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Crochet Basics

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

filetcrochetthrow.ashxCrochet can be used to create a wide variety of wearable and home decor objects using various weights of yarn. To help you get started with crochet, DMC has created a series of pages featuring things you need to know to start crocheting.

There are a large variety of crochet patterns available. A good place to start is the Inspiration section on this the DMC website. Other places include your local craft store, bookstores, and needlework catalogs which will have crochet leaflets, books, and magazines.

Pattern instruction symbols small.ashxCrochet pattern instructions include everything you will need to create the crochet design, including the quantity and type of crochet thread or yarn, hook size, gauge and complete row-by-row instructions. However, deciphering a pattern can seem daunting for a newbie.

To help you follow a crochet pattern, DMC has created a page dedicated to helping you Read a Crochet Pattern.   In addition to basic terminology, you’ll also find a section on common abbreviations and symbols.  These are used in instructions that are written row by row or round by round.

crochetfashiontop.ashxOnce you’ve picked up some Crochet Yarn and hooks and are ready to start a project, you can check out our How to Crochet pages where we feature a variety of helpful information on crochet, including a Stitch Guide and information on Blocking and Finishing a completed Project.

Free crochet patterns are also available from DMC, and can be downloaded from the Crochet Patterns page. – including the lacy throw and the pretty lace sweater shown here.

Once you’ve completed your project, be sure to check out the helpful tips for laundering your crochet items. We’ve got your crochet covered!


A Celebration of Color!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama SewThis week, I am inspired by COLOR – and all the lovely ways you can incorporate it into your summer projects!

Look at the inspiring DMC floss colors in the Summer Nights Stitchalong by Little Dorrit on Sew Mama Sew – there’s an adorable free firefly pattern up for grabs as well!

Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and KateI am loving the bright burst of summer colors in these Embroidered Pencil Pouches on Jacks and Kate – using variegated yarn on burlap creates such a wonderful colorful contrast.

I think this idea would look equally gorgeous in our own variegated floss or Color Variations floss on linen, as well!

Crochet Alligator on WoolCrochet.comThis adorable tiny Crocheted Alligator on is worked using DMC floss in bright green, red, and white.

It’s such a tiny little critter, I can see it embellishing a fanciful kid’s headband or bag – so sweet!

DIY Notebook on I Try DIYThis Chevron DIY Notebook on I Try DIY uses three shades of DMC floss in a simple, striking design.

I absolutely love this vibrant color palette, and how easy it would be to experiment with simple shapes and lines on this!


Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps by Abby GlassenbergHow sweet is this Pete the Bear Free Pattern on While She Naps?

The coordination of bright scraps of fabric, and bits and buttons from your crafting stash make for a sweet bear, and stitching the facial expressions is an extra treat!


Sweet Summer Sampler of Patterns

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sweet Dreams Pillow Tutorial on At Home On the BayThis Sweet Dreams Pillow Tutorial on At Home On the Bay is a sweet way to hone your stitching skills – using each letter to practice a different stitch in a different shade of bright, lovely DMC floss.

I love the contrast of the bright floss shades on a dark, denim-look background, and the stitches add such a lovely freeform texture!

Free Frisian Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern on Idyllic NeedleFor a more traditional project, how about this Free Frisian Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern on Idyllic Needle – based on a traditional Dutch sampler design, there are spots in this lettering which look surprisingly modern.

The free chart includes all 6 DMC shades you’ll need to complete the project.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to arrange the alphabets and motifs to create your own unique sampler design?

Crochet iPad Cover on Yarn Plaza


This Rose Crochet iPad Cover on Yarn Plaza is such a sweet-looking project – the contrast of the bright floral on a gray background is genius.

I love that you can use the free rose chart to add a bit of cross stitch texture to your crochet!


Free Audrey Hepburn Cross Stitch pattern on Glitter and WitThis Free Audrey Hepburn Cross Stitch pattern on Glitter and Wit looks delightfully elegant and sweet.

Using just one shade of DMC floss and Aida cloth, you can create the perfect gift for an Audrey lover or classic cinema buff. It would be so lovely to stitch up multiple versions in different bright colors!

Whitework kits on Trish Burr’s blogThere are some gorgeous Floral Whitework Kits on Trish Burr’s blog – in addition to DMC cotton floss, she has also added our lovely DMC Floche threads to her kits, they look like they’ll be delightful!

Don’t miss the gorgeous owl and bird designs at the bottom of her post – they would be beautiful for whitework or for a celebration of bright summer colors!


Free festive ideas from around the web

Friday, July 4, 2014

Free Circles Embroidery pattern by Brian CampbellThis lovely Circles vintage pattern posted by Brian Campbell on Flickr looks just like festive fireworks, doesn’t it?

I’d love to interpret this pattern with a lot of buttonhole stitch outlines and lazy daisies! This would be a perfect pattern to go crazy with color, and a nice stitch to relax with on a family picnic or cookout.

Sparkle Hoop Earring Pattern on The Purple Poncho
I’m loving the clever way Carolyn from The Purple Poncho has incorporated our DMC Light Effects floss into her free Sparkle Hoop Earrings pattern!

Using a teeny crochet hook and silver hoop earrings you can craft a sweet and festive last-minute accessory. You can easily swap out the Light Effects floss for DMC floss in festive red, white and blue, too.


Hand Embroidered pin cushion tutorial on Make it HandmadeThis Hand Embroidered Pin Cushion Tutorial on Make it Handmade is another quick and lovely way to while away the time while chatting with family and friends today.

Quick, concentric lines of running stitch form the simple design, and any fabric scraps make the shape.

Plaid Embellishment Tutorial by Rebecca Ringquist on Oliver + S
Learn how to create this gorgeous pattern by Rebecca Ringquist with the Adding Embroidery Tutorial on Oliver + S.

I spy some gorgeous DMC threads in the supplies used to create these beautiful textures, including our DMC Pearl Cotton, and I am also in love with the color palette Rebecca chose.


Free festive embroidery pattern on SpecklessThis sweet free Festive embroidery pattern on Speckless says it all, I think!

Go out and celebrate on this beautiful day, and however you celebrate I hope it’s a wonderful day, for all of you!


Wearable Spring Crochet

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring is in the air and the trees are starting to bud!  It’s time to put away the bulky scarves and chase away Winter. Do you have your Spring wardrobe put together, complete with accessories?

These gorgeous creations in crochet using size 5 and 8 pearl cotton – made by Christen Brown of Christen’s Creations – are just the thing to drive away the winter blues.

Wouldn’t they be gorgeous worked in DMC Pearl Cotton Variations too?

Christen made both a neck piece and a matching bracelet. The pieces were made using size 5 and 8 pearl cotton in a variety of colors.

A vintage glass button has been used as a closure on both items. These are truly pieces of wearable art.

Looking for a way to jazz up your existing wardrobe for Spring?  These pretty crochet button covers can be made quickly using the tutorial from Cynthia Shaffer.

Use them on items you already have in your closet, or on some of your own sewn creations.

She used size 20 Cordonnet crochet cotton, but you can also try size 12 pearl cotton or size 30 Cebelia if working the crochet over larger or smaller buttons that the ones shown in the tutorial.

I’m thinking of making a batch of these buttons, and then stringing them with some vintage glass beads, large pearls, or some genuine gemstone beads to make a romantic bracelet.

This one from Touching the Past, available at, has me inspired!


Inspired by crochet

Friday, February 28, 2014

Embroidery Scraps into Crochet project by Penguin and FishThis week, I find myself inspired by all the gorgeous crochet projects on the web!

This beautiful Crochet Project by Penguin & Fish was created using her leftover embroidery floss scraps – what a wonderful idea! I love the beautiful random quality she has achieved by segueing from one floss scrap into another.

What about you? What do you do with your floss scraps?

Crochet Chain Bracelet on Fiber FluxThis Crochet Chain Bracelet on Fiber Flux uses DMC embroidery floss and beads for a wonderful variation on jewelry making!

I love the colors Jennifer has chosen – and there are so many color possibilities to play with in this project – literally every color of the rainbow beckons!

Crochet Sampler on Block-a-dayThis intricate “Apple trees” Crochet edging is part of a fascinating sampler project on Block-a-day.

Every week, blogger Lily plans to explore an edging inspired by a vintage crochet book and share her tips and experiences. This particular edging was crafted with DMC Traditions Cotton – beautiful, isn’t it?

Fan Bookmarks on UnFroggedThese delicate Fan Bookmarks on UnFrogged were created using DMC Cebelia and are just gorgeous, aren’t they? They have an airy, wispy quality to them that is breathtaking.

How to Sew a Whip Stitch on Sewing With KidsCebelia threads are wonderful for crochet, but they are also gorgeous to stitch with – as seen in this Whip Stitch Tutorial on Sewing With Kids. Sue offers wonderful ideas for getting children started with this basic stitch!


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