3 Tips For Translating Crochet Patterns

A guide for translating German crochet patterns into U.S. crochet terms.

I found this free crochet llama pattern in German and I couldn't resist making it! This is the first time that I've ever successfully completed a project written in a different language and I feel quite proud. I figured that I'd share my insight on following the German pattern for any English speakers who'd like …

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Scrap Yarn Pom Pom Tutorial

Lately I've been plagued with a massive amount of scrap yarn thats been creating a mess on my desk. I hate wasting yarn, even if it's just small scraps. I did a little Pinterest digging for different ways to use my scrap yarn and soon became captivated with the multicolored pom poms I found in …

Crochet Invisible Decrease Tutorial

Crochet Invisible Decrease Tutorial by Picot Pals

What is an invisible decrease? An invisible decrease is such an easy way to improve the overall craftsmanship of your crochet amigurumi. You might come across it abbreviated as invdec in a written pattern. The technique is worked in the front loop of your stitches resulting in a tinier stitch that is uniform with the …

How To Use A Stitch Marker

For some reason, the correct way to use stitch markers totally eluded me. My frazzled beginner crochet brain just couldn’t understand it! Using a stitch marker is actually a super simple concept.  Stitch markers are ESSENTIAL to crocheting in a continuous round. Only very experienced crocheters can spot the beginning and end of a crochet …

Seamless Amigurumi Finish Tutorial

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When I started making amigurumi, I was disappointed with the lumpy finish at the end of my amigurumi. The ends of my amigurumi ended up with large gaps which stuffing popped through. I had no idea how to finish off my projects. I'd even run into the issue of my amigurumis falling apart! I wanted …

Adding Felt to Amigurumi

I followed a pattern from the amigurumi book El Mundo De Pica Pau. I wanted to add my own personal touch to the pattern. I decided to add a fuzzy beige colored felt to the face of my penguin. It was my first time ever using a fell stitch to add felt to my crochet. I …

Crochet Invisible Join Tutorial

I first found out about the invisible join while researching crochet mandalas. Up Until today I had been joining rounds of crochet with a slip stitch. This is a pretty standard way to finish a round of crochet. I tested out the invisible join technique and the results were pretty impressive! The technique requires an extra …

Random Acts of Yarn: My First Foray Into Yarnbombing

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What is yarnbombing? When I told my friends that I was working on a yarnbombing project, they had no idea what I was talking about. Yarnbombing is the warm n fuzzy, whimsical cousin of graffiti. Its urban art made with yarn instead of spray paint or chalk. These public works of art can range from …

How to make Crochet Color Swatches

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      I've always had a tough time choosing the right colors to crochet with. I'd usually use my intuition to guide my color choices only to be dissatisfied with the end result and unravel after a few rows. I came across this article on crochet color swatches. I had to try out the technique for …

Paintbox Yarns Review

  I first saw this yarn on Instagram and instantly I was fascinated by the variety of pastel color ways! I searched further to find that Paintbox Yarns offers collections of gorgeous color combinations curated by designers. After researching the company a bit more, I kind of fell in love with their clean, modern take …