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Big and Beautiful Fashion

How do I pick the right pattern for me?

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Crochet Men Like

 

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Crocheted Flower Fabric

The Spring Flowers Table Mat, with an opening in the middle for a candle or vase, is a bright and colorful example of a technique I call "Crocheted Flower Fabric."  It's very simple.  You crochet flowers or other motifs, arrange them in the shape you like, and then sew them together. 

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How to Sell Your Work in the Retail World

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Have you ever  wanted to try selling your  crochet, or other craftwork, in shops or at fairs?  Getting a handle on how to go about it can be a challenge.  Julie  has been doing it successfully for years, and shares her expertise with CI readers.

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Newsletter Two: More on Fit

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Easter, Passover, or whatever you like to do to bring on the spring.  Here in New York, Central Park is blooming with lovely trees and flowers, it's a real treat!  Here are some photos I took today -- I'm lucky to live just a block away from the park. (Click on any photo to enlarge - much prettier!)

 

Happy to announce that Tammy of Connecticut was the winner of my book Custom Crocheted Sweaters!  Congratulations Tammy!! 

 

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Photographing Your Crochet Projects: The Basic Do's and Dont's

So you've spent untold hours crocheting away on a project, and now you've reached that glorious moment: Finished! You glow with the satisfaction of having made something with your own two hands, a bit of string and a hook.  The final step is to immortalize it by taking a picture of it.  But uh oh -- the picture looks awful and nothing like your beautiful crocheted piece.  I can't tell you how many of these kinds of duds I've taken....

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Stitch Dictionaries: New and Improved?

1. Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 4, edited by Carla Scott
Sixth & Spring books

2.   The Complete Book of Crochet Designs: 
500 Classic & Original Patterns,
by Linda Schapper,  reissued by Lark Books

3.  The Harmony Guide:  220 more Crochet Stitches, volume 7
Collins & Brown

4.  365 Crochet Stitches a Year
by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
Martingale & Company

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Stretching our Crochet Boundaries

"A craft remains alive only as it grows and brings new converts into the fold. If we don't continue to stretch our knowledge, to explore at the limits of what we know, both as individuals and corporately, crochet will stagnate."

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Tips from an Amigurumi Master

 

Amigurumi – Ami what?  A few years ago that would have been the response.  Amigurumi, pronounced “AH-MEE-GOO-ROO-MEE”, originated in Japan, but the craze has hit almost every household today. Amigurumi means “crocheted toy” – you may also see it referenced as “Kawai”, which means “cute.”  So what is Amigurumi?  It is a “cute crocheted toy”.  

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Understanding Hooks: Finding the Perfect Fit

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