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!
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!
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
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
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
Have you heard of Center Single Crochet (CSC)? It's sometime called the waistcoat stitch or split single crochet too. So what is it? It's simply a single crochet (SC) worked in a different spot than the traditional SC. The result is a completely different fabric, that looks knit. It's a nice dense stitch that's perfect when you want something sturdy that doesn't allow transparency (think dresses or skirts) or things to fall through (think bags and totes). … [Read more...] about Tutorial: Center Single Crochet vs Single Crochet