How To Tuesday — Maggie Leg Warmers

Here it is 🙂 The long awaited new pattern post. This pattern gave me some trouble when I sent it to testers. I realized last night (with the help of my best friend) that I was just using the wrong stitch name. It made it confusing. There are so many variations of the “star stitch”. The stitch used in this pattern is actually the “5-Star Marguerite Stitch” — so I decided to give them a lovey nick-name. Presenting the Maggie Leg Warmers!

crochet leg warmers

Ta-daah! (Modeled by my BFF)

In Colorado “Fall” can mean picturesque brisk days with beautiful falling leaves in varying shades of reds, greens, and yellows. Sometimes, I walk around the neighborhood and just stare in wonder and adoration at this gorgeous place I am lucky enough to call home.


“Fall” in Colorado can also mean HOT days of “Indian Summer”.

It can also mean two feet of snow and blistering wind.

I prefer the perfect days (ha, who doesn’t?!)

One of the very best things about Fall? Big, comfy, lovely accessories! I’m cheap  frugal, so I prefer to make my own.

I’ve been admiring outfits on Pinterest for quite sometime, and one of my very favorite looks is the pairing of knee high boots with some cozy leg warmers. I like boot cuffs, but I wanted to come up with a warmer that can go over the boots.

So, I now present to you what I came up with over the weekend (you know.. that weekend 3 weeks ago..)

It took some help from testers to get it looking right AND functional, but I am happy with the end result!

Now, since I’ve saved money on the accessories, I can spend more on the boots… right?

Finished dimensions: 12″ (height) x *13″ (width)

*This pattern is easily adjusted to fit any size leg — Just measure the circumference of your calf before you get started, and add or subtract rows to adjust the width. This pattern is meant to overlap, so it should be bigger around than your calf.

Materials used:

yarn, crochet hook, buttons

Materials needed ( ^ That is not enough yarn for a pair).

J hook (6.0mm)

*Approx. 6 oz (*Approx. 300 yds) worsted weight acrylic yarn (shown – I Love This Yarn in Sungold)

Trim shown – Bernat Pipsqueak in Chocolate

Buttons (I used 5 buttons on each leg warmer)

Stitches/Terms used (US terminology):

st – stitch

ch – chain

yo – yarn over

sc – single crochet (insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)

hdc – half double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through all 3 loops)

dc – double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)

Beginning Marguerite cluster st (BegMC) – insert hook into same st (hdc in this pattern), yo pull up loop, *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from * 3 times (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)

Marguerite Cluster St (MC)– insert hook into “eye” of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into front of last loop of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into same st as the last loop of the previous star, yo pull up loop (you should have 4 loops on hook) *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from *one time (you should have 6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)

I cannot find a video for this stitch the way that I do it. I had a link here, but opted to remove it. I’m going to make my own video (..maybe..) and add it here, so if you NEED the video — have no fear — it’s coming soon(ish)! For now, I’ve got that nifty photo tutorial at the end of the pattern.

*Make sure you have enough material to make two. 🙂 — The amount listed is a ROUGH estimate. 2 skeins of a basic worsted weight should be plenty.

Ch  42

R1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain to the end (41 hdc)

Beginning chain does not count as a stitch here, or anywhere throughout the pattern.

R2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, begMC, MC (x18), hdc in same st (top of first st of previous row — total of 19 MC sts)

R3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first hdc, 2 sc in “eye” of star st, and every star st down the row, 1 sc in last hdc, sc in top of first st of previous row (41 sc)

R4: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st and every st down row (41 hdc)

R5 (buttonhole row): Ch 2, turn, dc in same st and every st down the row (41 dc)

R6-R8: Repeat rows 2-4

R9: Repeat row 4 (41 hdc)

R10- 36 (or desired circumference is met): Repeat rows 6-9, ending with a hdc row.

At the end of your final row, finish last st with trim yarn.

sc around the top, the beginning length edge, and the bottom

fasten off, weave in ends and attach buttons to front side on the un-trimmed edge.

Your double crochet row will function as the buttonholes.

I originally wrote this pattern using an I hook. When I switched it up to the J hook, I also added the dc row to be used as the buttonhole row (assuming I would still need a buttonhole row). If your gauge is like mine, You really don’t HAVE to use a dc row when using a J hook (the hdc’s would have sufficed for me), but — it was already added, so there it stays haha! Feel free to move that dc row to wherever you would like your buttonhole row to be (Just switch it out with a hdc row). As long as it’s near the beginning somewhere, you should be fine. Also, I considered making it taper down — I didn’t. On purpose. I didn’t design these legwarmers to go over leggings. I designed them to go over BOOTS, so they are supposed to be a little wider around the bottom to accommodate boots. Personally, I think the pair I made for myself look pretty darling slouching over my foot a little without the boot, but that might just be me.

I’ve been nervous about posting this one. I don’t know why, exactly. I don’t typically stray away from head/neck wear, I guess.  I hope you guys love it as much as I do! My Little has already demanded requested a pair for her in pink and purple (of course). She even picked out her own buttons at Hobby Lobby 😛

Who else is in love with the texture of the Marguerite Cluster Stitch??

 I don’t want to get all repetitive with this stitch, but I do have plans for a couple more accessories featuring it. It’s just. so. pretty. 🙂



How-To Tuesday — Criss Cross Chunky Cowl

Lilly has been up all night with an ear infection, so I’m going to try to get this written and posted before the doctor’s office opens. Fortunately, she doesn’t seem as miserable now as she was from midnight to 6 am. There’s something about the middle of the night that makes all illnesses worse, am I right?

Anyway, on to the pattern!

chunky cross stitch cowl lpcrochet

This one is pretty simple, so I didn’t have it tested, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything weird about it,  but I’m *pretty sure* it should be easy to follow.

I’m a fan of any pattern that is:

1. Fast to work up


2. Beautiful when finished

This pattern is definitely both of these, so I figured I had a keeper this week!

Ready to get started?

Materials Needed:

Super Bulky yarn (I used Lion Brand HomeTown USA in Los Angeles Tan) — Just under 2 skeins made the one pictured.

3 Buttons (My oldest found mine at Hobby Lobby)

*Size L hook (sorry, I forgot to put that in this morning! I blame sleep deprivation :P)

Needle for weaving ends

Terms used (US terminology):

ch – chain

st – stitch

dc – double crochet

xst – cross stitch – skip next st, dc into following st, go back and dc into skipped st (see pictures below)

Ch 75

(you can easily adjust the size by adding/subtracting beginning chains)

R1: dc into 3rd ch from hook and all the way down the row

R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout) *xst over next two sts* repeat to end, finishing the row with a dc into the top of the turning ch of the previous row

R3: Ch 3, dc into the top of each xst (ending in the turning ch) from the previous row

R4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately, ending with a dc row

Finish off and weave in your ends

Attach buttons evenly spaced vertically on one end — you can use any stitch space on the other end as a ‘button-hole’

The end! Super easy, right?

And here are some pictures for reference (and then some of me showing off how much I love this thing haha :P):

I’ve had a question about stitch placements in the row following the xst row — here are some pictures to help clear up any confusion!


How-To Tuesday — “The Rosie” Flower Top Slouch

Are you all ready for this week’s pattern?! I know I am. This one is a little more complicated than what I’ve posted so far, but I’ve had it vigorously tested (ha!) and am confident that you will be able to follow. And if you can’t, I’ve gone over it enough times that I should be able to answer any question about any row off the top of my head.

I have lived and breathed this pattern since Friday night. I’ve altered the first few rows from the original design to make it less confusing, and I’m happy with the way it’s turned out!

I’ve been lusting after these adorable mandala/flower/open-work hat designs for quite a little while. Originally, I was going to go a whole different direction with this hat and make the brim the focal point of the finished product, but after seeing the way it was turning out, I decided this is a stand alone design. I’m saving the other idea for a future post (so I’m not even going to tell you anything about it!! Muah-ha-ha!)

Now — Onto the pattern! This is what we’re going to make:

crochet flower top slouch hat

Dubbed “The Rosie” by the one facebook fan who responded to my request to help name it haha — I would have picked that suggestion out of many, though, so it’s better no one else tried 😛

Note — try not to stitch too tightly in the first few rounds. If you know you typically stitch tightly, maybe go up a hook size for the first 4 rounds or so (maybe even the first 8). I’m going to try that on my next one to see if it makes the top come out a little less “pointy”.

Pay very close attention to your stitch counts and placements in the first 8 rows (especially rows 6, 7, and 8). These rows might literally kill me. I hate math, and it shows in the wonky stitch counts in these 3 rows. It WILL work if you are diligently paying attention. I promise ♡ It’s not hard, just easy to lose count.

Materials needed:

3 colors of DK weight yarn (size 3) – One Main Color (MC), and Two accent colors (A1, A2)

Colors shown – Bernat Cotton(ish) by Vickie Howell:

(I highly recommend working up this hat in a cotton blend — Cottonish if you can get it)

MC = Brown

A1 = Cream

A2 = Purple

Size G (4.0 mm) Hook

Needle for weaving ends

Terms Used (US terminology):

Ch: Chain

sl st: slip stitch

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

shell: three dc into the same stitch

dc2tog; double crochet 2 together – yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, insert into next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining (three) loops on hook.

hdc: half double crochet

bpdc: back post double crochet – yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post (body) of corresponding stitch below, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook

bphdc: back post half double crochet – yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post (body) of corresponding stitch below, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all three loops on hook

join: connecting a completed row by placing a sl st into the top of the beginning chain.

blo: back loop only — inserting hook into only the back loop of the stitch.

*Throughout this pattern, the beginning chain of each row will ALWAYS count as a stitch.*

R1 (Top Flower — Color A2):

ch 4, join, ch 2, 2dc into ring, sl st, *ch 2, 2 dc into ring, sl st* repeat from * 3 times, creating a 5 petaled flower. After last sl st, ch 3, *sc into top of 2nd dc of the next petal, ch 3* repeat from * 4 times and join with sl st into first sc. (You should now have a 5 petaled flower inside a circle)

Fasten off.

R2 (Color A1):

Join color A1 in any sc, *shell (3 dc) into adjoining ch 3 space from previous row, ch 3, skip next petal* repeat from * 4 times, join (5 shells, 5 ch 2 spaces)


Ch 3, dc into next 2 sts, 2 dc into ch 3 space, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into ch 3 space* repeat from * 3 times — change to MC at the end of this row by finishing (pulling through last two loops of) last st with the MC, join (25 dc)

R4 (Main Color):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, *Shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts* repeat around and join (after last shell/ch 2, you will have 3 sts, skip all 3. Don’t shell into the last st). (8 shells, 8 ch 2 spaces)


Ch 3, dc into next 2 sts, 2 dc into chain 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into chain 2 space* repeat from * around, change to color A1 at the end of the row (as before), join (40 dc)

– Don’t worry if your work is kind of curling up and slightly resembling a sombrero


Just keep going. It will work itself out, and won’t be noticeable in the finished product! ♡

R6 (Color A1):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, *shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2* repeat from * around, join (13 shells, 13 ch 2 spaces)


Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, 2 dc into ch 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into ch 2 space* repeat around, changing to MC at the end (as before), join (65 dc)

R8 (MC):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, sk 2, *shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2* repeat from * 19 times, shell in next st, ch1 sk 1, join (22 shells, 22 ch spaces)


Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, ONE dc into ch 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, ONE dc in ch 2 space* repeat from * around, join (88 dc)

R10-12 (continue using MC):

* Reminder – Beginning chain always counts as a stitch 🙂 *

Ch 3, dc next st and in each st around, join (88 dc) *change color to A2 at the end of R12 (as before) join

R13 (Color A2):

Ch 2, hdc in next st and each st around, changing to color A1 in last st (as before) join (88 hdc)

R14 (Color A1):

Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 3, sk 3, *shell into next st, ch 3, sk 3* repeat from * around (22 shells, 22 ch 3 spaces)


Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, 1 dc into ch 3 space, *dc next 3 sts, 1 dc into ch 3 space* repeat from * around, changing to color A2 at the end of the row (88 dc)

R16 (color A2):

Ch 2, hdc in next st and each st around, changing to MC at the end of the row (88 hdc)

R17-24 (MC):

Ch 3, dc into next st and each st around, join (88 dc) *change to color A2 at the end of row 24


R1 (color A2):

Ch 3, working in blo, dc2tog over next 2 sts *dc next 7 sts, dc2tog over next 2 sts* repeat from * 8 times, dc next 4 sts, changing to color A1 at the end of the row, join (76 dc)

R2 (color A1):

Ch 3, bpdc next st and each st around (last bpdc will go around beginning ch 3) changing to color A2 at the end of the row, join (76 bpdc)

R3 (color A2):

Ch 3, bpdc next st and each st around changing to color A1 at the end of the row, join (76 bpdc)

R4 (color A1):

Repeat brim row 2, changing to MC at the end of the row (76 bpdc)

R5 (MC);

Ch 2, bphdc next st and each st around, join (76 bphdc)


Ch 2, hdc under all loops (between post of previous row) of next st, and each st around (76 hdc)

Finish off, weave in ends.


Pics (click to enlarge):


How-To Tuesday — Chevron Slouch Beanie

I seem to have caught the Chevron Mania.

You too?

Well, in honor of the mania, I’ve written up a pattern/tutorial for this awesome Chevron Slouch beanie! I hope you enjoy! I haven’t written many patterns, and have only had this one “tested” by myself. Please don’t hesitate to point out any mistakes, or ask questions if there is anything that doesn’t make sense to you.

I love this pattern because it’s super easy once you get the rhythm down — that is awesome because it allows you to watch TV or carry on a conversation without losing your place. But, if you DO lose your place, it becomes apparent before you get too far, so it’s easy to go back and fix a mistake (maybe ONE row later, rather than when you’re sewing up the seam).

Anyway, on to the pattern!

Materials Needed:

Yarn — (duh) I used a DK Cotton blend (Vickie Howell’s Cotton-ish by Bernat) I used less than half of a skein of each color

I’m going to refer to colors as Color A (brown in my hat) and Color B (cream in my hat)

G Hook

Yarn needle

Stitches/Terms Used (US terminology):

Ch – chain

DC – Double Crochet

dc2tog (double crochet 2 together) – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through remaining (3) loops

DC inc (double crochet increase) – 2 DC in same stitch

HDC – half double crochet

SC -single crochet

BLO – back loops only

With Color A chain 87

Row 1:

DC into 4th chain from hook (3 chains left = 1 DC)

*DC next 3 sts

2 dc2tog over next 4 sts (dc2tog, dc2tog)

DC next 3 sts

DC inc next 2 sts (4 DC over 2 sts)*

Repeat from * ending with ONE DC INC (2 DC) in last st

Row 2:


Ch 3 (counts as 1 DC here and throughout)

DC into first st

*DC next 3 sts

2 dc2tog over next 4 sts (dc2tog, dc2tog)

DC next 3 sts

DC inc next 2 sts (4 DC over 2 sts)*

Repeat from * ending with ONE DC INC (2 DC) into top of turning ch

I change colors every 2 rows — to change color: At the end of the previous color’s row, finish the last stitch by pulling new color through the final 2 loops of the last DC, ch 3 and you’ve now switched over 🙂

Rows 3 – 23:

Repeat Row 2, changing colors every 2 rows, ending with ONE row of Color B


Change to Color A at the end of Row 23


Ch 2

HDC into first st

*HDC next 3 sts (stand alone DC sts)

DC next 2 sts (“valley” dc2tog sts from previous row)

HDC next 3 sts (stand alone DC sts)

SC next 4 (“peak” DC inc sts from previous row)*

Repeat from * to the end

Do NOT fasten off

Sewing the side seam:

With the WS (wrong side) facing you (RS — right side on the inside), line up your chevron stripes and SC the sides together (see pic below)

Cinching the top:

When you finish your SC up the side seam, cut off your yarn, leaving a long tail (I leave about 18 inches, just to be safe)

Whip stitch around the top, inserting your yarn needle about every 4 sts

When you reach the beginning, pull tight to cinch the top together

I like to go through the middle a couple of extra times to make sure it doesn’t come apart

Tie off with a knot

Flip the hat “right side out”


Join with Color A at the seam

HDC in BLO around the edging row

Do not join rounds (you can use a stitch marker to keep your place if you want, but I just eyeballed it by where I joined at the seam)

Keep going until your brim is your desired size (mine is about 5 rows) and fasten off and weave in your ends!

This hat took a little longer than my usual to make a hat, because using a smaller weight yarn/smaller hook = more overall stitches. I went ahead and started making another in worsted acrylic to see how one would need to adjust the stitch/row counts.  Here are the measurements/adjustments:

Finished Hat = approx. 9 inches (23 cm for the hat body (not including brim)

With DK weight (marked with a number 3 on package): 2 rows = approx. 3/4 of an inch (2 cm)

23 rows + edging row (with top cinched — takes a little off of the height) = approx. 9 inches (23 cm)

Brim (in DK) = just over 1 inch (approx. 3 cm) at 5 rows of HDC

When I switched to worsted weight (WW) acrylic, I used a size J hook and chained 63 (instead of 87) to reach the same circumference measurement (approx. 20 inches/51 cm)

With WW acrylic  (marked with a number 4 on package): 2 rows = 1 inch (3 cm)

17 rows + edging row (with top cinched) = approx. 9 inches (23 cm)

Brim (in WW) = just over 1 inch (approx. 3 cm) at 3 rows of HDC

As you can see, this pattern is easily adjusted to a variety of material. The WW version worked up VERY quickly.

*This particular pattern makes a slouchy hat that fits MY head. I’ve been told I have a relatively small(ish) head. If it’s not long enough for whoever’s head you’re hoping to accommodate, just add rows as needed until you reach the desired length. I like the look of ending with one row of Color B and edging with the brim color, but get creative!

I would love to see what you all come up with! Please post your pics (or links to them!).

You all know how I feel about putting constraints on what you can and cannot do with a finished product — Go. Do what you will with whatever you make. Give me credit for the pattern (link back if you don’t mind, I love the blog traffic!). Don’t steal my pictures. Don’t pretend that this is YOUR pattern. It’s free, so enjoy! Just don’t be lame and “plagiarism-y“. Please 🙂


Happy Tuesday!

I’m afraid I don’t have anything of great importance to report today. I’ve got several projects going, but photographing along the way can make a short project not-so-short.

I couldn’t quite get my How-To Tuesday put together in time for this week, but next Tuesday — be on the lookout. It’s something I’ve never done before, so it’s an experiment for me, and I will post the results however they may turn out!

I’ve also got two DIY projects going at the moment, and will be sharing those with you as well! The first is that set of lovely outdoor rocking chairs I’m refinishing. My husband and I are not in total agreement on what color they should be, so it’s been on hold for a few days. The second is a fun DIY sign for craft booths or whatever you may need signage for. Sadly, it is NOT my original idea. I’d love to take credit for it, but cannot. I’ll link to my friend’s shop/blog/page when I get to that post.

I’m currently working on some post topics that were suggested by fellow crocheters. One was curious how I go about choosing colors for various projects (next post). Another asked where she could find a pattern for a sweater that LOOKS difficult, but is not actually difficult.  I believe I’ve found the PERFECT pattern for her, and as soon as I get it finished I will be sharing it with you. *I would be finished by now, but ran out of yarn ::gasp!:: and when I went to buy more, they… were… OUT!*

Sad Owl

No more Dark Heather Cotton-ish? Oh.. Ok..

So, I bought enough to make a whole new one in another color, and have started from the beginning. Frustrating, but I have a feeling I will be needing multiples and various colors.

On an exciting/cute note, I enrolled my youngest in a summer Pre-K fun camp for the next 2 weeks (a total of 4 days). It is held at the Pre-K she will attend next month, so I figured it was a good introduction. She was SO excited. She woke up at 6 am today sing-song-ing about her “first day of school today!!“. I told her she didn’t have school until after lunch, and she said, “Well.. Let’s eat lunch then!” 😛 I love her. I will have to remind her of this morning when she’s a teenager and I have to physically drag her out of bed to get her to school on time. After all that buildup and excitement, I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to her expectations, but she loved it. She was still talking about it at bedtime (right before she proved to me that she could, in fact, count to 100, because I told her there was no way she was able to do that).

Oh, yeah, she’s feeling much better from the ear infection.

Happy Tuesday!

I’m still here. Just pluggin’ away — one project  one jumbled, messy desk of projects at a time!


Weekend Re-cap and Upcoming Plans

I’ve been quiet since last week, as I was prepping for a market over the weekend. I am still here, though, and making plans for some exciting things to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

One thing I am looking forward to sharing with you is a new format! I’m in the process of making some changes here, a major one being the addition of a shopping tab, where I’ll have the ability to process sales directly. More like an actual website, while still keeping a mostly blog format. I enjoy the blog vibe and sharing fun ideas and tutorials with you all.

I’m working out the details of a fun tutorial, and if all goes as planned, I’ll roll that one out next week  for a fun, and unique How-To Tuesday. I’m just itching to tell you what it is, but I’m going to keep it under my hat and hope you find anticipation exciting 😛 . I will say one thing about it — be prepared to get messy. Messy crochet?! You betcha!

Also, I asked some fellow crocheters what they’d like to see here, and got the following responses:

  • How to work with varying weights/thickness in yarn
  • How to take care of tails when working with nylon thread
  • How to pick color combos for projects
  • Sweaters — one crocheter is looking for a specific kind
  • Plus sized items

I’m looking into all of these requests and will find the best possible answer for them. If you know of any good resources I could share, feel free to leave links in the comments!

So, there you go! There are a few things you can look forward to this month!

Oh, what’s that? You want to know how the market went? Well.. It hovered just under 100 degrees here on Saturday, which apparently, does NOT make crocheted beanies, hats, scarves, and accessories very appealing to John Q. Public. I ended up doing just OK considering the very little expense I put into participating. I’ll probably not do another farmer’s market, or summer show period — unless I start making stuffies or other “off the body” crochet goods 🙂 Here is a peek at my table from Saturday. Thankfully, I had very little expectation from this market, so was not terribly disappointed. Also, I didn’t put a ton of effort in (which probably didn’t help lol).

craft fair booth

My Table

Sunday, however, I scored the best Craigslist find! I found these chairs that I cannot wait to get started on! I’ve already started a little sanding.  I’m taking pictures along the way so I can throw in a non-crochet related project in the near future.

rocking chair craigslist find

My next DIY project – aren’t they awesome?!

I’m pretty new to the blogosphere, and I’d like to take a minute to thank you all for reading, and for clicking that follow button 🙂 I love the crochet community and look forward to helping you all in any way I am able! I really love hearing from everyone, so please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Whether you have a request for an upcoming post topic, or would just like to say hello — I enjoy getting to “know” everybody!