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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: 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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Basic Men’s Knit Hat

The perfect, everyday men's knit hat you can go-to for any occasion. Skill Level | IntermediateFinished Size | 22-23" circumference; 8.25" length Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a great gift for dad, your brother, your boss or your husband, how about a handmade hat? What we're getting at here is this is the perfect everyday knit hat for gifting a handmade gift for the man in your life. Not only that but its a great pattern to have handy if you like to knit hats to donate to your local hospital or charity. With this project you'll get to practice a left and right leaning decrease in the crown section and a basic rib pattern. You don't have to be a pro knitter…
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Whimsical Crochet Shawl

This gorgeous shawl plays on the shape of a traditional crescent but incorporates a little flare making it one of the more interesting shawl shapes you’ll ever crochet. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 94" wide; 14" (longest point) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a shawl you'll actually want to finish, our whimsical crochet shawl is a great place to start. It starts off like a crescent but sweeps in the opposite direction so it's shaped more like an "s". It's longer and shorter than traditional shawls which makes it perfect for layering and wrapping in many ways. With this project you'll get to practice working with strategically placed increases and decreases which work together to create the unique shape. Finding a happy…
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Simple Crochet Bag

Made of macramé cord, this simple crochet purse is the definition of sturdy and functional. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 14" wide; 14" tall (lying flat) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you normally shy away from crocheting purses because they turn out too floppy or fragile, you'll be pleasantly surprised with this one. The use of macramé cord makes this one of the most sturdy and functional crochet purses. With this project you'll get to practice your single crochet skills, changing colors and working with a new material. With only three rounds of increases, this purse makes for an excellent couch project. You'll also get to practice the invisible join if you follow along with the tutorial, a skill that can be used for all…
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Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet this beautiful (and easy!) blanket for the new little one in your life. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 38" x 38" Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for an easy baby blanket you can finish pretty quick but you want something more interesting than just a back and forth stitch pattern, you're in the right place. Our easy crochet baby blanket still uses just one stitch but breaks it into four blocks for a little more interest, both for your eyes and your hands. With this project you'll get to practice one of the most basic yet still beautiful crochet stitches, the half double crochet. It's a tall enough stitch to make this baby blanket work up quick but not so tall that…
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Easy Crescent Knit Shawl

Knitting a shawl doesn't have to be difficult or take weeks to complete. Our easy crescent shawl works up quick with a straightforward repeat. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 76" wide; 16" long (middle) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you've been wanting to knit a shawl but keep shying away because you think it'll be too difficult or take too long, this pattern is for you! This one works up with only a skein and a half of yarn and you can have it finished in a few productive weekends. With this pattern you'll get to practice the basic increases and decreases that make up a crescent shaped shawl. You don't have to be a pro knitter but understanding the basics like tension, knits and…
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Crochet Bunny Lovey Blanket

Make this little cutie for your new baby to snuggle. Skill Level | IntermediateFinished Size | 12" x 12" Blanket Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a unique and adorable baby shower gift, this cute little crochet bunny lovey is a great option! It's made with ultra soft, baby safe yarn that's easy to launder and care for. Whip one up in a Sunday Funday afternoon. With this project you'll get to practice working with a yarn that has no stitch definition, which means you can't really see the stitches as you work. But don't let that scare you away. Novelty yarns like this, although challenging to work with, can create a beautifully unique project you otherwise couldn't create with standard yarn. Before you…
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Everyday Rib Knit Hat

Your new go-to, everyday rib knit hat pattern for gifting, donating or keeping for yourself. Skill Level | EasyAvailable Sizes | Adult Small, Adult Large (fits most teens & adults) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a hat that's versatile and easy to knit, you're in the right place. This has been my go-to rib knit hat pattern for years. It's incredibly stretchy so the fit is perfect every time. Add a pom for a little extra something, incorporate stripes or keep it a solid color that'll go with just about anything. With this pattern you'll get lot's of practice with the 2x2 rib which makes up the majority of the pattern. Then you'll get to experiment with crown decreases and a super simple…
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The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

B.HOOKED GUIDES The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn [2022] There are many reasons to substitute yarn in a pattern. Maybe the recommended yarn is no longer available, you're allergic to its fiber contents or you just want to use a yarn you already have. You can substitute yarn... but not all yarns will work equally. This guide will help you determine how to substitute yarn when the need arises. Hey there! This guide was designed to help you determine the best possible yarn substitute for the pattern you have your eye on no matter the reason you want to substitute. We'll look at how things like yarn weight, color and construction can all affect a project and how you should consider these things when looking for a substitute. We'll answer…
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Simple Seed Stitch Cowl

Practice the seed with this beautifully textured cowl that’s perfect for chilly spring nights.  Skill Level | BeginnerFinished Size | 8.25" wide; 32" circumference Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a lightweight cowl that lays perfectly, you're in the right place. We used a thin yarn and a great stitch to get the perfect drape you want in a cowl. Keep is solid or add some stripes to make it uniquely you. With this project you'll get to practice one of our favorite knit stitches, the seed stitch. This stitch is excellent for all sorts of projects because it's reversible and it doesn't curl on the edges. Not to mention the knit, purl movements are relaxing and repetitive. Before you begin, review this page…
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Crochet Bouquet of Roses

A crochet bouquet of roses is perfect for Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day or weddings. It'll bring life and love that never dies to any occasion! Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 2.5" diameter each rose Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a unique project, you're in the right place. A bouquet of roses made out of yarn will not only last a long time but it'll be a pleasant surprise for anyone you gift them to. Each one works up in minutes (not hours) so it's a good go-to project when you simply need to get it done fast. With this project you'll practice one basic method of crochet flower construction - making a strip and rolling it into a flower. It's definitely the…
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Brioche Knit Scarf

A soft, stretchy scarf that’s perfect for your fall and winter wardrobe. Skill Level | IntermediateFinished Size | 8" wide; 68" long Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for an interesting and unique knit scarf pattern, our brioche knit scarf is a great place to start. You'll use a self-striping yarn to make it more visually interesting without the hassle of adding new yarn and weaving in tons of ends. With this project you'll get to practice the single color brioche, a stitch pattern that's reversible, doesn't curl and is incredibly lofty and stretchy. It's worked in rows and blocked at the end to give it the perfect shape. Our tutorial will walk you through the entire process. Before you begin, review this page entirely…
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Beginner Crochet Wrist Warmers

A great first crochet project to keep your hands warm while you crochet other projects. Skill Level | BasicFinished Size | 7.5-8" circumference; 6" length Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're brand new to crochet and looking for a quick first project, our beginner crochet wrist warmers is a great place to start. Especially if you're not a blanket or scarf person. A pair of wrist warmers is a practical way to develop your skills with a project you can have done in an evening. 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. Before…
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Random Color Block Crochet Scarf

Leave the creativity and color arrangement to chance and create a scarf that’ll get you out of your comfort zone. Skill Level | EasyFinished Size | 5.5" wide; 116" long (assembled) Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a way to shake up your crochet routine, this is a great place to start! Rather than organizing your color scheme and stripe pattern before you get started, leave it all up to chance. For our Random Stripes Crochet Scarf we encourage you to number each mini skein in the packet of recommended yarn and draw numbers out of a hat (or use your phone's virtual assistant) to randomize the colors and the order you work them in this scarf. Whichever number you draw first is the…
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