Alisa Erkes lives with a rare autoimmune disease called Behcet’s disease. Because her symptoms prevent her from working a traditional nine-to-five job, she turned to crochet to stay productive. After a time, she found that she could sell her afghans on Etsy. Not only that, but crochet helps her heal. LEARNING TO CROCHET Alisa taught […]

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AFFIRMATION: the word can conjure images of a fake-it-till-you-make-it smile said into the mirror as you try to convince yourself that your negative self-talk isn’t true. Affirmations can feel cheesy or false or even like a spiritual shortcut. And yet, they work. Somewhere along the way, they morph from awkwardness into soothing practice. Incorporating affirmations […]

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The Wrong Side Can be Beautiful Too!

In the world of crochet, there are many opinions about which side of the project is the right side and which is the wrong side. In fact, Love of Crochet associate editor Dana Bincer and I have a running debate regarding this very issue. Granted, in some projects, it doesn’t make a big difference. Most […]

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How to Make a Crochet Spike Stitch

Add texture and color to your crochet with the fun and easy spike stitch. In its most basic form, you make a spike stitch by inserting the hook in a previous row or round before completing a stitch. The new stitch thus drops down over 1 or more rows, creating a spike of texture and/or […]

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I was introduced the crochet spike stitch several years ago, though it was called a long single crochet by the designer. This incredible stitch was so easy, but the resulting fabric was awesome. Worked in a contrasting color, you can create simple colowork, and even when worked in the same color, spike stitches create a […]

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Many of us accidentally felted our crochet projects, but felting crochet is a great technique to create sturdy bags and warm garments and accessories. Crochet felting is also a great crochet technique for beginning crocheters, as the crochet-felting process disguises uneven stitches. DOWNLOAD NOW   In this free eBook, How to Felt Crochet: Felting Instructions […]

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POW: Flibbertigibbet Shawlette

This week’s project of the week is the Flibbertigibbet Shawlette designed by Jen Lucas from Interweave Crochet Winter 2017. It’s part of the Sound of Stitches story featuring projects inspired by Maria VonTrapp. The Sound of Music was the first movie I can remember staying up late to watch, with my parents’ permission. Since I […]

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One of the advantages of crocheting your own tops and sweaters is the ability to modify them to flatter your figure. Need a little more room in the bust without affecting the circumference of the waist, or, like me, is there always too much fabric at the hips? Modifying a crochet pattern can seem intimidating, […]

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Little thread, tinier hooks, delicate intricacies of the stitches and patterns, doesn’t it seem like nearly everything is better if it has just a bit of crocheted lace embellishing it? Lace adds a light sophisticated touch to crochet. Crochet lace patterns don’t have to be worked in thread or lace-weight yarn either. You can create […]

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