Double ended crochet (also known as crochet on the double, Cro-hooking and crochetnit) is basically Tunisian crochet worked with a long double ended crochet hook and with more than one color. It is so much fun to do! This technique is not new as there have been printed patterns found that date back to the early 1900′s and it also was very popular in the 1970′s. I really enjoy working this technique and I think you will too!
Check out these links to find some pattern books for double ended crochet. There are not many new books available, but you may be able to find some used pattern books in good shape.
I have found some basic video tutorials that will help you get started. Watch the videos first to get an idea of what you are going to be doing, then dive right in and enjoy!
Double Ended Crochet-Extended Simple Stitch by Bethintx1
Double Ended Crochet-Tunisian Simple Stitch in the Round by Crochet Geek
Many charitable organizations and causes hold fundraising events and silent auctions. They are always in need of gift type items to auction and raffle off. This is your chance to take your crochet, knitting and quilting skills to the next level by making designer items to donate to these worthwhile auctions and events.
Take a few minutes to listen to this very informative podcast that could possibly take your charity work in a whole new direction!
Show Notes: The free ‘Fiber Art Demo Ideas for Fiber Art Shows’ podcast is now available for you to enjoy! This podcast is short and sweet and gives you plenty of ideas to help make your next fiber art show fun and informative.
Your show visitors will thank you for introducing them to the many varied forms of handcrafts!
The ‘How to Start a Prayer Shawl Ministry’ podcast is now up for you to enjoy. This podcast is short and to the point and helps you organize your own prayer shawl ministry. It gives you ideas for where to meet, when to meet, where to find crochet and knitting patterns, as well as how to set up prayer shawl requests and how to deliver them when finished.
There are two ways to listen to my podcasts-one is through iTunes and the other is through Stitcher Radio. Take your pick! Enjoy!
Here are the links:
Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=
Check out my new free podcast-How to Find Time to Donate! It includes a simple technique that makes it easier for you to find the time to gather together food, clothes, and handcrafted items to donate to a charity of your choice.
Also, check out my other podcasts while you’re at it! You can even subscribe to Crochet News Today Podcasts to make it even easier to follow my crochet and charity news.
Be sure and check out my new free podcasts! They are available in iTunes and will be available in other podcast directories soon.
Here is the link to iTunes!
I Love Yarn Day! That one day of the year that all yarn addicts can buy all the yarn they want and not have to have a reason to do so (even if they already have an entire room full of yarn)!
Check out this fantastic Pinterest board, I Love Yarn-Party Ideas! It has super ideas on how to decorate with yarn!
JUST A FEW YARN PROJECTS
* Buy yarn!
* Wear something crocheted or knitted
* Make a hat, scarf, blanket, or sweater for charity.
* Whip up some Christmas ornaments.
* Buy yarn!
* Learn a new crochet or knit technique (that will use up some of that roomful of yarn)
* Yarnbomb something!
* Use your colorful yarn instead of ribbon to tie up Christmas gifts or birthday gifts
* Buy yarn!
* Go on a yarn crawl to your local yarn shops and, of course, buy yarn!
* Teach someone to crochet or knit
* Have fun!
We are starting to see more crochet-alongs happening now, probably due to the weather changing and people wanting to be inside. But, what is a crochet-along? A crochet-along is a project that is worked on with a group of people for a specified amount of time.
Someone (a guild group leader, an online group leader, a designer, a yarn company, a charity group, etc.) comes up with a pattern or project that a group of people will start on together, but individually, with participants agreeing to follow a set of instructions. Participants can get together if it’s a local crochet-along, or gather together globally over the internet.
Crochet-alongs may be free with a free pattern included or there may be a fee for the pattern or even the purchase of a pattern book required in order to participate. The instructions might include starting and stopping the project on a specific date, using certain colors or yarns, following a specific pattern (an original one or one from a published source), crocheting with a chosen technique, etc. Everyone socializes with each other about their own project, in turn keeping each other motivated to finish their own projects. Participants can help each other out if a problem comes up during the making of their project. Photos can be posted of the ongoing projects, as well as the final results.
Crochet-alongs can be very addictive and you may find yourself finishing one, only to start another one right away!
TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR OWN CROCHET-ALONG
* Set a beginning and ending date (1st of the month to the end of the month, dates of a charity drive, holiday projects, etc.)
* Choose a project (dish cloth, blankets, hats, scarves, clothing)
* Choose a pattern, simple or complex, original or a published pattern (published patterns may need to be purchased)
Example: Make a scarf with a granny square pattern.
* Try a particular technique, such as filet crochet, Tunisian crochet, lace work, etc.
* Choose colors and type of yarn or let the participants choose.
* Most importantly, HAVE FUN!