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This past week, I've been sorting my scrap yarn into piles, and working on new ideas for what to do with it all. I've already made bunches of daisies and flowers. I'm trying to decide whether to start on a scrap afghan, or finish the baby blanket that's been hanging around on my to-do-list forever.
I've already posted bunches of scrap yarn patterns, but there's always room for another project on the list...
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Those of us in the USA have quite a few patriotic holidays to look forward to. Coming up soon:
- Independence Day is July 4, 2013
- Flag Day is June 14, 2013
- Memorial Day is May 27, 2013
If you'd like make crochet a part of your celebration, why not to crochet a special project with a patriotic theme?
Even if you don't live in the USA, you might enjoy crocheting some of our red white and blue projects (pictured.) Feel free to re-color them if you like.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Crocheting with fabric strips is a bit different than crocheting with yarn. The most significant difference: unless you buy ready-made rag balls or quilters' jelly rolls, you'll have to cut your fabrics into strips before you can start crocheting with them.
If you'd like to learn more about rag crochet, you're invited to take a look at the following pages:
- Fabric crochet necklace with wire-wrapped pendants -- This is a great starter project for learning the technique of rag crochet.
- Rag crochet flower trivet or coaster -- This is another small project that's great for getting started with rag crochet.
- Free crochet patterns for rag rugs
- Rag bag tutorials
- Suggestions for crocheting rag rugs
Double crochet stitch is an important stitch to know. It is one of the most essential basic crochet stitches.
Here are some resources for learning how to work double crochet stitch:
- Lucille's double crochet stitch video
- My step-by-step double crochet stitch tutorial with photos
- List of double crochet stitch variations
Double Crochet Abbreviation
The abbreviation for the double crochet stitch is "dc." So, every time you see this abbreviation appear in your crochet pattern, you'll know that it means you're supposed to work a double crochet stitch.
Free Patterns for Practicing Your Double Crochet Stitch
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Did you know that you could crochet a pearl necklace? Sure you could. There are many amazing things you can do with crochet -- and that is one of them.
Of course, if you have budget limitations (and who doesn't these days?) you might want to make your pearl necklace out of affordable but lovely freshwater pearls. They won't break the bank, and their not-quite-perfectly-round-ness coordinates well with crochet stitches worked in wire, which can also have a charming but not-quite-perfectly-even quality.
I was so enthralled with this idea that I actually crocheted this design twice, changing out the wire colors to see which one would turn out nicer. I love them both.
If this is an idea you'd like to explore further, I invite you to check out my free pattern for a freshwater pearl wire crochet necklace. I hope you'll enjoy it!
Here are some resources for learning how to work single crochet stitch:
- Lucille's single crochet video
- Edna's single crochet stitch video
- My step-by-step single crochet stitch tutorial with photos
- List of single crochet stitch variations
Single Crochet Abbreviation
The abbreviation for the single crochet stitch is "sc." So, every time you see this abbreviation appear in your crochet pattern, you'll know that it means you're supposed to work a single crochet stitch.
Free Patterns for Practicing Your Single Crochet Stitch
- Beginner's single crochet scarf pattern
- Free crochet pattern for an easy baby afghan square
- Team spirit hat pattern
- More single crochet patterns -- The patterns on this list are all available for free.
Here's a note especially for the ladies reading. If you're looking to make something extra special to wear to a wedding, party or event, this list of free collar patterns may have exactly what you need. There are collars to suit many different styles of clothing, although most of them are lacy and suitable for wearing with dressy styles.
Many of these designs are inspired by vintage styles; some of them have retro charm and some of them look completely contemporary. There's a fantastic mix of designs to choose from, created by a wide variety of different designers.
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Beginning crocheters usually start out by learning the chain stitch first. The chain stitch is one of the most important basic crochet stitches you'll need to know; chain stitches form the foundation of most crochet projects.
Here are links to a couple of resources for learning the chain stitch:
Our list of crocheted bath accessories includes a variety of interesting patterns, and all of them are free for your personal use. Pictured here is Erica Jackofsky's crocheted soap holder. Another recent addition: her fun bath puff pattern. Enjoy!