{Crash Course Crochet} Fastening Off Your Yarn When Working In The Round

{Crash Course Crochet} Fastening Off Your Yarn When Working In The Round

Make your edge look STUNNING after putting in all of that awesome crochet work. Since crocheting anything takes forever, don’t you think it’s a shame to leave your finished edge looking unfinished? Simply fastening off your yarn (the usual slip stitch and pull through) leaves a knot. It leaves your beautiful crochet looking like you have more work to do. You can do better, and your talent demands it. DEMANDS IT!


Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Yes! You can now make your own Grimeclaw Monster doll. I’m so excited for all of you. This has been a labor of love that has gone on for months. I’m really excited to see it all come together. Today I’m releasing just the crochet pattern. The original plan was to have the crochet pattern and the crochet pattern kit release on the same day… like today. Apparently that wasn’t meant to be, because I forgot about a few things that I really need to ship out the kits. They’re all ordered and will be here very soon. The crochet pattern kit gets its own little PRE-SALE, and you get to save $2 by ordering early.


{Crash Course Crochet} How to Make a Decreased Single Crochet Stitch

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Make a Decreased Single Crochet Stitch

This is one of the most useful crochet stitches that I have in my crochet tool box. The decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch allows me to decrease my stitch count, without leaving a gaping hole… the one that would be created by simply skipping a stitch. Being a crocheted doll maker, this is important, because holes cause gaps. Gaps cause your stuffing to show or fall out. I’m a big fan of keeping everything tight. The stitch is useful for all types of crocheting; not just doll work. It’s one of the most useful crochet tools when shaping your work. You can use this stitch to decrease one (or more!) stitch in a few steps. It’s easy enough for a beginning crocheter to master.


{Crash Course Crochet} – Nuts for Picots

{Crash Course Crochet} – Nuts for Picots

I love the little detail adding a picot creates. It’s just so pretty. I’ve been crocheting them “wrong” for years… nothing horrible. I was missing one little step. I would get a very similar effect, but if we’re going to do it, we should do it right. Today’s how to crochet, is how to properly execute a picot stitch (which is really a bunch of little stitches together). If you can single crochet (sc), chain (ch), and slip stitch, (sl st), then you can make a little picot. It adds so much more awesome to your crochet work.


{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.


{Crash Course Crochet} How to Crochet Down the Side of Your Work

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Crochet Down the Side of Your Work

I use this technique All. Of. The. Time. I hate raw edges on my crochet work and tend to turn the work to make different shapes. When writing up crochet patterns that use this technique (most of them), I’ve been taking pictures of how to do this, like it was a weird thing to do when crocheting. It dawned on me that this is a basic crochet skill that we should have in our arsenal of awesome crochet tools.

Behind the Scenes {Fifteen} Tentacles and Eyeballs and Kits

Behind the Scenes {Fifteen} Tentacles and Eyeballs and Kits

What about the pink monster for your book? Well… I got sidetracked. This is what happens when you let yourself run out of white thread, making it impossible to finish the cool pink monster that you were working on in the first place. While I was waiting for the thread, I started this new monster. It’s kind of cool… mainly because it’s another monster with tentacles. Yes, I have a thing for monsters with tentacles. Tentacles are cool. Now that I have more white thread, I’m going to finish this monster and then the pink one too.

{Crash Course Crochet} Scallop Stitch

{Crash Course Crochet} Scallop Stitch

I learned how to do this stitch when I was first starting out as Knot By Gran’ma. I (foolishly) took on a custom order for the fashion doll version of Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown. Uh, yeah. Long story short… I never got paid, and never finished the dress (although I got close, even after a full restart midway through), and added this easy stitch to my crochet repertoire… along with learning how to do beaded crochet, but that’s another post for another time. Thus, the scallop stitch (scallop st) is our Crash Course Crochet for the day.