{Crash Course Crochet} Parenthesis in Crochet Patterns – Why They Are There and How to Read Them

{Crash Course Crochet} Parenthesis in Crochet Patterns – Why They Are There and How to Read Them

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.


I’m Throwing My List of Crochet Patterns To Design Out the Window

I’m Throwing My List of Crochet Patterns To Design Out the Window

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).


My Farm Dream

My Farm Dream

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.


{Free Pattern Friday} Bobble Blanket, Cowls, and a Sweet Spring Shrug

{Free Pattern Friday} Bobble Blanket, Cowls, and a Sweet Spring Shrug

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.


When Crochet Patterns Send You Running

When Crochet Patterns Send You Running

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.