In this post we are going to look at a two ways you can crochet in the round and learn great joining technique, often referred to as the invisible join.Keep Reading
I have been so lucky to meet some amazing crochet designers and bloggers since I started Dora Does. It’s a wonderful community full of amazing supportive people.
I love any chance I can get to meet up and chat with other makers, designers and bloggers. One thing that has come up in such meetings time and again is Pinterest. Usually followed by the sentence:Keep Reading
Now this is a story all about how, my poncho got flip turned upside down. I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how it became a vest that would let in the air…
Ok, enough paraphrasing 90s TV themes… This post, if you haven’t deciphered my gibberish, is all about how the Summertime Hangout top flew off my hook.Keep Reading
I’m gonna be straight with you. This probably won’t be the most interesting blog you ever read. But it’s an important one nonetheless.
I’ve written before about how to read and write a quality crochet pattern which talked in general terms about the construction of a pattern and what to look out for. But in this article, I want to get into the specifics of how to follow instructions in a Dora Does pattern.Keep Reading
Recently I wrote a blog post for Love Crafts entitled Feel the Fear and Make the Sweater. It was an article outlining my mission to encourage crocheters to tackle their fear of making a crochet garment.Keep Reading
If you’ve never heard the expression “It’s just not cricket” before, you might wonder what on earth I’m on about. The term is used to express disapproval at something that is unfair, unjust or unsporting.
I’m not sure where in the world this expression has travelled to, but in my head, I can hear The Queen saying it, to express outrage in the most polite, British way possible. I’m not sure if that ever happened or not, but I like to think that’s how she rolls.Keep Reading
As the weather turns warmer in the northern hemisphere, though as I write this, the sky is grey and a thunder storm is on it’s way, the desire to crochet larger chunky makes such as blankets, or cosy sweaters tends to wane.
But most of us still feel that hankering to crochet, to keep our hands busy. So here are some of my thoughts on how to crochet your way through hot weather. I’ll focus on which fibres work best and suggest some different kinds of projects to try.keep Reading
My interest in crocheting with cotton was really sparked back when I began the design for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. I knew it was a summer top and instinctively wanted to use cotton, though I didn’t know why.
The process of researching which specific yarn I wanted to use took me down into a rabbit warren of learning about cotton.keep reading
If you’re not familiar with post stitches, you have probably wondered how on earth those clever cable-work crochet patterns are made.
Back and Front Post crochet stitches (UK raised front / back stitches) are responsible for a whole lot of textured crochet goodness, so today we’re going to focus on what you can create with them and how to crochet them!Keep Reading
I’ve been publishing crochet patterns since the autumn of 2017. In that time I have written over 100 patterns including for my own collection, for magazines such as Inside Crochet and Simply Crochet as well as on line publishers including Love Crafts. As a tech editor , I have read and reviewed many more.Keep Reading
When I first designed the Everyday Hugs cardigan, I used a stitch pattern I called the single crochet v-stitch. It created a lovely opaque fabric and worked really well with an aran yarn and a slightly bigger hook than recommended to give it some drape.Keep Reading
Since my early days of crocheting, I always loved making post stitches (or raised stitches if you use UK terms). There’s something deeply satisfying about working them and I love the textures they can create.
So when I stumbled across alpine stitch, I got giddy with all the heart eyes…Keep Reading