I Have started a swapping blog: So if you like to take the time out and check it out hoping to get some more people to join in on the swaps.

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Friday, December 28, 2007


In a fit of energy, Lesa convinced me posted about wanting new posters for her awesome blog. I read through the blog and thought, "Why not?" I wanted to be a bit more active on my own blog, which is ridiculously unloved. I thought by posting here semi-regularly, I would post there semi-regularly. So, that is my crime of passion. Well, that and crocheting. I think the crocheting part is obvious, though.

My name is Renee. I live in Dayton, OH, which is a smallish metropolitan area north of Cincinnati. I am a graduate student taking a bit of a hiatus while I sort out some health issues. I study women's issues in nonwestern countries, particularly women's involvement with cults. Although, I'm sure none of you are actually interested in that particular aspect of me.

My crocheting is probably a bit more interesting. I have been crocheting for a little over a year. My mother taught me after years of trying to learn how to knit. Knitting does not work, crocheting obviously did. I took to it immediately and have since become a bit ... enthusiastic.

I crochet primarily "fannish" things. By this, I mean Harry Potter related items and other "fannish things." I also do commissions and gifties. I think the only real thing I ever crochet for myself are blankets (and scrapghans at that).

Here you see my friend Beth modeling her "Lord Voldemort" Weasley sweater. This is an early model in which I was still working out collar issues. They are since worked out. :D

Beth cosplays Voldemort and so, she was a perfect person to try out the style on. Of course, it's funny as well. The sweater is done in sc with front, back and sleeves all separate. I sew it together using a sc instead of anything else to give it a bit of stiffness in the seams and help with the inside out thing for some folks whose letter is the same for both sides.

On your right, is the portion of a cardigan I'm making for my roommate's holiday gift. She wanted something unique and interesting. What I'm doing is a cluster stitch. After a foundation row of sc, ch 2, pull a loop through the first sc, yo, pull a loop through the second, yo. Pull last yo through all four loops on hook. Ch1. That gives you the cluster pattern I am using. The fashioning of the sweater is going to be rather unique and hopefully my pattern will make sense to anyone else who reads it. I'm making the sweater in the style of a robe. The piece to the right is the bottom all the way to just below the bust (right now). It will be solid all the way to the sleeve line. I'll leave space to insert the sleeve directly into the solid pattern. I will mold the front section directly off of the solid portion (man I wish I was better at this) and attach it to the neckline. THEN - I plan to crochet a wide lapel collar that will continue down to hold the button and button holes. The sleeves and body of the sweater are in the cluster pattern. The lapel will probably be in sc to allow for a tighter weave and contrast.

SO - that's the brilliant introduction of Renee to the Crochet Chicks.

x-posted to my blog.

Friday, December 21, 2007

New here!

Hey everyone, my name is Rachel and I'm 19 (will be 20 in June) I've been crocheting since January but I first learned about 10 years ago thanks to my aunt. I have my own blog Yarn Talk and my own podcast with the same name (Although I'm in the middle of switching hosts so I'll post the new feed ASAP). Hope to have pictures up soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Latest Purses for Christmas Gifts

So now here goes my moms purse.
I haven't shown it to her just yet. I love it I did start writing the pattern as I went but, then I fall off of writing I was so used to just crocheting that I stopped counting rows and gave up on writing it.

So here it is. Love it.
This purse is done all in one piece well the body of the purse is the back, front and bottom the straps are crochet on.

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Inside, still debating to put a lining in the purse. I want to ask my mom what she think before adding it because tell you the truth it looks nice and it keeps its hold without the lining.:)

Yarn: Red Heart, Navy and Black
Stitches: DC, HDC, Treble, Triple, SC
Hook: I
Done in double strands to give it more of a body and shape

Ok now here goes my cousin messager bag. She's still in school and she said, she want something that will have a flap to it and go over her arm and head so here it goes. I didn't do a pattern to this but, it was so easy to do that next time I do one I will write it down as I go. This purse was done in all one piece that is what makes it so simply and easy.
As you can see below the purse also has the letter A on it meaning my cousin name is Ariel. I haven't yet given it to her but, I know she will love it she seen all the other things I done before and just say Oooooooooo I want one. So there you have it my weekend.

So here is my cousin's messager bag.
The body of this bag is done in all one piece the flap, back, front and bottom. I then attached the strap.

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Inside with flap open

Yarn: Red Heart, Black and Light Blue
Stitches: HDC, SC
Hook: J
Done in double strands one strand black second strands blue thats for the whole body and strap. For the flap done in 2 strands black for the background and 2 strands light blue for the letter A. The double strands is to help give the bag more shape to it.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, December 14, 2007

My Updated Blog

Hello Ladies!

I've updated my blog with some new crochet projects I've done.

Please come by and take a look!


My blog:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For My Niece

A Pretty In Pink blanket with hat and neckwarmer.

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Was happy to have done this for my niece I know she will love them all.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Christmas Sampler

It's been a while since I have been able to post, but I wanted to share these.

This group of knitted and crocheted food are part of a swap from - Knit & Crochet Tasty Goodies. The recipient was also the co-ordinator and she said she was a fan of Harry Potter and loved miniature things. The candy cane is about 2 1/2" long to give you a bit of scale. I forgot to take a picture next to a coin.

Here is the text of the letter that I sent along with the "goodies".

Dear Molly,

Congratulations on being the recipient of the new Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Holiday sampler. This assortment of new W3 delights has been sent to you as a gift. Below, you will find a description of the new tasty treats and the resulting consequence of said morsels.

Merry Mint Creams : The eater frequently Ho Ho Hos for a period of 3 hours.

Red Reindeer Roll: The nose of the eater becomes a large round ball and glows with an inner red light for a period of 2 hours.

Plum Party Pudding: The eater becomes the life of the party, with random occurrences of the following: whistles of steam erupting from his/her ears, glowing eyes, uncontrollable urges to dance an Irish Jig, and produce mistletoe in order to kiss strangers. The effect lasts approximately 3 1/3 hours.

Frosty Candy Twist: The eater gains the power to chill glasses of pumpkin juice and butterbeer for a period of 1 hour.

Please tell all of your friends about this great new holiday gift. We are currently accepting pre-orders now.

Yours in jest,

Delivery Specialist
Weasley Wizards Wheezes

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hello from New Member!

Hi everyone,

My name is Laura, and I'm new to the blog. Thank you to Lesa for letting me join! I'm a 33 year old (almost 34, on December 26th!) married mom of two kids - my daughter who will be 10 in January, and my son who will be 5 in January. I live in (very cold!) Cleveland, OH, work full-time, and am a part-time grad student. I just learned how to crochet in March (taught myself with a learn to crochet DVD) and love it! I wish that I had learned how to crochet years ago! Please come visit my blog at

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Seraphina's Shawl

Tonight I finished Seraphina's shawl! *happy dance!!*

I didn't make it nearly as long as Doni's pattern suggests, because I think this length and weight is perfect for Grandma.

I used Caron Simply Soft and an "I" hook. Because I used a smaller hook and less bulky yarn, the stitches were tighter than in the original pattern, actually making the shawl pleasantly heavy and pretty warm. I used about 2 and a half skeins...approximately 15 ounces (about 425 grams).

(Please excuse my uneven hair...either some of it is behind the shawl or I need a haircut even more than I'd thought!)

Oh So Purple

Love this purple shirt I made for my daughter Nellie it's oh so purple lol:)

Here she go right here

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Back There is a tie sting in the back. :)

Close up on the first stitch I used.

An Alternate Spike SC stitch
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Loved this stitch first time using it love that it closes up the stitches very well hiding the wholes from the stitches.

Close up on the second stitch I used.
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An Slant Stitch
I also liked this one never done a slant stitch or work from one part of the stitching then find myself going back to a stitch that was slip to make the slant. Like this stitch. I used it for the bottom of the shirt.

Yarn: CSS Color: Iris
Hook: H
Stitches: double, single, chain - Stitch Pattern: Alternate Spike SC, Slant Stitch

Thanks for looking

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Two Different Colored Pink Camo Ponchos

This first one is for my 6 yr old goddaughter Sierra and you can see it's made from Red Heart Pink Camo.
This one is for my 4 yr old goddaughter Lucy and it is made from Bernat Pink Camo.
Here they both are together. Both are pink camo but very different colors. Both are made with four big granny squares sl st together and I added an edging around the neck and a shell edging along the bottom.

Here is Lucy blowing a kiss in her poncho she is such a ham.
Here is Sierra being such a trooper despite having pink eye in her left eye. These two ponchos took me about 4 days due to working in between making them.

Butterfly Twin Gurls

Here are my butterfly gurls I did. The pattern came from this site she has such awesome patterns. She calles the pattern Fransica but mine are named different. That is the front of them.
Here is the back of them showing thier wings which is different from the patterns wings.
This one is Aiko (eye-co) she is dark and gothic so she wanted her wings black but no I decided to make them a variegated color.
This is her happy colorful twin named Suki (sue-key) who is the total opposite of her twin but she loves her just the same. Both gurls are made with Red Heart yarns in Black and Zebra for Aiko and Pink Camo and Soft Pink for Suki. Aiko is made with Caron Simply Soft in True White for her skin and Suki is an Off White colored yarn I got from the thrift shop for her skin. These patterns are easy and fun you should go to the link I provided and buy some of her patterns you won't be disappointed.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Finally some progress

This weekend I finished the hat I started a few weeks ago. I just haven't been spending any time crocheting or knitting because I'm so exhausted from life. Of course I changed the pattern I was following. I did not stripe the hat because the yarn I was using was interesting enough without stripes. I also did more rounds because I wanted it to cover my ears. It ended up being too loose with 55 chains around so I had to reduce down to forty something in the last rows with an hdc instead of the dc that the rest was made in. While making this hat, I was also trying to teach my friend Rosalynd how to crochet the same hat. She was intoxicated for part of her construction as well as being left handed. So it was tricky to teach her. She must have switched her gauge or something between rounds. She decided it wasn't worth continuing, I agreed. So Milo is wearing her crazy little doll hat.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Lace Skirt

Lace Skirt

Finally another crochet project! This is the free lace skirt pattern from Interweave Crochet Fall 2007 crocheted in Shine Sport. You can see more pictures and notes at my blog post, Interweave Crochet: Lace Skirt.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

My Daughter's Boat Neck Shirt :)

Well finally finished up my little daughter Nellie's boat-neck shirt. She so loves it. She said, mom I want another one like this. She ran to my boxes of yarn picking out the colors she wanted for her next boat-neck shirt. LOL dont know about making another one I told her I need to get to make you some sweaters.
Sorry now pattern my own trial and error

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A work in progress this morning one sleeve done.

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Here she goes, a close up. Her and her peppermint boat-neck shirt with long bell sleeves. I want to close up towards the neck a little bit more ran out of yarn so will have to add on later.
Aint she cute.

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Thanks for looking:)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wool Scarf

Hi chickies!

The last few weeks have been crazy warm and its been difficult to get into making winter items. Finally, on Wednesday the temperature dropped a little and I can finally get into cold weather spirit.

Here is a scarf I made with Patons Classic Merino Wool yarn. Love this stuff! I didn't use a pattern...just chained 163 and double crocheted for 10 rows, changing colors on the 3rd and 5th row.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Been travelin'

Hi Chicks,

I have 2 projects on the go right now. Working on a felted purse, can't wait to get to the felting part cause I haven't tried that before. Also working on a doily, one of Annie's Attic freebies, for my mother-in-law for a Christmas gift. Hopefully can work on the purse this weekend and then get busy with the doily.

Glad to see you are all working away.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hi chickies!

Hi Ladies! My name is Christina and I'm the newest member of Crochet Chicks! Lesa invited me over and I'm very happy to join!

I'm from NYC, 26 (soon to be 27), married, have a 7 year old daughter (lovingly referred to as Little Monster on my blog) and work full time.

I've been crocheting since I was 14 and love how crochet just relaxes me. I also have a blog that I update pretty often. Come visit me at Crafty Christina.

Here's my latest project, a cupcake pincushion. Thanks for letting me join this fun group!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Howdy, Chicks!

I just joined today and Lesa was nice enough to let me on. Thanks, Lesa!

I knit, crochet, bead/make jewelry, cross stitch, latch hook, embroider and whatever craft tickles my fancy at the moment.

My blog is CC's Spot . You can see my a pic of my latest cro creations. The items were from two Hogwarts Swaps of objects related to Harry Potter. More images and an explanation are on my blog.

I update my blog more often, but I will strive to add to this one as well.

Happy Hooking!

For My Oldest Daughter

My Latest Project for my oldest daughter.

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I brought this plain white shirt of my daughter. I really don't like these shirts because it's so plain but, I still buy them to jazz the shirts up a bit. Like dye it or give it a little glamour and spice to it but, this time I wanted to crochet a bolero for it. :) So here is the before and now the after.

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See there you have it a little crochet jazz style to the shirt. My daughter loves it:) Sorry no picture with her she's gone for the weekend.:)

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Close up.

There you have it. :)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Birthday presents

For my sister and brother in law:
Cosmos the Jackalope, and Nebula the Kittyhawk.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Amy's Quickly (for me) crocheted hat

I heard that hats can be crocheted in one night. So I decided I should have a crochet a hat evening. On Tuesday, I tested this out on my knitting/crochet night to make sure it was possible. I got 12 rows out of 19 done in one night along with trying to teach a friend how to crochet and read a pattern (she didn't get very far). The other 7 I finished last night, in total I think it took 3 hours and 45 minutes to crochet the hat. It's kind of a goofy hat, so if you want it, happy birthday to you. I didn't have time to go out and buy yarn, so I just used some yarn from my crazy yarn basket. The pattern called for an H hook. Of course I changed the pattern as I worked it (I'm a control freak I guess). Here is my updated pattern.

Starting with the center top of hat, chain 5. Join the chain with a slip st so that you have a ring. Chain 2 and count this as first st on first row.

ROW 1 Work 9 hdc in the ring (or you can use a single or double crochet st depending on the yarn and what effect you want to achieve). Join last st to first with a slip st and chain 2 which makes the first st of row 2.(chain 2 will be 1st st on each row).

ROW 2 Work one st in same st as joining st, then 2 st in each st around.Join to top of chain 2. (End all rows by joining to the top of chain 2)

ROW3 Chain 2, one st in first st, two sts in the next st (increase by one st every other st. Do this all the way around). Join as in row 1.

Row 4 Chain 2, crochet around making 2 sts in every 3rd st (increase made), one st in the st in between.

Row 5 Chain 2, increase ( 2 sts) in every 4th st around.

Row 6-8 Chain 2, increase ( 2 sts) in every 5th st around.

Row 9 Decrease every 3rd st by skipping each 3rd st. Crochet in all others around.

Row 10-11 Hdc in every st around.Row 12 Hdc around, Increase in every 5th st around.

(2 hours 20 minutes)

ROW 13 14 Hdc in every st around.

ROW 15 Repeat row 9.

Row 16 Hdc in every st around.

Row 17 Hdc around. Decrease every 5th st by skipping each 5th st around.After joining with slip st, do not make a chain 2 stitch.

Row 18 Hdc around. Decrease every 5th st.

ROW 19 Shell Border: Make 5 hdc in next st Skip a st, slip st in next st.*Skip a st, make 5 hdc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st.(Repeat from asterik around.) Join; cut yarn; tie off; weave tail into hat so it doesn't show.

Hey Crochet Chicks

Hey everyone wanted to do a post since there haven't been a post in awhile. Just checking in and hoping everyone is doing ok. So what WIP plans everyone have for October.:)

I have a couple that I am working on now. Then want to try to get started on a couple of Christmas gifts. :)

So hope everyone is having a great October so far.:)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Amy's Skull Purse pieces

Yea! The back of my purse is finished! It only took me 20 minutes to do these cross bones in surface crochet. I think it turned out pretty well even though it is a little off center. I am all out of the black yarn that I used, so hopefully Milo is up for yarn shopping tomorrow. Usually I am more prepared but this started out as a potholder and has evolved into a bag. Once I have the black yarn that I need, I am going to make one long rectangle of black and red stripes to work as the bottom, sides and strap of the purse. I think I will be finished by next Wednesday, including the liner that I will sew into it. My blog is if you would like to check out my previous posts. pieces

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hi, this is my first post on this blog. I am a SAHM of two kids and love to knit and crochet. My latest finished project was this bag. more pictures and other projects are on my blog.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Autumn Set finished

Finally got my Autumn set done..........this really worked up fast, took me two days to get done........poor turkey has no face yet! I have a lot of faces to get done. LOL

I am working on some crochet swaps now..........i have about half done, but no envelopes, and i forgot them today.........I go into Wal-Mart and forget everything.........what is up with that!? LOL

Take Care

For My Girls/ For Crochet-A-Long #1

Ok here go some house shoes I whipped up for my girls. I was practicing to see how it turns out while doing the first shoe. My girls was ohhhh and awwwwing so I decided to go ahead and finished them up and here they go.

To the left is my oldest daughter Nesa's house shoes to the right is Nellie's house shoes that's my youngest and last child:)

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Here go Nellie with her pointed toe house shoes. Reminds me of elfs shoes lol.

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Here go Nesa's.

Again no pattern one day I will have to sit and write a pattern as I crochet it's just that I am so used to making up as I go. :) So what do you all think??????