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
One of the intentions I set for this new year was to address some of the crochet fundamentals. Not in terms of fundamental stitches, but in terms of the basic knowledge surrounding the craft.
I’m taking about the kind of stuff that once you know it, you forget there was a time that you didn’t!
I am a self taught crocheter and learned a lot of this stuff by osmosis, with experience and often by accident, chancing on a game changing facebook post or insta caption (then often felt like an idiot for not already knowing it – is that just me?).
So this year I want to take some time to explicitly address some of those items that many see as a given, but others aren’t aware of.Keep Reading
You’ve found your perfect pattern, your hook is at the ready, But you don’t have access to the yarn that’s called for. Fear not, this post will help you decide what yarn to use as a suitable substitute.Keep Reading
When I first started making and then designing crochet garments, I was hugely put off by a lot of the terms surrounding the process. It took me a long time to understand these terms, so to save you going through the same confusion, I have put together the jargon buster below to clear things up for you!Keep Reading
How many stitches does my crochet hat need to fit? Dora’s ultimate guide to accurately sizing a crochet hat
Like many crocheters, one of the first things I ever made to gift was a hat. The owl hats from Repeat Crafter Me to be precise. Only I got the sizing all wrong because back then I didn’t understand that the most common yarn in the US is worsted whereas here, in the UK Double knit seems to be more popular.
It was a valuable early lesson and the beginning of my curiosity about what I now understand to be gauge.Keep Reading
Yes, I’m talking about gauge again! Today, I will walk you through crocheting a tension swatch and measuring it to find your gauge. I will share the other benifits of making a swatch and how the swatching process can improve the overall look of your finished project!Keep reading
Should you make a gauge swatch?
Straight in there with the question you really want to know the answer to! Well the short answer to that is yes, except when you don’t need to…
Let me break that down a bit for you.Keep reading
Have you ever seen a crochet hat, sweater or cardigan with a neat ribbed edging and wondered how on earth it is achieved?
Well keep reading as today I am going to share with you my favourite way of creating ribbing which can be used to finish a garment or on it’s own to create a stretchy fabric.Keep Reading
Last week, we started the crochet basics series with a look at slip knots, making a chain and single crochets. I hope you found the tutorials useful and have been getting your practice in!keep reading
Crochet has improved my life so much that I wanted to be able to spread the crochet love as far and wide as I can. Part of this means introducing new people to the craft.keep reading
Ever since I started Dora Does, I’ve had a vision of creating a space where crocheters, new and pro, could find answers to all those crochet questions which come up over and again.keep reading