Two weeks in three trips = four scarves

Living in Minnesota, the thought of hopping a plane on the weekend to go someplace warm is very inviting.  This year, I planned two trips to get away to warmer weather.  These trips, one to Clearwater Beach, Florida and one the San Francisco, were on two consecutive weekends.  Then a few days after the planned second trip, I had to make an unexpected trip to Houston.  So, that meant that in fifteen days I had three trips, including seven flights (totaling almost 2,000 miles) and numerous hours in airplanes and airports.

For me, this was a bit more travel than I would prefer.  To pass the time, I brought along some knitting and crocheting.  As a result, I was able to completed four scarves to donate.

Scarf One – Queen Anne’s Lace Crochet Scarf


Trip One – Clearwater Beach, Florida

Scarf Two – Eyelash Yarn Knit Scarf


Trip Two – San Francisco

Scarf Three – Cashmere Knit Scarf


Trip Three – Houston



Scarf Four – Varigated Yarn Knit Scarf


I am looking forward to a few weeks with no need to travel!

Crocodile Flower Crochet Pillow with Crocheted Daisies on the back.

Every bed runner needs a nice decorative pillow to complement the design. Usually, for me, this means making a pieced and quilted pillow to match.  This time, however, I thought it would be nice to try something different.  So, I settled on
crocheting a pillow.
The nice thing about crochet is that I can take it with me to work or when running errands.  That way if I am stuck waiting, I can work on my project.IMG_2119
When I first learned the crocodile stitch (February 9, 2016 posting) , I really liked the way it looked.  And, this stitch seemed to me that it would match my daisy runner very well. Using some yarn in my stash, I started working on this.  When it was done, I thought it was a nice complement to my quilt.
But, what to put on the back?
Well, it’s a daisy bed runner.  So, why not try some crocheted daisies.  I did an on-line search for a daisy pattern but was unable to find one with leaves behind the petals. So, why not make up my own pattern.  With a little trial and error, using some features of the crocodile stitch, this is what I came up with.
And, here is my pattern:
E hook (smaller hook and thread yarn if you want this flower smaller)
Yellow, white, green and blue worsted weight yarn
sc=single crochet
sl st=slip stitch
hdc=half double crochet
dc=double crochet
With yellow yarn ch 4, sl st to form ring
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 15 dc in ring, sl st = 16 dc
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as first sc and first ch1 space), *sc ch 1 in dc* repeat 15 times, sl st to first sc  = 16 (sc ch1)
Rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as first sc and first ch2 space), *sc ch 2 in dc* repeat 15 times, sl st to first sc. Cut and weave in end  = 16 (sc ch2)
Slip stitch in with White yarn for the petals
Rnd 4: *sc, chain 9, sc in first ch2 space, hdc in the next ch2 space*. Repeat * to* 7 times, sl st to first sc = 8 (sc, ch9 loop, sc, hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 4 (counts as first dc and first ch1 space), *dc between scs keeping yard behind ch9, ch 1, dc in hdc, ch 1*. Repeat * to* 7 times, sl st to first sc.  Cut and weave in end = 16 (dc, ch1)
Slip stitch in with Blue yarn to a ch 1 space after the dc behind the ch9 loop for background
Rnd 6: ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch1), *dc  in dc between loops, ch1, dc on ch 1 space, ch1, dc in dc behind loop, ch1* repeat 7 times, sl st to third ch  =  16 (dc, ch1)
Rnd 7: ch 1 (counts as first sc), *sc in ch 1, sc in dc, sc in ch1, (sc, ch6, sc in dc), * repeat 4 times, sl st to first sc  = 4 (5sc, ch6 loop, 1 sc)
Rnd 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next 5 sc, *ch3 behind loop, dc in 6 sc*, repeat two times, ch 3 behind loop, sl st to first ch3   = 4 (6dc, ch3)
Rnd 9: ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in next 5 dc, sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc, sc in loop, *sc in 6 dc, sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc, sc in loop*, repeat two times, sl st to first ch1   = 4 (7sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc)
Rnd 10: ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in next 8 stitches, sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc, sc in loop, *sc in 12 st, sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc, sc in loop*, repeat two times, sl st to first ch1. Cut and weave in end  = 4 (14sc, hdc, dc, ch2, dc, hdc).
Slip stitch to chain 6 loop in Rnd 7 with Green yarn  for the leaves
Rnd 11: 4 dc, ch 1, sl st to sc of background, 4 dc. Cut and weave in end.  Repeat in each chain 6 of rnd 7 = 4 leaves
Slip stitch to chain 9 loop in Rnd 4 with White yarn  for the petals
Rnd 11: 4 dc, sl st to sc of background to side of leaf, 4 dc, sl st to sc of background on other side of leaf, 4 dc. Repeat 7 times. Cut and weave in end = 8 petals

Ocean Swells Crochet Scarf


Not wanting to be idle, I like to carry projects with me that I can work on when I have to wait.  My current project was completed rather quickly, in less than two weeks.  Having to wait four hours to see a patient for a consultation at Children’s Hospital contributed greatly to the rapidity of this project.

I recently came across a pattern that reminded me of the waves of the ocean.  When I looked up the name of the pattern, I found that the name, Ocean Swells, fit my thoughts very well.

I decided that I would make a scarf. So, I looked through my supply of yarn and found some that I thought would work well.


  • Row 1: ch 30, sc into second st from hook, sc in next 4 sts, *hdc,  dc, tc, dc, hdc. 9sc*,  rep pattern. End row with 5 sc.
  • Row 2: ch1, 3 sc, sk 2, dc, ch1, dc and ch1 for next four sts, sk 2, 5 sc, ch1, sk 2, *dc, ch1 *five times, sk2, finish row with 3 sc.
  • Row 3: sk 3 dc, work 2dc into first ch1 sp, repeat in next ch1 sp, work 3 dc in next ch1 sp, dc into top of next dc from previous row, 3dc into next ch1 sp, 2dc in the next two ch1 spaces, sk 2 sc and sc into next. Sk next 2 dc and repeat pattern, finishing off with a sc into last st.
  • Row 4: ch1, then sc across into each st.
  • Row 5: ch4 and dc into same st, hdc, sk 1 st, 9sc, sk 1st, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sk1, 9sc,sk1, hdc, dc and end row with a tr.
  • Row 6: ch4, dc into next st, ch1, dc, ch1, sk 2 sts, 5sc, ch1, sk 2 sts, dc, ch1 5 times, sk2, 5sc, ch1, sk2, dc, ch1, dc, ch1 and dc into ch4 of previous row.
  • Row 7: ch3, 2dc in each of the three ch1 sp, sk 2sc, sc, sk 2sc, 2dc in next 2 ch1 sps, 3dc in third ch1 sp, 1dc in top of dc from previous row, 3dc in ch1 sp, 2dc in next 2 ch1 sps, sk 2sc, sc to anchor, sk 2 st, 2dc in next 3 ch1 sps, 1dc into top of turning ch from last row.
  • Row 8: ch1, sc across row.
  • Row 9: ch1, 4sc, sk 1 st, *hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sk 1 st, 9sc, sk 1, repeat * to end, sc last 4 sts.
  • Row 10: ch1, 2sc, sk 2 sts, *ch1, (1dc, ch1) 5 times, sk 2 sts, 5sc,ch1, sk 2, 5sc, repeat from * to end of roimg_0208w, ending with 2sc
  • Repeat rows 3-10 until project reaches desired length.


There is a YouTube tutorial available at:




Crochet Along Blocks – Drop in the Bucket and Embracing Variety Crochet Squares

Two more  crochet blocks completed.

“Drop in the Bucket”

Designer: Janie Herrin
“Embracing Variety”
Designer: Aurora Suominen

I’m still having fun making these!

Crochet Along Blocks – Crocodile Flower and Lion’s Mane Crochet Squares

Two more  crochet blocks completed.  

“Crocodile Flower”

Designer: Joyce Lewis

Pattern: $1.99 at Ravelry

I really like this pattern.  There are many wonderful color combinations on the Ravelry website.

“Lion’s Mane”

Designer: April Moreland

Pattern: free at Ravelry

I’m still having fun making these!