Standing Double Crochet - Joining Without the Slip Stitch and Chain! The Standing Double Crochet stitch is one I came to late – and I wish I’d known about it years earlier! It’s not a stitch that you’ll usually find specified in a pattern, and as such it has no standard abbreviation. What it is, is a technique – one that will allow you to start a new row on a crochet project without having to use the telltale “join with a slip stitch and chain 3” – and I can’t wait to share it with you! Video Tutorial: Standing Double Crochet – Right Handed Left Handed Photo Tutorial for the Standing Double Crochet Step 1: Hold the yarn end with the last two fingers of your hook-holding hand. So what do you think? NOTE: Several different people have now written to me, claiming that they invented this technique.
Welcome to the Craft Yarn Council and Warm Up America! Crocheting For Dummies Cheat Sheet Cheat Sheet You’re never too old or too young to discover crochet. The skills you master, the benefits you receive, and the beautiful heirlooms you create can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. To get started with crocheting, you need to decode crochet symbols and abbreviations so you can follow patterns with ease, and you need to find out what gauge is (and why it’s so important). Common International Crochet Symbols and Crochet Stitch Abbreviations Check out the following quick reference guide to the International Crochet Symbols and the abbreviations (in parentheses) for common crochet stitches. Abbreviations for Common Crochet Terms So they stay free of clutter, crochet patterns feature a lot of abbreviations for common crochet terms. approximately (approx) begin(ning) (beg) between (bet) contrast color (CC) centimeter(s) (cm) decrease(s)(d)(ing) (dec) follow or following (foll) gram or grams (g) inch or inches (in.)
Chainless Starting Double Crochet in the Round The Chainless Starting Double Crochet method of starting rows is the perfect way to avoid the wimpy 3 ch turning chain. And the previous tutorial for it was a hit! But some of you had a question – how does this stitch work in the round? Well it works great! Let me show you how it’s done. Chainless Starting DC in the Round Tutorial (Sorry about the title card there – Mr Moogly is out of town for his day job, I’ll have him fix it asap! So essentially, it’s exactly the same as working the CSDC in rows! I didn’t make another photo tutorial, as the one on the original post shows it quite well. Thanks for watching!
Speed Cleaning | How To Keep Your House Clean in 45 Minutes a Day by Ruth Soukup on September 8 There are lots of reasons a clean house is important to me, but the biggest is probably simply that my brain works better when my house is clean. Over the years I’ve had lots of people ask how I keep things tidy most of the time. However, to me it is well worth spending 5-7 hours a week cleaning in order to have a house that is pretty darn neat & tidy most of the time. I am a list kind-of girl, so I actually have a daily checklist that I use each day. My “Control Center:” I don’t use a wide variety of cleaning supplies, and I have never been that picky about brands. Here is my system: General Guidelines: Start at one end of the house. Bedroom(s) (5-10 minutes each, depending on how much to pick up): Always make the bed. Bathroom(s) (5 minutes each): Living Room/Dining/Home Office Areas (10-15 minutes): Quickly pick up any shoes, dishes, toys, or other items laying around. Kitchen (10-15 minutes, depending on how many dishes): Finishing Up: Happy cleaning!
Crochet School Lesson 21: Reading Crochet Charts Remember in the last lesson where I said that the simpler the pattern the better? Well how's this for simple? (hover your mouse over to see the difference between the square and the chart overlay) Do you see how you could possibly not even need words to make a pattern if you knew what the symbols were? That's something that makes crochet awesome! Crochet has a system of symbols that is internationally known and accepted called the international crochet symbol system. Note: we have talked about US vs UK terms so far. I've found that some patterns will give written out directions along with a chart, which makes it a bit easier if you aren't sure what a symbol means. This first chart is of the general stitches that we have learned. The arrows on this image point to the parts of the stitch that make up the symbol. I for one love to read charts because I'm a visual person and the more information I can get packed into a visual is better. Figure 1: Figure 2: Figure 3: Figure 4 :
How to Make an African Flower Follow this step-by-step tutorial. The photos show how your work should look, each step of the way. Scroll down to find complete written instructions and a diagram. Step 1 Begin with a ring, then work Round 1 with D and fasten off. Step 2 Work Round 2 with C. Step 3 Work Round 3 and fasten off. Step 4 Work Round 4 with A and fasten off. Step 5 Work Round 5 with B. Step 6 Work Round 6 and fasten off B. African Flower Motif Written Pattern Round 1 (RS) Ch 3, 2-tr Cl in ring (beginning ch-3 and 2-tr Cl count as first 3-tr Cl), ch 3, [3-tr Cl in ring, ch 3] 7 times; join with sl st in first Cl—8 clusters, and 8 ch-3 sps. Round 2 With RS facing, draw up a loop of next color in any ch-3 sp, ch 2, (2-dc Cl, ch 3, 3-dc Cl) in same ch-3 sp (first petal made), ch 1, [(3-dc Cl, ch 3, 3-dc Cl) in next ch-3 sp (petal made), ch 1] 7 times; join with sl st in first Cl—8 petals, and 8 ch-1 sps. DIagram
Best of Breed Dog Biscuits: King Arthur Flour 1) Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment. 2) Mix together the flour, oats, parsley, dried milk, and salt. 3) Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly. 4) Add enough water to bring the dough together; depending on the season, you may need to add a bit more (winter), or a bit less (summer). 5) To make biscuits using a dog-bone cutter, roll the dough about 1/4" thick, and cut with a 3 1/2" cutter (or the size of your choice). 6) To make dog "cookies," drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. 7) Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for a shorter amount of time. 8) Remove the biscuits from the oven, and cool right on the pans. Yield: about 42 larger (3 1/2" dog-bone) biscuits, 60 smaller (round) biscuits.
Free Crochet Pattern: Knock Around Hat - Crochet Zone It seems everywhere I look these days someone is doing a “knit look” crochet pattern. I do knit, but crochet is so much faster and so these patterns are very welcome indeed! Most of the stitching looks like the traditional garter and stockinette stitches which are lovely, but I wanted to try my hand at something that looked a little more textured. The Knock Around Hat is a basic beanie sized from newborn to adult, that has a texture similar to a knitted embossed or moss stitch and the band is reminiscent of fair isle. I hope you enjoy making it and will share your finished pictures on my Facebook page. This post contains affiliate links Knock Around Hat! Size: 3 Month to Adult Materials: • Light Worsted Weight yarn • Main color (Color 1): 80 – 150 yards • 3 Contrast colors (Color 1; 2; 3): small amount of each • Hook: I/5.50 mm; J/6.00 mm • Yarn needle for weaving ends Gauge: See “Gauge Check” measurements in pattern to check gauge. Notes: Round 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each st, join round. (20)