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The Shawl Project Book 3

At The Crochet Project we love a good shawl, and we know you do too so we are back with another collection.  Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Kat Goldin for The Crochet Project We really weren’t expecting there to be a The Shawl Project: Book Three. Despite so many requests, we decided it wouldn’t be right unless we had a great new idea. Book One was all one skein shawls, Book Two all two skein shawls, Book Three would need to have a purpose too (and three skein shawls seemed a bit tenuous). We knew Book Three was on its way when we were at a wool festival and kept musing on the uses for all the lovely mini...

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Heart on My Sleeve

After what we can all pretty much agree was a rubbish 2016, I started 2017 with a very clear and renewed sense of action, asking myself what can I do in my every day life to make the world just a tiny bit better. Many of those actions were about how I use my time and money in my personal life to make the world just a bit better, but when Emily from Tin Can Knits approached me to design a wee heart for the new book Heart on my Sleeve, it felt like a small way that I could contribute to a good cause using my work.The Heart on My Sleeve charity ebook is such a lovely premise -...

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Finishing School

Perhaps the most loathed of crochet-related tasks is finishing: edging, sewing up, weaving in ends, blocking...they all get a  bad name.  I get it, when you finish that final stitch, you just want to be DONE.  But, trust me, using some basic finishing techniques will really make your project shine.  WEAVING IN ENDS:Once you reach the end of your work, cut the yarn, leaving at least a 6” tail. ull the tail through the last loop on your hook to secure your stitches. Use a tapestry needle or your hook to weave the remaining ends in securely into the back of your work. If you are working in rows, there may not be a clear wrong side, so use your...

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Beginning Chain Tips and Tricks

When you are starting a crochet project and working into the beginning chain, does your work often look like the photo above?This if caused by a beginning chain that is tighter than your stitches - a really common problem in crochet and one that I suffer from.  Fortunately, its really easily solved. If you know that you commonly have this problem, its a good idea to solve it one of two ways.  WORK WITH A BIGGER HOOK FOR THE STARTING CHAIN:Grab a hook a few sizes larger than you will be working in for the rest of the piece to do your beginning chain. Why not just try to work looser with your normal hook? Its really difficult to maintain an...

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Goodbye 2016 ~ Hello 2017

While 2016 might not have been our favourite year in terms of personal lives, political happenings and celebrity deaths, it was a great year for us professionally. We were super busy releasing new patterns, building our business, forging great partnerships and meeting lots of you at shows. Here is our round up of 2016 and a sneak peek at 2017 will bring for The Crochet Project.February saw the launch of our first ever book collaboration, Crochet Yeah!. We couldn't have picked a better collaborator than Rachel Coopey who provided beautiful yarn and great inspiration for the collection of accessories. Crochet Yeah! Six accessories.  In April we added Riley, the 4ply/fingering weight version, to the aran/worsted weight Saunders Sock pattern to make...

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