Crochet Luna Podcast Episode 4 – Summer of Romance CAL

Welcome to Episode 4 of the Crochet Luna Podcast

This episode is loaded with CAL information, new yarny goodies and other fun tidbits.  Grab a drink and enjoy!

Thank you Jan Carruthers of Urban Gypsy Crochet for the lovely mention on her podcast.  Hope you are feeling better!

Thank you to Candance O. of the Yarn Craft Council for responding to my inquiry about the lack of 3mm and 7mm hook in the Yarn Craft Council guidelines.  Visit their website for more information.

Here is information on the Summer of Romance CAL hosted by Crochet Cakes and Crochet Luna.

Use #SRCAL for your WIP and your FO.  This CAL will run from June 3rd to August 5th.

Choose a couple from Books, Movies, TV, and showcase your couple with a crochet, knitted or any other hand crafted project.  You can use any pattern, yarn, fabric, etc. that will help you complete your project.

I will host the chatter thread where you can post your WIP and Clarisabeth of Crochetcakes will host the FO thread on Ravelry.  The FO thread is a no chatter thread so please only post the picture of your finished object and the source of your inspiration.

Crochet Luna Ravelry:

Crochet Cakes Ravelry:

Check out the KAL/CAL hosted by Keep Calm and Carry Yarn.  Post your crochet project and the yards you used to complete it so it can be entered in the Yardage Thermometer in the Ravelry thread for this KAL/CAL.                                     Ravelry: This will be running May 5th to August 10th.

Another CAL to check out is being hosted by Deanne Ramsay of Addydae Designs.  This is the Blurre CAL and it is running May 6 to June 30th.

Deanne also has a podcast on YouTube.  She is an Australian crochet designer.

New Indie Yarn dyer from California.  Check out her Etsy shop: Wolfy Wool.

Fay of The Crochet Circle Podcast is hosting the Festival of Finishing (#festivaloffinishing).  This CrAL is going to help us finish our neglected projects this summer.  Find more information in her show notes:

Amber from the Yarn Hoarder Podcast is hosting the Kevin KAL.  Her beloved pup Kevin has sadly past away but we can honor him and our pets by crocheting a project to enter in this KAL.  She is allowing crochet projects.

I finished my Hotel of Bees Shawl, yay!  I love my shawl and enjoyed participating in my first CAL.  This is a paid pattern by Christina Hadderingh and you can find it at

This CAL is hosted by Sandra of the Cherry Heart Crochet Podcast and Sam of the Betsy Makes Podcast. It runs April 8th to May 31st.  Sandra is hosting the WIP/Chatter thread and Sam is hosting the FO/No Chatter thread

My current WIP is designer’s Kat Goldin’s  Doris Shawl.  I am using a combination of Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play Yarn that was exclusively dyed for the Yarn Over Truck and that I picked up at the Vista Fiber Arts Festival (Vista, CA) last year and Berroco Folio Luxe in the color 4603.

I have added the following yarns to my stash:

Casual Fashion Queen in the colorway Ultimate Booger

The Lemonade Shop in the colorway Broadway

I purchased some cute sheep stitch markers from Kathryn’s Etsy shop:

My sister in law is a romance writer for Harlequin books.  Her name is Teresa Carpenter.

It’s Giveaway Time!  Comment on YouTube episode 4 to participate in this giveaway. Add a picture of your current WIP to the WIP thread on the Crochet Luna Podcast page in Ravelry to earn another entry into the giveaway.  I will choose a two winners.  One from YouTube and one from Ravelry.  Each winner will receive a copy of Take Two by Lynne Rowe & Fay Dashper-Hughes.

Winners will be announced in Episode 5.

I will be adding a new thread to the Crochet Luna Podcast page on Ravelry.  It will be where we can discuss anything that has to do with crochet socks.  Look for the Sock It To Me! thread in Ravelry.  We are lucky enough to have Tamara from Crafty Escapism as our resident sock expert.  She is actually teaching a crochet sock class so who better to help us out!  I showed a free sock pattern by a designer that Tamara suggested.  The designer is Karen Whooley and the pattern is the Cozy Crochet Socks.  She also suggested I look up Rohn Strong and Vicki Brown who also design socks.

Thank you again for all the crochet love and support you send my way.  I really, really appreciate it.  Sending you hugs from sunny Southern California.  Until next time, crochet on!





Crochet Luna Podcast Episode 3 Show Notes


Despite the bad hair day, I had a lot of fun putting this episode together.

Links for this episode:

Grocery Girls
YouTube: Grocery Girls Podcast
Ravelry: Grocery Girls Podcast

Ravelry Crochet Thread #1
Ravelry Crochet Thread #2

Yarn Hoarder 
YouTube: Yarn Hoarder Podcast                                                                            Ravelry: Yarn Hoarder Podcast                                                                            Ravelry: Crochet Make-Along

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn
YouTube: Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Podcast                                                     Ravelry: Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Podcast
Kal/Cal Information

New Crochet Podcast to watch.
The Cozy Cottage Crochet Podcast

Purchased from Amazon website
Curvy Girl Crochet by Mary Beth Temple

Purchased from Knitpicks website.
Top-Down Crochet Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein

Magazine: Crochet Scene (Interweave Big Bonus Special Issue 2017)
Pattern: Jailhouse Rock Pullover by Melissa Leapman
Paid Pattern:

Check out my good friend’s beautiful clothes.

Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh
Paid Pattern:
Use Coupon Code BEE20 for a 20% discount for a limited time.
#HOBCAL, #HotelofBeesShawl

Doris Shawl by Kat Goldin
Paid Pattern:

Prayer Shawl by Cynthia Miller
Free Pattern:

I used two skeins of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in the color Candied.

Picot Boo Shawl by Carrie Carpenter
Pattern found in Crochet World magazine issue February 2014
Paid Pattern:

Check out Jillian’s Podcast
YouTube: Coo Coo for Cowls Podcast                                                                     Ravelry: Coo Coo for Cowls Podcast
Ravelry: Wrapped in Love information

Knitpicks E-book Helping Hands

The Crochet Project – Riley & Saunders Socks

Knit it- Hook it- Craft it

Crochet Circle podcast and Ravelry Information.
YouTube: Crochet Circle Podcast
Ravelry: Crochet Circle Podcast

Thank you to Shannon of Yarn Baby for provided photos of her lovely yarn.

Thank you for all the support and for watching my podcast. Hugs!

Crochet Luna Podcast Episode 2 Show Notes


Welcome to Episode 2 of the Crochet Luna Podcast.
Today’s episode is titled: The 3mm Hook Mystery.

The word of the day is “band-wagon”. I say this word way too many times and I apologize for the repetitiveness of it. I cringed on the playback when I heard myself say it so many times.

Find the group for this Podcast at:

In this episode I talk about:

Crochet Socks

Craft Yarn Council

Cowl Neck Poncho by Simone Francis Simply Crochet Issue 25

Ravelry Store

Crochet buttons I purchased from Buttons & Things on Etsy.

Pullover Pattern

Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun
98% Acrylic 2%Polyester
185 Yards

Hotel of Bees CAL – See the Betsy Makes Podcast for coupon code.
CAL is hosted
Sandra from
Ravelry group:
Sam from
Ravelry group:

I will be using Berroco Brand- Maya yarn 85% Pima Cotton and 15% Baby Alpaca

Yarn I will be using for the first Doris Shawl:
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply Yarn

Yarnover Truck  Los Angeles Yarn Crawl

Happy Mail from
Yarn: Imperial Fun Set
Natural British wool/Hand dyed ethically produced British wool
100g/approx. 370 yards Heavy Fingering/Sports weight 2ply

Yarn: Moorland Shadows
Natural British Wool/Hand dyed ethically produced British wool
100g/approx. 400 yards Fingering weight 2 ply

Frida Khalo Project Bag

New crochet friends on Instagram:

Thank you kindly to the following Podcasters who have made me feel most welcomed to the podcasting community:


Crochet Circle Podcast

Keep Calm & Carry Yarn Podcast

Zeens and Roger Podcast

Coo Coo for Cowls Podcast

Crochet on and I will see you in two weeks!

Crochet Luna Podcast Episode 1 Show Notes

Hello and Welcome!

After a year of neglect, I have revived my little blog.  I will be posting show notes here so thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy a little bit of yarny goodness.

I am Crochet Luna on Instagram, Ravelry, and Facebook.

Following are the links for the things I talked about in my crochet podcast.



Tiny sample of what is currently displayed. The Autry MuseumMuseum of the American West


Fiber Arts installation

Please visit the link below for more detail images of what is on currently on display.  Everything is on display outside, no need to purchase museum entry. The installation will be displayed from March 14, 2017 through June 25, 2017

Yarn Bombing LA

Vest on display, The Little Knittery

The Little Knittery


Knit Collage

Polymer Clay Shed

Survival Socks

On The Spice Market Shawl

Jimmy Beans Wool

Terra Form in Crochet

Sweet Georgia Yarns

Sending Crochet Love to the following Podcasters

#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.

San Diego Yarn Crawl 2014 scheduled for Sept.18th-21st

I’m so excited!  The San Diego Yarn Crawl schedule is finally out.

It looks like it’s going to be fantastic.  I can’t wait to visit these shops.  I am especially excited about seeing the Yarnover Truck.

Here is the link to the event’s Facebook page.

I’ll be posting pictures of all my visits so stay tuned…

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.