Crochet Conversion Chart

I thought it would be a good reference to post a conversion chart for common crochet terms.  The UK & the US use the same stitches, but we each call them something different.  Here are the most common stitches.

 

                                 US

                           UK 

chain(ch)

chain(ch)

single crochet (sc)

double crochet (dc)

double crochet (dc)

treble (tr)

half double crochet (hdc)

half treble (htr)

triple crochet (trc)

double treble (dtr)

slip stitch (sl st)

slip stitch (sl st)

 

 

All of my patterns are written in US terms.  So, (for my UK crocheters) if my pattern states SC, you will crochet what you consider a DC.  Make sense?  If you have any questions, or need help, just ask.

 

Happy Crocheting! 

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WIP Wednesday

I love “Wordless Wednesday” but have found that I’m always in the middle of something. Hence, Work In Progress Wednesday.

 

 Here’s how it works: 

Show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog. It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to. I hope you’ll join in.

 

 

 

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New Patterns Coming Soon

I have quite a few projects that just need finishing touches and then they’ll be ready for purchase.  I just have to learn to finish my open projects before beginning new ones.  Here are 2 patterns that just need a little TLC and they’ll be done.  Hopefully they’ll both be ready this week.

 

  “The Royal Bow”

 

The “Jackie O”

 

I’m also working on a free pattern for a guest blog post (super excited when they asked me!), a free dishcloth pattern with a pic tutorial of the stitch, and other good things!  I’ll keep you posted.  I’ve also been working on this pattern….it needs some rewording, and I’ve just been super busy, so I haven’t had a chance to rework it for my pattern testers….soon!  It doesn’t officially have a name yet, so if you have any suggestions let me know.  So far I have tons of “raspberry” name suggestions.  Even though the hat calls for pink I may go with one of those. 

 

 

Hopefully I’ll get all these caught up so I can start some new ideas that are floating around in my head.

On a side note….if you have my site on your blog roll, my new posts aren’t updating in the blog roll feed.  You need to go in and change my site because it seems as if that’s the one thing that didn’t go through when I switched from blogger.  I’m assuming it’s because blogger had it updating as ambassadorcrochet.blogspot.com.  My site is now www.ambassadorcrochet.com.  I’d love for all my older blogging friends to find me again :).  (by older I mean those that bookmarked me before I purchased my domain last year. lol)

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

 

 

 

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W.I.P. Wednesday

Wow! I can’t believe its been a whole week since I posted. It’s been a crazy, busy summer. I’m not planning on disappearing permanently, but my posts the next two or three weeks may be a little sporadic.  I’m planning a big surprise for someone awesome……shhhhh! ;D

Here’s, Work In Progress Wednesday.

 

 Here’s how it works: 

Show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog. It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to. I hope you’ll join in.

 

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WIP Wednesday

I love “Wordless Wednesday” but have found that I’m always in the middle of something. Hence, Work In Progress Wednesday.

 

 Here’s how it works: 

Show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog. It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to. I hope you’ll join in.

 

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Busy Summer

It’s going to be a crazy week for me but I didn’t want to forget about my blog.  One of my daughters got a bunny a couple of weeks ago…..

 Isn’t she cute???  But my girls tend to do everything together, and I do mean everything.  They get along 90% of the time, and they’ll tell you they’re best friends.  So……

 

 We had to get a couple more!  Girls of course :).

Well, I’m off to take my girls to VBS all week, and run my son around getting paperwork ready for his new job. (The state accepted a company’s request to hire him as an apprentice – Yay!)  He did 4 years electrical at a local tech school, so it looks like he’s on his way to getting his electrical license. SO happy for him!

On a crochet note….I’ll be done another new pattern today, and hope to have it tested by the weekend, two more patterns are just about ready to sell, and tomorrow is Wednesday.  Take some pics so you can post what you’ve been working on!

I leave you with this…..

╔══╗
╚╗╔╝
╔╝(¯`v´¯)
╚══`.¸.crochet
 

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New Site

Well I did it.  I made the jump and transfered my entire blog over to a new platform.  I had too many complaints that people couldn’t comment.  Then last week I couldn’t log in.  I figured, before I lost my blog entirely, like a few others have, I better make a decision.  If you’re looking to do the same, there are only a couple of sites that allow you to do this – squarespace & wordpress.  (there may be others, but I didn’t find any)

All my info is still here but I’ve made it easier to find things.  There is a Tutorial button at the top and will have all my tutorials listed right there.  I also added a Stitch Guide that will have stitches you may need help with.  And, of course, my Free Patterns.  My shop is still hosted elsewhere (for now) but there is a link on the top left of my shop to come directly back here.

If you see anything that should be fixed, or have suggestions of something that should be added, please just leave me a comment, or send me an email.  I’m aware my Google Friend Connect is not working.  I’ve been working with squarespace to get it fixed, and up until this morning I thought it was fixed :-/  I guess I’ll keep trying.  I’d love for anyone to leave me a comment so I know everyone can still see me in there feeds. Thanks.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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The “Other” Side of Crocheting

First, let me say that hubby loves to make me laugh.  He loves to tease me, but I know it’s all in fun.  So yesterday, I was trying to explain tunisian crochet to him.  I explained that all the stitches go on the hook and then you pull them off one at a time.  He looked at me weird (I could tell he was in the mood to tease me), so I tried to get serious with him, to help him see how tunisian could be a good thing (like he really cared – lol)……bad move.  He was already seeing this as an easy target for teasing me.   I again tried by explaining to him that it gives it a different drape, more like knitting.  That was all it took.  He said basically tunisian is for all of us crocheters who refuse to learn to knit and go over to the “other” side…..to which I just busted out laughing.   At least after all these years he still knows how to make me laugh.

Borrowed from Morgan OBrien – Please visit him at www.morganobrienart.com

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Hookin’ Up: Day 8 – Chez Mukweto

 

 

I decided to take part in Kathryn’s Hookin’ Up Project this month!  For the month of July, we’re spreading the word about crochet blogs!  Someone described them as “Pay It Forward” posts, so that we can get to know some of the other crocheters that love to blog, and maybe find one or two new friends in the process.  Sounded like fun, so I decided to join in. 
Today I get to actually introduce Jacqueline over at, Chez Mukweto.  As I read Jacqueline’s “Meet Mukweto” page, the very first thing I noticed was that we had something in common….other than crochet :).  She’s also a homeschooler, like me!  She desccribes herself like this, “a chef, lawyer, hair dresser, accountant, crafter, nurse, advisor, designer, teacher, barber, and more. Yup, its Motherhood“.  I think that about sums up us mothers perfectly.  

And speaking of motherhood….she has the cutest crocheted ice pack.  I can’t wait to make one of these.  My girls will love it!

 
 
She has an etsy shop with items she has lovingly handmade.  That is one thing that is evident on her blog…..her love of crochet.  I think my favorite piece would have to be this scarf.  I love the color, especially combined with the puff stitches.  It looks amazingly soft and comfy.
 
 
 She’s even renewed my love of the granny square.  I love her color combinations!
 
 So, I encourage you to hop on over and visit Jacqueline.  She has so much more than crochet – including sewing, cooking, homeschooling, and more.  You will be pleasantly surprised.
 
Happy Crocheting!
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

Well, my stars for this beanie came in, just in the nick of time.  Here’s the finished version.  What do you think?

Today is also my brothers’ birthday.  He deserves to celebrate.  He just came back (last week) from Afghanistan.  So happy he’s home safe!  I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th.  Remember to thank a soldier today!

Don’t forget, tomorrow (7/5) is the last day to enter my giveaway, for my Cables & Lace beanie. 

Happy Crocheting!

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The Heart In Hand Project

I’ve added another site to my Crocheting for a Cause page.  If you’re looking for a place to donate your crochet squares, Kelly from The Heart In Hand Project will gladly put them to good use.  She accepts squares that measure between 6, 7, 8 or 12 inches square. Here’s a little bit more about her project (taken directly from her blog)

Hello. My name is Kelly and I started this not for profit endeavor to do what so many others have done before me.heartinhandproject@gmail.com.

This project follows in the footsteps of the creative individuals who knit for soldiers in WWI, socks during WWII, helmet liners for those in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond and quilts and blankets for Japan and New Orleans and on and on.

We can comfort so many simply by applying the skills of our hands to bring comfort to those who serve and those who suffer. I hope you will join me in making crochet and knit squares, blankets, and other needs we encounter to bring love and comfort to those who need it most. Thank you.

You can contact me at

There are so many great places to donate, but I hope you’ll go over and check out Kelly’s project.  I always love seeing someone’s heart shine through in what they do.

Happy Crocheting!


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Review of Website Template Companies

This post really has nothing to do with crocheting….other than the fact that I’ve become really aggravated with bloggers on and off problems the past couple of months.  So, I decided maybe it was time to move my blog elsewhere.  The only other blogging company that I knew well was wordpress.  To be totally honest with you, I took the time to transfer my entire blog over there, only to find out I didn’t like it.  It doesn’t seem nearly as easy to use (maybe I’ve just been using blogger too long).  But the other thing is it doesn’t have nearly as many plugins and free things. You can get them, you just have to pay.  By then my thought process had turned to…..If I have to pay, then I may as well create a real website. So, I went in search of the ‘perfect’ template website creator that had everything I was looking for. My 2 main goals were to be able to transfer my entire blogger blog, AND have a shop so I can stop having to sell on 5 different sites. This was supposed to be about consolidation. HA!!!  Here’s what I found.

*DISCLAIMER*These are only my opinions.  You may be looking for something totally different than I was, and therefore will see things in a different light.

WordPress – Not as easy to use, especially if you’ve been with blogger for any length of time. (imo) Plus, even if you don’t think it’s difficult, it’s lacking the free things like all the extras we add to the sidebars.

WordPress.org – Read that it’s too complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing….that’s me :)

web.com – Didn’t create an actual account for one reason only. There prices seemed competitive, but if you add a shopping cart it just about doubles.

webs.com – The site ran really slow! It would sign me out, etc. So bad that I gave up. (could be my browser, but this is the only one I had a problem with). 

Squarespace – I loved the fact that I could literally just transfer my entire blog with about 5 clicks of a button, BUT – no shopping cart. The whole point in this was to consolidate. I didn’t give up though. Took one day to try to create a google shopping cart…..then I put this site on the back burner.

FatCow – Don’t bother. You can’t even look at their site til you sign up and PAY!!! To their benefit they do offer a 30 money back guarantee (which I used).  The problem I had with this site was that I got in and most of what I saw (I didn’t search completely though) was already out there and available elsewhere for FREE!!! Plus it did not seem all that easy to use.

Moonfruit – They’re still in the running. I actually really like this site. My only hesitation with this site is 1) I chose a template that wasn’t point and click, and it’s taking wayyy longer than I wanted to spend on it. To change to a new template you have to create a new site and start over. All your work is lost! WHAT!?!?!?  And 2) You get no tech support with the free version.

Weebly – It’s all drop and drag. It took me quite a few times to get the hang of what to do, to get the look I wanted, but for free (or very little if you upgrade) this is probably the way I’m going to go.

Here’s the whole aggravating part in all of this. WordPress & Squarespace are the ONLY ones that offers to transfer your blog over. No one else will. So, here I am, stuck with blogger…..

I am however working on a site anyway.  I’m tired of paying tons of venues to have my patterns. Some of them I pay every month and don’t even get that back in sales. So, I’ll keep the top 3 performers and the rest are going to the curb :).  I’m going to ever so slowly be working on transfering most of these tutorials, stitch patterns, free patterns, etc. over there.  But the fact that I’d lose my follower base stinks.  Blogger, just fix your problems!!!  I’ve wasted the past month, and have nothing to show for it!  Ok, I’m done my rant.  Anyone has any other sites I haven’t tried let me know.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for my Cables & Lace beanie.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER – Giveaway ends July 5th at midnight.

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