Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Etsy Shop

Welcome to my Blog.  I have been working hard on some new items to add to my creations.  I love to crochet, I crochet almost all the time, I stop to eat and spend time with my family, but them I am hooked up again... lol.  I hope you enjoy my little creations.  If you have any questions or comments, please visit my Etsy shop at 

  All of my items are made by me in my clean smoke free home. 

Hand crocheted Mushroom Cap, Fun Accessory for any age. For sale now In My Etsy Shop

Hand Crocheted Flower Appliques Made with 100% cotton yarn in Green and Yellow.  Great Accessory!

Hand Crochet Pink Rose with button.  Size is 4 inches across, made with 100%cotton yarn

Hand Crocheted Flower Appliques, made with 100% cotton yarn, Great Accessory!

Newborn/Reborn Doll Dress with headband and booties.

 This is a beautiful hand crocheted Sleeveless Sundress size 12 to 18 months.  This dress was made with Ultra soft acrylic baby yarn.  It has a hand crocheted bow and tie attached to the front of the dress, tie can be adjusted to size. 

This is one of my favorites, Hand crocheted baby layette gift set, size newborn to 3 months.  This set was made with Ultra soft Baby sport acrylic yarn and comes in sizes newborn to 3 months.  Also, comes in pink and blue.  This set can be custom ordered through my Etsy shop.

This is another favorite of mine, hand crocheted Elephant Bath Mittens, made with 100% cotton yarn.  These are fun for any age.

Hand crocheted Baby beanie size 3 to 12 months.  This beautiful beanie is made with blue 100% cotton and a hand crocheted flower attached to the front of the beanie.  This hat would make a perfect gift. 

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Hand crocheted toddler Poncho size 12 to 18 months.
On Sale now at etsy 

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This cutie is a small and delicate little Giraffe, made with 100% cotton in banana yellow and orange.  He is approx. 5 1/2 inches high and would be perfect for any little one in the family.  for sale now

My favorite, just created him one sunday night, I love pirates and I love bunnies, so I made a pirate bunny.  he is about 7 inches high and for sale now at my etsy
Newborn/reborn doll baby booties and headband, hand crocheted with acrylic yarn and has hand crocheted flowers with button accents. for sale with dress at
My computer desk buddy, I love this little bunny He makes me so happy!!

My newest creations, Little Turdie <3  I made this one for my lovely daughter as a thank you for volunteering her services as my hat model (shown above).  I love you sweetie.  Making more Little Turdie's to share soon
Little Turdie 2, hand crocheted in 100%cotton yarn, in taupe, cream and hunter green with a burgandy flower.  He is just too cute for sale now at

Stay tuned for more added items, adding new items all the time.  Thank you for visiting, if you have any questions about any of my items please feel free to email me at

Please visit my Etsy shop at

Have a Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to crochet a beaded medallian

I love to use this pattern for my necklaces.  You can use any kind of chain you desire, or crochet a simple single crochet chain and attach the jump rings and lobster clasp (for closing the necklace)

  • Size 10 crochet thread in desired color
  • Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook
  • Sewing thread to match crochet thread
  • 10 small pearls or beads
  • Beading needle
  • At least 16-inch length of chain
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster clasp (for closing the necklace)
  • Glass button (optional)
  • Straight-nosed pliers and wire cutters

Gather your materials.
Begin by threading 10 pearls or beads onto your crochet thread.

If your beads don't have holes large enough for the crochet thread to pass through, use a beading needle to thread them onto sewing thread that matches your crochet thread. You'll hold the sewing and crochet thread together when you get to the beading round (round 4).

Crochet the motif according to the pattern below. Before beginning round 4, grab the beaded thread (if using) and hold it together with the yarn. Turn the work before you start round 4, since the beads will fall to the back of the stitch (the right side of the medallion).
Medallion Pattern
(Note: This pattern uses standard crochet abbreviations For an explanation of "bdc" [beaded double crochet], see the photo in the next step.)

Ch 4, join with a sl st to form ring.
Round 1 (RS): Ch 2, 10 hdc in ring, join with a sl st to first hdc—10 hdc.
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to first hdc—20 hdc.
Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), *sk next hdc, (dc, ch 3) in next dc; rep from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning chain, TURN—10 dc, 10 ch-3 sps.
Round 4 (WS): Sl st to ch-3 sp, (ch 2, bdc, ch 2, sl st) in same ch-3 sp, (sl st, ch 2, bdc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-3 sp around; join with a sl st in first ch-2—10 "petals."

Weave in the ends. Sew an antique glass or pearl button to the center, if desired.

To make a beaded double crochet: yarn over, insert hook through ch-3 space, and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. Slide one bead up to the back of your crochet hook, yarn over, and draw through the remaining 2 loops on your hook.
Once you've completed the motif, fasten off and weave in the ends. Sew an antique glass button to the center of the motif, if desired. You might also want to block or starch the motif.

For Standard Abbreviations see located at the bottom of the page.

Thank you, If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Crochet Thread Information

Crochet Thread Information.  This has always been a confusing issue for me.  I found this article that explains it all.  I hope this is useful for you.
Thread Terminology


Thread has undergone a process making it stronger and giving it a luster.


The color will not run or fade in hot water.


The number of units or cords that have been twisted together to make a single strand. The weight will signify the thickness of the strand, such as #10 to #70 or even #100. The larger the number the finer the thread.

Thread Varieties

Knit Cro-Sheen

Generally a 4 ply tightly twisted thread. It's about a size 10 or a bit larger. Has been widely interchanged for size 10 threads. Some suggestions for usage are shawls, blouses, dresses, bedspreads, curtains and lace trims.

Metallic Knit Cro-Sheen

A 4 ply thread with one strand of mylar. It does offer quite a variety of colors, such as white and gold, gold on gold, green and red, white and red, white and silver etc. It's great for thread ornaments, doilies, sweaters, blouses and fashion accessories.

Speed Cro-Sheen

An 8 ply, firmly twisted thread, about a size 3. It's great for bedspreads, tablecloths, placemats and fashion accessories.

Bedspread Weight Cotton

Is a 4 ply, very firmly twisted thread. It's commonly called a size 10 thread. It's excellent for bedpsreads, tablecloths, place mats, trims and doilies. For most of my patterns I use a size 10 thread.

Perle Cotton

A 2 ply, loosely twisted cotton thread with a very high sheen. It is comparable to a size 5 thread. It's great for vests, blouses, trim and flowers.

Tatting-Crochet Cotton

A 3-ply, firmly twisted size 70 thread (can also be finer). It's great for trims, laces, tatted doilies, and the like.


A 4-ply stubbed novelty that is loosely twisted and soft. It's an excellent source for making dresses and sweaters and other clothing accessories.

Six Cord Cotton

A 6 ply, very hard thread that comes in size 20, 30 for tableclothes, trim and lace.

Three Cord Cotton

Widely used for tablecloth, trim and lace. Should be available in 10, 20, and 30 weight. It's a 3 ply , firmly twisted fiber.


A sport weight yarn, that is excellent for vests, blouses, doilies, and the like. It comes in a variety of colors and is comparable to a size 3 or sport weight fiber.

Thread Brands

Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread

3 ply, size 10 bedspread weight, 100% mercerized cotton.

Aunt Lydia's Denim Crochet Thread

75% cotton and 25% acrylic.

Cebelia Crochet Cotton

An excellent quality, 3 cord, mercerized 100% cotton thread.

Coats Big Ball

3 ply 100% mercerized cotton thread.


A superior quality, six-cord, mercerized, 100% cotton thread.

DMC Baroque Crochet Cotton

A bedspread weight 100% cotton thread with a soft sheen.

DMC Traditions Crochet Cotton

An excellent quality 100% cotton, Size 10 crochet thread.

Grandma´s Best

100% mercerized cotton thread, bedspread weight, 3-ply.

J & P Coats

Mercerized 100% cotton thread.

Nicola Crochet Thread

  • Mercerized crochet cotton.

    Opera Crochet Cotton

    An excellent premium quality crochet cotton, 3-ply, tightly-twisted 100% cotton thread.

    Optima Crochet Thread

    Mercerized thread.

    Regina Crochet

    100% Egyptian cotton mercerized.

    South Maid Crochet Cotton

    100% mercerized for added strength and softness.

    Crochet Abbreviations Master List

    Following is a list of crochet abbreviations used in patterns by yarn industry designers and publishers. The most commonly used abbreviations are highlighted. In addition, designers and publishers may use special abbreviations in a pattern, which you might not find on this list. Generally, a definition of special abbreviations is given at the beginning of a book or pattern.
    AbbreviationDescription AbbreviationDescription
    [ ]
    work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
    FPdcfront post double crochet
    ( )
    work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
    FPscfront post single crochet
    repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
    FPtrfront post treble crochet
    * *
    repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
    half double crochet
    main color
    back loop(s)
    back post
    back post double crochet
    or patt
    back post single crochet
    back post treble crochet
    place marker
    color A
    color B
    contrasting color
    chain stitch
    efers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space
    right side
    chain spac
    single crochet
    single crochet 2 stitches together
    Sl st
    slip sitich
    double crochet
    double crochet 2 stitches together
    or t-ch
    turning chain
    double treble
    through back loop
    front loop(s)
    treble crochet
    front post
    triple treble crochet
    wrong side
    yarn over
    yarn over hook

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Free pattern for fingerless gloves

    Totally Love this pattern:  Can't wait to make these :)

    Crocheted Lacy Fingerless Gloves Created by
    Christie Pruitt
    I found this great pattern on from one of the members, I just adore. I really enjoy her creativity and wanted to share her free pattern for Lacy Fingerless gloves.  For more information on Christie Pruitt please visit her on Ravelry, free to join for all crochet and knitting lovers alike: 


    March 2008

    Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)

    6 stitches and 3 rows = 1 inch in worked over lace pattern

    3.5 mm (E)

    200 - 210 yards (183 - 192 m)

    Should fit a woman's size Small/Medium

    Ch 37
    Row 1 (Right Side): Dc in fifth ch from hook, *skip next 3 chs, 5 dc in
    next ch, skip next 3 chs, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, repeat from *
    Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, skip next
    3 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, * 5 dc in next ch 1 sp, skip next 3 dc,
    (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, repeat from * across to last sp, 3 dc in last
    Row 3: Ch 4, turn, dc in first dc, * 5 dc in next ch 1 sp, skip next 3 dc,
    (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, repeat from * across.
    Repeat Rows 2 & 3 seven times or until desired length, ending after
    Row 2.
    Do not cut yarn. Work a Crab Stitch (reverse crochet) across the top.
    Work sc all around both sides and bottom of piece.

    With Right Sides Together, slip stitch along side of glove for about 1",
    leave about a 1

    ½" opening for thumb. When seaming is complete,

    tuck in ends!
    Work the 2nd glove the same way

    I am going to try this pattern this weekend, and share it with Christie and everyone on my blog.  Please feel free to crochet along with me.

    For Download of this pattern in PDF Crocheted Lacy Fingerless Gloves

    Hand Crocheted Lacy fingerless gloves created by Christie Pruitt


    Beginners Crochet, Video Tutorials

      I learned the basic beginners crochet from my Grandmother, when i was just 10 years old.  It was very weird at first, but when i got the hang of it, I really learned to love it.  I used to make just scarves and dishclothes in the beginning and have now moved up to making hats, dresses, tops, afghans, botties, purses and so much more.. the list just goes on.  These Videos are great for teaching children to crochet as well.

     I found this great youtube video for beginner crochet, I think Naztazia did an excellent job at explaining crochet, I hope you enjoy here videos.

    In partnership with - this video is the first of a two-part series designed for the absolute beginner of crochet - as well as crocheters who want to review basic concepts. Topics covered include holding the hook & yarn, chain, single crochet, turning your work and finishing the project. Viewers will also learn how to create an easy dishcloth with this video. For more free crochet patterns, tips and tutorials, please go to And stop by Donna's website and say hi at:


    How to crochet Part 1

    How to crochet Part 2

    I hope you find these videos as usefull as I did

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    The History of Crochet


    vintage crochet beaded bag
    Detail of crocheted
    doily,  Sweden
    The exact origin and date of crochet is in great doubt. Some believe it goes back to before the time of Christ, but there is no record of this form of needle art before the 1800's and it was not until the 1840's that written instructions began to be published. Crochet has been handed down from generation to generation through family and friends and from what I understand in the early years, without written patterns. It was very common to work directly from a picture of the finished work or from a sample of crochet. Have you ever tried to crochet a pattern from the 1800 or 1900's and found that most of the directions seem to be missing? Needlework was taught to the young women in school from the early 1800's through the early 1900's. The women of that time knew what the publishers meant because they were all too familiar with crochet instructions from their needlework classes. Thus, publishers didn't think they needed to put all that extraneous stuff in the written instructions. Have you ever wondered why most crocheters hold their hook like a pencil? At that time it was thought that it gave the lines of the hand a more feminine and graceful look. Now they are discovering that if you hold your hook in the palm of the hand it cuts down on carpal tunnel problems.
    Did you know that if the piece being crocheted was not worked in the round in other words worked from row to row, that at the end of each row the thread was broken and retied to the beginning of the row? The backs of the stitches were never meant to be seen and were viewed as crude. In some of the old Victorian patterns you might find directions that tell you to work one pattern using loose crochet and another pattern using tight crochet. Now days all patterns come with a specific tension requirement and are largely dependent upon the crochet hook if done properly. Stitches in that time were generally crocheted into the back loop of the stitch. It was a method that was taken for granted during that time period. Now it is the accepted practice to crochet a stitch using the front and the back loop of each stitch.
    Crochet began as a cottage industry in Ireland with a lace called Irish crochet or guipure lace. In the mid 1800's it became a large industry because of the need of the people to supplement their income due to the great potato famine of that time. It has been suggested that four Irish nuns who were trained in a French convent introduced crochet to Ireland. It was a common practice in that time for each person to become skilled in making one thing and one thing only, such as a leaf or a flower. Another person would then crochet the different motifs together using a background stitch. If you have ever tried to crochet an Irish crochet pattern you can understand why it becomes such a difficult and tedious a project. The people who crocheted the Irish laces were truly masters of their craft. They didn't have radio, television, or even access to very many books during this time in history. This contributed to their ability and desire to focus on such an intricate and elaborate art and create such finely detailed work.
    It is still a cottage industry in some countries such as India, Greece, Italy, and some Asian countries.
    For a more detailed history please read "Crochet History & Technique" by Lis Paludan.
    It is a fabulous book. I recommend it highly.

    Steel Crochet Hooks

    Crochet Hook Comparison Chart

    Crochet hook sizes differ depending on country, the brand of hook
    and even can depend on the age of the pattern.

    Crochet Hook Conversion Chart
    Metric USA UK
    2.00 mm - 14
    2.25 mm 1 / B 13
    2.50 mm - 12
    2.75 mm C 11
    3.00 mm - 11
    3.25 mm D 10
    3.50 mm 4 / E 9
    3.75 mm F -
    4.00 mm 6 8
    4.25 mm G -
    4.50 mm 7 7
    5.00 mm 8 / H 6
    5.50 mm 9 / I 5
    6.00 mm 10 / J 4
    6.50 mm 10 1/2 / K 3
    7.00 mm - 2
    8.00 mm - 0
    9.00 mm 15 / N 00
    10.00 mm P 000
    15.75 mm or 16mm Q -
    Steel Hook Chart (thread hooks)
    Metric USA UK
    .6 mm 14 6
    .75 mm 13 -
    .70 mm 12 5
    .8 mm 11 -
    1 mm 10 4
    1.15 mm 9 -
    1.25 mm 8 3
    1.50 mm 7 2.5
    1.6 mm 6 -
    1.7 mm 5 -
    1.75 mm 4 2
    1.85 mm 3 -
    1.95 mm 2 -
    2 mm 1 1
    2.25 mm 0 00
    3 mm 00 -

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    how to make a Pom Pom

    Pom Poms are fun and Easy to make all you need is some yarn and scissors. Follow these four easy steps to complete your Pom Pom, to make a smaller pom pom use two fingers instead of three.

    Step 1. Wrap your yarn around three fingers about 100 times

    Step 2:  Slide Bundle of yarn off your hand, be careful to keep bundle in the same postition

    Step 3.  With the same color of yarn, about 5 inches in length, tie bundle tightly together in the middle

    Step 4:  Cut all the loops on the bundle, then trim it to shape

    I hope this helps for making a pom pom with yarn.  To make a fuller pom pom wrap more yarn around your fingers.  Pom Poms make great accessories for hats and baby items. 

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Newborn to 3 months baby blue cardigan and by jgcrochetcreations

    Newborn to 3 months baby blue cardigan and hat by jgcrochetcreations

    Check out my newest item on Etsy... Very cute baby blue Cardigan and hat with pom pom.  this set would make a perfect baby shower gift.  Made with Ultra soft Baby yarn, has one large button, securely attatched to front of cardigan. 

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Some of my favorite links for free crochet patterns

    If your looking for some excellent sites for beginners crochet patterns or just looking for some new patterns.. I have created a list of some of my favorite sites with a full range of Free crochet patterns.. Enjoy

    One of the best places to find any crochet pattern you need:  Crochet Pattern Central visit site:

    For wonderful selections of Baby, infant and toddler patterns try Annies Attic ( Highly Recommend)

    I use this site a lot for free crochet patterns, many are up to date and you can find lots of great gift ideas

    If you know of any other Free crochet pattern sites, please let me know and i can add it to my list.
    Thank you
    Jennifer C.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    SPRING SALE.. save 10% on any item from my etsy shop

    Spring Sale... Save 10% on any of my handmade shop items on just put SPRINGSALE2011 at checkout for your immediate savings..

    I Crochet. I love it! I have made baby clothes and accessories for family and friends for many years, I have just recently started working on my Etsy shop. If you are interested in any of my items, they are for sale now at