The Summer of Crochet: Sharkington Junior

Shark Week might’ve come and went, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live every week like it’s Shark Week. Whether that means you treat life like an adventure and take advantage of every opportunity, live as if you’re about to be eaten, or rewatch 30 Rock again, we can all agree that we miss our weekly dose of Liz Lemon and we should embrace our healthy fears. Take risks and strive to live closer to the edge.

I’ve found that many crafters, whether they be knitters, crocheters, or…

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The Summer of Crochet: Lady Shelly Yertle

Moving forward, you should know something about me. I despise sewing things together. If there is a way I can eliminate using my tapestry needle by even one whip stitch, I’ll do it. Since I love to crochet cute little amigurumi as gifts, this creates quite a conundrum for me. Creating the eyes and mouth don’t bother me for some reason, but there is nothing worse than sewing on legs and arms. Which is why you’ll discover that most of my patterns this summer will ask you to crochet them…

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The Summer of Crochet: Octi the Fancy

Before I talk about this dapper little dude pictured above or finally launch the Summer of Crochet, I wanted to say thank you for the outpour of support in response to my post last Saturday, Fairy Tales and the May Prize Winner. Your kind and understanding words — and not to mention seeing my life flashing before my eyes — helped me come to terms with some things and find the joy of knitting again. Or, I should say, the joy of crochet!

This week, I…

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Game Over Geek-A-Long 2016

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As we speak, Lattes & Llamas’ 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket knit with Louet Gems yarn is on its way to Child’s Play Charity to be auctioned off at their annual dinner gala later this week. Every time I roll into FedEx with the blanket (this being the third time) I have a small melt down. What if it gets lost in the mail? What if it gets ruined somehow?

What if everyone hates it and no one bids on it?!

I know that…

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Single Crochet

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Last week, we talked about how to crochet a chain. This week we’re going to build upon that and make a bookmark using the single crochet (sc) stitch. Before I show you how to do it though, let’s find out how you say tomato.

Since learning a new skill isn’t daunting enough, the American names for crochet stitches are different from the British ones. They’re also just close enough in name to make things super confusing. So, if you live in the…

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How to Crochet a Chain

We’re not just about knitting here at Lattes and Llamas. Along with our intense adoration of caffeine, we love crochet too. Last week, I introduced our new how-to series called the Summer of Crochet. We talked about yarn weights and how to create a slip knot. Building upon that today, I’m going to show you how to crochet a chain and the fun things you can use with them.

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The chain stitch, which is abbreviated as “ch” in most patterns, is the…

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The Summer of Crochet

Mmmm… I taste a tutorial series coming on. This will require coffee in my new “You Are Here” mug from Starbucks.

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We’re not just about knitting here at Lattes and Llamas. Along with our love of science and coffee, we adore crochet too. So, this summer we’re going to share a project bag full of tutorials, walkthroughs, and free patterns. Today we’re going to start with the basics and talk about how to make a slip knot and briefly cover yarn weights.

I was first introduced to crochet as a child….

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