Classic Clutch Purse Free Pattern

The minute that I saw Downton Abbey on a yarn label, I knew I had to try some! The Downton Abbey yarn collection comes from Premier Yarns and features different weights and fiber blends, each named after a distinguished character from the PBS English period drama. Lady Mary is a 95% acrylic, 5% metallic DK … Continue reading Classic Clutch Purse Free Pattern

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Invisible sc2tog

Anytime that you need to shape your crochet project, you will need to use increases or decreases to increase or decrease the number of stitches.  And increase doesn't add extra bulk to your fabric but a traditional decrease adds bulk that is very noticeable to the trained eye. Take a look at the two graphics below. … Continue reading Invisible sc2tog

How to crochet RIGHT SIDE stitches in ROWS!

Take a look at this amazing crochet technique to get right side single crochet stitches on both sides of your rows!  This site uses affiliate links. By working your single crochet from back to front with WS facing, you create a beautiful fabric with RS stitches on both sides! Take a look: Tip, when doing … Continue reading How to crochet RIGHT SIDE stitches in ROWS!

Happy Crochet Hooks Wooden Hook Review!

One of my favorite shops, The Happy Crochet Hooks Shop has a brand new line of hooks, and I am absolutely, positively head over heels! Happy Crochet Hook's new line of wooden handled hooks are a dream come true, and here's why...Take a look at this beauty. Isn't it wonderful? The  wooden handle is one of … Continue reading Happy Crochet Hooks Wooden Hook Review!

Celebrate National Crochet Month with Cactus and Cocoa!

March is National Crochet Month, and we're so excited! National Crochet Month is the perfect time to celebrate everything we love about the art of crochet. I personally find so much comfort in my craft. It relieves anxiety, calms me down after a long day as a mum of two young children. I love playing … Continue reading Celebrate National Crochet Month with Cactus and Cocoa!

Pattern Testing Checklist

This post uses affiliate links. Pattern testing is a unique opportunity in the crochet world to interact with pattern designers, learn the tricks of the trade, strengthen your crochet skills, and learn pattern writing techniques. Crochet pattern designers depend on testers to help them proof their patterns before publication. They need to know if their … Continue reading Pattern Testing Checklist

Crochet Therapy: Book Review

Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of Savoring Each Stitch by Betsan Corkhill 20+ projects for finding your Zen //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=cactusandco05-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=1419721119&asins=1419721119&linkId=22f2253039db7d956dad5d60afda01c8&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true This site uses affiliate links. Most of us have personally experienced the calming and stress-relieving effects of crochet and that is why we love the craft. So, when I saw “Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of … Continue reading Crochet Therapy: Book Review

Planet Buddy- A Free Crochet Pattern

Some of my favorite things to make are amigurumi - who doesn't love these adorable little creatures with happy faces! The Planet Buddy came about after I decided to make something for my little girl, who tells me repeatedly that she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. I try to encourage her … Continue reading Planet Buddy- A Free Crochet Pattern

Shutter Speed (Photography Basics for Crochet part 3)

This is the 3rd lesson in a 5 part photography series specifically designed for crochet and/or knit professionals. Part 1 can be found HERE. Part 2, Aperature can be found HERE. This site uses affiliate links. There is a shutter inside every camera that opens to let in light. When you take photographs, you are … Continue reading Shutter Speed (Photography Basics for Crochet part 3)