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
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
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
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
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
The Corner to Corner, or C2C stitch pattern is hugely popular among the crochet community. It’s worked on the diagonal, from one corner, increasing to the widest point and eventually decreasing back to the opposite corner (hence the name).
It creates an easily worked dense fabric making it perfect for home decor and garments.keep reading
How quickly the final week of the Maslow’s Rainbow Cal has come around! Can we slow it down now so we don’t have to finish? Like reading the last few pages of a book super slowly because you don’t want it to end?keep reading
Here we are at part 4 for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. The time is flying! How did you get on with the granny dot stitch from part 3? I hope you enjoyed the combination of the two fun stitches and learned a little about the importance of belonging!Keep Reading
Welcome to week 3 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. This week is all about…
I could write a hundred posts about the importance of the feeling of belonging, of finding our tribe, of feeling valued and loved by others and having others we value and love in return. Humans are social animals and always find a way to gravitate into social groups, even if those groups can be dysfunctional!
Belonging to a group is a basic evolutionary requirement, best explained by the expression “There’s safety in numbers”. On top of that, membership of community groups is related directly to our happiness, with those who lack interactions and functional human relationships being more prone to depression.keep reading
Hello and welcome Part 2 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL
Before we get started on the next section, how did you get on with Part 1 last week? Did you master the gauge? I hope you learned some useful tips to help you adjust crochet patterns.
Here are my first pieces made in Drops Muscat Cotton DK, isn’t that blue lovely!keep reading
Welcome to part one of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL!
If you missed the first post, you can read about this CAL and find out what materials you need here.
In this part we are going to make our gage swatch and create the first section of both panels of the top. But first I’m going to talk a little about the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy – the most basic things that motivate us – and how this relates to the first section of the CAL.keep reading