Tutorial – Crochet Mitered Square

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Crochet mitered squares are super easy and versatile. They look great in solid colors, but are even more dramatic in self striping yarn, or with each row a different color. Make small squares for a set of coasters, or larger squares as washcloths. If you put several together to make a blanket, you can get some neat effects by rotating them … Continue reading →

Edging – Jacob’s Ladder

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I’m mildly obsessed with Jacob’s ladders. Ever since I did the Jake’s Blankie Crochet-Along last year, I’ve been hooked. I used Jacob’s ladders in my Jacob & Julia bracelet, in my Accidental Beanie, and in my Criss Cross Applesauce square.  I love the chunky, braided look, and the versatility of this stitch. A bold, Jacob’s Ladder edging just seemed like … Continue reading →

Book Review – The Art of Paper Flowers

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When “The Art of Paper Flowers” by Bobby Pearce first landed on my doorstep, I was very intimidated. The big, beautiful flowers pictured all seemed impossibly complex. I love the page layout and design aspect of scrapbooking, but actually shaping paper is not one of my strengths. I’ve tried quilling, origami, and similar crafts with mixed success. I decided before I could review this book fairly, I would need to actually try to make one of the flowers.

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Pattern Review – Slouchy Diamond Cap by Melody’s Makings

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As many of you know, I’ve been working on the Anthology Blanket Knit-Along from the Underground Crafter. I wanted to make a coordinating item with the small bits of each color that are left over. Melody’s Makings patterns has several beautiful baby items I thought might work, so I tried there first. I decided on her Slouchy Diamond Cap, which is a free pattern. … Continue reading →

Edging – Shells and picots

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Shells or fans are very popular for a decorative edging. If you get them spaced properly, they will lie flat and create a nice scalloped edge. My Blueberry Hill shawl has a simple shell edging that you can see in the picture below. Picots work well with shells too, and can add a little extra elegance and interest. Simple shell / … Continue reading →

Beautiful Afghan Squares ~ 12 FREE Crochet Patterns

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This round-up of crochet afghan patterns is compiled by Rhelena of Crochet Pattern Bonanza – a free crochet pattern directory. Rhelena was kind enough to write this up as a guest post for me to share with you. Thanks Rhelena! Afghan squares are a fun way to relax at the end of the day. They are often mindless to crochet, … Continue reading →

Edging – Ruffles

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This week, let’s get frilly! Ruffles are a fun and versatile way to edge your projects. Almost any stitch pattern can become a ruffle. The key is to work extra stitches into every stitch. Simple DC Ruffles If you’ve seen my Anemone blanket, you’ve seen a basic double crochet ruffle. To make this edge, I just worked 2 dc in … Continue reading →