Newbie Newsday: Why Doesn’t My Crochet Hook Letter Match Yours?

I get this question from time to time.

The simple answer is hook manufacturers have different US letter (as in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world go by the metric measurement) designations for some of their hooks.

It’s hard to find out how and when this started, but my theory is that because we’ve never adopted the metric system here in the US, the manufacturers came up with the US letters to help us out back in the day.

Why Can’t I Just Get The Same Letter Hook As The Pattern Calls For?

Because it could affect your gauge.

For example, the 4mm could be labelled as either a US-F or a US-G, and a 10mm is either a US-N or US-P. And the reverse is true, a US-N could be a 9mm or a 10mm hook depending on the manufacturer.

If the pattern only gives the US letter hook size, you could potentially be off by one whole mm, which will greatly change your gauge (check out my video below to see more on gauge and hook size).

What Should I Do If The Pattern Only Lists The US Letter Size For The Hook?

Start with that hook, only a couple of hooks have the different mm size, most are the same. My favorite hooks:

The Clover Soft Touch have both letters printed on their hooks. Try to make gauge and go from there (again, see my video down below if you need help with gauge).

So Which Letter Should I Choose if A Pattern Only Has The mm Size Listed?

And the simple answer for that is: don’t worry about letter size. If you have a pattern calling for a hook that comes in multiple letters, stick with the mm size. That is the actual measurement of the hook head and not just the letter the company that made it decided to name it.

You will be much closer to what the designer used when making gauge when you first try to make gauge yourself.

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Fab Five For February

I love all the knit and crochet-topped boots out there right now. Here are my favorite top five.

1. Muk Luks Women’s Patti Cable Cuff Boot

This low profile fold over detail would be cute with skinny jeans.

2. Muk Luks Women’s Chris Cable Knit Winter Boot

Looking for a stylish upgrade to the last pair. This chunky heel is super cute.
3. Bearpaw Women’s Shania Ankle-High Suede Boot

Love the strap detail on this knit cable boot.

4. T.u.k.. Women’s Suede and Crochet Combat Boot

Tough and sweet mixed together in this combat boot style.

5. Muk Luks Women’s Malena Crochet Knit Button Down Boot

These get my vote because they actually look crocheted (though we all know they aren’t).

Which one is your favorite? Let us know below!

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Newbie Newsday: What Is Frogging?

What is Frogging?

You might hear this from a veteran crocheter, “I didn’t get gauge, so I had to frog my project.”

Frogging:

The process of ripping out your crochet project when you find an error. It is called “frogging” because of the sound of saying “rip it, rip it, rip it” over and over.

Now you can throw that into your crochet vocabulary and sound like a pro!

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Some New Video Tutorials And Free Patterns

I’ve added a couple new free pattern tutorials and a special tutorial all about gauge!

New Free Patterns

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The My Flower Garden Scarf and…

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the My Butterfly Scarf are now free!

These two cute scarves are the perfect accessories for fun-loving little girls.

Download the pattern and watch the video tutorial for the Flower Garden here.

Lefties click here.

Download the pattern watch the video tutorial for the Butterfly Scarf here.

Lefties click here.

Last but not least…

If you are still trying to understand gauge, what it is, why is important, why is it on a yarn ball band, how do I get it?

This video tutorial will cover all of that. This video will teach you all about gauge, so your next project will fit perfectly.

 
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Winner of Next Counter Ring

Congrats Deborah who left this comment:

Mine are pretty simple to most but I am a beginner and a lefty so I love your videos. I would love to see coffee & mug cozies, headbands, fingerless gloves and those beaded crochet necklaces if that’s something you do. Also I believe they are called motifs (I think) owls, skull, and cats so they can be added to the headbands & cozies. Thank you for the opportunity and I really like that black ring.

She will be picking one of the counter rings (I’m guessing the black on from her comment). Then there will still be two left, so be sure to subscribe to the blog to find out when the next contest will start.

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Newbie Newsday: What Is Pattern Errata?

Tuesdays are the day for tips, tricks, and sometimes just fun. Read on for your first Newbie Newsday.

Pattern Errata:

list of errors and their corrections inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper when an error in a pattern is found. 

Why is it important?

Working from a pattern that has mistakes can be frustrating and time-consuming. Having to rip out your work when something is not working or not being able to even finish the pattern are just a couple of problems you might run into.

Usually, independent designers (such as myself) have the freedom of correcting errors as soon as they are discovered and can release an updated version. I personally also have a pattern errata page with the date the pattern has been updated so you will know if you have the latest version or not.

However, published books or magazines obviously are not able to do this. Because of this, finding out if there is pattern errata before beginning a project is a good idea.

When working from a book or magazine, go to the publisher’s website (find it on their masthead) and look for a link to pattern errata. Most if not all craft publishers will have this link. Check out your title and see if there is any errata and print it out before you begin so you don’t get frustrated with a project that is not working out correctly.

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You Get A Free Cowl ~ You Get A Free Cowl ~ Everyone Gets A Free Cooooowwwwlllll!!!

The High Fidelity Cowl is not from the 8 One Skein Cowl ebook I’m converting into free patterns. It is a part of the paid to free project I told you previously about.

It is, instead, a part of the paid to free project I told you previously about.

Either way, it’s free!

This cowl is fun because you can really customize it by making the stripes in any color you like.

Download the pattern and watch the free video here.

Lefties click here.

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Fantastic 5 For January

I scoured the internet to find these 5 must have items. Whether referencing knit or crochet or used exclusively for the craft, these are must haves in my book.

1. Cable Knit Mugs

These super-sized mugs are so cute with the embossed cable pattern. I can’t wait to use these with my hot vanilla cappuccino.

2. Knit Picker Clothing Fixer

This little tool is just what you need when you are smack dab in the middle of sweater season. It’s like a mini latch hook and it fixes snags and snarls in all your knitwear.

3. Primitive Owl Scissors

Primitive Owl Scissors

Can you believe I don’t have owl scissors yet? I need these in my life now!

4. Pretty Yarn

Love the color combo of this Kaleidoscope Yarn in Dragonfruit.

5. Faux Fur Pom Pom

These faux fur pom poms by Bernat are so cute on top of the many beanies I am making this winter. They are sooooooo soft!

 

Do you have any must haves this month? Share them below.