Monthly Archives: November 2013



Find my little collection on eBay.

An elegant holiday look. Custom orders available.

An elegant holiday look. Custom orders available.

Check out seller: cheryl.louise for gifts this holiday.


How to use a gauge swatch


What do you do if the needles you have available are not what the directions call for?  What to do? Can you still make the project? How do you know how many stitches to cast on?

This is exactly one reason you make a gauge swatch.

Here is what you can do:

1. Make a gauge swatch with the needles and yarn that you have available.

2. Count the number of stitches for four inches or ten centimeters.

3. Divide that number by four.  This will give you the number of stitches per inch.

4. If you are making a hat multiply the number you have for step 3 by the circumference of the head.

5. Then you will have the number of stitches you must cast on.

This is why it is very  important to do a gauge swatch. For practically every project I create a gauge swatch.  With that swatch I can adjust almost any aspect of the project or garment to fit my custom  needs.

Dressy crocheted hat



This hat is the third I created as Cheryl, the Crafty Commuter. It is a crocheted hat made of yarn by Caron. It is a dressier hat than the others and it is elegant. It fits one size, that is adult small ( 19 inches).

This is my favorite. Wear it in the evening with your elegant wrap.

In addition to actually knitting or crocheting I read other patterns I carry with me.  Ocassionally, I read about the business of crafting.

A Second “Commuter” Hat


I am delighted to say that I have completed the second “commuter” hat. It is a wine colored hat that fits close to the head. It is made of 100% acrylic yarn similar to the green hat seen on a previous post. I am delighted withthis hat since it seem a bit less stiff than earlier hats…presumably because I used another brand yarn. I am still trying to figure how to put a photographof the hat on the post using the camera roll on my Smartphone, while I am working on the laptop.

FInally, figured it out. I e-mailed the photo to myself, rotated it in Windows photo viewed, then downloaded to my flash drive. Here is the picture.