• Options for single crocheting in a chain

    “Sc in each ch” is an instruction you’ll often see in a written pattern. But exactly how do you crochet into a chain? It’s a great question, because there are actually two different options for crocheting into your chain stitches. I’ll show you both options and compare the finished look! Meet your chain When you […]

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  • How to give your amigurumi a great-looking neck!

    What’s the feature that every amigurumi covets? Is it long shapely legs? A bikini-ready body? Of course not! It’s a nicely defined neck! Fortunately, creating a shapely neck is easy! How to create a shapely neck Sometimes, amigurumi come down with ‘Thick Neck Syndrome’… it’s not their fault, and it’s up to you (their maker) […]

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  • How to dye multi-color skeins with Kool-Aid

    I’m loving all the fun techniques you can do with Kool-Aid… are you having a blast? Today, I’m going to tell you about how to dye those multi-color skeins you so often see from Indie Dyers! It’s a great chance to play around with color! I’ve dyed my skein red, orange and yellow (and left […]

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  • How to Kettle-Dye Yarn with Kool-Aid

    Are you inspired to get dyeing with Kool-Aid? I hope so! Today, I’m going to tell you about the basics of Kool-Aid Dyeing, and show you how to achieve a kettle-dyed look. Kool-Aid Dyeing Basics You’ll need: yarn made from natural animal-fibers (undyed is best) a few packets of Kool-Aid (see yesterday’s post about testing […]

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  • How to Dye Yarn with Kool-Aid: Getting Started

    I’m so excited to kick off Kool-Aid Dye Week! Each day, I’ll be posting about a new technique for using Kool-Aid to dye yarn… all you’ll need is some natural-colored yarn, a few shades of Kool-Aid and some hot water. Easy! Today, I’ll talk about the basics you need to know to get started. Select […]

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  • Knook (knitting with a crochet hook): is it worth learning?

    Have you heard of the Knook (pronounced ‘nook’)? It’s a very clever hook/technique that allows you to form a fabric that looks like knitting by using a special crochet hook. While it’s a very interesting idea, it requires learning new stitches (not crochet stitches or knit stitches), so isn’t exactly a short cut for learning […]

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  • Design Week, day 2: techniques

    Design Week Continues I am absolutely loving all of the designs that I’m seeing! A big thank-you to everyone who posted links to their site yesterday and letting us in on your design process! I’m blogging about designing a platypus stuffed animal this week. From my sketches yesterday, it seemed that this sketch was a […]

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