Knitting: mason jar cozy

mason jar cozy on goodknits

This little jar has been getting a lot of use lately. I thought I would spruce it up a bit by knitting a little cozy. You can make this in under an hour, I’d imagine. It’s the perfect beginning knitter’s project! A giant swatch. No button holes and you don’t even have to add the duplicate stitch design, but why wouldn’t you? It’s cute as heck.

Download the free pattern from the Craftsy pattern page, here: Knit Mason Jar Cozy.

If you aren’t familiar with the duplicate stitch, check out this tutorial I wrote up for the Craftsy knitting blog– [HERE]






A word of caution: glass jars are pretty slippery. I made the cozy as snug as I could without distorting my stitches. I also made sure my fingers could still touch my glass when the cozy was in use. It just makes me feel more confident that the jar won’t slip out while I’m carrying it. I don’t think they’re too practical for children!

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Crochet: Lily- Doily Blanket #5

crochet: lily doily blanket

I’m happy to announce the new doily blanket pattern is now available! Can you believe this is number 5? Whoa! I’m still loving them.

You can find more information (and photos!!) on the pattern page by clicking [HERE].

A BIG BIG THANK YOU to my testers, Erika, Denise, Elizabeth, and Marilee. I feel confident we found all the little typos and made the pattern concise and easy to understand. If YOU happen to find any inconsistencies or need some clarification, don’t hesitate to email me (

I hope you all enjoy it!

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Crochet: Hombre Scarf


Long time no blog! To make up for it, I thought I would share this sweet project. A friend of mine (the real hombre of the mojo wire) mentioned wanting a scarf for Christmas and since I never get to make actual scarves, I accepted that challenge. He received it yesterday, so I get to share photos and the pattern, today.

I started it in the car on the way to an out-of-town Christmas party and finished it later that night, at home. It was perfect for chatting in the car and then subsequently for working in front of the TV. I strongly encourage you to make one, if you are in need of a last-minute gift! For the guy and/or lady in your life. Really, I can see it in magenta and mustard for a girl (me!). Jeez, I really wish it weren’t 75 degrees out, today.

2 skeins Patons Classic Wool in 2 different colors (medium weight 100% wool, 3.5oz/210 yd per skein)
6 mm (US J) hook

Measures approximately 6″ x 80″, but the woven stitch makes it very stretchy

Ch 26
Row 1: SC in 4th ch from hook, *Ch 1, skip 1 ch, SC in next ch; rep from * to end. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: SC in first ch-1 sp, *Ch 1, SC in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to end, making last SC in the beginning ch-3 of previous row. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat row 2 for pattern. Omit the last Ch-3 on the last row. Finish off, weave in ends.
Color scheme: I used Color #1 for 140 rows, then I switched between Color 1 and Color 2 for 6 rows, and ended with Color 2 for 140 more rows.




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Crochet: Bat-bow!

crochet: bat bow!

Pretty self-explanatory. A bow that looks like a bat. I’m sure you have seen some variation of it around the web, but here’s my take! It’s really simple to crochet and I’ve provided a few photos for assembly. I really just wanted to make this post to share photos of my adorable son. He looks like he’s about to take my order.


Using some worsted weight acrylic and a 5mm (H) hook, start crocheting!


One: Make the wings.

Row 1: Ch 2, SC in second ch from hook, Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: SC in st, Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 SC in st, Ch 1, turn. (2 sts)
Row 4: 2 SC in each st, Ch 1, turn. (4 sts)
Row 5: 2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
Row 6: 2 SC in first st, SC in next 4 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (8 sts)
Row 7: 2 SC in first st, SC in next 6 sts, 2 SC in last st, Ch 1, turn. (10 sts)
Rows 8-10: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (10)
Row 11: SC2tog, SC in next 6 sts, SC2tog, Ch 1, turn. (8 sts)
Row 12: SC2tog, SC in next 4 sts, SC2tog, Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
Row 13: SC2tog, SC in next 2 sts, SC2tog, Ch 1, turn. (4 sts)
Row 14: SC2tog twice, Ch 1, turn. (2 sts)
Row 15: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (2)
Row 16: SC2tog, Ch 1, turn. (1 st)
Rows 17-18: SC, Ch 1, turn. (1)
Row 19: 2 SC in st, Ch 1, turn. (2 sts)
Row 20: SC across, Ch 1, turn. (2)
Rows 21-31: Repeat Rows 4-14.
Row 32: SC2tog, Ch 1, turn. (1 st)
Row 33: SC. Finish off, leaving about 8″ tail.

Weave in one end and with the second (the 8″ tail), stitch the beginning and end together. Lay the wings flat with the seam sitting in the middle. You can also make a few stitches in the center to keep it together. Weave in that end.


Three: Make the bat body.

Row 1: Ch 4, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next 2 ch, Ch 1, turn. (3 sts)
Row 2-6: SC in each st, Ch 1, turn.

On Row 6, do not ch 1 & turn. Instead, slst down along the edge of the rectangle (6 slst along the side). When you get to the next corner, Ch 3, then slst back into the same st, slst in next 2 sts (you should be at the next corner), Ch 3, slst back into same st, then slst back down the other long rectangle edge, slst across last short edge. Finish off, leaving about 10″ tail.

Four: Attach body to wings.

Weave in your beginning tail, then position the head/body over the center of the wings. Using your 10″ tail, whip-stitch the beginning chain and the last row together over the wings. It’ll be a snug fit, but you should still be able to rotate the body around, as you won’t be sewing into the wings.



There are a few ways to use your little bat bow. In the photos of my son, I just have it pinned right next to his button with a safety pin. You could glue it to a headband or even thread some elastic through the back. Whatever you’d like!


the dapper bat

I hope you have some time to make a bunch of little bows! I think it would look really adorable as part of a vampire costume!

Click here for a text only version of this pattern!

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Doily Blanket: Georgia



The new doily blanket pattern is now available! Please see the pattern page for more information (size, yarn, etc) and photos! Go directly to the Ravelry page to purchase, HERE.

I really love that this lace feels more solid. It’s all lacey, but it has more weight. My kids use it to cover up on the couch. It’s a doily that can take some rough-handling from little ones!

Using worsted weight yarn to make doilies/lace continues to be a real pleasure. The finished item looks so intricate, but it really works up rather quickly (about 5-6 hours total?) and feels great. I have made them for gifts and they’ve always been so well received. If you don’t crochet, I’ll be putting some in the shop next week and will also have a custom listing set up for anyone who would like a blanket in a special color.


Many thanks to Melissa from Hooked on Handmade for helping me out this past week with finding mistakes and typos in the PDF!

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