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Sara M

About Sara M

Hi there, I’m Sara of Sunflower Cottage Crochet. Designer, blogger, and mother of one amazing little girl whom inspires me each day! Crocheting helps my anxiety by keeping my mind busy and is very satisfying to do. We have a saying in the crochet world: “I turned a string into a thing!” My goals with my business are to have a thriving blog, Etsy shop, and YouTube channel. My expertise is used to provide tutorials and new patterns to crocheters of all levels. Join me at www.sunflowercottagecrochet.com.

Have You Tried The Grit Stitch??

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Have you tried the grit stitch yet?

The grit stitch is such an under-rated and under-used stitch! It is such a versatile stitch! You could literally use it for anything – garments, bags, washcloths, baskets, blankets ….

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An Introduction To The Crunch Stitch: Written Tutorial For A Quick Washcloth!

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The crunch stitch is a great stitch for a beginner or a more confident crocheter. It has a fabulous but simple texture that would be great for anything from washcloths, to bags, to baskets and garments! It really is that versatile so is a great stitch to have in your stitch library!

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The Primrose Granny Square

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The Primrose granny square is a beautiful, modern take on something that is very traditional and has stood the test of time. Granny squares are a favorite with many crocheters; they are quick, fairly simple so a great confidence booster or fairly mindless project, and look great either as a focal piece to a project or as the basis of a project. And you can use your scraps!

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The Camel Stitch

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The Camel stitch is quite an understated stitch but a fabulous addition to your stitch library. A well placed row of camel stitches can really make your project pop and help to frame the other textures and stitches in your project. You can see what I mean with the photo below. Here the camel stitch was used both where indicated by the arrows and also to create the ribbing effect of the roll neck.

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Stitch of the Week: X-Stitch

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. It provides a lot of texture to a project and has quite a bit of give in it so it is perfect for hats, bags and cozies where you may need the project to stretch a little.

LEARN HOW TO CROCHET THE X STITCH…

This is a fairly simple stitch to do.

Written instructions for this stitch are:

YO, sk 1 st, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through 2 loops (DC made). YO working behind the stitch you just made and into the skipped stitch, insert your hook from the front of the stitch to the back (It will feel a little awkward) and complete a dc in this st. Cross stitch is made.

TAKING THESE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP…..

The X stitch is worked over two stitches.

These are the stitches we will be using, and are numbered in the order we work them

We skip the first stitch and work a dc (double crochet) into the next stitch as per the photo below.

The first dc is completed.

Working behind the first stitch, we need to do a dc in the skipped stitch. The following photo shows you how the hook will need to be inserted. This is the slightly awkward par, but when you get used to it its fine. Note that usually I push the first dc down to the front to get into the second stitch but that made for a confusing photo!

This photo show the hook working behind the first dc made and into the skipped stitch

You will then complete your dc as usual.

And then your X stitch is complete!

We also have a video on our YouTube channel.

Visit Sunflower Cottage Crochet to get a free Coffee Beanie Cozy Pattern using the X-Stitch.  Theses Coffee Cozies make the perfect gifts for most ages and use around 30 yards of 100% cotton so are a great scrap buster too!

 

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