The Empowerment of Women’s Work

The notion of “women’s work” doesn’t seem to garner much respect these days, but once upon a time what we now call think of as “women’s work” were the typical jobs that were available to women to be able to contribute to the livelihood of their families. Is this a notion that should be demonized then, or should we rethink the concept of “women’s work” as tool that has through the ages empowered women to secure an income for themselves?

How Fiber Artists Got Us to the Moon

As we look back and remember the thousands of people who made the first lunar landing possible, I would like to turn our attention to a small group of ladies who could have been one of us back in 1969: The Little Old Lady core rope memory weavers.

Which Fiber Do I Choose?

The yarn world can start to seem overwhelming in options. How can one possibly narrow down all the available options to the particular project in mind?

So You Want to Start a Crochet Business

There are many crocheters out there who start selling a project here and there to make a little cash on the side. Where is the line between hobby and business? With this article I hope to give some tips on starting your own crochet business.

Custom Yarn Blends

Blending yarns gives you greater control over the final look and texture of your crochet projects.

The Designer’s Swatch

I am here to preach the importance of gauge swatches and why you really should be doing them, especially if you’re making something wearable in which size matters.

Measurements for Designers: Gloves

This chart was assembled from numerous resources online dealing with average hand and arm sizes for men, women, and children. And now for your designing pleasure, they are all available here in a handy reference chart.

The Golden Loop

Have you ever worked a gauge swatch only to find that the stitch count is correct, but the rows are too short or too high? Why is that? Shouldn’t you be able to make both stitch and row gauge with the same hook size? The answer lies in the Golden Loop.

Easy Gift Tags

I have a suggestion for a quick and dirty gift tag you can attach to your crochet goodies.

Fiber Lesson: Wool

Autumn is the time when we all start thinking about cozy hats and scarves and all the wonderful things we might crochet for loved ones for the holidays. And since we’re all thinking about cuddling up with a nice warm ball of yarn, I thought now would be a good time to post a lesson on wool.

What is Ease?

As you begin to dabble in the world of crocheted garments, you may hear the word “ease” thrown around. Ease in this context does not refer to the difficulty of the project, but rather the difference between your body measurements and the measurements of a given garment.

Measurements for Designers: Children

With a growing little girl, I have been inundated with design inspiration for children’s crochet projects, but I wanted to be able to make my designs available to everyone, not just those with children who happen to be the same size as Little Lovely at the time of designing.

Fiber Lesson: Cotton

Fiber is a matter of personal preference and there are many reasons why a designer might choose one fiber over another, so I thought it would be fun to go in-depth on the pros and cons of different fibers. Today’s fiber: cotton.

Measurements for Designers: Women

Designing is a lot of work, but the really hard part is making the design available to all sizes. That’s why I wanted to compile all of my standard size measurements in one handy place that fellow crochet designers could reference.

Steam Blocking vs Killing

Not every crochet project will benefit from blocking or even killing, but there are several reasons why you might want to consider taking this extra step to finish your project.

WIP Organization

How do you keep your current projects organized? I’d like to offer an amazing solution to all your WIP progress woes.

Toe-Up Sock Techniques

Socks crocheted from the toe down can be tried on as you go, and as long as you have a person’s measurements, don’t require much guesswork if you’re making them as a gift. The two most difficult parts in any crochet sock pattern are the toe and the heel; master these two parts, and you’ll be a sock making machine!

Crochet Cables

Crochet cables were inspired by the look of knitted cables–those twisted, rope-like designs seen in so many sweaters and hats. In crochet, they are created with the use of front-post and back-post stitches that cross over each other to impart that rope-like look.

Crochet Stockinette

This looks an awful lot like knitting, doesn’t it? This is what I like to call Crochet Stockinette. Unlike other techniques, the method does not involve Tunisian crochet or knooking. It uses only stitches you already know. Any crocheter — even a beginner — can do this technique.

Bavarian Crochet in Rows

Some time ago, I happened across a style of crochet I had never heard of before called Bavarian crochet. Legend has it that a mother and daughter of Bavarian descent created it, but no one knows for sure. In any case, it is a lovely textured stitch pattern. My example shows it worked in rows, but traditionally it is worked in the round. The resulting fabric is textured and thick, yet still drapes really well. It’s perfect for all your fall projects!

How to Crochet Over Flip Flops

Why would you want to crochet over flip flops? It’s a good way to jazz up an old pair of flip flops that have become boring to you, and it’s a great way to take a cheap pair of flip flops and make them look upscale and unique for just a few extra dollars.

Plaid Crochet

This fabric segment features a plaid design, yet it is entirely crocheted. I used woven crochet techniques to create the design. Here’s the how-to. Don’t worry — it’s easy!

An Introduction to Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet is the technique of using more than color of yarn to create pictures and patterns in a crocheted piece. It is essentially the crochet equivalent of knitted intarsia. If you know how to single crochet (or half-double crochet in some patterns), you can do tapestry crochet.

Yarn is Not a Cat Toy

It’s important for all crocheters to know how to keep their kitties safe around their craft. Here are my tips on how to do so.

The History of Crochet

Crochet is a timeless art that has brought joy to millions, yet no one can say for sure who first created it. Perhaps it is a divine gift, for what other household art can claim to have saved an entire nation from starvation?

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