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 have always been intimidated by crocheting socks, I want to reassure you that they are much more straightforward than you imagine.
In fact, when constructed with a short row heel, crochet socks are worked all in one piece. That’s only 2 ends to sew in (and one of them is hidden inside the toe so who will know?).
Short row heels are a simple but ingenious design. So let’s take a look at what’s involved.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
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
This time last year, I started a group on Facebook called My Crochet Wardrobe. The idea behind it was to help encourage people to crochet their own clothes, boost crochet confidence and bust some of the myths which put people off attempting a sweater or cardi.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
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
The story behind the “So What?” Crochet Sweater and some thoughts on calling bs on your fearful thoughts
I don’t normally write a separate blog post to go with new crochet pattern releases these days, but the November My Crochet Wardrobe pattern of the month release is a little different from the norm (It’s all available free right here for a start!), so I thought I would take a moment to explain why.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
Ever wanted to design your own crochet sweater or dress but don’t have a clue where to start? Well this post is that place!
This is an extended version of the crochet design 101 post which first appeared in CrochetZine in June 2019, this post will take you through the key steps you need to follow when designing crochet garments.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
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