Jane has worked with crochet, knitting and fabric since childhood, with crochet being her special passion. Currently, Jane works as a freelance technical editor for “Inside Crochet” magazine, where she checks patterns to make sure that they work. She also contributes designs and patterns to the magazine. Jane is a popular tutor, running regular crochet workshops so others can learn and be inspired. According to Jane, “I teach Crochet at all levels at my workshops and have designed many patterns for them. My latest design is a Stitch Sampler Booklet comprising 36 exciting stitch combos.”
Corner-to-Corner crochet and colourful patchwork designs
Jane’s Top Tips:
- Once you’ve mastered double crochet and treble stitches, you can crochet virtually any design!
- Count the number of stitches at the end of each row. It saves a lot of time in the long run.
- If your starting chain is too tight, use a one size larger hook than the pattern states. Then, change back to the correct hook on the foundation row.
- When you use a lot of colours within a pattern, sew the ends in as you go.
Jane shows you how to create a lovely cushion using the basic granny square.
Perfect to rest your head on or fit in the small of your back.
Any size of cushion is possible. It all depends on the size of the cushion pad and the amount of wool.
In order to make this cushion Jane demonstrates two ...
Making Yellow Button Crochet Flowers with Jane Czaja
Jane Czaja continues her flower series with this tight button flower. Utilising a chain ring to start she demonstrates how to make another beautiful flower.
The stitches used are chain, treble, half treble and double crochet with simple slip stitches to produce the small subtle petals.
Why not us...
Jane demonstrates how to crochet a simple leaf worked on 2 sides of a basic chain. She describes how the stitches are mirrored to achieve the leaf shape. Treble, half treble, and double crochet produce the classic leaf shape with the stem a simple chain stitch.
She reminds us how counting back en...
Jane again starts her flower with the simple chain and double crochet centre. She subsequently uses a chain stitch to produce a of ring petals.
She describes how this daisy can be made using different yarn plies and hook sizes, in addition to selecting 2 colours of yarn.
Why not use these flowers...
Making Orange Daisy Crochet Flowers with Jane Czaja
Jane demonstrates how to crochet a basic six chain and double crochet to form the inner ring. This provides a solid base for crocheting the daisy utilising, treble crochet and slip stitches.
Cotton yarn provides a stable yarn for the flowers resulting in a beautiful finish. Jane uses an Aran cott...
Timeless Super Chunky Crochet Hat and Chunky Pompom with Jane Czaja
Jane follows on from her crochet mitten project with a hat to match. To crochet, she uses rows of half treble and double crochet, super chunky yarn and a size 8 hook. She demonstrates how to change stitch mid row and loves to use a stitch marker. If you need the hat to be smaller Jane suggests ...
Jane has made these wrist warmers in King Cole Riot Chunky yarn in the Denim colour. They are worked in double crochet, into the back loop, and half trebles.
These are crocheted sideways and Jane shows us how to finish a row and start again, remembering to change the stitches for the ribbing – he...
This delightful scarf is made with crochet trebles and the corner to corner technique. This is a favourite of Jane's. Even the change of colour is easy as it all comes from the same ball of FAB dk from Patons. You could of course use up your scraps to create a similar effect, if you have lots.
Jane demonstrates how to crochet this stitch using Aran yarn and a 5mm hook with 31 stitches. This gives her project a finished size of approximated 36inches. You could use chunky yarn with a 6mm hook and this would make the project bigger. Alternatively DK with a 4mm hook would make the project...
Star Crochet Hexagons : Hexagon Crochet Series Part 3 with Jane Czaja
This is the third hexagon design that Jane shares and again she uses 5mm hook and aran yarn. You start by making a ring and then you need to make half trebles. The second round is really important and this uses groups of trebles.
To turn the star into a hexagon, you need to complete a total of...
This is the third and final basic stitch workshop from Jane. Here again, she starts her workshop sample with the chain of 10 stitches. She demonstrates how to start your first row, how to turn at the end of the row and how to keep the side of the project nice and neat.
You need to make 54 squares to complete this lovely project. You could colour co-ordinate or simply use up scraps. Each square is in fact only 3 rounds. You start with a circle, want to know how - well, Jane shares the secret.
Jane loves to use 4 ply cotton, which she actually uses double. The...
Jane is working this delightful triangle cushion in Seriously Chunky wool by Cygnet using a size 9 hook.
To start work on the cushion you first need to create a chain. Jane shares with us a great tip on how to keep your tension correct just for this starter row. And perhaps you can think of chang...