2015/2 – crochet a carryall

Don’t you just love the look of this? So cute, and holds all of your hooks, and you can be super-organised and display them by size too. Such a great idea!

Just remember: it’s in US terms so check our translation guide for help converting it.

Find the tutorial below:

https://hakenmaysoondosite.wordpress.com/carryall-crochet-designed-by-delores-spagnuolo/

– Leeloo the Tall

Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

Originally posted on Life's Big Canvas:

Fascinator by Janine Basil http://folksy.com/items/2770202-Pound-Sign-Fascinator-in-pink-glitterFascinator by Janine Basil

I’ve been giving advice this week on pricing handmade items for selling. Not on purpose, just because it’s cropped up a couple of times. Working in a shop where people sell handmade items means it’s something which is bound to come up.

When I started selling handmade items, advice was thin on the ground. I tried reading some things online, but never really had someone to talk to in person. I also didn’t realise that my lack of knowledge was holding back my business, because people were bitching about me not being able to price properly behind my back, instead of just telling me what I was doing wrong, and I was missing opportunities.

This is why when I now see people underpricing their work, I tell them, and hopefully not in a patronising way, but because underpricing is undervaluing your own skill. To me, it’s…

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What I’ve learned about pricing your work

Originally posted on Rosy Alice Handmade:

When I first started crocheting as a business, I priced myself very low because I was so desperate for sales. Despite what other crafters and Crafts Calculator rightly advised, I thought I knew better.

Here’s what I’ve come to realise: overall, it doesn’t matter what you price your items at. If they’re lovely and well-made, people will buy them if they like them, no matter the price.

So don’t undersell yourself. You are worth the price you charge.

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December’s giveaway

For the sake of clarity and honesty with our readers, the prize for the giveaway in December did not materialize from the third party, despite our emails to them. As we don’t know what’s going on (but we hope everything is ok) and can’t get in touch with them, we’ll be sending our winner some lovely yarn instead.

Free crochet pattern – Hooded Assassin’s Cowl

Originally posted on Rosy Alice Handmade:

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Hooded Cowl

by Rosy Alice Crochet

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My daughter calls this her Assassins Creed hoodie! Modelled fetchingly by IMG_20150115_133837Mrs Chilli the Snowlady.

You can make the neck section of this pattern entirely in UK TR (US DC) if you want. You don’t have to use the Twisted Treble stitch.

You will need:

6 mm hook

Tapestry needle

Stitches used:

Chain

UK TR (US DC)

UK HTR (US HDC)

Twisted treble – click here to learn this super-easy stitch.

To begin:

Chain 79. Join with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist your yarn.

Round 1: 78 TR. Join into first stitch of previous row.

Round 2: 78 Twisted treble.

Rounds 3 – 5: Repeat round 2.

Round 6: 78 HTR.

We will no longer be working in the round from this point. At the end of round 6, chain 1 but do not join. Instead…

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Free crochet pattern – Valentine’s slouchie beanie

Originally posted on Rosy Alice Handmade:

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Modelled fetchingly by Mrs Chilli the Snowlady

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5mm hook

Tapestry needle

Double knit yarn in colours of your choice

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Stitches used:

Chain

Double crochet (DC)

Treble crochet (TR)

Treble crochet 2 together (TR2TOG)

UK terms used throughout, so a DC = US SC and a TR = US DC.

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To make the hat bigger or smaller, go up or down a hook size.

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Start by chaining 64. Join with a slip stitch, taking care not to twist yarn.

Row 1: Chain 1. Double crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around. At the end of the row, slip stitch into the FIRST stitch of the previous row, not into the chain 1.

Row 2: Chain 1. Triple crochet into the next stitch and then all the way around. At the end of the row, slip stitch into the…

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