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Introduction to Crochet: Half Double Crochet

Introduction to Crochet: Half Double Crochet
Welcome back to my Introduction to Crochet series! Today I'll show you the half double crochet stitch. In case you missed it, here are the links to my previous posts in this series:
1. Tools You Need To Get Started 2. Slip Knot & Chain Stitch 3. Single Crochet & Slip Stitch

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Half Double Crochet (hdc) Before we get started, let's revisit the turning chains I talked about in the single crochet lesson. To turn your work and start a new row with single crochet, you need a turning chain of 1. The half double crochet stitch is slightly taller than a single crochet, so you need a turning chain of 2. We'll also be skipping the very first stitch of the row after turning. So let's get started!
First, chain 22.
This time, we're going to yarn over first. So, yarn over, and insert your hook into the third chain from the hook. My thumb is on the third chain in the p…

Introduction to Crochet: Tools You Need To Get Started

Before You Begin:
Tools & Materials

Welcome to my Introduction To Crochet series! I hope these photo tutorials and step by step instructions will help you learn to crochet. Before we get started though, I'll tell you what tools you'll need to start the series. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog!
Hook. For any project, you'll need a hook! Now which hook you use can depend on several things, including how tight you want your stitches to be and what kind of yarn you are using. Hooks are categorized by their size, in millimeters. Larger hooks are better for thick, bulky yarn, and smaller hook are best for thinner yarns and crochet thread. Whenever someone asks what hook they should start with, I always recommend a size H (5mm) hook, because that's what I started with; it's not too big or too small! There are two types of hooks: tapered hooks or in-line hooks, which just means that the hook ends are shaped a bit differently. I prefer …

Introduction To Crochet: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch

Introduction to Crochet
Slip Knot & Chain Stitch
Hi there! If you're wanting to learn the basics of crochet, this is the place to be! I hope you'll join me for a whole series on basic crochet stitches and finishing techniques.

If you haven't gotten your supplies yet, see my post about what you'll need here: Tools You Need To Get Started
First up, we'll cover the slip knot and chain stitch. The slip knot is the beginning step of almost every crochet project, and the chain stitch is also important for many patterns. I'll show you how to do both with detailed instructions and photos. Without further ado, let's get started! This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my blog!


Notes: Here are some basic notes and crochet terms you should know: Tail: This is the cut end of your yarn. Working yarn: This is the end of the yarn that is attached to your ball or skein of yarn. Yarn Over: Wrap the working yarn around your hook. Pull through: Pull the "…

Introduction to Crochet: Single Crochet and Slip Stitch

Introduction to Crochet Single Crochet and Slip Stitch
Welcome back! Today I'm going to walk you through the single crochet stitch and the slip stitch, plus I'll show you how to work in rows.

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If you're completely new to crochet, see my previous posts in this series to learn the basics.
1. Tools You Need To Get Started
2. Slip Knot & Chain Stitch




Single Crochet (sc) Remember the slip knot and chains we covered in the last tutorial? This time we're going to build on those.
So first, make a slip knot. Then, let's make 21 chains.
To make your first single crochet, skip the first chain next to your hook, and insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. I've got my middle finger on it in the picture above.
Yarn over, and pull through the chain. You will have two loops on your hook.
Now, yarn over again, and pull through both loops on your hook. That's it! You made a single crochet.
K…

Little Treasures Pocket Necklace - Free Pattern

Little Treasures Pocket Necklace
Free Crochet Pattern
I *love* pockets. But the pockets on my clothes are just never big enough, if they're even there at all! So I worked up this little pocket necklace, perfect for keeping little treasures or important items like chapstick, cash, or a lighter, easily accessible. The pattern is also easily adjustable for slightly larger items, like keys or cards!
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Materials:
- A small amount of medium (3) weight yarn. This is a great scrap yarn project! For my examples I used Red Heart Super Saver in Blacklight and a heather gray.
- H (5mm) hook
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes:
- This project is worked in joined rounds. Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.
- Chain 1 at the beginning of the round does NOT count as a stitch.
- To make a wider pocket, use a longer beginning chain.

Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this project, and y…

5 Easy Tips To Boost Productivity

5 Easy Tips to Boost Productivity
Do you ever feel like there's just not enough hours in the day? Or like you're searching for the motivation and focus to get things done, but just can't find it? Don't worry, it happens to me all the time! So today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite tips to help you stay motivated and on-task.

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1. Make your bed!


I know, this seems silly and way too easy. But seriously, accomplishing the first task of the day right away will give you just a little boost to move on to the next task.  Your room will look neater, and having a clean, positive environment is important for productivity. Plus you'll have a nice, made bed to sleep in at the end of a long day!


2. Do your most dreaded task first.
What thing do you hate doing? Get it out of the way as quickly as possible! (After you make your bed, of course) Not only will you be proud of yourself and feel accompli…

Petite Pet Pouch

Petite Pet Pouch
Free Crochet Pattern
Good day, everyone! Something very exciting has happened in our family recently. A tiny sick kitten showed up on our doorstep last month! Her eyes were matted shut and she was all skin and bones. My husband took her to the vet and we found out she had a respiratory infection and weighed only .75 pounds!  So... We adopted her! Her name is Dinah and she's doing much better. She's now 12 weeks old but her growth has been stunted. She's still less than 2 pounds!
It was important in the beginning to keep her warm, so I whipped up this little kitty cave to help her feel safe and cozy. You can make your own in just 30 minutes! Add it to your favorites on Ravelry here: Petite Pet Pouch

Here's the free pattern:
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Petite Pet Pouch Materials: -N 9.0 hook -Super bulky yarn (I used less than 1 skein of Lion Brand Thick & Quick.) -Medium or lightweight yarn (I used a bit of s…

Yarn Review: Lion Brand Mandala

Long time, no post! Sorry that I've been away. I'm currently visiting family in Indiana. I've finally got another review for you. This time it's another of the popular cake yarns: Lion Brand Mandala.
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Stats:
Mandala is a 100% acrylic, light (3) weight yarn. It comes in cakes of 590 yards.

Price & Availability - 3/5
Mandala can be found from $4.97 to $7.99 per cake. It can be found at Walmart (for $4.97) and on the Lion Brand website. However, right now it is sold out on the website until at least January 2018! Until then, check your local Walmart to see if you can pick some up, and at a cheaper price!


Softness & Drape - 5/5
Mandala is very soft for an acrylic yarn. Its light weight gives it an excellent drape for garments, setting it apart from other cake yarns.

Look & Colors - 5/5
Mandala is a self-striping yarn with 16 colorways. Each colorway has several beautiful shades. The color changes are…