Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Meet the Blog Stalkers










Blog Stalkers!! What are we? Stalkers… the fun kind! 



Yes, we stalk blogs and a variety of kinds! There are three of us and we each have our own interests, though crochet is what brought us together. We decided to share with you the things we love, crochet and more! Each of us will feature a post or article written by a blogger we love and then we’ll be sharing it with you! These blog stalking posts will be shared with you on a monthly basis on all of our blogs!

So now, without further ado, here’s our blog stalkers and a small peek at what they might share with you!



Hello! I’m Crystal, founder and designer behind Crystalized Designs. I’m happy to be a part of the Blog Stalkers! You’ll mainly find I follow crochet related blogs but I can’t turn my back on blogs with great recipes. Other blog I follow relate to doing fun activities and crafts with children. I love doing fun small things with them, keepsakes to remember the younger years by! I’m looking forward to sharing with you some amazing posts from others!



Hello! I’m Lisa, the person behind Pink Snail Boutique. When I was asked to be part of Blog Stalkers I was honored and excited to be on the team. I have a bit of the crafting ADD bug so my tastes are all over the place when it comes to reading blogs. I will admit most of my blog following has come from searches and pins I have found on Pinterest. From crochet to homeschooling to planning parties. As a mother of 3, all of which are crafters themselves, I am sure I will have something for everyone. Little Lisa factoid- My ribbon and bead stash are almost as out of control as my yarn stash. I can’t wait to stalk some blogs to share with you.



Hello there!!! I am Stephanie with Smalltown Dreamz. I am so thrilled to be part of the Blog Stalker Team. When it comes to overall crafting I like to dip my hands in everything. I love to learn new things. I follow many types of blogs because you never know where your next inspiration can come from. I have been blessed to have a crafty husband so we have been able to teach our oldest son how to build and create things for himself. I am looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that I find.




Stay tuned for next month to see who we have been stalking!!!!

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Meet the Blog Stalkers

Photo Tutorial- Linked DC and Linked TR in round with join

During the design phase of my Battle of the Stitches- Round 4 piece, I looked for a stitch that would provide a solid foundation for my purse. I didn’t want to line the purse with fabric. A friend of mine suggested using the linked stitches. I quickly did a search and found 2 blog posts that helped me greatly. A Crocheted Simplicity and Moogly. For the joining of the linked tr I turned to one of my testers, Nondas. She shared her technique with me. I created this post to go along with my Pattern for the Amelia Handbag. Feel free to use it for other purposes. 10685509_391924467642100_6019059217576046269_n

Linked DC Tutorial


(Diagram A) First Linked Double Crochet (l dc):   Ch 3, insert hook in the second chain from the hook, yo and draw up a loop (2lps on hook) Insert hook in the same st as the beginning ch3 and draw up a loop (3lps on hook). (Yo, draw through 2 loops) twice.

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(Diagram B) Rest of Rnd- Linked Double Crochet (l dc): Insert hook in lower horizontal bar on same stitch, yo, draw loop through, insert hook in next st on row you are working, yo, draw loop through, (yo, draw loop through 2 loops on hook) 2 times.

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Linked Treble Crochet Tutorial


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(Diagram C) First Linked Treble Stitch (l tr):  Ch 4, insert the hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the 5th ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop, You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops.

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(Diagram D) Linked Treble Stitches (l tr):
 Insert the hook into the upper horizontal bar of the previous stitch, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the lower horizontal bar of the previous stitch, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the next st, yo and pull up a loop. You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops.

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(Diagram E) Linked Treble Crochet Joining Tutorial-


Thank you to Nondas from Yarn Medley’s from the Heart for sharing her joining technique with me. 

Insert the hook into the upper horizontal bar of the precious stitch, Insert into the lower bar, insert into bottom of row st, yo and pull through, insert into lower bar of first st of the round, yo and pull though, pull through 2 more loops (leaving 3 on hook), insert into upper horizontal bar of first sts, Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, insert into top st of first and join with sl st through last 2 sts on hook. Ch 4 to begin next rnd.

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Photo Tutorial- Linked DC and Linked TR in round with join

Monday, December 22, 2014

Battle of the Stitches Round 4

Battle of the Stitches Round 4

The Challengers are:

Melanie Padron, 3 Boys & A Ball of Yarn


Sonya Blackstone, Blackstone Designs


Stacey Williams, Busting Stitches


Christine Norris, Chris~Cross~Crafts


Kate Wagstaff, Crafting Friends Designs


Rebecca Goldsmith, Desert Diamond Crochet


(ME) Lisa Egan, Pink Snail Boutique




Sheri Weber, The Country Willow


Jacqualyn Walker, The Crafty Geekette


Michelle Ferguson, Two Brothers Blankts


Vote Here for your favorite design- Can you guess mine? Leave a comment with your guess.


Battle of the Stitches Round 4