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An Afghan By Christmas? No Problem

Tis the season of gifts. And I have some work to do if I want to get finished by Christmas.

I have some custom orders, as I mentioned in the last post, from the craft fairs I had attended. One of those was for an afghan. She wants it for her fiance… for Christmas. WHAT!?! An afghan in 3 weeks? Are you kidding me?? But of course I didn’t say that. I smiled sweetly and said I will try to have it done by then, but an afghan is a big project so I might be just a little late if that’s alright. She said it was. I am now a little over half done (the pic only shows 5 strips) I just might make it by Christmas yet!

All I can say is thank you Lord for worsted wt. yarn and large hooks haha!! I am making a mile-a-minute afghan in a VERY simple, yet a VERY classy look pattern. (At least I think it looks classy)

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She wanted to stick with more of a neutral, earth tones look for the color. So I am using Red Heart Super Saver in “Aran Fleck” for the center strip and also to connect the strips, and I Love This Yarn in “Brown” for the strip border. I wanted to keep it simple for speed as well and I am using a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook.


With center color and size K (6.5 mm) hook Chain 11

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, skip next 2 chains work shell (3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet) in next chain, skip next 2 chains, double crochet in next 2 chains. (the row should have 2 double crochet, shell, 2 double crochet)

Row 2 – 75: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch, skip the 3 double crochets of the shell and work the shell in the chain 2 space, skip the next 3 double crochets of the shell and double crochet in the next two stitches.

Row 76: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch,chain 2, single crochet in chain 2 space of shell, chain 2, double crochet in last 2 stitches. fasten off yarn

NOTE: If you want to make it longer for tall people just keep working the pattern until you have the right length. Just make sure you end with “row 76”.

Strip Border: With 2nd color attach yarn in corner stitch. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), work 2 more double crochet in corner, at top/bottom of strip work double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in chain 2 space, double crochet in single crochet, 2 double crochet in next chain 2 space, double crochet in next stitch, 3 double crochet in corner. On sides if strip work 3 double crochet around the post of each double crochet/chain. When you get all the way around, join with slip stitch to the top of the first chain 3. fasten off yarn.

Connect the strips: Hold “wrong ” sides together and working in back loops only of each strip with the same color as the center of the strip, single crochet them together. fasten off yarn

Weave in the ends and your done. Make as many strips as you want, the more strips the bigger the blankie 🙂  I am planning on doing 12 or 13 strips, but will judge that when I get there.

Short and sweet and very simple, just the way I like it when I’m on a deadline 🙂

❤  Tracee


Enjoying the Fiber Things in Life

This morning was a dark gray, cool day, then the rain came. I opened the window a bit and listened to the rain fall and the thunder roll. Instantly I had to grab my cup of coffee and my project bag. What some people consider “nasty weather” I love because I feel all cozy curled up on my favorite chair with crochet hook in hand. The stress of looking at my to do list for the day melted away and I just crocheted while I listened to the storm out side. Here’s the afghan I worked on during the storm. (Afghans are AWESOME projects to work on in bad weather – so comfy cozy)

Round Afghan

The pattern is a free one from the Red Heart website and can be found here. I am using I Love This Yarn in Black and Nightwatch. I fell in love with the teal and plum colors together in the Nightwatch variegated yarn.  It is a pretty simple pattern, worked in panels of single crochet which are later joined together.

After the rain stopped I opened the window and let the newly cleaned air come through the house. I love how fresh and clean everything looks and smells after the rain 🙂 What a great way to start the day. Now I’m ready to tackle those to do lists.

Tonight my fiber artist friends and I will get together for Hookers Club. We gather together twice a month and work on our knit and crochet over either wine or coffee and solve the problems of the world while we work. It’s a great support for us and we also help each other when stumped on a pattern or learning a new stitch. Everyone should have a night with fellow knitters and/or crocheters, it can be quite therapeutic. Take time to enjoy the “fiber” things in life!

❤ Tracee

Beach Ball Baby Hat

I did it! I got the pattern for my Baby Beach Ball Hat done and available for purchase.

Beach Ball Hat pattern

Beach Ball Hat pattern

I was looking for a cute and lightweight hat for little ones in the summer, but didn’t find too much out there. All of the absolutely adorable baby hats (and there are a LOT of them) are for photo props or winter time. This hat is light and airy and at the same time, protects baby’s head from the sun when you are at the pool, the beach, or the park.

I hope you like this hat as much as I do. I have the pattern listed in my Etsy shop and you can find it here Baby Beach Ball Hat . I have also listed a few finished hats for those of you who don’t crochet. I am always willing to take custom orders as well in case you see something you like, but it’s not the right color or size etc.

Happy Crocheting!!!

❤ Tracee

The “Forever” Project

First work the colors in the strip

Does anyone else have that one project that seems to take forever to finish? For me it was this Stained Glass Afghan. It is a very simple mile-a-minute afghan worked in strips and then connecting the strips to the desired width. For some reason I start to work on it, then put it down and work on a bunch of other things, then pick it back up again a few weeks later. I have been working on and off and on again for nearly a year. How long is too long to take on a project anyway? I think I took procrastination to a whole new level on this one. But FINALLY I have finished it and am kind of proud of how it turned out. Especially since I didn’t know there for awhile if it would ever actually get done at all.

Add the "X" look

Add the “X” look and border around each strip

Connect the strips

Connect the strips




I like Mile A Minute afghans because of their simplicity. Just make strips and then connect. I got this pattern from a Leisure Arts book called Contest Favorites Mile-A-Minute Afghans back in 1999.  For anyone who would like to try it for yourself, the link will take you to where you can purchase the book. If you’re not a crocheter this will be listed in my Etsy shop later this week.  While I have a tendency to modify the patterns I work on (like I did with this one) it has some really great patterns in it and there are a couple more I want to try, hopefully It won’t take me that long to finish the next one!

❤ Tracee

Cotton Caps to Battle Cancer


As I mentioned in my last post, I make cotton hats for my Etsy shop and $3 from the sale of each one goes to the American Cancer Society. I am always looking for fun new patterns to keep a variety in stock and actually my stash is getting low so I definately need to make more. These are two caps I just made this week and will be listing them in my shop today or tomorrow.

The green one is made with I Love This Cotton in Sage and the blue one is made with Bernat’s Cottontots in Seakiss. The colors look awesome with this particular pattern. The pattern itself is the best part! It’s a FREE pattern I found on Red Heart’s website. It can be found here.   Vintage Cloche

Cotton caps are great for anyone to wear and cute too, but if you know someone battling cancer they make an awesome gift for sensitive skin. And nothing says it came from the heart like hand made.

❤ Tracee


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