Reaching Out, One Stitch At a Time

Pattern Help

Does the Beginning Chain Count as a Stitch?

I get emails all the time asking for pattern help. One of the questions I hear the most is, “How do I know if the beginning chain is included in the stitch count?” – or similar versions of the same question. I can’t give you […]

Exploring Color Changes in Yarn

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How to Choose the Right Pattern Rating

Did you ever look at a pattern and just fall in love with it?? I’m pretty sure you have. But how do you know whether you’ll be able to tackle the pattern and make it look exactly like the picture – without losing your mind? […]

Tackle Advanced Crochet Patterns in 3 Easy Steps

Tackle Advanced Crochet Patterns in 3 Easy Steps

We’ve all seen them….. those gorgeous crochet patterns that you just have to make. Then you notice that it’s marked “advanced”.  At this point you have 2 choices. Keep looking for something else, or try to tackle it. I know from experience that if you love the […]

List of Crochet Abbreviations

Here is a list of the most common crochet term abbreviations, but by no means is it a complete list. A alt – alternate(ing) approx. – approximetely B beg – beginning blo – back loop only BPdc – Back Post double crochet BPsc – back […]

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) […]

How to Fix a Tilting or Twisting Granny Square

>Have you ever made a granny afghan, and at some point in the process it starts to look “tilted” or “twisted”?  The picture below shows this gorgeous afghan from Thornberry.  If you look closely it has a slight tilt to the center of the square.  […]

Getting Your Motif to Lay Flat

  Getting Your Motif to Lay Flat When crocheting, if your shape keeps ruffling and will not lay flat, here are a couple of tips: (try them in this order) First, check to make sure you don’t have too many increases in each round. (Counting stitches […]