Tag Archives: Yarn and Hooks

Shallow Single Crochet Stitch


Today I’m experimenting with a ‘new to me’ reversible crochet stitch! I’m loving the result!! Not sure what I’ll make with it but the cool knit look has me thinking!

It’s called the Shallow Single Crochet Stitch and when done correctly, the resulting fabric looks a lot like a knit stockinette stitch. It can be a little tricky so I suggest a BIG hook and cotton or bulky weight yarn (skip the variegated until you master this one!) With a little practice, you’ll be racing right along!

Where to work the Shallow Single Crochet Stitch:

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Crochet as usual:

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It’s as simple as that! What would you make with a stitch like this? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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One Doctor Who TARDIS Handbag and Some Delish Wool Roving


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Amazing Doctor Who crochet hooks by The Lemonade Shop!

I’m super excited to share with you guys my FINISHED Doctor Who TARDIS handbag!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how terrified I was to start this project. The idea of sewing in straight lines freaks me out–mostly because I know if it’s not straight I’ll want to pull it all out and redo it. I don’t think I have to tell you guys that it’s way simpler to pull back your crochet work to get it perfect BUT, I was determined to get over my fears and conquer the beast that is my sewing machine! https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Doctor Who TARDIS handbag DIY

Things started out okay….and then my thread broke. No big deal, right? Just rethread it and keep going! And then it happened again. I thought it was a bad omen. Thread breaking twice in the span of two seconds is never a good thing.

But, I mentioned I was determined!! So off to find a new sewing machine needle. (I’d been told once a long time ago that the right needle makes all the difference.) I found one specifically made for drapery fabric in my mini sewing hoard and figured out how to change the needle–it’s easier than I thought–and 5 minutes later I was off and sewing with gusto!

Before I knew it, I’d finished! I even added a magnetic snap closure to finish it off.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Doctor Who TARDIS handbag DIY

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Doctor Who TARDIS handbag DIY

I am so happy I committed to finish this one and now my daughter tells me she needs a My Little Pony handbag. She’s ten and apparently she needs a handbag to carry all of her ponies around when she goes off on important shopping trips to buy more ponies. 😉

If you guys want to know how I made this bag, make sure to check out THIS BLOG POST which has the entire process and the amazing youtube tutorial I used!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Doctor Who TARDIS handbag DIY

I know, Doctor… I NEVER win and am making that same face right along with you!

Now that I’ve overcome my sewing machine fears, I think I’m ready to tackle another! Recently I blogged about Mandie’s Krafty Kreations huge facebook giveaway! Guess who won?!?!

ME!

I was thrilled today when I got a box in the mail filled with the most gorgeous 100% merino roving.

Get ready for raw yarn yummies!

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I have no clue how to use it or what will happen when I try my hand at spinning but I think I’ve always had a little bit of beginner’s luck in my pocket. Perhaps I can pull some out and sprinkle it over this!

If you’ve got some tips or just want to give me a shout, make sure you drop a comment!! I love hearing from you guys! (Comments are moderated–to keep out vulgarity and discourage trolls–so it might take a little bit before they appear.) I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to make this gorgeous roving into something that I can crochet!

HodgePodge Crochet and Design Wars 7


I’m SUPER EXCITED to announce that HodgePodge Crochet has been selected as a contestant in the upcoming Design Wars Crochet Challenge!!

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To check out the challengers, watch all of the amazing introduction videos, and find out more about what this round is all about, head on over to the Design Wars Blog! If you head on over before May 18, 2014, you can enter to win 1 skein of the selected yarn for this round!! 

I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been busy designing!! Until then, you can get to know a little more about me and my crochet journey by watching my intro video right here!! I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to drop a hashtag if you’ve watched all the way through

 

Bunny Roundup!


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Who doesn’t love a cute bunny!! They have the cutest noses and adorable ears–not to mention they all remind me of balls of yarn. That right there is reason enough for me to love the little critters. 

I can’t think of anything better to pair with cute bunnies other than FREE cute bunnies!! Below you will find 10 amazing FREE bunny patterns!

Enjoy!

Number ONE on my list is the amazing work done by Cake Sachets crocheted for charity. These panorama Eggs–which were a collaboration with crochet artist TWiNKiE CHAN–are AMAZING!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Bunny Roundup: 10 FREE PATTERNS!

Panorama Eggs by Cake Sachets crocheted for charity.

 

Number TWO on my list is from miscfinds4u.com. This adorable Beginner Amigurumi Easter Bunny Basket is one on my ‘to do’ list!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Bunny Roundup: 10 FREE PATTERNS!

Beginner Amigurumi Easter Bunny Basket by miscfinds4u.com.

 

Number THREE on my list is the cutest knit bunny from Spud & Chloe. One of these days I will learn to knit…

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Knit bunny from Spud & Chloe.

 

Number FOUR on  my list comes from Annoo’s Crochet World. My kids ALL want a Spring Bunny Pen Buddy for keeping them company during homework sessions!

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Annoo’s Crochet World: Spring Bunny Pen Buddy.

 

Number FIVE on my list is from All About Ami. These spring bunnies are simply magical!

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All About Ami: Spring Bunnies.

 

Number SIX on my list comes from Create & Decorate. It’s the CUTEST blanket (artfully titled: Somebunny to Love) that takes a simple square and turns it into squishable bunnies!

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Create & Decorate: Somebunny to Love Blanket.

 

Number SEVEN on my list is from Yarnspirations. The Easter Lily Doll comes dressed in costume ready for the most overactive imaginations!

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Yarnspirations: Easter Lily Doll.

 

Number EIGHT on my list is something absolutely genius from Lebenslustiger.com. The tutorial for this Square Bunny is in knit, but could easily be adapted with crochet!

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Lebenslustiger.com: Square Bunny Knit Tutorial.

 

Number NINE on my list is from 3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn. The beauty of this Tweets, Peeps & Bunnies freebie is that you can turn your bunny into a cute chick, a duck, and much more!

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3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn: Tweets, Peeps & Bunnies Pattern.

 

Number TEN on my list is probably one of my favorite and something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try!! It comes from Living Felt (which is an amazing site!!) and..well, just look!!

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Living Felt: Felted Rabbit Head Tutorial.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 10 patterns I’ve selected for this Bunny Roundup and if you have any other to share please drop a link in the comments area below!

Foundation Chain Chevron Bracelet


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron BraceletMy kids love to crochet. Coming from a family where their mom is a chronic crochetaholic, they sort of naturally fell into it. (My four year old calls crochet her ‘destiny’. I’m a proud mamma!)

But, they all began their crochet journey by going through the rhythm of the endless foundation chain to learn hook technique and tension. To them it’s fun to knot yarn but they always get impatient when it comes to getting that chain down. How do you explain to a 4 year old that it’s game on once they master it and then they can run off to the races with their first real project?

Since impatience is where a lot of young (and old) crocheters decide to give up–because it’s boring to crochet chains over and over and over–what’s better to encourage practice then to turn your foundation chains into a super fun project!

This is something that relatively young children can tackle (with supervision and guidance) and be successful with! Once they make a few, they will be begging to practice chaining just to make more bracelets!

What you’ll need:

  • A crochet hook (any size will do for this project)
  • Yarn (any weight or brand will work but I find plain old kitchen cotton (the kind you use to make washcloths from) the best for younger fingers because it’s sturdy and easier to see your stitch-work when crocheting.)
  • Scissors
  • A button
  • A clipboard or a binder clip and some sturdy cardboard.

The basic process of making a chevron friendship bracelet is super simple for children to master. It does take some patience and younger children will need some help making sure their colors cross the proper way, but I promise it’s a lot of fun!

The DIY Chevron Friendship Bracelet tutorial from HGTV Handmade on YouTube does an amazing job at describing the basic technique for getting the chevron pattern down. Take a few minutes to watch the process and before you know it, you’ll be making bracelets faster than you can wear them!

Now that you know the mechanics, it’s time to work the same bracelet with lengths of foundation chain!

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https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet

Depending on the thickness of your yarn, your bracelet will take on dramatically different looks! Have fun experimenting with color and texture!

And if your little one is still too young to chain (or really doesn’t want to) make your chevron bracelet without chaining! Textured yarns look lovely in the chevron pattern!

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Don’t forget to have fun and remember that having a good time will always get a huge thumbs up from your littles!! After all, that’s why we all love to play with yarn too, right?!?!

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https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ Crochet Chevron Bracelet