Patterns are more abundant and international than ever.
I love how generous the crochet community is in sharing their ideas. Ravelry alone has over 60,000 free crochet patterns. And without Youtube tutorials, I don’t think I would have ever been able to learn to crochet.
There is a catch though. Crochet patterns don’t all use the same regional terms. If you’re a crocheter you’re probably well aware that there are two sets of terms. To make things worse, both sets use the same words to mean different things.
Converting regional crochet terms
chain / ch
chain / ch
double crochet / dc
single crochet / sc
half treble / htr
half double / hdc
treble / tr
double / dc
double treble / dtr
treble / tr
triple treble / ttr
double treble / dtr
Don’t we just love making things tricky for ourselves?
These are methods I use to tell if a crochet pattern uses US or UK terms.
When I had dinner plans the other week I realised—the day before—that I didn’t have a suitable bag.
When you’re spending the night somewhere, an overnight bag isn’t exactly practical or stylish at a restaurant table.
Instead of rushing to the shop I decided to make my own clutch. Ultimately, it was a much more satisfying choice—this way my bag was one of a kind. My latest craft obsession is combining sewing and crochet. I love how fabric and yarn complement each other.
If you need a last minute clutch too, here’s how to make your own:
When I saw the fabric choices for the Hillarys Craft Competition, I knew I had to get my hands on the Rayna Apple pattern. Problem is, I’m a novice. And directional, bold patterns can be pretty intimidating to sew with.
After a few failed ideas, I decided to keep it simple and make a tote. Pretty and practical—my favourite kind of DIY. Good thing is, the Rayna Apple fabric makes even this simple tote look sophisticated. I think I’ve gotten over my fear of using bold patterns!
But when you’re chasing your passions and trying to use creativity to fuel your lifestyle, it gets hard. Things don’t feel carefree anymore.
Even attending Blogtacular felt like making a statement. "Hello world, I’m a blogger!" Who am I to share my ideas? What if everyone thinks I’m some passé bore? (When I did get the guts to say hello, so many people had the same fears. Go figure.)
It’s easy to get anxious when your ideas aren’t just about having fun. How are you supposed to approach creativity when it’s your work?
These ten lessons have changed my perspective. I hope they help you too.
1. You never lose the fear.
Grace Bonney, with all her poise and hard-earned experience, shared how things have changed since she started blogging in 2004. (You can still see some of the first posts on Design*Sponge.) Her message was to embrace change and the fear that comes with it. If you don’t, you’ll burnout.
Yup, even Grace has to deal with self-doubt and making mistakes. And in her five steps to embrace change, she told us to acknowledge our fears first. The boogie man is a lot less scary after you peek under the bed.
It’s an almost brutal truth, but it’s comforting too.
When I was a kid I didn’t understand why covering a wall with stickers was a bad thing. Stickers had the magical ability to defy gravity, and I used them like graffiti to make my mark on the world. My parents were less than impressed.
Millie Marotta’s illustrations bring to mind childhood pastimes like chasing dragonflies and doodling on school papers. Millie’s attention to detail and intricate patterns in her work brings that naïveté into adulthood. In Millie Marotta’s Home Sticker Book, a selection of her designs are presented throughout 75 wall stickers.
Millie’s designs are beautiful, and as décor can be as sophisticated or as casual as you like.
I'm Anna. I love to craft and use sewing, crochet, knitting, macrame, and other techniques to make home decor and practical accessories.
I'm Anna. Handmade is a big part of my life. I'm sharing tutorials, techniques, and other useful crafty things. (Read more about Crafting Fingers here.)
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