How I Broke Free From the Visual Tools and Completed My First Pattern Only Project

How I Broke Free From the Visual Tools and Completed My First Pattern Only Project

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If I can do it, so can you I'm a self-taught crocheter from YouTube, like many of you. Funny story about that. One evening after work, I told my husband, "I'm going to Hobby Lobby and I'm going to come home with a hobby." He chuckled a bit, but I was very serious. I had grown so tired of the monotony of waking up, going to work, coming home, cooking dinner, watching TV and going to bed. I needed something that could give me a creative outlet. Something to look forward to everyday. I spent more than two hours in Hobby Lobby that evening, carefully scanning the isles one by one. Wood working? Nah, too many tools. Building doll houses? No, what would I do when I finished? Painting? Well, I'm…
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How I Learned To Read Crochet Patterns In 5 Easy Steps

How I Learned To Read Crochet Patterns In 5 Easy Steps

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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 be able to read crochet patterns. 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 hobby…
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Ultimate Guide to Crochet Straight Edges

Ultimate Guide to Crochet Straight Edges

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A recent Facebook poll concluded that many of you need help with crochet rows, specifically which stitch to work into first, which stitch to end with and how to crochet straight edges in general. Well folks, that's what I'm here for, to serve you! I'm very excited to cover this topic. It's such a great learning opportunity and your crochet projects will directly benefit from it! Let's just dive right in, shall we? First things first, when working in crochet rows, you have two options That's right, there are two ways to begin and end a crochet row. Perhaps this is why there is so much confusion surrounding the topic! Some say there is a "right way" and a "wrong way". I just say there are two ways and you…
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Motivation: See How Others Stay Motivated During Long Projects

Motivation: See How Others Stay Motivated During Long Projects

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We all need a little help getting through a long project sometimes. The afghan that's been a WIP (work in progress) for three years; the scarf you started last summer that would currently only keep your daughter's teddy bear warm. We all have them hiding in our house just waiting to become something great. At any given time I have between 5 and 10 WIP's, some of which have been around for months...or even longer. I dream up a new project and leave the old ones in the dust. It happens to the best of us! So how to we stay motivated to finish a long project? I turned to my wonderful crowd on my Facebook page for a quick poll to find out what motivates you. The results are…
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10 Things Every Beginner Crocheter Must Know

10 Things Every Beginner Crocheter Must Know

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When you begin your journey down the path of crochet you will likely encounter many questions. But don't worry, there are so many wonderful crocheters out there willing to help! Helping beginner crocheters is what I enjoy most about my job. I'm here to serve you and make the absolute most out of your new hobby and love. I have built a repertoire of patterns, tutorials, blog posts...all around the gaps I found when I taught myself to crochet. So many times I found myself asking, "why do I have to do it that way?" or "when is this technique appropriate?"  With nothing more than natural curiosity and will to test the boundaries, I began to try...fail...learn, over and over. Eventually I could come up with answers to my own questions, write them…
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How I Deal With Tired, Achy Hands

How I Deal With Tired, Achy Hands

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Do you have tired, achy hands when crocheting? I sure do! There's nothing worse than being passionate about a hobby that physically makes you sore. I know this because I began to experience hand and wrist pain not long after discovering the wonderful world of crochet. There were some days I wanted, or needed to crochet, but my hands and wrists had other plans. Unfortunately, most crocheters experience this at some point or another. How to Know when you have a problem It's natural for our hands and wrists to become tired and stiff when crocheting. Think about it, we are twisting and turning several bones and joints over and over for hours! But how do you know when to give your hands and wrists a break? Your hands will…
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Yarn Label Guide

Yarn Label Guide

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There is an abundance of information packed onto every yarn label. Sure, you can get by without fully understanding what each symbol and number means but knowing key information from the yarn manufacturer will take your crocheting skills to the next level. I'll be honest, it may be a little intimidating at first but we will break it down slowly. By the end of this learning segment of Know Your Yarn: Labels, you will be confident and know how to read yarn labels! No matter which kind of yarn you are purchasing, the labels should all have four sections in common: amount and fiber info, care instructions, dye information and craft information. We are going to discuss each section in detail. I am going to be demonstrating using the Red Heart…
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