Try This Stitch: Horseshoe Cables – Lion Brand Notebook

This is just lovely!  I would love to ‘try this stitch’!

Cables, like this Horseshoe cable, shine in solid color yarns. A single cable framed with garter or reverse stockinette stitch adds interest.

Source: Try This Stitch: Horseshoe Cables – Lion Brand Notebook

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5 Ribbed Knitted Lace Edging Patterns – Craftsy

Why was this never even a blip on my radar??? I have been looking for some inspiration . . .

Showcase your delicate side with these knitted lace edging patterns. Thes airy ribbings make great finishing touches for sweaters, socks and more.

Source: 5 Ribbed Knitted Lace Edging Patterns – Craftsy

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For Your Spare Time . . . Simply Seed Stitch Dishcloth

Just a short post to share one of my recent  makes!  ​

I love knitting dish cloths. They are perfect for in-between projects, or where you might need a break from a large one but still want to keep busy.  Any dishcloth can make the perfect take-along project. If you are a beginner knitter . . . well, you have just got to try it!

This dishcloth is such the perfect ‘mindless’ knit!!!   And, the knit/purl bumps will make this dish cloth a nice ‘scrubby’ favorite. Plus, it is completely reversible!

What I have here are the general directions to knit a . . .

Simply Seed Stitch Dishcloth.

Materials: 1 Ball of worsted weight cotton yarn. For example, Peaches & Creme 2 oz/56.7g; Lily Sugar’ n Cream 2.5 oz/70.9g.  (Expect to use anywhere from 32 – 37g of yarn)

Size 6 or 7 needles. (I find that tighter stitches make for a sturdier dishcloth.)

Cast on an odd number of stitches using any method preferred. Depending on the yarn, 33 – 35 stitches (more, or less!)

Row 1: *k1, p1. Rep fr * to the last st, ending with k1.

Row 2: Rep row 1 to desired length. (What happens is, you will always be ‘knitting’ the purls, and ‘purling’ the knit stitches.)

Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

Your dishcloth measurement can vary depending on your own personal preference. 7 – 8 inches square.  Try playing with stitch and row count to find your perfect size.  Add some rows of contrasting color to use up any ‘fiddly bits’ of left over yarn in your stash.

Another quick note, there is no need for a ‘border’ as this stitch pattern does not curl.  It is perfect just as it is.

Knit dishcloths make the perfect hostess gift for any event you may be attending.  Give a set of favorite colors for the Holidays, special occassions or birthdays for that hard-to-buy-for, ‘has everything’ loved one. They do in a pinch when you need a last-minute gift.  I make a practice of keeping several in a stash.

I thought I didn’t like this color…

I wasn’t really sure where this post was going to go when I took this picture the other day at lunch.  Haha, I just loved this photo so much I thought I would share!  Sorry I didn’t get another shot of the final product but, you get the picture. Anyway…happy stitching!  ~GMa Ellen

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MyPicot | Crochet Flower Stitch

Just in time for May…you know: April showers bring May flowers . . . so, I couldn’t let this gem get by me without sharing!!!  Oh my goodness! I have some size 3 cotton crochet thread in my stash that will do the trick.  What to make of it??? The possibilities . . .

MyPicot patterns are fabulous.  They offer step-by-step pictorials (with written instructions) as well as the PDF pattern dowloads. This Crochet Flower stitch is no exception.  Almost all crochet patterns of MyPicot are presented as diagrams and have no written instructions.

MyPicot | Free crochet patterns

Source: MyPicot | Free crochet patterns

I hope you are having a wonderfully stitchy Saturday!!! Play with this stitch pattern and let me know what you think…love you all, and thanks for following!!! ~GMa Ellen


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Crochet Doodles. By . . . GMa Ellen

I have had a request to see an enlargement of the banner photo of my blog.  😀  I am having a little trouble with that.  But, here are a few photos I found in my blog gallery for starters.  Oh, my goodoness . . . . I forgot how much I love crochet doodles!!!

Well, I found one version of my favorite doodle photo.  It’s all ‘dolled up’! What do you think???


Here is where I found most of my favorite flowers.  A very nice book by Lesley Stanfield 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet 

Gotta run!  Happy Monday morning to you all.  Enjoy your day, and do not forget to set aside some time for your crafty self!!!   ~GMa Ellen

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How to work japanese short rows – The Blog – US/UK

What are your thoughts on short rows?  There are several methods, to be sure.  Sooo . . . what’s your favorite??? 

To work short rows is a basic skill every knitter should have. This technique is good for a multitude of projects and is one that is good to know by heart because of its uses. Although you already know some ways to work them, we don’t want to leave out other new ways, who […]

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MyPicot | Free crochet patterns

Ooooh . . . I love My Picot website.  Isn’t this pretty???

MyPicot | Free crochet patterns

Source: MyPicot | Free crochet patterns

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Knitted Broomstick Lace – YouTube

Wow.  I am so impressed with this video tutorial that I just have to share!!!  I had no idea you could do  Broomstick Lace with knitting.

Cast on with multiples of 5 stitches.  Two row pattern repeat.  What could be more simple?  I’ll just have to try it to decide I guess.  (Dropping yarn overs are just so . . . fiddly)

iknitwithcatfur tutorials are wonderfully done.  She makes it all seem so easy.

Please!  Tell me what you think…what would you do with this lovely stitch pattern???

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Try This Stitch: Fanfare Crochet – Lion Brand Notebook

This is a lovely crochet stitch!!!  I think I need to give it a try . . . Fanfare is a beautiful crochet pattern that\’s delicate and elegant without being too difficult. You can make something lovely in any weight of yarn.

Source: Try This Stitch: Fanfare Crochet – Lion Brand Notebook

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Knitting Chart Symbols

Wowzers . . . 12 pages of knitting chart symbols!  (I need to print this out) Many thanks to 

The Knitting Chart Symbols is a listing of knitting symbols collected from a large collection of knitting books and publications.

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