Tutorial – Dc Cluster

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Cluster stitches are wonderful for adding texture to a project. Clusters can be made in different ways, so it’s more of a technique than a specific stitch. The basic concept of a cluster stitch is to work several stitches part of the way through, and then finish them all off at once. This is most commonly done with dc, but can … Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Edging – Crab Stitch & Twisted SC

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Crab stitch was one of the first decorative, single row edgings I learned. It creates a rope like edge by working backwards (from left to right). I recently learned a stitch called the twisted single crochet, which creates a very similar edge, but working forwards. Crab Stitch (Reverse Single Crochet) The instructions are simple – single crochet in each stitch, working … Continue reading →