One of my biggest goals for this year is to dispel the myth that crocheting elegant, wearable, modern garments is akin to rocket science. Through the work I’ve been doing with the My Crochet Wardrobe group, I’ve been talking to a lot of people about what puts them off and I hope to address some of those fears over the coming months.
Today I want to talk a little about the glory of top down sweaters, and I’ll start with this statement.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
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I don’t have much of a garden, just a few flower beds, but with what I do have I try to make the most of. Having had my attempts at growing veggies thwarted by slugs and unpredictable British weather, I have turned to fragrant easy to maintain shrubs and lots of bee friendly plants, Lavendar being a favourite.
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 is an easily worked dense fabric making it perfect for home decor and garments.
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?
Alas, bending time is not something which is in my tool kit yet so I guess we should keep moving forward!
So, this is last week’s spaced cluster section representing Esteem. It’s a bit of a yarn eater but I hope, like me, you love making clusters, bobbles and puffs. It just makes me happy!
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! This week we are going to talk about the fourth layer of Maslow’s Hierarchy – Esteem needs, but first, here’s an unadulterated peek at my progress…
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!
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!
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.
In this edition of the crochet basics series, we are going to look at the treble crochet stitch (or double treble if you are using UK terms) and other tall stitches.
They are used in a huge variety of ways and create open work and can be combined with other stitches to make great patterns such as waves and lacy motifs. Perfect for shawls, ponchos, summer tops, doilies, blankets and even jewellery.
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!
You can see a summary of all the basic stitches on the Basic crochet stitches Resources Page but today we are going to focus on the double crochet and the half double crochet stitches(or treble and half treble if you use UK terms).
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. March is all about renewal and beginnings so it seems a perfect time to go back to basics and introduce my guide to the basic crochet stitches.
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. My mission is to provide easy to understand resources all in one place. From learning to chain, to advanced finishing tips, I want there to be something here for anyone with a hook!
My pin collection has slowly been growing over the last year and, though it’s still pretty small, I would really like to be able to display them in a visually fun way. I only wear one or two at a time and right now they are mostly covered up by my thick winter coat, so I wanted to find a way to enjoy them more.