How to Crochet a Basket Weave

How to basket weave stitch V2

When you feel like you’re becoming a basket case, do some basket weave! If you’re stressed out and need to find something cheap, easy and relaxing to do, crochet yourself a nice basket weave afghan. The steady reliable rhythm of the pattern will calm you down and keep you from becoming a basket case. You don’t have to make a big afghan if you don’t want to. You can make yourself a nice set of place mats or whatever else you can dream up.

Why basket weave stitch?

The basket weave pattern is the most fun using my favorite stitch, double crochet. It creates a nice cozy solid fabric that’s great for afghans if you live in a cold climate. That’s how I got hooked on basket weave crochet. I needed an afghan that was pretty, fun to make and didn’t have a lot of holes or spaces for heat to escape. My basket weave afghan got so much use that I wore it out. I no longer have it, but I sure got a lot of use out of it!

These how-to instructions are for double crochet basket weave. If you don’t know how to double crochet, you can learn here. If you already know how to double crochet, you’re halfway to basket weaving! It’s that simple!

Let’s get started!

To learn the pattern, we’ll start with chain(ch) 24. Continue reading “How to Crochet a Basket Weave”

How to Crochet a Corner Square

How to Crochet a Corner SquareSquares are fun to work with and make! Really fun! There seems to be infinite variations of squares. You have granny squares, lacy squares, solid squares, tiny squares, huge squares the size of a blanket! We are going to make a corner square. Huey Lewis and the News may say it’s hip to be square, but we know it’s hip to make squares!

What you need to make a square

Also known as a crocheted mitered square, a corner square begins in its corner and works outward from there. So, don’t think you need to know anything about miter saws or math to make a square! Some scrap yarn and a comfortable hook is all you need to learn how to make a corner (mitered) square.

Of course, squares are very versatile too. You can sew small squares together into a fabric to make apparel or home goods or you can make one big square to use, as previously mentioned, a blanket! That’s one big square! In fact, if you search crochet squares on Pinterest, I’m pretty sure the results are almost infinite. Isn’t it great!

Here’s a very basic crochet square using only single crochet although you can make squares using other stitches as well. If you don’t know how to single crochet, you can learn how here. If you already know how to single crochet, grab some yarn and a crochet hook and let’s crochet! Continue reading “How to Crochet a Corner Square”

Crocheted Baby Doll Bonnet

Baby Doll Head with bonnet
Beautiful bonnet for the baby doll head!

Buried in a shallow grave for ten years or more, the baby doll head lay alone, crushed by neglect and stacks of firewood. Her baby doll body mysteriously missing, leaving only a tattered polyester onesie as proof that she was once whole and perfect.

Rescued by a lucky laborer, the disembodied baby was washed and reformed. Years of dirt scrubbed from her eyes and nostrils, her flattened head pushed back out as far as years under an oaken woodpile would allow. Aside from a body, she just seemed to need something… something crocheted.

From dirt blanket to crocheted lace

The baby doll head now enjoys the comforts of home and the luxury of lace bonnets and satiny hats.

Her latest head décor is a Victoria Rose Baby Bonnet designed by Kirsten Holloway Designs and crocheted by me. I simply adjusted my gauge to turn this FREE beautiful baby bonnet pattern into a doll bonnet. I used #10 crochet cotton and a #9 (1.25mm) steel hook. Continue reading “Crocheted Baby Doll Bonnet”

Crochet a Magic Circle

I love this century! Magic can be used freely with no fear of being burned at the stake! When I first started looking for crochet related posts online after a couple of decades away from the “craft” (stitch craft/witch craft-are they related now?) I noticed mysterious terms for certain things. For example, I was ready to begin a granny square pattern and instantly perplexed when the first round called for a “magic circle.” We’re using magic to make granny squares now! What happened to chain 4 and join to form a loop? Who cares, I want to know what a magic circle is! It sounds so mysterious! Continue reading “Crochet a Magic Circle”

How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch

Close up of bobbles

Bobbles add a nice texture to your work, much like the popcorn stitch. Bobbles are made like a cluster stitch where you hold a loop from each of a series of stitches on the hook and pull yarn through all of them at once. Except bobbles are all created within one stitch from the previous row. Clusters are created within several stitches from the previous row. Confusing? No, not at all! Continue reading “How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch”

Learn How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch

In daily life we generally try to avoid “clusters” when they refer to chaotic messes that we need to clean up. But in crochet terms, clusters are fun! When you’re working on a pattern that calls for a cluster stitch, check for any special instructions. The designer might have included instructions on how the cluster stitch is to be made for that particular item. Clusters can be made with different stitches (single crochet, double crochet, etc.) and different numbers of stitches. I’m going to show you a few clusters made with different stitches. Also, I’ve noticed that what one designer refers to as a cluster stitch, another designer might call a bobble stitch or something else entirely.  Be aware, so your result is what you expect. Or you might really end up with a big “cluster!” Continue reading “Learn How to Crochet the Cluster Stitch”

Learn to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch!

A row of popcorn and a row of double crochet
A row of Popcorn Stitches

The popcorn stitch is one way to create a fun texture within your design. It’s easy to do, especially if you’ve already had experience with double crochet (dc). If you don’t know how to double crochet, you can learn it here. There are different variations to the popcorn stitch as well. Whichever way you prefer to make it, the popcorn stitch can make your pattern pop! Sorry, I just had to say that. Let’s get started! Continue reading “Learn to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch!”

Vintage Laura Wheeler Thread Crochet Pattern

Laura Wheeler Design 933
My great-grandmother’s pattern

What did we do without the internet?

Imagine when the only way to order Laura Wheeler thread crochet patterns was through the mail! I bet there were mail order catalogs of crochet patterns back in the 1940s, but I think my great-grandmother ordered them from newspaper ads or magazine ads. I have a few of the Laura Wheeler patterns she received in the mail and the envelopes in which they were mailed. Back then it only cost a penny to mail a pattern!

crochet diagram

I was wondering how, without the internet, she found the patterns to mail away for, so I Googled Laura Wheeler patterns. Who knows, I may have asked her but don’t remember because she passed away when I was around ten years old. I do remember her crocheting though! In fact, watching her sparked my desire to learn to thread crochet. As explained on my About page, I didn’t live close enough for her to actually give me lessons.

Back to the present!

I found this blog post showing a Laura Wheeler ad in an Australian newspaper. Apparently, Laura Wheeler was an international pattern company.

I wonder if she had to wait 4-6 weeks for it to arrive like I did when I was a kid ordering some cheap toy from the back of a cereal box in the 6os.

When I did my Google search for the Laura Wheeler patterns, I found that there are lots of them for sale on eBay and other places. In fact, I’ve seen copies of this particular pattern – copy written in 1946- for sale online for $8. I’ve seen other Laura Wheeler patterns on sale for as low as $3. Is that because the supply outpaces the demand? Or is it because there is no demand?

These patterns were quite the bargain!

In addition to the crochet pattern, they explained all about checking your gauge; why it’s important, how to do it and how to correct it. Instructions and tips also came for blocking your piece once it’s finished.

check your gauge on the pattern
Check your gauge!
How to block your finished piece
Block your piece if needed.








The pattern also included illustrated instructions on how to crochet many different stitches regardless of whether the stitches are used in the pattern or not (I’m sure printing the same set of instructions on each pattern saved on print costs).

Stitch instructions
Stitch how-to

It would be interesting to know how many crocheters are still interested in these vintage patterns. I was passionate about them myself until I recently started looking at patterns online. There are so many beautiful and fun new patterns for sale and for free online. I do still love the vintage patterns, but am amazed and delighted with the talent and imagination of the modern designers too!

Crochet Along is so much fun!

As I mentioned on my About page, I’ve just recently gotten back into crochet after many years of pursuing other things. Work, school, family commitments and life in general filled my days leaving little time for crafts of any kind. But I’m back!

So many crochet options!

A lot has changed about crochet since I was previously involved in it (in the 70s, 80s and early 90s). The biggest change I’ve encountered is crochet on the internet! The internet wasn’t a common household appliance the last time I was heavily into crochet in the early 90s. At that time I thought the pharmacy down the street had a great selection of crochet magazines!

With all the great designs available on the internet (so many of them free!) I’d have to live 100 lifetimes to make everything I want to make. I’m amazed at how many talented designers there are in the world! I love admiring a design and wondering how did the designer think that up? The imagination and creativity they have is incredible!

What is a crochet along?

Another really cool thing I’ve found in the online crochet world is Crochet Along (CAL). When I first heard the term, I imagined a group of crafters all logging in at the same time, like gamers do, and crocheting together like an old-fashioned sewing circle or quilting bee. Wrong!

Maybe there are some CALs like that, but the one I recently joined (Moogly CAL 2018) doesn’t require any kind of time commitment like that. And it’s free! In fact, it doesn’t require any commitment at all. The designs are provided and it’s up to you whether you do it or not. There’s a Facebook group to join where all the conversations take place and where help and motivation is there if needed. Or if you prefer, you can remain completely anonymous and invisible like a happily crocheting ghost.

Moogly CAL is an annual CAL where individual designers provide their instructions for blocks that are sewn together at the end of the year to make an afghan. Of course, nothing is required so you’re free to use your own creativity and put the blocks together however you want or not at all. You can pick your own colors as well or use the supply list provided on It’s your to do with as you wish!

The Moogly CAL for 2018 started in January, but I just started my first block in April. Two blocks a month are released, so catching up provides an added fun challenge. I’m in the midst of making block 4, so I’m not doing too bad at catching up. So far. I’m using leftover yarn I had from a few years ago when I knitted my daughter a Dr. Who scarf for Christmas. I suppose my blocks will eventually become a Dr. Who afghan!

My first crochet along piece

Here is a photo of my completed block #1 Flower Burst designed by Jessie At Home:

Square 2 Moogly CAL 2018

The link above links to the page where this square lives. You can see a photo of Jessie At Home’s original and download the instructions for your own crochet fun! The instructions are free and very clearly written and easy to follow. I found it really fun and mentally therapeutic.


Learn to double treble crochet!

A row of double treble crochet stitches

The double treble crochet stitch is such a nice long stitch that you can use a row of it (or rows) for a nice wide base and weave some ribbon through it or a string of beads or whatever else you like. Also, it’s easy! If you already know how to treble crochet, double treble crochet is a piece of cake! But if you’ve never tried treble crochet, you can learn how out here. Much like the previous stitches we’ve learned: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet, double treble crochet is all about working off 2 loops at a time. Continue reading “Learn to double treble crochet!”