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Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

Have you been wanting to learn a provisional cast on? Today, I’m going to explain my preferred method. Truthfully, it’s the only method I know, but I still think it’s pretty great!

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Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or a disappearing ring. It’s a great skill to have because it helps you start crocheting in the round without getting that pesky hole in the top center of your piece.

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Giveaway: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

When I’m making a gift for one the many adorable kids in my life, I tend to prefer crochet over knitting. There are few reasons for this, but mainly, it’s because crochet is quick (and they grow so fast) and a great way to get creative!

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Designer Spotlight: Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

Kendall Nahorniak learned the basics of crochet when she was 8 years old, but she didn’t do much with her skills until a couple of years ago. And it wasn’t long before she was designing popular patterns of her own.

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Norah’s Knits: Crochet Red

Yes, I do knit way more than I crochet, but the craft I learned first – the one that really got me started making up my own designs – is crochet.  So when Laura Zander asked me for a design for her book, Crochet Red, I didn’t hesitate. I even whipped up the piece myself, which turned out to be a fun break from knitting! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest

Between homeschooling three children, keeping two blogs and publishing knitting patterns, Christine Guest spends a lot of time at her local library. So much time, in fact, that library’s architecture actually inspired a recent design! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Mod Floral Blanket by Lisa Clarke

You might say that Lisa Clarke inherited her love of crochet from her grandmother. More specifically, she inherited 123 granny squares when her grandmother passed away in 2011. She then taught herself how to crochet and used her granny’s squares to make special gifts for other members of her family. It wasn’t long before she was hooked and designing patterns of her own! Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula claims that her transition from structural engineer to crochet designer was relatively smooth. She simply changed her medium from concrete to yarn! Read more

Christmas in Crochet Giveaway: Winners!

I have to say that I really enjoyed reading all of your comments for our Santa Cocoon Giveaway! Whether you’re expecting a new addition to the family or simply wanting to share your talents with others, it is nice to see so much generosity. Not that I’m surprised…crocheters and knitters are the best! Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Emilia the Elephant by Adriana Aguirre

Adriana Aguirre has been crocheting and knitting for years, but she only recently started designing. She published her first three amigurumi crochet patterns this year, all inspired by animals she loves. Read more

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