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A Beginner's Guide to Blanket Gauge

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Far and away the commonest query I receive from people making up one of our blankets relates to gauge. So what do I mean by that? Gauge refers to the sizing achieved by the person writing the pattern – in other words, me  –  when they made up the original sample blanket. So in the Size and Gauge section of any of our crochet blanket pattern you’ll see a reference to the gauge – usually expressed as a number of stitches (and rows, if relevant) to 10cm or 4 inches, using the stated hook size and yarn. Yeah, I know....

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Ten of the Best Christmas Crochet and Knitting Projects

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  When the weather gets colder, thoughts turn to Christmas, and for any crafter that brings a thrill of anticipation and excitement. Bring on the festive wips! We've picked ten of the best seasonal knitting and crochet projects to decorate your home and help you get into the festive mood. Many are free, and perfect for using up any yarn scraps you've got hanging around. 1. Candy-Coloured Advent Calendar  We're so in love with this beautiful pastel crochet advent calendar by Esme Crick. Originally featured in Simply Crochet magazine, you can now buy the pattern on Ravelry for £3.50. 2....

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Ten Tips for the Perfect Crochet Blanket

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Making a crochet blanket, particularly for adults, is not for the faint-hearted, and involves a big commitment in terms of yarn, time and money. Follow our top tips to make sure you enjoy the journey, and create something beautiful that will bring joy for years to come. 1. Tension Not only do we all differ in our tension – the 'tightness' with which we form stitches as we crochet – but our own tension can vary within a project, particularly a large one like a blanket which can take weeks or even months to complete. The good news is that...

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12 Days of Christmas Crochet and Craft

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Get in the handmade spirit this Christmas with these cute and crafty makes that will brighten any Yuletide home or make gorgeous gifts for friends and family. 

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Changing Yarn Colour with the Magic Knot

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The magic knot can a game changer in crochet and knitting, especially for yarns with a bit of grip and in patterns that require frequent colour changes.

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