Showing posts from April, 2022

My first YouTube tutorial adventure with Kawaii Amigurumi Heart!

  So, I stepped outside my comfort zone with a new type of video. Up until this point, I have been making videos that detail the basics of crochet. This time I am doing my first tutorial for an original pattern - the Kawaii Amigurumi Heart .  The reason I chose to do this video is that I wanted to show the increase and decrease stitches but felt that just a video on these stitches would be pretty boring. The heart uses both increase and decrease and   working in rounds which is the topic of the previous video. My strategy for increasing interest in this video may not be the prescribed way of doing things (or maybe it is... who's to say), but it's my way. First, I posted a picture of the finished piece on my socials. This was done three days before the writing of this blog entry. Then one day before the writing of this post, I put the pattern on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I probably could have posted on the various free crochet pattern boards on Facebook, but I always end

Crochet Basics: Working in Rounds & When to Use the Magic Ring

Let's talk about the magic ring! Something I hear all the time... "I don't know how to do the magic ring. That's too hard." I totally agree that the magic ring is a difficult skill to master. However, you can  master it. Before the end of this post, you will know how. Once you know how to do it, you will be addicted and want to use it on everything that requires working in rounds - hats, amigurumi, granny squares, etc. However, as with everything, there is a right time to use the magic ring and a right time to go a different route, namely, the chain.  When you are working in rounds, you want to consider what type of project you are making. Most of the time, when we are reading patterns, the pattern's author makes the decision for us. Authors usually get it right, but at the same time, we should think critically about what stitch is the best stitch for the type of project we are doing.  Amigurumi, for example, is a great option for the magic ring because you ca