Tips to Crochet the Perfect Project

I’m pretty sure we all want to sit down and crochet the perfect project…..every time! We want the pattern to be easy, we want the yarn to look and feel the way we had hoped, and we want it to come out the way it looked in the photos from the designer/publisher. And then we wake up!

 

How to Crochet the Perfect Project......every time. Tips for getting your crochet projects to come out exactly like you want them to.

 

You buy a new pattern.

You buy yarn.

You sit down and crochet.

The project comes out perfect.

Now be honest.

How often does it actually happen that way?

 

Crochet the Perfect Project

 

Some things are out of your control (like how well the pattern is written), but there are a few things you can do to try to ensure that the scenario above might happen.

Choose the Right Pattern – Choose a pattern based on your skill level. An intermediate or advanced level pattern may leave you feeling frustrated and not wanting to finish. If you think you are ready to give the next skill level a try here are some tips to Tackle a More Advanced Crochet Pattern.

Measure for Fit – If it’s a garment (or even a hat), please do not skip this step. You won’t be happy when you finish a hat only to find out it fits your husband instead of your toddler! And there is nothing worst than making a vest only to realize it fits your daughter instead of you! (Yes, I know this from experience!)

Choose the Right Yarn – There are a lot of things to consider when substituting yarn. Fiber, color, weight are just a few, but each of those matters. You don’t necessarily want a tweed or variagated with certain stitch patterns because the beautiful stitches will get lost in all the color changes. If you need help substituting yarn here are a couple posts that may help.

5 tips to help you choose a yarn substitution

Things to look for (on the yarn label) when substituting yarn

Swatch – Make a swatch. It’s worth it. I promise. This will ensue the yarn will give you the overall look that you want. It will save you from making 20 rows of an afghan or sweater only to find out you don’t like the yarn you’re using.

Check Gauge – This should be #1. I ignored this step for the first 10 years I crocheted. If you aren’t sure read this post – Is Gauge Important?

Finishing – Learn to finish off and tie in ends properly. You can read about the time I found the “worlds greatest dishcloth” in a little country store but it didn’t even have the ends tied in. You can also learn how to Invisibly Fasten Off  your project without using a knot.

 

Little Things are Big!

 

These tips might seem too simple or meaningless, but sometimes it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. What are some things you do to help you crochet the perfect project?

 

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Oversized HHDC Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

The oversized hhdc scarf is my newest free pattern. My daughter is still looking for hats & scarves for the homeless and this is my newest addition to her donation pile. It’s made with super bulky so it’s extra warm for when you’re out in the cold for longer amounts of time.

 

Oversized HHDC scarf - free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Oversized HHDC Scarf 

 

Fits: 5.5″ wide x 84″ long

Yarn:  Red Heart Grande – #6 super bulky

  • 3 – 5 oz. skeins (92 yds total)

Hook: Size P/Q (15 mm)

Special Stitches: 

  • Herringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc) – yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull loop through both the stitch and the first loop on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops.

Please Note: If you would like to use less than 3 skeins of RH Grande there are 2 options.

  1.  Start your beginning chain with less than 100. Example: If you start with 80 chains your scarf will be approx. 67″.
  2. Use a different brand/style yarn. Example: You would probably only need 1 or 2 skeins of Hometown USA.

 

Ch 100.

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, hhdc in each hdc across, turn.

Rows 3 – 5:  Rep Row 2.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

Oversized HHDC scarf - free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

This scarf is part of the A Heart for the Homeless Mission that my daughter is working on.  She is still looking for hat & scarf donations if you would like to help her reach her goal. For mailing address, please see my Ambassador Crochet FB Community group, email me, or you can send me a pm through my FB page.

 

Make sure you Pin It or head over to Ravelry and favorite the pattern so you can find it later.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Emoji Crochet Book Review & Giveaway

Emojis are everywhere! …..and now you can crochet them with Emoji Crochet book! Please read my book review and find out how you can win a copy of the book.

 

Everyone loves emojies and now there is Emoji Crochet. Check out the book review by Ambassador Crochet.

*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Emoji Crochet

 

Publisher: Spring House Press

Author: Charles Voth

Number of Pages: 127 pages

Number of Projects: 19 patterns, but many more than that when you consider multiple emojis per project.

Types of Projects: Blankets, pillows, ottoman, hats, bibs, sweater, scarves, and more!

Difficulty Ratings: There are no ratings on any of the projects (unless I missed it), but all the patterns use basic stitches, with shaping.

Yarn Used: #3, 4 and #5

First Impression: My kids are going to love this! Some of these projects will make great Christmas gifts!

My Favorite Project Pick: The Hoodie! – The Mega Cushion was a close 2nd.

 

Hoodie from Emoji Crochet - book review by Ambassador Crochet.
Hoodie

 

Mega Cusion from Emoji Crochet - book review by Ambassador Crochet.

Mega Cushion

 

I’m not a huge emoji fan. (Yes, I just said that!) BUT I do have a couple daughters who are at the age that they absolutely love them. They send people texts with my phone (they don’t have their own phones) and they love to add a few too many emojis. What I find more hopeful is that one of my girls only loves the happy emojis….which makes me happy!

 

Review 

 

The Emoji Crochet book is so much more than just a bunch of faces, or even just graphs (although both of those are included). I was very happy to see that Charles Voth incorporated other stitches for those of us that like something other than just a sc project. Think post stitches, bobbles, and more. The Mega Cushion is made with bobbles. So fun!

It also includes all your general pattern info (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as exactly which yarns were used for each project, so you can match it exactly if you choose to.

 

Emoji Crochet heart hat - book review & giveaway by Ambassador Crochet.

 

So Versatile! 

 

There are “technically” 19 patterns listed in the book, but I wanted to show you just how versatile Charles Voth made this book. Each piece of the emoji faces are written as separate patterns so you can mix and match to make even more combos that he has used in the book. It’s also written in such a way that you can do more with the patterns than even what is shown in the book.

I took the beginning of the afghan square and stopped early. Then I made some heart eyes and a regular smiley face and sewed them onto a hat. There are hats in the book, but I wanted to show you just how adaptable Emoji Crochet really is.

This book has endless gifts for kids (or adults) who love emojis.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
 
 

 

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Oscar the Octopus Coffee Cozy – Free Crochet Pattern

Warm coffee and warm sunshine. What could be better? My teenage daughter – who doesn’t even drink coffee – came up with this adorable Oscar the Octopus coffee cozy and she’s offering the pattern free to my readers. It works up super quick and is a fun project.

 

Oscar the Octopus coffee cozy - free crochet pattern to keep your coffee warm. #coffeecozy #crochetpattern

 

Oscar the Octopus Coffee Cozy

 

Fits: Average size travel mug

Materials Used:  Below are the materials I used.

  • scraps – #4 worsted weight yarn
  • craft eyes
  • Size “J” crochet hook

Ch 41.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each sc across, turn.

Rows 3 – 15:  Rep Row 2.

Begin working legs.

Row 16: *Ch 12, sc in 2nd chain from loop, sc in each ch across, sc in next sc of row 15, sc in next 3 sc, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from loop, sc in each ch across, sc in next sc of row 15, sc in next 3 sc, rep from * around.

Fasten off.

 

Finishing

Sew short ends of rows together.

Sew eyes 6 rows from top and approx. 1 1/2″ apart.

 

Here is another pattern I have available.

18″ Doll Shawl

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Astoria Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

The Astoria Infinity was inspired by my daughter’s mission – A Heart for the Homeless. I was asked what patterns would be a good fit for the hats & scarves. The quick answer is, anything! But I decided to add some quick & easy patterns that will be available free of charge to anyone who would like to help her.

 

The Astoria Infinity was designed for A Heart for the Homeless donations and is a free pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

The Astoria section of Queens, NY is one of the places where my daughter fell in love with mission work and the outreach to the homeless. This scarf was designed for her A Heart for the Homeless ministry, but I hope you will enjoy it for any gift – to others or just make one for yourself.

If you make something to donate, please use the hashtag #aheartforthehomeless or #ambassadorcrochet – we’d love to see what you’re making.

 

The Astoria Infinity was designed for A Heart for the Homeless donations and is a free pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Astoria Infinity Scarf

 

Finished Size:  8″ wide x 60″ long (before seaming)

Yarn: 7 oz. – #4 worsted weight

  • Sample used Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” in Mid Green

Hook Size: Size J/10 (6.00 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 12 tr = 4 inches and 10 rows = 6 inches

Special Stitches:  treble (tr)

Notes: For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

 

Pattern:

 

Ch 24,

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (23 sc)

Row 2: Ch 3 (does not count as tr), tr in same sc as beg ch 3, *skip next sc, 2 tr in next sc, rep from * across, turn. (23 tr)   

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each tr across, leave beg ch 3 unworked, turn. (23 sc)

Row 4–100: Rep Rows 2 & 3.

 

Fasten off, leaving 12″ tail for seaming.

Using tail, whip stitch short ends together.

Weave in ends.

 

This would look amazing in a solid color, stripes, or so many other variations. I’d love to see your version.

 

How to donate

 

For more information on how and where to donate hats & scarves to A Heart for the Homeless please see the following links:

A Heart for the Homeless – Mission: Hats & Scarves – has the story behind my daughter’s mission and why she wants to collect 1000 hats & 1000 scarves.

Ambassador Crochet Community – My FB group has the shipping address.

 

If you’d like a downloadable version of this pattern, you can purchase it in my Ravelry shop for a minimal fee ($1.00), which helps cover the cost of the selling & listing fees.

 

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Crochet Post Stitches in Lace – Course Review

Post stitches are one of my favorite stitches! They can add so much texture to your project by just changing the placement of the dc. But post stitches in lace? I wasn’t really convinced that post stitches would work with lace patterns. After all, post stitches give a project texture and make them more dense, while lacy patterns are open and flowy. So what happens when you put the two together?

 

 

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace - learn how to easily add post stitches to your lace project - course review by Ambassador Crochet.*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace

 

So, who is the course for?

 

Anyone willing to go beyond a basic stitch you can find in a pattern book? Do you like to step outside the box and change things up a bit? If either of the above describe you, then you’ll love this course.

 

What’s in the course?

 

Below is a breakdown of the sections, and a brief overview of what is covered in each of those sections. Each of the videos is between 5 and 15 minutes. These are perfect size, with enough info that the material is being covered completely, and yet there’s not a lot of fluff to fill in and make it longer than it needs to be.  

Introduction – Quick video overview of what will be included in the course. It also covers how to navigate through the course, upload photos, ask questions, and get tech support if you need it.

Understanding Stitch Diagrams – This video walks you through reading stitch diagrams. Robyn makes it easy for beginners and a great refresher for those who already know how to read them. She also gives you some tips on how to easily remember what each symbol means.

Post Stitches – This covers everything you need to know about post stitches before adding them to your lace – working post stitches, an easy way to remember which is which, and knowing where to place them.

Working Lace – Robyn takes a lace pattern and shows how and where to add post stitches. She helps you figure out the best place to add them for the biggest visual impact.

Using Post Stitches in your Projects – Robyn compares regular stitch patterns and how they transform into something completely different when you add post stitches. I learned a lot from this section. I never knew lace could be transformed this way! 

 

This class will change your way of thinking!

 

This course was not what I expected, it was better! I wasn’t sure I’d ever put post stitches in lace, but Robyn Chachula made me a believer when she took a regular lace pattern and out of it emerged a beautiful masterpiece!

The Crochet Post Stitches in Lace course was definitely worth taking for the mere fact that it has changed my way of thinking. I am already looking at stitch patterns differently and trying to see what I can add post stitches to!

 

Happy Crocheting!

*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

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A Heart for the Homeless – Mission: Hats & Scarves

This summer my 15 year old daughter went on a mission trip with our church’s youth group. They spent a week working in soup kitches and doing outreach ministry to the homeless – which included handing out blankets and food – and even doing some worship on the streets of NYC (which was probably one of her favorite parts of the trip).

She came home with a strong desire to keep helping. She began working in a local soup kitchen but still felt the need to do more. Then she came up with the idea that she wanted to make hats and scarves to hand out at Christmastime in hopes of blessing these people, as well as to help them stay warm.

She has now enlisted us as a family (herself, me, and her 4 sisters), plus the help of her youth group. Most of them don’t crochet – but they’re willing to learn! But in order to reach her goal, she needs even more help.

 

A Heart for the Homeless - Mission: Hats & Scarves - donations being accepted.

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN REACHING OUT TO THE HOMELESS

 

Crocheters are some of the most giving people I have ever met. Whenever there is a cause they are willing to invest their time to crocheting and donate to that cause. So I told my daughter I would ask for help. She has set a goal of 1000 hats and 1000 scarves! She will be headed back to NYC to hand them out in November, and our youth group will be handing them out locally as well. She wants every person she comes in contact with to be blessed.

 

How can you help?

Crochet hats and/or scarves. Send all finished items to me before November 15th, 2017.
Quick & easy hats and scarves. They don’t need to be fancy, just warm.

I will be posting weekly hat & scarf patterns for you to use, but feel free to use any pattern you already have.

 

As a thank you

She is doing this from her heart so I want to bless her socks off. I will be holding all packages that come in, and will go live on my FB page (date TBD) so that you can all be with me when she sees what you’ve done to help her.

As a thank you, everyone who sends a package will be entered into a drawing. One winner will receive every premium pattern I release in 2018. Drawing will be held 11/28/2017.

 

Guidelines

  • Knit or crocheted hats and scarves.
  • Acrylic or wool would be best because they will hold heat better.
  • Primarily adult sizes (approx. 21-22″ head circumference)
  • Any hat or scarf pattern is great!
  • Neutral colors (brown, gray, blues, etc) are better, but not required. My daughter said there are just as many women that could use warmth, so any color(s) are great!
  • Shipping address is available in my Ambassador Crochet Community FB group or by emailing me through the contact form.
  • Make sure you add a note with your name and Ravelry id in case you are the winner.

 

Some have asked about patterns. Anything is great! But I have designed some specifically with this project in mind – so they’re quick & easy.

Astoria Infinity

Astoria Hat

 

If you have ANY questions please get ahold of me through my FB page or our Ambassador Crochet Community group.

 

This whole thing has touched me on a whole different level – for reasons I can’t share at this point because it’s too hard. But Sarah is an inspiration to me. She has taken a topic that has been very hard on our family (homelessness) and turned it into a positive way she can do her part and I am super proud of her. I hope you will consider helping us.

 

 

Thank you for your help!

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