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😀


Thread Crochet is in the air! I have decided that a thread crochet doily is what we should do next.

There are several types of doilies made with thread: the lacy type and the solid type.

We did a lacy tablecloth some years ago so now I want a solid doily type, think in your mind Overlay Crochet or Mandala.

The basic color we are using is white but I have a feeling that we are going to do some overlay to give the doily a nice spring feel, so check to see if you have any strips of thread you didn’t want to throw away, we are using every bit.

So, a no fuss Road Trip will be on its way tomorrow morning, please have these ready:

Size #10 thread

Images are thanks to Google 
Changing subjects: I am working on several other thread crochet projects but the going is slow because I am using the solid type of  work instead of the lacy open crochet.

See You bright and early 😀



Well how is it going? are you caught up yet? I hope so.

Today, we will continue our trip, adding more rows to our doily.
Row 9: slip stitch to go into the middle of our cone from the previous row then chain 3 and DC 4 for our first 5DC and repeat in each cone, remember there are no chains separating these groups of 5.

Row 10: in this row we are using the cluster stitch and the back post double crochet BPDC it is easy, you can google it for the visual.

Start by slip stitching until you reach the first DC from the previous row, then do a cluster in each back post of your DC from the previous row in other words you will have 5 open DC on your hook then loop over and draw through all 5 DC this is known as a DCC5tog  then chain 5 and repeat, close the row with a slip stitch at the top of the cluster.

Row 11: chain 3 then 1 DC cluster for our first pair of  DCC2tog then you chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in the space between each  DCC5tog from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat your  DCC2tog at the top of your  DCC5tog from the previous row. Close the row with a slip stitch.

Row 12: is super easy, chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in each space from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat. We won’t close this row.

Row 13: in this row we will learn to do the HDCC2tog which stands for 2 half double crochet cluster. Please use the last 4 chains (from the previous row) and go into the chain just before and just after the anchor from the previous row, when you have all the loops on your hook you yarn over and pull through all of them this will make your first pair of HDCC2tog then chain 4 and repeat, we will continue tomorrow . For all the visuals please check photographs or go to you tube.

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Are you all here? do you have all your supplies ? if so, then Please board, choose any seat, relax, throw your anxiety out of the windows, think F-U-N and we will start promptly.

To start, let us chain 5 and close with a slip stitch to make our circle, next chain 3 then a DC double crochet to make your first pair of DC, then chain 2 and repeat at the end of the row you will have 5 pairs of DC separated by 3 chains, close the row with a slip stitch.

IMG_6064 Row 2: chain 6 then anchor in the space between the pair of DC, repeat. You should have 5 waves at the end of the row, then slip stitch in the same chain where you started the row.


Row 3: chain 3 then do 5 DC in the space then chain 3 and anchor in the same anchor from the previous row, repeat. To close the row anchor in the first chain.

Row 4: slip stitch into the loop and chain 3 then DC 4 for a total of 5 DC, repeat in each loop there is no chain in between these 5 DC, close with a slip stitch.

Row 5: chain 4 and anchor in the 3rd DC which is the middle DC, then chain 4 and anchor in the space between each group of DC’s, repeat. Close the row by slip stitch in the first anchor.

Row 6: chain 4 and anchor in the middle of the wave, chain 4 and repeat.
Row 7: slip stitch into the middle of the loop chain 3 and do 2 DC for a total of 3 DC chain 3 and repeat. Slip stitch to close row.


Row 8: slip stitch into the middle DC from previous row, then chain 5 then a DC in the same stitch, this will make your first “cone” then chain 2 anchor with a SC (single crochet) in the space between the 3 DC then chain 2 and repeat the sequence, check photographs for a visual.

I am adding the gallery so you can see the sequence better. Remember any questions let me know or if you spot any errors, let me know 🙂

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Hello!! It is a beautiful day today, and we are very excited to start our Road Trip on this third Monday in September. We will be making crochet bottle covers for our Christmas gifts of wine or champagne or non alcoholic drinks.

Please take a seat and take out your supplies. We will start shortly.

To start, I want you to take a look at your bottle and see where the label is at, because we are going to cover those areas. You will need to add rows or decrease rows depending on the markings on your bottle.

My bottle is tall and slim so I am working my rows to cover all the labels. Keep this in mind because you are going to adjust this pattern for each bottle.

To start let us chain 10 and close with a slip stitch. Next chain one and half double crochet (HDC) 19 for a total of 20 then close circle with slip stitch.

Next, chain 5 and anchor with a single crochet between a pair of HDC from the last row. The pattern here is: 4 chains and the anchor is 1 single crochet.  At this point you may want to add two rows if your bottle is wider.

Next, we slip stitch until we are in the loop from the previous row, then chain 2 plus 1 DC (double crochet) for your first pair of DC, then chain 3 and repeat. The pattern here is: 2 DC – 3 CH, repeat and close row with a slip stitch.

Next, chain 1 and work single crochet (SC) into the loops and a SC between the pair of DC from the previous row. The pattern her is: 3 SC in loop and 1 SC between the pair of DC, repeat.

Now, you will need to SC in each space and continue this pattern for several rows, you may want to mark the end of the row or if you are into “No Stress” like me sometimes, then just go round and around. The only thing is you will need to keep fitting your bottle.

You want a snug fit, if it is too tight increase stitches and continue on your merry way until you have about 6 to 8 rows or 10 if you like the look.

When you reach this point you want to check where the end of the row is (if you did not mark it) then we are doing one row of HDC in each space, close the row with a slip stitch.

Next, we want to make the small loops: chain 4 and anchor, this time with a slip stitch NOT a single crochet. The pattern here is: 4 CH – slip stitch SS – repeat, no need to close just go around and around until you have covered all the labeling on the bottle.

Let us stop here so you can complete your work and relax. Check the photographs for a visual.










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