I know, I know. Talking about gauge swatches can be about as exciting as watching paint dry. You know you are supposed to do them, but you might tell yourself you don't have time, or you don't like the hassle, maybe you figure you are good if you go up/down a hook size or you get so excited to start that you just forget! Maybe you don't really know what gauge is or how to make a swatch. Well, I decided to conduct an experiment! I asked several different Designers and Crocheters to make me a gauge swatch using this criteria: They needed to use Red Heart Soft and an I (5.5 mm) hook and take a picture of their 4"x4" gauge swatch for comparison. Simple enough! Right? Before I share the results with you below, I want to take a quick second to share how to check for gauge on your project.
Fringe was the biggest trend at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2016 and I want to show you how quick and easy it is to add it to your projects!
All you need are the following items: Your project, yarn, hook, scissors and measuring tape.
1. Figure out how long you want your fringe to be, double it and cut your yarn 1" longer than that. I wanted my finished fringe length to be 6" so I cut strips of yarn at 13" long so I had extra to play with.
2: Fold your yarn in half (I used 2 strands to really emphasis the fringe on my project!) and pull the loop through your project using your hook.
3: Pull the hanging ends of the fringe through the loop.
4: Pull firmly on the ends to tighten the knot you just made. Give your fringe a trim so that all the ends lay nice and even.
Voila! You are now sporting one of the hottest trends for 2016!
Looking for a pattern to add some fringe to? The photos above show my Shelby Triangle Cowl, however, the Ally Scarf (shown in green) would be beautiful and the Rigby Scarf is a free pattern that would also look spectacular with this embellishment!
So excited!!! Crystal, from Crystalized Designs and myself were chatting yesterday about Instagram. I LOVE Instagram! It's one of my favorite forms of social media and I spend WAY too much time lost in the gorgeous photos! We were discussing how often we use it for our crochet work, what we could do to get more involved, how to make it more fun, etc. Then she mentioned doing a Photo A Day challenge and came up with the hashtag #crochet365 to keep track of it. Well, like anytime we get to chatting, one idea led to another and here we are!
SO! Wanna play? Here is how it's going so far...
1. Find me on IG. My user name is @bysincerelypam. Check out the above graphic and regram it on your page. There is an app you can use, or you can go ahead and grab the one I posted above.
2. Follow along! Today is January 1st, Day 1, so post whatever you like as long as it's crochet related! Think outside the box for each one. Make it fun!
3. Use #crochet365 for each day (I realize it's a Leap Year, but #crochet366 doesn't have the same ring to it!) so that we can easily see what everyone else is up to!
4. WIP stands for "Work In Progress" and TBT is "Throw Back Thursday".
5. Each month will be posted on the first day of the new month and the Challenge will be created by a new Designer!
I would love to know what you think! Are you on IG? Will you be playing along?
Best Wishes to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.