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Friday, February 7, 2014

Crochet Geek : Yarn Giveaway - February

Crochet Geek : Yarn Giveaway - February: Time for another giveaway  This is not a product placement or sponsorship and is something I am doing on my own. 4 skeins of Loops a...

Small Turtle Dishcloth Pattern



This is the pattern for the small turtle dishcloth. It can also be used as a coaster.
100% Cotton Yarn (2 colors)
Tan variegated for center, Sage green for outside edge and feet.
Size G crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Stitch Markers (5 orange, 4 teal)
Ch=chain, sc= single crochet, slst= slip stitch, TP= Triple Picot, sc2tog= single crochet 2 together,  st(s) = stitch(es), Rnd = round,  TN=Tapestry Needle, SM=Stitch Markers
Special instructions:
Piece is worked in rounds, join each round with a slip stitch.
I used 2 different color stitch markers to mark head & tail, and feet. I used 3 orange markers for the head, 2 orange markers for the tail, and 4 teal markers for the feet
Feet are made asymmetrical to give the illusion that the turtle is walking.
Special Stitches:
Triple Picot:
Ch 3, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, ch 2 slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in same as 1st sc, ch 2 slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in same as 1st sc.
This will make 1 foot with 3 toes.
With tan variegated
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slst (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, 2 sc in each st around, join. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st*, * to * 6 times, join. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat * to * 6 times, join. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next, sc in next 3 sts* repeat *to * 6 times, join (30 sts)
Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* repeat *to* 6 times, join (36 sts)
Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts* repeat *to* 6 times, join (42 sts)
finish off center, sew in ends with TN
Place orange SM in joining slst and 1 on each side (3 SM to mark head)
Starting at marker to the left, count 21 sts, place SM in 21st st.
Starting at marker to the right, count 21 sts, place SM in 21st st.
You should have 2 orange markers next to each other to mark the tail (see illustration above)
Count 5 sts on both sides of head, place teal SM in 5th st on each side to mark front feet
Count 6 sts on either sde of the tail, place teal SM in 6th st on each side to mark back feet
Rnd 8: Join 2nd color 2 sts to the right of head markers, sc in same as joining st and sc in next 9 sts. (be sure to move SM for head up to this row)
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (1st foot)
sc in next 7 sts
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (2nd foot)
sc in next 4 sts
sc in next st, ch 3, sl st in next 2 chs, sc in next st (tail)
sc in next 5 sts,
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (3rd foot)
sc in next 7 sts
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (4th foot)
sc in next 2 sts, join with slst to 1st sc
Slst in next st, ch 1 sc in next 3 sts, slst in next st, ch1, turn (5 sts)
Slst, sc, sc, slst, ch1,  turn (4 sts)
sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, turn (2 sts)
sc2tog, (1 st)
finish, sew in ends with TN
This pattern has not been tested by anyone other than myself. Any mistakes or any problems, please let me know so I can fix them.
I hope you enjoy this pattern.

Happy Hooking!

Wow, It's been entirely too long!!

Hello out there.
I realized that it has been entirely too long since I've posted to my blog. Almost 10 months! My little bubba will be a year old next month!
I've been taking a look at where I want Crochet by LadyDay to go. What goals do I have for my blog, my Etsy shop, my Facebook page and my twitter account. And, let's not forget Google+.

After talking to some people, and getting a little nudge from a new friend (Apollonia), I've decided not to give up on the blog. I will not be posting every day, I will post once or twice a week. This way I feel like I have something to say, something to catch everyone up on. I am also going to reorganize the format.

I will have blog pages (Obviously), a photo gallery, and I am going to try to post as many new patterns of my own design as possible. The patterns will be a separate section. Along with patterns, I will also post my work in progress. Whether it's my original design or another pattern that I am working on.

If anyone has any ideas on different sections for my blog, or any suggestions or criticisms (please be polite with critiques) I can handle negative reviews as long as they are given with tact.

Since my last post, many things have happened in my life. As I said, my grandson was born last March. He is almost 11 months old, and he is just about walking. I kind of have this feeling that my daughter hasn't told me that he's walking because I am going down to see them this weekend and she may surprise me. She sends me photos and videos almost everyday and I try to get down to see him at lease once a month for a few days. We live about 100 miles away from them. This is difficult because I want to spend as much time with him as possible, but I also love the laid back atmosphere of living in a small town in the mountains. It seems to work OK this way, at least I get to spend quality time with him when I go down.

My husband, who is 54 years old, had a heart attack with quadruple by-pass surgery in 2007. This year he has been having a lot of problems. He has been in the hospital several times for chest pain, extremely high blood pressure and other cardiac and respiratory issues. He gave me a few good scares. Unfortunately, this also means he misses a lot of work d that reflects in his pay check. It's already tight enough with me being on disability, but with him missing work, it is really getting tight.
We have both had issues with our backs, in particular, sciatica. I've had several intra muscular injections that held me over until I could get an epidural and that helped me tremendously. Now he has been in excruciating pain, some days he can barely walk and when he tries, the pain drops him to his knees. Of course, he is stubborn and I've been trying to get him to go to the emergency room to get the Intramuscular injection until his doctor figures out how she wants to handle it, but it's like leading a horse to water. You just can't make him drink! I'm, going to pull out the big guns and call his doctor myself today!

My youngest son just turned 16 on Feb. 5th. He is bugging the heck out of me to take him to get his learners permit. I am going to try to take him on Saturday, if not, then after school on Monday or Tuesday. If anyone lives in Northeaster Pennsylvania, you may want to pay extra attention on the roads for a while! lol. He is a good kid. He is a Boy Scout, and he will achieve the highest rank in Scouting by the spring. He will get his Eagle. He has worked really hard over the years to stay on top of advancing in rank and earning the necessary merit badges. He also completed an incredible Eagle project. For those of you who are not familiar, Scouts have to do a large project that will benefit the community as a whole. He did a large project that really helped the local reservoir and dam. I will post more about that in deatail another time.

So, as you can see, there have been many things in my life, good and bad that I've had to deal with. I am going to separate my blog into sections and post in the appropriate section as I go.

It's good to be back. Please pass on the word about Crochet by LadyDay. I will do the same for you.

Happy Hooking!!