Build your crochet arsenal on a shoestring budget , Post 2 : Finding affordable yarn

Last week I started a series of articles called,” How to build your crochet arsenal on a shoe string budget”, and my major focus of that article was crochet hooks. In that post, I encouraged my readers to make their own crochet hooks and even tried to expand their thoughts on how to parlay it into their own hook business.

I asked my readers to go on Amazon and other business websites,who are known for selling crochet items, and take note of the top wish listed crochet hooks. I wanted them to get a basic consensus of how many wooden crochet hooks are in the top 20! 50!100! Please feel free to contact me with your results and opinions. Continue reading

How to create three basic shapes by crocheting and rearranging right triangles

During the last few weeks we have been discussing crocheting in circles. Although, circles are our first shape we have discovered quite a bit. If you have been reading along, I hope that you have come to these determinations:

  •  Crocheted circles are measured in circumference
  • Circumference is determined by dividing pi into size of head in inches
  • Increasing in rounds is not hard, as long as you do the math and have an idea of size by making a gauge
  • Hats that fit snug are crocheted about a half inch larger in size
  • Crocheted circles can be useful and made to fit in a number of situations

 This week’s shape is triangles. I would like to begin by saying that triangles are quick, easy to make and fun because there are many different possibilities for decorating them. In addition, when you start making triangles, you will be able to toss a lot of square patterns out of the window. Why? Well, a triangle is always a smaller part of two larger shapes, a square and a rectangle.

Rearranging triangles to make a square

How? If I were to crochet two identical triangles and rearrange them, it would be the shape of a square. I want you to think about that for a minute , here’s a picture

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Build your crochet arsenal on a shoestring budget

Last week, I began talking about crocheting circles. In further posts, I plan to elaborate on other shapes, but today I wanted to wish everyone a happy craft month. It is important that all handmade artists acknowledge this month and other small celebrations of our art.

I also wanted to introduce the first of the series, how to crochet or craft on a shoe string budget. It has been a long road to building my crochet arsenal and I am still building. Yet, I am always looking for new ways to expand whether it be a new stitch, working with new yarns, or practicing a new type of crochet.

With the economy being so iffy, the creatives ( as I like to call us ) have to invent new, cheaper ways to grow. So, today I am going to begin with creating your very own crochet needles. After I share this with you, it will be possible for you to make different sized needles for yourself , and who knows you may enjoy it so much that you begin to create you own line of needles. I know that this may sound difficult to you, but believe me it is not.  You can easily create something like these, after you have gained enough experience and researched a bit.

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How to measure the head for a crochet hat properly

 

Hello, I am Tiffany of the Crochet Mix and I will be teaching you how to take an accurate measurement of a head for a crochet hat, or any other projects that uses round rows. When crocheting a hat taking accurate measurements can be confusing, well for me anyway. I think that crocheting in a round can seem overwhelming if you do not learn the foundations of measuring circles. Many have questions like, after I measure my head what do I do?

When measuring crochet rounds ,place tape measure in the center of the circle

When measuring crochet rounds ,place tape measure in the center of the

Answer: When measuring your head you have to take the circumference of the measurement. You remember those boring days in math class when the teacher was lecturing the class about diameter, circumference, and that other one what was it, pi! Now do you remember? I knew you would.

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