• Crocheting through front, back and both loops

    Have you ever wondered about the difference between crocheting through the front, back and both loops? I’ll show you the different fabrics you’ll get using these various techniques! Working in the Round When working in the round, you crochet without turning the piece. This means that the right side is facing you for all rounds. […]

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  • Book News: Page Proofs arrived!

    Hip, Hip, Hooray! The page proofs for my new book have arrived, and they’re beautiful! For those of you not keeping track… I’m writing a crochet book of animals and baby things, to be published March, 2010 with Martingale Publishing. It’s a date that’s fast approaching… I’ll tell you a bit about how (at least […]

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  • Try a bent tip tapestry needle!

    Most amigurumi patterns call for a tapestry needle, which is used for joining pieces together. There are lots of different needle choices available, but I really love using a bent tip needle. What is a bent tip needle? As the name suggests, it’s a tapestry needle (with an eye large enough to accommodate yarn) with […]

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  • Felted amigurumi pattern Tips and Techniques for felting

    One of my newest patterns is Gerry the Felted Bear! We have become quite taken with felting, so in this blog post, we’ll review all the important stuff you need to know. But trust me, it’s easy! Selecting yarn for a felted project All of our FreshStitches patterns are made using worsted weight yarn. You’ll […]

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  • how to stuff your amigurumi Tips for stuffing large amigurumi

    You probably wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you that how you stuff your amigurumi is important. After all, you spend lots of time crocheting… you want to end up with an animal that looks great! And stuffing is crucial to obtaining a great final look. You may be surprised, though, that stuffing large […]

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  • tips for crocheting a small piece in the round How to work small pieces in the round

    Most amigurumi crocheters have run into a classic problem: crocheting in the round on a tiny piece is annoying! Well, I have a tip that I think will help out. What do I mean by ‘crocheting on a tiny piece’? I’m not just talking about crocheting with thread! Even if you are working with a […]

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  • holding down an alpaca while being sheared Stacey goes Alpaca Shearing

    I began my yarn-life interested in crocheting. Then, I started knitting. Then, I started spinning. When you start spinning, you become interested in where the fiber comes from… and sooner or later, if you’re me, this means that you end up volunteering to help shear alpacas on an alpaca farm. Unbeknownst to me, alpaca shearing […]

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  • crochet owl by freshstitches Child-safe Crochet Amigurumi Eyes

    Want to crochet adorable, baby-safe eyes for your stuffed animals? Then hop on over to this blog post for a free pattern and assembly instructions! Guess what? Crocheting stuffed animals is easy! If you can single crochet, then you can make an adorable animal… don’t let pattern-reading scare you! Download my free e-book:The Beginner’s Guide […]

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  • Variety of crochet hooks Crochet Hook Size Conversion Chart

    Crochet hook sizes can be a bit confusing, especially if you are either new to crochet or live outside the U.S. and are trying to find the right size to follow an American pattern. I’ll explain the American crochet hook size system, and provide a conversion chart so that you can crochet with ease, no […]

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