Star stitch is a beautifully patterned crochet stitch which greates a thick, squishable fabric. IT’s a yarn eater without doubt but totally worth it!Keep Reading
I’m in the midst of designing my 3rd crochet sock pattern. Whilst calculating the sizes, it occurred to me how many different sources I consulted and compared in order to create the size chart I use when designing socks.Keep Reading
In this post, I want to share a technique I developed to hide button holes when designing the (forthcoming) Adapted crochet hat and cowl set.
I wanted to create some button holes on the ribbing at the top of the cowl in order to attach it to the hat. But because the design also allows the cowl to be worn on it’s own or not attached, I didn’t want these buttonholes to be visible; i.e. I didn’t want ugly holes through the ribbing!Keep Reading
Recently I’ve been having fun designing my Festive Crochet Friends pattern which are simple top down amigurumi*. It’s been a while since I made any of these little softies as they are sometimes called.
It took me a while to remember all those little tricks you use with crochet ornaments that you don’t tend to use in every day projects. I even learned some new ones!
I’ve found it really useful to remember these techniques, so I thought I would share my 7 most useful tips for working with amigurumi.Keep Reading
Working with different yarn weights in crochet is one of those pesky areas which can be really confusing. Especially when you’re new to the craft. It’s even more important to understand the yarn weight system when you’re trying to follow a pattern which you want to fit.
So today I want to take some time to explain it from the top. I’ll also address the common myths and clear up some of the grey areas. This is your ‘all the things you ever wanted to know about yarn weight but were afraid to ask’ post!Keep Reading
This week’s post is a follow up from last week where I showed you how to make the invisible join. Today, I’m going to illustrate how it can be used to change colours more neatly, especially in your crochet projects worked in continuous rounds.Keep Reading
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