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How to improve your crochet skills (and get free patterns too)

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How to improve your crochet skills (and get free patterns too)

I get asked a lot, "How do I become better at crocheting? You're so talented. I could never make my projects so pretty!" Yes, you absolutely can! In addition to watching tutorials online, reading stitch books and acquiring new patterns, one of the very best ways to improve your crochet skill is to become a pattern tester. Most designers use testers to make projects from their patterns before they publish. As a designer, I don't want to rush to put out a pattern and later find that it doesn't make any sense or has errors.

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Christmas In July Pattern Sale!

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Christmas In July Pattern Sale!

Guess what?! I am putting all of my patterns on sale until the end of August! Use the code StraightHookin and take 35% off of any pattern at checkout! I put a lot of time and effort into each of my designs, and have them tested by my amazing group of talented crocheters. Every pattern I publish comes to you digitally in a full-color PDF with detailed instructions. If you're on the fence about trying out my patterns, you can get a feel for my style with a few free patterns here on my blog!

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That One Time When I Lost my Crojo (and how I found it again)

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That One Time When I Lost my Crojo (and how I found it again)

I lost my crojo a few weeks back. I spent most of last year crocheting items to stock my store and build my brand, and once launched, I received several orders, one of which was very large and took over 6 weeks to fulfill. I was absolutely thrilled to be so busy so soon after announcing that I would be selling my creations, but toward the end of the big order, I lost my drive. Honestly, it worried me. I forced myself through finishing my orders, but I was afraid that I had ruined my favorite hobby by trying to...

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