The Basics of Crocodile Stitch Increases in the Round

The Basics of Crocodile Stitch Increases in the Round

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Have you ever wondered how to work crocodile stitch increases in the round? It is possible - and it's not as difficult as you might be thinking. If you're comfortable with the crocodile stitch, you can certainly work crocodile stitch increases in the round! I'll preface this guide by saying there may be more than one way to work crocodile stitch increases in the round. That's the case with many areas of crochet -there's often more than one way to get the same result! By the end of this post, you will have an understanding of how to work crocodile stitch increases, when and where they need to occur and what shape you get as a result of it. How to Work Crocodile Stitch Increases in the Round It's simple…
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Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America | 2019

Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America | 2019

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[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id="qcxMR6ob" upload-date="2019-01-31T14:52:34.000Z" name="WUA 2019 Welcome Video" description="Welcome to the 2019 Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America!"] UPDATE: the mailing deadline has been extended to March 16, 2019! [divider] What is the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America? Every year, Warm Up America chooses an organization in need and hundreds of crocheters come together to make a gift for the families in that organization. We work passionately to finish our projects in the allotted time and ship them off to Warm Up America. Once your gift arrives, the volunteers will collect your gift and give it to someone in that organization. The crochet challenge for Warm Up America is the most anticipated pattern and event published here at B.Hooked. This year there is a new addition to the challenge, a…
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How to Change Colors In Crochet

How to Change Colors In Crochet

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When you want to change colors in crochet projects, two things are going through your mind - where and how. Whether you're following a pattern or a concept in your head, you likely already know where you want to change colors but you're looking for the "how". Am I right? Although it may seem rather simple, (and the act of it is, trust me!) there are quite a few options to learn how to change colors in crochet and I want to cover as many of them as possible in this post. First I will show you how to change colors in crochet projects in a variety of locations with the most common stitches, Then we'll move on to answer your questions about the resulting ends - do you cut…
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Knit and Crochet Conferences 2019

Knit and Crochet Conferences 2019

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Go to a knit and crochet conference in 2019 and surround yourself with other yarn fanatics just like you this year! If you want to attend one of these knit or crochet conferences this year, you can find more details at the event pages: Vogue Knitting Live - Jan 25-27 in New York, NY Stitches West - Feb 21-24 in Santa Clara, CA Stitches United - May 30-Jun 2 in Atlanta, GA Camp Stitches Destination - Jun 21-25 in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM Crochet Guild of America - Jul 10-13 in Manchester, NH Our Maker Life - Jul in Calgary, Alberta Canada Stitches Midwest - Aug 1-4 in Schaumburg, IL Stitches Salt Lake - Oct 2-5 in Salt Lake City, UT Vogue Knitting Live - Oct 4-6 in Seattle, WA…
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Hat Size Chart for Crochet (and how to use it!)

Hat Size Chart for Crochet (and how to use it!)

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Hat Size Chart for Crochet - Let me help you solve your crochet hat problems When was the last time you finished a hat and it was either too big or too small? It would have been nice if you had a hat size chart for crochet hats! The struggle is real, my friend. Let's assume that on this particular journey you're creating your own hat - impromptu without a pattern. This is probably when you found yourself wondering if there is a crochet hat size formula or such a thing as a crochet hat size template. Crochet hat sizes by age In most cases you'll be crocheting a hat for a particular person or age group. That is why a chart that arranges crochet hat size by age is…
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Knitting Cables for Beginners

Knitting Cables for Beginners

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This post is sponsored by Red Heart Yarns A Guide to Getting Started With Knitting Cables Have you found yourself asking "how do you knit cables?" If so, you're in the right place. With this getting started guide, you'll be on your way to knitting cables before you know it. To make knitting cables, you need to understand a few principles before you even get started. This way you are setting yourself up for success and the many knitting cable projects that follow. For my demonstrations today I'll be using Red Heart Baby Hugs yarn, a favorite go-to acrylic. Baby Hugs is a smooth yarn that has great stitch definition - perfect for your first cable knitting swatches. First, I would love for you to check out my video -…
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How to Make a Gauge Swatch

How to Make a Gauge Swatch

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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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How to Calculate Yarn In a Project – How I do It and the Tools I Use

How to Calculate Yarn In a Project – How I do It and the Tools I Use

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How much yarn is in your project? This is one of those questions I wish I figured out the answer to sooner. In my early days of designing (we're talking the first year) while writing up my patterns, I gave it my best guess or rounded by the number of skeins. This approach worked for most people most of the time but it wasn't the best approach. There were (and still are) plenty of people who prefer to use the yarn in their stash requiring them to make yarn substitutions. As you can imagine, this led to many questions in my inbox. My main goal here at B.hooked is to help as many people as possible. Answering one question at a time, although personal and a great way to connect with you,…
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The Ultimate Guide to What Knitting Needles You Need

The Ultimate Guide to What Knitting Needles You Need

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Figuring out what knitting needles you need can be a really frustrating task to a complete beginner knitter. There are more options than a person can count and everyone is pointing them in different directions based on what they like or what they are trying to sell. I'm here to give you just the facts. Choosing the right knitting needles shouldn't be about making someone else happy, it should be about what you need to accomplish your goals. We're going to break this discussion down into three major steps: Figure out what you want to make first. Determine the size you need. Choose the material, needle material that is. At the end I'll list a few of the top knitting needles available on the market. You can purchase them right here from Amazon…
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Continental Knitting vs. American Knitting

Continental Knitting vs. American Knitting

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There is more than one way to hold your yarn and needles I love watching other people knit. Everyone seems to have a unique way of holding the yarn. By watching people knit, I was able to develop my own comfortable grip for the yarn and needles. Although there are many different ways to accomplish a knit stitch (or any other stitch for that matter), I've found a pattern to the most common styles. In this knitting basics episode, I'm going to discuss the two most common ways to hold your yarn and how to make a knit stitch in that style. Continental Knitting vs. American Knitting https://youtu.be/qFblfmEqmnc [divider] Review: American Knitting If you hold the yarn in your right hand and completely let go of your needle while wrapping, you knit…
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How to Read a Crochet Pattern

How to Read a Crochet Pattern

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Not too long ago I was in your shoes, the desperate "I just don't get it" pair of shoes. It was a very uncomfortable position to be in. I just didn't know how to read crochet patterns. If you've landed upon this post, there's no doubt in my mind that you want to know how to read a crochet pattern. You've realized that patterns are the root of the hobby you love so much and that in order to have complete freedom, you need to be able to read them. Not being able to read crochet patterns can really hold you back, I know it did me. When you can't read a pattern, you can't crochet everything you want. This will leave you feeling frustrated and maybe even doubt that crochet is the…
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Sell Crochet – Formula for Pricing Crochet to Sell

Sell Crochet – Formula for Pricing Crochet to Sell

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Whether you sell crochet for fun or for your business, you need to get the price just right. One of the most frequently asked questions I see over and over is "how do I know how to price my stuff?" No matter where you sell - Etsy, at local craft fairs or to your friends and family, you need to figure out a way to price your items fairly, both for you and your customers. I consider you a friend and I want nothing more than to see you succeed, in business and in life. Price too high and you'll turn away potential buyers. Price too low and you're selling your self short. It's difficult to find that perfect blend. I can't say I've found the perfect solution but I have come…
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Master Crochet Patterns – Series Coming to B.hooked Crochet

Master Crochet Patterns – Series Coming to B.hooked Crochet

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Four years ago to the day, I sat among a pile of crinkled and frayed yarn. To my left, an iPad displaying the most beautiful crochet hat I had ever seen while to my right, a crochet hook that had been flung in frustration. My arms were folded and my face wrinkled with defeat. Just a couple of days prior, my mom told me about how cold her ears were while walking the dog in the freezing Tennessee evenings. Her hands are consumed with arthritis and will not allow her to crochet for any length of time. I decided right then and there to make her the most beautiful crochet hat, you know, the kind she could look proudly at and say “my daughter made this for me”. I was…
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Crochet Afghans that Will Last: Six Yarns to Crochet an Heirloom

Crochet Afghans that Will Last: Six Yarns to Crochet an Heirloom

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Best Yarn For Crochet Afghans - Not all will withstand the test of time. Have you ever spent, oh let's say 60 hours crocheting a beautiful afghan? That's being quite modest really. Some afghans take much longer to crochet than 60 hours. It's a huge investment to say the least. The last thing we want to do is spend that much time crocheting an heirloom that falls apart. So what's the key to a crochet afghan that will withstand the test of time? It's all in the yarn. Fiber content is what you really want to pay attention to and consider each of their pros and cons. Here's a quick glimpse before we get into my top 5 yarns for crochet afghans that will last. Acrylic Pro - Durable, doesn't pill, affordable…
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Top 5 Yarns to Make Scarves You’ll Want to Live In

Top 5 Yarns to Make Scarves You’ll Want to Live In

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Best Yarn For Scarves - Not all are created equally. Let's face it, the skin on our neck is really sensitive. The last thing we want to do is wrap a scratchy scarf around it. If I were given the choice between a scratchy scarf and a cold neck, I'd pick a cold neck every single time. It's pretty simple, there are right and wrong yarn choices for scarves. I'm going to share with you the top five best yarn for scarves. I put a huge priority on yarn softness when choosing a yarn for a crochet scarf. If it doesn't pass the scratch test, it won't make the cut. Since I do most of my yarn shopping on Amazon, I've had to make a lot of assumptions with yarn softness over…
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Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks: Two Years Later

Tulip Etimo Crochet Hooks: Two Years Later

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Almost two years ago, I purchased a luxury crochet hook set called the Tulip Etimo and published a product review for you to see if they were right for you too. At the time, I had only used them for a few months so I was not able to speak to their longevity. Two years later, I love them just as much as I did back in 2015. Maybe even more. Yeah, definitely more. I'm here to bring you an updated video on how my Tulips have held up to the countless projects and thousands upon thousands of stitches I've thrown at them. I think you'll be impressed. Before you have a look at this update, I recommend you have a look at my original review where I speak much more…
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What Hook To Buy: Top 4 Crochet Hook Sets

What Hook To Buy: Top 4 Crochet Hook Sets

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Figuring out what hook to buy can be a really frustrating task. There are more options than a person can count and everyone is pointing you in different directions based on what they like or what they are trying to sell. I'm here to give you just the facts. There are currently 9,706 listings that populate from the term "crochet hooks" on Amazon. No one has the time or patience for that! I've narrowed that list down to the top four crochet hook sets Amazon has to offer. Amazon is the worlds largest online market place. My husband and I are Prime members so we get many of our purchases free of shipping costs. This means I do most of my crochet supply shopping on Amazon too. I feel comfortable recommending them to…
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All About Crochet Hook Materials

All About Crochet Hook Materials

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It's no surprise that crochet hooks are the most important tool we use. Our crochet hook, in many ways, determines the outcome of our entire crocheting experience - enjoyment, neatness, hand fatigue and even gauge. With this incredible influence, we must carefully choose the tool that is right for us. After all, you are only as good as your crochet hook. [divider] Aluminum Crochet Hooks Pros Lightweight Low friction Cons More pricey Aluminum crochet hooks are the material category that ALL of my favorite crochet hooks fit into. I personally love how easily the material glides through each stitch and how lightweight they are. This is the maximum level of comfort and productivity for most crocheters. When your hook glides easily through stitches and it feels as though you're holding…
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What Is Frogging?

What Is Frogging?

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Frogging? Say what? What is frogging? I'm asked this question all the time, "Brittany, what is frogging?" So if you haven't heard of this one before don't worry, you're not alone! Frogging is the act of pulling or ripping a project out, stitch by stitch.  We've all been there - started a project because we were very ambitious or inspired one day and as the stitches wore on, grew tired or fell out of love with it. I've done it more times than I can remember. The "why" behind the term "frogging" Pulling out stitches has absolutely nothing to do with frogs, right? So where did the term "frogging" come from? It's silly, really. When we pull our projects apart, we "rip it, rip it" stitch after stitch. That kind…
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Five Ways To Eliminate or Prevent Tunisian Crochet Curling

Five Ways To Eliminate or Prevent Tunisian Crochet Curling

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Tunisian Crochet Curling...What am I doing wrong? This is the number one question that comes up when someone tries Tunisian crochet for the first time. It makes sense to think we are doing something wrong. Normal crochet doesn't curl like that! You're right, it doesn't but in order to understand why Tunisian crochet curls like crazy, we need to first realize that Tunisian crochet is very different from regular crochet. Why? Tunisian crochet is more closely related to knitting. We work the stitches while constantly pulling the yarn tension in the same forward direction. We also tend to work Tunisian crochet stitches much tighter. This also causes the edges to curl. Before you lose all hope and give up on Tunisian crochet altogether, read through my top 5 tips to beat…
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