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

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa 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! resources Mentioned in this Episode There were no specific…
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#130 What You Wanted to Know About Gauge (Part 1)

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa 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! resources Mentioned in this Episode There were no specific resources mentioned in this episode but if you want to learn…
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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…
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#111 Tech Editing & Gauge – What You Need To Know

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa 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…
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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…
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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,…
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Crochet Snowflake Coffee Cup Cozy

Experiment with color work crochet and make a cute snowflake coffee cup cozy in the process. Skill Level | IntermediateFinished Size | Fits most 16 oz and 20 oz paper coffee cups Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're new to color work crochet or you're looking to expand your colorwork skills into tapestry crochet, this is a great project to start with. it's quick, easy and one of the more simple diagrams you'll come across. With this project you'll get to practice tapestry crochet skills like working with two colors at once, working from a diagram and maintaining proper tension throughout the project. We recommend using two colors that have some contrast between them so you can see the snowflake design but feel free to get…
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Cozy Sherpa Knit Blanket

Finally a knit blanket that knits up in days (not weeks). Your family will fall in love with with sherpa knit blanket. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 48" wide; 50" long Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're somewhat new to knitting but you're ready to try your hand at some of the fuzzy yarn you've had your eye on, our cozy sherpa knit blanket is a great place to start. Using just a single stitch, you'll be able to focus on the newness of working with low stitch definition yarn and not worry about the stitch pattern. With this project you'll get to practice basic knitting skills - the knit stitch and changing colors to create stripes. This will let you focus on a new…
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Beginner Crochet Blanket

Practice your crochet skills with a simple, repetitive blanket you can enjoy all winter long. Skill Level | BeginnerFinished Size | 48" wide; 65" long Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're brand new to crochet and looking for a first project, our beginner crochet blanket is a great place to start. Especially if you're not a scarf or headband person. A blanket is a practical way to practice your skills because your family can use it for many years to come. With this project you'll get to practice fundamental crochet skills; the chain stitch to start the project and single crochets throughout. Mastering these two stitches is a must for any crocheter and they're nice and easy to keep you engaged. You'll also learn how to…
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Crochet Ghost Lollypop Covers

A fun little Halloween project for gifts, favors or just because. Each one works up in a matter of minutes! Skill Level | IntermediateFinished Size | 4" long; 2.5" wide (at bottom, lying flat - row above border) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a quick and easy project to make this Halloween, try our crochet ghost lollypop covers! They're super cute, quick to crochet and the perfect little addition to the blow pops and tootsie pops you have lying around. With this project you'll get to practice crocheting in small rounds like you would for amigurumi. Only with this one you don't have to stuff or sew little bits together. You'll see how to incorporate intentionally placed increases so your project takes on…
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Crochet Candy Corn Plush

A fun fall and Halloween project you can make in an evening to add to your décor. Skill Level | IntermediateAvailable Sizes | Small (3.75" tall; 3.75" across); Large (5.5" tall; 5" across) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a quick-win project that's festive for the season, you're in the right place. Scatter these little crochet candy corns about your house to add a little homemade flare to your fall decor. With this project you'll see how gradual and strategically placed increases creates a cone shape, a skill that's useful for other projects too! We used a velvety soft yarn for ours but it's a pretty versatile pattern. Feel free to substitute with any medium weight yarn you have on hand. Before you begin,…
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Knit Bat Hat

Show your festive side this Halloween and learn how to knit with two colors at once. Skill Level | IntermediateAvailable Sizes | 6-12 mos, Toddler, Child, Teen, Women's, Men's Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a Halloween knitting project you'll actually wear, you're in the right place. Our knit bat hat is fun and quick to knit. With this project you can try your hand at colorwork knitting and make a fun, festive Halloween hat in the process. Our knit bat hat will teach you how to knit with two colors at once and help you learn how to follow a color diagram. The colorwork techniques used in our knit bat hat can be used for all sorts of projects. Before you begin, review…
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Faux Turtleneck Knit Cowl

When you need the warmth of a turtleneck without actually wearing a turtleneck. Skill Level | Beginner Finished Size | 24" circumference; 6.5" long (folded down once) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern Sometimes you need the cozy warmth of turtleneck even though you may not love wearing turtlenecks. This cowl is the perfect solution! Wear it under your jacket to make it look like you're wearing an oversized, cozy turtleneck and take it off when you go indoors and no longer need it. With this project you'll learn a basic rib pattern that can be used for all sorts of projects. It's incredibly stretchy so no worries if you don't like anything tight around your neck. We folded this one down once for a thicker, more polished…
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Tri-Color Crochet Cowl

A cozy cowl with lots of stretch and texture for a warm but comfortable fit. Skill Level | Beginner Finished Size | 30" circumference; 10" long (folded down twice like photos) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're not big on straight scarves, a cowl is the perfect way to go. Just slip it over your head and you're ready to go! Our tri-colored crochet cowl is worked slightly oversized so you can fold it down twice for extra warmth. Pair that with a luscious alpaca blend yarn and you have a cowl that's as warm as it is pretty. With this project you'll learn a basic rib pattern that can be used for all sorts of projects. It's incredibly stretchy so no worries if you don't…
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Simple Crochet Mug Cozy

A quick and easy project that's perfect for fall markets and gift-giving season. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | Fits most 8 oz mugs with straight sides Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern When you need a quick project to fill the shelves at your fall markets or you need a last minute gift, mug cozies are a great option. This one recommends a chunky weight yarn that's available in dozens of color options. With this project you'll learn a great textured stitch that can be used for all sorts of projects. You'll also see how to turn a basic shape into a functional mug cozy. There are only a few steps involved and you don't need much yarn to make one. We recommend Lion Brand Wool…
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Traditional Granny Stitch Crochet Shawl

A traditional project that's perfect for any occasion. Skill | Easy Finished Size | 64" wide; 32" long Our traditional granny stitch crochet shawl offers the flexibility you need to use your favorite yarn. Plus it's perfect for new crocheters. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for a mindful make, you're in the right place. Our traditional granny stitch crochet shawl has a simple and relaxing repeat that lets you tune out and enjoy the process. With this project you'll learn the basic skills necessary to crochet a triangular shaped shawl that's worked outward from the mid-point. You only use one main stitch (the double crochet) and a few increases at each point to increase the size every row. Use the yarn we recommend or whatever medium or bulky…
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Cozy Knit Shrug

A classy and elegant coverup. Skill Level | Beginner Available Sizes | XS-M, L-XL, 3XL-5XL Perfect for a special occasion or any time you need just a little extra warmth. It’s simple enough for a beginner and quick enough for a great weekend project. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for an easy, beginner knitting project that's more interesting than a scarf, you're in the right place. Our cozy knit shrug is worked in basic stitches and textured yarn to create a lofty and stretchy fit. With this project you'll learn how to use basic stitches to create a simple shape and then later turn that shape into something functional and wearable. This project is perfect for beginner's who have already worked a project or two and are looking…
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Casual Sleeveless Knit Top

A perfectly simple, perfectly casual sleeveless knit top for spring and summer. Skill Level | Easy Available Sizes | XS - 5XL This easy to knit top offers an off the shoulder look that’s great for pairing with a light shawl on breezy days. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro knitter. This is easy enough for first time garment knitters. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're looking for an easy-to-knit top that won't take months to complete, you're in the right place. Our casual sleeveless knit top is made up of two simple panels that come together much quicker than you'd think. Pair it with a light shawl on breezy days or keep the off-the-shoulder look when you need to stay cool. With this project you'll learn the basics…
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Sleeveless Crochet Top

The perfect spring/summer addition to your wardrobe. Skill Level | Easy Available Sizes | XS - 5XL Work it up in your favorite cotton or acrylic fine weight yarn for a breezy, sleeveless crochet top that goes great with shorts or jeans. Buy the PDF Pattern If you're ready to step up and crochet something for you to wear, our sleeveless crochet top is a great starting point. Made of two basic panels and no complicated shaping or stitch patterns, this one will give you the confidence you need to make more clothing in the future. With this pattern you'll learn the fundamentals of how two basic shapes can come together to make a functional top. We'll use a thinner yarn than usual so it has a nice drape and…
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