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Free Crochet Pattern: Lover’s Knot Shawl


Today’s free pattern is for a lover’s knot shawl. It’s surprising how warm this lacy openwork shawl is! Takes less than 1 4 oz skein of worsted weight yarn (sample was made with Red Heart.) This shawl is a simple triangle. Once you get the hang of the knot stitch, these are quick and easy to make.

Lover's Knot Shawl


1 skein worsted weight yarn

4.00 mm crochet hook

Ch 161. sc in first ch. Work knot st as follows pull loop up about 1 inch, then sc back into the loop, pull up another 1 inch loop. Skip 3 ch on starting ch and sc into the next one. (Knot st made) Repeat across.

Row 2: sl st into sc in center of last knot st. Ch 1 sc in sc. Work knot st, sc into sc in center of next knot st. Repeat across, ending with sc in center of last knot st. (Each row will decrease by one knot st.)

Repeat row 2 until only 1 knot st remains. End off.

If you have trouble catching on to the knot st, here’s a tutorial:

If you have any questions, email me at judy33873 at gmail dot com.

This week at Oak Hill:

Started a new separate blog for NameBlessings:  and added a custom option to put custom photos or graphics on NameBlessings;

Local Wal-mart finally restocked yarn so I can work on UFOs!

Filling orders for character hats, especially SpongeBobs;

Had several freelance writing assignments;

Coming soon: headband patterns in both knit and crochet.





Free Pattern link: Valentine Slippers


It’s been cold here for the past few days. Mid-twenties! For this we could’ve stayed in Indiana! Most of the time, the winter months are the best time to be here. Most of our close neighbors are snowbirds, so our neighborhood is pretty quiet from April to October.

I’ve been working on my friend Alicia’s sweater. Hope I can  post a photo when it’s finished. Also did a Facebook page for NameBlessings, but it needs some tweaking. Also added a NameBlessings page for here. Order yours while they’re still free!

One thing I really miss about the nursing home is the crochet pals I had there. Every day, Martha, Nancy and I would sit together in the atrium and crochet. Our table was known as the “knitting table”(most staff members admired our “knitting” no matter how many times we called it crochet! ) Martha is a newbie and perpetually surprised by the variety of things you can crochet. Nancy is an expert crocheter, and we loved sharing knowledge and encouragement with one another. I’m looking forward to making new friends through this blog and the online communities I’ve joined!


Free Pattern of the Day:

Anticipating the next holiday​ Today’s free pattern has a cute Valentine theme.

Valentine Slippers

The pattern for these cute slippers can be found at


Some people worry about crocheted or knitted slippers being too slippery and leading to falls. You can use dimensional fabric paint on the soles to create a non-skid alternative. Just squiggle the paint on in any pattern you like.


Have you seen the chairside yarn buckets? They hold 6 large skeins and keep yarn clean and tangle free. But I’d rather spend the 20 on yarn! Especially when an empty Tidy Cat bucket with 6 ¼ inch holes in the lid does the same job for free! (And gives hubby a chance to “help” with the crafting!

Tim just LOVES to play with his cordless drill!)

Here’s another quick and easy recipe: cheese vegetable soup.


2 slices white onion, diced

2 TBS margarine

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (I use the kind WITHOUT lima beans!)


milk (2-3 cups)

¼ c flour

2′ chunk of Velveeta, diced


saute onion in margarine until transparent. Add vegetables; cover with water. Cook until vegetables are done. Add milk, flour, and cheese. Season to taste. (Freezes well).


That’s all for this time. Keep coming back for more great free patterns!





Free crochet pattern: Rainbow potholder


Free Original Pattern of the Day: the Rainbow Potholder


Here’s a simple potholder that is a great way to use up odds and ends of yarns. Like many of my patterns, it’s made in one piece with no seams and minimal finishing. (Does anybody besides me hate “finishing”?) Brighten up your kitchen or your craft show display with these quick and easy potholders!

Rainbow Potholder

Rainbow Potholder


worsted weight yarn in white, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, and green

Sample was made with Red Heart Super Saver (yeah, I know. The yarn pickin’s in our small town are pretty slim!)



size H crochet hook (4.25 mm)



double crochet


Work over yarn ends as you go. If you join new yarn in a different place on each round, joining will be less noticeable.


Rnd. 1: With white, ch 3. 11 dc in first ch (12 dc) Join. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: With blue, work 2 dc in each st around (24 dc) Join. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: With purple, * work 2dc in 1st st, dc in next st*.Repeat. (36dc) Join. Fasten off.

Rnd. 4: With pink, *dc in 3 sts, 2 dc in next st*. Repeat (48 dc). Join. Fasten off.

Rnd. 5: With orange, *dc in 4 sts, 2 dc in next st *. Repeat (60 dc) Join. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: With yellow, *dc in 5 sts, 2 dc in next st*. Repeat (72 dc) Join. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: Fold potholder in half. Work through both rows of sts to close semicircle. *2 dc in 1st st, dc in next 6 sts* Repeat three times. In next st, work dc ch 10 dc in same st (hanging loop), dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * to * to end. Fasten off. Weave in end.


Copyright info: Please do not sell or repost my original patterns. Feel free to link to this page if you wish to share the pattern with others. You may NOT sell items made from this pattern online. You MAY sell items made from this pattern at craft shows, local shops, or to personal contacts.


Please read and honor the designer’s copyright restrictions so that we may all continue to enjoy free access to great patterns!


Just so you know (if you haven’t already figured it out) I like colorful patterns. Designs that are either fun or fancy. I don’t believe that “ugly” is in any way “artistic”. I’m a dedicated freebie-finder, but I look for quality, not quantity. And, of course, simplicity, because I HATE tedious finishing!

Don’t forget to request your free NameBlessing at judy33873 at

Hi everybody!


I’m starting this blog to share my creative interests with others.  I design many of my own patterns for crochet and beadwork. One of my 2012 resolutions is to build up an inventory of handcrafted goodies to be better prepared for local craft shows. This week I’ve been making star hats in different colors, especially Caribbean. This is one of my favorite patterns, because it’s quick and easy. But even an experienced crocheter finds it difficult to figure out the pattern just by looking at it! (Hint: those are NOT front post doubles). Pattern includes 7 variations. To order the pattern ($3.50) click the Paypal link below. You will receive the pdf by email within 48 hours (usually within 2).

Caribbean Star Hat

Caribbean Star

I spent most of 2011 in a nursing home, and am glad to be home.  (Have you ever tried to describe a #8 steel crochet hook to a husband? I described it, told him EXACTLY where to find it and got a blank stare and a mumbled “uh, it’s not there.” When I got home, it was right where I said it was!)

I also like cooking–especially simple, inexpensive foods like soup sandwiches.  Here’s the recipe:

8 slices bread

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 soup can of milk

leftover chicken, ham, or turkey

8 slices Velveeta cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with foil. lay out the bread slices. Mix soup with milk and spoon it over bread. Top with meat, then cheese. Bake until cheese melts.

A few years ago I designed an Excel app that turned childrens’ names into cute wall posters listing some of God’s promises with the letters of the name. Now that I have a computer that makes pdf files, I can email these without losing formatting.  I’m planning to offer them for $3 once I work out the logistics (quantity discounts will be available for multiple orders.) But for a limited time, you can request a free one, so I can work out the logistics. Email your request to judy33873 at Please let me know if it arrived ok, Comments and suggestions appreciated. I think these would make a great gift for grandchildren, baby showers, or even an outreach tool to introduce others to God’s promises.

Watch this space for more recipes, free craft patterns, and more!