Category: crochet

Baby Jacket, Bootees & Bonnet

I have finally gotten my inspiration back, I don’t know where it went, but it’s back. I have a lot of pain in my elbows from heavy lifting and pushing mum around in her wheelchair, the doctor called it ‘golfers elbow’ and I have it in both arms, I am a bit out of action at the moment.

Nevertheless, my crocheting is still doable and I have started the cutest baby jacket in a lovely peach baby yarn DK. I am making it in a lovely cluster stitch and will probably make some bootees and maybe a bonnet, oh and even some little mittens as winter is coming.

When it is finished, it will measure a size 18″ chest, I think I might add a darker peach edging around it, I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, I’ll see how it comes out then decide, best get on with it.


Crochet: Questions & Answers

Here are some useful questions and answers I have been asked, along with some of my hints and tips all about crochet.

  1. Do I like Crochet or Knitting best? – I personally think that crochet is better only because I don’t have that much patience so crochet suits me because it grows so fast.
  2. What is the easiest project I have made? – I think a granny square blanket would be really easy as the stitches can be very basic and you just keep going round until it measures your desired size.
  3. What yarn do I use for Washcloths and Scrubbies? – I definitely use 100% cotton, there are some fabulous colours available in cotton, great for exfoliating, it has a slight roughness to it and it washes up lovely.
  4. What yarn is best for beginners? – I think you can’t go wrong with a ball of acrylic yarn, it is quite easy to use as it has a little bit of give when being used, unlike cotton which has no stretch at all which can make it a little bit difficult.
  5. Is it easy to correct stitches that go wrong?– yes it is very easy, you can just pull the yarn and undo your work until you reach your mistake, grab the stitch before the mistake and carry on working. I have in the past missed a stitch on my crochet blanket and had to undo two rows, they were huge rows, but yes it is easy.

Well I hope these questions and answers helped you, there will be more in the future, happy crocheting…

Crochet Stitch Library

There are so many different crochet stitches and to make it more confusing the US have different names for them, so when using a stitch from a video or pattern, check if it is using UK or US terminology, here is a list of the basic stitches which will help you if you are a complete beginner…

Stitch Terminology

United Kingdom StitchesUnited States Stitches
ss – slip stitchss – slip stitch
dc – double crochet sc – single crochet
htr – half treble crochet hdc – half double crochet
tr – treble crochetdc – double crochet
dtr – double treble crochettr – treble crochet

Basket Weave Stitch

Here is a lovely stitch called basket weave, I love the way it turned out using this coloured yarn and it is so easy to do, click the photo to follow along with the instructions…

Basket Weave Tutorial Swatch
Basket Weave Tutorial Swatch

When you are watching a video on different stitches, you will normally be told what stitch terminology is being used, whether it is UK or US.

In the crochet stitch library along the top menu bar, I will be adding swatch videos in each of the stitches so you can see how it’s done.