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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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

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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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2014/82 – 5 things to crochet this winter

Do you ever get to that time of year when everyone (work, school, friends, etc) wants something from you and you’re so busy and overwhelmed you just give up and do something you enjoy?

Well that’s what today’s post is for me.

Plus I’m feeling somewhat festive at the moment – which is nice since last year I felt fairly Grinch-y. So without much further ado, here are some ideas about what to crochet this winter. Some are great gift ideas, others are just perfect for the cold season.

#1

Sukigirl has provided the pattern for this adorable little plush toy, Hobbes, by Bill Watterson. To be honest I am entirely unfamiliar with the creator or brand, I just think that the cat is adorable, and very easily customisable. But those familiar will appreciate this even more!

You can switch the orange-black pattern for tabby-brown-and-black, ginger-and-blond, or any colours you like really. You could give it a more Coraline/Tim Burton feel by using buttons for eyes. You could add a flower or bow to girlify it for little girls.

It’s in US terms so please refer to our stitch translation guide if you get stuck!

Note: this one looks a little fiddly, so is probably good for intermediates and experts.

Find the tutorial here: http://sukigirl74.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/free-hobbes-crochet-pattern.html

#2

This is Micah Makes’ awesome mug warmer design! Use other embellishments to it (like the flowers or hearts or ice-skate patterns we’ve posted previously) or leave it plain, both look great, and perfect for not burning hands on very hot drinks this winter.

Free tutorial here:

http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-mug-coaster-cozy

 

#3

 Good luck getting cold in this baby. Such a professional-looking style of bobble-hat, that looks really warm thanks to the densely-packed stitches! I would probably go with purple and black, or grey, or maybe white and pink and navy blue to match my new Christmas jumper 😛

You can thank June C WannaB for this one. Download the tutorial here:

http://thishousewifelife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/trinity-hat-beanie-with-or-without.html

 

 

 

#4

These baby boots are so cute! I couldn’t resist sharing these with you. They look absolutely adorable.  For those with little ones in the family, this going to be useful, and for those who don’t have any in the family, you can just squee along with me at these :p

You can find the pattern on All About Ami – see here:http://www.allaboutami.com/post/31922998270/babybuttonboots

 

 

#5

Almost as cute as the boots is this XS dog jumper. (Picture not available but trust me you want to take a look). And a great idea too! Keep your doggy warm this winter with Stitch 11’s pattern – and add your own individual flair. Perhaps some wintery designs could be sewn on top?

Find the tutorial (US terms) here: http://stitch11.com/xs-dog-sweater/

Enjoy!

-Leeloo the Tall

2014/81 – a how-to for you: button holes!

Hey there! So this one is more of a tutorial for the beginners out there. We post a lot of cool stuff, but sometimes it helps to go back to basics, which is what this is.

Here is a link for you that shows you how to crochet button holes. I’m guessing there are plenty of you out there who are trying to think of ways to make winter jumpers unique, perhaps designing patterns etc., so for those that aren’t sure how to do this part, you may find this useful.

Enjoy!

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2011/11/how-to-crochet-button-holes-html/

Also, the winner of our big giveaway is going to be announced tonight! It’s a little late following some technical issues, but while you’re waiting, why not get your entry in? Gogogo! Find it here 🙂

– Leeloo the Tall