crochet:: baby bib garden

These have to be the most fun and easy baby items I have ever made.  In the past week, I have made use of 40 minutes of free time buy whipping up one of these.  I have a new niece and her mom, my sister-in-law, likes one of a kind hand made items for her.  She is a very crafty person too! She makes awesome greeting cards I will have to share soon.  The pattern is a freebie from Lily Sugar & Cream that I found at a yarn store and is actually for a dishcloth.  I merely upgraded it to bib status; making the ties by adding 50 double chains to each side, and VOILA!  Cute and functional – my favorite way to crochet 🙂

This lily is a bit of sunshine that my husband brought in for me from the garden.  Talk about a great guy, I love it when he surprises me by such sweet gestures…

Have a fabulous sunshiny day!

crochet:: my favorite dishcloth

This simple pattern is a regular at my house.  I just can’t find a store-bought dishcloth that works as well, so these are my standard.  I have tried many different patterns, always returning to these because they just seem to be the best shape and size.

For summer this year I have been on a rainbow kick for my color choice.  It just seems cheerful 🙂

I use these with white flour-sack towels, so I always match no matter what color I choose!  (I have a thing for needing to match.  My husband tells me that it is my “inner Sheldon” coming out.  Sheldon is the totally OCD guy on the Big Bang Theory)


H Hook

Small amounts of 100% cotton yarn (I use Lily Sugar & Cream)

Row 1 – ch 21, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2 – ch 2, turn, hcd in each hdc across.

Row 3 – 13 – Repeat row 2

Round 1 – ch 2, 2 hdc in same stitch (corner), then hdc 18 evenly spaced across the ends of the row to the next corner, 3 hdc in corner, hdc in each across to next corner, 3 hdc in corner, hdc 18 evenly again, 3 hdc in corner, and hdc in each across, slip stitch in top of first hdc of round.

Round 2 – ch 1, turn and sc in each around, putting 3 sc in center of each corner, slip stitch together and tie off, weave in end.

crochet:: mochachino afghan

Welcome to YarnChick!  I am a country girl with a full-time job and a lot of hobbies.  I hope to share fun crochet patterns, recipes, and whole lot more.  My first free pattern will be for my Mochachino Afghan.

Mochachino Afghan

It is a simple 4 count, 3 front- then 1 back-post double crochet (treble for our non-US friends).  It is one of those easy-peasy ones that you can work on AND keep pace with a conversation.  No pleading “Hold that thought, I’m counting” necessary.

This works up super thick and cozy and just the right size.  I have counted it twice and apologize in advance if you find an error – please let me know and I will happily edit the pattern.

This is an original copyrighted design – please only use it for good, not evil.  You know the drill.  This pattern is only for personal use – please do not sell it or alter it for resale.   Blah, blah, blah…


Hook: “I” (5.5mm)

Yarn: “Vanna’s Choice” brand acrylic (3.5 oz ~ 170 yds)

(6 skeins each); Linen, Taupe, & Chocolate

US Stitches: sl = slip stitch

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

bpdc = back post double crochet

Notes:  each skein will make approximately 5 rows; the pattern is 4 stitches repeated 48 times per row

ch 195

row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc), and in each ch to end (192 dc), ch 3 and turn

row 2 – ch 3 counts as 1st stitch, 1 fpdc around each of the next 2 dc, then bpdc around next, *fpdc next 3 then 1 bpdc* repeat all the way across to last 3 stitches and just do the fpdc of the pattern (do not add the final bpdc), ch 3 and turn

the entire pattern is the same as row 2 – change colors after every 5 rows

Variation: you could work any multiple of 5 to make the stripes wider