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Denise Lavoie


Denise designs crochet and knitwear as well as paints and creates mixed media art pieces whenever she can.  Her work and designs have been published in books and magazines. You can find her on social media at her blog, Voie de Vie, Pinterest, and/or on Twitter + Instagram.

Projects by Denise Lavoie


Foundation Half Double Crochet Basics

When working any in-the-round motif pattern, there are a few different ways to start off your motif, and there is no right or wrong way. Some people prefer to crochet a series of chain stitches and join them with a slip stitch to form a ring, and others prefer to use the magic ring method. Both are effective, depending on your own personal preference, but there’s still another way to start off a motif pattern and that’s by using a row of foundation stitches.

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How To Do a Bobble Stitch in Crochet

The time has come for you to learn how to do a bobble stitch! Don’t worry if you’re just learning this type of cluster stitch for the first time – there are also puff stitches and popcorn stitches to learn too!

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How to Line a Crochet Bag

This quick tutorial on how to create a bag lining will, I hope, speak your language. If you’ve ever constructed a crocheted garment and seamed it with a backstitch or a whip stitch or put together a motif-based blanket, you’ve already got most of the bag lining basics in your crafty techniques toolbox.

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How To Do a Puff Stitch in Crochet

The time has come for you to learn how to do a puff stitch! Don’t worry if you’re just learning this type of cluster stitch for the first time – there are also popcorn stitches and bobble stitches to learn too!

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Tunisian Crochet: How to Carry Up Multiple Colors

Working with color when crafting is universally appealing – just look at the explosion of long color run yarns like Noro and other such brands. My painting experience is instructive in this area: colors come alive and reveal personality only in context with other colors. As on the painting canvas, so too in creating crochet fabric – there is is something infinitely satisfying about watching colors take form and reveal themselves in the context of a crochet project, especially in Tunisian crochet by carrying yarn.

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How To Do a Popcorn Stitch in Crochet

The time has come for you to learn how to do a popcorn stitch! Don’t worry if you’re just learning this type of cluster stitch for the first time – there are also puff stitches and bobble stitches to learn too!

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Tunisian Crochet as Accent

I am a big lover of tunisian crochet. I have utilized this style of crochet in many of my designs. To underscore this point, in last August’s edition of ILikeCrochet.com I discussed tunisian crochet as a vehicle for injecting color into a crochet design.

In this second tunisian crochet article, I’d like to introduce a different

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Cozy Chic Cardi

This slouchy, open-front cardigan is worked bottom-up in one piece and splits to complete the sleeves, so construction is easy and finishing minimal. Add to that some lovely alpaca silk yarn, an engagingly simple and good-looking lace pattern and pretty sleeve shaping at cuff, and you’ve got a go-to sweater to transition between seasons. It works equally well over weekend jeans or dressed up with a crisp shirt for work.

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Dainty Snowflake Garland

This garland is not only a pretty accent piece most anywhere in the house during the holiday season, but the added silver-lined seed beads provide just a little extra sparkly reflective light. Use the garland as tree trim, hung around a mantle or across a wall.

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