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Summer Fun – Camera Day – Paul Bunyan Day

My summer has started off great. Last weekend was a trip to Houston to Daughter #2’s house for my grandson’s birthday. Daughter-in-law and granddaughter accompanied me on the drive from San Antonio. We got stuck in Houston traffic and arrived at the party late, but we still had a great time. More importantly, the birthday boy had a wonderful day! The return trip included a detour to Austin to give Daughter #4 a ride home.

Wednesday night was a sleepover at my house for my grandaughter, 3 nieces, and a nephew. We live far enough out of the city to enjoy a little bit of wildlife in the evenings, and the kids had a great time catching frogs, naming them, and then releasing them.

As far as crochet is concerned, the big question is what to crochet in the summertime. Many people believe it’s only a hobby that can be done in cooler months, but that is far from the truth. Blankets are great for winter crochet, especially once they get big enough so you can cover yourself while you work. However, there are lots of great options for crocheting in the warmer weather. Small projects such as amigurumi won’t smother you while you work on them. Potholders and scrubbies made of cotton are also great ideas. For many years, I have made a Christmas list at the beginning of January and spent the year filling in the slots with completed crocheted gifts. Summer is a great time to complete holiday gifts, prepare for winter craft shows, or make hats and scarves for your favorite charity. Of course, baby items are always such fun to make, and there always seems to be a new baby in the family or in the neighborhood. One of my most requested baby patterns is a Lumberjack Axe Rattle, perfect for Paul Bunyan Day today. The rattle requires just a few ounces of yarn (my favorite for this project is I Love This Cotton).

For this week’s Friday Freebie, in honor of Camera Day on June 29, I have chosen a pattern on the Addi Express knitting machine for a Camera Lens Buddy. These were designed for a photographer I worked with last year, because she wanted something to make children smile at her camera. It’s a fun pattern that works up quickly and easily with yarn from your stash. I would love to see photos of your lens buddies at


½ oz. worsted yarn

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

2 googly eyes

Picot st: ch 3, sl st in 1st ch.


Cast on with waste yarn and work 4-5 rnds. Switch to MC yarn and work 12 rnds.  Switch to waste yarn and work another 4-5 rows. Cast off.

Holding both sides together, with G hook and MC yarn, work *sc, ch 1* through both sides. Do not fasten off.



Row 1: In back loop only, sc across 13 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next st, picot in next st, hdc in each of the next 5 sts, sl st in Row 2, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, picot in next st, sl st in same st as last hdc. Fasten off.

Wings: (Make 2)

Row 1: Leaving 6” length with CC yarn, ch 2, work 4 hdc in 2nd ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec twice.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off. Sew wings on sides of lens buddy.

Glue on googly eyes.



Rnd 1: With MC yarn working in back loops only, hdc in each st. Do not fasten off.


Row 1: Hdc in each of next 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc 3 sts tog.

Skip 8 sts on lens buddy and repeat Rows 1-2 for other ear.

Cut 4” pieces of CC yarn for mane. Pull through loops at back with 1 piece in each st.

Glue on googly eyes.



Rnd 1: With MC yarn working in back loops only, hdc in each st. Do not fasten off.


Row 1: Hdc in each of next 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc 3 sts tog.

Skip 8 sts on lens buddy and repeat Rows 1-2 for other ear.


Rnd 1: Attach yellow or gold yarn in center top of head. 2 hdc in this st and 2 hdc in next st.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc, dec, hdc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off.

Cut 4” pieces of yarn in rainbow colors for mane. Pull through loops on either side of horn with 1 piece in each st.

Glue on googly eyes.


There’s still time to take advantage of half off patterns in my Ravelry store. Use code HALFOFF and get 50% off any $5.00 purchase through 6/30/2019. Get a head start on your Christmas gift list or back-to-school clothing.

Stay tuned next month for some fun patterns for National Ice Cream Month. I will also be attending the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire next month and will be sharing about that trip.

Please join my Facebook group if you would like to be a pattern tester.

Happy summer and happy crocheting!

Fun Summer Patterns

Granny Triangle Bandana

Free Turtle Pattern

Butterfly Flip-flops

Lion Amigurumi

Unicorn Fanny Pack

Owl Crochet Patterns

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First Day of Summer

butterfly flip-flops

Remember those lazy summer days of your youth? I spent my summers in Texas climbing trees, chasing butterflies, catching lightning bugs and horny toads. One summer my dad built us cages for our pet snakes and helped us catch some. My mom would get her ice cream maker out of the garage, and we would take turns churning it. She made many different flavors with fresh fruit, but my favorite was always peach. Last week I bought a peach milk shake from Chik-fil-A just for the nostalgia. It was close but not quite homemade peach ice cream.

We also had “tea parties” in the back yard with lemonade, homemade popsicles, and tuna fish sandwiches. Have your own crochet Garden Party with this amazing amigurumi bundle.

Summer Solstice Giveaway

Shannon from The Loophole Fox has rounded up 25 great summer patterns from independent designers to start your summer off right. Visit The Loophole Fox to get started on your summer crochet vacation. Use coupon code SUMMER2020 from 6/20/2020 through 6/24/2020 to receive these patterns free on Ravelry. I am proud to have my Butterfly Flip Flops included in this fabulous designer roundup. 

Butterfly Flip Flops

Butterflies have always been special to me, so I’m kicking off summer with a butterfly flip flop crochet pattern. I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby, but any yarn will do. It takes less than an ounce of yarn to decorate a pair of flip flops with a butterfly motif. The pattern is so quick and easy, you can make several pairs in an evening.

YouTube instructions

Materials needed:

I Love This Cotton yarn – ½ oz.

Crochet hook size H

Plastic flip flops


V-stitch: dc, ch 1, dc in same st

Butterfly stitch: Sl st into V-stitch, working from top to bottom around post of 1st dc of V-stitch of previous row, ch 3, 3 tr, 3 ch, sl st, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st, turn piece to work around post of 2nd dc of V-stitch, sl st, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st, ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st.


Row 1: Holding flip flop with toe facing you, sc around line strap using 30 sc. Continue to work 30 sc around the other side of the line strap (60 sc).

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in 2nd st and every other st across (30 hdc).

Row 3: Repeat Row 2 (15 hdc).  

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, sk 1st st, V-stitch in next st and every other st across. Dc in last st. Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sk dc, sc in next 3 V-st, butterfly in center V-st, ch 1, sc in remaining 3 V-st, sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Ice Cream Cone Coloring Page

More Butterfly Patterns

Zoo Blog Hop Day 6 – Butterflies Plus I LOVE NATURE Amigurumi Pattern Super Pack

This week I booked my hotel and flights to attend the CGOA Chain Link Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire in July. This will be my first time attending, and I’m excited to get to meet other crocheters from across the country. Comment here if you plan to attend so we can meet in person.

Besides crochet, and I have also dabbled in poetry since I was a teenager. This week I submitted my third poetry book to Amazon for publication. Yellow Roses is a collection of poetry with many different themes.

Special offer on Ravelry through 6/30/2019 – 50% off any $5.00 purchase


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New York Trip, Lion Yarn Studio – Free Father’s Day Pattern – New Unicorn Pattern

Fish towel

During the nearly 10 years that I lived in Queens, NY in the 80s, most of my yarn shopping was at Nelson Yarns in Ridgewood. Several years ago, I took my daughter to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and drove down Fresh Pond Road, but Nelson Yarns was no longer there. Fortunately, I found out that Lion Brand has a studio in Chelsea, so I jumped at the chance to accompany my husband on a business trip to New Jersey. For eight years, I commuted from Queens to Midtown on the subway, but riding NJ Transit trains was a new experience for me. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Woodbridge, NJ, and the staff was amazing, as usual. Not knowing how far the train station was from the hotel, I took an Uber on Monday and took note of the streets along the way. Since it was only a 5-minute drive, I decided to walk on Tuesday. The weather was beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down Main Street.

As usual, Penn Station is a hive of activity with commuters rushing to catch their trains or enjoying a meal or coffee while they wait. There are shops that sell souvenirs, magazines, clothing, cell phone accessories, and so much more. Street musicians perform for tips, filling the area with their music.

Violinist in Penn Station

On my last trip to New York, the new buildings in the World Trade Center had not yet started. This week I was fortunate to be able to visit the new Freedom Tower and the Oculus. Another treat was lunch with some family members who I had not seen in many years.

Lion Yarn Studio is located on 15th Street in Chelsea, an unassuming little shop with an amazing window display. Inside, they sell Lion Brand products including yarn, hooks, and notions. Their “On The Table” display provides free patterns for Lion yarns. Classes and workshops of all types and for all skill levels are offered on weekends and in the evenings. It’s definitely a stop you’ll want to add to your itinerary if you’re planning a trip to New York. My next trip to the area will be to the Lion Yarn Outlet in New Jersey, but I will have to remember to take an empty suitcase with me to hold all the yarn I’m going to buy!

For our last dinner in Woodbridge, we tried a local restaurant, Miller’s Ale House. We don’t drink beer, but the food was excellent, and so was the service. I look forward to trying more of their menu if I’m ever in Woodbridge again.

Pork Osso Buco

For the Father’s Day Friday Freebie, I chose a fish-shaped dish towel that I designed for my father last year to use when he barbeques.

PDF available at

Fish Dish Towel


Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton yarn – 1 oz MC (If you want to use a separate color for the tail and fins, you need 0.7 oz MC and 0.3 oz CC.)

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

1 ½” plastic ring

Towel measures approximately 11” x 7” (not incuding ring).


BODY: Row 1: Work 5 sc through ring. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-6: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, hdc across to last st, 2 hdc in last st. Ch 1, turn. (16 hdc at end of Row 6).

Rows 7-10: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (19 hdc at end of Row 10).

Rows 11-20: Work even in hdc. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 21-27: Dec, hdc across to last 2 st, dec. Ch 1, turn. (5 hdc at end of Row 27).

TAIL: (If using contrasting colors, change colors here.)

Row 1: 2 hdc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (10 hdc)

Row 2: *Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st,* repeat across. Ch 1, turn. (15 hdc)

Row 3: *Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st,* repeat across. Ch 1, turn. (20 hdc)

Row 4: Hdc across. Fasten off.


Row 1: Attach yarn at end of Row 11 of body. Make 12 sc evenly spaced across top of fish.

Row 2: Dec over 1st 2 sts, sc across. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc).

Row 3: Sc across to last 2 sts, dec over last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc).

Row 4: Repeat Row 2 (9 sc).

Row 5: Repeat Row 3 (8 sc).

Row 6: Hdc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st in each of last 2 sts. Fasten off.

SMALL FIN: On bottom of fish, attach yarn at opposite end of row where the top fin ends. Ch 2, 2 dc, 2 hdc, and 2 sc evenly spaced across ends of rows. Sl st. Fasten off.

More Fish Patterns

National Zoo & Aquarium Month Blog Hop, Day 1 World Reef Awareness Day

Once again, I’m cleaning out some of my stash to make room for some of my recent clearance finds. Visit my Etsy supply section this weekend, and get 50% off any yarn or fabric listed.

Ebook Update –

Unicorn Crochet Patterns Ebook has a new pattern – Unicorn Waist Bag (Fanny Pack)

Paperback and Kindle versions are available on Amazon at

National Unicorn Day 2021 – Free Unicorn Fanny Pack Crochet Pattern

Zoo Blog Hop Day 13 – Mystical, Magical Unicorns!

Flag Day Pattern

Also available for Addi Express Knitting Machine

Thin Blue Line Afghan Addi Express Pattern

Happy Father’s Day ** Happy Flag Day ** Happy Birthday Army ** Happy Crocheting

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Rainbow C2C Blanket

Grab your scrap basket, pull out all those colorful yarns, and crochet a gorgeous C2C throw for yourself or as a gift. If you have worked a corner-to-corner pattern before, you know what a quick and easy stitch it is. The versatility of C2C crochet also makes it a popular project. If you have never attempted it, here’s your chance to try. You’ll love it!

As I was finishing up my Christmas projects last year, I started a new scrap basket with only rainbow colors, not yet knowing what to do with them. Rainbows have been a constant in my life – from Noah’s ark in Sunday school to Rainbow Girls as a teen to my Irish heritage with the pot of gold to family members who are part of the LGBTQ community.

This blanket can be made as a stash buster with several different hues of the same color, or you can keep it consistent with the same dye lot for each colored stripe. Either way, it is sure to brighten up your home.

PDF pattern available at

Rainbow C2C Blanket Crochet Pattern

Finished blanket measures approximately 55” square.


Worsted weight yarn

   1.5 oz. red

   5 oz. orange

   7 oz. yellow

   9 oz. green

   13.5 oz. blue

   8.5 oz. purple

Size J crochet hook

Yarn needle

Gauge:  Each C2C block (3 ch, 3 dc) measures approximately 3/4”.


Row 1: With red yarn, ch 6. Row 1 Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch (1 block made).

Row 2: Turn, ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, (slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in ch-3 space of previous row.

Row 3: Turn, ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next ch-3 space of previous row].

Rows 4-12: Continue to work in same pattern with red yarn increasing 1 block on each row. .

Rows 13-24: Repeat Row 4 with orange yarn.

Rows 25-36: Repeat Row 4 with yellow yarn.

Rows 37-48: Repeat Row 4 with green yarn.

Rows 49-60: Repeat Row 4 with blue yarn.

Rows 61-67: Repeat Row 4 with purple yarn.

Row 68: Now work in decreasing rows as follows: With purple yarn, slip st across first 3 dc, * (slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next ch-3 space of previous row; repeat from * to last ch-3 space; slip st in last space; turn, do NOT make a block in last space.

Rows 69-73: Continue to work decrease row with purple yarn.

Rows 74-85: Repeat Row 68 with blue yarn.

Rows 86-97: Repeat Row 68 with green yarn.

Rows 98-109: Repeat Row 68 with yellow yarn.

Rows 110-121: Repeat Row 68 with orange yarn.

Rows 122-133: Repeat Row 68 with red yarn.

Weave in all ends.

This week has been busy, as I was updating my Sugar Skull Crochet Pattern Ebook. It started as a poncho for my Goth-loving daughter, and after my trip to Mexico, I added a trio of skull purses inspired by the open-air markets in Monterrey. The ebook is currently live on Etsy and will also be listed on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats in the coming week.

For the coming week, I am excited about my trip to New York and visiting the Lion Brand Studio. I lived in Queens for most of the 80’s, but the studio wasn’t opened until 2008. I am looking forward to finding more inspiration on my visit there next week. Oh, and also some Ray’s Pizza.

Rainbow Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

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June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month – Free Turtle Pattern – Cutest Baby Crochet Contest

turtle earrings

One of my regrets of my recent trip to Atlanta was that it was not long enough. Just the downtown area alone has several attractions that I hope to return for, including the Georgia Aquarium.

Since June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month, I am hoping to make it back soon. In the meantime, I occupied myself this week with crocheting some turtles. Daughter #2 loves turtles, and I originally made the tank top in this pattern for her. The other thing that got me in a turtle mood was finding this little guy in my driveway on Memorial Day. I picked him up and put him in the grass so he wouldn’t get run over.


The pattern is simple, and it can be made in a variety of sizes. Use crochet cotton for jewelry or a small applique; use sport yarn for a slightly larger applique for shirts, jeans, or hats; use cotton worsted for coasters, or double the yarn for potholders. It’s also great for using up those small amounts in your scrap bucket.

Turtle Motif Razor-Back Tank Top



Cotton blend razor-back tank top (I used New Boundaries Rib Tank)

Sport weight yarn – a few ounces each of MC & CC

Size G crochet hook

Needle and matching thread

Motif measures approximately 3” using sport yarn



Rnd 1: With MC yarn, ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in 1st st, 2 dc in each st around (20 dc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 3: With CC yarn, *ch 1, sc in next 2 sts of Rnd 3, dc into st in Rnd 2,* repeat around. Do not skip any sts. Join with sl st.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, inc,* repeat around. Join with sl st.

Rnd 5: With MC yarn, ch 3 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts,* repeat around. Join with sl st.

Rnd 6: With CC yarn, ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts of Rnd 6, sc in st of Rnd 5, sk next st on Rnd 6* repeat around. Do not fasten off.


Row 1: Sl st in 1st st, ch 1, sc in next 4 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 4 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec twice.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off CC.


Row 1: On opposite side of body from head, attach CC. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, fasten off.


Make front legs 3 sts away from head; make back legs 3 sts away from tail.

Row 1: Attach CC yarn, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 3 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dc over 1st 2 sts, sc in last st.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew turtled centered onto back of tank top with matching thread.

For smaller motif to make earrings or necklace, use crochet cotton and #3 steel hook for a turtle measuring approximately 2 ½”.


For a larger motif to use as a coaster, use I Love This Cotton worsted yarn and a G hook for a turtle measuring approximately 5”.

Free PDF download is available at

This week’s new release is Tiny Totes Crochet Patterns – available in Kindle or paperback format on Amazon. Crochet a Baby Gorilla Purse, a Horny Toad Coin Purse, a Butterfly Bag, a small Rodeo Handbag, or choose from three different styles of Sugar Skull Purses.

Also available as PDF download at

More Turtle Patterns

Turtle Christmas Ornament

World Oceans Day – 4 Free Turtle Patterns

Benjamin Turtle Nap Buddy CAL

Extended for another week (through 6/7/19), purchase any owl merchandise and receive the Owl Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern free. Simply email me after your purchase, and I will email the pattern PDF to you. The pattern is still available on last week’s blog – I’d love to see photos of your finished owls. You can post them on Instagram @myfingersfly.

For those of you who live in or near San Antonio, I will be teaching a beginner’s crochet class at Michael’s in June. The project is an axe baby rattle in three styles – firefighter, lumberjack, or Viking axe. I am really looking forward to it!

Cutest Baby Crochet Contest

Post your cutest crocheted baby item on My Fingers Fly Facebook for a chance to win a Kindle copy of Take Baby to Work Day Sweaters – Military Edition. See link for details.