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How to make a dc turn using linked double crochet, tutorial for neater crochet edges  by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Another Way to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole

You may remember this post from a while ago. In it, I show 3 ways to work turns for a dc (US terms) when working in rows that helps reduce the gap rather than working a chain 3. The 3 ideas work for me--my favorite being the third--made by stacking two sc's on top of each other. Let me show you a 4th method...
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5th Dimension Blanket, crochet pattern with 5 panels of colorful motifs and stripes designed by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

5th Dimension Blanket CAL

I'm really excited about this announcement today! It's been a while in the making, I tell ya, but today is the day for the release of my newest pattern and announcement of a CAL (crochet-a-long) for it!

Introducing my...5th Dimension Blanket! It's made by working 5 panels using a bunch of different stitches, some unusual stitch placements and an abundance of color. The name is apt, I think.
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Skittles Blanket, Rainbow striped and textured crochet blanket in Jewel tones, free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Skittles Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Who wants a sweet rainbow of color springing off your crochet hook? You can do just that with my new free crochet pattern--Skittles Blanket. It's a party of color, I tell ya! And with fun texture, too. I had someone tell me that...
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Art of Crochet Blankets book by Rachele Carmina of Cypress Textiles, review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

The Art of Crochet Blankets Book Review

I've spent a bit of time lately contmeplating my crochet. Why do I do it? What is its purpose in my life? Does it play a role in other's lives? There are varied and convoluted answers to these questions, but one answer that emerged during my deep think was that it is a means for expressing myself artistically. This is the piece that is much stronger than just making something functional--or even...
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Last Dance Blanket designed by Scheepjes in pattern Merino Soft yarn, call for pattern testers by Susan Carlson, designer of Felted Button, colorful crochet patterns

Call for Crochet Pattern Testers

Helloooooo!! I hope all is well in your crochet world and all other parts of your life. Today I'm popping in to make an official call for pattern testers. Let me address some questions you might have about what it means to be a pattern tester and why I need them.
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How to crochet a clean edge along a tough edge on crochet, crochet tip tutorial by Susan Carlson of Felted Button, colorful crochet patterns

How To Crochet a Clean Edge Along a Rough Edge

Maybe it's a blanket border. Maybe it's around a dishcloth or sweater. Or maybe along the edge of a scarf or cowl. But anytime you are instructed in a pattern to "work stitches evenly along edge" you are faced with a challenge. Where do you put your hook? How do you keep the stitches along the back from looking uneven and horrible? Particularly if it is in a contrasting color! Let me show you...
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Large colorful crochet textured granny squares in blanket draped on couch, free crochet afghan pattern, asanas blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Asanas Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Hellooo!! I hope things are well in your neck of the woods. My neck of the woods is Utah. And here, it's cold in November!! Which makes me want to snuggle up in my comfy orange crocheting chair with the fire and a cozy blanket over my legs for some added warmth while I play with hook and yarn. What better time to introduce to you my newest free pattern...
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Shade chart of Scheepjes Namaste yarn in rainbow, yarn review  by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Yarn Poised as Yoga Poses

Since returning from Yarndale earlier this month, I've been busy with a fabulous new yarn that I squished in my suitcase. I intentionally took a really large bag knowing that I would come home with loads of yarn, so stuffing 24 balls of the 34 colors of Scheepjes Namaste in my bag was easy--well, almost easy. Thankfully this yarn is squishy!
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Yarn Book-a-zine by Scheepjes with modern black white and yellow blocked from blanket by Esther Dijkstra of It's all in a Nutshell

YARN Book-A-Zine FOLK Is on the Shelf

There's a lot of beauty happening right now in the crochet world so I thought I would pop in and share a bit of what I've creativity I've come across lately. Firstly, the YARN Book-a-zine FOLK issue was just released. There is nothing old-fashioned and frumpy about this!
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Bunting crochet flags at Yarndale in Skipton, colorful Garland triangles hanging

Scheepjes Bloggers Go to Yarndale

Recently I posted about three good things I get from crocheting and creating. One of those things is that it affords me the opportunities to connect with other creators in meaningful ways. Just over a week ago I had the chance to travel across the pond again to Skipton in Yorkshire England to attend the annual Yarndale market. The best part--I was able to meet up with my fellow tribe of Scheepjes...
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Book review of Crafty Llama by Mike Kerr, Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Crafty Llama: Three Things

When I first began crocheting several years ago I quickly discovered three things about this new versatile craft:
  • Crocheting allows me to focus my thoughts and quiet my otherwise noisy brain.
  • Crocheting makes useful, creative and cheerful goods ideal for gifting to others.
  • Crocheting is a natural "connector" to other people.

After reading the new book Crafty Llama* by Mike Kerr with...
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Pink variegated shawl with poms made from Delicious Crochet Shawls book, review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button, colorful crochet patterns

Delicious Crochet Shawls Book Blog Tour

Hello, my dear friends! If you've found your way here through Kathryn's blog Crochet Concupiscence, welcome! I'm the lucky one to be next in line on the blog tour taking place for Lisa Cook's new book Delicious Crochet Shawls*.

When I was invited to participate I was thrilled because I have been following Lisa's work for some time and have always admired her shawl designs. You could say she is the...
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