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    How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch

    Collage of the steps of this how to crochet the paired double crochet stitch tutorial
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    The Paired Double Crochet Stitch, is super simple to learn and is a fun variation on the double crochet stitch that is created using the double crochet decrease (DC2TOG) and chain stitches. This is a simple one row repeat that works up quickly and creates a fabric with. a bit of a lacier look to it without all the hassel. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch.

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    You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch. Using a larger hook with a worsted weight yarn will create a more open look and would be great for bags and summer accessories.

    Check out my How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch video tutorial here:

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • CH SP(s) = Chain Space(s)
    • DC = Double Crochet
    • DC2TOG = Double Crochet Two Together
    • ST(s) = Stitch(es)

    Stitch Multiple:

    • Chain any even number of CHs

    Notes:

    • CH 3s at the beginning of row count as a DC ST
    • If you don’t know how to do the DC2TOG/DCDEC stitch, learn how to do that with my Double Crochet Decrease Stitch Tutorial HERE.

    How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch

    Row 1: CH your desired number of chains. For my example here, I have created a chain of 20. DC2TOG over the 4th and 5th CHs from the hook (skipped 3 CHs count as first DC). *CH 1, DC2TOG over the next 2 CHs* repeat instructions in ** until 1 chain remains. CH 1, DC in the last CH. Turn.

    Close up image of this first DC2TOG being done
    Setp 2 of the paired double crochet stitch
    completed first row of the paired double crochet stitch tutorial

    Row 2: CH 3, DC2TOG over the 1st and 2nd CH SPs, CH 1, *DC2TOG starting in the same CH SP as the last ST and finishing in the next unworked CH SP. CH 1* repeat instructions in the ** across your row. Work the last leg of your last DC2TOG between the CH 3 and the first leg of your DC2TOG from the previous row. DC in the top of the CH 3. Turn.

    starting row two of the stitch tutorial
    second DC2TOG cluster completed
    Finger pointing to the CH3 of row 1 reminding readers to work into the chain

    Repeat Row 2 until your pattern reaches your desired length.

    completed paired double crochet stitch tutorial swatch with a yellow crochet hook

    Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

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    How to do a Double Crochet Decrease or DC2TOG

    Completed double crochet decrease stitch
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    Today I want to share my tutorial for how to do a Double Crochet Decrease, which is also known as the DCDEC, DC2TOG or Double Crochet Two Together Stitch. This stitch is a variation of the Double Crochet Stitch and is regularly used as a way to reduce two Double Crochet stitches to a single Double Crochet Stitch but it can also be paired with other stitches to create an upside down “V”-shaped stitch in a fabric. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch.

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    You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch. Using a larger hook with a worsted weight yarn will create a more open look and would be great for bags and summer accessories.

    Check out my How to Crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch video tutorial here:

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • DC = Double Crochet
    • DCDEC = Double Crochet Decrease*
    • DC2TOG = Double Crochet Two Together*
    • ST(s) = Stitch(es)
    • YO = Yarn Over

    **You may see DCDEC or DC2TOG used to describe this same stitch in different patterns. I tend to stick to DCDEC in my own designs but know that if you see DC2TOG in other patterns, they tend to mean the same thing.

    How to Crochet the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch

    Step 1: Yarn over (YO) hook and insert hook into the first stitch (ST) from the row below. YO and pull up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook. YO and pull through two loops on your hook.

    step one of the double crochet decrease
    step two of the DCDEC stitch

    Step 2: YO hook and insert hook into the next ST. YO and pull up a loop. You should have four loops on your hook.

    YO hook and pull through two loops on your hook. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

    step 3 of the DCDEC stitch
    last step of the double crochet decrease tutorial

    Step 3: YO hook and pull through all 3 loops on your hook. DCDEC/DC2TOG completed.

    first completed DCDEC stitch
    completed double crochet decrease stitches

    That’s it! Isn’t that’s so simple? Here are some free crochet patterns on my blog that use the Double Crochet Decrease Stitch so you can practice your new skill:

    Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

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    How to Do The Russian Join Step-by-Step Tutorial

    a close up image of a russian join completed with this tutorial
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    Getting near the end of your yarn and all you can think about is how you’re going to have to weave in yet ANOTHER end? Friend, I’m right there with you. Sometimes, particularly when I’m working on a larger project, I will do whatever it takes to avoid having any unnecessary ends to weave in. Enter: the Russian Join. Today I’m going to teach you how to do the Russian Join to help you join your ends together so you have less ends to weave in to your project.

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    The Russian Join is a great way to join yarns together and avoid extra ends to weave in. It can be used for adding a new skein or changing colours. This can be done for both knitting and crocheting and works best with two yarns of the same weight. Sounds great, right? Here’s how to do it:

    To do the Russian Join, you’ll need:

    • two different yarns (the new yarn you want to attach to your project and the working yarn attached to your project)
    • a tapestry or darning needle

    Watch my video tutorial on how to do the Russian Join here:

    1. Thread a tapestry needle with the new yarn that you want to attach and leave a tail a few inches long.
    tapestry threaded onto a strand of yarn, next to a pair of scissors

    2. Turn the needle back towards the strand of yarn and insert it into the plies. Thread the needle through the plies for about 2 – 3 inches (adjust this to be longer for slippery yarns). Keep the yarn tail inside the plies of the yarn. Make sure you keep a small loop near the top – the smaller the better. I like to put a stitch marker here to help make sure I don’t accidentally lose my loop.

    Step 1 of how to do the russian join
    tapestry needle being fed through a strand of yarn.

    3. Pull the needle all the way through and remove the needle from the thread. It will look bunched up but when you smoothe it out, it will cover the rest of/most of the tail. If your loop is too big, tug on the tail to tighten it up. Trim any excess.

    hands manipulating yarn into the russian join
    yarn bunched up on itself, holding a stitch marker

    scissors cutting the end of yarn from the first half of the russian join.

    4. Take your working yarn (ensuring you have a generous tail) and thread it onto the needle, leaving a tail of a few inches. Insert the needle through the small loop at the top of the new yarn that you worked through and insert it back into itself. You can remove your stitch marker now (if you used one).

    tapestry needle being fed through the yarn

    final step of the tutorial, hands holding yarn

    5. Pull the needle all the way through and remove the needle from the thread. It will look bunched up but when you smoothe it out, it will cover the rest of the tail. If your loop is too big, tug on the tail to tighten it up. Trim any excess.

    completed russian join

    And there you have it. A completed Russian Join.

    A word of caution: Although I’ve used this technique successfully many times with a variety of yarns I will say that it doesn’t work with all yarn types. There are some yarns that may look noticably thicker so you’ll have to use your discretion on whether this technique will work for your project.
    For the majority of the yarns I have used this with in the past, it hasn’t been very noticeable and allows me to keep working on my project after only a momentary pause to work the join. I would not recommend using this technique with roving yarns or yarns have have really fine strands to make up a thicker ply like, Caron X Pantone Yarns or as the results I had were messy and too noticeable in my work.

    I hope you enjoyed learning how to do the Russian Join. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Do you have another favourite way to join your yarn or a way you’d like me to demonstrate here? Let me know your thoughts below.

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    How to do the Double Crochet Stitch

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    The double crochet stitch is a simple, versatile stitch that is one of the most commonly used stitches in crochet. In terms of height, this stitch is taller than both a single crochet and half double crochet stitch but shorter than the treble (triple) crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to double crochet with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    For this tutorial, I’m using a 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook and Bernat Premium (size 4) yarn in Sky Blue.

    When the double crochet stitch is used in a pattern (using U.S. terms), it will be abbreviated as DC.

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    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches minus 1 CH. I.e. If you want 20 stitches, CH 19. Now chain 3 more stitches. For practice, start by creating 14 chains. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the fourth chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    Crochet Chains made with blue yarn
    Second step of how to double crochet

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

    Step 3 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn
    Step 4 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook.

    Two loops on a crochet stitch in progress using blue yarn

    Step 4: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One double crochet stitch completed.

    One completed stitch and a CH 3 turning chain

    Step 5: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook. Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook This is your second double crochet stitch (DC) completed.

    Repeat Step 5 in each remaining chain.

    starting of a second double crochet stitch
    second step of how to double crochet
    second stitch completed.

    Note: When counting your stitches, make sure you count the first three skipped stitches as a stitch. If you are following the example and started with a CH 14, you should have 12 stitches.

    To add a second (or more) row(s):


    To add a second row of DC stitches, chain 3 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    Note: The chain 3 typically counts as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise. This chain is referred to as the turning chain.

    Chain 3 of the second row of crochet swatch

    Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the second to last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

    Close up of the beginning of the first stitch of the second row of double crochet
    In progress stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining DC stitch across.

    Second row of stitches completed.

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    swatch of completed stitches

    I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial, Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial, Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial and Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial.

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    Tips for Crocheting with Faux Fur Yarn

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    When I released my pattern for my amigurumi Koala: Kaya Koala, I kept hearing the same questions over and over:  “Is it hard to work with that yarn?”, “I’ve had troubles working with fur yarn in the past, any tips?”,  “How do you keep track of your stitches with faux fur yarn?” , “Can you even SEE the stitches?”.   So I decided to share my tips for crocheting with faux fur yarn to help take the fear out of working with faux fur yarns so that you can feel confident to try working with it for your next project.

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    I’m also excited to announce that I’ve launched my YouTube channel! You can check out the video for this article below!

    Tips for Crocheting with Faux Fur Yarn

    Tip #1: Feel the Stitches

    The biggest issue that I hear prevents people from working with faux fur yarn is not being able to see the stitches and to be honest, I was a bit nervous about that at first.  My favourite faux fur yarn right now is this Fable Fur yarn from crochet.com (You can check it out HERE.).  This yarn has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which I found made it easy to feel where my stitches were. So although the stitches aren’t visible, feeling the stitches enables you to count stitches and figure out where you should be putting your hook.

    Tip #2: Use a Bigger Hook

    If you are struggling to feel where your stitches are located try going up a hook size (or two) and/or loosening your tension until you can feel the stitches. Once you can feel the stitches, you’ll feel more confident in where you’re putting your hook/stitches and be less likely to get frustrated.

    Tip #3: Use a Stitch Marker

    Since you can’t really see the stitches, using a stitch marker (ideally in a contrasting colour) is a HUGE help.  I use fur yarn primarily for amigurumi projects so this is a biggie for me. Even if you aren’t using faux fur yarn for amigurumi, I still recommend using a stitch marker to mark your first stitch (and any other important stitches your pattern may need you to track). It will prevent you from going back later and hunting to find them.

    Tip #4: Take Your Time

    Although faux fur yarn is INCREDIBLY forgiving, you still want your project to come out looking amazing so take your time. You’ll build up speed (and confidence) the more you use faux fur yarn so take your time.


    Tip #5: Count Your Stitches as You Crochet

    When I’m working with faux fur yarn, I count the stitches in my head as I’m crocheting. This is where taking your time comes in to play.  You can get frustrated if you keep having to go back and feel your stitches to make sure your count is correct.  Counting as you go will actually help speed up the process.

    Tip #6: Don’t Pull Too Hard on The Yarn

    If you need to frog a part of your project or you encounter a tangle, be patient and tug gently or else the yarn will snap.

    Tip #7: Don’t Crochet Over the Yarn Tail With Crocheting Into a Magic Circle (Adjustable Ring)

    If your project requires making a magic circle DO NOT crochet over the yarn tail.  The yarn will not glide as well with all that fur in there so you will likely be unable to close your magic circle. If you get frustrated (like I did), you’ll end up snapping your yarn.  Instead, after you create your magic circle, push the yarn tail behind your work and just crochet around the ring part instead. 

    Tip #8: Show the Wrong Side

    Since you can’t see the stitches, the general right side/wrong side rules of crochet don’t really apply.  So show the side that looks better! In most cases, the traditional “wrong side” will be to give you a fuller, furrier look.

    So those are my tips for working with faux fur yarn.  I hope they help to give you the confidence to give this kind of yarn a try.  I’d love to hear from you.  If you have any questions or any tips of your own for working with faux fur yarn, let me know in the comments below!

    Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarn

    Ready to get started using faux fur yarns? Here are some free crochet patterns that I have available on my site to get you started:

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    How to Half Double Crochet (HDC)

    Step by step photos showing how to do the half double crochet stitch.
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    The half double crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. In terms of height, this stitch is half way between a single crochet and a double crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to do the half double crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions. A video tutorial is also included.

    When the half double crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as HDC.

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    Watch the Video Version of This Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial Here:

    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the third chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook).

    how to crochet a chain
    first step of how to crochet half double crochet stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

    second step of how to hdc

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.

    how to half double crochet stitch

    Step 4: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second half double crochet (HDC) stitch completed.

    Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

    To add a second (or more) row(s):
    To add a second row of HDC stitches, chain 2 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    How to start second row of half double crochet, how many chains to start half double crochet

    Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC Stitch completed.


    Note: The chain 2 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise. When the chain 2 counts as a stitch (as in my video tutorial above), you’ll skip the first stitch and start your second row by working into the second stitch.

    in progress hdc stitch
    photo tutorial half double crochet
    completed stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through all three loops on your hook. One HDC stitch completed.

    in progress hdc stitch
    last step of hdc stitch
    completed half double crochet stitch

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining HDC stitch across.

    Two rows of half double crochet stitch

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    Completed swatch of half double crochet stitches

    I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial! Want a pattern that uses this stitch? Check out my Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern.

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    How to Single Crochet (SC)

    step by step photos showing how to do the single crochet stitch.
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    The single crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. This stitch is used extensively in amigurumi patterns as it creates a dense, closed fabric. This tutorial will show you how to do the single crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    When the single crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as SC.

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    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Insert your hook into the second chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    Step One of the Single Crochet Stitch
    Step Two of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook.

    Step Three of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One SC completed.

    Step 4: Insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second single crochet stitch (SC) completed.

    Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

    Completed Row of Single Crochet Stitches
    Completed first row of single crochet stitches

    To add a second (or more) row(s):
    To add a second row of single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    Starting the second row of crochet stitches

    Step 1: Insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch.
    Note: The chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

    Stitch Tutorial for beginner crocheters

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Completed first stitch

    Step 3: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining single crochet stitch across.

    Second completed row of single crochet stitches

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    Single Crochet Stitch Swatch

    I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial! Want a pattern that uses the Single Crochet Stitch? Check out my Carter the Carrot Amigurumi Pattern.

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    How to Get Your Crojo Back: Overcoming Creative Block as a Crocheter

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    We’ve all been there. You want to pick up your crochet hook and get started on your next project but you’re not sure what to make. You try a few things and nothing feels right. Then it hits you: maybe you’ve lost your “crojo” (crochet mojo). I’ve been there on a number of occassions and it can be frustrating. Here are some ideas for helping you overcome your creative block and get your crojo back.

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    Just Make Something… Anything!

    This one works for me when I suspect that my creative block may actually be just indecision. I check out my Ravelry Queue and I eenie miny moe that shit. Then, I just make it. Full disclosure: sometimes I get my kids to pick it for me so I don’t cheat with this process! Then I just work on the project. Even if I feel like I hate it and I want to frog it, I just push through. The relaxation that comes from crocheting tends to kick in and I get into the project. Once I’m done I’m ready to tackle something new and get creative again. If that isn’t working, I will even just crochet a swatch and the action of crocheting can help you get your crojo back.

    Check out some of my free crochet patterns to get you started HERE.

    Go Through Your Stash

    When just making something doesn’t work, I shop my own stash. I am an incredibly tactile person so I touch different yarns and just go wherever my eye takes me. I have a few skeins of yarn that I keep around just as inspiration (don’t tell my husband this. I keep saying I’ll make something with them someday). These yarns are beautiful and inspire me in different ways. Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned yarn cuddle to get the juices flowing. (Check out my tips HERE for organizing your yarn stash.)

    Hand dyed yarn in a basket from crocheter's yarn stash

    Check Out a Stitch Dictionary

    After checking my yarn stash I tend to break out my stitch dictionaries to see if anything there sparks interest. It typically does. Sometimes I just grab a ball of yarn and a stitch dictionary and do some swatches. This kind of ties back to my first point. Just make something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had inspiration strike while making swatches. Plus, these swatches could be seamed together later to make another project. Score! (THIS book is a good stitch dictionary to start with.)

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs - Crochet Stitch Dictionary

    Surf the Net!

    Pinterest is a wonderful thing and inspiration is plentiful. Do a search for crochet and literally a million results comes up. Explore the results. Discover new makers and projects. Be sure to pin anything great you find so you don’t lose it (and you support the maker at the same time!). You can follow me on Pinterest HERE to see the pins that I’m pinning.

    Youtube is great for inpiration too! Search for crochet stitches to learn a new technique, crochet patterns and tips. There are so many incredible makers creating videos on Youtube that you’re sure to find something great to inspire you. Subscribe to my YouTube to be alerted of when I post new content.

    Try Instagram too! There are so many stunning projects shared by makers on Instagram everyday that it can make your head spin. Try searching using the hashtags #theloopylamb #crochet, #yarnpunk, #crochetersofinstagram, #amigurumi and #crochetgirlgang to get you started. You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

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    Take a Break

    I know, I know. This is a blasphemy to even suggest but let’s be real. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. Go for a walk, exercise, have coffee with friends, meditate, take a nap. Do whatever helps you relieve stress and recharges you. Personally, I love to put on some energetic music and go for a walk.

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    I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get your crojo back. What do you do to try to get your crojo back? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

    Want to try some fun crochet projects each using some different techniques to get the crojo flowing? Check out my free crochet patterns for The Bobblelicious Bag, Carter the Carrot, The Vendbar Tote, The Mad About Boo Pillow, The Crochet Tartan Cowl and Seth the Sloth.


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  • How To's

    How to Organize Your Yarn Stash

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    This week I wanted to talk about some tips to organize your yarn stash. I can appreciate crocheter’s that have it all together. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people sharing pictures on Instagram and Facebook of their yarn stash beautifully organized in a room that has never had a child in it. Everything is perfectly in it’s place. They have their hooks organized in beautiful containers and they’re sorted by size. If you’re one of those people, I bow down to you, yarn organization god/goddess. I will think of your yarn room jealously as I search for the crochet hook that I have forgotten in my mom bun…again.

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    I’m guilty of having multiple works in progress which I leave on my side table so they are accessible when I fancy picking them up again. I always vow to do better but I follow my creativity and then forget I vowed to do better… yeah, I kinda suck. After my son recently told me “Mom, your yarn is everywhere” I realized it was time to get my sh** together and organize my yarn stash for good this time.

    Let’s put this out there now: there is no one right way to do this. This is all up to personal preference. So if you start organizing your yarn and then realize that it just isn’t working for you, try something different. Just do what works for you and your space.

    Assess Your Stash

    First things first, take a quick stock of what you have. You’re going to have to do this Marie Kondo style and just make a big old pile of all your yarn. Do you have more than you thought you had? *Eeek* Me too.

    Clean it Up

    Got a bunch of messy hanks/skeins/balls in your stash? Take the time to wind them up and make them look pretty again. It may seem tedious now when you have all this yarn laying about everywhere to put away but you’ll thank yourself later. This will help your yarn look it’s best when you put it away and could save space if you’ve got a bunch of messy skeins laying around.


    Tame Those Scraps

    Got a bunch of scraps laying around? Maybe you’re saving them for a fun scrappy blanket or you’re like me and you use them as stuffing for amigurumi. If you’re going to keep them, get em organized. Put them in a container or wind them up if you can. I keep mine in a fun container that has opaque sides so they aren’t visible and they’re all contained.

    Decide How You Want to Sort It

    This can be done a few different ways. Here are a few organization method ideas to get you started:

    • Fiber content
    • Yarn Size
    • Yarn Packaging (i.e. yarn cakes together, yarn skeins together, yarn balls together, etc.)
    • Colour
    • Skein Size
    • Brand/Label

    Make sure that you keep yarn of the same dye lot together so you aren’t ripping your newly organized stash apart trying to find them later. My current stash is organized by colour and then by yarn weight within the colours.

    Write It Down

    This is a great opportunity to make a quick inventory of what you have. I like to keep my stash inventoried in an Excel workbook but Ravelry also has a great feature where you can track your yarn stash. It also gives you pattern suggestions for your yarn stash. Thanks Ravelry!

    Let it Go

    I’m totally singing the popular Disney song in my head as I type this and I did so as I sorted my stash too. If you’re not going to use it and/or it doesn’t inspire you – let it go my friend. I know it’s hard but there’s no sense in keeping if if you won’t use it. Gift it to another crafter, sell it or donate it. Oh look! Room for more yarn!

    Wrangle Your WIPs

    If you have a load of WIPs that are needing to be frogged, do it now so it isn’t hanging over your head. Wind the yarn up and add it to the stash. If you’re not going to do that, maybe donate your project to another crocheter that may be interested in completing it or is at least willing to frog it for the yarn. If you have other WIPs that are still in the queue, assign a specific place for them. I like to keep mine in project bags so it looks a little neater.

    Regardless of how you organize your stash, make sure it works for you and inspires you. I like opening my yarn cabinet and knowing that something will likely jump out at me (not literally, I just organized it!) and inspire me.

    I hope you enjoyed this article on how to organize your yarn stash. Which tip helped you the most? Happy organizing!

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    Looking for more tips? Check out How to Get Your Crojo Back, How to Read a Yarn Label and The Best Christmas Gifts for Crocheters.

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    How to Read a Yarn Label

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    When you’re a beginner, wanting to pick out yarn for that new project you’re wanting to tackle, it can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused by all the choices available. You pick up a pretty yarn and turn it over to look at the label and you have no idea what any of that means. What does that number on the yarn ball mean? What the heck are those little squares with the needles on them? It may not seem overly important at the time, especially if you’re just buying the yarn based on it’s squish-factor but that label has a lot of important info on it that you’ll need. Here I’ll walk you through how to read a yarn label so next time you go yarn shopping, you can easily determine what that label is trying to tell you and whether it’s the yarn you need.

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    Here is a yarn label I have from a skein of Bernat Blanket yarn.

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    1. Weight: Whenever you see this symbol, it indicates what the weight of the yarn is. Yarn weight standards are determined by the Craft Yarn Council. You can check out their standards system HERE. This particular yarn is a super bulky weight yarn.
    2. Knitting Gauge: This symbols shows the knitting gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by knitting 8 stitches by 14 rows using 8mm needles.
    3. Crochet Gauge: This symbol shows crochet gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by crocheting 6 single crochets stitches for 8 rows. The gauge information is helpful if you are considering substituting a yarn for your project. If the gauge on the yarn you want to use matches the gauge of the yarn the project calls for, generally, you should be able to use that yarn for your project.
    4. Washing Information: If you’re spending that time to create something, you’ll want to take care of it. The label includes information about how to care for your finished item made from the yarn. Symbol a) means that items are machine washable in cold water. Symbol b) means do not use bleach. Symbol c) means you can tumble dry this item on low heat (bonus!) Symbol d) means do not iron. Symbol e) means do not dry clean. You can get the list of what all the washing instruction symbols mean here at the Craft Yarn Council Website.
    5. Material(s): This tells you what the yarn is comprised of. In this case, 100% polyester. Some yarns are made of a blend of multiple fibers and how much of each fibre is used to make up the content will be listed here. I.e. 20% merino wool, 60% acrylic, 20% nylon.
    6. Net Weight, Yards/Meters: Here you’ll find how much yarn is in the skein. This information is vital. If your project needs 800 yards of Bernat Blanket yarn, you are going to need to make sure you buy enough yarn for your project. This skein has 220 yards of yarn in it so I would need to by 4 skeins in order to have enough for my project.

    I hope this helps you decipher your yarn labels! Happy yarn shopping!

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