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How to Crochet 5: Seaming Your Work

How to Crochet 5: Seaming Your Work
In this how-to series we could move right on from single crochet to the other stitches (double crochet, half double crochet and triple crochet) but I'm pausing to talk about "seaming" because if you want to make anything other than washcloths or rectangular scarves or afghans (which are all good) you're going to need to seam some pieces together. Seaming is a good skill to have and it can be the difference between a cute sweater looking handmade instead of homemade. I am going to share two different methods. Click to view the full tutorial. SEAMING WITH THE MATTRESS STITCH: You will need a tapestry needle to do the seaming, which is a large blunt needle and a big eye for threading the yarn. The mattress stitch is so fabulous because it's virtually invisible if you line up the stitches correctly. To start, cut a length of yarn about twice the length of your seam and thread your tapestry needle. You can keep these stitches loose right now--you'll pull them tight later. And right side: Related:  CrotchetcrochetCrafty Resources

Freeform Crochet, a Craftsy Online Crocheting Class Unlock endless project possibilities with scrumbling! Join renowned instructor Myra Wood as she demystifies eye-catching and richly textured freeform crochet. Internationally renowned instructor Myra Wood has devoted years to testing new techniques for accessible freeform crochet, and she’s ready to share them with you! Discover practical steps and clear processes for creating, connecting and embellishing crocheted shapes to make a one-of-a-kind scrumbled bag. Lesson plan Lesson 1. Meet your instructor, Myra Wood, as she introduces you to the world of freeform crochet. Lesson 2. Expand on your rounds from Lesson 1 as Myra demonstrates how to build out your fabric and create one- and two-color spirals. Lesson 3. Embrace texture as you master your first four textured stitches: fan, popcorn, berry and box stitch, all of which can be worked in areas small or large to create incredible, dimensional fabric. Lesson 4. Master the quintessential freeform stitch, the bullion stitch. Lesson 5.

wrong side, right side, which side is which? One question that I frequently get asked is "How do you determine the wrong side from the right side of a crochet piece?" Well, remember how the designer determines the gauge? It's the designer's choice, essentially. So is the wrong side and right side of a crocheted fabric. Some fabrics look "better" on one side, some stitches have "right sides" and "wrong sides", but generally speaking, it's a design decision! So the RS and WS of fabric is determined by the designer. Are you confused yet? When the directions say: Row 1 (RS) ............ , that means that the row you are working on (Row 1), as you are working it, will be the "right" side, or public side of the fabric. How do you tell the "right" and "wrong" side of stitches? Right side of the piece as you are working on it will be the side by your right hand. But right side of the garment as you are wearing it means just that - the side that's on the right when you wear it. I know pictures will help with this discussion.

DIY Picture Tiles - You Will Never Buy a Photo Frame Again Lately I’ve been having this huge urge to decorate the house. This is big news. I do not decorate. Arguably, one of the reasons why is because I. absolutely. hate. to. buy. mass. produced. decor. (Also, I can’t ever remember if pink and purple go together or not.) Anyway, this extends to photo frames. Nope. Long story short, I discovered this method of transferring my photos cheaply, quickly, and beautifully to something uncommon and unique. Tiles. The only thing that’s not particularly crunchy about this is that it uses Modge Podge or similar (and I’m not sure what’s in Modge Podge). It’s just grainy and doesn’t dry clearly. Boo. BUT, if you can overlook that one minor issue, I think you’ll love this. And it will be glorious. Here’s how you do it. First, you need to go to Home Depot, Lowes, or something like it. (FYI, I found that Lowes prices on tiles were cheaper than Home Depot. I like the stone tiles, because they have texture. So you pick out your tiles in the sizes you want. Go go go!

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.

Around the World - Crochet DROPS jacket with lace pattern in ”Big Delight”. Size: S - XXXL - Free pattern by DROPS Design DROPS BIG DELIGHT PRINT (100g) 7.10 USD DROPS BIG DELIGHT PRINT (100g) 7.05 CAD Lots of new lessons and videos online! Have you seen all the new updates to the Tips & Help section? Here you will find not only new videos on a daily basis but also knitting & crochet lessons and lots of pattern inspiration for your next project! See more here And make sure to bookmark it! NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. PATTERN: See diagram A.1. DECREASE TIP (applies to sleeves): Dec 1 repetition (= 1 dc + 3 ch) by not working ch, but work 2 dc into 1 dc as follows: Work 1 dc but wait with last pull through (= 2 strands on hook), then work next dc but on last pull through, pull yarn through all sts on hook BODY: Worked in the round from mid back on the back. FRONT PIECE: Now work back and forth between first and second corner. SLEEVE: Work in the round, top down from armhole, beg from mid under sleeve from RS. Diagram Do you need some help? Go to original pattern for design DROPS 156-42.

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet This foundation single crochet tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step and includes a quick video demonstration at the end. When I first attempted to learn this technique from a magazine, I had pretty good illustrations to go by, but I was still totally confused by the whole thing. It took me 3 or 4 tries over a couple of months to even feel confident that I was doing this correctly. Hopefully with photos of each step, you'll be able to learn this a little easier than I did. For using a foundation single crochet row in the middle of your crochet piece, like the handles of my handbag or the armholes in a sweater, check out my foundation single crochet supplement. Foundation crochet stitches were developed by (or popularized by - I haven't actually seen his book, so I don't know if he came up with this himself or if he discovered the technique from another source) Bill Elmore. The reasons foundation stitches awesome are: Basic Instructions First Stitch 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

100 Ways to Repurpose Everything (Mega Roundup!) Think this title is a tall order? Well, you’re in for a post of epic eco-tastic proportions. So epic that you may need to give your computer or mobile device an extra moment to load all of our pretty pictures. Seeing as we love to repurpose just about anything under the sun, we’re celebrating Earth Day by serving up 100 of our favorite ways to upcycle, reuse, and transform everyday materials into creative new things to wear, hang on the wall, and give to friends. 1. Newspaper Party Hats: We’ll kick things off with a must for any celebration: party hats! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61.

Neat Ripple Pattern Ahhhhhhhh look at all those hooky ripplesome ripples, aren't they glorious? I love crocheting this pattern, its relatively simple, rhythmic and soothing, but playing with colours in this way is also energising, exciting and a lot of fun. Well to me it is any road. there's something magical and mesmerising about the way the ripple effect makes the colours sing and dance next to each other, and it's a pattern I can see myself coming back to time after time. When I made my first ripple blanket last year (finished in August 2008), I followed a pattern in Jan Eatons book (the Soft Waves pattern), and it has to be said that at first this pattern was not plain sailing. So what I've done here for you is to write my own pattern. To start out, you need to crochet your foundation chain. Once you are sure you've got the right number of chains to begin (count carefully as you make them!) yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, bring hook back through stitch (3 loops on hook). Ok so far????

Crochet Jacket You’ll love our collection of gorgeous Crochet Jackets that are both flattering and will suit all body types. We have something to suit everyone so scroll the page and check them all out now. You’ll also find some stunning Hooded Cowls at the end of the page so view the post in it’s entirety and Pin your favourites! Crochet Jacket with Japanese Flowers Free Pattern via ‘Bauta Witch’ Wildflower Crochet Jacket Free Pattern via ‘Garn Studio’ Crochet Jacket Free Pattern via ‘Garn Studio’ Pinwheel Crochet Cardigan Free Pattern via ‘Pinterest’ Girls Crochet Circular Cardigan Free Pattern via ‘Pinterest’ Crochet Toddler Circular Jacket (Purchase Only) Crochet Jacket Free Pattern via ‘Garn Studio’ Crochet Cardigan Free Pattern via ‘Ravelry’ Crochet Jacket Free Patterns via ‘Garn Studio’ The above Crochet Bolero Shrug Toddler Jacket was found on a site but the instructions seemed to be unclear. Crochet Circle Toddler Shrug Bolero Free Pattern via ‘Pinterest’ Crochet Hippy Jacket Free Pattern via ‘Ravelry’

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