Here Comes Santa Claus

Okay my friends, here we are again—another Monday and another work week begins. BLECH!  I had a good weekend. It was actually a long weekend for me.  I was off work Thursday and Friday and that is when we took our granddaughter to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.  The park is wonderful.  The day we were there it was 98 degrees outside.  Thankfully it is a water park in addition to a theme park so we were able to stay cool and the girls had a fabulous time.  The wave pool is total blast! The thing about Santa Claus, is that Holiday World is really the only thing we found to do there.  There is a restaurant called Frosty’s and the pizza was the bomb. It has a small arcade for the kids to play in and a miniature golf course out back, but…that was it! (Unless you count the store that sold incredibly expensive Christmas ornaments and a Dollar General) So, needless to say, we really weren’t sorry that we only booked one night there.  Overall, I felt it was a great trip and the kids had fun—I just wish that Santa Claus offered more to do besides Holiday World.  It’s too expensive to spend more than a day or two there if all you’re doing is the park!

So, since we’re on the subject of Santa Claus and Christmas (I worked that in nicely I think).  Let’s discuss those handmade gifts—how is everyone progressing?  I’m progressing fine.  I got another square done on the dumb cat afghan for my granddaughter, I also got a few more rows done on another afghan I’ve been working on as a Christmas gift.  That’s all I got done Christmas wise. I did complete another doll for my Etsy site. It turned out really cute.  

Today, I’m going to give you a pattern for a beautiful stole.  It is quite lovely and just sparkly enough for the holiday season.  A great gift for any special woman in your life—mom, grandma, daughter, best friend, etc.  I really hope you enjoy it and find it as gorgeous as I do!


Las Vegas Wrap


1320 yards black sport weight yarn

2 balls Premier Yarns Enchant in Jewel Box

Size G crochet hook


Pattern Stitches

Dtr group—Work 3 dtr into next st until 1 loop of each remains on hook, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Double Dtr group—work 3 dtr into same st as last group until 1 loop of each remains on hook (there should be 4 loops on your hook at this point), sk 5 sts, work 3 dtr in next st leaving last loop of each on hook, yo and draw through all 7 loops on hook.

Note—in this pattern Rows 3 &  4 are worked only in black.


Row 1:  Holding silver and black together, Ch 62, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, HDC in next st across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Drop silver, Ch 5, (counts as first dtr), sk first 3 sts, work 1 dtr group in next st, ch 5, *work 1 double dtr group, ch 5, rep from * to last 3 sts, working in same st as last ddtr, work 3 tr leaving last loop of each on hook, sk next 2 sts, work 1 dtr in last st, leaving last loop on hook, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 1, sc in top of first group, work 5 sc in next ch 5 sp, *sc in top of next group, work 5 sc into next ch 5 sp, rep from * across to last group, work 1 sc into top of beg ch 5.  Turn.

Row 5:  Pick up silver, Ch 2, HDC in next st across.  Turn.

Rep rows 2-5 until stole measures approximately 60” long ending with row 2.   


Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, *in next st work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) skip next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, work 3 sc in last st for corner, turn so that you are now working in ends of rows, sc evenly up to next corner, work 3 sc in corner, rep from * around, sc in first st, join with sl st to first sc.  Fasten off.