accessories, cowl, crochet, DIY, Pattern, photo tutorial, Tutorial

Crochet in the third loop and a chunky faux-ribbed cowl

crochet chunky cowl

Have you been looking for a good alternative to knit ribbing in crochet? look no further! The newest installment of…

Learn to crochet

is here!

Today we’re talking about crocheting in the third loop. This technique is great to achieve a ribbed look and it comes with a free pattern for a chunky, warm and cozy cowl.


First, let’s talk about Crochet in the third loop! or rather, let’s visualize how to accomplish it, step by step!

1. First you’ll need to make 1 round of plain old Half double crochet

third loop after 1 round of hdc

2. Take a look at your work. From now on, you will not be crocheting the next round as usual. Instead you will use the third/side loop as marked in blue

photo 1 (9)

3. Just to emphasize, you will not crochet at the top loops as you would normally do.

third loop not crochet here

4. Now wrap the yarn around your hook as you would for normal HDC and then insert the hook into the third loop

photo 2 (10)

5. The top view looks like this

photo 3 (8)

6. Finish your stitch as usual, wrapping the yarn around the hook once more and pulling it through all remaining loops. You are now done!

photo 4 (2)

Now let’s go for THE PATTERN!

For this I used 2 skeins of super bulky yarn and a 12 mm crochet hook, plus 2 buttons 3/4″ in size

make 56 chains

HDC in each stitch, starting at 2nd chain from hook

chain 1, make 1 hdc in the third loop in every stitch

Repeat for another 13 rows. You will now have 7 ribs in your cowl.

chunky cowl

Amigurumi, crochet, Pattern, Review

Garden dolls and panda plush (free pattern)

garden dolls


If you read this blog with some regularity, you know I’m big into the site ‘Cut Out and Keep’. There you can find tutorials for just about any craft and recipes to make your belly happy. The wonderful Cat, who runs the site, asked if I’d like to participate in a book review/project test for the site.

The book chosen is Cute critter crochet and it is full of lovely amigurumi patterns. I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of the book and get to pick two projects to test. The projects are Garden dolls and Panda plush and the patterns are available for free! 

panda plus


Although I was not asked to review the book, I’ll give you my 5 cents on it. The pros are super cute things to crochet with very detailed patterns that include both written and chart instructions. We all learn and crochet/knit differently, so I always appreciate having the instructions in both writing and charts. The cons, which are absolutely a personal preference, is the way in which the items are constructed. The patterns do include some crochet in spiral, but they also rely heavily on things that are crocheted flat and then sewn. I hate sewing parts together, so I was not thrilled to have to sew 12 pieces to make the panda.

In any case, I’m sure you’d like to try these patterns yourself! you can get them for free the Cut Out and Keep site. The Garden Dolls are here and the Panda plush is here.

garden doll flower

crochet, kitchen and decor, Pattern, Tutorial

What-a-melon coaster set pattern and photo tutorial


This Christmas I decided to go 100% handmade. The reasons are many, but money is certainly a part of it. As a graduate student in the sciences, my budget is beyond tight. I am fortunate enough to share my life and home with my favorite man in the world, who is also a grad student and thus equally broke. I am not sure if the general public is aware of how little we get paid for many many hours of research. But at the end of the month, buying Christmas gifts for a big family is not an option.

I say a big family because the boy has a large and fantastic family distributed around Texas. Mainly next to Austin. But they all gather around the table for Xmas. This was my second Xmas with the family and I really wanted to show the love. Making handmade gifts saved me lots of $ and allowed me to make things for everyone. Including my family, in Spain. Since Austin doesn’t get a lot of rain or snow or cold in the winter, making hat and scarves sets isn’t really an option. So for my ‘mother-in-law’, I made a set of watermelon coasters. Because she loves coasters and the summer.

In case you’re wondering, you can make this set for about 2$ of cotton yarn. Probably a bit less. Not too bad for some cheerful coasters. Want to try? Follow this step by step photo tutorial and you’ll be done in no time!


WHAT-A-MELON coaster set pattern

With a 4.25 mm hook and 100% cotton yarn. I used Sugar n cream.

Round 1: Chain 4, join to form a ring, chain 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), 11 dc in ring (12 dc)
Round 2: Chain 2, dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch around. (24 dc)

Switch to white, chain 2
Round 3: dc in same stitch, dc in next two stitches *(2dc, 1dc)* around. (36 dc)

Switch to light green, chain 1
Round 4: *(1sc, ch1, skip 1 stitch)* around

Switch to dark green joining at the stitch after the last stitch of the previous round, chain 1
Round 5: *(1 sc at ch1 space from previous round, chain 1)* around


I hope you give this easy pattern a try. It will bring a bit of summer to your winter table.