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Cold Weather Wristies ~ Free Pattern

A WordPress Exclusive Free Pattern!

The cold weather is pretty much here in SE Michigan and I’ve already started wearing my winter coat and gloves. The one problem that I have, and it happens every year, is cold wrists. That ever present gap between the end of the glove and beginning of the sleeve of my coat. I try to pull the sleeve over the bottom of my gloves, but as soon as I have to move, my wrists end up becoming exposed again. In the past I have tried to squeeze my long fingerless mitts into my gloves, but it’s a tight fit and not very comfortable and the mitts are not large enough to be put on over the gloves.

Last night I decided to make just a pair of simple longish wrist warmers that start at my wrist and covers to just up under the sleeve of my coat and they work wonderfully!

For this pattern, I used the Foundation Half Double Crochet as the foundation and the 1st round combined. If you are not familiar with it, there is a wonderful tutorial over at Moogly with both a video and written/photo tutorials. I also use the 3rd loop half double crochet stitch, where there is another great tutorial over at Moogly also, if this is a new technique for you.

This is a very simple and quick to stitch pattern. I have written it for about a 7-7 1/2 inch circumference (slightly stretched) and it measures about 5 inches long, but you should be able to customize it fairly easily by adding or subtracting stitches in the first row before joining to work in the round for a larger or smaller circumference and you can also make it any length you would like.

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One Size  7 – 7-1/2 in. circ. slightly stretched, 5 in. long


4.50mm hook
Any 4/Worsted Weight yarn

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)


7hdc and 6 rows in half double crochet


Note: This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear. Thanks



Do not turn at the end of the rounds. The beginning ch 1 of every row does not count as a stitch.

Foundation and Rnd 1: 25 fhdc, join with slst in 1 st made.

Rnd 2 – 10: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop in the back of the same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of 1st hdc of round. (25 3rd loop hdc)

Rnd 11 -15: Ch 1, hdc in same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of the 1st hdc of round. (25 hdc)

Finish off, weave in ends

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New Pattern for Purchase!

It’s called Faerie Magic! Other than that, I’m not sure what to really call this. A cowl? Poncho? Hood? or even a Skirt? How about all 4 in 1!

Very quick and easy to make, using a 6.50 mm hook and a couple of skeins of the Red Heard Boutique Magical Yarn, this accessory can be finished in just a day or 2!

It comes written for 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.

Purchase it HERE, on RAVELRY, or CRAFTSY for $2.50.


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Knitsy Issue #25


Remember when I said I had some exciting news to share? Well, now is the time to share!

I have my very first published pattern! I was contacted by the editor of Knitsy Magazine last month asking to feature my Dragon Scale Head Kerchief in the next issue of their magazine and here it is ready for download! You can read the issue online and download individual patterns, or download the entire issue onto your iPhone!

You can see it here online: Knitsy Issue #25 at mycraftacademy

or here at the App Store: Knitsy App


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The Issue now costs $3.99 to purchase, it was free for the first month after it was initially published, but you can still get my Dragon Scale Head Kerchief Pattern for FREE here on my WordPress Page! The Issue is still worth purchasing for all of the other wonderful crochet and knit patterns it has!


New Patterns now for Purchase

I now have the Daughter of Dragons Shrug and the Plus Sizes pattern for the Dragon Scale Shrug up and ready for purchase.

Daughter of Dragons Shrug can be found HERE, on Ravelry, and on Craftsy

Dragon Scale Shrug Plus Sizes can be found HERE, on Ravelry, and on Craftsy

Both for $5.00 each


Dragon Scale Shrug


In other news, I am back to working on the shawl eBook. This is my first, so I’m not sure when I will be finished with it yet. Also, my exciting news! Not gonna say yet, but I should be making my announcement at the end of this month/beginning of October, So stay tuned!

A (Not So) Quick Note

Exciting things are happening here!

The actual main reason I am posting, is that very soon I will be making a very exciting announcement! Don’t want to spoil it right now, but it should be within a couple of weeks, so keep checking back! (Hint: It has something to do with one of my patterns!)

I’m still working on the eBook idea, and I took a bit of a break to “throw together” the Spiderweb Skirt by Josi Hannon Madera for my garb for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I finished it in just a bit less than a week. It makes a wonderful underskirt for the Ren Faire garb, especially if the over-skirt is lifted a bit in the front.

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I had made the Spiderweb Skirt about 5 years ago in cotton worsted, but I didn’t think about how much cotton will relax and “stretch” with wear, so the skirt ended up being too long, so I made ties to hitch up the front to keep my feet from getting caught in the web lace. It’s still cool though, because then the back kind of drags like a train and it makes a fun underskirt for faire garb. It’s my fault though, I added 4 more rows for length when I just should have stopped at the written row count, taking the cotton fiber in consideration, making it in acrylic I added 3 more rows for length and it falls just to my ankle which is what I wanted. I love the feel of the cotton, though, after washing and wearing so much it gets really soft. When we went on opening day, I wore the cotton skirt, with my Hooded Dragon Scale Shrug, and a Dragon Shawl by Collette A. Perry around my waist. I received many positive comments about my shrug all day. I also crocheted the hat I’m wearing in the first pic. It’s made in size 10 cotton in a lacy pattern.

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I’m making one more Spiderweb Skirt in Midknight Blue and it’s almost finished. The skirt looks wonderful alone too, I like to wear tights or leggings under it. Very fun to wear! I really recommend this pattern, it’s a lot of fun to make and simple too.




Checking In

Yes, I’m still around. I apologize that I have been so silent lately, so much has been going on with life in general and I’m not one to blog about my personal life very much, unless crochet is involved somehow, anyway. I know I have talked about a new hat pattern in my previous posts, and I do plan on getting that up for sale, as soon as I am able to get decent photos of the finished hats. I finally got a mannequin head for hat photos, so hopefully soon.

I did have a bit of a creative dry spell after the hats were finished, but my creative muse has recently come back with an idea for a pattern eBook. It will be patterns for shawls, wraps, and possibly a capelet or 2.

(I do have bit of a personal update under the “read more” at the bottom of this post.)

This will most likely be the only time you will see me write so much about any of my personal life. I will most likely stick to my crochet talk and new upcoming patterns in future posts. I am very excited about the eBook project. I already have a wrap, 2 different triangle shawls, and a hooded capelet, all waiting to be written up. The hat pattern is already written, just waiting for photos and some minor editing done.



Just a Quick Update

Wow! It’s been busy around here, with 2 daughters graduating, and a son finishing up his sophomore year in high school! My Step-Daughter had just graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, the commencement ceremony was on Memorial Day. It was very exciting, First Lady Michelle Obama was there and spoke to the graduating class, also the commencement address was by Marian Wright Edelman, who is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund! This coming Sunday, May 31, is my Daughters commencement. She is graduating from high school, and will be attending a local Community College in the fall. My eldest son just finished a month of Physical Therapy last week and is doing well. His PCP is very happy with his continued progress though all of his health challenges. We are so very proud of both of our girls, and both of our boys, and all of their achievements! Love and Congrats to them all! ❤

Through all of this, I still crocheted, taking it wherever I go. I even crocheted on the 2-1/2 hour car trip down to Oberlin, Ohio for the commencement. I have finished crocheting the various versions of the “Winter into Summer Hat”, now renamed “A Hat for All Seasons Peasant Hat”. I have a pattern written up, but still need to get photos of the hats. After the photos are taken, and last minute proof-reading and editing, if needed, then I will be putting the pattern up for purchase. Right now I am working on another hat, similar in shape to the “AHfAS” Peasant Hat, but much more lacy, worked up in size 10 cotton, and it will definitely be something for summer. If it doesn’t work out as a hat, it’ll be a very pretty doily instead 😉