Crochet Swatch

How to Get the Most out of Your Crochet Swatch

“Swatches lie!” is something I hear very often, and as much as I understand the sentiment, the truth about swatches is that they don’t lie, they just don’t tell you everything. Their truth is true within the confinement of a 4″x4″ (10cmx10cm) square (or whatever the swatch size and shape happen to be), and once some other variables, such as the project size, the weight and the blocking, are introduced, this truth may no longer hold. To take this point to the extreme, the only reliable swatch of a crocheted object is … the actual crocheted object.
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Dear Single Crochet

Dear Single Crochet,

Ever since I graduated from making baby booties and moved to “grown-up” crochet design, I completely forgot you. Seduced by the exotic and trendy world of Tunisian crochet, I found you too simple, and not in the classy Tunisian simple stitch kind of way. You were too fat, too unrefined, too uncool. I thought you were not worthy of my time and I was a mean designer for never considering you.
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New Wardrobe Additions

I have been a very busy bee these past few weeks for a number of reasons, the biggest being the lastminutedotcom syndrome from which I have been suffering for most of my life. I do, however, have a couple of news I would love to share.

The first one is that I now have a new item in my wardrobe worth mentioning. My recent wardrobe reorganisation revealed a huge gaping hole: I did not have a single skirt! This has now been fixed and I am a proud owner of this lovely pleated number:
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Is Your Crochet Fabric Garment-Worthy?

Crochet fabric is exceptionally versatile and can serve so many purposes. From sturdy jewellery to squishy afghans, to gossamer shawls. Not every kind, however, lends itself to a beautiful garment, and a pair of shorts you created out of granny squares, which you loved so much in an afghan, may not be as wearable as you hoped.
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