Tutorial – Crocheting with Beads (pre-strung)

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Ready to add a bit of sparkle to your crochet? There are several different ways to add beads to crochet, and all end up having a slightly different effect. In this tutorial we’re looking at crocheting with beads that have been pre-strung. This means we string the beads onto the yarn first, and then work them in as we go along.

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Tutorial – Linked Double Crochet (ldc)

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Double crochets are fast and easy, but for some applications they are too loose and leave unwanted gaps. Linked double crochet (ldc) stitches close those gaps by linking the stitches together in the middle. This creates a firmer, denser fabric that’s not quite as stiff or thick as single crochet. I love ldc for borders on lacier items. It can add shape and structure to an otherwise floppy piece, while creating a decorative edge. It’s also great for things like pockets where you still want a little drape, but want to limit gaps.

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Tutorial – Puff Stitches

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Puff stitches are soft, squishy, versatile, and easy to make. Learn how with this tutorial!

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Tutorial – Split / Center Stitches in the Round

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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!

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Tutorial – Crochet Mitered Rectangles

Last week we talked about mitered squares. You can use a similar technique to create mitered rectangles, though it does require a little extra planning up front. Sc Mitered Rectangle: With a mitered rectangle, the first row defines the proportions. So to start, we need to decide what we want those proportions to be. What you’re looking for is the … Continue reading →

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 →