Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Widow’s Protector

The Widow’s Protector by Stephanie Newton

I don’t remember reading many books by this author, but if she writes them half as good as this one, I want to find more by her. This book was so good, I was woken up at night at about 2 am and finished the book. If you like stories about firefighters and loads of action, then you will want to read this book. Great suspense, great characters. Unbelievable fire scene, it was like being there. This book is the forth in the series, next up is The Back Sheep’s Redemption. Can’t wait.

Monday, April 30, 2012

July 2004 Stitch of the Month

July 2004 Stitch of the Month.

Yarn-One color, G size hook,

Foundation ch: multiples of 9 + 8

This stitch would make a great afghan. Using 4 ply yarn, made a foundation
chain as wide as you want your afghan, making sure you have multiples of 9,
then add 8 more chains. Using finer yarn, you could also make a lovely
lightweight shawl, or using cotton yarn, (ch 35) and make a dishcloth. You can
even make a lap afghan for that favorite grandmother. Just crochet an edging
around it.

Keep crocheting until you have Half the length you want. If you look at the
sample you will notice that is has a scalloped edge at the ending. To make
the afghan, etc. make it half the length you want, then do the ending row,
reattach yarn on the beginning chain, and do the second half of the afghan.

Or make a panel of ch. 35, and make it half as long as you want, finish it
off, make the second half, and then using a second color, make an edging
around it. Then take the edging color, and make a second panel the same
way, and use the first color around it for an edging, then sew the two together,
keep going this way until you have the afghan and the width you want it.

You can use any size hook you want, just remember, the finer the yarn, the
smaller the hook. If you look at the stitch, you will notice that it is a different
version of the Crazy Stitch.

For the sample, I've used cotton yarn, a G hook and make a dishcloth.

Row I (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch. across, Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, sk next 2 sc, in next sc work (sc, ch 3, 3 dc); * (sk next 2
Sc, sc in next sc, ch 3) twice; sk next 2 sc, in next sc work (sc, ch 3, 3
dc); rep from * to last 3 sc; sk next 2 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in first sc, in next ch-3 sp work (sc, ch 3, 3 dc); * (sc in next ch-3 sp,
ch 3) twice; in next ch-3 sp work (sc, ch 3, 3 dc); rep from * to last 2 Sc;
sk next sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.

Rep Row 3 for half the desired length you need.

Last Row: Sc in first sc; * sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc; 2 sc in next ch-3 sp;
sc in next sc, (2 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc) twice; rep from *
to last 3 dc; sc in next 2 dc, 3 sc in next dc; 2 sc in next ch-3 sp; sc
in last 2 sc. Fasten off.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Short bio on me

N. L. Banks

I have designed many knit, crochet, machine knit and sewing patterns over the years. I've been crocheting over 45 years, teaching myself at age nineteen, first with thread, and then much later, yarn. Back then I had not learned to read the crochet patterns, so I took the stitches I had learned and crocheted around things to make them look pretty, like things for my bedroom. I still have one of them, it's an old hair spray can cover, with double crochets and popcorns stitches made with thread. I crocheted lots of Barbie doll clothes for my kids, but didn't think to write them down back then. In the past years, I've sold both knitted and crocheted designs, and have lots of free knitting and crochet patterns on my list at

Here's a link to one of my favorite crocheted patterns:

I have been knitting for over 60 years, I learned when my Mom taught me when I was about four years old and I still love the craft today. I had not learned to read the knit patterns then either, and the first thing I remember knitting was a shawl for my mom. Before that it was afghan squares in grade school. The first items I've sold were sweaters designed and knitted on my knitting machine back in the early 1980's. I just started back into machine knitting and have to relearn everything, but did find a knitting machine magazine; I do reviews for them, free of charge.

The things I like to knit and design most are ski hats, you can see most of them here, none are free, but two of them will be on my knitting list at yahoo. The others I have not decided what I want to do with them at this time.

I also like to knit scarves, below are two free patterns, just follow the links. and

I am retired now, and can play with my toys anytime I want. After all these years, I still like to knit, crochet, and sew.

I would like to thank Christine Weiher at for writing me and offering me the chance to put my designs on All Free Crochet.

N L Banks

Nifty Patterns for Knifty Knitters

Nifty Patterns for Knifty Knitters  by Kathryn Doubrley. PDF, 89 pgs. $ 20.00. Instant download at