It’s been just about a month since starting to use my bullet journal. It’s been an overwhelming success. I live for lists, for organization (on paper), and places to put my thoughts & ideas. This covers most of that. It’s
Today is all about texture and using up lots of yarn to create a single stitch. I introduce the pineapple stitch (pineapple st). It’s a simple little stitch that packs in a lot of texture and a variety of different ways to use the stitch. I have seen this stitch worked in every stitch on the row, in every other stitch with a chain 1, and on every other row and every single row. It’s very versatile.
Just wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Have you ever have a project kind of come alive, and take on a life of its own? It’s pretty awesome. I was like oh I’ll just crochet up this quick little doll and it’ll be adorable and that’ll be that. Yeah okay, Jess. This little pig started off as a sheep idea from a crochet prompt. (The prompt was “FLUFFY.”) It’s something new that I started doing last week on my KBG Patreon. The prompts are one of the perks for supporters. They come with a starter pattern to help get the creative juices moving.
Decreasing your crochet stitches is a very valuable tool. It creates shaping, and helps with three dimensional work. You can work your decreases in rows or while working in the round. It all depends on the crochet pattern. I use decreased single crochet stitches (d.sc) in the majority of my crocheted dolls. It’s what creates my doll heads and helps make their body shapes. You can decrease any type of stitch while crocheting. We’ll be focusing on decreasing single crochet stitches over two stitches for today.
Hats! Crocheting hats has been the theme around all of the prepping for the crochet-along (which starts tomorrow, so sign up… even if you’re late. Do it.). I’m working on the hat design that will match the Holiday Monster doll’s hat. The (people sized) hat crochet pattern will end up in the shop as a paid pattern. I’m working on a worsted weight version and a fingering yarn version in various sizes… something like baby, kid, teen/adult, and adult large. The paid pattern will include a copy of the Holiday Monster crochet pattern, and will be the only place it is available outside of a future crochet-along sometime next year.
I showed a sneak peak of this drawing last week as it was in progress. I’ve been trying to follow my daily drawing prompts, but I’m continuing to over-schedule my day… thus falling behind. I’ve paused the new prompts in favor of catching up as I can with the ones I missed. I’m also trying to schedule less things to do. I really love drawing again.
Crocheting in the round is such an important skill. Heck, 98% of my crochet is done in the round. Monster heads, bodies, arms, and legs are all done in the round. That hat you want to crochet is probably done in the round. Crocheting in the round allows us to make pieces without a seam (most of the time… we’ll visit that later on in the post), creating a continuous stretch of crochet stitches. It also creates a right side of your crochet piece and a wrong side.
Instagram is a wonderful social media tool. It’s also my favorite platform. I love looking through all of the photos and seeing the world through other peoples’ eyes. I’ve written about it before. I wanted to talk about how Instagram can be awesome for your brand. This is my take, through the eyes of a crocheter, but you can tweak this anyway you need to fill your niche.