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Going to Market With Your Handmade Goods

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on December 11th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 15 Comments

As you progress in your crocheting skills, you learn to like your items more and more. The people around you tell you how talented you are and you even start to impress yourself! Then the day comes when you feel you’re good enough to sell your products. Good for you! But where do you start? What are the best avenues? How do you know what to charge? Where do you sell? As a 20+-year veteran in retail, I’d like to list some basics on how to get started in this exciting venture.
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Combining Thick Yarn and Thin Thread in Crochet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns, Tutorials and Help on December 8th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 7 Comments
It all started with a snowflake. I decided to make some the other day and I found a couple of patterns in one of my favorite books, “Super Stitches Crochet” by Jennifer Campbell and Ann-Marie Bakewell. I then found some white metallic cotton thread in my never-ending stash to use for this project. After completing some snowflakes, I needed an item to use them on. I was thinking of sewing several together and making a string-type scarf, but since the cotton thread I used is metallic, I knew I could never tolerate it on my neck (too itchy). What to do, what to do?

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Color – Propel from Crafter to Artist!

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on December 1st, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 11 Comments
For me, beauty is expressed through color. As a child, I would research where paint colors came from and found it to be plants, nature, rocks, etc. – the very things I am surrounded with today. My favorite color combination is turquoise and rust (I don’t know why – they just resonate with me). When I see this combination on ANYTHING, my head turns to see what the item is. It’s not surprising as these colors are complimentary on the color wheel (exactly opposite each other).

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Crochet Pattern: Buttons for Embellishing

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on November 27th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 3 Comments
Though not a necessity, embellishments really add another dimension to your work. In today’s styles you’ll see many flowers adorning headbands, bags, cowls, etc., but they’re not always for everyone. How about a change? How about buttons? It understates your piece yet adds a little flair. The following pattern will show you just how ridiculously easy it is to create your own buttons and some suggestions on where to use them.

You will need to learn the Adjustable Double Ring technique for this (don’t worry, it’s easy!). Try them in different colors and sizes and you’ll have a full inventory of a really cute embellishment! Note: These buttons are made to use as an embellishment as they do not hold the “stiff” properties needed to use as a functional button.
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Let’s Talk Embellishments

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 17th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 2 Comments
To embellish an item is to bring attention to it – to give another level of life to it. A plain pair of mittens become a lady’s hand adornment. A plain scarf becomes a “lovely” scarf, and a plain handbag becomes a statement piece – all with embellishments. The choices are endless. You can use flowers, buttons, lace, ribbons, bows, and beads. You can even embellish with jewelry, leather and fabrics – your imagination is your limit.

A small variety of embellishments

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A Study in Fair Isle Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on November 9th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 21 Comments
Fair Isle knitting became popular in 1921 when the Prince of Wales wore Fair Isle tank tops in public (Fair Isle is a tiny island in the north of Scotland). The Fair Isle technique refers to color work where stitches are knit alternately in various colors. We’ve all seen Fair Isle style on ski sweaters, scarves, mittens, etc. with their intricate patterns and vibrant colors. There are an infinite number of patterns that can be incorporated into a handmade piece, and with today’s selection of colors in yarn, making a striking, unique piece is likely, but not simple.

Sample of Fair Isle Knitting

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Crocheting Hats Without Patterns

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on October 30th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 26 Comments
Hats are one of my favorite accessories – they help me express my mood on any particular day. If it’s super cold, it’s the “furry, no-named animal” hat that says I’m feeling “a little wild” today. My bulky yarn rolled brim says “I’m feeling preppy!” Then there’s my flat top, large flowered, multi-colored, multi-fiber yarn that states that I’m feeling artistic and love color! And there’s always the “Bad Hair Day Beanie” that I can just throw on and head out the door without spending an hour getting to know my curling iron better.

Basic Beanie with Ear Flaps embellished with furry yarn

Whatever your likes, there’s a pattern out there. In my experience in crocheting, there are really only 3 styles of hats you need to learn to make a very wide array of different hats.
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Crochet Pattern: 3 Pretty Washcloths in Single Crochet

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on October 23rd, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 84 Comments
As requested by readers on the Crocheted Cotton Washcloth Sampler post, here are the 3 washcloth patterns! Washcloths and dishcloths are one of the most used and useful items in our homes. And they’re usually pretty, well, blah. Here you’ll find 3 very different patterns all using one crochet stitch – single crochet! The variations used with the single crochet stitches, make the washcloths look like they came from the most experienced of crocheters!

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Crocheted Cotton Washcloth Sampler

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on October 17th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 49 Comments
When I first thought of writing this post, I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to talk about. Was it to be about using a luscious cotton yarn (that I love so much), about the incredible patterns you can make using only single crochet, or how washcloth patterns are really just “samplers” of your talent? Then I realized it should be about all 3!

Crocheted Washcloths

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Crochet Blogger – Corinne Munger

Posted in Fun Ramblings on October 9th, 2012 by Corinne Munger – 11 Comments

Yes, that is a crocheted version of myself! lol What can I say? I LOVE to crochet everything!

Welcome! My name is Corinne Munger and I’m a blogger here at I was THRILLED when Rachel asked me to join her team of creative talent! I feel honored to be able to bring you my crochet experiences, techniques and patterns.
My background starts some 43 years ago when my Italian, left-handed Grandmother gave me my first crochet lesson. My first “square” looked like swiss cheese with all the holes! But she knew I was serious about learning, and even though I was right-handed, we trudged through – and here I am today teaching others.
Narci - Crocheted Version of Me!

Narci the Crocheted Version of Me!

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