How to Crochet in the Round

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Hi ya folks!  Today’s tutorial is a subscriber request.  These are my favorite tutorials!

I always try to create tutorials that I think will be useful, especially to beginning stitchers, and then hope that they find their way to the eyes of those who will truly benefit from them.  But when I get a subscriber request I know for sure that the tutorial will help someone as they venture on in their fiber arts journey.  That is my goal after all!

So, if you have a crochet question or issue you are struggling with, don’t be shy!  Just send me a message by clicking here.  I’d love to create a tutorial or guide just for you!

Now on to today’s tutorial!

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What Are All Those Presser Feet For Anyway?

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Sewing Machine Presser Feet.


If you’ve followed along on the blog then you might remember that when my fianc√© bought my first sewing machine about four years ago I was terrified of it. After allowing it to collect dust for several months, I eventually drummed up the courage to open the user manual. Hey, don’t judge! Sewing can be intimidating, especially if you are new at it and you’ve never even touched a sewing machine before.

I first studied the sewing machine parts and their functions. Once I felt comfortable with the sewing machine and the basics of how it worked, I then turned my attention to all the bits and pieces that came with my machine. There were wires, dusters, clips, caps, plates, bobbins, and about 15 things called presser feet.

I stared at each foot. I twirled them in my hands. I studied their markings. I had no clue what they were or what on earth I was supposed to do with them. I’m not going to lie, even after four years I still haven’t used them all, but I have learned what they are, what to do with them, and what each one is used for.

So, if you haven’t figured it out, that’s what today’s tutorial is all about. Presser feet and their uses.

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Knitting for Beginners: All About Needles

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Hi folks! This post is for all you knitters out there, especially if you are a newbie knitter. Knowing how to cast on, make stitches, and deciding on a pattern are not the only important things you need to do when starting a knitting project. You need to make sure that you are picking the correct yarn and needles as well.

When I started knitting I went to the craft store and stood in the aisle staring at all the needle choices. Long ones, short ones, shiny ones, thick ones, round ones, plastic ones, wood ones… it went on and on. I had no idea which ones I needed. As a beginner the array was overwhelming.

So today I want to review the different types of knitting needles available so you can pick the right tool for your project and hopefully save you some of the frustration I suffered as a knitting newbie.

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Free Easy Crochet Ribbed Baby Beanie Pattern for Beginners

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Seahawks Inspired Crochet Ribbed Baby Beanie.


Hey there folks! Today I want to share with you my new pattern for a super simple basic ribbed baby beanie. I designed it to be easy for beginners and to use the new skills I introduced in my ebook, How to Crochet:  A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners.

Using my nine month old son as a model, I created beanie sizes from preemie to 1-year old.  Technically 1-year old sizes tend to fall  into the class of toddler patterns and not baby patterns, but I wanted to make a beanie that would fit my son this coming winter when he would be a year old.

I decided to make his hat in Seattle Seahawk colors because, well, we are huge Seahawk foot ball fans!  We even painted his nursery in these colors. ūüôā  I chose navy blue and grey for the hat colors and then added a bright green pom-pom.  He loves it!  And, of course, he looks adorable in it!

So, break out your crochet hooks, this easy pattern will whip up in a jiffy and is great practice if you are a crochet newbie.   Let’s get started!

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine: Parts and Their Functions

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Sewing Machine Parts and Their Functions.


Hi folks!  If you’ve just bought your first sewing machine or are completely new to sewing then you’ve come to the right place.  When my fianc√© bought me a sewing machine four years ago, I had no sewing experience.  You read that right folks. I had NO sewing experience.  I didn’t even hand sew.

Folks, you have to understand. Danny, my fianc√©, didn’t just buy me a cheap beginner sewing machine. Oh no… he bought me a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. The KING of all sewing machines. Hailed as the best on the market. At least that’s what the sales lady said. ūüôā

The point is that I had no idea what I was doing. I was so intimidated by this machine that it sat, untouched for over 4 months, on a table in my craft room.  I was terrified by it. I had no idea what to do with it.   Then finally, one day, I took the bull by the horns and grabbed the user guide.  What’s the first thing I looked at?  Yep, you guessed it. The parts of my sewing machine and their functions.

It’s important, right? How are you supposed to use a sewing machine if you don’t even know what the parts are or what they do?  So, if you’re sitting there like I was 4 years ago, scared of your sewing machine and unsure where to begin, let me help ease your fear. I’m going to hold your hand as I walk you through each sewing machine part and help you to understand what they do.

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Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project

Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project.


In January 2003 Amy Berman, a Minneapolis mom, read a magazine article that changed her life.   Working in advertising sales at the time, Amy had no idea that she would one day become the accidental executive director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort to humanity’s most innocent–children.  But that’s exactly what happened.

The article was about infant and child rape in Africa, an increasing problem caused, in part, by the myth of the “virgin cure”–a belief that if a man has sex with a virgin, including infants and toddlers, he will be cured of AIDS, a disease that has reached pandemic proportions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The youngest victim in the article was only 2 months old.

Amy was shell-shocked.  She simply could not close the magazine and continue on with her everyday life after learning the horrifying pain of these children.  She felt compelled “to do something”.

The article mentioned that the Child Protection Unit in Durban, South Africa was collecting teddy bears, dolls, games and books to deliver to the rape victims.  Amy thought of the one item that had brought her own two children comfort throughout the years.  A teddy bear knitted by her mother using a pattern circa World War II.

Although Amy was not a knitter, she was so motivated that she learned quickly, under her mother’s instructions, and soon began teaching other women to knit.  The price for her lessons?  One knit bear sent to a child in Africa.  Thus, Mother Bear Project was born.

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Create to Donate Goes Live Today!

Crafting Together For The Greater Good


Hi folks!  Today I want to share with you the launch of Create to Donate, a site dedicated to making a difference by donating handmade goods to charities in need.

What does this have to do with a blog that provides sewing, knitting, and crochet resources for beginners? ¬†I’m glad you asked!

A few months ago Itchin’ for some Stitchin’¬†became a Goods Giving Back¬†ambassador. ¬†This means that I will sell some of my handmade creations through¬†Goods Giving Back,¬†an online marketplace unlike any¬†place¬†you have shopped before. ¬†That’s because 50% or more of the proceeds go to support worthwhile causes in need of some TLC.

From today until October 31, 2016, the entire Goods Giving Back team will empower you to create for the greater good by using your DIY creativity to craft for a cause.  Perhaps you have a cause you already love.  If not, let us introduce you to some new organizations that need your creative support!

Join us for a Rafflecopter giveaway and learn how you can become a Create to Donate ambassador.


Let’s ¬†Do Goods Work‚ĄĘ Together!


Until next time… ¬†Happy Crafting!

How to Crochet: Basic Steps for Beginners

A Quick-Start Guide for Crochet Beginners


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Crochet is a craft in which a patterned fabric is created by looping yarn, thread, or other material with a hooked needle.  Like knitting, crochet consists of pulling loops through other loops, but with the addition of wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times.  Unlike knitting, and with a few exceptions, in crochet only one stitch is active at one time.  Also, crochet uses a single crochet hook instead of two knitting needles.

There are literally hundreds of different forms¬†of crochet with more in development. ¬†¬†gives a great list of many types of crochet. ¬†Hundreds of crochet methods means tons of “advanced” crochet stitches, yet, there are only a few basic stitches. ¬†If you can learn these, then you can create loads¬†of fun and unique crochet patterns!

Today I am¬†outlining the general process of crochet that will serve as ¬†a quick-start guide for beginners who are just dying to get started! Continue reading »

How to Bind Off and Weave in Ends in Crochet

The Best Ways to End Your Crochet Projects


How to Bind Off and Weave in Ends in Crochet.


Okay so you’ve followed all the steps in my ebook, How to Crochet: A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners and you’ve just finished your crochet project.  Congratulations!   You’ve made the last stitch and you’re ready to show off  your hard work and move on to another project. Then suddenly your smile of satisfaction quickly turns into a frown of exasperation. Why? Because you’ve just realized that the project isn’t actually done. Nope, it’s not. Because you still have to bind off and weave in the ends (also called tails).

I’m not going to lie, weaving in ends can be a pain. But don’t be discouraged! It’s not a pain because it’s hard. It’s simply that it can be tedious and it takes time. If you only have one or two ends, this isn’t a big deal. However, if you’ve had to change colors a lot you could have many ends that need to be hidden.    This is the reason that I have not one, but two granny square afghans that have yet to be joined. One of which I started over four years ago!

I told you that I am not going to lie. I hate weaving in ends. But… it is a necessary evil. It must be done.  If you don’t weave in the tails your project will most likely unravel and all your hard work will be for nothing.  Also, it is necessary to make your project look neat and tidy.  And despite my bickering, it is easier than you think.

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How to Read a Crochet Pattern

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Understanding the Language of Crochet


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Hi folks! So, by now I am sure that you know the basics of crochet and are itching to stitch your first pattern. ¬†But, just hold your horses! ¬†Don’t dive in just yet. ¬†Jumping into a crochet pattern without understanding what you are reading is like diving into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.

Reading a crochet pattern is quite literally like looking at a foreign language. ¬†Crochet has its own words, abbreviations, and symbols. ¬†If you don’t know them or understand the sentence structure it will be very easy to get lost, confused, and frustrated.

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