How to Crochet the Plaid Stitch: Free Crochet Stitch Tutorial

One of my favorite ways to do crochet color work is to create the affect of plaid! By using two colors of red, with some black thrown in, you can crochet your own buffalo plaid crochet fabric. Isn’t it so cool that we can make the look of that fabric with yarn?! Today, in this free crochet tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to crochet the plaid stitch. A lot of my readers have told me how they feel nervous about doing tapestry crochet or other color work. I’ve been wanting to create some tapestry crochet stitch patterns that you would be able to use in your designs or practice with, but I was nervous for awhile to try doing it. When I figured out an easy way to do plaid color work, I knew I’d found the perfect first tapestry crochet…

How to Organize Colors on a Lion Brand Mandala Skein

Do you ever get a variegated skein of yarn like Lion Brand Mandala, and you love the colors but not the order their end? Sometimes when I get a colored skein it will have all of the colors that I want. However, it won’t be in the color order that I envisioned for my project or design. Guess what? If you’ve ever struggled with that this step by step crochet tutorial will help you out! When I started designing my Happily Ever After Shawl design, I wanted to create a fun one skein crochet shawl pattern using Lion Brand Mandala. The only problem was that I wanted to have this pattern be a tapestry crochet shawl. So I set out to find a way to create color combinations of my own with a Lion Brand Mandala Pegasus skein. I found the perfect way to do this…

10 Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them

When you first start crocheting, there are so many new terms and techniques to learn that it is so hard to keep track of them all. From things like how to read crochet patterns, keeping your project straight, gauge, and so many more, you might feel like you’re drowning in everything you need to know. When I was a beginner crocheter, I had such a hard time learning everything that I had to know to feel like I had a hand on what I was doing. I kept making mistakes, and didn’t know how to fix them. That’s what I’m here to do today. If you a beginner (or even an experienced) crocheter, this blog post is here to help you with 10 of the most common crochet mistakes that beginners make and how to avoid them. This crochet guide is filled…

How to Crochet the Shells and Pearls Stitch

One of my favorite parts of crochet is getting to combine crochet stitches to create all sorts of different combinations. As I’ve been crocheting garments, one of my go to crochet stitch patterns that I’ve come up with is what I like to call the Shells and Pearls stitch. It’s a combination of the shell stitch and horizontal puff stitch, which creates the affect of shells with pearls in between them. I love it! It’s a unique crochet lace stitch pattern that has beautiful drape, and is super easy to do! This crochet lace stitch pattern has a lot of different uses. I’ve used it for tank tops, cardigans, and want to make a shawl using it. It would be really pretty on a dress, table runner, shawl, scarf, or anything else you’d like a lace pattern on…

4 Ways for How to Seam Crochet Pieces Together

Seaming, some people either love it or hate it. As you crochet and diversify your projects, you’ll often run into crochet projects that are made in multiple pieces and have to be sewn together. For a long time I was afraid of projects with seaming because I never felt like I knew exactly what to do or how to seam crochet pieces together. If you’ve been afraid of seaming too, today I’m here to help! I’ve put together four different methods of seaming crochet pieces together, that will help you feel comfortable with seaming in no time. The four methods in this tutorial are: the whip stitch seam, mattress stitch seam, slip stitch seam, and mattress stitch seam. The first two methods for sewing crochet pieces together involve using a strand of yarn and a yarn needle, and use basic sewing techniques…