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
When Marie Segares of Underground Crafter invited my to join her Christmas in July Make Along, I knew immediately it would give me a chance to have a bit of out of season fun! So when I saw there was a pet category, I knew that here was my chance to go a little off piste and make something for my sister’s adorable dog, Ando.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! Look out for a pattern using this stitch coming soon, but in the meantime, read on for the written instructions, step by step photo guide and video tutorial.Keep Reading
The Crochet Moss Stitch, sometimes known as Linen Stitch is one of my hands down, all time favourite stitch patterns for creating fabrics. It is really simple, works up quickly and is a mindless, enjoyable stitch to work so it’s perfect for some couch crochet or stitchflixing!Keep Reading
How much is too much crochet to take away on holiday with you?
Holiday is a great time to spend some quality, uninterrupted time with your yarn and hook, whether that’s on a long flight or sat on a beach. I know that I spend just as much time (more probably!) planning which projects to take as I do shoes and outfits.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.
In this post, I will focus on helping you put all that together and use your gauge measurement to create a piece of crochet made to your specific measurements. In other words, I’ll teach you how to work out how many stitches and rows you need to work to make a specific size of fabric.Keep reading
Last year I made my brother a beanie hat for his birthday. He actually wore it all winter – which is about the highest praise I’ll ever get! I wrote up the pattern and added it free to my pattern library as well as to my Love Crochet, Ravelry or Etsy stores to download for a small fee as a PDF add free printable.
I have loved seeing this pattern made over and again but, because it is not a traditional construction method, I have had a few queries from people who needed a little help along the way!Keep Reading
Ever since I first saw linked crochet stitches being used, I knew I had to try them! Finally I have fulfilled this and enjoyed working with them so much that I decided to create some tutorials so you could give them a go too!keep reading
In this tutorial we will look at how to work linked crochet stitches. I have combined the linked half double and linked double (that’s half treble and treble if you work in UK terms) crochet tutorial into one post as they are very similar.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
Continuing my mission to simplify crochet garment design, today I want to share some common approaaches to constructing crochet sweaters. Understanding the differences in these styles was a big lightbulb moment for me as a designer and a maker and I hope it gives you that “ahhhhhh… I get it now” moment too!keep reading