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Straight crochet edge tutorial

crochet hack

When I first started to crochet regularly I made Afghans. Simple double crochet Afghans. I was excited about the colors, I could tell I was improving my stitch quality over time but one thing always left me puzzled. My edges were messy! They were wobbly or holey and not appealing at all. The same happened with my scarves and all other double crochet (even half double crochet) projects. After a lot of trial and error and some research I found Tara Murray’s Crochet Hack. (If you don’t know her, you need to look at her amazing patterns here!) This is a game changer! The simple trick cleans up your edges and even make it easier for you to crochet a border around double crochet projects. Below is the straight crochet edge tutorial. Use this tutorial to learn the fake double crochet decrease stitch and love your edges.

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Seamless Double Crochet Join

Ever wondered how to get rid of that clumsy seam when you make a hat with double crochet stitches? When I first started making hats this was my number one problem. I was proud as can be when I had finished the hat, until the person turned around! Maybe I am a bit OCD (okay, maybe a lot OCD) when it comes to crochet but a badly noticeable seam will ruin my work for me. I want to show you how to make a seamless crochet join.

Keep reading for a step by step tutorial on how to make a seamless Double Crochet hat!

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Crochet and Happiness: My Story

crochet against depression

I want to let you in on a secret. If you have landed on my site, you are probably a crocheter or thinking about learning. Did you know you are not ‘just’ enjoying a hobby but you are actively taking care of yourself?  Numerous studies have shown just how good knitting and crocheting are for your mental and physical health. So, congratulations! If your New Years resolution was to take better care of yourself and improve your health, you are already doing it! Read more about Crochet and Happiness after the tag!

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How to Crochet Cables

How to crochet cables

Easy Crochet Cables

Cables are a great way to add some texture and winter coziness to your project but some of you might find them a little daunting. Don’t worry! Crocheting cables is actually easy to master if you keep a few of the following guidelines in mind. Keep reading to get tips on how to master easy crochet cables. Continue Reading

Knit Picks Yarn Review: what you should know before you order Knit Picks yarn

Brava Bulky weight
Brava Bulky weight

If you crochet a lot, chances are you have explored the world of online yarn shopping. I love my local yarn store but can’t quite afford a lot of their gorgeous products. This is especially true for bigger projects like throws and blankets. While I was trying to venture out of my known yarn zones in the craft store isles, I still needed to stay on budget. That’s how I found Knit Picks. I’ve already ordered a few times from them and wanted to share some of my experiences. If you’ve ever looked around their site but didn’t know if you would like the yarn, keep reading for my honest knit picks yarn review!

Knit Picks yarn review: what you should know before you order Knit Picks yarn online

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Crochet Super Scarf Pattern

crochet super scarf

Crochet Super Scarf:  free pattern

I have always loved long, over sized scarves so this ‘wear a blanket around your neck’ trend is making me very happy. Unfortunately I live in Florida so when I set out to make my own crochet super scarf pattern I knew I had to cut down on the bulk a little and make it somewhat lacy. I came up with a simple shell stitch scarf pattern that will let me and others from a warmer climate, participate in this trend but not get heat stroke in December 🙂

crochet super scarf free pattern

Keep reading for the free crochet pattern!

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Make your own yarn cake

make your own yarn cake

Yarn cakes seem to be everywhere you look lately! The  most popular ones are exclusively sold at Michael’s stores and since I do not have one near me I decided to go ahead and make my own. In case you are almost ready to get into the Holiday spirit (like me!) classic Christmas colors will do nicely.

diy yarn cake

Now I want to show you how you too can make your own yarn cake.  I have been looking for a way to  creatively use my scrap yarn and I just received this amazing Stanwood yarn ball winder. Even if you don’t own one, there are lots of awesome homemade yarn ball winders out there in case you are feeling extra crafty. Check out this pretty example or this homemade yarn ball winder for duct tape fans!

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Seamless yarn join

How to do easily do a seamless yarn join. How to do a Russian Join.

Hello my friends! I recently received an amazing(!!!) yarn ball winder as a gift and immediately got to work making my own multicolored yarn cakes. I must say, I’m in love. While I researched for the best way to seamlessly join yarn I came across a method called the Russian Join. This seamless yarn join has worked out so well for me, I just had to share a little “how to” here.

Seamless yarn join

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Free Fall Afghan Pattern

Fall Crochet Afghan

I am so excited to introduce you to my free Fall Afghan crochet pattern. This  Afghan pattern is a wonderful addition to your autumn must make crocheting collection. I have designed it for a fall wedding and used a beautiful assortment of Sport weight yarn from Knitpicks.com in warm, leafy tones. I love how it came out.

The stitch used is a variation of the waffle stitch and I was first introduced to it while crocheting a Christening gown. I think the stitch makes for a really nice texture and drape for a lighter throw.

fall crochet afghan pattern

Keep reading for the free pattern and instructions!

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What to buy to start crocheting

Crochet Guide for beginners: follow this comprehensive list to know what you need to buy to start crocheting.

Crochet Guide for Beginners

I love crochet! This simple craft has helped me make my life so much happier and brighter that I want to get as many people as possible to pick up a hook and try it out for themselves. If you are curious but don’t know what to buy to start crocheting, keep reading to find a comprehensive list of newbie crochet necessities and see why this is one of the most affordable crafts to begin! Continue Reading