Ever fancied learning Tunisian Crochet?

Ever fancied learning Tunisian Crochet. The Tunisian Crochet “simple stitch” is exactly what it says…simple! I’ve created this (hopefully!) easy to follow step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to crochet the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch

How to crochet a granny square..it really is simple!

When you think of crochet, you may think “granny square”. Whilst there are a lot of other things you can do with crochet, the granny square is still (in my opinion!) one of the simplest ways to create something beautiful!

The Granny Square is surprisingly simple and in this quick photo tutorial, I’m going to show you step by step how to make a granny square!

Learn how to crochet a Magic-Loop with this easy photo-tutorial

How to crochet a magic loop was one of the first tutorials that I posted. Here is an updated version. The steps are all the same but I felt it needed updating a bit! 🙂

This is a crochet tutorial, for a technique used to start crocheting “in the round”, for example when making a mandala or some amigurumi. Please don’t confuse it with the magic-loop knitting technique!

How to make the Slip Slip Knit (SSK) and why!

Slip Slip Knit (SSK) is the “sister stitch” to K2tog.  Both decrease the number of stitches you have. Like most knitting stitches, “Slip Slip Knit (SSK”), describes what you do…to reduce a stitch this way, you will carry out the following steps: Slipping “knitwise” simply means putting your needle under the stitch as if you […]

How to Knit two together (K2tog) and Purl two together (P2tog)

In this post I’m going to show you how to Knit two together (K2tog) and Purl two together (P2tog) These are both “decrease” knitting stitches.  These techniques will help you reduce the number of stitches that you have.  Your pattern will usually tell you which to use. How to Knit two together (K2tog) This is […]

How to M1L and M1R and remember which is which!!

How to Make 1 Left (M1L) and Make 1 Right (M1R) I’m going to show you how to M1L and M1R.  These are increases made on the knitted side of your work.  Not sure what I mean by “knitted side”? check out this post here To make a M1L or a M1R, you will use […]

How to Knit front and Back (KfB) and Purl Front and Back (PfB)

Knit Front and Back (KfB) and Purl Front and Back (PfB) Knit front and Back (KfB) and Purl front and back (PfB) are the easiest ways (in my opinion) to increase the number of stitches you have when knitting.  To make this increase stitch, you simply have to knit or purl the same stitch twice. […]

How to count Rows and stitches in Stockinette Stitch

In pretty much everything you knit, you will at some point need to learn how to count rows and stitches. This is especially important if you’re making something that needs to be a certain size, as you will need to make sure you knit in the same “gauge” as the designer. If you’re not sure […]

How to knit and measure your “gauge”

In this post, I’m going to talk about “gauge” and specifically, how to use a gauge swatch to measure your gauge. Why is “gauge” important? The pattern will describe the “gauge” the designer used.  This simply means the number of stitches and rows in a specified measurement.  Gauge is normally measured over either 4″ or […]

Which Yarn to use for knitting or crochet?

There are so many types of yarn to choose from. If you’re just starting to learn to knit or crochet, you might find this a bit confusing…I know I did!!  I’m hoping this post will help you with which yarn to use for your next project! Whether you crochet or knit, yarn is yarn and […]

My favourite tutorials of 2017

Earlier this week I shared some of the projects I’ve been working on in 2017.  In this post I thought I’d look back at some of the tutorials I’ve shared, just in case you missed them! It started in February, when I shared this Magic Loop technique for crocheting in the round.   In May, […]

Learn to knit the purl stitch

How to knit the Purl Stitch – a photo and video tutorial

In this post I’m going to show you how to knit the purl stitch. I’ve taken this from my “Learn to Knit for Beginners Course”. Because I thought you might want to have a handy reference guide for different technique, I’ve split my course into a series of specific posts like this one too.

How to knit the Knit Stitch – a photo and video tutorial

In this post I’m going to show you how to knit the knit stitch. I’ve taken this from my “Learn to Knit for Beginners Course” which you can find here. Because I thought that you may want to look at specific techniques, I’ve broken it up into a set of posts like this.

Scheepjes Whirl Pattern – Rough Diamonds Shawl now released

You’ll have seen in this sneak preview that I’ve been creating a new Scheepjes Whirl Pattern.  For a few months now I’ve been busy designing and testing a new shawl using Scheepjes Whirl.  I LOVE a Scheepjes Whirl pattern! It’s such a lovely yarn to work with! Rough Diamonds – a Scheepjes Whirl Pattern So […]

How to knit a simple cable. Its not wizzardry!

Hello, here is a quick “knit-bit” lesson for you! This post is to describe how to knit a simple cable.  It’s REALLY simple, not wizzardry and once you learn how simple I’m sure you’ll be off cabling everything…because other people think you are magic!!! 🙂 For this tutorial you will need a pair of knitting […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Lesson 4, “tinking”

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners course.  I’m sure by now you are getting into your knitting and may have been making some easy knitting mistakes. If you’ve missed them, you can find the Introduction to this Learn to Knit course here.  In Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 We’ve been learning how […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Free Scarf Pattern

Hello.  I’m hoping you’re here to find the details on the free scarf pattern that I’ve been promising in the Introduction, Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 of my Learn to Knit for Beginners course. If you’ve stumbled in here by mistake then welcome anyway.  Fancy a free scarf pattern?  You’re welcome to join in with […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners how to knit

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Lesson 1, How to Knit and Purl

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series.  This lesson we are going to start to learn how to knit! If you missed it, I put an introductory post here describing the course and the equipment you will need to learn to knit. If you didn’t already, please check it out! For this […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners how to knit

Learn to Knit for Beginners Lesson 1 – How to Knit and Purl

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series.  In this Lesson we’ll be learning how to knit! If you missed it, I put an introductory post here describing the course and the equipment you will need to learn how to knit. If you didn’t already, please check it out! For this lesson you […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Introduction to Knitting

Hello! Welcome to my Learn to Knit for Beginners series of posts. In the next few posts I’ll be exploring the basics of knitting. I’ll also provide some hints tips and tutorials to help you learn to knit. What’s this all about? In this introduction to the Learn to Knit for Beginners course I’ll describe […]

Dyeing Yarn – How I created this beautiful yarn

I decided I wanted to learn about dyeing yarn using the immersion dyeing method.  I’d seen a technique for adding different colours to get semi-solid shades. Tying up mini-hanks for practice dyeing yarn Because I was experimenting with dyeing yarn and thought it might go wrong!  I decided to wind one hank into three smaller […]

How to crochet a “double treble” (dtr)

A couple of the patterns that I’ve published (or ones that I’m working on at the moment!) include a double treble crochet (dtr) stitch.  Its really a very simple stitch but I thought I’d share how to do it….I’m using UK Crochet terms 🙂 The double treble is made the same way as a treble […]