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10 amazing facts I didn’t know about crochet

10 amazingfacts about crochet… until I started crocheting

Below is a list of very surprising facts about crochet I have found out  over the years. If you are a crochet beginner you should read this! If you are a seasoned crocheter, please comment if there is anything else you have found out about crochet that surprised you!

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Top Three Gifts your Crocheter actually wants

What to buy for a crocheter

So you have a crocheter in your life. First of all, congratulations! Crocheters are naturally the loveliest of people. You are also very lucky when it comes time to find the perfect gift. If you crochet, you never run out of things you want. Use this handy gift buying guide and win Mothers day, birthdays or any other gift giving time!

Here are the top three gifts to get for a crochet enthusiast:

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Positive Psychology and Crochet: Interest

How crochet can help boost your happiness.

This post will touch on another not easily recognized positive Emotion. Interest. In crochet I have found that once you start to know the basics a whole little Universe will open itself up to you as there is a sheer endless list of new techniques. This old craft comes with it’s own language and is incredibly versatile.

Interest makes you sit and frog a project over and over again, because the pattern is so complicated but you still really want to learn how it works. It makes you hunt down a technique because you saw a headband somewhere and you just have to figure out how to make it (it’s Tunisian crochet, btw). This is where the self described obsession people in this field talk about so often comes in.

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The Best Crochet Hook Review

hookyarn2Everything you need to know about Crochet Hooks

Having the right tools when you start to get more serious about a craft can  be essential. The good news is that, compared with many other hobbies, crochet will give you good results with a comparatively low initial investment. I restarted as an adult with a hook my Mother in Law gave to me. It was a 4.25 mm (US G) hook passed down from her Aunt. I used it for 3 huge striped blankets (they turned out VERY thick – I had no idea about hook sizes and yarn..) 2 bags and all my beginning Amigurumis. I used it until the metal started rubbing off and turned my fingers gray. That’s when I knew I had to start branching out. There are a lot of choices out there and I want to share some of my experiences with you!

Plastic Crochet Hook Review

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Waldorf Rainbow Nesting Bowls

 

Crochet Rainbow Nesting Bowls Toy

In honor of my beautiful April 2015 Rainbow Baby Boy I have decided to stray from my usual color choices (scary stuff!) and go a little crazy. These colorful Waldorf bowls are designed to promote spatial awareness. Little ones are attracted to their bright colors and will stack and nest them for hours!

Free crochet waldorf toy pattern

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Easy Carrier Teething Pads

 

Free Crochet Pattern for soft structured carrier Drool Pads

My sweet 10 week old baby just graduated from a wrap to a big boy carrier. I had bought the Ergo soft structured carrier after many hours of research and could not be happier.

While I was doing all this research I came across the drool/teething covers you can get online for these carriers and didn’t really think twice about them. Where do you think his favorite chewing spot was just seconds after we tried it on for the first time? Well, yes. Those wonderfully textured tan straps!

I looked at my stash of cotton yarn and my vegetable ivory buttons and decided there was no reason to wait and order them. I love crochet!

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This is the cutest Pattern!

Free Crochet Apple Hat pattern review

I love designing my own crochet patterns, but while I was looking for inspirations for a teachers baby shower gift and stumbled across the apple hat pattern by the crazy talented Salena Baca it was too cute to pass up! I found the pattern on Ravelry, which I absolutely recommend joining! There are so many great crochet and knit patterns, a lot of them free and I love how you can see one pattern made by different people.

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Simple Easter Egg Pattern

Eggs in a bowl

Modern Crochet Easter Egg Pattern

We are just about ready here for Easter. Have you crochet any Easter decorations yet? I crocheted some eggs and, oddly enough, despite the fact I had all my pastel Easter colored yarn right in front of me, my eggs came out brow and gray this year..?

Find a link to the free egg pattern at the end of this post

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Easy Crochet Necklace Tutorial

Spring is finally here (Yay!) and I want to start this beautiful season off with a super easy crochet accessory tutorial. One of the only things I love about winter is wearing my vast collection of crochet scarves and hats. I don’t know about you, but I like to incorporate yarn into my life every chance I get, so cotton jewelry is perfect for the warmer months.

Follow this easy crochet Necklace tutorial for a springtime crochet Project

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