Golden Squares Shawl


This shawl actually started as a project re-work for the shawl ministry of which I am a part.  I had the golden hued yarn and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to create, only that I wanted to do a crochet shawl using multiples of three.  WIN_20160208_23_42_16_ProThen I saw a picture of a scarf that had square openings and was inspired to incorporate something similar into a prayer shawl.

I started with a row of foundation single crochet.  Since discovering and learning this method about a year ago, I try to utilize it in all my crochet projects instead of using a beginning chain. The squares are made with triple crochet and chains with rows of half-double crochet. As I worked with the yarn and the square pattern, the design of the shawl began to emerge.  I was pleased with the results, so I decided to write up the pattern and make it available to others.

This is a great shawl to make for a shawl ministry (as I did), to create as a special gift for Mother’s Day, or even make to pamper yourself.

I hope you let me know if you decide to try this pattern.

Golden Squares Shawl by Mary Stanton



Bright and Sunny Summer Crochet

Sq 1 & 2 Circles of the Sun CAL

Circles of the Sun Squares from Week 1 & 2 (unblocked)

Bright colors and small squares are my idea of a perfect summer crochet project.  The colors lift my spirits and the squares are quick to work up so they fit well into a busy summer schedule!

The Circles of the Sun CAL [CAL = Crochet Along] fits the bill perfectly.  As a plus, I get to discover and explore new techniques with yarn.  I have discovered surface crochet which adds texture and dimension to your yarn projects and have learned a better way to crochet in the back loop – – no more loose stitches – – YEA!

Sq 3 & 4 Circles of the Sun CAL

The designer, Lilla Bjorn, used a thinner yarn and smaller hook, so my squares are a bit larger than the original design, but then that makes them uniquely mine. Since I’m working on a number of other projects, I decided to go with Lilla’s color choices instead of planning my own. The end project is to be a pillow, however with my larger squares, I ought to get two pillows made. I plan to use them to brighten up the dark brown sofa in our family room. Can’t wait to see how they will look. I still need to decide on a crochet or fabric backing. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Only four more weeks to go, and I can’t wait for each new square to be released. I have probably finished each square the same day that I started and usually on Friday when each new design is released. The design patterns may look intricate, but don’t be intimidated as they are all just combinations of single, half-double, double and triple crochet. Are you ready to get started?  You can find the patterns here or on Facebook at the OFFICIAL CCC SOCIAL GROUP.

Square for Week Five

Square for Week Five

I’d love to know if you are working on this CAL or if you decide to start!

Rock-a-Bye Baby


Finally finished! This project is off the hook and is being blocked. Next step, delivery!


This baby blanket has been in the works for some time. The pattern, chosen by the friend I’m making it for, is Granny Square Baby Blanket from

I decided to modify the original pattern by added two more rows to the center color block and then graduating the color rows from four rows to two rows. In addition, a used two rows of half-double crochet as part of the edging before adding the picot trim.


The finished size is approximately 34″ x 34″ using Bernat Softee Baby yarn and a size H hook.

Can’t wait to deliver the finished product and see a photo of the new baby when she is born!

Happy crafting, happy life!

Hope Scarf


Sometimes we all need a little boost and some hope. Yesterday was an important day for a friend. She finished her last round of chemotherapy for breast cancer. This was after multiple surgeries and treatment over the course of the last twelve plus months. How appropriate that she finished her treatment this month, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

She has definitely has been an inspiration to me (I battled ovarian cancer almost five years ago) and to many, many others.  Her strength, humor, and determination show what an individual can do when faced with adversity.

On Saturday, she will be walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is being held in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I made this Pink Hope Scarf to help keep her neck warm in the chilly early morning weather (and of course to add a little extra pink).  I’ll be cheering her and all the other walkers (and runners) on and  hope you will too!



I’m not in school and am not teaching full-time, yet testing is still part of my life. Much of yesterday was spent testing a new crochet pattern – – this type of testing I LIKE!

The Official CCC Social Group on Facebook is a group of women AND MEN who support and encourage each other in life while working on crochet projects. A member asked for help in testing a new pattern she wrote that honors and remembers a young woman who was a victim of domestic violence. This horrific violence committed by those who are supposed to love you have been much in the news these days. Too long have people looked the other way and her pattern is intended to continue to raise awareness of this tragedy and support those who have been touched by domestic violence.


Beginning of Shawl


Time to transition to new stitch pattern (and color?).

The test pattern is available on Ravelry and you can get it here. Modifications are still being made, so you might want to wait before starting a project with this pattern. I’m about two-thirds finished and are some pics of what I have done so far.  I’m getting ready to transition to the next stitch pattern (and perhaps a new color). Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Happy Crafting, Happy Life!

Crochet Mania


Lately I’ve been busy with so many different crochet projects that I’m afraid my knitting needles are feeling neglected.

Included in the projects that I’ve completed over the summer is a colorful lap robe (made for our church’s Shawl Ministry) that used leftover skeins. For the squares I used the Dream Catcher pattern from  To keep the joins open and airy like the squares, I used a rope stitch. To finish, I added a crochet edge that ended with picots.


Rosey Afghan made with Dream Catcher Squares from

Rosy Afghan made with Dream Catcher Squares from


I also tried my hand with crocheting twisted jute twine. No blisters but I did put some band-aides on my fingers for cushioning. This project was started using the Harvest Bowl pattern from the Lion Brand Yarn Design Team. As I worked up the bowl, I added some elongated stitches and slip stitches to create a gentle scallop edge.

It did not take long to finish the bowl, but boy were my fingers tired! I started the bowl with an acrylic hook, but switched to a sturdier wood one (in the same size of course).

My husband told me that I should block the bowl.  I’m not sure if you can block twine, but now I know he actually listens when I talk about projects. 🙂


Twine bowl based on Lion Brand Harvest Bowl pattern

Interior view of twine bowl

Interior view of twine bowl

Can’t wait to add some mini-gourds for a rustic fall display.

Please let me know what you think. I’ll keep adding photos of the projects I’ve made. Some still need ends woven in before they are totally finished. With the Rosy Afghan I started weaving in ends as I go along so it is not such a huge chore at the end. It is a strategy that is working. Now I just need to catch up with some of the earlier projects. 🙂