2018 New Year New Skill Crochet Along

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Welcome Crocheters! As part of the New Year, New Skill Crochet Along, I am sharing a new skill you can use for a variety of different projects. Along with the invisible join technique, this skill is one of my very favorites. I have a video tutorial prepared for you to help you master this technique and below you will find the link to a free pattern you can use to practice your newly mastered skill. I have also included a roundup of different free patterns you can apply the skill to – so if you do not want to make the free pattern I have created then you can simply choose any one of these free patterns in the roundup to use instead!

New Year New Skill Crochet Along with Oombawka Design

So What is the New Year, New Skill Crochet Along?

Each Monday, from January 15 to March 12, 2018 a different participating Crochet Blogger will share a crochet technique, or a new crochet stitch. Each technique will be paired up with a free crochet pattern you can make to practice your new skill! We are hoping you will have fun participating and potentially learning brand-new skills you can apply to your crochet repertoire.

P.S. There are prizes too!

Denise Interchangeable Knitting and Crochet, Lion Brand, and Search Press North America have generously provided us with prizes for this CAL. Share your completed project pictures in this post on Underground Crafter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, March 17, 2018 to enter for your chance to win!

How Can I Join?

  • You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentral on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 9 awesome projects. Learn new stitches and techniques while having fun with us!

I Want to Learn More!

Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-CAL giveaway, and to get links to each New Year, New Skills CAL post as it is released. 

You may also want to Bookmark the Schedule of Events.

New Year, New Skill Crochet Along Post #2

Double Magic Ring

Now don’t panic! Watch my quick video (less than 3 minutes!) below and give this a try. It really is very easy to do and the added bonus is it is super secure. The Double Magic Ring works for all types of fibers, including slippery threads and ribbon yarns.

Watch or save this video on YouTube: Double Magic Ring Tutorial

Ready to try the Double Magic Ring? I’ve created a free pattern you can try using Raffia Yarn and if you don’t have any Raffia Yarn in your stash (that’s where I found mine) you can easily substitute 2 strands of medium-weight yarn instead. I’ve included the instructions for both versions in my post.

Visit this post for my free crochet pattern for a:

Small Catch All Basket

Small Catch All Basket Oombawka Design Crochet

You can use this little basket to drop your keys into, or other small items. It is also lovely as a small spa basket – to hold your cloths and soaps.

Projects you can use the double magic ring for include basically anything which is worked in the round, or continuous rounds. Some projects may suggest you begin with a ch 4, sk 3 chs and join to the first ch to form a ring and you can even use the double magic ring in place of those chain stitches!  Here are a few suggestions to get your started:

New Year New Skill CAL 2018 Double Magic Ring Oombawka Design


1 Seamless Double Crochet Hat – Oombawka Design

2 Little Dots Coaster – Underground Crafter

3 Flower Burst – Jessie At Home

4 Nubby Scrubbies – The Stitchin’ Mommy

5 Maggie Circle in a Square – American Crochet

6 Rustic Elegance Canning Jar Cozy Set – Kirsten Holloway Designs

7 Odds and Ends Table Decor – Creative Crochet Workshop

8 What a Mesh Water Bottle Holder – Goddess Crochet

9 Botanical Garden Square – Blackstone Designs

I hope you enjoyed learning the double magic ring and trying out your new skill! Remember to visit Marie’s post to find out how you can participate in the giveaways and to get the next New Year, New Skill CAL Project on Monday, January 29th!


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