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Learn to Corner to Corner!

Learn to Corner to Corner!

At the end of 2020 we decided that we were going to come up with a mini course to teach people how to corner to corner (also referred to as C2C)! This can be such a fun technique and there are so many gorgeous patterns…

Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet 4th of July Garland or Bunting Pattern Tutorial I want to share with you a crochet pattern that we released last year at this time that had rave reviews from our testers.  The 4th of July Bunting.  When I created this pattern, I had…

X’s Coffee Beanie Cozy … Stitch of the Week and Pattern!

X’s Coffee Beanie Cozy … Stitch of the Week and Pattern!

Learn how to crochet the X Stitch (cross stitch) with our free coffee beanie pattern!

The X's Coffee Beanie Cozy

The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. We have used it in quite a lot of our designs. It also looks great paired with the bean stitch! We use both the X stitch and the bean stitch on a lot of the Paige Collection because of the resemblance to hugs and kisses. The X stitch also provides a lot of texture to a project and has quite a bit of give in it so it is perfect for hats, bags and cozies where you may need the project to stretch a little.

The perfect gift / stocking filler!

They make the perfect gifts for most ages and use around 30 yards of 100% cotton so are a great scrap buster too! And our patterns for these are gender neutral, you just need to decide on your colour choice. So you see they are a great gift for anyone!

I shared a photo on our Facebook Community page of one that I had been working on whilst my 8 year old daughter was at a birthday party. She asked for it to protect her hands from the cold cup on her slushy.

works on hot or cold drinks!
Great for any age!

Learn how to crochet the X Stitch…

This is a fairly simple stitch to do.

Written instructions for this stitch are:

YO, sk 1 st, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through 2 loops (DC made). YO working behind the stitch you just made and into the skipped stitch, insert your hook from the front of the stitch to the back (It will feel a little awkward) and complete a dc in this st. Cross stitch is made.

Taking these instructions step by step…..

The X stitch is worked over two stitches

how to do the X stitch
these are the stitches we will be using, and are numbered in the order we work them

We skip the first stitch and work a dc (double crochet) into the next stitch as per the photo below

How to work the X stitch, step 2

The first dc is completed.Working behind the first stitch, we need to do a dc in the skipped stitch. The following photo shows you how the hook will need to be inserted. This is the slightly awkward par, but when you get used to it its fine. Note that usually I push the first dc down to the front to get into the second stitch but that made for a confusing photo!

step 3 of the X stitch
This photo show the hook working behind the first dc made and into the skipped stitch

You will then complete your dc as usual.

And then your X stitch is complete!

Completed X stitch
your completed stitch

We also have a video on our YouTube channel of so that you can learn how to do the X stitch with our free coffee beanie pattern if you prefer a video tutorial.

You can find the free pattern for the X’s Coffee Beanie Cozy in our shop or on Ravelry.

 

 

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern

Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern I was thinking about what would make a good back-to-school themed pattern when this idea just popped into my head.  I quickly checked Pinterest to make sure no one had done a crayon shaped and colored pencil case.  Not finding…

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the Spider Stitch with this tutorial! Welcome back to another crochet tutorial with Stitch of the Week; this week it’s the Spider Stitch.  Just in time for Halloween, too!  Though I have to admit, I dislike spiders and that’s putting it…

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week: Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

wattle Stitch tutorial

This week’s Stitch of the Week tutorial is on the Wattle Stitch.

I feel that this stitch is super easy but creates a very nice texture, especially when more than one color is used.

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You ready to learn this stitch?

Materials:

You will need a few things to get started, as per usual.

  • Yarn—I used Red Heart Super Saver, as I usually do for these Stitch of the Week tutorials. White and Cherry Red are the colors in the picture above.
  • 5mm hook. You can use any hook that the yarn you’re using recommends.
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

Ch(s)—chain(s)

St(s)—stitch(es)

YO—yarn over

FO—fasten off

Rep—repeat

DC—double crochet

SC—single crochet

Notes:

The wattle stitch is another paired stitch, combining a single crochet and double crochet which are linked by a chain 1 between them.  Being paired means they are worked into the same stitch.

The foundation row is always the hardest row as you’re working into a little chain, but afterwards, it is quite quick to work up.  Just be sure to check and make sure you have the correct number of groups of stitches at the end of each row and that you do not miss working into the turning chain.

I also feel that this is a great stitch for cotton project such as kitchen and bath as well as purses and bags.  Be sure to check for the Stitch of the Week pattern using the Wattle Stitch, which launches right after this post the following day.

Multiple:

The multiple for this stitch is 3sts + 2, plus 1 for the foundation chain.  Basically, 3 sts plus 3 for the turning chain.

Wattle Stitch Tutorial:

Let’s get down to it:

Step 1: (row 1) Skip 2ch (counts as 1sc).

Step 2: (row 1 cont.) *[1sc, ch1, 1dc] in next ch, skip 2ch; rep from * to last ch, turn.

Step 3: (row 2) Ch1 (counts as a sc), skip first sc and next dc, *[sc, ch1, dc] into the next ch sp, skip next sc and next dc; rep from * to last ch sp, [sc, ch1, dc] in turning chain, turn.

Another way to explain it is to put [sc, ch1, dc] into each ch1 space across the row, being sure to put that same combo into the turning chain.

Step 4: Repeat step 3, which is the repeat for each row onward.

Links:

Don’t forget to check out the YouTube Video of this stitch for even more help with learning how to do this.  You can also download a copy of this post on our Stitch of the Week section of the site to keep a copy for yourself!

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Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down (Houndstooth) Stitch Tutorial Welcome back to Stitch of the Week!  This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch.  This stitch is more often referred to as the “Houndstooth” stitch.  It really does end up looking like…

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Learn How To Crochet The Solid Granny Square in this Tutorial Welcome back to the Tutorial of the Week!  Last week we covered the traditional granny square.  This week, we’re covering the solid granny square. Why Solid? Most people are content with the traditional granny…

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Stitch of the Week: Alternate Stitch

Welcome back to stitch of the week: Alternate Stitch

alternate stitch crochet tutorial

Welcome back!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the Alternate Stitch.

This stitch is worked by putting 2 single crochets in one stitch.  But there’s a way to keep the stitch count.

Different from the previous stitches, the fabric created with the alternate stitch is really quite thin.  The past several stitches we have introduced have been fairly thick and squishy.

The alternate stitch is much thinner yet has little drape.  I do not recommend this for garments other than gloves or scarves.  However, I do like it for cotton yarn kitchen and bath projects.

Grab your yarn and any hook to get started with this tutorial

To get started, note that the starting chain is a multiple of any odd number.

abbreviations

St(s)–stitch(es)

Ch(s)–chain(s)

Sc–single crochet

sp(s)–space(s)

sk–skip

How-to

For swatch size:

  1. Ch21, 2sc in 3rd ch from hook.
  2. Sk 1 st, 2sc in next st
  3. repeat step 2 to the end of the chain.
  4. ch2, turn
  5. sk the first st, 2sc in next st
  6. sk the next st, 2sc in the next st.
  7. repeat this pattern to the end.

Notes on stitch pattern

The repeat for this stitch pattern is achieved early on, in the very first row along the chain.

It’s interesting how something so simple can make something very pretty and unique.

Be sure to check out the pattern we have uploaded to our blog and our Ravelry and LoveCrafts stores using this stitch.  We do this to get you started!

Also be sure to check out the YouTube video below.

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Thank you for joining us today for this tutorial.  Be sure to check back often for lots more tutorials, techniques, patterns, DIY, and more.

 

Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

Stitch of the Week: Staggered HDC Pairs

Welcome to Stitch of the Week #3–Staggered HDC Pairs Staggered Half-Double Crochet Pairs, stitch of the week This week, we’re learning about Staggered Half-Double Crochet Pairs. Last time, we talked about Paired HDC and the time before that, Paired SC.  It seems we’re hung up…