Have I invented a new Ten Stitch Blanket crochet method??

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I’m not completely sure about the answer to that question, but I’ve yet to discover otherwise! There are many, many, many crocheters online who are much cleverer and much more experienced than me so I’m happy to be proven wrong. Either way, I came up with this method by myself and had no intentions of copying any one on purpose!

I really wanted to make a Ten Stitch Blanket but couldn’t get my head round the versions I’d seen around the Interwebs, so, like any mature adult, I gave up.

Then for Christmas, I Tunisian crocheted a shawl for my daughter and realised that I could modify the techniques in the pattern and use them to make a much simpler Ten Stitch Blanket.

If you don’t know how to Tunisian Crochet, have a peek at YouTube. There are lots of lovely videos by clever people there and you’ll be a…

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Ten things you shouldn’t say when pricing handmade items

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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

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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

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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

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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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FREE PATTERN: Reindeer

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I’m pleased to finally present to you my reindeer pattern! He was inspired by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. 🙂

I first started working on this pattern almost 2 years ago when I first started crocheting amigurumi. I sketched up his design on the back of a receipt and scribbled the pattern messily on the back of scrap paper as I fumbled through the stitches to make up a prototype. Whilst I finished my prototype, it never saw this blog as I soon realised I had crocheted him inside out (this was before I knew about the “right” and “wrong” side of crochet). Time passed and I questioned if I had even written out the pattern correctly. But fast forward to a few weeks ago when I finally sat down recently with my scraps of paper and tested the pattern – and here we have my reindeer!

I hope you…

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Stargazer Cowl

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This cowl was so easy and only takes a couple hours to crochet.

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It’s worked up with a bulky yarn and large hook, that gives it a nice loose pattern that drapes well and is nice and warm.

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Supplies:

Two skein’s of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in color of your choice (I used Dallas Grey)

Size S/35 Crochet hook (about 3/4 of an inch in diameter)

Tapestry needle (optional, using your hook to loop through works too if you don’t have a tapestry needle)

The Pattern:

Piece is worked flat then sewed up the side

Row 1: Chain 55 (or however many you want to make the diameter you would like. Just make sure it’s multiple’s of two plus one for your first row). Single crochet along first row starting in first chain from hook (54 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, half double crochet across starting in second stitch from…

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The Afterthought Heel

“Afterthought heels”. Genius.

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Socks look funny without feet. At least mine do.

Anyhow, I finished a pair of socks with afterthought heels. They turned out really nice and supposedly they are very comfortable (according to a 10-year-old).

Plus, Regia’s self striping sock yarn is beautiful to work with!

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