Swirling Leaves Rows Tutorial

If you have followed me for any length of time, you probably realize by now that I love and keep going back to the Swirling Leaves stitch. I love that stitch and am always looking for new ways to use it and new items to make with it. I never get tired of it. However, it is a stitch that pictures really do help when making the something from it for the first time. So I decided to make a photo tutorial for working Swirling Leaves rows. If you want to see how to work the stitch in the round, you can go HERE.

There are some new patterns coming soon using this stitch in rows and I already have a few others (blanket, vest, coffee cozy, bonnet, skinny scarf). I will be updating some of the older ones soon as I found “better” ways to work it from when I first started designing with Swirling Leaves. The patterns in the round will probably also be updated soon as well.

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Foundation Herringbone Half Double Crochet

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I like using foundation stitches to create my starting row, because when I use a chain and crochet into, I don’t get as much stretch. So the other day when I started creating a new pattern (Lacy Clover Tank, coming soon), I played with the foundation row and came up with a way to do Foundation Herringbone Half Double Crochet (FHBhdc). I’m pretty excited about this and really excited to share it with y’all. This stitch can be used for any pattern that calls for a starting row of HBhdc. This “trick” is brought to you as part of the Tips & Tricks Tuesday at American Crochet. Be sure to check out the other tips and tricks she is sharing from various designers and others.

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Tips & Tricks 2: Crochet Graphs in Excel

At one point, I used Google Drawings for my crochet graphs that I create. I just recently switched over and tried one in Excel. I much prefer Excel for the graphs now! So, on the recommendation of another designer friend, Krista of Evergreen Shore, I decided to do a tutorial on how to create crochet graphs in Excel.

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Tips & Tricks 1: Yardage

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Have you ever looked at a pattern, wanted to work it in a different yarn from the one suggested and then see that the yarn requirements are listed as number of skeins or the weight of a particular yarn? How do you make sure that you have enough of the yarn you want to use? I’m going to answer those questions in this first of my tips & tricks posts.

Are you a new designer trying to figure out how many yards of yarn you used in a pattern so you can put your most accurate information into your pattern?

How do you determine the yardage? What can you do to figure that out? Well, I’m going to give you the method, but I am also going to provide you with some charts to help you out! I have Red Heart Super Saver in this post, but the others will be in upcoming posts and I will link them here.


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