One of the things which made me fall for crochet was the mindful, calming effect it had on my often wildly over imaginative, calamitous story-making anxious brain. Something about the rhythm of yarn over hook and watching your work grow, row by row, felt very soothing (even when I was just making wonky squares!).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
I spend my left-handed childhood using scissors not meant for me and have had a bit of a hang up about my inability to cut things in a straight line ever since. Whether it was cutting fabric, or trimming a fringe on a crochet scarf or shawl or simply tidying up a tassel, I would sigh in the knowledge I was probably going to mess it up (even with left handed scissors!). That is until I found what I call ‘The pizza way’.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
It’s all about that drape, ‘bout that drape, no treble… How to find the right drape in crochet fabric
Sorry not sorry for the Meghan Trainor song reference, I’ve had that song in my head all afternoon (sorrier if you have no idea what I’m on about!).
Songs aside, shall we talk about drape? More specifically, what it is, and how knowing a bit about it will help you along with your crochet journey.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
When I began to design my Snowfall crochet sock pattern, it became obvious very quickly that I had a lot to learn about sock construction.
Just like when I started designing sweaters, I went down a rabbit hole researching all the different options available when it comes to how to actually construct a sock!Keep Reading
I love giving handmade gifts at Christmas and for Birthday’s but the reality is that I don’t always get around to it. At this time of year, that last minute sinking feeling where you meant to get someone a gift and forgot is more common than most of us would care to admit.
Then there’s the situation where you know you want to crochet a present for someone but don’t have much time.
Well this post gives you 8 ideas for modern crochet gifts you can whip up in an evening (or less!)! And I’m talking about presents that people will actually use. I’m big on things being used, not sitting in a draw!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
I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful twisted / turban style headbands around recently (you know that thing when you realise you’re accidentally starring at someone because of their accessories… sorry… that’s me!!!) so I did a quick search to see if there was a simple crochet pattern for one but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I turned to cut and sew patterns and decided to translate the fabric turban headband versions into a crochet pattern.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