Star Stitch in Rounds

  The star stitch is a magical stitch to learn. The pinwheel-like design resembles a snowflake, and adding this to your repertoire will give you a chance to add texture to any project worked in the round. Tips: Work this star stitch over any even number of stitches. Work in the back loops only when crocheting the clusters to get a defining line between each set of stars. Allow a bit of slack when pulling up your star loops.   … Continue reading

Twisted Single Crochet

I love the look of the Crab Stitch or Reverse SC Stitch, but I have a hard time working stitches backwards. The twisted single crochet gives you the same look, but is worked in the same direction you normally would. Here are some photos that demonstrate this technique as well as a video tutorial.   Tutorial: Twisted Single Crochet (SC) from Janaya Chouinard on Vimeo.   I am always happy to help if you have any questions or concerns regarding … Continue reading

Celtic Weave in Rows

This is the second video tutorial I’ve created for the Celtic Weave Stitch, also known as the diagonal weave or interweave stitch. You can view the video for working this stitch in rounds here.  Maria from Pattern Paradise has written up a free pattern for a lovely baby blanket made with the diagonal weave. You can check it out on her website: Pattern Paradise. A photo tutorial can also be viewed below. You will see that I refer to the … Continue reading

Celtic Weave in Rounds

At the beginning of the year I came across what has now become my favorite crochet stitch, the Celtic Weave Stitch. It has also been referred to as the diagonal weave and interweave stitch. Whatever you call it, it creates a beautiful, thick texture that looks stunning! I ended up creating a line of patterns using it, and they have been quite popular. But, as gorgeous as this stitch is, it’s not the easiest one to learn and even my … Continue reading

Bonnet Size Chart

I recently designed my first bonnet crochet pattern and absolutely adore how it turned out. However, trying to determine standard sizing for a bonnet wasn’t an easy task. I searched for quite a while trying to find some sort of chart or site with a complete list of measurements, but found that hat retailers and designers all size them differently. That’s when I set out to come up with my own size chart. Basically, what I ended up doing was … Continue reading

Alternate Turning Chain (alt-ch)

Most patterns will instruct you to chain 3 at the beginning of a DC row and to work the first DC in the second stitch. The chain 3 would count as your first stitch, but I find that this creates a gap at the beginning of the row that is not very appealing. Below, is a technique I like to use for creating a neat edge when working rows of DC stitches. You can also use it when working DC … Continue reading

Straight HDC Seam

When making a hat my preferred stitch is the half double crochet; the only problem with working hdc in the round is the running or diagonal seam that is created when rounds are joined. I’ve been playing around with stitch placement on the last few hats I’ve made and I think the resulting straighter seam is much neater looking. *NOTE* – The method described below will only work if the starting chain of each round does not count as a … Continue reading

Mini Pompom

Mini Pompom Photo Tutorial 1)    Begin by placing an 8-inch piece of yarn between the two center tines of a fork. 2)    Wrap one strand of yarn around the end of the tines approximately 40 times. Cut the yarn. 3)    Bring the 8-inch piece of yarn up through the tines and tie it securely around the wrapped yarn. 4)    Slip the yarn bundle off the fork and cut through all of the yarn loops, leaving the two longer strands attached. … Continue reading

Large Pompom

Pompom Photo Tutorial You can make a multicolored pompom by holding two or more colors of yarn together when wrapping the cardboard. 1)      Cut two pieces of cardboard that are slightly wider than the desired width of the pompom. Cut a 3-inch notch out of each piece, as shown. With the two pieces of cardboard together place a 12-inch piece of yarn in the notch. 2)      Wrap one strand of yarn around the ends of the cardboard pieces approximately 150 … Continue reading