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The Rose Bag


Rose Bag

The Rose Bag crochet pattern is now available for sale ($3.50) as a pdf download by email. I’ll put in on Ravelry later this week. This bag is a perfect small purse, Bible bag, or netbook case. Construction is one-piece for durability and features my unique corners that help the unlined bag hold its shape. Center rose is an applique and smaller rosebuds are an easy embroidery technique.

I also offer completed Rose Bags for sale in your choice of colors for $10 plus $2 shipping US. Have to research shipping outside US for international orders. Don’t forget to specify both bag and rose colors.

Today’s recipe: “Ocky’s”

“Ocky” is a family word for enchiladas. When the kids were younger the older ones told the young ones these were “Ocky” so the little ones wouldn’t eat them and there’d be more for the big kids. It didn’t work. One of the little ones tasted them anyway and said “These aren’t ocky, They’re GOOD!”

1 pound hamburger, browned (can also use chicken pieces)

1/2 white onion, diced

1 can refried beans

10 flour tortillas

8 oz package finely shredded mild cheddar

8 oz can tomato sauce

small can enchilada sauce or red sauce

Spray (or line with foil) a 13×9 pan. In each tortilla, place a spoonful of meat mixture, beans, and cheese. Roll up tortilla, and place side by side in pan. Pour sauces over top. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese melts.


Hats, hats, and more hats


I spent most of the weekend making hats. I really like how the simple features bring out the personalities of the character hats.


A couple of the grandkids are really into Pokemon, so my first character hats are Pokemon. The smaller grandkids like SpongeBob.


Great-grandson has claimed this one without even seeing the picture. Finally, my favorite SpongeBob character, Patrick Starr.



I can make almost any character into a hat as long as I can see a good picture of the character. Hats are machine washable and can be made in any size from baby to adult. Reasonably priced at $10 (plus $2 for shipping).

Experimented a little more with the slipper pattern. A circular needle does NOT work for the toe. Thought about trying dpns but I don’t have any 8s and walmart quit carrying dpns. So it will be awhile before I can try that.

Uploaded my Caribbean Star hat pic to Pinterest and got several likes and re-pins. The pattern (with 7 total color variations) is for sale on Ravelry.

Caribbean Star Hat

This is a really neat pattern because simple color changes make the hat look totally different. Using one color brings out the texture:

Aran Star Hat

White and any color, especially ombres, are a stunning combination:

Ombre Bright Star Hat

The hat is also stunning with ombre yarn and two coordinating solids:

Sunset Star Hat

Several granddaughters got these tone-on-tone variations for Christmas:

Shadow Star Hat


Alicia’s Dishrag Sweater

Alicia’s Dishrag Sweater

I usually prefer to make small things, but a few weeks ago my friend Alicia asked me to make her “a sweater”. I had just crocheted a mint green dishrag with a new stitch that I really liked, so I showed it to her and asked if she liked the stitch. “Yes,” she said ” and I like that color too!” She was a little vague in her description of what she wanted–long, oversized, but  not too bulky.

The sweater is crocheted in one piece from side to side (remember how I said I hated piecing things together?) with just 2 seams to sew. I picked up edge and cuff stitches and knitted them, but it could also be bordered in crochet. Yarn is Lion Brand Pound of Love. 4mm hook, size 4 knitting needles.

Alicia's Dishrag Sweater

Alicia's Dishrag Sweater

It took extra time to finish because I had to go back to Walmart for more yarn and they were out. So I went to a different Walmart and found it. It’s really aggravating that it takes so long for them to restock yarn.

That’s all for today. I have an order for slippers and I’m tweaking my old faithful slipper pattern.

Free Crochet pattern: Butterfly hat


Today’s free pattern is a quick and easy hat. I see dozens of hats online with appliqued flowers, so I HAD to do something a little different!

Crochet butterfly hat

Butterfly Hat


1 skein RedHeart SuperSaver, MC (black)

few yards CC1 (bikini)

few yards CC2 (shocking pink)

Crochet hook, size G (4.25mm)

Rnd 1: Ch2, dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch2 (2 dc, ch 2)4 times, join. (5 ch-2 clusters with ch 2 between)

Rnd 2: Sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2,2 dc in same sp (ch 2, work 2dc ch2 2dc in next ch 2 sp) repeat around, join.(10 clusters)

Rnd 3: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same sp (ch2, 2 dc in next ch2 sp, 2dc,ch2,2dc in next ch2 sp) repeat around, join.(15 clusters)

Rnd 4:sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same sp (ch2, 2 dc in next sp, ch2, 2 dc in next sp, ch2, 2dc, ch2,2dc in next sp) repeat around, join (20 clusters)

Rnd 5: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc ch2, 2 dc in same sp* (ch2, 2 dc in next sp)3 times (2dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join. (25 clusters)

Rnd 6: sl st into ch2 sp, ch2,dc, ch 2,2 dc in same sp*(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 4 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)* repeat around, join (30 clusters)

Rnd 7: sl st into ch2 sp, ch2, dc,ch2,2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 5 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)* repeat around, join (35 clusters)
Rnd. 8: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dcch2,,2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp)6 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join (40 clusters)
Rnd 9: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2,dc, ch2, 2dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 7 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join (45 clusters)
Rnd 10: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, 2, 2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 8 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join. (50 clusters)
Rnd 11: sc in each dc around, join (100 sc)
Rnd 12: *sc in 3 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc* repeat around, join (80 sc)
Rnd 13: repeat rnd 12 (64 sc)
Rnd 14: *sc in 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc* repeat around, join (48 sc)
Rnd 15: repeat rnd 14 (36 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around. End off.
Butterfly Applique
With MC, ch 2. In 3rd ch from hook, work 3 sc, hdc, 3sc, sl st to join. End off.
With CC1, join in 1st sc, ch7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made) in same sc work 6 trebles, sc in front loop of next sc, fasten off.
With CC2, join in back loop of same st, sc in same loop, work 5 dc in next sc, sc in hdc, work 5 dc in next sc, sc in back loop of next sc. end off.
With CC1, join in front loop of same sc, ch 4, work 5 trebles in same st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made) treble in same st, fasten off.
Pattern copyright 2012 by Judy Cox. You may NOT sell the pattern in any form. You MAY link to this pattern page. You MAY NOT sell finished items from this pattern online; you MAY sell finished items in local venues (craft shows, retail outlets, personal contacts).

Crochet flowers


Today’s post will be short & sweet.  I’m fighting a cold and don’t even feel like crocheting!


This vintage pattern for crocheted flowers uses fine thread.

vintage thread flowers

Crochet flowers





Today’s recipe is for the ultimate comfort food: the chocolate chip cookie ( a slightly tweaked version of the recipe-on-the-bag, thuis cookie is slightly lower in fat and softer:

Judy’s double chip cookies

3 sticks margarine

2 cups brown sugar, packed

1 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 bag butterscotch chips (or peanut butter or milk chocolate)

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 1/2 c flour

Cream sugars and margarine together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in chips, soda and salt. Stir in flour. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until edges are golden brown.

Sneak Preview: Rose Bag


I’m currently working on writing up the pattern for my Rose Bag. It’s the right size for a small purse, or you can use it to carry your Bible or Netbook. It’s made all in one piece for extra sturdiness ( and easy finishing!), with my unique shape-holding corners.

Rose Purse

Features include a dimensional appliqued rose and two delicate embroidered (with a Very Easy technique) rosebuds. Both the pattern and finished bags in your choice of colors will be available for sale here and the pattern will also be for sale on Ravelry.

Today’s recipe: Amish Potato Salad

4 potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks, boiled

½ white onion, diced

2 boiled eggs

1 T mustard

Miracle Whip to desired consistency ( about ½ cup, depending on size of potatoes)

salt to taste

That’s all for today!

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!

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