"WARNING: To avoid injury, do not tell me how or how not to crochet!"

"WARNING: To avoid injury, do not tell me how or how not to crochet!"

5 (more) Crochet Android Apps

Last year I did post with four helpful crochet-related apps you can use from your android device. I have broadened my search and found five more apps you can use! Once again, because I feel obligated to say, please remember to use precautions when downloading apps. Read through all permissions, and use each app at your own risk!

1. Crafts Calculator by Hobzy  
Crafts Calculator is a helpful little tool that helps you price your items! It’s very simple: You choose your currency type - Dollars, Pounds, or Euros - add in the cost of materials, the amount of time you spent making the item, your experience level, and the amount of profit you want, then hit calculate sale price and it gives you the amount you should list your item at!

2. Knitty by Collective Creations
Knitty is a fairly simple app that’s more geared toward knitters, but can definitely be used for crochet! You can create different projects, and have a row counter for each, as well as use just the basic counter! What’s unique about this app is that if you sign in, you can unlock “Achievements”! 

3. Knitwits Free by physphil
As with Knitty, this app can help you keep track of your projects and has a row counter for each one. But this one has some helpful tools, like a hook inventory so you can keep track of your hooks!

4. Patternly by iwombit
Patternly is a pattern-writing app that I think is a really neat idea and could be helpful for the designer on the go! 




5. Knitting and Crochet Buddy by Colorwork Apps
When I originally downloaded this, it was just called “Knitting Buddy”, despite having obvious crochet helps and tips. I’m glad to see they’ve added crochet in the name so it’s easier to find! Anyway, at first, this app seems like a very simple project organizer that you can search through by filtering, but when you hit the “global” button, you hit the jackpot! It has a stitch calculator, ruler, flashlight, hook log, hook size chart, abbreviations list, yarn standards guide, sock chart, and other super helpful links! Not only that, it also has a cute little “Buddy Jumper” game for when you just need a break! Buddy is a constantly jumping, mitten-and-sock-wearing yarn ball. Jump on the crochet hooks and collect coins (stitch markers) without falling - but watch out for moths! I don’t feel like you really need to look much further for another app - this one seems to have it all!


"Just because you tried crochet and didn’t enjoy it doesn’t give you the right to say it’s a waste of time."

"Just because you tried crochet and didn’t enjoy it doesn’t give you the right to say it’s a waste of time."

Ravelry Roundup: Ghosts!

1. Ghost Dishcloth by Lily / Sugar’n Cream
Photo © Lily

2. Ghost Puss Applique by Cecinatrix
Photo © Cecinatrix

3. Ghost Coaster by Kara Gunza
Photo © Kara Gunza

4. Ghostly Necklace by Lion Brand Yarn
Photo © Lion Brand Yarn

5. Ghost Crochet Pattern by Amy Gaines
Photo © amygaines

6. Ghost Windsock by Connie L. Folse
Photo © 2000 The Needlecraft Shop

7. Boo-treelicious— ghosts by Vickie Howell
Photo © 2011 by Caron International Yarns

8. Boo Ghosts by Beverly Mewhorter
Photo © desertdiamond

9. Crochet Halloween Ghost in a Pumpkin House by Maria Merlino
Photo © Maria Merlino

10. Ghosty, the classy little ghost by Ahooka Migurumi
Photo © ahooka

"After the morning I had with the kids, you can forget anything we were planning to do - I’m going to lock myself in the craft room and crochet!"

"After the morning I had with the kids, you can forget anything we were planning to do - I’m going to lock myself in the craft room and crochet!"

Mini Roundup: Spooky, Creepy, and Scary!

1. Creepy Eyes Bag by Nancy Anderson
Photo © Coats & Clark

2. Spooky Cup Cozies by Vicki Blizzard
Photo © Vicki Blizzard

3. Scary Muffins by Nancy Anderson
Photo © Coats & Clark

4. Scary Snowmen by Mel Smallman
Photo © Mel Smallman

5. Spooky Cat Pumpkin by Nancy Anderson
Photo © Coats & Clark

"Sometimes I tell myself, ‘alright, put the crochet hook down and get some stuff done!’ Then I say to myself, ‘Seriously? Shut up!!!’"

"Sometimes I tell myself, ‘alright, put the crochet hook down and get some stuff done!’ Then I say to myself, ‘Seriously? Shut up!!!’"

Mini Roundup: Charlie Brown

My sister in law asked me to make her a Snoopy Hat for Halloween, so while I was winging one up, of course, it inspired a mini roundup!

1. Charlie Brown Inspired Ami by Melissa Ruiz
Photo © Melissa Ruiz

2. Charlie Brown’s Snoopy the Dog Character Hat by Niki Wyre
Photo © cRAfterChick.com 2013

3. Crocheted Woodstock Lookalike Amigurumi by Armina Parnagian
Photo © Armina Parnagian

4. Charlie Brown Beanie by Meagan Foster
Photo © Meagan Foster

5. Snoopy by Bethany Scofield
Photo © Bethany Scofield

"Sometimes I feel unsure of myself, but then I remember all the awesome things I can crochet, and I realize how freaking awesome I am!"

"Sometimes I feel unsure of myself, but then I remember all the awesome things I can crochet, and I realize how freaking awesome I am!"

ohhmannitslyssss:

I can’t crochet. I’ve been trying for 2 weeks and my chain just keeps turning- so I’ve got 5 perfect chains then it twists for 3 chains then repeat and I don’t know why it’s happening.

I don’t wanna spend $20 on a class 😔

Don’t fret! Sometimes chains just go wonky (I’m going to guess it’s because of varying tension - as you get better, your chains will get better and more uniform.) Usually working the stitches on top of it (like the next row) helps straighten it out!

To learn quickly, check out the crochet videos for the absolute beginner by Naztazia.

Part one: http://youtu.be/eqca00LdmAc?list=PL967A411A9D90AA96

Part two: http://youtu.be/DlTdOMTDkug?list=PL967A411A9D90AA96

Follower Friday Interview: Karis

Karis’s Tumblr Blog: kaydeacrafts

Tell us about yourself.
I am Karis, a 22 year old trying to figure out how to adult. I am majoring in Sign Language and Entrepreneurship and love pokemon. I do all things artsy but the work for KayDea Crafts is mainly crochet and some knit. You might see some of my other work in the shop from time to time. 
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How long have you been crocheting?
I’ve been crocheting for about four years, yeah.

What inspires you?
What inspire me? For our toys really anything cute but mostly cartoons and kawaii pop culture. I love doodling and finding a really cute design and then trying to figure out how to make it into a toy

What keeps you interested in crochet?
All the toys that I can make. The possibilities are endless. Crochet is such a perfect medium for toys because it is flexible and gives you a lot of freedom.
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What type of projects do you prefer to work on?
I’m kind of fickle, so whatever is right for my mood! Which kind of hinders production sometimes but I just tell Dea she can’t cage my artistic spirit : )

What is your favorite or most used hook?
Dea and I actually have a system where she crochets all the toys and I sew them together. But when I am working through a new toy pattern I love love love this ancient orange size F hook that I found at camp. It’s not slick like the new ones, has a matte finish and it’s amazing.

Do you remember the first thing you ever crocheted and do you still have it?
Oh god yeah. I made this hideous Gryffindor scarf. Needless to say I don’t still have it.

What other web pages do you have? 
We have facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KayDeaCrafts 
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KayDeaCrafts
and tumblr of course: http://kaydeacrafts.tumblr.com/

What was your favorite project?
Like I said earlier I sew all the toys together so I sew more than I crochet now so I like the smaller ones that work up fast. But! I do love putting together our dragon pattern. It’s a lot of small pieces but it’s great seeing it come together
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What is one tip you’d give to someone just starting out with crochet?
It’s not going to be relaxing when you first start; it’s going to be stressful and it will hurt your brain. You have to take it one step at a time and figure out how it works just stay slow and steady and do projects that you want to do and it’ll all be worth it.

Why did you learn to crochet?
I was bored. I was in my senior year of high school taking easy classes and learning to crochet and then crocheting in class was another way to stick it to the man.

Thanks for sharing with us, Karis! I’ve been following you ladies for quite a while now (even before you had tumblr) and I’m so glad I got to interview both of you! Thank you for participating, and thank you for following Just Stitched!

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"I just found out my favorite yarn was discontinued, and I take no responsibility for my actions and behavior until I find a reasonable replacement." 

"I just found out my favorite yarn was discontinued, and I take no responsibility for my actions and behavior until I find a reasonable replacement." 

Mini Roundup: Voodoo Dolls

juststitched:

I love cute little voodoo dolls! Here’s a mini roundup to inspire you!

1. Amigurumi Voodoo Doll by Abbygurumi
Photo © Abbygurumi
image2. One-Armed Voodoo Doll by Ann D’Angelo
Photo © WonderStrange Arts
image3. Cute Lil’ VooDoo Doll by Ruth Jepson
Photo © Ruth Jepson
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4. Voodoo Doll by Joey Wright
Photo © Joey Wright
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5. Hoodoo by Barbara Handler
Photo by RedSamur
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