This week’s tip comes from Sara Delaney and is an excellent way to join granny squares. You’ve got to try it out.
Granny squares can be a great, quick project to use up lots of scraps but the additional work of joining them all together can be a bit daunting. By simply replacing some of the chain stitches along the sides and corners of the squares you are joining together you won’t have to bother with a crocheted or a sewn seam. If you crochet them together as you go then there isn’t any seaming at all!
Watch our new video as Sara walks you through the steps of joining granny squares as you go.
Tahki Cotton Classic Lite is part of our Anniversary Sale, so it’s a great time to grab the yarn for this pattern. You’ll need 5-8 hanks depending on the size, so the total cost would be $22.95-$$36.72, which is an incredible deal! There are great colors available, so you’re sure to find something you like. You could go neutral with black or fun and bright with a pink!
The Paris Tunic is crocheted in one piece from the top down and it would be a great layer for spring and summer. I think that this one may actually go in my queue!
This week’s free pattern is from ChickenBetty (aka Sara, our crochet-guru!). The Longmeadow Cuff is a great way to practice your broomstick lace.
The cuffs are worked in Valley Yarns Longmeadow, which is a wonderful blend of cotton and microfiber. It’s a great yarn for spring and summer!
Have you ever tried broomstick lace? I created a shawl using the technique several years ago and it was pretty fun. At first, it was a little nerve-wracking sliding those loops off of the big needle, but after a while, I got used to it and it was tons of fun!
I love that even though this cowl is simple, single crochet, it has pizzazz thanks to the colorful stripes. Road to China Light is a gorgeous yarn (like all of the yarns from The Fibre Company). I love the pop the peridot gives, and I’m not usually a fan of green. With the warmer weather on the way (it’s going to be unseasonably warm here today – a taste of spring), it’s nice to have smaller accessory projects that you can finish quick and still get some wear in before it gets too warm for cozy yarns.
I tend to throw my projects into my bag with much less care than I should. Luckily, with knitting, I am often working on circulars, which can be tied into a knot, keeping the project safely on the needles.
With crochet, I don’t have that option. So before tossing my crochet project into my bag, I add something to the working loop to keep it from unraveling. The easiest item to use is a locking stitch marker. But, in a pinch, I have also used paper clips, twist ties and bobby pins.
Guest: Dora Ohrenstein, author of Custom Crocheted Sweaters. Kathy and Dora chats with Kathy about crochet and her new book. They also talk about how crochet has evolved. Dora’s book includes a comprehensive teaching section at the beginning. Through research on Ravelry, she discovered that people want to make garments, but they find that they don’t fit. The book answers this fear with information about getting your measurements and modifying the pattern to fit you.
It’s a pretty simple pattern. Kirsten works flat for a couple of rows and then joins, so you can tell whether or not your join is twisted. It’s a great trick to try, and great to use if you’re joining a project with many stitches.
For the main body, you work the Hearts of Oak stitch pattern. Kirsten details the three steps of the increase. Check out the video:
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I don’t know about you, but I certainly have holidays on the brain, which being from Massachusetts, makes me think of snow. This week’s free pattern is from Blue Sky Alpacas and is Auntie Aggie’s Trivets in Skinny Cotton.
These cute crocheted trivets remind me of snowflakes. I think that the smallest size (6″) would look great on a tree of branches (maybe with a little sparkle on it, because I love sparkle).
The trivets are also a great gift project. Make a stack and hand them out. The smallest size could also be used as a coaster.
This is a great way to experiment with broomstick lace. It’s a surprisingly simple technique that creates an interesting finished fabric.
It’s a great way to whip off a quick gift. Speaking of gifts, has anyone started yet? I’ve made my list and started on the first project. We’ll see how many projects I can actually get through. I have big plans!
The line of aluminum crochet hooks has an ergonomic comfort grip that is labeled with the size. The tip of the hook is molded and glides easily in the stitches. These hooks are available individually at an affordable price. The aluminum hooks are available in the following sizes: 2.0mm, B (2.25mm), 2.5mm, C (2.75mm), 3.0mm, D (3.25mm), E (3.5mm), F (3.75mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), and J (6.0mm).
The steel hooks also have the ergonomic comfort grip. The tips have gold on them for added strength. These steel hooks are teeny! Perfect for delicate lace and small enough to use for adding seed beads to your knitting. Like the aluminum hooks, these are available individually. They come in sizes: 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1.0mm, 1.25mm, 1.5mm, and 1.75mm.
The Dreamz crochet hooks are made of color-coded Symfonie birch. Unlike the aluminum hooks, these tips are cut. The shaft has a round shape with a thumb rest. Like the aluminum hooks, the Dreamz hooks are very smooth. Individually, they come in sizes: E (3.5mm), F (3.75mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), J (6.0mm), K (6.5mm), 7.0mm, L (8.0mm), M/N (9.0mm), N/P (12.0mm), and 12.0mm. The Dreamz crochet hooks are also available as a set which includes sizes: E (3.5mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), J (6.0mm), K (6.5mm), and 7.0mm.
Additionally, the Dreamz line of crochet hooks features a Tunisian Interchangeable Set. These tips are not only perfect for fans of Tunisian crochet, but also handy for knitters. Use the interchangeable hook on the cable to easily pick up stitches for a buttonband and when you’ve completed that, simply switch to your knitting tips.
The Tunisian Interchangeable Hook set includes sizes: E (3.5mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), J (6.0mm), K (6.5mm), and 7.0mm as well as 4 cables (one 24″, two 32″, one 40″), 8 end caps, 4 cable keys, and a clear vinyl case. The Tunisian tips are also available individually in sizes: E (3.5mm), F (3.75mm), G (4.0mm), 7 (4.5mm), H (5.0mm), I (5.5mm), J (6.0mm), K (6.5mm), 7.0mm, L (8.0mm), M/N (9.0mm), N/P (12.0mm), and 12.0mm, so you can purchase them alone or round out your set.