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, but these tend to be fairly pattern specific.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
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.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 benefits 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
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
I love a cocoon cardi, shrug, wrap, whatever you want to call it. They are so simply constructed and so practical. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while knows I am a believer that everything in my home should be beautiful or functional, preferably both! To mark the release of this new free crochet pattern, I thought I would take the opportunity to share my design process for the Heart Lines Shrug.