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When Is Gauge Important? (and when can a free-spirit do without?)

What is gauge? Gauge is the number of stitches and rows in a specified amount of inches (or cm). Most patterns will read something like: 15 stitches and 11 rows = 4" in single crochet. What does that mean? When you make a swatch or in the finished piece of work, 15 stitches across measures… Continue reading When Is Gauge Important? (and when can a free-spirit do without?)

Recent, Yarn Journal

Psst… Crochet. Pass it on.

In case you haven't caught on, I'll just tell you straight up - I love teaching crochet. And I will admit - I love getting paid... cuz I do love eating, heating my home, and... wait, who am I kidding? I pretty much get paid in yarn! But way above and beyond the practical payback, I LOVE… Continue reading Psst… Crochet. Pass it on.

Recent, Yarn Journal

Do you Dream in Color? In Yarn Color that is…

Look at that girl! Do you see that obsessed look in her eyes? THAT is someone who loves yarn. I appreciate yarn for every reason there is. I love cheap yarn, expensive yarn; the soft, the gritty; bulky and fine weights; yarn I spun myself and decades-old yarn stashed in storage. I love it all. Cheap yarn:… Continue reading Do you Dream in Color? In Yarn Color that is…

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Consider the Drape: Lessons in choosing the right yarn for your project.

                  In the crochet world, there are so many projects to choose from, and so many patterns and choices of fiber for any given pattern. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming to commit to anything! And even when you make your decisions, sometimes your project can… Continue reading Consider the Drape: Lessons in choosing the right yarn for your project.

Free Patterns

12 Free Patterns With Malabrigo Yarn

Monika’s Cowl Free Crochet Pattern This cozy cowl was designed for my photographer years ago. She still wears this cowl each winter and I’ve FINALLY written it up for everyone to enjoy! Rock-a-Bye Baby Bunting – Free Crochet Pattern Sweetly festive and as colorful as you choose to make it, this bunting looks like a celebration and… Continue reading 12 Free Patterns With Malabrigo Yarn