Block stitch and Interlocking block stitch is an easy and quick stitch to do, alternate rows of 3dc and chain stitch loops to take the next row of 'dc block' I like the effect and the speed of this stitch as shown in clutch bag design in the Lets Get Crafting magazine. INTERLOCKING BLOCK STITCH as shown in the magazine who sorted me out with the easy and I'm sure correct method. instead of doing separate rows you just do the trebles over the chain first row encasing them in the trebles it looks wavy to start with but evens out as it grows and the checks aren't quite side by side but works for me and wow! My little sample, I started to make the clutch bag but altered it to suit me the bag is quite cute though and done as checks with only 3 colours, I went for a multi colour look. Have a fun filled Sunday...off to dig up the back lawn lol Hugs to all xx Some one thinks this stitch can be called brick stitch, mosaic stitch and Chocolate box it is none of these at all. Happy hooking all x
Finish work and how to Weave in Ends It's Friday, it's Friday! Time to get back to our CAL, I hope you are having as much fun as I am. We have reached the last day of crocheting our cowls together...my how time flies. Today we'll be sharing some ideas on finishing your piece. If you desire, you can block your project. Here's a little tip too...no need for expensive blocking mats, click here and use these instead.Now it's time to seam the cowl and weave in in the ends. Now run the needle through a few of the stitches along the bottom edge. Next, run the needle back the other way through the stitches...and pull the needle all the way through. Snip the remaining yarn (I like to give it a very slight and gentle tug first), See that little end peeking out below? Perfect!! And for the seaming part... Because the cowl is crocheted flat, we'll have to seam up the cowl. Have a lovely weekend, stitchers!
Feather Stitch Tutorial Feather Stitch Insert hk into next st, yo and pull up loop, inset hk into the st one row down and two st’s to the right (see blue dot), yo and pull up the loop, insert hk into the st 2 rows straight down (see green dot), yo and pull up the loop, inset hook into st one row down and two st’s to the left (see orange dot), yo and pull up the loop, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hk. Done! Tutorial for the Killian Owl Hat
the crochet case: Tangles, Tantrums and Times Tables The Anatomy of a Spiral For a long time, designing the perfect spiral eluded me. I just couldn't seem to get them right. As usual, I like to be a little difficult and wanted a spiral with more than the usual three or four colours. Being the geek that I am, I've searched high and low for information about the anatomy of a crochet spiral- and the mathematics behind it all, but alas, I kept finding complicated equations for Hyperbolic crochet (not very practical for blankets or garments really - with the exception of a few cool ideas bouncing around in this nutty head of mine - and the Fibonacci theory; none of which really makes sense unless you are AWESOME at algebra and geometry and can understand what all of those weird little symbols mean. I searched for patterns, tutorials and numbers and finally came across something that made the anatomy of a spiral "CLICK". So I reverted to my mathematics again. But where to start???? No, no, don't run away.... Step 1: In my case, I wanted 8 colours.
The Magic Adjustable Ring By Alicia Kachmar – 53 Comments One way of crocheting in the round is to chain 2 and then make a certain number of stitches into the 2nd chain from the hook (you can do so with any kind of crochet stitch–sc, hdc, dc, etc.–but for this tutorial, I’ll be using sc. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you. When you have the desired number of stitches and you join to the first single crochet, you’ll notice a little something–a hole! Making a magic adjustable ring only requires a few extra steps and will give your in-the-round projects a smooth start. With the yarn tail hanging for a few inches along the inside of your left hand, form a ring and rap around your index and middle fingers. Hold where both strands of yarn overlap along the ring, the working yarn behind the ring. Now there are two loops on your crochet hook. Do you have questions about making a magic adjustable ring?
Still Trying to Customize Hat Sizes Yes, I'm still trying to customize hat sizes. Over the last few months, I've gotten numerous comments and questions about hats sizes. Considering we all crochet with different tensions/ gauges, it's impossible to give definite numbers of stitches. The charts are great but they do not tell us when to stop increasing. This has always been my problem with gifts. I've decided to get all of Ireland's hats that I've made for her since birth to use for my experiment. This is a general chart, but still pretty helpful...Better than nothing. Age Diameter of circle Newborn 4 inches 3-6 months 5.5 inches 9-12 months 6-6.5 inches 24 months 6.5-6.75 inches Toddler and small child 7 inches Adult woman 7.25-7.5 inches For instance if you are making a hat for a 12 month old... increase until you have a circle that measures 6-6.5 inches across, then continue to crochet each round evenly with no increases. The hat in the photo above will be for a child about a year old. Age Finished Length Newborn 5 inches
Mending a Granny Square Last week a friend emailed to ask if I could mend an old crochet blanket her aunt had made 40-50 years ago. I told her to bring it over, and we spread it over a table and examined it closely. It’s a classic granny square blanket made of scraps, and had started to unravel in the middle of three squares. The first thing I did was put in a ‘safety line’ to stop more unravelling, through the base stitches of the round outside the ones that had unravelled. Then I hunted through the stash and matched as many yarns as I could. After the existing yarn had been removed, I put the replacement yarn on the wool needle and threaded it through where the safey line was, going the opposite way to how you crochet. Next I made the missing centre round and joined the end of the yarn for the round that would join it to the blanket. Then I slipped a crochet hook through the base of the cluster stitches in the next row… … and pulled the working loop through the next two corner clusters of the round above.
How to Crochet a Flat Circle while Double Crocheting between Stitches As a follow up to my two previous tutorials, How to Double Crochet Between Stitches, and How to Begin and End Rows while Double Crocheting between Stitches, this week we’ll focus upon how to crochet a flat circle while crocheting between stitches. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a circular swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.You may mouse over images for left-handed views. Abbreviations: ch – chain dc – double crochet rep – repeat sl st – slip stitch tch – turning chain Round 1: Begin with the magic adjustable ring, ch 3 (tch made), 9 dc into ring. Pull tail to tighten ring. sl st into tch to join. Do not turn. Round 2: sl st into space between tch and first dc on previous round. ch 3 (tch made), dc into same space as sl st. 2 dc into each of next 8 spaces between dc, 2 dc into space between final dc on previous round and tch on previous round, sl st into tch of current round to join.
grumpygirl: Tutorial: The amazingly flat crochet seam Alrighty then, here goes. Works best with contrast colours. And a smaller hook. Step 1. Prepare to be amazed. Step 2: Insert hook into inner loop of top square. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Aerial view of finished hook: Blocking Acrylic Yarn I work with Acrylic yarn a lot. And for some reason, I feel the need to justify this to you. I'll just say that Acrylic lends itself well to the type of projects I tend to make (e.g. 8-bit game crochet, miscellaneous items that need to be durable, etc.). I've almost finished a knitting project made entirely of acrylic yarn. Everyone has a slightly different method they prefer for blocking yarn. Here is my method for how to Block Acrylic Yarn: Make your own Blocking Materials: Materials: Foam core board, ruler, craft knife, thin batting, scissors, tape. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Blocking Acrylic Yarn: Materials: Blocking square, T-pins, Spray Bottle with water, material to block. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Before and After Here are all of the before and after pictures so you can see beneficial the blocking was: So, the next time you're working on a project and think that it'll be too difficult to block it, just try this method!