Crochet Mandala for Halloween

I wanted a table topper to go under my Halloween tree, and that’s when I came up with the idea of a crochet mandala. I crocheted 13 rings (since 13 is a “scary” number) in orange and black and finished with a scalloped edge.

crochet mandala for Halloween

Here’s the crochet mandala pattern you can follow to make a Halloween table topper:


  • 4.00 mm (G) hook
  • Orange and black yarn – I used what I had on hand – an acrylic blend.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in any loose ends


There are different methods (carry-through method, jogless, etc.)  for starting news colors when crocheting. I ended each ring with a slip stitch and tied off the yarn. Then I wove the tail in when I added the new color. Choose the method that works best for you.


Begin with an adjustable ring.

  1. Work 12 dcs into the loop (12 dc)
  2. Work 2 dcs in each dc around (24 dc)
  3. [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (36 dc)
  4. [dc in next 2 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (48 dc)
  5. [dc in next 3 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (60 dc)
  6. [dc in next 4 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (72 dc)
  7. [dc in next 5 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (84 dc)
  8. [dc in next 6 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (96 dc)
  9. [dc in next 7 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (108 dc)
  10. [dc in next 8 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (120 dc)
  11. [dc in next 9 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (132 dc)
  12. [dc in next 10 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (144 dc)
  13. [dc in next 11 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (156 dc)
  14. Finish off.

For border trim:

Add slip knot to hook. Join yarn to ring anywhere with a sc. Then ch1, skip 2 stitches, 6dc in dc, ch1, skip 2 stitches. Repeat around. Weave in any loose ends.

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Cardigan Knitting Pattern – Easy to Knit Cropped Raglan Sweater

cardigan knitting patternThis cardigan knitting pattern from Lion Brand (also listed on the Ravelry site) is easy to make using Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) yarn or something very similar. The cropped raglan cardigan pattern suggests using Lion Organic Cotton. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids, Heathers & Twists (099 Fisherman). I picked up the yarn at JoAnn. You can get information about the gauge, needles, and more on the Lionbrand site and also on my Ravelry notebook page for the cardigan.

sweater1I really like the raglan shaping using eyelets (yarn overs). It adds a nice decorative detail.

The cardigan is worked back and forth on a circular needle (per my gauge test – I used size 8) in one piece from the neck down. Ribbing is picked up and knit along front edges to finish (size 7).

I like this pattern so much, I’m thinking of knitting another cardigan in a dark color. One always needs a white/ivory sweater and a black sweater in their wardrobe.


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Crochet Masks and Hats for Superheroes

Here are five crochet masks and one hat for those who want to be superheroes or want someone in their family to be a superhero for Halloween. Superheroes are found in literature, comic books/graphic novels, and in the movies. This gear represents heroes familiar to most everyone. You’ll find a key to the crochet patterns below the images.

crochet masks and hats for superheroes

  1. Thor Hat (Ravelry account required)
  2. Tolkien Dwarf or Viking (Ravelry account required)
  3. Batman Mask (two links) Pattern and Revisions/Updates
  4. Baby Ninja Turtle (Ravelry account required)
  5. Mad-Eye Moody Mask
  6. Captain America (Ravelry account required)

Crochet is so versatile. One can “sculpt” just about anything if they know a few crochet stitches and some shaping methods.

You still have time to crochet a mask as part of a Halloween costume. Get started today!

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Pumpkin Knitting Patterns

pumpkin knitting patternAutumn is here. Finally! Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp air, the autumn colors, wearing sweaters, replacing sandals with shoes and socks, sleeping with the windows cracked, hearty soups and stews, and pies – especially pumpkin pie.

Autumn is also the perfect season to knit, wear knits, and decorate with knits. Here are six pumpkin knitting patterns (four are free and the other two are priced under $5.00). There are other patterns “out there in cyberspace,” but I thought these were the best looking.

All knitted pumpkin patterns are on Ravelry (login user name and password required).

Here is a key:

  1. Autumn Pumpkin
  2. Great Pumpkin
  3. Mini Felted Pumpkin
  4. Tosca Pumpkin
  5. Halloween Pumpkins
  6. Fall Pumpkin


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Pet Barrier – Make It Yourself

If you’re like me, you love pets, but you don’t like their hair and dirt all over the house. I wanted a solution! I looked at pet barriers in specialty pet catalogs; however, I didn’t find any tall enough to keep cats secluded to an area. Cats can climb or jump over almost anything.

Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I started searching for materials that I could use to build my own pet barrier. I went to Home Depot and found everything I needed to build this 57.5″ tall x 135″ wide pet barrier.

pet barrier

If you want to build a pet barrier for your home, here is what you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape – measure the area where you want to add your barrier. Remember, you’ll want the barrier to stand on its own; the total width of the pet barrier has to be larger than the width of the area you’re covering. You want a “folding screen.”
  • Trellises – these come in varying heights, widths, and patterns. Find what will work best for your project. I wanted something the cats could not climb through or jump over. I purchased 6 trellises that had legs.
  • Jigsaw – I used the Jigsaw to cut the legs off of each trellis. The blade has to be longer than the width of the leg.
  • Screwdriver – a power screwdriver is best. The job will be completed more efficiently with a power screwdriver.
  • Hinges – I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. You want enough hinges to keep the pet barrier standing and make it easy to Hinge for Trellisfold. Also, you want hinges with at least 3 holes (for screws) on either side of the hinge. This will ensure that the hinges won’t pull away from the trellis.
  • Slideglides – I have wooden floors; therefore, I wanted something that would make it easy for me to adjust the pet barrier and protect my floor. After sawing the legs off each trellis, I added two slideglides to the bottom of each trellis panel.
  • Curtain hooks (used to hold back curtains) – I used these to hold the entire screen in place. Cats are smart. They quickly learned that they could push open the pet barrier with their noses or paws. I had to outsmart them and this solution worked. I attached the curtain hooks to wood molding. I could have attached them to the wall as well. If I had done that I would have used wallboard anchors.


Once you have all of your materials and tools, you’re ready to build your pet barrier. It’s not complicated! The most important thing for you to do is make sure you attach the hinges as I’ve illustrated below. Don’t make the mistake of putting them all on the same side.


As I said earlier, I used 3 hinges to attach one trellis to another. I concentrated the hinges more toward the center rather than putting a hinge at the bottom, one in the center, and one on top. (You can kind of see this in the image at the top.) I used the measuring tape to distribute the hinges evenly across the entire pet barrier.

Well, that’s about it! I wish you success in your effort to build a pet barrier. It’s worth the time, money, and effort – your house will be cleaner and that will give you more time to yourself.

My kitties have a kitty door to the backyard and they run in and out of their special area all day long. I’ve heard no complaints.


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Knit Sock Pattern – How to Knit Socks

Knit Sock Pattern

I finally finished my socks and the knit sock pattern I’ve been promising.

I hope my instructions will help knitters who haven’t knitted a pair of socks now get a pair underway.

In terms of comfy,
machine-knitted socks can’t compare to the feel of a hand-knitted pair.

You’ll find a list of
materials along with the instructions in the downloadable pdf. I’ve also included some pictures in the

The pattern will also be available on Ravelry if you’d like to add it to your Ravelry library.

I’ve suggested in the pattern that first time sock knitters review videos on the various stages of sock knitting before getting started. It would also be a good idea to read the pattern all the way through before beginning. You might also want to take a look at this post.

Please let me know if you come to any bumps in the road. I’ll do my best to direct you.

Download knit socks pattern



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Knitting Stitches Patterns

I’ve been looking for free knitting stitches patterns that I can work up into a pattern for a cowl. I found the following patterns which I think are very interesting. I wanted something a little out of the norm and challenging enough to hold my interest.

It’s not that I need another project. I have six going at present. I’m trying to finish up a knitted sock pattern that I want to bring public. I’ve finished one sock and I’m halfway through the other. The pattern is written and will include pictures. Be looking for it! It’s a pattern that will be perfect for advanced beginners who want to knit a pair of socks for the first time.

Also, coming soon is a triangle-shaped scarf made from sock yarn. I’m making it to match this hat. My other four projects are still in the early stages.

knitting stitches patterns

Here is your guide to the knitting stitches above:

  1. Cable and Twist Stitches
  2. Lace Knitting Stitch #35
  3. Tilting Ladder Pattern
  4. Lace Knitting Stitch #28
  5. Lace Knitting Stitch #25
  6. Bubble Wrap Stitch

I think for a cowl, I prefer #3 and #4. I do like the bubble wrap stitch though. It would be great for knitting a baby blanket.

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Crochet Socks Patterns – Free Crochet Patterns for Socks

Crochet socks patterns are difficult to find; well, let me rephrase that; attractive patterns for crochet socks are difficult to find. I’ve scoured the Internet to find FREE patterns for crochet socks that I think are pretty and practical. I found seven patterns. I hope there is at least one here that you like!

Crochet Socks
Free Patterns for Crochet Socks

Here is your guide to the crochet patterns above.

Note: you may need a Ravelry or Lionbrand login to access a few of the free patterns.

A. Polka Dot Popcorn Socks - Decorative and festive!
B. Sonny’s Socks - Very practical and okay to hide behind pants and shoes.
C. 146-39 Lisbeth – Socks in Fabel - This is a pair you’d want people to see. They’d look cute with Mary Janes.
D. Heart and Sole Socks - I bet these could be crocheted in a jiffy. Practical gift.
E. 120-37 Socks with stripes and lace pattern in Alpaca - Showy and good for everyday.
F. 120-35 Socks in Alpaca - I think this pattern would be good for an everyday wear sock.
G. Cozy Crochet Socks - Another great pair for everyday and with just the right amount of flair.

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