Boys Crusaders Costume--Free Pattern

>> Saturday, February 28, 2009

Crusaders Cloak and Chain Mail
For toddler boys size 4


White WW (I used Walmart off-brand)
Small amount of DARK BROWN WW yarn (approx. 1 oz)
Small amount of RED WW yarn (approx. 1 oz)
Size K, I, and G crochet hooks
Stitch markers (STM) or safety pins

Special Stitch:
Climbing Treble (CTB)
This is a cross between a treble stitch and the afghan stitch. It is best if you are familiar with both of those stitches before you begin this project. Chain the foundation chain (40 for this project).
Row 1: CH 3 to start first ST, Insert hook into first CH from hook, YO, pull through (2 loops on hook now),* Insert hook into next CH from hook, YO, pull through* (3 loops on hook now), REP (4 loops on the hook now), *YO, pull through 2* REP until only 1loop remains, First ST is completed. The ST you just completed left loops that look like horizontal bars (just like the bars in the afghan stitch); you will be working your next ST into the FRONT loop of these bars. Insert hook into first loop, YO, pull through, REP with second and third vertical bars, insert hook into foundation CH, YO, pull though,* YO, pull through 2* REP until only 1 loop remains on hook, REP this all the way across until the last CH. For final ST of the row: *insert hook into bar, YO, pull though (2 loops on hook), pull through again (1 loop on hook)*, REP all the way to the foundation CH, SL ST back up to the top of the STs to begin row 2.
Row 2: SL ST across the top of the first row, Make a note of which loops are being created by the SL ST. On the third row, instead of crocheting into the base CH at the bottom of the ST, you will insert the hook into the loops created by the SL STs in row 2.

Gage: 4" square : 8 rows x 12 stitches (for those who prefer not to swatch, measurements are provided)
With white yarn and size K hook:
Ch 40 (approx. 14" long) + 3 for beginning of first ST
Row 1: CTB (40).
Row 2: SL ST (40).
Row 3-32: REP until the piece measures 16" in length (32 rows for me).
Make 2.
Square should equal: 14"x 16"

Note: I chose to use the “wrong” side of my work as the outside of the garment because the texture reminded me of woven or knitted fabric. Use which ever side pleases you; either way, the instructions are the same.

LEATHER STRAPS (for lacing the cloak together)
Special Stitch:
Flat Braid (FB)
CH 1.
Row 1: SC first CH from hook, turn piece, keeping yarn to the back (if you turn your piece one way, it will bring the yarn to the front; the other way will bring the yarn to the back).
Row 2: *SC into the top of the previous SC.*
Row 3 to the end: REP until braid has reached desired length.
Weave in ends or cut to consistent length and leave out.
Assemble according to diagram

With dark brown yarn and size I crochet hook:
Using FB:
Make 4 straps 15" long

Special Stitch:
Front Loop Single Crochet (FLSC)
Insert hook into only the front loop of the ST of the previous row, YO, Pull through, YO, Pull though 2.

With red yarn and size I crochet hook:
Round 1: CH 12, STM in 12th CH from hook, CH 8, SC in next ST and all the way to the STM (7SC), CH 12, SC in next ST and all the way to the STM (11 SC), CH 15, SC in next ST and all the way back to the STM (14 SC), SC in the 12 CH next to the STM all the way to the end (11SC), Remove STM, Turn piece.
Round 2: CH 2, sk next st, HDC in next 10 STs, SL ST into center hole, Next arm of the cross: HDC in next 13, 3 HDC in last ST of row, 3 HDC in first loop of foundation CH (continuing around the underside of the arm of the cross), 1 HDC in each loop to the end (13 HDC), SL ST into center hole, Next arm of the cross: HDC in next 10, 3 HDC in last ST of row, 3 HDC in first loop of foundation CH (continuing around the underside of the arm of the cross), 1 HDC in each loop to the end (10 HDC), SL ST in center hole, Next arm of the cross: HDC in next 6 STs, 3HDC in next ST, 3 HDC in first loop of foundation CH (continuing around the underside of the arm of the cross), HDC in next 6 ST, SL ST into center hole, HDC in next 10 ST, 3 HDC in the first CH on end, 3HDC in next CH, SL ST to top of first HDC to complete round, Turn piece.
Round 3: CH 3, HDC in next 3 ST, CH 2, HDC in same ST, HDC in next 4 ST, CH 2, HDC in same ST, HDC in next 9 ST, SK 3 (inside corner), HDC in next ST, HDC in next 6 ST, CH 2, HDC in same st, HDC in next 3 ST, CH 2, HDC in same ST, HDC in next 6 ST, SK 3 (inside corner), HDC in next ST, HDC in next 9 ST, CH 2, HDC in same st, HDC in next 4 ST, Ch 2, HDC in same st, HDC in next 11 ST, SK 3 (inside corner), HDC in next ST, HDC in next 12 ST, Ch 2, 3 TB in next ST, CH 3, SC in same st, SC in next 3 ST, CH 3, 3 TB in same ST, CH 2, Hdc in next 13 ST, SK 3 (inside corner), HDC in next 8 ST, Slip ST to 1st HDC, Turn piece.
Round 4: FLSC in next 7 STs, SK 1, FLSC in next 13 ST, SK ch 2 Sp, slip st in next 3 ST, CH 4, 4 TB in same ST, TB in each loop across the bottom (the first and last three will be made into the edge of another TB), 10 TB, 4 TB in next ST, CH 4, SL ST in same ST, FLSC in next 2 ST, SK CH 2 SP, FLSC in next 12 ST, Sk 1, FLSC in next 12 ST, CH 2, FLSC in same st, FLSC in next 6 ST, CH 2, FLSC in same ST, FLSC in next 11 ST, SK 1 FLSC in next 6 ST, CH 2, FLSC in same ST, FLSC in next 8 ST, 2, FLSC in same ST, SK 1 ST, FLSC in next ST, FLSC in next 9 ST, CH 2, FLSC in same ST, FLSC in next 7 ST, FLSC in same ST, FLSC in next 4 ST, Slip ST into beginning FLSC.
Weave in loose ends, Block. Attach to front of cloak

Instructions for Chain mail:
I wrote the rest of the pattern down as I went. However, this part I am writing from memory a few years after the original project. I hope it all makes sense. I did not swatch this part; I only have the measurements.

With G hook, make a LOOSE chain measuring 36" + 6 chains.
Front Yoke
Row 1: in 4th ch from hk, 1 DTR, *ch 1, sk next ch, 1DTR in next ch* Repeat to end, ch 4 and turn.
Row 2-? Repeat row 1 until garment measures approx. 36"x7.5", ch 4 and turn.
Back yoke:
ROw 1: in 4th ch from hk, 1 DTR, *ch 1, sk next ch, 1DTR in next ch* for thirteen inches, make ch to equal 10", *1 DTR, ch 1, sk next ch, 1DTR in next ch* for thirteen inches, ch 4 and turn.
Row 2-?: in 4th ch from hk, 1 DTR, *ch 1, sk next ch, 1DTR in next ch* Repeat to end, ch 4 and turn.Finish off

Body Front and Back is the same (make 2)
With G hook, make a LOOSE chain measuring 13" + 6 chains
Row 1: in 4th ch from hk, 1 DTR, *ch 1, sk next ch, 1DTR in next ch* Repeat to end, ch 4 and turn.
Row 2-? Repeat row 1 until garment measures approx. 13"x13", finish off.
Attach with whip stitch to the yoke of the chain mail. Refer to diagram for placement. Fold in half on fold line and whip stitch up sided and under arms to make a "T" shaped garment.

Place chain mail on your little knight, put cloak over top and send him off to slay his dragons!

Send me a picture!

This pattern is copyrighted 2009, Sarah Forbes, BeyondAllMeasure . Patterns are a lot of work. Don't steal my work! If you use it, give credit to its creator. Please link back to it. Please make it! But don't sell the pattern-- It is intended to be FREE!


The Boy and The Wolf by John McRay

The Boy and the Wolf
By John McRay
A boy employed to tend the sheep
Despised his work, he liked to sleep.
So when a lamb was lost, he'd shout
"Wolf, wolf! The wolves are all about!"

The neighbors searched from noon till nine,
But of the beast there was no sign.
Yet "Wolf!" cried the boy next morning when
The villagers came out again.

One evening around six o'clock,
A real wolf fell upon the flock.
"Wolf!" yelled the boy. "A wolf indeed!"
But no one paid him any heed.

And though he screamed to wake the dead
"He's fooled us every time." They said.
So let the hungry wolf enjoy.
His feast of mutton, lamb, and boy.

The moral's this, the man who's wise
Does not defend himself with lies.
Liars are not believed, forsooth.
Even when liars tell the truth.


What it means to be a man


By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!


>> Friday, February 27, 2009

She Mothered Five
Eddy Guest

She mothered five!
Night after night she watched a little bed,
Night after night she cooled a fevered head,
Day after day she guarded little feet,
Taught little minds the dangers of the street,
Taught little lips to utter simple prayers,
Whispered of strength that some day would be theirs,
And trained them all to use it as they should.
She gave her babies to the nation's good.

She mothered five!
She gave her beauty--from her cheeks let fade
Their rose-blush beauty--to her mother trade.
She saw the wrinkles furrowing her brow,
Yet smiling said: "My boy grows stronger now."
When pleasures called she turned away and said:
"I dare not leave my babies to be fed
By strangers' hands; besides they are too small;
I must be near to hear them when they call."

She mothered five!
Night after night they sat about her knee
And heard her tell of what some day would be.
From her they learned that in the world outside
Are cruelty and vice and selfishness and pride;
From her they learned the wrongs they ought to shun,
What things to love, what work must still be done.
She led them through the labyrinth of youth
And brought five men and women up to truth.

She mothered five!
Her name may be unknown save to the few;
Of her the outside world but little knew;
But somewhere five are treading virtue's ways,
Serving the world and brightening its days;
Somewhere are five, who, tempted, stand upright,
Who cling to honor, keep her memory bright;
Somewhere this mother toils and is alive
No more as one, but in the breasts of five.


What it means to be a mother

This is absolutely the best description that I have ever read about what being a mother really is.
This is the link to the original page. It was written by Jan.

"We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her! That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop a soufflé or her best crystal without a moment's hesitation.

I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.

I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be routine.

That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom. However, decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs.

I want her to know that a caesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor. My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop War, prejudice and drunk driving. I want to describe to my Daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.

My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings."

Thanks Jan, Your right on target.


History for Boys

When I began to homeschool my eldest, I decided that I should focus on history that would intrigue him and would prepare him for his future. What is one of the most challenging decisions facing a young man? What to do when he grows up. I knew that a study of the jobs of grown men would intrigue him. So I complied this outline for a history course. It lists the jobs of men throughout the ages. The idea was to study what these men did, what kind of character they had, and whether their lives brought honor to God or not. Some of the items are things, not people and would need to be researched. This is by no means an exhaustive list. And I have to admit that we never got far on the list! But the idea is good and we are still using the idea: what did this man do and was it glorifying to God. I hope you find it informative, maybe even useful.

Occupations of the Ages

* Builders: the Arc, the Tower of Babel, Ziggurats, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the 7 Wonders of the World, Solomon’s Temple, Babylon, the foolish man and the wise man, Roman Coliseum, Great Wall of China, Venice Italy, Dutch Dikes, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, Eifle Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Sky Scrapers, Building Practices Then and Now, We are compared to a building in Ephesians 2:19 and 1 Peter 2:5, God is described as a builder in Hebrews 3:4

* Sailors: Noah (The Land and Sea Before and after the Flood), Sons of Ham Travel to the New World after the Tower of Babel (Navigation Now and Then), the Disciples Who Were Fisherman, Travel Limited to Europe until after the Middle Ages (Mediterranean Travel), the Great Sea Explorations of Post Middle Ages, the Vikings, Columbus– Europe Discovers the New World, Discovery and Exploration of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, Trade Routes to China and India, Wars on the Sea (England, France, Spain), Pirates and Privateers, Sir Walter Drake, Submarines, the Suez Canal, the Straight of Gibraltar, the Panama Canal. Boat Types in Different Eras (Sail Boats, Steam Boats, Diesel Boats), Tools of the Trade: Then and Now.

* Farmers and Ranchers: Adam and His Sons, Joseph and the Famine (How Planning and Farming Saved the Nation of Israel), Ahab Kills for a Vineyard, Parable of the Sower, Feudal System of the Middle Ages, Droughts of Europe Post Middle Ages (Bring People to the Americas), Claim Settling (Buying Land with Time), Cowboys & Buckaroos, Modern Farming Methods (How Our Nation Feeds the World), Tools of the Trade Then and Now.

* Soldiers: First Soldiers Mentioned in the Bible, Joshua and the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, Gideon and His Soldiers, David’s Mighty Men of Valor, Alexander the Great, the Trojan Horse, Roman Soldiers, a Christian Soldier, Attila the Hun, Knights, the Legend of King Arthur, War Code of Conduct (Ie, That You Stand in a Line and Don’t Hide), the Crusades, Soldiers Occupying the American Colonies, the Swamp Fox, the Minute Men, George Washington, Jackson and Lafayette (Battle of New Orleans), Stonewall Jackson, Davy Crockett, Solders of Ww1, Patton, Mac Arthur, Eisenhower, General Norman Swartcoff, Modern Military(branches of the Military, Ranks, Training of Soldiers, Education of Officers), 9-11-02, Wars Against Non-military Groups (Ie: the Terrorists), 2 Timothy 2:3

*Explorers: the Command to Have Dominion over the Earth Ge 1:26,28, Early Explorers, Where the Sons of Noah Went after the Tower of Babel, the Roman Empire (As Far as Britain), No Exploration During the Middle Ages, Exploring the Americas, Exploring Africa, Exploring Asia, Exploring Antarctica, Remaining Unexplored Areas of the World (The Amazon, the Arctic, Etc), Travel to the Moon, Space Exploration, Matthew 28:18-20

*Scientists and Inventors: Early Inventors in the Scripture, the Scientific Giants of the Pre-flood Era, the Inventor of the Wheel, Discoveries of the Ancient Egyptians, Scientific Understanding Mentioned in Job and Psalms, the Greek Constellations, Science Died Without God (The Middle Ages), the Reformation and the Revival of Science, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Galileo, Early Modern Discovery and Invention, Newton, Basic Laws of Nature, Printing Press, Electricity (Benjamin Franklin) the Cotton Gin, Antiseptics, the Steam Engine, the Sewing Machine, the Telephone, the Assembly Line, Albert Einstein, Atomic Power, Heart by Pass, Transplants, Radiation and Kimo-therapy, Neo-natal Medicine, Vaccines and the Elimination of Diseases,, Nuclear Power, the Computer, the Cell Phone, Cloning, Brain Surgery, the Mapping of Genetics, .

Teachers, Scholars, and Philosophers: Adam and Eve Learn from God, Parents Commanded to Teach Their Children (Exodus), Moses, Samuel, God is a teacher Psalms 32:8, Solomon, Jehosaphat, Confucius, Aristotle, Socrates, Aesop’s Fables, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the holy spirit is the great teacher John 14:26, James, Peter, John the Loved, Paul, Timothy and His Mother and Grandmother, Paul commands Timothy to teach in 1 Timothy 4:11,Wemon are to tech women Titus 2:3-6, , Martin Luther, John Calvin, Francis of Assisi, John Bunyan, Tyndale, Whitcliffe, the Grim Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Benjamin Franklin as Poor Richard, Spurgeon, J. Vernon Mcgee, Arnold Fructenbaum, Government Schools and the Home School Movement

Missionaries : Abraham, Jonah, Daniel, the Apostles ( Paul, Early Church Missionaries (, Dr Livingston, Dr and Narsisca Whitman, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot, Rebekah Pearl Anast, Missionaries We Support,

Law Enforcement and Judges: God Judges Cain, God Judges Man with the Flood, God Establishes the Law, Moses Appoints Judges over the People, Deborah the Reluctant Female Judge, Samuel Prophesies Judgment on Eli’s Sons, Samuel Prophecies Judgment on Saul, Nathan Prophecies Judgment on David and Bathsheba, Solomon the Wise Judge, God Judges Ahab and Jezebel, Mordecai Officer at the Kings Gate, Temple Guard, the Origin of the Sheriff, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sheriffs of the Old West, the Texas Rangers, Branches of Government Involved in Law Enforcement and Judging, The Scopes trial and Row v. Wade when judges made laws, International Courts, Crimes Against Humanity, 9-11-01 when civilians became soldiers.


This is my life

This is my life. I am truly blessed beyond all measure. I am married to my college sweet heart, the most wonderful man I have ever met... still my best friend after almost a decade! I am mother to two miracle babies, praying maybe to have another miracle sometime in the future. I love teaching them-- they are brilliant just like their Daddy! I love watching them grow and explore. I am praying that they will become all that they can be in Christ, but mostly that they will be godly men someday. I am trying to grow personally every day, improving who I am, overcoming my shortcomings, proving that I am a conqueror in Christ and that nothing can keep me from being what He wants me to be--not sickness, not personality quirks, not character flaws, not my lack of organization, not the small house I live in, NOT EVEN MYSELF!
In Christ I shall prevail.

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