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Crochet

Nailbinding with Blanket Stitch Video

Huge thanks to Anneka from the Freemen of Gwent for sharing this technique with me. It's a version of the predecessor to knitting called Nailbinding or Naalbinding which means binding with a needle in Danish. It uses short bits of yarn and a darning needle. They had made fingerless gloves with this techique that looked a little like this image from Pinterest. Using a blanket stitch made a tighter loop than the one seen here though. You work around your hand forming the glove so you…

Needlebinding / Nalbinding / Nailbinding – Viking Knitting resources.

Nålebinding (Danish: literally "binding with a needle" or "needle-binding", also naalbinding, nålbinding or naalebinding) is a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known in English as "knotless netting," "knotless knitting," [1] or "single needle knitting," the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end.…

Crochetd Jacket from Rag Baby

One beautiful dusky rose crocheted jacket is off to a new home.

This very gorgeous crocheted jacket has just been taken to the post office and will soon be making it's way to a new owner. It's made from a very lovely wool mix yarn and has a slight shimmer. I have 2 more of these in different colourways to be listed in the Folksy Shop but for the moment there is just one other - in very yummy retro…

crochet butterfly

Free Crochet Butterfly Pattern

This pattern uses UK terminology. So what we call a treble crochet you call a double, and what we call a double crochet you call a single. Clearly this is because all Americans are insane. You will need 2 colours (notice the correct spelling no matter what Wordpress auto spelling correct thinks!) of yarn and a pipecleaner. Using DK yarn and a size 5 hook makes a butterfly about the same size as the palm of my hand. You could use thinner yarn and a smaller hook and get smaller butterflies, or…

crocheted binary tree

Crocheting a Binary Tree

If you have forgotton, a binary tree is what you get if you branch off two times from each branch, then again, then again - think of a tree trunk that divides into 2 main parts, then each main part divides into 2, then each of those divides into 2 etc. You can also get tertiary trees where all the ends divide into three but for the moment I'm playing with binary trees. Anyway I was kept up all night wondering what happens if you crochet a binary tree. I started off with a circle…

Current Hooking – Double Bedspread Crocheted in Fine Blue Wool

This gorgeous pure wool yarn has tiny fleck of green occasionally. It is sock weight and is crocheting up to be the lightest, warmest bedspread ever. I'm about halfway there now as it is over a meter square. I may be some time. I'm not following a pattern, just working out from a central flower…

Rag Baby crochet kits

Rag Baby Crochet Kits Review “exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful”

Earlier this year I went through my yarn stash, which was pretty impressive and took up a lot of space. With the stash I made up these scrummy learn to crochet kits. The colours are carefully chosen to either blend or clash tastefully and the instructions included teach you how to make granny squares or hexagons. There are even crochet hooks included, all you need is a pair of hands. This is what one Rag Baby customer had to say: "I just received the two crochet kits I ordered off you…

pangolin crocheted bracelet

Pangolin Bracelets – with the Softest Dragon Scales

I met a Pangolin yesterday, he was a bit stuffed and in case in the museum but still he was the real thing. Not like these, no animals have been de scaled to make these crocheted bracelets. Inspired by the mighty Pangolin. Who could want more - On Folksy right now -…

pangolin fingerless gloves

Calling all Dragon Ladies – Pangolin Fingerless Gloves await you (and a free crochet pattern for extreme hookers)

Never let it be said that I leave any obession uncrocheted. You too can have scales, beautiful, multicoloured, soft undulating scales of woolyness all around your cold little wrists. On Folksy right now - http://folksy.com/items/4128326-Dragon-Wristwarmers-Multicoloured-Crochet-with-Scales-Medium   If you want to make your own, these were done on a number 6 hook with chunky wool. King Cole Riot. This is not a pattern for beginners, it's more of a rough guide. Chain 18…

Short poncho shoulder warmers in delicious colours keep us pixies warm.

I'm not sure what you call these, any suggestions much appreciated. For the moment, let's call it a neck warmer, though it's more than that as it has a short poncho section that keeps your shoulders and your neck toasty warm. It is crocheted and made by joining 6 flowers together to circle the neck. The crochet then circles round them creating a border at the bottom and a collar at the top. The yarn used is dip dyed. These can be worn with the collar up or down. The collar has a soft…

Pale Blue Tones Pixie Hat and Matching Cropped Poncho

Crochet your Granny! (Squares or Hexagons) Kit with a crochet hook included

I've sorted through my wool stash and made lovely little A5 packages of carefully chosen colours. Each package has enough yarn to make a scarf and instructions for making granny squares or hexagons. All £6 each with postage just £1.50 to the UK, but I will post anywhere in the world! Spread the crochet…

On the Hook – Throw in Reds, Purples and Browns – Hexaganol Crochet.

Coming to the Folksy Rag Baby Shop as soon as it is finished - this is just a sneak…

On the Hook – Poncho Snoods in Dip Dyed Yarn.

Based on a free Ravelry pattern these beautiful and versatile things can just be thrown over anything, they are great for covering up the gap in a round necked jumper, can stop the drafts getting in under a coat collar and look incredibly graceful while being very very warm. Available from the Crochet section of the Rag Baby Folksy…