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91  Mother Love Motto Cross Stitch Pattern with free link in Mother's Day by Maria Merlino on: April 21, 2011 06:16:23 PM

Here is a motto you can cross stitch and it will fit into a 5 x 7 inch frame. I used 14 count Aida and 3 colors of embroidery floss.

Free pattern here:

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92  4 Free Printable Mother's Day Tags for Gifts or Scrapbooking in Mother's Day by Maria Merlino on: April 21, 2011 08:01:19 AM

After lots of trial and error I finally learned how to make tags! I put four different images on one page.
Just print and cut these 4 vintage high resolution images for your scrapbooking or gift tag needs. There is a mother and infant with dog, a mother brushing a girl's hair, a mother holding a boy , and a mother with a girl and cat.

To get the free download go here:

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93  Flower Child's Sweater in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: April 18, 2011 06:50:53 AM

Back of sweater

Front of Sweater with the hyperbolic flower buttons

I found a free pattern by the Double Stitch Twins on the Red Heart website called, Flower Child's Sweater. It called for Smoothie yarn. Not in my stash! I did have several balls of Red Heart Stripes. And since the pattern used several different colors, the Stripes yarn was perfect. I made a design change also. Originally, the front closures had ties. I wanted crocheted buttons instead. The way the pattern was written, both front edges had these oversized buttonholes, but the edges did not meet in the center. I added extra rows, worked just one side of buttonholes and on the other side crocheted flowers to act as the buttons. I also changed the collar. I have a 2 page article with my notes and a also a photo slideshow and a link to the original pattern. If you like, you can read it here:


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94  Free Scrapbooking Printable Tags--->6 different designs! in Easter by Maria Merlino on: April 15, 2011 05:05:16 AM

Here are six different tags that can be used for scrapbooking or gift giving. They are 4 to a page and the resolution is 300 dpi, so they do print with all the detail.

This is a vintage chick on a red floral egg:

This is a vintage little blond girl with a lily:

For the chicken lovers, here is a hen holding colored eggs in her apron:

Something for the boys, a sailor-suited lad holding a rabbit:

A Victorian Angel with Lamb:

Bunny and Duck friends in a hollow egg:

Happy Easter!

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95  Wall Rosary made with T-Shirt Spagetti Yarn in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: April 05, 2011 04:33:59 AM

Here is a project that turns 2 t-shirts into a 6 foot long wall rosary!
Using my tutorial for the yarn and a big hook, the P/11.5mm, make a dramatic statement of faith.

Here is the pattern for the Wall Rosary:

And here is the tutorial for the yarn:

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96  Crochet a Head Scarf , Doo-Rag or Chemo Cap---> with free pattern link in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: April 03, 2011 06:56:09 AM

You never know when inspiration will hit. I was watching an old movie, really old ,like 1927, titled "The Unknown". A very young Joan Crawford was wearing a side-tied scarf around her head. I fell in love with the look. I re-created a version in crochet. It only takes 2.5 ounces of worsted yarn and an H/5.00 hook. I used Bernat Super Value Yarn from their Ombre line. The color was Fresh Lilac.
This would also make a nice chemo cap if done in a soft organic cotton.

Here is the pattern:

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97  Red Hot Chili Pepper Filet Curtain or Wall Hanging---->Free Pattern Link in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: March 17, 2011 08:05:56 AM

 Grin Shocked  Tongue Cheesy Kiss Roll Eyes

For all the Southwest fans, here is a Red Hot Chili Pepper Wall Hanging or Curtain in filet.It's a cool addition to your kitchen decor! I made it with Victory Red #10 thread and my favorite vintage Lee Wards#7 steel hook.  This piece measures 6 inches x 12 inches in the extended double crochet stitch. It can also be made in the double crochet or the treble stitch.

Here is the link:


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98  Crochet Bunny Face Coaster, Tote Basket and Purse---->Free Pattern Links in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: March 14, 2011 03:06:43 PM

It's Bunny Rabbit Season! What better way to show your love of bunnies than by making a three piece set with a bunny face as an element?
There is a coaster, a tote done in doubled yarn with the bunny face appliqued on the front and a cute purse made with the same coaster pattern but doubled yarn and a big hook. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and 2 different hooks, an H/5.00mm and a K/6.5mm. Sizes are:coaster=5x7,tote=10x9, purse=7x8.5.

Make all three items on a free Saturday, that's how quickly they are made.

Here is the link for the free patten:


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99  Giant Long Stem Rose Scarf---->Free Link included! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: March 11, 2011 05:32:57 AM

What do you get when you combine an Irish leaf, a hollow tube and a hyperbolic bloom? You get a Long Stem Rose Scarf, that's what! I'm so happy with the way this scarf developed. It uses  Red Heart Super Saver yarn and an I/5.5mm hook. It's 62 inches long and crocheted in one piece. Along with the written directions, I have also included a photo slide show with all the steps to making the leaf and rose. It's perfect for Birthdays, Mother's Day, gardeners, Valentine's Day or just because!

Here is the free pattern:


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100  Angel Wings Double Pineapple Scarf---->Free Link! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Maria Merlino on: March 10, 2011 05:29:35 AM

Double Pineapple Angel Wings

Cathedral Pineapple End

Here is a prayer scarf/shawl that is made with one skein of Red Heart Super Saver. I used an I/5.5mm hook and it measues 8 inches wide by 62 inches long. This is a very nice pattern to work if you've never tried the pineapple stitch before. I have included the slide show of step by steps in the pattern, so just follow along and you'll be done with your scarf in no time flat!
You don't have to use it for a prayer scarf, it's pretty enough just to wear around the office when it gets a little too chilly.

Here is the pattern:

If you would like to see the step-by-step, this is the the photo tutorial:

I hope you enjoy this lacy scarf!


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