Knitted Kitchen #3 – Garter Chevrons

Knitted Kitchen #3 - Garter Chevrons - StitchesNScraps.com

Delicate columns of fans climb straight up to the top of this hat. The split/center dc stitches line up directly on top of each other, instead of being slightly offset like they normally would. This creates perfectly straight columns of stitches, for a unique texture. This pattern was designed for the “Make it for Me” CAL on Elk Studio. You’ve made it through another busy holiday season, and probably poured lots of love into handmade gifts for others. Now it’s time to make something extra special just for you. Be sure to check out the other great “Make it for Me” patterns too!

Continue reading →

How a Pattern Happens – Publishing

Eleanora - a free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Have you ever wondered what goes into designing and writing a crochet pattern? It’s different for everyone, but I thought it would be fun to share my process with all of you. This is the 8th and final part of a series of behind-the-scenes posts, where you can join me as I work through a new design.

Continue reading →

Free Pattern – Eleanora

Eleanora - a free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Get cozy with Eleanora! This casual, comfy vest has big roomy pockets and a subtle, all-over texture. It’s lightweight and not too warm. Perfect for relaxing at home. The Red Heart Soft Touch yarn is super soft and has lovely drape with just a little shine.

Continue reading →

Tutorial – Split / Center Stitches in the Round

Split / Center Stitches tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Split or center stitches are just like normal stitches except for where you place your hook. It’s much easier to work split stitches from the right side than from the wrong side, so they’re particularly great for working in the round without turning your work. Normal stitches are staggered between the stitches from previous rounds. As we’ve discussed before, this can cause the rounds to shift. Split stitches, on the other hand, line up directly above the stitches below them, so there’s no shifting!

Continue reading →

Scrappy Stitchers Link Party #26

Grass Stitch Scarf by the Underground Crafter - Most clicked in November's Scrappy Stitchers Link Party on StitchesNScraps.com

The Scrappy Stitchers Link Party ended 2016 with a bang – lots of beautiful projects linked up. The most clicked link in December’s party was the Grass Stitch Scarf from the Underground Crafter. Congrats Marie! Now, let’s get 2017 started off with an even bigger party!

Continue reading →

2016 Year in Review

Year in Review 2016 - StitchesNScraps.com

With the new year just around the corner, let’s take a quick look back at 2016. I’m happy to say this site has grown by leaps and bounds this year, thanks to all of you! The Facebook and Pinterest pages have grown as well, and Stitches ‘N’ Scraps is now on Instagram and Twitter too.

Continue reading →

Tutorial – Herringbone Half-Double Crochet Decrease

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Decrease tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Earlier, I showed you how to do the herringbone half-double crochet stitch (hhdc). If you’re not familiar with the hhdc stitch, please take a look at that tutorial first. Now let’s look at how to decrease (and increase too) in hhdc.

Continue reading →