Monday, December 31, 2012
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
The track stitch is actually fairly simple to make. The result - a look that suggests someone ran over it... it makes tracks in the work, hence the name of the pattern.
To create this pattern crochet an uneven number of rows with single crochet. Then work a row of treble crochet stitches. Repeat this pattern throughout your work and you'll see the tracks. Finish with a row of single crochet stitches though so your work holds its shape.
Why does it matter that the number of rows worked in single crochet be uneven? This ensures that the right side of the treble crochet stitches is seen on the right side of your work. Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I mean.
The back of the treble crochet stitches looks like chains. The front is flatter and the two horizontal bars can be seen.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
All this thinking eventually lead me to looking into the things that people crochet with. I've found patterns from people who crochet with plastic bags (plarn), old clothes or pop can tabs and so much more. I suppose that's one of the wonderful things about crochet. You can use just about anything that can be cut into strips. Maybe this just follows the eco-friendly mindset of so many people, but I would hardly say that crocheters are cheap - just resourceful with their craft.
I have yet to dabble into this side of crochet, but I'm tempted to do so. I've started saving plastic bags a while ago and now they just take up space. Why not put them to good use? The weirdest thing, if you want to call it weird, that I've crocheted with thus far has been wire. After getting used to working with the wire it was actually fun to see what kinds of things I could make. I'm excited to try out these new materials and possibly search for additional things. I wonder what else I have lying around my house that I could crochet with...
What is the craziest material you've crocheted with?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A group in England actually use crochet as an activity for their "Wellbeing Wednesdays." For those of us that crochet, we know that crochet is a relaxing hobby. But not many think about the fact that it keeps our hands busy, which means that we're less likely to be snacking. I know that I tend to eat less when I'm working on a project.
Furthermore, what about smoking? I assume crochet could have similar effects (i.e. helping people quit or smoke less). Since I don't smoke, I am not sure about this one, but it seems like a logical leap to me.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
To make this stitch pattern, you'll be working around the posts of double crochet stitches.
To start work a chain in a multiple of 5 stitches plus 10. Dc in 4th chain from the hook and in each ch across. (The 3 beginning chs count as a dc.)
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), fpdc around next two sts, bpdc around each of next two sts. [fpdc around next 3 sts, bpdc around next 2 sts] across. End with fpdc around next two sts and hdc in last st (the chains from previous row). Turn
Row 3: Ch 2, bpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc around next two sts, [bpdc around next 3 sts, fpdc around next 2 sts] across. End with bpdc around next 2 sts, hdc in last st (chains from previous row). Turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern.
When looking at your work, one side will have sets of two raised ridges, and the other will have sets of three raised ridges.
For a different effect: you can alternate each stitch. (fpdc, bpdc across. and the third row will be the opposite [i.e. bpdc, fpdc across].) This will create ridges that are closer together and alternate across your work.
What other patterns and possibilities can you think of for this stitch?
Friday, November 16, 2012
To make this stitch:
Make a chain of a multiple of 6 plus 2. Single crochet in second chain and in each chain across.
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first stitch, [ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next ch, dtr in last ch (sailboat made), sk next 5 sc on last row, sc in next sc] across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as first dtr), *sc in next sc at tip of sailboat, ch 4**, dtr in sc between same point and next point, repeat from * across, ending last rep at **, dtr in last sc, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first dtr, *sc in each of next 4 chs, sc in next sc** sc in next dtr, rep from * across, ending in last rep at **, sc in last st, turn.
Repeat rows 2-4 for pattern.
I can't help but wonder what this pattern would look like if the rows of sailboats were broken up by a wavy ripple to make it look like a boat on water... hmm...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Friday, November 9, 2012
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While this doesn't have a certain number of stitches in a round for each size, it's hard to do that because everyone crochets with a different tension. I'm willing to bet you hate finishing a project only to find out it's too small or way too big. As you are working your hats, measure the size (circumference) after each round. This will ensure that your hat will fit properly.
Monday, November 5, 2012
It does a great job of addressing questions like how to read a yarn label, substitute yarns and explaining gauge and differences in crochet hooks. I'm sure it doesn't address everything, but it's still a pretty good resource for those new to working with yarn.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Classes: $25 per class plus materials. Registered students get 10% off any supplies purchased for the class. Contact the stores to register.
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Monday, October 29, 2012
This stuff may look intimidating but don't let it fool you. Stitches are worked between the pom poms. For me each single crochet stitch contained two pom poms: one when I pulled a loop up through a stitch and another when I yarned over to complete the stitch.
Originally, I was thinking that all the pom poms would be on one side, leaving the other a rough side of stitches. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not the case at all. Each side if my scarf ended up being very plush. The yarn created fun ridges and my colors created an interesting striped look.
I highly recommend trying it out!
The side view of the scarf. Notice the ridges?
From this angle you can see the striped effect.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I've updated the calendar for crochet classes in central Illinois! Please check it out. To register contact the stores for details.
Each class is $25 plus the cost of supplies (if you need them). As an added bonus, when you register you should get a coupon code for 10% off your class supplies! This code is good from the time you register until the end of the class.
Also, I've been working on designing classes about crocheting with wire and Red Heart's new Sashay yarn. (If you've seen it in the store, you'll know why there is a need for a class about it.) It's not so much a yarn as it is more of a mesh that produces lots of ruffles when you work with it.
Very fun stuff! Keep an eye on the class calendar for these new classes. :)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The pattern has been listed on my Ravelry store: download now
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I tried to explain the dowel rod assembly as best I could. To hang the dowel rods I would probably use something like these command hooks. They are inexpensive and should easily hold the banner up.
If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to ask and let me know so I can try to clarify.
To make this stitch begin by chaining a multiple of two stitches. Here's a chart to make this stitch.
Friday, October 5, 2012
My crochet class schedule has more information on when the classes are and this link, Crochet Classes, has more information about the classes.
The classes will be held in two locations:
Each class will be two and a half hours long and cost $25. Class size is limited to 10 so register early to save your spot.
Here is a look at what this stitch looks like.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
There is one major difference between the two combinations. In the open stitch combination, the double crochet stitches are worked into the previous row's double crochet stitches. In the seed stitch, single crochet stitches are worked in the previous row's chain stitches.
To make it, chain a multiple of two plus one.
Monday, October 1, 2012
To create a popcorn stitch: work a group of 3 or more stitches, we'll say double crochet stitches for this example, into one stitch or space. Remove the hook from the working loop you've been using and insert it into the first double crochet in the group. Pull the working loop (that you dropped before) through where you now have your hook. Your popcorn should pop to the front. Secure it into place with a chain stitch.
Tip: When working on the wrong side, you can insert your hook from the back to get your popcorn to pop to the correct side.
This technique creates a 3D effect and can be used to create numerous designs and patterns. In my photo, I made a diamond.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Materials used for this project:
If you like this pillow, don't forget to check out the Star Trek Command (Yellow) pillow. Stay tuned for the next one.
To link stitches: Insert hook into the horizontal loops of preceding stitch and draw a loop up. This is done in place of doing a yarn over before inserting hook. For a treble crochet, you would do this twice before inserting your hook into the next stitch to complete the stitch.
This swatch is of a group of linked treble crochet stitches.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This swatch of edc looks like a swatch of double crochet, but it's actually a step taller than the double crochet, making its height fit between the double and treble crochet stitches.
(From left to right) Double crochet, extended double crochet, and treble crochet.
Extended stitches could easily make a smoother line. (i.e. If you used the pattern of: sc, dsc, dc, edc, tr you would have a smooth curve instead of a stepped or zig zag one.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This stitch is abbreviated as dsc.
Extended stitches can be used to create smoother edges when transitioning between the more basic stitches.
Notice the size difference between the single crochet (red) and the double single crochet.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
You can now find the pattern for my Super Mario Brothers Question Mark Block tissue cover in the patterns section or by using this link: download now
Blogs and articles about this pattern.
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