Author: aimee

Understanding Loops in Crochet

Crochet can be fun and relaxing, but it can also become really overwhelming for any beginner, especially if you do not understand the lingo. As there is plenty of abbreviations and symbols for stitches and directions on crochet patterns, it helps to know how to read pattern instructions to achieve the intended results that your pattern was designed for. Typically, most crochet stitches are worked under both loops of a stitch. Yet, sometimes it is confusing where you’re supposed to insert your crochet hook, as some patterns will tell you to work in the front loop only or into...

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How to Crochet Stuffed Animals

 Once you get the hang of a few basics, crochet is absolutely fun and easy. The best part is you don’t really need much to get into it. After all, all you really need is a yarn, scissors, and a crochet hook to start crocheting. If you’re looking for an easy project to get started, start with an animal. There are many different techniques to crochet stuffed animals but one that is gaining so much popularity is a Japanese method called amigurumi. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese words ami, which means crocheted or knitted, and...

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Knitting vs Crochet

If you are like most people, you can’t really tell the difference between knitting and crocheting. After all, both crafts make use of carefully-designed patterns and they both involve pulling yarn through loops in order to create scarves, sweaters, socks and more. Yet, even if knitting and crocheting are not all that different to an outsider, avid enthusiasts can spend all day telling you what the differences are and what makes their craft better than the other. As you’re deciding which craft to pick up and learn, it helps to know what makes one technique different from the other....

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What Size Sweater Should I Make?

There is no secret formula to proper sizing. That’s because every pattern has a recommended ease and every person’s preference on the fit can be very subjective. Some people may like their sweaters a little bit more loose and relaxed, while others prefer their sweaters a bit more fitted. Regardless of your preference, it is important that you take the time to learn more about the different factors that influence sizing. That way, you can always get the sizing right for every item you intend to make by hand. Taking Your Body Measurements Knowing your measurements is crucial in...

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Why Do My Rows Keep Getting Smaller?

If you’re new to crocheting and wondering why each row is shorter than the last, you’re not alone. This is a really common problem for beginners and even experienced crochet enthusiasts alike, and there are simply three reasons why this would happen. It’s either you’re not counting your stitches or not keeping consistent tension, or worse, you didn’t check your gauge right at the start. Keeping a Consistent Tension If you feel that your stitches are either too tight or too loose, it means that your tension could use a little bit more improvement. Having consistent tension is a...

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