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The most important tool in the art of crochet is the crochet hook. For such a simple thing, though, it sure causes a lot of confusion. Why does it look like that? Why are there so many sizes? Which hook goes with which yarn? Hopefully, this article can[…]

Crochet Symbols

When creating patterns, some people like to use written instructions. Some prefer a diagram, using different symbols to indicate which stitches are which. The first time I ran across a crochet diagram or graph, I was confused. I had to go look up what the symbols meant and[…]

When I first started to crochet, I would start out making a blanket and about halfway through, I would look at it and wonder, “Is it too big?” or “Should I make this larger?” Well, as I kept crocheting and learning, I realized that I wasn’t the only[…]

free crochet pattern for a witch hat

As promised, I’m back today with a new free pattern. Just in time for Halloween, you can DIY your own witch hat. This one is very simple and works up quickly in a nice worsted weight yarn. It’s a versatile piece, able to be worn in a dozen[…]

Mermaid Tail Scarf

Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with mermaids. My father, a Navy man and seafarer from way back, used to tell me old sea stories about sea monsters and mermaids. The first time I saw a manatee, my father was ready with a story[…]

My crochet beginnings go all the way back to 1972, when my mother first set out to teach me to crochet.  It did not go very well, I have to admit.  My mother didn’t have a lot of patience for my fumbling and I became easily frustrated.  Two[…]

I had a skein of Red Heart Peacock ombre yarn left over from another project, so I decided to do something with it. I had a little time to kill and a G hook on the table…and…well, this is the result. It’s a very simple pattern and makes[…]

There was a long period of time during which all my friends were having babies. Since I love to crochet, I decided that they would all receive a nice baby afghan from me, the future Auntie Trish. I first made this afghan in blue, for a friend at[…]

Here at Stately Wilson Manor, we share our house with seven cats. They come in all sizes and descriptions and they are like my children. With seven cats in residence, it sometimes becomes difficult for them to get some privacy. To remedy this problem, we have deployed what[…]

Sunny Daze Shawl

I’ve always loved bright, happy colors, so when I set out to design this shawl, I chose the happiest color I could imagine: the color of the sun. It is worked in four gradient shades of yellow and in two simple stitches: Double crochet and V-stitch. This shawl[…]

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