Tapestry Crochet

A bit of a two fer this week, I’m all about being informative.   Last week I got my act together and published the Baby Bunnies Pattern after years of Unhappy Bunnies I thought it was time for the cute version to be available. I now have four patterns almost ready to publish, but for…

Size Matters

It really does you know, NOT like that, pah, I am talking about micro crochet. I see a lot of crochet in my FaceBook news feed (well I would wouldn’t I) and am always in awe when micro crochet shows up, but then I end up angry when comments like, “It’s cute and all but…

The Post You Have Been Dyeing To Read…

I am sure you remember the bad photo of the yarn I spun all by myself. With the help of my beautiful assistant and using ingredients I had in the house I dyed it. NOTE; do not pick assistants for their looks as they tend to be impatient and ask “is it done now” at three…

Wet felting

OK, my new skills “how too”s are not going to be detailed as I am not even close to proficient at them, but I am hoping that in reading about my first gos at things you will realize that most of the new skills are not as hard as you think (or if they are…

The stick spindle

Some time ago I  stole borrowed a drop spindle and some fluff off a friend with grand plans of spinning my own yarn, that did not work as I could not sit in MY SPOT and spin but I did vow to organize myself to practice more. Imagine my joy after months (maybe a year, OK)…

Hanging Hippie Garden

I live in a terraced house, this is great in the winter as my neighbours are hugging me and we share heat, but we do not have a garden, we barely have a yard and between Crochet Widower’s shed and The Hellions bikes there is not much space for anything else. Then I saw an…

How to crochet a simple granny square

So, you know when you want to make a granny square in just one colour but you get that seam up the middle where you have chained up? There are a few techniques to do away with that seam but I have a favourite and I’ll tell you all about it, I’ll only write out…

Yarn Bowls out of LPs

A member of a craft group I belong to mentioned seeing yarn bowls made from LPs, you know like the fruit bowls EVERYONE had in the 80s, and that sparked my creativity. Well, along came Crochet Widower and his shopping tendencies and he bought 6 LPs for 80p, wooo hoooo. Just like we did the…

The great S twist experiment

“what?” I hear you cry. Well the direction your yarn is spun in makes a real difference to it’s splittyness (is too a real word) along with your preferred craft. If you hold your yarn vertically in front of you you will see the twist slopes either to the left or the right. If it…

Loop stitch

Although loop stitch is quite simple to make keeping tension can be tricky and requires practice.   Insert hook in the next st                   Hook yarn from the back                   Keeping tension on yarn pull up a loop    …

How to substitute yarn

I am in the UK and buy, use, and deign with yarn bought in the UK, you (for all I know) are on Mars and can not gain access to the same yarns as I can. This can lead to difficulty, confusion, and reluctance to buy a pattern (I have seen requests from people asking…

Working in to the horizontal bar

Some times called camel stitch this stitch gives a lovely ribbed effect I like to use on sweaters and hats. Complete a row of HDC as usual                 The horizontal bar is highlighted in green Stitch loops in pink, keeping both stitch loops behind your hook, yarn over,…

Front and back post stitches

Front and back post stitches are a simple way to add texture to a project and are the basis for crocheting cables.               I am using DC/TR to demonstrate but, as usual, the idea is the same. First off FRONT post DC/TR   Insert hook in to next space    …

Working in to the front and back loops

A few patterns require working in to the front and back loops of a row so I have used my great powers of photoshop to highlight the important parts of the stitches.   Which loop is which? The back loop is at the wrong/inside of the work (green) The Front loop is at the right/outside of…

Crocheting with beads

This is the method I use for adding bead eyes to my amigurumi, I use a 0.6mm crochet hook but there is an alternative method using dental floss or (as I used) thick nylon thread. I prefer this method as it gives two strands of yarn to secure the bead.   With bead on hook…

Spiral with two active stitches

Queue freckly hands and proof I am a crocheter not a photographer. This simple yet effective stitch is much easier than you would think. I have photographed SC/DC spirals but the principal is the same for all stitches. A fun way to work in two colours with out millions of ends to weave in.  …

Bobble stitch

I use the bobble stitch in a few patterns, it is a simple and effective way to add texture. Yarn over                     Insert hook in next stitch                     Yarn over and pull loop through      …

Joining new yarn/colour

These are my two favourite mid row joins, please excuse the shoe polish under my finger nails 😉     Change yarn in the yarn over Work the last stitch as normal but stop before the last yarn over                 Loop the new yarn around the hook      …

Things they never tell new designers

OK so I know I am still officially new to this designing gig but there are some hard truths and handy advice you need to know when you start out and the welcome basket of yarn and crochet hooks was missing my instruction sheet when I joined. 1, You are not that good, really your…

Know your yarn

So what does all that information on my yarn label actually mean? and is it important?     As you can see there is quite a bit of information there (I missed the portion that stated that it is DK yarn) this yarn weighs 50g, to be honest I have no idea why yarn is…

How to price a commission

Too often I am asked for a quote on a commissioned item and never hear again from the customer again once they are given a price. There is a belief out there that hand made is cheap, this is not so, to start with most hand makers do not buy materials in bulk like a major…

Start with a slip knot

When I first started crocheting I would tie my yarn in a knot around my hook, this lead to the knot either being way to tight on the first chain or it being all baggy after. I later discovered the magic ring, and simply could knot (te he) get the hang of it. Now I use…

Dread falls

This is a short and sweet how to… Some of you may have seen my super felted dread falls lately, and I have been asked how I made them, well they are so super easy.   All I did was foundation single crochet four balls of SMC Wash + Filz it! multicolor. It shrank by about 1/3 on…

Can you filet?

Filet/feel it, OK that’s the twelve year old in me satisfied let us discuss filet crochet and how it is not as difficult, time consuming, fiddly, or necessarily floral as you thought.   I have designed three Doctor who inspired charts recently                         and…

Making soda bread

How to make soda bread the Itchy way     Whilst wandering the internet stumble across a recipe and decide “I have all those ingredients and enough time” 250ml or 8fl oz semi-skimmed milk (367.5 ml) 1 tbsp lemon juice (1.5 tbsp) 170g or 6 oz self-raising wholemeal flour (250g) 170g or 6 oz plain flour…

Let the colours guide you

Just a quick one today, I need to do some sewing for Geek Girls birthday party. If you are a liker of my Face Book  you will have notice my new sweater                     I am not 100% happy with this one but since it started life as…

You know what bugs me?

carpet beetles The bane of natural fibre craters and museums the world over, the beetles them selves are no real problem BUT the larva eat anything, much like The Hellions, eat anything that gets in their way, and if they get in to your yarn they will hide in side the skeins and nibble through…

Unchain my heart

This week I will be showing you the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) this is a stitch that allows you to work with out the traditional foundation chain. Now I never did like the foundation chain, getting the tension just right, both loops Vs just the one, abd the extra time it takes working in to…

Lets join together

This week I will be discussing my three most used methods of joining granny squares, there are as many joining methods as there are stitch patterns which is why I have limited myself to three. Firstly whip stitch This is the method I use the least, though it makes a nice flat join I really…

The power of three

As my first “how too..” post I thought we should start with the basics, the three stitches you use the most as a crocheter. I will be using US terms but the difference is only in the language not the stitch it self. So, single crochet (SC) half double crochet (HDC) double crochet (DC)    …

What shall we do today?

Hi there followers of my Insane ramblings blog and my Facebook page will already know that I am not the most linear of people, but I plan to be, honest. In this blog I will be posting instructions on crochet techniques, stitch patterns, and general advice for tension, hook hold etc,. So for now I am asking that you…

Turning chains

I was going to have a rant today, but, last night I discovered something amazing and would like to share. All my years of crochet have been turned on their head, I have been misled, duped if you will about the function nay necessity of the turning chain. The very turning chain that leads so…

Hints and tips

I have a bit of a problem with information, I tend to assume that if I know some thing EVERYONE knows it. I also go ahead and assume any new knowledge is new to everyone as well. With this in mind I will now attempt to pass on some hints and tips for a more…

Actual crochet talk

Hello, my name is ItchyCrochet and I promised talk about All things yarny and ended up talking about anything but, so, while Geek Girl is on a tram with Crochet Widower and The Clone is at school I’ll put some Billy Idol on, sing loudly and badly, and tell you all about Shelf Life and…

Crochet: a manly hobby

If you follow me on Google+ or like me on Facebook you will have noticed me posting links to blogs, websites, and Ravelry profiles. This is due to a conversation I had with a friend in the gym crochet is not known for it’s cardiovascular benefits you know we were having a normal “catch up” conversation and I happened…