Free Crochet Pattern: Mesh Raglan Pullover

IMG_1026Love this top, the color, the texture, and  the yarn it’s made with, Lion Brand’s Recycled Cotton. Requires a size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook. The pattern’s free and available here, but you probably have to sign in. If you don’t have a membership, you can sign up on the website, also for free.



52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado,

here’s the link

to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)

15 Homemade Swiffer Cloth Patterns

It’s so wasteful to use and discard those disposable  covers for the Swiffer mop, convenient though it may be. Solution:  TipNut has listed 15 different ways to make reusable Swiffer cloths; guilt free mopping. And great for using up leftover yarn. img_1002Yay!! I’ve been using the washable pads provided with my Shark floor steamer, and just toss them in the washer instead of the trash can (and landfill).


Round Yoke Poncho

This pattern caught my eye immediately when it was posted. It’s by Lion Brand, and though they’re calling it a poncho, it actually has cuffs, so it seems to be one of the new sweater-shawl  designs that have been cropping up lately. I ordered the yarn, LB’s Amazing, which is a single strand, wool acrylic blend, in the Strawberry Field colorway. The set up is a bit tricky, because the increases depend on moving markers every row, but after a few false starts, I got it right and it’s now working up quickly, on a size J-10 (6 mm) hook. Free pattern can be found here.

Huntley Gift Bag


If you love to crochet, head on over to Little Monkeys Crochet , a blog full of cool patterns in all sorts of categories. The one that caught my eye is this pretty bag, made with about 275 yards of  medium weight cotton using a couple of stitches on a size H hook. It’s a free pattern, and Rebecca gives permission to sell things made with her free patterns so long as credit is given. The finished bag is 9″L x 3″W x 6″H. It looks easy enough to make larger or smaller.

This looks like a perfectly portable summer project, especially for a plane trip. No needles to scare security. One summer I lost an $18 pair of knitting needles at Charles deGaulle Airport checkpoint…. Now I bring plastic. Or crochet.

Sigh. Here’s the pattern. Thank you, Rebecca!

Moroccan Basket


Saw this today on my Lion Brand newsletter, but it’s not a LB pattern. It comes from Moogly, a site with the tagline “crochet•knitting•world domination”.  The basket was designed by Tamara Kelly, who’s also on Ravelry and probably lots of other places, and Lion featured it because she used their Heartland Thick & Quick yarn. Tamara also notes that she lined it with another layer of crochet, making it sturdier and better able to hold its shape. She also includes handy links to tutorials on Moroccan stitch and other techniques.

You can find the pattern right over here.

Now back to Moogly to check out more cool things!


2016 Sheep/Wool Events, Southern New England

Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association SHEEP, WOOL & FIBER FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 30, 2016                                       cupcakes1.jpg

 Rain or Shine

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tolland Agricultural Center

Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT

GPS – 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT


RI Wool and Fiber Festival

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

10 AM–5 PM


Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

May 28-29, 2016

Cummington Fairgrounds

97 Fairgrounds Road

Cummington, Massachusetts 01026


Fair Admission:
Parking – $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass
No ATM available, please plan accordingly.


Fiber Revival

Saturday, August 13, 2016
9am to 4pm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Newburyport Spinners Guild and Historic New England

5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts

$6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property. Historic New England members free.


The Fiber Festival of New England

November 5 & 6
Saturday, 9am-5pm                            011
Sunday, 9am-3pm

Presented by Eastern States Exposition &
New England Sheep & Wool Growers Assn
Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition