A Free Pattern For A Good Cause

Make one for yourself and one for someone in need.
Make one for yourself and one for someone in need.

I received a request by a wonderful gal named Jennifer who works with the You Are Not Alone Cancer Comfort Ministry. They deliver packages to cancer patients that give comfort to the body, mind and soul. Read more about the mission and care packages they give out by visiting their website.


Jennifer had asked me to make a video tutorial for a pattern she uses for the beanies she donates, but she needed it for an absolute beginner. You see, she has lots of friends who want to donate, but don’t know how to crochet.

So I gladly helped out and made a super detailed video.

This tutorial is perfect for the person who has never crocheted. It takes all the stitches extremely slow and walks you through every pattern instruction.

The pattern was supplied by Jennifer, and I just supplied the instruction.

Feel free to use this pattern to make beanies for anyone you like, but consider sending at least one to the Cancer Comfort Ministry. You can send them directly to:

You Are Not Alone Comfort Ministry
Attn: John Gronnel
30151 Avenida de las Banderas, Suite 100
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

or visit their website and see how you can help out in other ways as well.

P.S. You don’t have to send just this beanie, you can make any of your favorite patterns and send them to the Comfort Ministry.

Click here to download the pattern and watch the video.

Lefties click here.


Starting A Two Color Spiral In Double Crochet

I had a viewer request on how to begin a two color spiral. I already have a pattern that has a two color spiral in it, so this was an easy tutorial.

Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat
Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat

The Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat already had a photo tutorial in the pattern for the first round (which is usually the most difficult to make), so I made up a video (see below) for the first three rounds.

If you have your own spiral pattern and the stitches are different, just substitute those stitches for the ones I show and the spiral will work out just the same.

If you are a leftie, here is your video.



When You Don’t Like The Look Of A Chain 3 In Your Double Crochet

A viewer wondered if you could make a straight seam in double crochet when working in the round, but not have to use a chain 3 at the beginning of the round.

She asked and I created.

The video here will show you the straight seam in double crochet technique again, but this time you’ll learn how to make a beginning chain that creates an almost invisible seam.

New Way To Work Double Crochet

This actually isn’t new, but it might be new to you. It’s called a linked double crochet.

This stitch is for anyone who doesn’t like the gaps in between normal double crochet stitches but love how fast it works up (compared with the more dense single crochet).

Normal double crochet with gaps in between each stitch.
Normal double crochet with gaps in between each stitch.

The linked double crochet does exactly what it’s called. It links each previous double crochet with the next to create a completely closed (yet surprisingly thin) fabric.

Swatch of linked double crochet.
Swatch of linked double crochet.

As you can see in the photo above the linked double crochet is completely closed in between the stitches. The resulting fabric is just as tall as a normal swatch of double crochet and requires just a change in one step so it will work up just as fast as regular double crochet.

This stitch can be used wherever you would normally use double crochet but want a closed fabric. I don’t say denser fabric because the resulting fabric is about the same thickness as regular double crochet. This stitch pulls each of the double crochets apart to meet each other rather than bulking them up to close the gaps. It’s really a cool stitch that is under utilized.

Check out the video below on how to work it and lefties can click here to see their version.