Crochet Luna Vlogcast/Podcast Episode 10 Scrappiness is Happiness


In this episode I talk about:

Halloween Crochet-A-Long

The #HALCAL2017 is a Crochet-A-Long that is co-hosted by Jo who is Jojotwinkletoes on Instagram and Ravelry and the Crochet Luna Vlogcast/Podcast.  It will run from September 29 to October 31,2017.

The pattern for this CAL has a skull design for a filet jumper by designer Pony McTate and was published in Simply Crochet magazine issue 59. It will be available shortly for purchase on,

There will be a Chatter/Wip Thread and a F/O Thread on the Crochet Luna Vlogcast/Podcast Group on Ravelry starting September 29, 2017


The Super Simple Tunisian CAL  is co-hosted by Hannah of The Cosy Cottage Crochet and the Crochet Luna Vlogcast/Podcast.  It will run Oct.1 to Oct. 31, 2017.  Use #SSTCAL so we can see all your lovely projects.  Both Hannah and I will have two patterns on our Ravelry group page that will include two patterns and video tutorials to help everyone complete a total of 4 dishcloths.  Facecloths and scrubbies are also welcome.

Join us, there will be prizes!

A huge thank you to Terra of Mitchell’s Creations for sending me a most awesome gift. Check out her lovely Etsy shop.



Interweave Crochet magazine Fall 2015 – Ananas Shawl by Zsuzsanna Makai

Fortune’s Shawlette –

Caron – Slouchy Beanie

B.Hooked Crochet – Traditional Granny Stitch Shawl

Maggie’s Crochet – Granny Stitch Blanket

Book: Modern Crocheted Shawls & Wraps by Laura Strutt

Free crochet pattern: Vintage Sweet Shawl (EN)

Half a Granny Square Shawl – Brooklyn Tweed Loft Version.

Claudia Scarf.


La Dolce Vita Alpacas –

Long Dog Yarn –

Wander Lust –

Forbidden Woolery-

Inner Zen Garden –

Incan Spice-

Project Bags- Instagram: KC’S Pockets to go.

Podcast Recommendations:

The Quoe Podcast –

The Earl Grey Crochet –

No Catchy Name Crochet –

Litte Fuzzy  Sarah –

Love Charlie Crochet –


Thanks for watching!

#Mandalas for Marinke – Crochet Luna’s contribution


I created this mandala for the #MandalasForMarinke project.  Check out this wonderful project put together by Kathryn Vercillo from

This project brings to our attention the impact that mental illness and suicide can have on our lives.

Project page:MandalasForMarinke

Samples of Chevron Cowls, a study of color combinations.

Mustard Waves 1

Two color combination that works well.

Long Cowl 1 Long Cowl 2 Long Cowl 3

This is a longer and skinnier version of the chevron pattern I have been working for the past month.


Red Waves 2 SockMonkey cropped 1

Adding red really makes the waves pop.

More Fall Waves 1 Love these colors together!

Lady and the Cowls My try at some creative photography…don’t know if it all works but it was a lot of fun setting it up.

Free pattern for easy crochet pencil case – perfect for back to school

It’s back to school and I thought that a unique pencil case would be a great way to start off the new school year. I looked through many sites and blogs for a simple, free pattern and found one with an excellent tutorial.

You can’t go wrong with the step by step photos in this tutorial. I will tell you that I had to make an adjustment to the number of starting stitches as I used the Lily, Sugar’ n Cream cotton yarn which is a medium, 4-ply yarn and a hook.  The pattern calls for 8-ply cotton with a hook.

my first attempt, following her pattern ( starting chain,50 stitches) yielded a pencil case that was way too big. It was 12 inches long, much too long for a pencil case.

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I made an adjustment to my second attempt by starting out with 35 stitches instead.  I used a pen as a reference to make sure I would end up with more or less a good size pencil case.

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Then I just continued to crochet around until I got to a height that I liked, a total of 28 rows.

Here you can see the difference in sizes.

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I did not line my case but the tutorial has an excellent link for lining it.  The tutorial is from the Future Girl Blog.

Then, I found a great tutorial for adding a zipper.  I’ve always shied away from projects that require a zipper.  I figure, it will just be too complicated, but this really helped me to get over my zipper anxiety. It also has a great step by step tutorial on lining a crochet bag.

The beauty of this simple pattern is that you can customize the heck out of it.  The possibilities are endless.  I chose to do my favorite sugar skull applique.

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I am also thinking of turning that first attempt, the one that came out to big for a pencil case into a nice little book bag.

Chevron Cowl Pattern- Project completed and decoded

It’s a happy day today. I finally finished my Chevron Cowl project. Before the big reveal, I thought I’d write up some tips for those who want to create their own Chevron Cowl. The pattern that I used is called Winter Waves Chevron Cowl.  It’s a free pattern I found at Print the pattern to follow along the tips I have included in this post.


This is the first chevron pattern I’ve ever worked.  If you have crocheted this type of pattern, I’m sure you will have no problems with it.  I struggled at the beginning but as soon as things clicked, it was so much fun to work it.

I came up with some tips that I hope will help you decipher the pattern.  Here are the things I discovered while working this pattern:

1.  Make sure you chain 44 NOT 41.  This correction is listed on the pattern so make sure you follow through with the correct number of chain stitches.

2. When you work Row 2, you will do 1 double crochet in the 4th chain from your hook, this means that you will end up with 41 stitches in which to work the chevron pattern.  You will always have 41 stitches when you work each row of this pattern.

DC 4th from hook

3. The stitches that create the chevron pattern are between the two asterisks, you will only be able to repeat the complete pattern 3 times.

3 complete chevrons

4. The fourth time you will only be able to  “*DC3tog. 1dc in each of the next 3 sts….” because by the time you finish your third double crochet you will have only one stitch left and this is where you will “2dc in last st”.

4th chevron Incomplete

5. When you start to work Row 3, you will chain 3 and turn. Make sure you double crochet in the very first stitch or you will not have the right amount of stitches at the end of your row.

Insert at base of ch 3 DC at base of ch 3

6. This is the way it should look after you double crochet in the first stitch.

Befor 3dctog

You will have your chain 3 which is your turning chain. One double crochet in the 1st stitch. One double crochet in each of the next three stitches.

7.  Pull up the Ravelry page where you found the pattern, click on the tutorial for the Mattress Stitch you will need to join the ends of the cowl.   The link is found in Row 42 of the pattern. I used bobby pins to keep the ends together because the first time, I tried to wing it and ended up with one side shorter than the other.

Lastly, don’t be intimidated by the “Special Stitches” dc3tog- double crochet three together. The directions included in the pattern are clear and easy to follow.  This was my first time doing the dc3tog and I was able to do it so I know you can too!

And now for the big reveal!

My Fall Waves Chevron Cowl…I thought I would rename it since I’m using muted fall colors,

Cowl and bird for cl postNesting Cowl

Found that little bird at the thrift store and had to bring him home.

Cowl Pic 1

Just a hint of sun was coming through.  I rather like how the colors look in this shot.

Lemons and Cowl

Taking photos is completely new to me but I’m having fun with it.

Cowl flat

Celebrating the last bits of summer before welcoming the Fall.


Please feel free to shoot me any questions you may have. I will be more than happy to help.





Yarn Shop Review

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I made a stop at a local yarn shop yesterday.  It is located in San Marcos, California.  The shop has a great name: Yarning For You  I met the owner Debra and she was very nice and cheerful.  The selection of yarn is wonderful.  I spent a good amount of time looking, touching, and overall enjoying the beautiful yarns she stocks in her store. I finally settled on this selection.  I’m thinking Fall is around the corner and this color palette is just right.

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This yarn is from Berroco.  It is made from 100% recycled fibers: Nylon, Cotton, Acrylic, Silk, and Linen. It’s called “Remix”.  I saw a beautiful long sleeved sweater Debra knitted with this yarn and it was beautiful.


The pattern I will be using, I found on the designer is Lorne Haythorn Eppolite and you can see her other lovely designs at–cre8tion-crochet

Debra invited me to bring my crochet and sit with the ladies that knit on Thursday nights when the store stays open late (8pm).  I will try to make it out there soon as it would be nice to sit and chat with other fellow yarn lovers.  I will say that no matter the yarn shop location the knitters outnumber the crocheters.  It seems that crocheters don’t venture out to these shops as much as the knitters as they are ever present at the shops’s tables.  They have always seemed a friendly sort and have made me feel welcomed so I’m thinking getting out of the house for a couple of hours to have coffee and crochet with a group may not be a bad idea at all.

I love yarn stores, they are filled with the most beautiful colors.  The yarns skeins are a pleasure to hold.  Some are buttery soft and others are airy and light, like cotton candy.  I can spend hours just thinking about color schemes and putting palettes of colors together for some future project.  Sadly, as always, there’s just too little time in the day to indulge and so much yarn out there that wants to come home with me!

For the love of yarn

I am simply obsessed with yarn, there I said it. My name is Claudia and I’m a yarnaholic. I may also be addicted to yarn shops but I may revisit that statement in a later post.

I visited Sin City Knit Shop.  I give you one guess as to its location.  Yup, it located in Las Vegas. I was there last weekend and though I didn’t have much luck in Sin City, I did find this wonderful yarn shop.  The yarn selection was to die for and the staff was so nice and helpful.  This was what I bought.

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It’s a beautiful cotton, acrylic blend with a metallic yarn that gives it a pretty sparkle.  Can’t wait to find the perfect pattern for it.

New Aquistions

I love thrift shops. You can get awesome deals on just about anything. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for yarn and crochet books. Up until two weeks ago my searches yielded quite a nice collection of yarn but no crochet books. Finally I hit the jackpot! I found a book from 1985 titled “The 7 Day Afghan Book” by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss. It’s got over 50 patterns for crochet blankets, there are patterns for knitted afghans as well but it’s mostly filled with pattern after pattern of oh so delicious crochet and the best part…wait for it…I paid 50 cents for it!!! Happy dance, oh yeah!

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The colors are so very 1985 but they can easily be updated. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into one of these patterns.

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I Also received three other crochet books from my sister-in-law as part of a crochet package she put together for my birthday this past June.  I’m building quite the nice crochet reference library and this too, makes me happy.  I love books, I love to live surrounded by them.  It’s been difficult these past few years moving around Southern California and not have access to my book collection.  Sadly, they have been packed away in storage waiting for the day my family and I find a place to call our forever home.

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