Thinking Outside the Box When You Crochet

The Starting Pile of Yarn
The Starting Pile of Yarn – Lion Brand Suede and Cascade Heathers

Thinking outside the box is important in crochet because it is a creative activity.  Whether you need to change the stitch count in a sweater because you aren’t the same shape as the designer or you forgot a double crochet several rows back, the ability to be flexible is important.  And I know designers hate to admit that they are humans sometimes (just kidding 🙂 ), they can and do make the occasional mistake.  Even a one word typo can throw you for a loop.

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Future Spring Pattern Releases

I have several pattern releases planned, but writing them down is the biggest challenge for me.  It’s all clear in my mind.  But unless you are in my brain, you would have no idea how I did what I did.  I can’t even help myself since my notes are all over the place.  However, writing patterns is a new adventure for me and I enjoy learning.  Eventually, I will get myself organized and writing patterns will become second nature.

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Trying to Create a Rectangular Basket Pattern

Tangled yarn web
The many strands of yarn that show my first two rectangular basket prototypes

They say that “necessity is the mother of all invention” which is certainly true as I continue my attempt at creating a rectangular basket pattern.  I’ve been trying to tackle this for several months now.  Maybe I’m wrong, but it shouldn’t be this difficult.

I need to write a versatile basket pattern that I can adapt into several sizes.  With the excessive amount of Red Heart Super Saver I have collected over the years, I’m certainly not lacking color choices.  It’s writing the bottom of the pattern that is proving difficult for me.

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Endlessly Wrapped Cowl – Free Pattern

This week I am pleased to introduce you to my Endlessly Wrapped Cowl.  This pattern is great for beginners since there is plenty of basic stitch practice.  It also works well if you just need a quick cowl with almost endless wearing options.  Wrap it around once, twice, or even three times.  The choice is up to you.

Endlessly Wrapped Cowl
Close up of the stitches for this pattern.

Crocheting into the back humps of the chains stitches gives you a nice braided edge to most of your projects.  If your chains are fairly consistent, the back hump should be an easy part of the stitch to identify.  Once you do a few stitches the back humps should turn to the top of your work.  Even if your chains go a bit wonky here and there, with a little tug you should be able to see them.  If you plan on adding a border to your project, this makes that task quite easy because the bottom of the chain stitches are exactly like the tops of the other stitches in crochet.

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Poncho Sleeves: Is That a Thing?

Poncho Sleeves?  Is that a thing?  Or is it an oxymoron?  Or am I just being a moron?  Hmm…  Oh well…  If it wasn’t a thing before, it is now.

This past fall as I was crocheting the Modern Granny Winter Poncho by Jeanne Steinhilber of the Crochet Crowd, I realized that it really needed to have sleeves.   The temperatures were beginning to drop, but not enough for a winter coat.  And while the cowl was keeping my neck toasty and warm, my arms were still chilled.  Rather than continuing to add round after round until the poncho became an unwieldy blanket, sleeves became the best option.Ppncho Sleeves

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