About

  Hi and welcome to Crochet is the Way! Here you'll find free crochet patterns, tutorials, and rants about a life full of crochet (all with the occasional kitty pic included). I'm Jenny, the hand behind the hook, camera, and keyboard. I started the Crochet is the Way blog as a way to get my life back after developing rheumatoid arthritis. 


  I taught myself to knit and crochet before my diagnosis, while working my original career as a mechanic. I soon dropped knitting and discovered I had a knack for designing and writing my own crochet patterns. When the stiffness and swelling took over so I couldn't turn wrenches anymore, I found I could still hold my hook and yarn. Days spent stitching and wondering what I would do with my life developed into this blog.


  Although I do occasionally sell a pattern, I love providing them here for free. You are more than welcome to sell the items you create from my patterns, and I give permission to use photos from projects if you are sharing my work online - But do not copy the entire blog post! And please, always give credit to the designer. You may not use my photos for items you are selling.


  You can follow me or get in touch on Google (+JennyGuldin), Facebook (Crochet is the Way), and Pinterest (Crochet is the Way). Also, join the Crochet is the Way community on Google+ to share your own projects! For any other inquiries, you can email crochetisthewayblog@gmail.com.


Thank you for finding your way to my little yarn-filled corner of the internet! I hope you enjoy what you find here. And as always, 

Happy Crocheting!

8 comments:

  1. need help with your pattern Scallop Seashell washcloth, love the project but can't find the thread, went to the Peaches n Cream web site and can't find that color any where, any suggestions, Pastel Delight dose not seem to exist.

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    1. Hi Philip, sorry about the trouble! Unfortunately, the available colors change by year, and sometimes in a season.

      Lily Sugar n' Cream is interchangeable and they have some beach-y colorways, but none the same (any close have blue in the colorway): http://www.yarnspirations.com/lily-sugar-n-cream.html

      Also, selections vary but I found it on ebay! http://www.ebay.tv/sch/i.html?_odkw=peaches+creme+yarn&_sop=12&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xpeaches+creme+yarn+pastel+delight.TRS0&_nkw=peaches+creme+yarn+pastel+delight&_sacat=0

      I do wish they would bring this color back! Good luck, and sorry again!

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  2. Hi Jenny.....I looked at your tutorials but don't see any videos. Can you please tell me how you hold your yarn in the left hand.? You mentioned you used to have tight tension, so I was wondering how you corrected it. I have been trying different things but still am so frustrated. Please explain as there are so many videos online explaining, I am getting totally confused.

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    1. As soon as my hands heal from my latest RA flare-up, I'll put a new tutorial together... But to explain the best I can: I bring the yarn up from between my ring and pinkie fingers, then around my pinkie to the outside. I skip the rest of my fingers to bring it over my index.

      But depending on the stitch I'm working or the level of swelling in my hands, I'll hold it any way that feels comfortable. Sometimes I just bring it up between my middle and index fingers.

      (P.S. Soon you'll see a new pattern for a nifty little tension tool that I use, too!)

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    2. Thank you for your quick reply! I hope your RA goes away soon so you can feel better. I definitely am interested in this new pattern. You have some neat ideas and I appreciate any help I can get. Feel better fast!

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    3. Thank you, Patricia! No promises (because I can't really control the RA), but your comments have motivated me to try to get it done faster. We'll see!

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  3. Hi Jenny – my name is Teresa and I am the owner of Recycled Into Yarn website (www.recycledn2yarn.com) and have been looking/searching the web for a long time hoping to find someone who does recycled yarn finger crochet so I can introduce this as a new category. I am in love with your plarn finger crochet rug. I am sure you don’t have any objections but I always like to ask first – do you have any problems with me introducing you as my next recycled yarn designer and showcase your beautiful rug. What I do is place a picture of the rug and link it back to your blog/website. Please contact me at recycledn2yarn(at)gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you real soon.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking interest in my project, Teresa! I sent you a message :)

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