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A rose by any other name

One of the first things I learned to make were crocheted roses. The nicest pattern that I found was part of a Youtube video.

They’re easy and effective to make; you’ll find them enhancing quite a few of my projects.

Twine rose



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The amazing, awesome and wonderful, invisible decrease

One thing that can annoy me when crocheting  amigurumi is the lines created by many patterns when decreasing. Its not really a big thing and I’m by no means a perfectionist  but sometimes it just doesn’t look quite right.

So I googled decreases thinking maybe staggering the decreases in a pattern but maintaining the number of decreases in the round would make these lines that form less obvious. I found a blog post by Dawn Toussaint (wrote the Padme elephant pattern) on the maths of decreases which I thought could be useful and with a couple of reads I’ll have a go.

But then I stumbled upon something amazing (chances are everyone already knows about this). Invisible decreases! June Gilbank of Planet June has posted a tutorial which makes decreases really unoticeable.  Using this method you only use the front loops of the two stitches being decreased.

The normal decreases create a line on the surface of this project.

The normal decreases create a line on the surface of this project.

The decreases are there but much less obvious

The decreases are there but much less obvious


Edit: If the above link to PlanetJune’s blog doesn’t work, the same decrease method can be found here http://allaboutami.tumblr.com/post/7843360896/invisibledecrease

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YouTube rocks

As I mentioned previously, I got started with crochet through watching YouTube videos. The ones that I found Most helpful were those posted by the crochet crowd (http://www.thecrochetcrowd.com/en/). The tutorials were really well constructed and with the ability to re-watch the same section of video multiple times was invaluable.

Here’s a link directly to the playlist that got me started http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F. If you are at all interested in starting to crochet I can’t recommend another starting off point more highly.


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