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  • How to Crochet if You're Left-Handed

    It can be tough to be a crafter if you're left-handed. Most knitting and crochet instructions favor righties, and reversing them to work with your dominant side can seem daunting and confusing.

    left-handed crochet

    I'm as guilty of this as anyone. I said right off the bat in my Learn to Crochet series that I'm a righty, and that's what my instructions were based on. I'm also not alone. Many, if not most, crochet and knitting directions assume right-handedness.

    That ends now. If you're left-handed, your day has come. We've got a series of videos teaching beginner crochet for lefties. These videos cover all the basics -- holding the hook, chaining, single, half double, double, and triple crochet, seaming, and weaving in ends.

    No more feeling awkward holding the hook in your non-dominant hand. No more trying to do mental gymnastics to figure out how to do basic stitches from the left. We'll show you what you need to know, and you can take that knowledge and use it in any crochet pattern you want to make. Any time you see a standard crochet stitch, just remember these directions on how to work them left-handed!

    Left-Handed Crochet

    This series is eleven short videos taking you through all the basics you need to know, so it's great for absolute beginners. But if you're a lefty who learned right-handed crochet, you can still try it! You may find that it's more comfortable to work this way.

    Watch the series below and learn everything you need to know about southpaw crochet.

    (If you're having trouble viewing the series here, visit the playlist on our YouTube channel to watch each one.)

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  • Show Your Love with This Quick Coffee Cozy

    Happy Valentine's Day! What better way to show your romantic side than by crocheting a quick, sweet mug cozy filled with love?

    love at first sip

    The Love at First Sip coffee sleeve is a sweet project you can make in a snap, thanks to our friends at A Crocheted Simplicity.

    This pattern takes two colors of 24/7 Cotton® yarn and a size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook. Rose and White are great colors together, as you can see, but you could also have fun with palette. Red and Pink could look hardcore Valentine's Day-esque,or you could do something a bit more unexpected like Lemon and Silver or Navy and Ecru. Have fun with the colors!

    The great thing about using cotton yarn is that it's easy to care for when you inevitably spill coffee on it. Machine washing is super important for anything that's going to be in a messy situation. Projects like this that will be near food (also think: place mats, trivets, potholders, and so forth) need to be washable. So do projects that will be around other messy recipients, like pets, kids, or particularly clumsy adults. You can machine wash and dry 24/7 Cotton®, so it's perfect for all of those situations. Including when you run to catch the bus and your coffee sloshes everywhere.

    The main part of the sleeve looks like a granny square, but it's actually worked back and forth instead of out from the center. Once you finish the motif you work simple ribbing around the rest of the piece and sew it together. It's fairly simple, and would be perfect for anyone who knows most basic crochet stitches and can read a chart. If you're more of a beginner and want to try graduating to some of the techniques used, like ribbing or a granny motif, this is a great way to do that, too! Since it's small, you can try it over and over until you get it right.

    Whatever kind of crocheter you are, the Love at First Sip coffee sleeve made in 24/7 Cotton® is a quick and cute project. Start it today in honor of Valentine's Day and enjoy the beautiful design all year round.

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  • What Can You Make With Mambo?

    One of our most interesting yarns, Martha Stewart Crafts® Mambo, is on sale now!

    Mambo

    Mambo comes in 10 fun and funky colors. This unique yarn provides endless possibilities for crafting projects. You can braid or knot it, knit or crochet it, or use it as trim on home decor and other crafts. For a limited time, buy a 3-pack of Martha Stewart Crafts® Mambo Yarn for only $5 and receive another one absolutely free with code MamboB1G1.

    (No purchase limit for discount. Cannot be combined with other offers. Sale ends February 20.)

    It's such a cool, one-of-a-kind yarn that you may look at it and not know immediately what to do. That's OK! We've got several ideas for you. Mambo is great for chunky, unique jewelry. Try making one of our necklaces and bracelets. You can knit or crochet them, but you can also make pieces with other craft methods like braiding or sewing.

    Mambo Jewelry

     

    Woven Projects

    If you've got a loom, you may also want to try weaving with Mambo. The thickness of the yarn makes a nice tough, cushiony fabric. It's great for kitchen goods like potholders or trivets, but you can also wear woven pieces as bold accessories. Get creative -- the possibilities are endless.

    Sew It Together

    One thing about this yarn that's really interesting is the way smaller fibers are wrapped around the larger core piece. This makes it possible to create sculptural, durable pieces by sewing the strands together. We have a few suggestions for doing that, but you could also be a bit more ambitious. Several skeins of Mambo sewn together, in a circle, could make a really cool rug or doormat.

    As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities when it comes to Mambo yarn! Now is the time to try it out -- remember to use code MamboB1G1 between now and February 20 to take advantage of this deal!

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