Crochet Tutorials from Felted Button

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? Here's help...

If you've ever wondered how the professionals make their work look so crisp and clean with straight edges, lovely drape and good stitch definition, this tutorial will get you those same magazine-cover results.

If you've ever been disppointed with your crochet edges because of the hole left by a turning chain, here are 3 suggestions to "mind the gap".

After providing 3 ways to avoid the hole left along your crochet edges after a dc-turn, I discovered another! The linked dc is a simple and tidy additional technique. 

I used the this edging in my Warp & Weft Blanket for a fun and whimsical border — and, of course, it had to be made with lots of color. 

Need a strap for a bag or backpack,? A tie for a hoodie or sweater? A pair of sturdy shoelaces? Use this easy technique to make a secure and neat-looking cord for multiple projects.

My mantra is "Have Crochet. Will Travel." If you've got a large blanket on your hook, taking it along might not be possible. Use this idea to take any size crochet motif project with you whether it be on the train, in the waiting room, or at the park and join-it-as-you-go at home.

First, crochet some wee blossoms and leaves. Then learn how to wet felt them and string them in a colorful rainbow decoration. If you've never tried your "hand" at felting--here's your chance!

Looking to teach someone who is new to crochet? With limited time to teach, varying skill levels in the class and a desire to leave with a tangible project, this little cuff is a great first project. has a button!

Learn how to crochet both front post and back post dc stitches to add that extra texture or cabling often found in crochet. It's all about where you put your hook.

If you are ever tempted to skip over the notes and explanations at the beginning of the pattern to get to the crocheting, here are some tips that might encourage you to start at the beginning.

Ends. Many people dread them. But let's face it, if you ever want to finish a project, you must do it--even if just for that final little tail. And if you are as obsessed with color as I am, you are destined to have to do it. Here are some suggestions for dealing with those rascally little things.

If you're like me and save all those leftover bits of yarn from your projects but storing them neatly is challenging, here's a little tip to help you keep your creative space--and creative mind--a tad tidier.

If you've gazed at those fabulous felted projects but you're afraid of the unknown aspects of wet felting with wool--read on to discover the amazing world of felting and its possibilities!

Try your hook at this fun border pattern from Edie Eckman's book: Every Which Way Crochet Borders. Add it to a blanket, placemat, or anywhere you want a unique border for your next project.

Pattern Tutorials

A perfect little project for your first try at felting. Using bits of wool, make your bracelet in any colors you wish and personalize it with embroidery, buttons or stripes.

A simple and textured cowl that's easy to adjust the size. If you've never tried surface crochet, this is a great project to get your hooks into.

Remember those paper chains you made in school when you were little? Here's a fun crochet version made in a rainbow of colors--with buttons to boot!

Whether it's sunglasses, eyeglasses or a pair of readers, these eyewear cases are handy, quick to work up in your own colors, and provide the protection you need for your lenses.

Texture and color-play are the crochet game with the herringbone stitch that can be made into a pillow cover, blanket, or almost anything. This stitch is one of the three included in my Taking Shape Pillows set.

With loads of texture, options for color play, and varying-width stripes, the Illuminations Blanket made in soft Scheepjes Cotton 8 has a rhythmic and relaxing stitch pattern. 

Using a Scheepjes Cahlista Colour Pack of 109 colors allows you to get an explosion of rainbow color in a box--and you use nearly every bit to make this blanket.

My mother has always liked handmade, cotton cloths, so I designed these versatile, nicely textured, and multipurpose cloths as a gift for her. They work up quickly and make a thoughtful gift, I say!

Made with Scheepjes Catona and Scheepjes Bloom, this little pouch is perfect for a phone or as a  project clutch for those needed tools like scissors, hook, stitch markers and yarn needle.

Made with wee bits of yarn, the granny cuff is a great beginner project and can be made in colors to suit your style. Add a colorful button closure for extra whimsy!

By weaving colorful strips of Scheepjes Catona  cotton yarn you can make your own pillow cover personalized for your own space. A button-placketed back cover is included in the pattern.

Bits of durable cotton yarn and a small lobster clasp make for a quick, easy and afforadable cuff bracelet. Ideal for tweens and teens as a friendship bracelet or quick gift.  

My talented friend, April, used a glorious colour pack of Scheepjes River Washed/Stone Washed yarn to make this textured and happy adaptation of my Asanas Blanket.  

Each stripe of this scarf is a colorful  representation of a hand-knitted sweater worn by Fred Rogers from 1979-2001. The best part--his mother hand-knitted each sweater for him. Simple to make, no ends to weave, and full of delightful childhood memories.

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