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  • Learn Double Crochet with Moogly!

    Continuing our journey through the basic crochet stitches, it's time for the double crochet! It is abbreviated as dc, and it if you've mastered the hdc this is just one small change. The double crochet stitch is one of the most popular stitches in crochet - it is the star of the V stitch as well as thousands of interesting and complex stitch patterns - and it makes lovely fabric all on its own as well.

    Here's how the double crochet stitch is made - and a few fabulous free patterns you can make using it!

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    In other words, to make the double crochet stitch: yarn over, insert your hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, and then yarn over and pull through the last two loops.

    After you've practiced a bit, you'll be ready to tackle these 10 free crochet patterns, all starring the double crochet stitch!

    1. Long Double Crochet Cowl

    This cowl is the perfect pattern to make to master the double crochet stitch - and look good when you're done! Pattern by All About Ami.

    2. Lightweight Easy Crochet Shrug

    Double crochets, single crochets, and chains are all you need to make this gorgeous sweater! Pattern by Make & Do Crew.

    3. Opal Arrows Infinity Scarf

    Filet crochet is a fun way to create pictures and patterns with crochet - and all you need is double crochets and chains! Pattern by Moogly.

    4. Double Trouble Baby Beanie

    Add one more trick to your toolbox - crocheting in the back loop only (tutorial linked in the pattern!) - to make this quick and easy baby beanie! Pattern by Moogly.

    5. Azul V Mesh Easy Crochet Poncho

    Take your new double crochet skills and learn the V stitch - it's such a great pattern! Pattern by Mama In A Stitch.

    6. Big Sky Comfort/Prayer Shawl

    Another combo of the simple double crochet and interesting yarn - this time, texture! Pattern by Moogly.

    7. Parker Newborn Hat

    Ready to add one more twist? Turn your dc into fpdc by going around the post instead of under the top two loops - tutorial here! Pattern by Sewrella.

    8. Granny Squared Top

    If you can make the double crochet, you can make a granny square - and this gorgeous top! Pattern by One Dog Woof.

    9. Almond Double Bath Mitt

    This one is great for gifts - pair with a lovely soap for a handmade holiday! Pattern by Lion Brand.

    10. Knotted Headband

    Simple as can be with just double crochets - and a great pattern to make in every color! Pattern by All About Ami.

    Now that we've gone over the single crochet, half double crochet, and finally the double crochet stitch, you should have a pretty good handle on crochet - and with the 30 free crochet patterns linked in these posts, you'll have lots of opportunities to practice them!

    Want to learn the knitting secrets of ten of the world's top trending designers, dyers and instructors - and ME? Check out the Knit Stars 2.0 online summit: CLICK HERE!

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  • Arrrrggghh Matey! Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with these Free Patterns

    Ahoy, Matey! September 19 is Talk like a Pirate Day and we're here with some free patterns to get you in the mood. Take your pick, download, grab some yarn, maybe cook up some cackle fruit (eggs), throw on your favorite pirate movie to work on your vocabulary.

    Avast ye! All hands hoay!

    (Pay attention! Everyone get on deck!)

    Pirate Cozies

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    Craft: Crochet
    Make drinking your favorite beverage more fun with these adorable mug cozies! Designed by Dana of Yarnitect. Yarn: Vanna's Choice

    Pirate Granny Square Quartet

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    Craft: Crochet
    Sarah Zimmerman of Repeat Crafter Me brings you this set of 4 pirate-inspired squares. Use one design or combine them to create pillows, blankets, or use as matches and motifs for garments. Yarn: Try Vanna's Choice

    Pirate Pal


    Craft: Crochet
    Whip up this easy pal to accompany your pirate movie binge watching sessions. Yarn: Wool-Ease® Yarn

    Pirate Bandanna Hat

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    Craft: Crochet
    Crochet the appropriate head-wear for the kiddos to celebrate Pirate Day. This pattern from Erin Greene is available in 3 sizes. Yarn: Vanna's Choice

    Skull and Crossbones Dog Sweater

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    Craft: Knitting
    Get your pooch in on the pirate action with this dog sweater. Bad to the bone! Design by Ellen Mallet. Yarn: Vanna's Choice.

    Captain Cat-Battler

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    Craft: Knit
    This wee little pirate mouse is a free pattern provided by Whodunnknit for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home charity. Yarn: Vanna's Style

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  • Pinworthy: Pompom Party!

    The season of poms and tassels continues! On our Pompom Party Pinterest board we've been gathering lots of crafty inspiration for you to spend hours getting lost in. Pompoms that look like owls? or hedgehogs? These critters and more all make an appearance. Lots of the projects are kid-friendly and require only basic crafty skills.

    Bring your pompoms & tassels, it's time for a party!

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