Llama Bobbins!

Organize your yarn scraps and embroidery thread with these cute llama thread bobbins! There are two free printables available for download

I hate to throw away yarn scraps. I go through bouts of collecting scraps followed by periods of purging my messy workspace. To break this cycle, I sorted through my pile of odds and ends. I created these llama bobbins to organize and display my favorite yarns and threads! There are two files. One has …

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Yarn Over Slip Stitch Ribbing

free crochet pattern and video tutorial for this faux knit crochet stitch. It looks super similar to a knitted Fisherman's rib stitch!

This has got to be my favorite crochet ribbing so far! It looks quite similar to a knitted fisherman's rib stitch (which I have always been a fan of). I tried out this stitch with an aran weight yarn and worsted weight yarn. I'm really happy with the way that the stitch looks and feels …

Single Crochet Ribbed Stitch

How to crochet the single crochet ribbed stitch | crochet diagram, photo tutorial, and written pattern provided - part of a series of crochet ribbed stitches

  Since I started crocheting I've had a sort of fascination with ribbed stitches. I love the plush texture and elasticity they provide to crochet accessories and garments. This year I'd like to explore all the possibilities of crochet ribbing and create a resource for crochet pattern designing. Every week I'll be exploring a different …

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 …

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

seamless amigurumi finish tutorial picotpals

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 …