I’ve talked a lot in the past about gauge and how important it is to check you are making tension when crocheting something that needs to fit. In this post, I want to break that down a bit further and look specifically at row gauge, i.e. row height.How to meet row gauge
During 2020 I have seen a huge uptake in people learning to crochet which makes my heart happy!
So in support of all the newbie crocheters, and as a self taught crocheter, I thought I would take some time to share some useful nuggets of information that will help beginner crocheters everywhere.
A kind of “What I wish I knew when I first learned to crochet”.Get the tips
Introducing the brand new ‘Breaking Waves’ crochet stitch pattern. It’s a two colour (or more) pattern repeat which can be used for scarves, cowls, pillows or blankets.
In this tutorial, which includes written and video instructions, I will show you how to crochet it to make the Breaking Waves snood. I will also explain how you can adjust the stitch pattern to suit your project.Learn the crochet pattern
If you’re familiar with this blog, then you will know that the designer in me loves to understand how things are put together and how that effects their function. (If you’re about to read your first Dora Does post, you’ll pick up on this pretty fast!)
Today I am using that to go right back to the fundamentals and look at one of our two most important tools. The crochet hook. (The second being yarn btw!)More on Crochet HOOKs
As the weather gets cooler, it’s human nature to want get ourselves cosy, to build a den to hibernate in and to protect ourselves from the elements when we are out in the open. There’s something delicious about feeling cosy that’s hard to explain. Maybe it’s a safety thing?
I’m not sure but I’m certainly thankful that crochet has a multitude of cosy stitches we can make to create that feeling at home or outside.Keep reading to get cosy
I don’t know about you, but I love to add those handmade touches to gifts. I always think that kind of attention to detail shows the recipient that extra bit of love.
With that in mind, I have put together a crochet bow pattern which I designed as an adornment to add to gift wrap for a Christmas or birthday present.click to make your bow
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!Learn Star Stitch
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