Top 5 Crochet Tips

Well we all need a little bit of help sometimes so I picked out these 5 tips in the hope they would help you out.

  1. Stitches – always keep a check on the stitches you have just crocheted, it only takes a quick glance and will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run – I was half crocheting and the other half of me was watching TV, 3 rows later I noticed I had done a couple of stitches wrong and I had to undo my work (3 rows) and start again.
  2. Swatch – it is a really essential thing to do when following a pattern, you must get the gauge right for your pattern to turn out the correct size you have chosen, it also gives you a chance to view your pattern in the yarn you have chosen.
  3. Yarn – here is a good little tip when making a garment, double check you have the correct yarn for the job, there are many sites online that tell you about yarn, for instance: cotton is a lovely cool yarn which would be nice to wear in the summer, it also has a nice weight which would make it hang just right, whereas real wool would keep you nice and warm, so its worth checking before you start.
  4. Washing – make sure you wash your project according to the wrapper around your yarn, it is no good putting something into the washing machine if it is wash by hand only, so check the wrapper.
  5. Finishing Ends – make sure when you change colour or add new yarn that you finish the ends off correctly, leave 3 or 4 inches so you can weave the end of the yarn through the crochet stitches at their strongest point, so the tightness of the stitches holds your ends securely.

I hope my tips have helped you and I wish you great success in your future projects.

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Frills Are In

Well frills are in so they say, I must admit I do like to add a frill to my crochet projects, it gives them a little kick.

I recently crocheted a baby or doll blanket, it wasn’t mega big and it looked ok until I added a frill, I then thought wow it looks good and even the pattern looks a nicer.

This lovely blanket is in my Etsy Store, see how the edging sets it off, oh and meet my little model, her name is baby Jayne and she will be modelling all my projects, she is so cute, the only thing is she has no hair, maybe I will have a go at making her a little wig lol.

I wonder what a scarf would look like with a frill on the long edges, mmm (thinking) maybe I will have a go at one, crochet is so easy to undo and start again if I really don’t like it.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Basket Weave Stitch

I love this stitch, I use a double knit yarn and a number 4.5 crochet hook and it crochets up lovely. I am using these squares to attach together to make a blanket.

Basket Weave Stitch

The pattern is very easy once you get going, I think the difficult part is the beginning, once you have done your chain and the first row, making sure you have the correct amount of stitches, after you have that correct the rest is pretty easy to do.

Saying that, crochet is so easy to fix if it goes wrong as there is always only 1 stitch on the hook so you just pull it undone and re-do your work.

Here is how I did it:

Yarn: Baby DK – 100% Acrylic
Pattern: Basket Weave, multiples of 8 (add 7 at the end of the chain)
Hook: 4.5mm
Type: Squares

Basket Weave Pattern:

  1. ch 135, turn
  2. 1 (UK) treble crochet into the 3rd ch from the hook, 1 treble crochet into each following chain to end, ch2, turn
  3. *1 treble crochet into the 2nd front post (4 times), 1 treble crochet into back post (4 times), repeat * to last st, half treble crochet into last st, ch 2 turn
  4. Repeat pattern to required length

Once I had the square I wanted I then did 1 row around the square in blue using the same stitch – treble crochet.

If you want to see the videos of this little square being made, you can find them here on my you tube channel:

Basket Weave Squares Part 1/2

Colourful Things

My thoughts on colour, this is not a poem or anything like that, it is just some of my thoughts I want to share with you.

What would the world look like if it were Black n White
It would be so cold and empty
Like the loneliest night

Colour is all around us
Look around you
It’s all taken for granted
It’s all we knew

Take 5 minutes to really see
All the colours that make our lives special
But we don’t look, just take for granted
As we live our lives and pass them by