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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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Free Crochet Lobster Hat Pattern

This free crochet Lobster Hat pattern is sure to be a hit at Halloween. My little guy actually just wears it for pretend play all the time as well. It’s a beginner pattern and you’ll learn a few amigurumi tricks along the way. The hat works really well as a cut crustacean photo prop. I’ve written the animal hat pattern in five sizes – from Newborn to child. You can use your favorite crochet hat and just skip down to the Lobster bits or you can follow the simple double crochet hat pattern with a ribbed brim that’s included. (Always handy to have when you need to whip up a speedy hat!) This pattern is free to use on my site or you can purchase a printable Pdf version from my Ravelry store HERE

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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.

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Crochet Block Stitch Hat free pattern

Free Crochet Slouch Beanie PAttern

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you!  I think the canary yellow is so nice and cheerful that I call this hat the Bee’s Knees 🙂 . The hat makes me happy and it’s so comfy that I have found myself wearing it a lot. The free crochet block stitch hat pattern is fun, fast and easy to make. This is definitely a beginner friendly 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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Free Crochet Slouchy Hat Pattern

free crochet slouchy hat patternTextured Slouch crochet hat

Even if you live in warmer parts of the world, December still makes you want to crochet warm, cozy projects. I wanted to design a hat that looked chunky and fun. Creating texture with crochet has really intrigued me lately. How wonderful that this craft allows us so much versatility? I think this free crochet slouchy hat pattern looks so comfy and I really enjoy the knit look. I made one for me but my ten year old daughter immediately wanted one too. The pattern for my slouchy crochet hat comes in two sizes now: S/M:  big kid – teen and M/L adult woman.

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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 scarf: simple free V stitch pattern

crochet v stitch scarf

After a few personal and global tragedies I have finally found one thing that brightens up this grim November. The temperature has dropped enough for me to wear scarves in this subtropical climate. I know it’s simple, but it is these simple moments of joy throughout our day that have been proven to lead to long term happiness (read more about crochet and happiness here !) I want to share my current favorite free crochet v stitch scarf pattern on the blog today.

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