To Sew or Not To Sew + 20 Free Crochet Patterns

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

12 thoughts on “To Sew or Not To Sew + 20 Free Crochet Patterns

  • June 12, 2014 at 9:10 am
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    My thoughts go towards when I make a mistake on a no sew pattern there may be a lot to tear out to fix the mistake ( been there ), as when working on a sew together it may be only one small square that needs fixed. Other than that no preference. All your choices are great but, I do LOVE the Tunisan Timeless Throw you chose. I will be trying that one.

  • June 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm
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    I don’t mind sewing the squares together at all since I learned the invisible seam method! And I no longer have ends to weave in since I learned how to join with an invisible knot! That takes care of all those little petty things that are so tiresome!

    • June 12, 2014 at 10:54 am
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      What is the invisible knot? Please share! I avoid grannies because I hate changing colors.

  • June 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm
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    I really like the flat braid method of joining squares. It reminds me of a lattice trellis. There aren’t alot of seams to deal with & most of the ends can be crocheted over to hide them. The work lays flat.

    Of course if it’s a type that requires sewing, I ‘d do it but prefer the flat braid joining.

  • June 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    Wow, I thought one of the never ending Granny squares afghans, entrelac, or c2c would have made your no sew list…I have no real preference as to sew or not sew together…I prefer crocheting them together though if I need piecework

  • June 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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    It depends on the time of year for me. During the winter I go with no sew to help keep me warm when the windchill is around 10 below 0. In the summer I go with the sew together type because it’s usually pretty hot and humid. When you don’t have air conditioning and it’s over 100 degrees outside, a blanket on your lap is the last thing you need. 🙂

  • June 11, 2014 at 11:42 am
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    I think that sewing pieces together is really over rated. I’m working an grandmother’s flower garden afghan that sewn together. but instead of sewing I single crochet the hexagons together. It’s a lot faster and easier. And you don’t have to worry about it coming a part when you use it or give it away.

    • June 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm
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      Great idea,my biggest fear is seeing gift pulling apart!

  • June 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
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    I try to avoid sewing pieces together if I could. If the join – as – you – go method works, that’s the route I take… or I’ll find a way to make it work. Even tucking in the tails with a darning/tapestry needle is too much of an effort! But if I have to, sure… The end result is always worth the effort.

  • June 11, 2014 at 11:18 am
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    Modern Amish or Tisian look interesting. Something I haven’t tried before.

  • June 11, 2014 at 11:13 am
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    I’m not crazy about joining zillions of little motifs — but that’s preferable to reading a pattern which starts out by calling for a foundation chain hundreds of stitches long. My compromise is to favor mostly afghans which call for fairly large motifs (10″-12″ square, usually), or ones made with a large hook and thick yarn (or multiple strands of whatever I have on hand), so I can create a large square (usually a granny square) without crocheting a mind-numbingly large number of rounds.

  • June 11, 2014 at 11:05 am
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    Hi, I have made the Rainy day ripple throw, it goes fast and turns out nice but the colors that they recommend are no longer available. I used wildflower and plum pudding with the orchid and teal, it turned out okay.
    Thanks

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