Eventually you are going to come across a crochet pattern that tells you to mark a stitch… or mark the first stitch. It’s going to happen. Marking a stitch isn’t difficult. It’s also nice to know where your rows start if you are crocheting in the round. Marking stitches makes your crocheting easier, and often, takes away some of the counting. What could be better than that?
Today’s crochet tutorial is really a clarification of how to read crochet patterns instead of an actual stitch. Parenthesis are a huge part of my crochet pattern writing, and I stumble across people that get confused (thankfully not too often) when it comes to the parenthesis. It’s probably a good time to clear this part up, because I’m not the only crochet designer to use them in crochet patterns.
A few weeks ago, we talked about how to price your crochet pieces so you get paid. This week we’re chatting about how to price crochet patterns so you get paid. This is such an important part of my crochet business, that I think it’s important to share.
Ever look at something you’ve set up for yourself and then consequently thought you must have been completely out of your mind? That just happened to me this past week. Somehow I figured that with a family, house, doll making, and fledgling yarn business… I could still manage to crank out at least four new crochet patterns a month. Not only could I design that many in a month, I’d have them tested and released in a timely manner. There was a schedule and everything (It doesn’t look like it was organized, but that’s how I roll… makes perfect sense to me). Welcome to Crazy Town (It’s right next to Guy Fieri’s Flavor Town, apparently).
Right. So I need to live on a farm. When I was little we lived with my Grandparents on their farm. We had chickens and apparently there was a pig in love with the horse. He used to break out of his pen daily and go hang out with the horse. That’s not weird. It’s awesome. I remember the smell of chickens, smashing my cousin’s finger under a rock, and fishing from the bridge that went over the stream. My Grandparents also had an outhouse (in addition to their indoor plumbing), and Grandpa taught my brother and I how to count in Irish. Yeah.
Let’s talk about crochet techniques, baby. All 3 of these tutorials are so very useful in all areas of crochet. I found these to be wonderfully written out and the pictures are a great aid in helping you get through it.
I just want to share my Facebook group today. It’s not very big yet, but everyone has to start somewhere. It’s called Out of the Box Crochet. You can find it here.
I’ve caught a bit of spring fever. The only problem is it’s still very chilly out and snow is still visible on the ground. I know we’ll get there soon, and I will be able to open up my greenhouse to start my garden seeds. Hiking and warm weather crochet will be here before I know it. In the meantime, I found these wonderful patterns to share and get our spring started.
I thought I’d talk about something that has happened to each and every one of us crocheters. You get a new crochet pattern (free or paid for) and are innocently crocheting, minding your own business. You’re not bothering anybody. We’ve set the scene for bliss. Then suddenly it happens. You are suddenly lurched into a tailspin of crochet pattern confusion, where you are frogging (that’s fiber-speak for ripping out stitches), and counting furiously. What just happened? Why did your crochet go awry.