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Hove Purse Pattern

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Hove Purse Pattern

Before you dive into the depths of an intarsia project it might be worth trying out the technique on a small but useful project such as the Hove Purse. Having designed the Hove Beach Bag (available for £3.50 on Ravelry) as part of the wider KIHICI bag range I wanted to create a simple intarsia project so that people could test their skills before they go headlong down the intarsia crochet rabbit hole. The first crochet intarsia project that I tried was mind boggling.  I hadn't tried the technique before and there were too many bobbins of yarn at the...

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Starting dc crochet rather than turning chains

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Starting dc crochet rather than turning chains

A different technique for starting a new row I am constantly learning new techniques for crochet and was informed about this little nugget having talked about better ways to start new rounds in new colours as part of The Crochet Circle Podcast.  That technique is called 'standing crochet stitches'. If you are starting a new row in the same colour then the below technique may be for you.  It is called 'starting crochet stitches' and I think it is a neat way of starting a new row. Here you can see the differences between a starting crochet stitch dc and...

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Why you don't finish projects and what you can do about it

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Why you don't finish projects and what you can do about it

Why we don’t finish projects Ever wondered why you don’t finish projects and what you can do about it? The excitement of squidging yarn in a shop, the whiff of something shiny and new, the latest pattern that ‘has’ to make it to the top of your queue - there are many things that sway us towards new projects.  For some this isn’t a problem because they are monogamous crafters, finishing a project, assessing what they want to make next and only then buying the supplies for the next project/ challenge.  But let’s get something clear, this isn’t most people! ...

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Gnarly Rug Crochet Pattern

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Gnarly Rug Crochet Pattern

A couple of years ago I got some bargain British wool from one of my favourite wool festivals - Wonderwool Wales.  The wool was British which ticks my box, a bargain (£10 for about 3.5kg) which definitely ticks my box, but it was rough as anything! Now, I'm not the type to shy away from a wool with 'character' however this wool was gnarly and not in a cool surfer dude way. The wool sat in my stash for a couple of years until I insisted on using up my oldest stash and finding appropriate projects.  A couple of months...

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Little Crocheted Container patterns

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Little Crocheted Container patterns

If I need to contain something my first thought is always can I crochet a suitable container? These little ones are great for holding your notions, spare change, rubber bands... I actually use all three of these to hold lavender flower heads.  They live in my Stash Palace (yes I have a Stash Palace) and in my office - no coincidence, given that these two locations are where I keep my yarn and I want to keep moths away. By having the lavender in easy to access and pretty containers, I am more likely to give it a little fondle...

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