Row 7: This row is made up of cute popcorns and half double crochet stitch: one popcorn-2HDC-popcorn. To make the popcorn stitch you chain 3 and then slip stitch in the first chain this makes a little corn that separates each pair of HDC, slip stitch to close row.

Row 8: This row introduces the slip stitch. You want to work in each space between the pair of HDC and in the front.  Please relax your tension, you want to work very loosely, if not you will see your work getting tight, slip stitch to close row.

Row 9: This row introduces a very low tension stitch, please relax and keep your grip light:

Start by yarning over and working in the B-a-c-k of the slip stitch, meaning the Back of the popcorns, please use photos as guide, next yarn over and go under the stitch and repeat 5 times until you have lots of yarn on your hook (first photo) then close with a slip stitch.

Then you want to work in one loop of the slip stitch, close with a slip stitch, then repeat one more time, this gives the space between the fat stitches ( forgive the name, if you have a better name then let me know 😀)

It is hard to explain but look at the photos for the visual.

This is all for now, if you have any questions, please let me know….

Forgive the picture quality, the lighting is not very good at night 😩


Row 3: chain 3 and 2 treble cluster then anchor with a slip stitch in the next space, the next group is what you will need to do until you reach the end of the row: 3 treble cluster (call it any name you wish) yarn over and close all 3 clusters then anchor this cluster in the next space with a slip stitch:

Row 4: chain 2 then 4 puffs close the puff then add 1 chain then 1 double crochet then 1 chain, for all others it is 5 yarn over puffs then close then add 2 chain then 2 double crochet then 1 chain and repeat:

You notice the double crochet is anchored in the space just before the treble group from the previous row, and the puff is worked right after the 3 chains and before the two treble clusters. Close the row with a puff and slip stitch closed:

Row 5: chain 1 then 2 single crochet in the same space, we are working in the spaces before and after puffs, repeat

Row 6: chain 3 and anchor in the space after the two single crochet, repeat and slip stitch to close the row:

This is all for now, let me know if you have any questions 😀


Good morning Artisans!! It is so nice to embark on this Crochet Along aka Road Trip.

I decided to call it Compact Doily because it won’t be lacy, it is going to be “solid-looking”.

So, take out your hook and thread and wrap around your thread about six times, this is just an example, I did mine about six or seven times but I did not photograph it, silly me.

It should look like this: 

This is what we call a magic ring and next, you want to do 40 single crochet into the ring, close with a slip stitch.

Next row: you want to chain 2 and slip stitch into each single crochet (work in the back loop) from the previous row. This row won’t lay perfectly flat because it has extra stitches, if it is tight you know you are doing something wrong.

Next row: We are working with the Puff Stitch, here’s the diagram ( thanks to Renate Kirkpatrick

Make certain you yarn over 5 times, so chain 3 and make your first puff with only 4 yarn overs and place in the first space (the 2 chains form a tiny space, this is where you want to work) you close your puff with one slip stitch and add 2 chains to separate each puff. You want to work in every other space, at the end of this row you must have 20 or 21 puffs, it doesn’t have to be precise.

Let us stop here. You will have more work next time😀


This tutorial is to show you how I softened a blanket I made with several brands of 100% acrylic yarn.

Online you can find several ways to soften this yarn, especially the ones that are more “hard” or scratchy to the touch.

You can soften the yarn before you start your project or after you finish your project. I prefer AFTER I finish the project because I find that yarn pick up a lot of dirt when it’s dragged around: like when part of your massive blanket gets dragged on the floor or when you crochet with dirty hands, etc.

So, check out how I softened my 100% acrylic yarn blanket:

1- First, you want to soak your project in a little shampoo (cheap shampoo works fine) for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

2- Next, you want to put your project in the washer with half a bottle of moisturizing shampoo and an equal amount of any detergent you normally use then wash with cold water.

Use the Easy Care/Gentle Cycle and the second rinse option, if you have that option on your washer. The second rinse washes away all traces of detergent, shampoo and conditioner.

3- Next, I added half a bottle of conditioner and equal amount of fabric softener to the first rinse cycle, and remember DO NOT add any product to the second rinse.

4- Let your project air dry until it is almost dried and then you put it in the dryer on the Permanent Press Cycle with one or two or any amount of Scented Dryer Sheets your heart desires.

That is all Folks. You will enjoy your SOFT 100% acrylic project with the heavenly  smell 😀



We are done!!! and I think I like my pillow/cushion.

The overlay crochet technique is not hard but it takes more concentration than regular crochet.  

It makes a very compact cloth which is perfect for a lot of things like place mats, doilies, cushions, pillows, wall art, etc.

The yarn I used for this project was 100% recycled from an old project from some years back and I must point out that the yarn looks brand new and so is my cushion 🙂 I am happy!!

So, here is my rendition of the Overlay Crochet:


If you were following this tutorial, feel free to adapt your doily to whatever you need at the moment.

This is the gallery of the whole tutorial:

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I hope you give this technique a try, I think you will enjoy it very much.

Take it easy and Crochet on…



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