How to Wet Block your Crochet and Knit Creations

A Long Dog Wool Video Tutorial Blocking is the process we put our finished crochet and knit items through to even out the stitches and give it a professional ‘finished’ appearance. If you’ve ever looked at your wavy, puckered creation and wondered how others get theirs so nice and even, it could be that blocking…

Front-Post and Back-Post Stitches: A Long Dog Wool Stitch Tutorial

Front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc) stitches (called front post treble crochet and back post treble crochet in UK terms) are beautifully decorative and useful stitches. They are often used to create a ‘ribbing’ effect in crochet similar to the type of knit ribs you find on sweater cuffs and…

Crochet this Kitchen Set – Patterns for coordinated dishcloths and scrubbies.

Whether you are concerned about the environment and love the idea of eco-friendly, washable, re-usable dishcloths and scrubbies that you’ve made yourself, or whether you love making small projects that are useful around the house, you can’t go past this kitchen set. The patterns included here are for two different styles of dishcloth and a…

How to Do Bobbles, Popcorns, and Puff Stitches

Bobbles, popcorns and puff stitches can add a fabulous dimension to your crochet projects. There are all sorts of uses for them from the practical to the decorative. But what is the difference between them and how do you make them? I’m glad you asked…. I’m going to explain the difference between each type of…

Stitch Tutorial: The Suzette Stitch

The Suzette Stitch, sometimes called the Thicket Stitch, is the perfect stitch for making dishcloths, blankets or anything where you want some visual interest and some thickness but don’t want it to be overly complicated or a yarn eater. Video is below. Narration is in USA crochet terms but both USA and UK terms are…

Introducing Long Dog Wool Fibre Arts

Hi there! This is Bridget A from Long Dog Wool Fibre Arts and I want to introduce you to this blog. My passion is crochet but I find my interests straying into all areas of fibre arts – spinning wool, sewing, knitting, and hopefully soon I will learn to weave. This blog is about that…

Dishcloth Patterns … including a Dachshund Dishcloth!

Who else besides me really hates housework? I get so little ‘down time’ that the last thing I want to do is the cleaning up. I mean, I could be crocheting…or spinning wool… or playing with my dogs. But housework is one of the sad realities of life. No matter how well you do it,…

Eco-Tawashi: How to crochet a cotton scrubby

What is an eco-tawashi? Tawashis are a Japanese style of scrubbing brush for wet cleaning. They can be made of plastic, hemp, wire or any number of materials. I recently figured out how to make eco-tawashis which are made of 100% cotton and are absolutely brilliant for doing dishes. They are also good for cleaning…