Understandably, I’ve seen a lot of talk on social media this week about stashbusting crochet projects and I for one am a fan! So I thought I would put together my quick guide to shopping your stash!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
Hands up if you’ve ever lost at yarn chicken? *Shoots both hands up in the air and waves them around vigerously*
Whether you’re adapting an existing pattern, winging a project as you go, or taking your first steps in crochet design, it can be tricky to guess how much yarn you will need. So in this post I’m going to share some of the ways in which you can make a reliable estimate.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
When I first started designing top down crochet sweater patterns, I had no idea how to get my numbers and measurements to add up It took a lot of scribbling and swearing to get it to work for the first few designs. I now get a lot of people asking me how to do exactly the same thing so I thought it might be helpful to share some of my approach.Keep Reading
A question which comes up a lot in My Crochet Wardrobe Facebook group is “How can I adjust crochet sweater patterns to fit better?”. It seems that ‘fit’ is one of the biggest bug bears when it comes to crocheting clothes.
I generally add notes within my crochet clothing and accessory patterns giving advice on how to adjust that specific item to fit. When writing these notes on my most recent top down sweater (the Cheeky Rainbows Pattern), I got to thinking that a lot of the adjustments could be applied to to almost any top down garment pattern. That is what this post aims to address.Keep Reading
The short answer is that term “Corner to Corner” (c2c) crochet is used interchangeably to describe both a stitch pattern and a design technique! This article will explain what both versions of the term mean.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
I love working with bobbles, puffs, popcorns and clusters. In short, anything that adds texture is right up my street. But over my years as a maker and a designer, I have seen these names used so interchangeably and always wondered if there was a ‘right’ answer. So much so that when I set about writing up a bobble stitch tutorial, I ended up going down a rabbit hole trying to find the definitive difference and writing this post instead! (Don’t worry, I included a link to my bobble stitch tutorial too!)Keep Reading
The Crochet Loop Stitch is a fun way to add texture to your crochet and craft projects. It looks fantastic in a range of garments, accessories and home decor and you can either leave to loops looped or trim them to achieve a different effect.Keep Reading
I’ve had my eye on the herringbone crochet stitch for a year or two now and finally I get to bring you a tutorial so you can fall in love with it too!
The first time I saw it, I knew it would make a beautiful fabric for homewears and garments. The tweedy fabric is so elegant and it has a beautiful drape to boot! I’ve used this stitch in both the Slow Living Skirt and the Light Fandango Sweater Patterns… I just adore it!
Read on for the written instructions, step by step photo guide and video tutorial.Keep Reading
Crochet Design Basics: How to use gauge to calculate stitch and row counts, crochet to measure and adjust to fit!
Gauge is essential to good crochet design. I can’t emphasise that enough. It’s the reason I’ve written a lot about it lately, including why gauge matters, when you should swatch and how to make and measure your gauge swatch.Keep reading