Cables in crochet can be quite simple and easy to understand. Unfortunately, so many patterns, especially afghan or throw patterns have complex combinations which, quite frankly, can be scary.
When you break down the individual patterns, some are less intimidating. Another reason to look at throw patterns for inspiration.
The simple bow cable is easy to make and great for embellishing other projects you may have made. Practice makes perfect as they say.
Swatches are terrific for trying out a new stitch as you can see by the brown swatch I made taking a simple 4 stitch cable and working it into an uncomplicated pattern.
Helpful videos and a step by step tutorial are featured further on to walk you through the front and back post stitches and how to work the front cross of the cable.
Gifts for the holidays are the perfect way to perfect your crochet skills with quick to crochet accessories and how to get a new twist on the simple cable.
Lace has always had great eye appeal but this fall there is a definite darker mood. Whether you call it Goth or Victoriana, in black it adds a glamorous edge to any holiday outfit.
Think about kimono coverups this holiday season in sheer fabrics with black lace and velvet ribbon edging the kimono.
The bustier automatically adds up to glamour and with a velvet tuxedo jacket would be a standout fashion ensemble for a party.
For those who want a hint of lace, accessories are the way to add this season's trend.
A soft scarf with black lace edging will provide the look you want.
Yes this fall it's all about the lace.
Knowing how to properly finish crochet pieces to be seamed is probably as important as the quality of your crochet work.
A garment that is sewn together properly will hang better because the seams match and don't pucker.
When I first started to crochet garments, I was always in a hurry to wear the garment so the garment was sewn up haphazardly and much to my disappointment didn't look handmade, just homemade.
Throughout my career, I was lucky enough to meet people who would give me tips on how to make a garment look professionally finished.
Some techniques I developed on my own through trial and error. This, in some ways, was the best way as it taught me patience and how to adapt what I already knew to different yarns and situations.
Taking the time and yes it does take time to even out edges will in the end save you time and a whole pile of headaches when you go to sew the pieces together.
Even though you add a bit of width, nothing to get too excited about, you now have the ability to match stitches from one edge to the other edge. Keep in mind to have the same number of stitches on each side.
Read further for very helpful instructions, tutorials and videos. If you find that you would like to finish the edges with a more decorative finish, there are 21 free edge patterns that are easy and good to have in your library of stitch patterns.
When it comes to accessories and the latest jewelry trend, more is most definitely more.
Bohemian style is all about piling on the pieces from rings and bracelets to necklaces and earrings. The best part is, there are no rules!
But if you're worried that your "arm party" or "neckwear" will look more crazy than festive, here are a few guidelines and ideas.
1. Keep the bracelets monochromatic, but think different shapes and materials.
2. Layer delicate necklaces in graduated lengths.
3. Pair your wider cuffs on one arm with a selection of layers on the other arm to balance the look.
IMPORTANT NOTE Remember to have fun with your accessories - they make your look memorable by looking finished.
Talk about standing a head above everybody. These beanies or toques are definitely sky high.
What is most interesting are the many shapes you can make with the crown.
Pussycat ears are definitely whimsical and fun. Embellish them further with pom poms.
The children's version, in some cases, are called gnome hats as they resemble the pointed hats on those magical, humenoid creatures.
Whatever you name them, these designs can be very flattering for those who need to wear hats that have some height.
An extremely popular past post - Making Headways featured looser, flatter beanies. Look for free patterns there as well.
Read further and be inspired by the different styles of knit and crochet hats, free patterns to knit and crochet as well as versions for the small fry. See helpful tutorials and videos on how to duplicate stitch a design onto a plain hat. The sky is the limit with these high hats.