Sunday, October 14, 2018

Site On Hold

As I'm sure you've all seen, my blog hasn't had an update in over a year. Many activities in my life have prevented me from posting. I've also made a turn towards sewing as of late.

I used to be a quilter and designed several quilt patterns. The vast amount of fabric I accumulated during that time has been stowed away safely.... until recently!

I dug it all back out and dove into it looking for something to make! While I don't have interest in quilting any longer, I do still love to sew! I began a new webpage where I'm selling several useful items such as Grocery Bag Holders, Coasters, Eyeglass Cases and soon to come- Dog Collar Bandannas!

If you could be so kind as to stop by my new site and check it out! I'd love it even more if you share my site on your Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter! I'm currently working on a Facebook Page as well!

Thread Bits on Facebook

Thread Bits Gifts

 Christmas Tree Print

                     Red & Green Apple

Brown Fall Leaves

                  Horses & Horse Shoes

Just in time for Christmas, all of these items make fantastic stocking-stuffers for less than $10!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Crochet In Autumn

Fall is nearly upon us, can you believe it?! The Summer's heat has definitely got me ready for cool, crisp evenings, sweaters and hoodies and of course beautiful shades of red, yellow, green and brown! To help you get in the mood for Autumn, here are a few of my free crochet patterns!

Fall Autumn Crochet Blanket

Super easy double crochets and crochet arches in rows of brilliant color make a super easy throw or lap blanket! I really enjoyed making this blanket and might some day re-make it in a new, awesome palette!

Speaking of re-makes in new colors, remember my awesome Patriotic Placemats? Give them a try in Autumn colors! Especially for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! I went with some soft browns and yellows with just a touch of deep red.

As a special for this blog post, I've decided to make a paid pattern of mine available for FREE!

Measures 29" x 42"
Multiples of 3
Gauge is 1" 

4oz each of your favorite Fall colors! I used 5 different colors.

Ch 102
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: ch 1, turn, (sc, 2dc) in first dc, sk 2 dc, *(sc, 2 dc) in next dc, sk 2 dc, repeat from * across, sc in top of tch

Row 3: ch 1, turn, (sc, 2dc) in 1st sc (directly beneath ch 1), *sk 2 dc, (sc, 2dc) in next sc, repeat from * across, sc in top of tch

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st and in each st across (in all dc and all sc)

Repeat rows 2 through 4 for pattern to desired length.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

THT: My First Blog Post

Six years ago, tomorrow, I made my first blog post. 

I first learned how to crochet using some random colors of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, a 5mm Susan Bates hook and a DvD that today I don't recall the name of. I used my old laptop to watch this DvD; continually pausing, rewinding and replaying each segment, then sitting and just practicing and practicing and practicing. 

 At first, my stitches were so tight, I swear they were squeaking, but eventually, I did get better with stitch tension. I wasn't very good in the color-choice department back then either. The more I looked at other projects and how colors were chosen, the more I wanted to make my own palette.  I truly believe that the colors make the blanket. I have seen some blankets around the web, with what seemed like a fantastic stitch pattern, but the color choices just turned me off to the blanket entirely. There didn't seem to be any cohesion between the color layout and the stitch design.

My blog started out as And the pastel squares above were some of my first granny squares. I loved making Grannys, but like most crocheters, I loathed connecting them!

My First Blanket!

I settled on a single crochet  joining method and went from there. This blanket never got completed as I grew tired of trying to connect them just right plus it was so tedious!  I was inspired by a blanket I seen on Red Heart, and tried to make my own version. Which is how I came to designing my own- through inspiration from other patterns!

Today, it's Missed Stitches Crochet at with 23 patterns and counting! I may not put out as many patterns every week as some other "popular" sites out there, but I do the best I can because I try very hard to be as close to original as possible!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Patriotic Place Mats

Patriotic Place Mats

These place mats are so freaking easy and perfect to whip up! Decorate your table this Summer with colorful pride! Simple 3 double crochet clusters in a row is the stitch that makes these place mats.

Patriotic Place Mats

I used Hobby Lobby 'I Love This Yarn' in Red, Royal and White. Then for the simple single crochet and double crochet border, I used 'Old Glory'. I think they turned out absolutely awesome!

Patriotic Place Mats

These fantastic place mats will look good in any color combination you choose!

Finished Size: 12" x 18 1/2" (incl borders)
Hook Size: H8/5mm
Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" works great!
Gauge: one 3dc-cluster is just over 1/2 an inch

ch 60

1) sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, repeat across

2) ch 3, turn, *3-dc-cluster in next ch1sp, ch 1, repeat across

3) ch 1, turn, sc in 1st ch1sp, *ch 1, sc in next ch1sp, repeat across

4) ch 3, turn, *3-dc-cluster in next ch1sp, ch 1, repeat across

Change color as you like, however be sure each color is a combination of row 3 and 4.

Special Stitch: 3-dc-cluster
yarn over, insert hook in next ch1sp, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over again and draw through only 2 loops on the hook. Repeat 2 more times using the same ch1sp then yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Joyful Easter: A Lovey Crochet Blanket Pattern

This blanket of yummy Easter colors- purple, blue, pink and yellow- was inspired by the midwife blanket. I admire filet crochet and when I found this stitch I knew I wanted to make something that would POP!

The pattern is SUPER easy, very ideal for the beginner crocheter. It's a multiple of 14 plus 17. However, the way I worked mine up with an even amount of double crochets on the ends to make the filet repeats centered, may not be the way yours works up.

Hook: 5mm/H8
Multiples: 14 + 17 (with variant)
My Finished Size: 30" x 36"
Gauge: 4in
Materials: One skein each of 4 colors of your choice.
Special Stitches: V-stitch= [dc, ch 1, dc] all in same stitch
                            Shell= [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] all in same stitch

ch 101
1) dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across

2) ch 2, turn, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk next 3 dc, V-stitch in next dc, ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in each of next 7 dc, repeat from * across to last 10 sts- ch 2, sk next 3 dc, V-stitch in next dc, ch 2, sk next 3 dc, dc in each of 3 remaining dc and in tch

3) ch 2, turn, dc in eac of next 3 dc, *shell in ch1sp of V-stitch, dc in next 7 dc, repeat from * across- dc in each of last 3 dc and tch

4) ch 2, turn, dc in each of next 3 dc, *ch 2, V-stitch in ch 1 of shell, dc in each of next 7 dc, repeat from * across- dc in last 3 dc and in tch

5) ch 2, turn, dc in next 3 dc, *2 dc in ch2sp, dc in 1st dc of V-stitch, 2 dc in ch2sp, dc in 2nd dc of V-stitch, dc in each of next 7 dc, repeat from * across- dc in remaining 3 dc and tch

Repeat rows 1 through 5 until the blanket is your desired length.

I did an even amount of single crochets around the edges, trying to keep it at a multiple of 6 so I could add a shell border.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Own Four Corner Virus Poncho

I jumped on the bandwagon (late) and made a few Crochet Virus Shawls. I really enjoyed making them and the way the stitches worked up. It's like a new twist on a granny square! I had used Caron Simply Soft for the shawls because of how light and soft that yarn is.

Then I found a YouTube video on how to make a Virus Poncho - the Four Corner Virus Poncho by Joanna Martinez
For my poncho, I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Medium Blue, Soft Blue and Greybeard.

I followed the video and wrote down every step (because it's easier for me to follow a written pattern). I enjoyed this so much that I'll be making more Four Corner Virus Ponchos as gifts for friends and family! I'm also considering hopping over to the "Messy Bun Hat" bandwagon and make one to match my poncho!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Crochet Hanging

Want something quick and easy to whip up for the holiday season? How about a crochet hanging for your door or wall?

I used the Corner To Corner crochet stitch to make my hanging. Most projects made with C2C are square. To make it a rectangle, simply decrease on only one side once you get to the width you'd like it to be. Continue to increase on the other side to make the project longer and then once you feel it's long enough, begin decreasing on that side too until it's complete.

I wanted to add many festive appliques to the hanging but I could not settle on a snowflake or santa face that I liked. I really looked and looked and I just didn't like any of them enough. So, I settled on a snowman.

With the hanging being in Christmas stripes, you can put whatever appliques you would like!


6oz each of red, green and white worsted weight yarn
5mm/H8 crochet hook

Finished piece measures whatever you prefer! Mine is 20" x 26". Stop by the Facebook group and share your photos of this project!!