How to crochet a basic hexagon

How to crochet the basic hexagon on Yarn Obsession

How to crochet a basic hexagon

 

The Hexagon is a great basic shape to know how to crochet. Once you can crochet a hexagon, just like the granny square, it will open up a whole world of possibilities in beautiful crochet. The basic hexagon in this video is done with the following stitches:

The written instructions

  • Ch 4, sl st in first ch for circle
  • Rnd 1: ch 5, (3 dc, ch 2 into ring) 5 times, 2 dc into ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 DO NOT TURN
  • Rnd 2: ch 5, dc under starting ch, dc in next 3 sts, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, rep from * ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 DO NOT TURN
  • Rnd 3: ch 5, dc under starting ch, dc in next 5 sts, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, rep from * ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5, BIND OFF

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Have you crochet a basic hexagon before? What project did you make? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Start your crochet business today!

Start your crochet business today on Yarn Obsession

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Start your crochet business today

Along my travels as a crocheter, mentor, designer and overall lover of fiber I meet a lot of people who are paralyzed by fear or insecurity or doubt about whether or not they should start a crochet business. I hear questions like “can I really make a business out of it?” or “How much money can I make?” and my favorite is “No one wants to pay what I need to charge so why should I start.”

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Thing is, I can’t tell you why you should start, how much you’ll make or even if you’ll actually find the market that will pay your prices but what I CAN tell you is this. In his book The Magic of Thinking Big Dr. David Schwartz says that the world is filled with people who find reasons NOT to do something rather than deciding to take action and moving forward on what they REALLY want.

If I think about it, there have been plenty of times in my life where I’ve ended up talking myself out of doing something (housework, party, vacation etc.) instead of taking the necessary action to move the Universe to make it happen. Once I began doing before I had the time to think about all the reasons, things started falling into place. Oh the joy and power of reading!

If you’re like me and you’ve put off starting your crochet business because of the excuses you’ve made up in your mind, STOP! Let’s get you on the road to success by moving the Universe to bend to your desires. I believe that all our dreams can come true if we have faith in the prayers, affirmations, meditations or wishes in our hearts. The problem comes when the door is opened and we say “it didn’t open all the way for me so that means I can’t go through.” What if instead we pulled or pushed the door open the rest of the way to reveal the possibilities?

Here are 5 steps for you to take in the next 5 days to get you moving:

  1. Find out what you need to do in your town/city/state to start a business, get the paperwork, fill it out and send it in
  2. Buy a notebook to write down what you want your business to look like. This will be your “My Dream Business” book. Use it to write out any ideas that come to you regarding your crochet business and what you want it to look like.
  3. Buy your domain name, start a Facebook business page and Pinterest account
  4. Research online retail sites you can use (Craftsy, Etsy etc.) to get started
  5. Open up shop and learn as you go

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No more excuses! In One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way Robert Maurer says that taking one small step consistently towards your goal will get you there before you know it. So take the step. Tomorrow never comes and we never look back in regret of doing those things that were hitched to a dream.

Go for it! I believe in you and your ability to create a crochet business that will be your very own! But, you have to take action.

Tell me what your first step is in the comments below, I can’t wait to cheer you on!

Learn how to crochet the Single Crochet (sc)

How to do the single crochet on Yarn Obsession

Learn how to crochet the single crochet (sc)

Learning how to crochet is one of the best things you could do for your future self. Not only will you learn a new skill but it’s a skill that will allow you to create amazing gifts for friends, build a business or simply feel more relaxed when needed. I love to crochet because it’s a creative outlet that I can pick up at any time and enjoy. Teaching others how to crochet is also a love of mine, so this is the first in a series of posts to help you learn how to crochet (or brush up if you’ve been away for a long time).

Learn the single crochet stitch then pick one of the free patterns linked below to help you master your skill level! Let’s have some fun!

Below is a video that walks you through the process of how to single crochet. If you still need to learn more of the basics CLICK HERE: for a video on how to chain and CLICK HERE: for a video on where to put your hook to start your work.

 

Now that you’ve learned how to crochet the single crochet here are a few patterns that my friends have written using mostly the Single Crochet! Enjoy!

witches brew pot from Crochet Memories on Yarn ObsessionWitches Brew Pot – Crochet Memories

 

Crochet Toddler Mittens from My hobby is crochet on Yarn ObsessionToddler Mittens – My Hobby is Crochet

 

Pretty Kitties Appliques from Trifles n Treasures on Yarn ObsessionPretty Kitties Applique – Trifles n Treasures

 

Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover from Moogly on Yarn ObesssionGet Whale Soon – Moogly

 

Simple Rainbow Bracelet from Jessie at Home on Yarn ObsessionSimple Rainbow Bracelet – Jessie at Home

I’d love to hear about your crochet learning experience in the comments below. I’d also love to know if you have any specific questions for me on crochet! I’d be happy to answer!

17 Ways to Gain More Facebook Followers without paying

17 Ways to Gain More Facebook Followers without paying

17 Ways to Gain More Facebook Followers without paying

 

One question I get asked a lot is “how do I gain more Facebook followers without paying for them?” I can completely relate to that question because I asked it too. We don’t all start with the budget to pay for advertising (although we do grow into one) so finding ways to gain more Facebook Followers without paying is important.

If you’re asking the question it’s because you are savvy enough to recognize that Social Media in general and Facebook in particular is important to building and growing your business. Yay for you! Outlined in this article are 17 ways to help you gain more Facebook followers if you already have an active Facebook business page.

If your Facebook business page isn’t active, then get your current Facebook followers engaged so growing will be easier.

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Here are 17 ways to gain more Facebook followers without paying

1)     Embed widgets on your website – If you have a blog / website then embedding a Facebook widget on that page will help let your website fans know that you have a Facebook page and easily connect with you there.

2)     Add Facebook address to signature – Do you send emails to friends, family co-workers etc.? Then add your Facebook business page address to your signature making it easy for your email readers to find you on Facebook.

3)     Invite your newsletter subscribers – If you have a subscription list for your newsletter make sure to invite them to like your Facebook page. Many may not know you have a page. Or, sometimes, just getting a personal invitation may push them over the edge of liking your page.

4)     Use Facebook Comments – Use Facebook comments on your website because when visitors make comments it gets shared to their friends’ newsfeed on Facebook. When their friends see the comments they now have access to your information and therefore find you on Facebook.

5)     Get Fans to tag photos – A great way to really engage and grow your fanbase is by using photos from events on your page and encouraging fans to tag themselves in your photos. If you sell at a craft fair or go to a conference take tons of photos so you can connect with new and established fans.

6)     Embed videos on your website – Creating videos for your Facebook page is a great way to connect with fans. But did you know you can then take that video and embed it on your website to your website visitors can see it and also engage with it? When they do they have the opportunity to like your Facebook page.

7)     Run a contest – This isn’t my favorite way, but many Facebook fan pages run contests to grow their fanbase and it’s a great tool. It can go viral if your fans share with their friends and so on. Make sure you’re running a contest that will appeal directly to the type of fans you want to attract.

8)     Link to your Twitter – Link your Facebook page to your Twitter account to cross engage.

9)     Include Facebook address on print media – Put your Facebook business page address on any print media related to your business such as business cards, flyers, posters and postcards. Be easy to find.

10)    Add a link on your personal profile – There’s a place in the “about” section of your personal profile where you can let your friends know where you work. In that area make sure to add a link to your Facebook business page making it easy for your friends to connect with you.

11)    Tag your business page – Sometimes, when appropriate you can tag your Facebook Business page from a status you’re writing on your personal page. Don’t make an annoying habit, but when relevant go for it!

12)    Add “Like” Button – Adding a “Like” button on your website is a great way to make it easy for people to like your page without having to go to another site to do it.

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13)    Develop a culture – Developing a great culture of engagement on your page will grow your page simply by having your fans enjoy your content and sharing it with their friends.

14)    Be consistent – Be consistent in everything you’re doing when it comes to your Facebook page. Post consistently, engage consistently and monitor consistently. Consistency will let your fans know you are a professional and that they are important.

15)    Use compelling photos – Not every post should be a photo, but using compelling photos is a great way to get fans to share your post and help grow your base. Photos can be specific to your topic, quotes or fun and funny. As long as they’re compelling they should get some engagement.

16)    Share blog posts – Sharing your blog posts on Facebook is a great way to get people to engage with your content, share and grow your base. Consider posting a full blog post directly into your status so they don’t have to go anywhere and they can share it that way.

17)    Ask questions – Asking questions and getting your audience to answer them is great. You engaging with the answers they post is gold for getting more people to answer and therefore spreading your content to more people

The bottom line is if you want to get more people on your page engage and entertain them, they’ll want to come back and share your content with their friends. Stay in their timeline by being consistent in your posting schedule and they’ll remember you and share you more.

What have you done to grow your Facebook followers without paying? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Do you have a yarn obsession?

Do you have a Yarn Obsession?

Do you have a yarn obsession?

So, someone who doesn’t crochet or knit or play with yarn in any way asked me “what is a yarn obsession?” I said “It’s the same as any obsession but it’s good for you.” The puzzled look I got told me that they would never understand.

Those of us who work with yarn know that having a yarn obsession means that when we go to Michael’s or Joanne or Hobby Lobby even if we didn’t go to buy yarn, we have to take a peek at what they have. It means that going to the local yarn store is an outing that can only be done when there is a budget to be spent on yarn (because something will be spent). It means that we may not do anything with ALL the yarn we have, but all the yarn we have has a purpose.

When I was naming this company I wanted to use a name that would also incorporate an abbreviation found in crochet so I went with “Yarn Obsession” because one of the first terms I learned was “Yarn Over” abbreviated “YO”. Yes, I have a yarn obsession, but it’s not killing me. It’s giving me the ability to make beauty around me and to make people happy. It gives me the opportunity to help provide for my family and in the process help someone else fall in love with yarn.

If you do not understand my yarn obsession, you must not play with yarn.

Tell me, what does having a yarn obsession mean to you? I’d love to hear about those things you do that make others who ‘don’t get it’ look at you funny.