Top-Shawl Crochet Pattern & Video Tutorial

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Crochet this gorgeous Top-Down Shawl by Red Heart. It’s really simple once you get by the very starting of this pattern. Watch below in my video demonstration to get you started. The entire video demonstration is how to do this shawl from start to finish.

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Video Demonstration

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Sizing Your Projects with The Tennessee Stitch

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Has this happened to you?

You’ve just finished a project.  Congrats and celebrations are in order!  YAY!!  You’ve put down your hook and you hold up your completed work.  Something doesn’t quite look right.  You look back at the pattern and all is well.  Then you take a look at the picture of how the project is supposed to look.  AHA!  What you made is bigger than it is supposed to be (or maybe its too small).

This happens more often than not!  Take a breath and relax.  Let me share with you why this happens.

Understanding Hook Sizes & Yarn Labels

Using the correct hook size will make the end result of a project more desirable and keen to the eye.  When you look at a pattern, at the beginning, there is a treasure chest of critical information:

  • Types of yarn needed
  • Colors of yarn needed
  • Amount of yarn…

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Understanding Crochet & Pinterest

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A fan, Wendy, writes:

“The only problem I ever have is not being able to find the written instruction for a pattern. I never can get the instructions to the projects posted on Pinterest, even if they say free pattern. Maybe you could give me a few pointers for that.”

Let’s drop the dance steps and admit that some companies and individuals love to be deceptive when using Social Media Outlets like Pinterest. As much as we want everyone to be honest, fact is, if you can be sneaky enough for a certain time frame there is financial gain involved… that is until you get caught when the joy ride is over!

Pinterest is fabulous and I really like Pinterest. I don’t go on Pinterest as often as I used to. I tend to find the same photos are always being re-pinned. They stay on top hogging the space to…

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Joining Tutorial – Tight Join

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Admin Mary here!  Hello!

I chose to do a tight join for my Bear’s Blanket.  This is my first tutorial, so hopefully it makes sense…  Let me know if there is anything I can improve on.  I’m here to make it as clear as I can.  🙂

First, I did not join the two DCs in the corner, but I DC into the next DC, then I took my hook off, and inserted it into the matching DC on the other block, like so:

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(My hook is losing it’s color…  from so much use!)

Then I picked up that lonely, little loop and pulled it through:

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Then, I DC into the original block:

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Then repeat the process over and over until you want to stop.  It should look something like this:

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A nice, tight join without having to sew – I am a big fan of that!

If you have…

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To Frog or Not To Frog

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Crochet Term – Frogging?

  • A cute green puppet?
  • A green reptile found in my son’s pocket?
  • Is that a new hunting event for an evening meal of frog’s legs?

I have been crocheting for over 40 years and have never heard of this term. The first time I read this on The Crochet Crowd. I thought people were talking to me since my nickname has been Frog since I was 5 years old! I had to ask and the answer I got made me laugh so hard I … let me just say I cried LOL

Frog or Frogging is a friendly term for ripping out needle work. “rip-it rip-it rip-it”as in “ribbit ribbit ribbit”. Cute right!

How many times have you started a new pattern and before you get the first row done it just does not look right?  I read the written instructions, I have…

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Forever Blooming Flowers

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One of my favourite crochet flowers are the Forever Blooming Flowers.

This design is great due to the way it’s put together. You can make it as big or as small as you want. Essentially every time you revolve around the flower, you are adding on a new layer of petals. It’s pretty ingenious.

Great for adding to a hat, purse or even something where a crochet flower is needed to push up the project to a fun and inspirational level.

Try it, you must just love it as much as I do. For more flower ideas, check out my Flower Section at Crochet Flowers on The Crochet Crowd.

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Crazy Coasters: The pattern

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Hello sweeties,

How was your we?

Mine was pretty good…I’ve been trying something new in crochet…and I really enjoyed playing Sunday with my hook and some cotton yarn, using the pattern of “circle of joy” but changing its 4th round….and this is what I came up to:

cute colorful coasters:)

I enjoyed working the 2nd round with two different colors crocheting  two thread together…I just tried and it worked and it made me sooo happy ! And now I want to try again and again crocheting together two different kind of yarns with different colors of course 🙂


While the girls were playing around with their new Christmas toys I was playing with my yarns and hook, like a crazy woman fully concentrated on my coasters…

And when I finished the first one I was like wanting to make another one and after that one more etc 🙂 Mad crocheter…

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