Handmade for the Holidays! Every year, after the holidays wrap up, I say to myself that next year will be the year that I am going to start early and get all my holiday crochet gifts and projects finished way before the holiday season gets into full swing. Then time passes and other projects, and life, get in the way and the next thing I know, it is December and I haven’t finished anything except a Pinterest board with ideas. I want to do all the crochet things for the holidays (stockings, … [Read more...] about Handmade for the Holidays! Get started early!
Crochet Finds: Crochet Cords, Strings and Such!
Pin this Crochet Cord resource for later! One of the things I love about crochet is that there are several ways to make things and crochet cords are no exception. So for example, there are so many options for tote bag handles, or drawstring cords, that you could go for a long time without repeating or getting bored! I decided to put together a collection of tutorials for various cords and handles and I'll keep adding to it over time. Enjoy! Click on photos below … [Read more...] about Crochet Finds: Crochet Cords, Strings and Such!
Tutorial: Crocheted Cord
Pin It To Save It For Later! How to Make Crocheted Cord This crocheted cord has solved a huge problem in my life! Well, I'm exaggerating of course, however it has solved a crochet problem! I love making crocheted bags and often struggle with what do use for the handles. I've made them in single crochet, or purchased leather or chain handles that I add to the final project, but sometimes that's not exactly what I'm looking for. This crocheted cord has a braided look and is … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Crocheted Cord
Tutorial: Making a Crocheted Tube
Have you ever wanted to make a crocheted tube? This video will show you how to make a simple one that may be used for purse handles or other projects. It's easy to do and you can use almost any yarn or thread combined with an appropriate hook for the weight you are using. Crocheted Tube https://youtu.be/JILQ1qVK5e4 … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Making a Crocheted Tube
Tutorial: Romanian Cord
Pin this Romanian Cord tutorial for later! Recently I was working on a new pattern for a tote and was in need of some nice handles. I looked online for leather or chain handles but nothing seemed quite right. I really didn't want to go with the same old crocheted band handles either....what to do? I started looking for ideas and stumbled upon a few tutorials for Romanian Cords. There are several versions, and they are all quite lovely. I think they would make fantastic jewelry, … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Romanian Cord
Tutorial: Bobble Stitch
The Bobble Stitch is a fun stitch that adds texture and interest to any crochet project. It's similar in look to the Popcorn Stitch but I find it easier since it is done without removing and re-inserting the hook. Bobbles can be done in different multiples of stitches, but I think the most common are either 4 or 5 stitch Bobbles. The number of stitches in the Bobble will determine how big the ball is. You can see this illustrated in the sample below: So let's get … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Bobble Stitch
Tutorial: Making a Cord
If you knit, you may be familiar with the process of knitting an I-cord, which produces a tight, firm cord, useful for drawstrings, ties on hats and more. Unfortunately, crochet doesn't really have an equivalent cord technique. Of course you can always create various forms of a chain stitch string to use as a cord, but if you want something a little thicker and more decorative, this technique may prove useful. How to Make the Cord In order to start … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Making a Cord
Tutorial – Chain Reaction
Chain stitches are the basic building blocks of crochet, after all, they are the basis for the start of most crochet projects; however, they are useful as standalone components too. Let's examine a few different options to make long ties that may be used as drawstrings, ties or other practical or decorative parts of a finished project. #1 - Of course, there is the basic chain stitch string. Simply chain as many as you need to achieve the desired length, weave in the ends and … [Read more...] about Tutorial – Chain Reaction
Tutorial: Crochet Cord With Two Colors
Two Color Crochet Cord Recently I was in need of a pretty, decorative crochet cord for a project I was working on. Of course there is the old reliable string of chains, or even chains with an overlay of slip stitches or my go to favorite, the twisted cord, but for this project I wanted something different. I settled on this simple but attractive strand of alternating chains. The front is pretty enough with alternating chains of color, but I love the back - it reminds me of a link … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Crochet Cord With Two Colors