Crochet Andrea 12″ Square

  I’m pleased to present Andrea, square #15 in the CAL Crochet A Long’s Friends Around the World CAL. If this is the first you’ve heard of the CAL, you can find everything you need to know on their blog here. I’m so honored to have been asked to be a part of this project with includes simple, elegant squares from many of my favorite designers around the world. Andrea is named after another dear friend I met on Instagram, just {Read More}

Crochet Mini Mandala Free Pattern

Happy New Year! I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It has always been a kind of limbo week for us. Seemingly not part of the year just past, but not the new year either. I’ve traditionally spent the week finishing up all my planning for the new year, but this time I completed all that earlier, so I had a busy week getting ready for all the new projects I have planned for Pink Mambo! One of {Read More}

Taanvi’s Flower Crochet Motif

Happy day! I’m so glad to have this pattern ready to show you. It’s a pretty little flower motif design named after my sweet granddaughter Taanvi. I’ve added instructions and lots of step-by-step photos to guide you through making the motifs, joining as you go, and adding filler motifs in between if you want to use this motif to make a blanket, cushion cover, or something else you dream up! This motif is so much fun to make in happy {Read More}


First, thank you to all who participated. You guys are awesome! This was so much fun I will definitely be doing more CALs. What do you want to make next? And now… my afghan! I’m very happy with it, not only for its festive looks, but its warm memories as well. I’ve truly enjoyed this process. I can’t help but imagine how pretty this would be in a square configuration with baby yarns. 🙂

Variations on a Theme border rnds 2-5

Rnd 2: Join with sc in any corner, ch 3, sc in same corner, (ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp) across to next corner, (sc, ch 3, sc) in corner; repeat from * around ending last repeat at first corner, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 1. Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2. Rnd 5: Join with sc in second ch-sp before any corner, * (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in {Read More}

Border corner

Variations on a Theme border

I’ve been thinking– after all your work on your afghan, it’s hardly fair of me to dole out the border instructions one row at a time without a photo of the whole border. So tomorrow, we are hoping it will not rain, and David and I can get outside and photograph my border so you can see what I’ve done. I’ll give you instructions for all rows–and this way, you can decide if you want to do as I’ve done, {Read More}

Variations on a Theme border rnd 1

OK here we go! Border.Rnd 1: Join with sl st in any corner, ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same corner, * (ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-sp) to next corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner; repeat from * around ending last repeat at first corner, join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Happy Groundhog Day!

I’ll be posting round 1 of the border later today. Everyone’s afghans are looking gorgeous!

Simulated braid join

This method simulates a braid join and is accomplished by crocheting pre-edged blocks together. It’s fast and easy but uses more yarn and creates a ridge on the back between squares. Step 1: Edge each square according to instructions for Step 1 of Flat Braid Join. Step 2: Using matching or contrasting color, hold two squares right sides together matching up corners. Working through both thicknesses, join with sc in first corner, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) across {Read More}