Love Coasters: An Introduction to Tapestry Crochet

A few years ago we did a series on tapestry crochet that went over everything from reading graphs to using bobbins to keep your different colored strands in order. One thing we didn't cover at the time was how to create your own graphs.

The most obvious thing would be to use graph paper to chart your ideas, but there's only one problem with that: crochet stitches are not square. Using traditional square graph paper will yield a design that is slightly squished in the final project. But we now have a way for you to create any design you want with any stitch you want.

Crochet Graph Paper

Our crochet graph paper is specially formatted to the shape of an actual crochet stitch. The formats include single crochet, extended single crochet (for sock enthusiasts), half double crochet, and double crochet.

Seeking Pattern Testers

Have you ever wanted to be the first to know about the latest patterns from your favorite crochet designers? Well now is your chance, because Crochet Kitten is currently seeking pattern testers!

UPDATE: We've received an abundance of requests to test patterns for us, so please forgive us if it takes a few days to respond to you. We'd like the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate each candidate. Thank you, everyone, for your interest!

Gemini Kittens WIP

What does a pattern tester do?

A pattern tester works up the earliest version of a given crochet pattern and alerts the designer to any potential mistakes or directions that may need clarification. This is an important part of the pattern writing process, as it helps the designer ensure that the pattern can be followed as written.

What are the benefits of being a pattern tester?