You’ve found your perfect pattern, your hook is at the ready, But you don’t have access to the yarn that’s called for. Fear not, this post will help you decide what yarn to use as a suitable substitute.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
I always worry that people will be shocked at the real cost involved in producing a finished item. I know anyone who crafts will understand this. So when I decided a week or so back that I wanted to sell made to order Off The Rails Infinity Scarves, I spent some time trying to source a nice acrylic yarn to make the scarf more affordable as the original had been made from luxury 100% Merino and its accompanying (worthwhile) price tag.
As my regular readers will know, I am having some renovations done at home, which has been going on for a while (seems like since about 2013…).
My new kitchen arrived this week ready for installation to start on Monday. This is super exciting, but living in an obstacle course of boxes is less fun, except for the cat who is loving finding new hiding places amid the boxes.keep reading
There’s something that happens at the beginning of September which is different to every other month of the year. I don’t know about you but that ‘back-to-school’ feeling I got in my belly every year growing up, never really left me with my childhood, even when it’s work I’m due to got back to, I still feel it!
September screams change. Subconsciously we know that this is a chance to start over to have a second chance at the year before the chaos of Christmas starts to overtake everyday life!
The Foundations. The Basics. The Building Blocks.
However you describe them, they’re not very glamorous. But they are entirely and fundamentally fundamental!
You’ve all heard the Coldplay song where Chris Martin laments the discovery that his castle was built on pillars of salt and sand… if my lyrical memory serves, that ended with his head on a sliver plate, so there’s a stark warning for you!keep reading
You know that little kid who drives you nuts asking “But why?” over and over?
Well that’s me.
I’m naturally curious but have fortunately learned when to shut-up. My questions tend to have a little more thought to them these days, though I have been know to ask why wasps exist or who thought to eat marmite for the first time.
Dora Does Ideas
For my fist post, and to introduce you all to Dora Does, I decided to focus on the theme of ideas.
As this new venture begins, I have so many ideas buzzing through my mind about what I want to do, where I want to go and how I want to get there. But where do these ideas come from? And how do I know whether they will keep coming?keep reading