Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch: Tutorial

Hey everyone....

I really love this stitch. I plan to make some scarves and tote bags using this style. But, I'm a crocodile stitch newbie. I will be teaching myself this stitch as I go along..... I really hope it doesn't require a great deal of counting and concentration once you get the hang of it. Constant counting makes me crazy.... and I crochet to calm me down, not frustrate me! I think this would also make an awesome baby blanket in a jungle or zoo animal themed room. I will post pictures of my finished projects when done. I may even try to simplify and write a new pattern for this style.

Here are some free patterns using this stitch that you can test out:
Hub Pages
Crocodile Stitch Adult Crochet Hat
Crocodile Stitch Bag
Crocodile Stitch Shawl

And, here is the video tutorial by . It runs about 25 minutes. So, grab your J hook and learn how to make this new stitch with me!



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial

Hey everyone........... So, here is another video tutorial for all of you who crochet.

I've now made about three blankets using the sea mist shell stitch and I think they turned out great! This is a different shell stitch and a little more complicated than a "regular" shell stitch. The only reason I haven't made more of these blankets is because this design requires more counting and "paying attention" than I am usually willing to give. I enjoy my free form, non-thinking crochet! If you are interested in learning this sea mist shell technique, look up Crochet Geek on YouTube.


For the basic and much simpler shell stitch, watch this video to see how it is done. This video is done by Bethintx1 and she gives very clear and easy instructions. I hope you enjoy working with this stitch. I think it makes lovely blankets! And, this is the same stitch I use when I make my pinafore dresses............



Happy Hooking!


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crochet Owl Afghan Project and Pattern Design

I have been working on a new pattern for an owl motif granny square afghan. This project seems to be taking me longer than usual but I have been working on it just a little at a time. Life has just been so busy lately!

The plan is for the afghan to have 20 granny squares, 10 will have the owl motif. The alternating granny squares are made with matching colors.


Owl Granny Square Afghan

The squares are going to be joined using a SC for all pieces, like this:


Owl Granny Square Crochet Afghan

Fixing up the owls is taking some time..... each owl needs two eyes, with buttons sewn on, a beak and feet. The sewing is time consuming but the end result is always worth it!

Owl eyes for granny square blanket.

The entire piece will have at least 4 rows of trim added.... And I think I will make the final row frilly, even though this is a unisex colored blanket.

This pattern will be available in my store and from Craftsy. I also plan to have a FREE GIVEAWAY for my Facebook fans. The blanket I am currently making while designing the pattern will be given away for free. So, stop by my fanpage and click on like so you can enter the contest when posted!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Book Says Craft of Crochet Is Saving People's ...

I found this very interesting.... I know that crochet has definitely kept me sane over the years. It's a peaceful activity, that is when you don't have to count every stitch. And, when you finish a project, you get such a great sense of accomplishment. I also love being able to make gifts for friends and family.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Granny Square Neck Cowl for Girls

I finished a new pattern yesterday for a little girl's neck cowl. It is designed using granny squares. This cowl is so versatile and can be made in so many different colors. It can also be made into a full length scarf by adding extra granny squares. The full pattern is available in my Craftsy pattern store.



I plan to add more patterns in the coming week..... looking forward to making the zebra hat pattern and a new scarf pattern!

Happy Hooking!



Saturday, September 1, 2012

How to Crochet a Basic Granny Square

Hi everyone,

Making a basic granny square is very simple. Once you learn to make one, the possibilities seem endless. One simple design can be modified so many ways by simply mixing up the colors, etc.



I always start my basic granny squares with a CH 5 and form a ring. The squares in the picture above have 5 rows. Depending on the size of the blanket I wish to make, I may add 1 or 2 more rows in different colors. Other granny square designs will begin differently.... but this is for the BASIC square.

I find that learning a new stitch or design concept is easier when demonstrated. So, I added this video instruction..... I love watching these videos. I am not the most patient teacher. I can write patterns and explain designs but the basic steps are best taught by others!

Enjoy the video!



and.... Happy Hooking!