During 2020 I have seen a huge uptake in people learning to crochet which makes my heart happy!
So in support of all the newbie crocheters, and as a self taught crocheter, I thought I would take some time to share some useful nuggets of information that will help beginner crocheters everywhere.
A kind of “What I wish I knew when I first learned to crochet”.Get the tips
If you’re familiar with this blog, then you will know that the designer in me loves to understand how things are put together and how that effects their function. (If you’re about to read your first Dora Does post, you’ll pick up on this pretty fast!)
Today I am using that to go right back to the fundamentals and look at one of our two most important tools. The crochet hook. (The second being yarn btw!)More on Crochet HOOKs
Recently I’ve been having fun designing my Festive Crochet Friends pattern which are simple top down amigurumi*. It’s been a while since I made any of these little softies as they are sometimes called.
It took me a while to remember all those little tricks you use with crochet ornaments that you don’t tend to use in every day projects. I even learned some new ones!
I’ve found it really useful to remember these techniques, so I thought I would share my 7 most useful tips for working with amigurumi.Keep Reading
Working with different yarn weights in crochet is one of those pesky areas which can be really confusing. Especially when you’re new to the craft. It’s even more important to understand the yarn weight system when you’re trying to follow a pattern which you want to fit.
So today I want to take some time to explain it from the top. I’ll also address the common myths and clear up some of the grey areas. This is your ‘all the things you ever wanted to know about yarn weight but were afraid to ask’ post!Keep Reading
This week’s post is a follow up from last week where I showed you how to make the invisible join. Today, I’m going to illustrate how it can be used to change colours more neatly, especially in your crochet projects worked in continuous rounds.Keep Reading
In this post we are going to look at a two ways you can crochet in the round and learn great joining technique, often referred to as the invisible join.Keep Reading
I’m gonna be straight with you. This probably won’t be the most interesting blog you ever read. But it’s an important one nonetheless.
I’ve written before about how to read and write a quality crochet pattern which talked in general terms about the construction of a pattern and what to look out for. But in this article, I want to get into the specifics of how to follow instructions in a Dora Does pattern.Keep Reading
I’ve been publishing crochet patterns since the autumn of 2017. In that time I have written over 100 patterns including for my own collection, for magazines such as Inside Crochet and Simply Crochet as well as on line publishers including Love Crafts. As a tech editor , I have read and reviewed many more.Keep Reading
If you’re new to making crochet garments it can seem a bit intimidating at first. But if you break it down into steps then it’s not nearly as complex as it seems. You’ll soon realise, that if you can crochet a granny square or a flat circle, you can also crochet sweater!Keep Reading
If you’ll pardon the pun, blocking was always a mental block for me. For years I just went lalalalalalala whenever a pattern mentioned blocking and studiously ignored that part.
Then i tried it!Keep Reading
The main aim of this article is to explain what you should expect from a decent crochet pattern and how to work through it, especially if you’re less familiar with using written patterns.
But it’s more than that. I’ve included how to read and write crochet patterns in the title because, I believe that it’s just as important for designers to think about the journey their reader takes through a pattern. Let’s face it, creating any crochet project is a bit of a journey. From picking the yarn, frogging the bit you got wrong, working away in front of Netflix, right through fastening off that last end.Keep Reading