Crochet and have ordered a book and DVD on that technique. Whew! Wow! There is just still so much I want to do and finding enough time to do it is the hardest part...LOL

                                I have also decided to have another blog devoted to just Crochet! I can't help meself, I just love crochet and KWON!
                                Soon, me blog will hit it's 10,000 th visitor!
                                OMGosh...isn't that just grand...or at least I think so...LOL

                                  Ok, I could go on and on and I need to get back to my Christmas present making!

                                    Thanks to everyone for the many nice comments, and to all those that have purchased my loom designs! You have made me feel very special by liking my work, and sometimes when I really needed to feel special, I would get an email thanking me for my designs.

                                      I truly love you guys...and thank the Lord everyday for letting me meet so many nice people!


                                        Friday, November 3, 2006

                                        Isn't she lovely?

                                        My beautiful, sweet daughter with her new Christmas presents!

                                          Jennifer was home for a short visit...this is her modeling the 3 shrugs I crocheted for her.

                                          This first one is the Lilliana pattern made using Pattons Brilliant in Black.

                                            This next one is the free pattern from

                                            Moda Dea called One Button Bolero. I changed the design to a wrap around with ties to fit Jennifer better.

                                            I crocheted it using Moda Dea's Beadnik in Bongo Pink.

                                              This last one is just a fun quick bolero made using some ribbon yarn I had. It was a free pattern but unfortunately I don't remember where I got it. Sorry...

                                              Thursday, October 19, 2006

                                              Ann Cain, Thank you for my beautiful purse!

                                              Ann Cain sent me this beautiful purse for the Fall Purse Swap
                                              on the Sewing Purses For Fun Yahoo Group.

                                                  It has the cutest print of little cowboys and cowgirls cooking out on the wagon trail!
                                                  It is fully lined with one large zippered pocket and many others all the way around the inside to keep everything organized. It has 2 pockets that are perfect for pens. It also zips closed (which I love) and has nice braided jute like handles. She also included a cell phone holder with the words "Call Me" embroidered on the front with another little blue jean note pad holder with pen that is also embroidered with "Leave A Note".

                                                    I love, love, love it! She included a note that said she wanted to give me something with a "taste of Texas"..... Yummy! I just love the taste of Texas... LOL

                                                      Thank you so much Ann for the nice purse and accessories and the excellent workmanship and time you spent in making it. I really appreciate it and I am putting my purse stuff in it as soon as this is posted.

                                                        "Say, have you seen my new purse?"

                                                        Purse Swap for SewingPursesForFun Yahoo Group

                                                        This is the purse I made for Becky Johnson for the Fall Purse Swap at Sewing Purses for Fun Yahoo Group. This purse was knitted on my 18" board and then I crocheted the handles on to the purse with beads. I then lined the purse with a coordinating fabric and included a small purchased coin purse.

                                                        Monday, October 16, 2006

                                                        Crocheted Christmas Presents

                                                        These are two crocheted jackets that I have been working on for my daughter. The black one is Lilliana and is crocheted in Patons Brilliant in Black. I didn't add the pineapples to the sleeves yet as I am waiting to see how it fits my daughter. She is coming to visit the end of the month.

                                                          The pink one is a One Button Bolero free pattern from Moda Dea. It is made using Moda Dea Beadnik in Bongo Pink. This is the color my daughter picked and I have 2 more rows around the bottom, as I ran out of yarn and have to buy more. It is supposed to be buttoned at the front, but I like it pulled to the side. So, I have to figure out how I am going to do the closure.

                                                          Saturday, October 7, 2006

                                                          My goodie package from Liz on KKEXnMORE group!

                                                          My Craft Exchange Package from Liz

                                                            Thanks Liz for all of my wondermous goodies!

                                                              I am in an exchange group called KKEXnMORE at Yahoo and these are all the goodies that I received today from Liz Fox!

                                                                This cute pillow that totally matches my own...It's the one in the front center and to the left of it, is the cute little crochet hook case, with all of my hooks in it! How did you know Liz that I didn't have a case for my hooks!

                                                                    I also received a bag full of beautiful colors of wool roving! I just started needle felting so this will come in handy. A skein of tan Starlite yarn, a supersize skein of Sugar and Cream, which of course I will use for making my dishcloth's. You can see to the right my crochet hook case that is brown with little pink flowers. I also got a chocolate candy bar...Um!

                                                                      Now the best part.... So many great magazines, pamphlets and leaflets! Some are even vintage! So cool, I can't wait to sit down tonight and look through all of them. Here is a list...

                                                                        3 Joann leaflets
                                                                        1991 Annies Crochet Newsletter booklet
                                                                        1993 Annies Crochet Newsletter booklet
                                                                        1992 McCalls Needlework and Crafts Magazine
                                                                        1983 Better Homes and Gardens-Needlework and Craft Ideas
                                                                        1989 Christmas Crochet Magazine
                                                                        1993 Crochet Fantasy Magazine
                                                                        1988 Christmas Knit and Crochet Magazine
                                                                        1994 & 1995 Issues of Leisure Arts Magazine
                                                                        2006 issue of Crochet World
                                                                        Finn Time by Eila - pattern for V neck vest

                                                                          1991 crocheted Toppers pattern pamphlet shown here to the left. Do you recognize the model. It is the actress that played "Sheila" on the Bold and the Beautiful soap opera in 1998.

                                                                            and last but not least a vintage 1951 Crochet for Christmas Leaflet with patterns for Ornaments, Doll Clothes and Toys, that was published by The American Thread Co.

                                                                                It is even older than I am!
                                                                                Here is a photo of the inside for little doll clothes, and there is even a pattern in it for the trees in the background!

                                                                                  To say the least I am so happy with my craft exchange package! Can you tell? LOL

                                                                                  Thanks so much Liz!

                                                                                  Monday, October 2, 2006

                                                                                  Dishcloth Cro-Hook Style


                                                                                    Dishcloth Cro-Hook Style

                                                                                      I really enjoy this method of crocheting. It is very similar to Tunisian crochet but you use a double ended crochet hook and turn and slide your work from end to end. You can use 2 colors of yarn as I did here or just one. This makes your project look the same on both sides. It produces a very soft feel to your project as well.

                                                                                        I used a denim blue, light and medium cotton yarn by Debbie Bliss. I used a size J crohook. When working the pattern instead of picking up every vertical bar on your forward row, you pick up the first horizontal stitch after your first vertical bar and pull up a loop. You then pull up a loop on that next verical bar as well. You then skip the next vertical bar and pick up a loop in the next horizontal stitch and vertical bar. You do this all the wary across on your forward rows. Your return row is a regular Tunisian return row, except that you slide your work to the opposite end of your hook and use your second color to return back.

                                                                                          To the right is a photo of the light blue side and to the left a photo of the darker blue side.

                                                                                            This method goes really fast and I know that I will make more dishcloths this way.

                                                                                                  You can find the pattern for this dishcloth at Wrights Classroom.

                                                                                                    I hope that I have inspired you to try a new method of taking yarn and making it into something special!

                                                                                                    Saturday, September 30, 2006

                                                                                                    My first try at Tunisian Crochet Entrelac!


                                                                                                      My first try at Tunisian Crochet Entrelac!
                                                                                                      now what to make using it....?

                                                                                                        I had seen this technique and really wanted to learn how to do it. Well, I just learned how to crochet tunisian style and then found directions on how to make Entrelac using the Tunisian crochet method! It is so much fun and so easy breezy!

                                                                                                          You can find the directions using the link above. I started with the bottom 3 brown diamonds and ended with the top 3 brown diamond. As I progressed I improved with my technique and learning where to place the stitches. So, the first gold and last brown row were the best looking.

                                                                                                              Here is a close up of the stitch...
                                                                                                              These squares were about 1 and 1/2 inch square. They were made using 5 rows of tunisian regular forward pass and return rows, using 7 stitches per row.

                                                                                                                Of course if I make a purse or afghan the squares would be much larger. I'll have to figure that out next...LOL

                                                                                                                  Anyway, wanted to share and maybe get you excited about trying Tunisian Crochet and Entrelac! I have links for many sites I have found to be helpful in the sidebar on the right under Helpful Crochet/Tunisian Crochet Links

                                                                                                                    There are many Yahoo Groups where you could learn more about both.
                                                                                                                    Some I have joined are listed below:






                                                                                                                        Have fun!

                                                                                                                        Monday, September 25, 2006

                                                                                                                        Candy Corn Dishcloth Number 2


                                                                                                                          Candy Corn Dishcloth #2

                                                                                                                              Ok, my husband and son both said that my last Candy Corn dishcloth looked like a flag? Well! I just had to make another one in the shape of candy corn as well... let them call it a flag now...LOL

                                                                                                                                Now, my mom has given me an idea for another one, so I guess my daughter will be overflowing with these candy corn dishcloth's...LOL

                                                                                                                                  Sunday, September 24, 2006

                                                                                                                                  Candy Corn Dishcloth


                                                                                                                                    Candy Corn Dishcloth

                                                                                                                                        I made this using the Grandma's Favorite Stitch corner to corner but used different colors, that reminded me of candy corn. This will most likely go to my daughter as she loves candy corn!

                                                                                                                                          The nicest touch I thought was changing the border crocheted edge to match the dishcloth color changes...whooh...glad that's over...LOL

                                                                                                                                            Saturday, September 23, 2006

                                                                                                                                            GF Dishcloth and Scrubbies


                                                                                                                                            My latest creations...another Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth and a Sunflower and Daisy Scrubbie that are crocheted around a copper and plastic scrubbie. Too cute!

                                                                                                                                            The pattern for the scrubbies is called Flower Scrubbies and you can download the pdf file at
                                                                                                                                            You must sign up to become a member first, but it's free.

                                                                                                                                            You can find the pattern under Crochet Patterns, Home Decor and then Kitchen Accessories.

                                                                                                                                            My mother has designed a modified version of this pattern where the middle scrubber can be replaced after the old one is worn out. You can find that pattern in the FREE patterns section of Bee Happy Designs or you can download it here and you can also find it in my Box widget here on the blog in the sidebar.

                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, September 19, 2006

                                                                                                                                            Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

                                                                                                                                            Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth

                                                                                                                                            I had seen this dishcloth called "Grandma's Favorite" and wanted to try it and just got the chance. It is knit corner to corner...
                                                                                                                                            It is SO EASY! Honest!

                                                                                                                                            Here are the instructions...
                                                                                                                                            All you do is chain or cable cast on 3 pegs in the middle of your dishcloth rake. You will be doing a garter stitch or one purl row and one knit row throughout. I am right handed so I always purled going from left to right and knitted (e-wrap) going right to left. I don't think that really makes a difference anyway.

                                                                                                                                            Once I had those 3 pegs cast on I purled my way back to the right. At this point you increase one peg on both ends. You take that last loop and place it on the next empty peg beside of it. Do the same thing on the left, by taking that far left loop and placing it on the next empty peg beside of it. You have a loop now on pegs 1, 3,4,5 and 7 and an empty peg on pegs 2 and 6. Now going in from the back of your work, pull up the far right back loop and place it on peg 6. Take the back far left loop and place it on peg 2.
                                                                                                                                              Once you have increased and now have loops on all NOW 7 pegs, e-wrap back to the left, knit off, then purl back to the right.
                                                                                                                                              Once back at the right, increase again on right and left ends, just like before. Always knitting to the left and purling to the right after each increase. You will just keep doing this until you have 39 pegs wrapped. Your work will come out the back and look like half of a triangle.

                                                                                                                                              Now to decrease is even easier.
                                                                                                                                              On that last row where you have loops on all 39 pegs and your working yarn is to the right. Take that last loop on the right and place it on the peg to the left of it. You now have 2 loops on the 38th peg. Do the same thing on the other end. Take the loop on peg 2 and place it on peg 3. (this is really your far left loop, I call it peg 2 because you never have yarn on peg 1 of your 40 peg dishcloth rake)

                                                                                                                                              Now e-wrap back to the left and when knitting off those pegs with 2 loops just knit them over as one. Remember to purl back to the right.
                                                                                                                                              Once you have finished that purl row, decrease again, just like before. Do this until you are down to the last 3 pegs and then bind off.
                                                                                                                                              That's it, you really will be surprised at how easy it is.

                                                                                                                                              Written Instructions in Word Format Here
                                                                                                                                              Video Instruction Here

                                                                                                                                              Tuesday, September 12, 2006

                                                                                                                                              Knitting for the Board, Loom and Rake by Marla Richard


                                                                                                                                              This book is Awesome!

                                                                                                                                              I just had to sing the praises of this great book by Marla Richard! It is a steal at $21.95 and is worth twice as much as that if not more! I have purchased patterns by Marla before, but she has way outdone herself with this book. There is absolutely no other book on the market for loomers like this one. You have to get it!

                                                                                                                                              I got my copy today and I am overwhelmed, joyed and estatic at the content that she covers in this book. There is so much information in this book that I will be coming up with new ideas for projects for years! Honestly, I am so pleased with the quality and preparation that had to go into this book. There are tons of color photo's, charts, as well as detailed instructions on everything from different casting on and binding off methods to dropped stitches, cables and slipped stitches.

                                                                                                                                              In my opinion this book will become the loomers Bible! You know the book that you will time and time again, go back and pick up and read and refer to. You gotta have it, I'm telling you, you'll love it! NO I don't work for Marla and she isn't paying me to sing her book's praises....LOL But, if I find something that I think is wonderful, I just have to tell my looming friends about it.

                                                                                                                                              This is one of those things I just have to pass on...can you tell I love this book yet?
                                                                                                                                              Marla, thank you, thank you, and did I say thank you!

                                                                                                                                              Friday, September 8, 2006

                                                                                                                                              Introducing my newest pattern, Double Take Purse!

                                                                                                                                              My newest design... Double Take Purse
                                                                                                                                              Available Now!


                                                                                                                                              This is the blue side...

                                                                                                                                              Ready for the red side...just turn inside out and poof, a red purse!

                                                                                                                                              This is the red side...

                                                                                                                                              Purse is made using the Knifty Knitter looms. It is made in one continuous piece. There is no sewing or piecing together. Both sides have a flat bottom. Process is explained in detail and there are ton's of photos to help you along.