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Buttons and Buttonholes

Buttons and Buttonholes
Buttons and Buttonholes These seem like the simplest of closures but you will want to take careful consideration of the size of your buttons relative to the size of your garment as well as the function of the button (is it decorative or utilitarian?). After you have thought about these factors you are ready for the following steps… Before making your buttonholes Pick out the buttons for your project. Button selection—shank vs. flat Usually shank buttons are best for knitted garments since the button shank gives more vertical clearance for the thickness of the knit fabric. If you are using a flat button, you may want to create a shank by wrapping thread or yarn around the stitches that attach the button to the fabric. One-row buttonhole The one-row buttonhole is a firm horizontal buttonhole that is self-edging. 1) Bring yarn to the front of work. 2) Slip the next stitch, and then pass your previously slipped stitch over it. * Click here to reference our tutorial about the cabled cast on. Related:  Knitting and Crochet TechniquesTechniques and Stitchescraftwork

Tutorial: Crocheted Jogless Stripes A common problem in amigurumi: you want to crochet something striped, but there's this funky looking stairstep "seam" running diagonally where you change colors. How do you get rid of that!? EDIT: I've also put together a pair of videos showing this technique in action. The easy answer would be to just hide the seam in the back or somewhere else out of notice, but let's say that this option won't work for you, or that you're making a long, spindly striped piece where the seam can't really be hidden. Click the photo above to read more. Method #1: Jogless Stripes when working in a single crochet spiral Normally, making stripes when working in a spiral leaves a rather messy line where the color changes happen: Try this technique to make your color transitions a little bit cleaner: Step 2: Complete the single crochet by pulling through a loop of the *new* color. Step 3: Make 1 slip stitch in the new color Step 4: Continue the round as usual. Step 4: Make your slip stitch using the new color.

The Thumb Trick: Sometimes called an afterthought thumb, I first read about it in Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I really like this method because it's seamless; sometimes when patterns have you place stitches on a holder and then cast on the top stitches you can get an odd seam right in the crease where your thumb meets the hand, and that can be uncomfortable. The only trouble that some people may have with this method is that you cannot immediately try on your mitten in progress, as you can with mittens where the stitches are put on holders. But if you want to you can just knit a few more rows and then pick up the stitches instead of waiting until the mitten is done, threading the waste yarn through them so you can try on your mittens as you knit. The trick: Knit to where you want to place the thumb hole, and take a length of contrasting yarn, and knit the thumbhole stitches with it instead of your working yarn: (see the working yarn, still on the right-hand side of the work?) Ta da!

How to Get a Straighter Seam Working HDC in the Round | Charmed By Ewe When making a hat my preferred stitch is the half double crochet; the only problem with working hdc in the round is the running or diagonal seam that is created when rounds are joined. I’ve been playing around with stitch placement on the last few hats I’ve made and I think the resulting straighter seam is much neater looking. *NOTE* – The method described below will only work if the starting chain of each round does not count as a stitch. There are two steps to getting a straighter seam on a crochet HDC hat. {make 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch} repeat around Since the HDC naturally slants to the right, working increases at the beginning of the set is going to accentuate the slant, so you will want to reverse the instructions, placing the increase at the end of the set like this: {hdc in first stitch, make 2 hdc in next stitch} repeat around The next step comes after the last increase round is finished and you are about to start working the body of the hat. Cheers, Janaya

Knitting - Entrelac Pattern When I first saw this pattern…. wow, this woven knit strips pattern is so beautiful!!! I definitely want to make this, but how? Thanks to the modern technology of internet, I searched through the web and found some videos that taught about it. There are 6 parts of video tutorial to complete the entrelac knitting pattern, go through each of them and you will be able to do the same. I am not a proclaimed professional in knitting, but I have the passion to create something out of the needles and yarns. So, you think it is a real woven knit strips? [update: I made this into an Entrelac Messenger Bag] SOURCE: Planet Purl youtube video tutorial. Part 1 – Bottom Triangles [Watch this video in Youtube]Part 2 – Left Edge Triangles [Watch this video in Youtube]Part 3 – Wrong Side Rectangle [Watch this video in Youtube]Part 4 – Right Edge Triangles [Watch this video in Youtube]Part 5 – Right Side Rectangle [Watch this video in Youtube]Part 6 – Top Triangles [Watch this video in Youtube]

Double Knitting - Knitting Community Double knitting is the exception to many knitting rules. You can double knit a stockinette scarf, and it will lay flat instead of curling. Color knitting will be reversible, showing a negative of the image on the back of the work instead of floats. How is this possible? Double knitting produces a fabric with the right sides showing on both sides of the work. Cast on Cast on with double the number of stitches The cabled cast on is great for double knitting because it creates a flexible edge. Cast on with yarn held double You could also use the cast on of your choice, but with the yarn held double. How to Double Knit Single color double knitting instructions This is the easiest way to do double knitting Cast on an even number of stitches *Knit 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, repeat from * across the row Repeat stitch pattern on each row Bind off (using any method) Double knitting with one color in the front and one color in the back Repeat these two stitches across the row

Cheat Sheets for the Knitter - U Create We’ve had quite a few requests for Cheat Sheets for Knitters — due to the popularity of our Cheat Sheets for Crocheters post. Due to the talented knitters our there who share their talents with us we bring you cheat sheets for our knitting friends… Kitchener Cheat Sheet by Knitty Hat Knitting Guide by NobleKnits 5 Basic Shawl Shapes by Laylock How to Knit by Behance Knitting 101 by Craftervention Knitting Conversion Guide by Craftsy Crochet Sphere Pattern Calculator This is a crochet sphere pattern generator. It's easy to crochet a rough approximation of a sphere, but for mathematically inclined people this is the only method that gives real satisfaction. I'm far from being an experienced crocheter but I've been able to make some quite satisfactory spheres this way (picture on the right). If you have comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My address is at the bottom of the page. To get a customized pattern, simply enter the circumference of the sphere and press the button. NEW: Try the Crochet Lathe: Simply draw the outline and the program will generate the pattern.

Tutorial: Blocking Acrylic Yarn | A Modicum of Ingenuity 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.). Furthermore, I rarely ever make any sort of garment, thereby making it not economically nor practically favorable to work with cellulose or natural fibers. 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:

Crocodile Stitch ...so I came across a lovely pattern on www.ravelry.com that included using, what they called, the Crocodile Stitch. Firstly, I have no problem paying for a pattern that someone has created and posted on the internet. BUT, I don't think there is any reason to have to pay to learn a stitch. So I really loved this "Crocodile Stitch", but couldn't find it anywhere in an This video, however, only shows how to create the first row, and not the second row and so forth. So to be a good citizen, I will share my method with you, so that you can have a lovely scarf for yourself and your loved ones. Crocodile Stitch Scarf Medium: Crochet Tools: You can use whatever yarn/hook combination you want. l Hobby Lobby. Gauge: Whatever you want! Abbreviations: ch - chain, DC - double crochet Create slip knot. * For the scarf I made above, I chained 18. DC in 3rd chain from hook. *Ch 2, Skip 2 ch, 2 DC* until the end of the chain. Ch 1. 5 DC in first DC Ch 1. 5 DC in second DC. Skip next set of 2 DC's. Ch 1. Enjoy!

Tunisian Crochet How-To… Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch Welcome friends! This is my first How-To blog post and I am excited to share with you. I am going to show you how to Tunisian Crochet. Tunisian Crochet is a fabulous way of mixing crocheting and knitting. To start off, you need a Tunisian Crochet hook. As you can see, it’s a long crochet hook… … with a stopper at the end like a knitting needle. If you can’t get your hands on one of these, you can use one of your regular crochet hooks. As far as yarn, feel free to use whatever you have on hand that will work with your hook. Stitches Ch– Chain Yo– Yarn over Sts- Stitches Sk– Skip Sl St– Slip Stitch Did you notice there’s no single, double, treble (etc.) crochets? A big thing you need to know and keep in mind as you do this is that you will go back and forth on your work and never turn. The Forward Pass you will be working right to left and The Return Pass you will work left to right. So lets getting started! First we need to do the foundation row, which is one forward pass and one return pass.

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