Tag: crochet tips

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…

Is Crochet Gauge Important?

What is crochet gauge?  Your crochet gauge refers to how many stitches, or pattern repeats, across and how many rows will fit into a 4″ X 4″ square. If for some reason the pattern repeat won’t fit into a 4″ square the designer will try…

Stitch Marker Alternatives

Do you use stitch markers?  I’ve always used Boye stitch markers, and liked them.  They work well and slide easily in and out of stitches….until recently. I finally found a project they don’t work for….a stuffed frog!  Because you use a smaller hook to make…

What Can I Do With My Leftover Scraps of Yarn?

Do you hate to throw away the little pieces of yarn that are leftover from your projects?  Here is a fun solution…. Put them out for the birds, and they can use them to build their nests.  Now, here’s my disclaimer. It’s a little late…

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…