Easy Crocheted Sweater

  This is a very simple crochet pattern I designed for a hoody.  I am not a  skilled artisan. I made this one in double crochet, but any stitch will do.  It consists of  a series of rectangles.  Simply decide what measurements you need. It is easy to find size measurements online.  I’ve done several in child to adult sizes.  The back is largest.  The two front sections are slightly more than half the back size.  Once you have back, front sections and sleeve rectangles made to measure. Slip stitch or crochet front sections to back.  I leave a generous neck opening.  Lay it out flat and stitch sleeves to sweaters, taking care that sleeve centers match shoulder seams.    Finally stitch up side sleeves and down length of sleeve.  To make good, crochet along neckline, repeating till desired hood depth is attained.  If you just want a collar, make it desired size.   Pull hood edges togetherinches, child hoods about six.  Once complete, I crocheted  several rounds completely around sweater and hood.  Finally, attach buttons or zipper for closure.  If desired, run a crocheted drawstring around outer edge of hung.   I love making this simple hoody.  It works up very quickly, especially in a bulky yarn.

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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Look at this great Tootsie Warmer I won from Martie Hanna , A Hair in My Biscuit’s Etsy shop.  My Brother-in-law was visiting.  He was in terrible pain from a wrist injury.  I popped this in the microwave for a minute, he slipped his wrist in and got instant relief.Martie,  you might consider making these mitt-sized for hands.  He felt so much better.  Please check out Martie’s great shop.

Quilt heaven

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My sister bought a trunk with these incredible quilt tops several years ago at an estate sale.  A gentleman was dissolving his mother’s estate and these were included.  I do hope the little lady who did such exquisite work knows these have found a happy home where they will be treasured and start new lives.She doesn’t quilt, so passed them on to me, with the caveat that I quilt one for her daughter and one for her son.  I am delighted to do so.  My niece chose the fan pattern.  Her son hasn’t chosen yet, but must choose soon since his wedding is in March.  I made the one at the bottom for my son and his wife.  There were thirty squares, all pieced on five pound sugar bags, so I added borders to make it king-sized.  You may notice, there are pictures of squares included from a friendship quilt, with names and dates from as early as 1931, apparently quilted by a quilting group.  I find this one particularly poignant.  I intend to make a gift of it to the parish library instead of keeping it for myself.  I feel it belongs to the public of Bossier Parish.