Search Results for: gauge

B.Hooked TV Episode 20: Change the Width of a Project with Gauge

Episode Sponsored by Lion Brand YarnVideo not displaying? Watch this episode on YouTube instead. In this episode... You'll learn how you can use gauge to change the width of a project if, for example, you have a baby blanket pattern but you want to make a lap blanket. You don't have to guess how many chains to make when you want to change the width of a project. Instead of guessing, chaining and frogging over and over until you get it right, use the approach a designer uses to create the pattern. So the next time you find yourself wishing you could make this project a little narrower or that project a little wider, now you'll be able to do it! By making a quick swatch and taking a measurement,…
Read More

#131 What You Wanted to Know About Gauge (Part 2)

Are you completely confused by gauge? No worries! I'm back this week to answer even more of your questions about gauge and why it's one of the most important things to consider when designing or following crochet or knitting patterns. Here's the scoop... Don't worry, you're not alone! I turned to my Instagram community again this week to bring you another "what you wanted to know episode" to find out exactly what you need to know about gauge. So many questions were submitted that I'm breaking it into two episodes so I can answer as many of your questions about gauge as I can for you! There were no specific resources mentioned in this episode but if you want to learn more about gauge, check out these resources too! #111…
Read More

#130 What You Wanted to Know About Gauge (Part 1)

Are you completely confused by gauge? Don't worry, you're not alone! I turned to my Instagram community again this week to bring you another "what you wanted to know episode" to find out exactly what you need to know about gauge. Clearly this is a topic that needs clarification. After all, it's the single most important thing to consider when designing or following crochet or knitting patterns. So many questions were submitted that I'm breaking it into two episodes so I can answer as many of your questions about gauge as I can for you! There were no specific resources mentioned in this episode but if you want to learn more about gauge, check out these resources too! #111 Tech Editing & Gauge What You Need to Know | The…
Read More

B.Hooked TV Episode 14: How to Make (and Read) a Gauge Swatch

Video not displaying? Watch this episode on YouTube instead. In this episode... When you watch this episode of B.Hooked TV you'll learn how to make a gauge swatch as well as how to "read" it. Doing so is the assurance you need to be sure your project will come out the size you expect. Before you start a pattern, it's a good practice to make a gauge swatch. But why you ask? Well, if you do, it'll let you know if the project will turn out the right size when you're finished with it. That's pretty important, right? Basically, we all have a unique crochet and knit style and gauge is something that bridges the gap between your style and the designers. Subtle differences in the way we make our…
Read More

#111 Tech Editing & Gauge – What You Need To Know

Not sure how to make your patterns available in more than one size (without making them all)? Whether you aspire to be a professional tech editor, need to learn how to tech edit your own patterns or simply have no clue what gauge is, there is something valuable for you in this episode! I'm joined by professional tech editor, Emily from Fiat Fiber Arts and we made it our personal mission to help you with gauge. She'll help you understand what it means to tech edit a pattern (for those of you who design patterns) and understand what gauge is (for those of you who follow patterns for fun). Emily started tech editing professionally after realizing this was her passion. She is a wealth of knowledge and she doesn't hold…
Read More

B.Hooked TV Episode 11: What is Gauge (and why should you care?)

Video not displaying? Watch this episode on YouTube instead. In this Episode... In this episode of B.Hooked TV, I'll explain what gauge is specifically and why it's something you simply can't ignore. Gauge is the measure of stitches and rows per inch and it plays an integral part in the sizing of patterns. In other words, gauge measures how many stitches & rows the designer counted per inch (per 2" or per 4") when designing the pattern. So have you ever finished a project and it came out too big or too small? Whether it was way off or only off by a little, most likely gauge is to blame. Here's why... If a pattern you're working on says the gauge is 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4" and…
Read More

How to Make a Gauge Swatch

This resource was sponsored by Red Heart Yarns Everyone tells you to make a gauge swatch. Here's why. When was the last time you worked tirelessly on a project only to find that it didn't fit? This is the reason making a gauge swatch is so important - some of us crochet/knit tightly, some more loose. Gauge is the bridge between your unique crochet/knit style and the designers. Without having the designer right there with you, gauge is the only thing you have to reference to make sure your stitch size is the same. It's your blueprint, if you will. Making a gauge swatch, although seemingly boring and unnecessary, gives you the green light to invest 10, 15, 20+ hours into a project you know will fit. I'm all about saving time,…
Read More

Entrelac Crochet Baby Blanket

A unique way to create something unique and beautiful. Skill Level | Advanced Finished Size | 34" x 34" Entrelac crochet is a great technique to turn to when you want to create something truly unique. It traditionally incorporates Tunisian crochet stitches that are worked in blocks that can grow out from a central block or build on one another in rows. Buy the PDF Pattern Entrelac crochet is a wonderful technique to try at least once. It creates a unique blocked pattern that can spread out from the center or be worked in rows. It's relatively versatile and suitable for all sorts of projects. Our entrelac crochet baby blanket is the perfect project to try entrelac for the first time. It uses super bulky yarn in a fun variety…
Read More

Spring Baby Crochet Cardigan & Matching Headband

A super cute project to dive into the world of garment making. Skill Level | Intermediate Available Sizes | 6 mos; 12 mos Ease into the world of garment making with this cute and simple baby crochet cardigan that takes a fraction of the time (and yarn) to complete. Buy the PDF Pattern If you've been thinking about crocheting garments but you're not sure you can do it, well this is a great place to start. Baby clothes take a fraction of the time (and yarn) to make yet many of the techniques are the same as if you were making something for yourself. With this project you'll get to practice a raglan style of cardigan which starts at the neckline and works down to the band. This is a…
Read More

Cuddle Knit Baby Blanket

The perfect cuddle blanket for your little one. Skill Level | Intermediate Finished Size | 26" x 26" Perfect for when you want to learn an interesting stitch, a basket weave with a twist. Cuddle blankets are great for learning new stitch patterns because the shape is so simple, you can really focus on the stitch repeat. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for a new stitch to learn that's incorporated into a project someone you love can enjoy, you're in the right place. The stitch in our cuddle knit baby blanket is like a basket weave with a twist. Since we're using two strands of medium weight yarn at once, it works up pretty fast too. With this project you'll get to practice working with a longer pattern…
Read More

Sturdy Crochet Basket

Finally, a crochet basket that's sturdy enough to hold what you want (and doesn't collapse). Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 5" diameter; 5"-6" height (depending on fold) Use macramé cord when you need a sturdy crochet basket that’ll hold everything you need it too, including its shape. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're tired of crocheting baskets you never use because they don't hold their shape, you're in the right place. This sturdy crochet basket won't bend, bulge or fall over! With this project you'll work with macramé cord, the secret to the sturdiness of this basket. It's a bit of a hand work out to be completely honest, but if you break it up into a few short crochet sessions, you'll have it finished without hurting your…
Read More

Easy Lace Knit Cowl

A perfect first lace knitting project. Skill Level | Intermediate Finished Size | 14" wide; 30' circumference Ease into lace knitting with this simple yet elegant lace knit cowl, perfect for spring or chilly summer nights. Buy the PDF Pattern If you've been wanting to try your hand at lace knitting, this project is a great place to start. The simple lace pattern will introduce you to some common lace knitting stitches and ease you into lace repeats. With this project you'll get lots of practice with the yarn forward and the open stitch it creates. You'll also get some practice with a simple decrease, the knit two together. The stitch pattern has a manageable four row repeat with only one of those rows a "lace row" so you can…
Read More

Textured Crochet Trivet

A fun and practical spring project. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 7.5" x 7.5" Save your table and learn how to crochet a chain loop stitch – an excellent choice for a crochet trivet or pot holder. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for a quick one skein project this spring or summer, you're in the right place. Our textured crochet trivet uses the loop stitch to add enough thickness to be a safe buffer between your table and a hot pot. With this project you'll get lots of practice with the loop stitch, a unique stitch that's great for projects like this as well as rugs. You don't need a ton of experience to work it either. It's made up of basic stitches you probably already…
Read More

Classic Cable Knit Hat

Your go-to cable knit hat pattern for medium weight yarn. Skill Level | Intermediate Available Sizes | 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Teen, Women's & Men's Try your hand at knitting cables with a classic cable stitch incorporated in a hat you can love and enjoy for years. Buy the PDF Pattern If you want to make one of your first cable knitting projects, this is a great place to start. You'll encounter all sorts of cables as you continue knitting but the six stitch twist seen in this pattern is a classic and one of the easiest to learn. With this project you'll see just how simple a cable knitting pattern really is. The twist is created by a single round in which stitches are worked…
Read More

Classic Ripple Crochet Cowl

A relaxing one skein project you can gift, donate or enjoy for yourself. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 10" wide; 56" circumference This classic ripple crochet cowl is a favorite around here. The stitch pattern is relaxing and fun to crochet and the yarn does all the beautiful colorwork for you. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for a relaxing one-skein project, you're in the right place. The ripple stitch is perfect for projects like this because it's reversible, it's interesting enough to keep your attention yet its simple repeat makes it a great project for when you need to tune out and just enjoy the process. With this project you'll get lots of practice with the ripple stitch, a must-know stitch because it's great for all…
Read More

Crochet Heart Patch

A cute little addition to any project. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 4.25" wide; 4.25" long Add them to cards, hats, clothing or anything else you can think of. String them together for a festive bunting, frame and hang...the possibilities are endless. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for a quick win project that's cute and functional, you're in the right place. This cute little crochet heart patch works up in a matter of minutes and with only scraps of yarn. With this project you'll have the flexibility of choosing the finished size you want. Work fewer rounds if you prefer a slightly smaller heart or make a variety of sizes to customize your heart. We use a variety of stitches to shape the heart so you'll…
Read More

Knitted Heart Patch

The perfect knitted heart for any project or occasion. Skill Level | Intermediate Finished Size | 4.5" wide; 4" long Make a knitted heart and use it in all sorts of ways – attach them to a scarf, hat, jacket, bag or any accessory. Buy the PDF Pattern Knitted hearts are a fun Valentine's day project and these patches can be used in all sorts of ways. Attach them to a hat, scarf, jacket, bag or any other accessory - make two seam and stuff them to make a little softie or make a few to give with Valentines. You'll only need about an hour or so for each. With this project you'll learn how to shape the ends of rows to create a heart shape. Being familiar with the…
Read More

Little Crochet Bear

A Little Crochet Bear for any occasion. Skill Level | Intermediate Finished Size | About 7" tall Make this cute little crochet bear for Valentine’s Day or any occasion, really. Just change up the color of the hat to match your occasion! Buy the PDF Pattern If you love amigurumi and enjoy making them for the holidays, you're in for a real treat here. This cute little crochet bear comes together with basically no seaming and you can customize the hat color for any holiday occasion. With this project you'll learn clever ways of incorporating amigurumi pieces into a project so you don't have to seam them in place. Every major body piece is crocheted in place so the only seaming you'll do here is within some of the facial…
Read More

Knit Wine Bottle Sweater

Because your wine bottle needs a sweater too. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 8.5" long; 6.5-9.5" circumference; fits most 750 mL wine bottles Gift a wine bottle sweater with a bottle of wine to someone who loves wine or make a few for yourself to bring a little extra cozy and holiday cheer to your unopened bottles of wine. Buy the PDF Pattern When you need a quick handmade gift for the holidays, upcoming birthday party or wedding, our knit wine bottle sweater is a great option. You can have one of these made in one or two productive evenings to gift with a bottle of wine. This wine bottle sweater will fit most (but not all) 750 mL wine bottles. With this project you'll get the opportunity…
Read More

Classic Crochet Christmas Stocking

A handmade classic you and your family can enjoy for years. Skill Level | Intermediate Finished Size | 18" long; 8" wide Let this holiday season be the year you make handmade stockings for your family. Our classic crochet Christmas stocking has a great shape that sturdy enough for stuffing and fun enough to keep you interested in crocheting more than one. Buy the PDF Pattern If you love the look of a classic Christmas stocking but want to bring a handmade touch to your decorations, you're in the right place. Our classic crochet christmas stocking was inspired by the stockings we had growing up! With this project you'll learn how to cleverly incorporate increases to achieve a certain shape as well as how to crochet a flawless looking heel.…
Read More