I recently took a Craftsy class called Amazing Crochet Textures taught by Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude). This is a really great class for beginners. You get clear, close-up views of every stitch. Drew is really great about walking you through each stitch step-by-step. You can pause the video when you need to, add video notes, and replay as many times as you want. Even if you're an advanced crocheter like me, I think you'll enjoy this class. I loved it and I did learn a couple of things. If you want to learn cables, post stitches and working with beads, this is a great format to learn all those techniques because you can watch the video as many times as you need to. You can even ask questions in the class. You have nothing to lose, the class is FREE and the pattern for this beautiful afghan is FREE, and the class is yours forever. Here's the link for the class:
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Here's a Nintendo tote for Pikachu fans. Just like the Mario tote, it has 2 pockets. The front pocket holds your Nintendo DSi, 3DS, etc. and the back pocket holds your games, DS pens, and other accessories. Click here to buy the pattern.
This Nintendo tote measures 6-3/4 x 3-1/2". It will hold a Nintendo 3 DS or DSi XL, PSP, or anything within that size range. It has a larger pouch to hold the game system and an accessories pocket on the back to hold games and DS pens. If you don't have a game system, you can use it for your smartphone. It can hold the Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone or any other device similar in size. Click here to buy the pattern.
A great technique to hide bumps, holes, and ridges you get with a normal decrease is to use an invisible decrease. An invisible decrease is worked by inserting the hook in front loop of next stitch (don't yarn over in step 1 and 2), insert hook in front loop of next stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through 2 loops to finish the stitch.
Here's a helpful video tutorial on invisible decrease from June Gilbank of Planet June:
Make an adorable panda for your loved ones or to decorate your home. You can dress him up for Christmas with a festive scarf. He's 9 inches tall and supremely huggable! Imagine what a nice surprise this would be for your kids or grandkids on Christmas morning, and how happy you'll feel giving a gift you lovingly made yourself. Click here to buy the pattern.
Good news for Kindle owners, my e-book, Christmas Panda, is now available at the Kindle store! Don't have a Kindle? Well don't miss out, buy yourself one for Christmas and then make a Christmas panda for all your friends. Personalize it by making the scarf in their favorite color.
I just learned this method of joining yarn called the Russian join. It's such a neat way to join the two ends of yarn and then you don't have to weave in the ends. I can't believe I've been crocheting all these years and didn't know how to do this. Here is a great video from Marlene Dysert that explains this method quite nicely:
Here's a pretty patriotic necklace and bracelet set. They are both easy and fast to make, so you still have time to make them for July 4th. The bracelet will fit a small to medium wrist (6 to 7-1/2 inches), but both the bracelet and necklace can be made smaller or larger. Click here to purchase the pattern.
Here are three patriotic bracelets. Choose whichever style you like or make all three. They all work up very fast, so you can make some for the whole family to wear to July 4th festivities. Click here for the pattern for Style A, here for Style B, and here for Style C. Bracelet Style A is made with French knots, so if you need help with those, here's a great YouTube video from CrochetGarden: