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How to Transform Your Crochet Mistakes – Part 3

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on October 25th, 2014 by Tameko Barnette – 3 Comments

This is the last installment of this series on transforming your crochet mistakes. In truth, some of the mishaps that occur in our crochet projects aren’t always mistakes. I say it that way because we tend to look at things that way. Crochet is a fun activity, a relaxing hobby, yet it doesn’t go without its frustrating moments

In addition, it may not be a mistake, but a coincidence that can turn into a creative treasure. The key factor to handling a crochet mistake is to tap into one’s own creativity. In part 2 of this series, I shared ideas on creative ways to use leftover afghan squares. In this last installment of the series, I will share some fun ideas on what to do with spare yarn (i.e., small amounts of yarn leftover). You’ll see what I mean, check it out.
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How to Transform Your Crochet Mistakes – Part 2

Posted in Tutorials and Help on October 18th, 2014 by Tameko Barnette – 9 Comments

This is the second part in a three-part series for transforming possible crochet mistakes. This time I am exploring extra pieces to a crochet project. Specifically, I have found myself having several extra afghan squares that I didn’t use for an afghan, either because I didn’t finish the project or had made a few too many.

This is where our creativity can kick in. It’s always fun trying to figure out what to do with the extra pieces. So, I came up with a few ideas listed below. I hope you enjoy them and they spark even more ideas for you.
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3 Crochet Tips for the Visually-Challenged

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 27th, 2014 by Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments

According to the National Foundation for the Blind, in 2012, there are over 6 million people (men, women, and children) in the U.S. who have a vision disability. I, too, am considered visually-impaired or legally blind.

However, I have found that this does not mean that you stop living and stop enjoying favorite activities. Quite the contrary! It is still possible to be visually-impaired and still get your crochet on!

Through this life-changing event, you can still find joy in creating crocheted items for yourself and others. Have no fear! Below I am going to share three great tips that can help anyone who is visually-challenged to be able to continue one of their favorite activities: crochet.
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How to Crochet: Back Crossed Tunisian Stitches

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 11th, 2014 by Candace – 1 Comment

If you want to add lovely, serpentine cables to a Tunisian project, then crossing stitches will be a useful technique. Unlike front crossed stitches, back crossed stitches will give you stitches that lean to the right (to the left for left-handed crocheters). Play around using different types of stitches to make subtle cables or ones that pop.
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How to Crochet: Front Crossed Tunisian Stitches

Posted in Tutorials and Help on September 1st, 2014 by Candace – Be the first to comment

Crossing stitches can add visual interest to an otherwise simple project, and it’s actually pretty easy to do in Tunisian crochet. Front crossed stitches will give you stitches that lean to the left (to the right for left-handed crocheters). Once you get the hang of it, mixing crossed stitches with different relief stitches gives you defined cables.
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How to Crochet: Single Crochet With Bead in Front

Posted in Tutorials and Help on August 2nd, 2014 by Candace – 4 Comments

Adding beads to crochet produces beautiful pieces, but the usual way of adding beads has its limitations. With beads only showing up on one side of the stitch, you can only add beads in every other row of a flat piece. When this technique is combined with the usual one, you can add beads to every row for a more densely beaded project. The key here is to single crochet behind the bead.
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How to Crochet: Starting a Circle

Posted in Tutorials and Help on July 19th, 2014 by Candace – 2 Comments

When making a flat circle, my preferred method is the adjustable ring–an alternative to the traditional method often given in crochet patterns. However, some people may wish to use an alternative to the ring, and when the ring is the method given in the pattern, it’s good to know what the traditional method is.

This way of starting a project in the round is simple, but it can take some trial and error to get the center you want. Working your chains too tightly or too loosely can lead to ripping your first round back several times at the start of a project, so it may take some practice to get it right each time.
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How to Crochet: Single Crochet I-Cord

Posted in Tutorials and Help on July 9th, 2014 by Candace – 6 Comments

In knitting, i-cord is a versatile tool, and is used to make handles, straps, edgings, and other components. It’s knit across without turning or working backward across the row, and this crochet i-cord works the same way. Follow along with this tutorial, and you’ll be working up miles of i-cord in no time.
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Expanding Geometric Motif Crochet Tutorial

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 17th, 2014 by Amy Lynn Yarbrough – 5 Comments

I’ve designed quite a few patterns using granny squares because I like how simple and easy they are to make. It’s easy to create something remarkable by using granny squares as a base. But it’s not the only easy motif to choose from.

After crocheting the Expanding Pentagon Motif a few weeks back, we received requests for the same design but in different shapes. So today I’m going to give you a tutorial explaining how to make the motif in any geometric shape you desire.

Expanding Geometric Motifs (copy)
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How to Crochet: Tunisian Bar Stitch (Tbs)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on June 12th, 2014 by Candace – Be the first to comment

In some ways, the Tunisian bar stitch is like the Tunisian full stitch (tfs). As with the tfs, it has a natural bias, so crocheters should be prepared to use it with other stitches and block the finished object. It is also worked in much the same manner as the tfs, except the hook is inserted into the horizontal bar. However, the tbs is lighter than the tfs, making it a better choice for accessories and apparel.

If you are unfamiliar with Tunisian crochet, you can start learning with the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) tutorial.
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