A Heart Motif In Time For Valentine’s Day

Super fast to make!
Super fast to make!

Here is February’s Motif of the Month. A cute little heart that you can make up in a few minutes.

Their small size make them perfect to attach to Valentine cards, or candy favors.

Get the pattern and step-by-step video tutorial here.

Lefties click here.

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November’s Motif of the Month

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The Peacock Motif

I’m calling this motif the Peacock Motif because the shape reminded me of a peacock feather.

So I pulled together some peacock like colors and made this fun motif that can be used as an applique, or joined creatively to make scarves or other chill busting accessories. Click on the picture to go download the free pattern and watch the tutorial video. Lefties click here.

In Case You Like Treble Crochet More Than Double

I present: linked treble crochet.
I present: linked treble crochet.

Just in case you loved linked double crochet, I added another video to show how to link treble crochet.

Just like the linked double crochet, this stitch will create a closed fabric with no gaps between stitches.

I love these linked stitches and they are deceptively easy. Click on the picture to see the right hand version, and click here for the left hand.

I Call Him… Mini Motif, bwah ha ha ha… (evil laugh)

Sorry for the Austin Powers reference, can’t say mini without picturing him.

Just 2 rounds, so fast and easy!
Just 2 rounds, so fast and easy!

Anyway, here is the newest Motif of the Month. It was a viewer request. She wanted basically a granny square with no spaces and just a few rounds big. This is the little guy I came up with.

These would be great for just about anything. You can piece them in so many ways: scarves, shawls, blankets, you can even use them as is for face scrubbies. Also get creative with the color. I used a variegated yarn, but you can make them two-tone, or a bunch in a rainbow of colors. Options are endless.

Let me know what ideas you have for them below, and go pick up the pattern and watch the video here. Lefties, I got ya here.

Do You Picot?

What is a picot you ask? According to Wikipedia, a picot is a loop of thread created for functional or ornamental purposes along the edge of lace, ribbon, crocheted, knitted or tatted material. These loops vary in size, according to their intended function and to their creator’s artistic intention.

If you’ve never used it before, it’s a really great versatile stitch that can add some dimension to your next crochet project — and it’s really easy to do.

Picots give this owl's eyes the pointy points.
Picots give this owl’s eyes the pointy points.

You can use them on a corner to get a nice pointy edge. You can use them as an edge for a bumpy border, or even inside of lace work for extra texture. There are so many things you can do with a picot.

So how do you do them?

Easy, all you do is CH 3 where ever you are at and then SL ST in the 1st of the 3 CHs — picot complete. You can substitute the amount of chains you make for your picot, but the basic crochet picot usually uses 3 chains.

If you’d like to see the picot in action here is a short video (lefties click here) on how to make them and what they look like as an edging. Let me know what you use picots for below!

This Owl is Ready to Wash!

I finally finished the Cabled Owl Washcloth pattern. It is now ready for your download enjoyment (lefties click here)!

Be sure to let me know if you have any requests for future videos. You can leave requests in the comment section.

Plus I’ve got some exciting news coming up soon, so follow the blog to be one of the first to find out what it is.

Slew of New!

I’ve been busily converting my right hand video tutorials into left. I’ve uploaded at least 20 new videos under the Tutorial section. Plus on top of that, I’ve begun a new series of Free Pattern Workshops that are all cute and easy appliques. Not only are these little projects great stash busters, but the video will also teach you how to read the included chart. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn to read charts, these videos will walk you through all kinds of different stitches and set ups. I’ve got the three appliques below loaded up. Click on one of the pictures to go straight to the video and pattern. I’ll be making lots more of these, so if you follow my blog (with the link on the right) you will get notified when I add new ones.

Bow Applique
Bow Applique
Heart Applique
Heart Applique
Star Pattern
Star Applique

South Paw Wannabe

I’ve always had a secret desire to be left-handed. I remember being a young child in school and envious of my classmates who got to raise their hand when the teacher asked for the left-handed in order to place them on the left side of the double desks.

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upside-down-backwards wrist move in action

Maybe I wanted to be left-handed because after the left-handed kids were placed, I always seemed to get one of the leftover left side of the desk and inevitably had to knock elbows with my other right handed deskmate. Or it was the extra special way they wrote with the upside-down-backwards wrist move. The left handed kids always seemed to be the artistic ones too. So I think my desire to draw well (or even good) trickled down into the illusion of being left-handed. I think I mostly just wanted to be different.

When I was bored in class I would practice writing my notes with my left hand, my scribble scrabble illegible and useless later on.  I’m not too bad at it now, I got lots of practice in college during those long boring 3-hour lectures. It came in handy when my kids were babies and my dominant hand was busy holding them and I needed the shopping list written up, but I would never call myself ambidextrous. I feel like it would be an insult to real left -handed people. I even feel guilty when I put out my left hand crochet tutorials, because all I’ve done is use movie magic to mirror my original video. However, if I can help just one south paw who is trying to learn this art I will be happy that I took the time and risk at offending anyone.

I’m sure a left handed crocheter would be a better instructor than me, but I feel like right handed crochet teachers all have such different methods of holding yarn and hook that mirroring my method could be a legitimate way a left handed person would crochet.

I’ve yet to receive a comment from a left hand crocheter, so I keep churning the videos out in the hopes they are helping. If you are left handed I would love to hear from you. You can tell me if they are realistic for the way you hold your hook. Also if they are helpful and you’ve seen my other videos and can’t wait for one of them to be made left hand, you can let me know and I’ll get it converted right away.

With all that said, I’ve just added a new video (Left Hand Single Crochet Into the Middle of the Row) which you can check out below or head to it’s real page here.