Tuesday, March 13, 2018
As you tap a section to see what lovely morsels are there, you get an ad. When you tap the pattern or tip or technique, you are whisked away to YouTube and an ad will play for at least 5 seconds before you can start the video. You can usually stop the video after 5 seconds by pressing the skip ad button.
All in all I wouldn't download this app. It's a directory rather than a how to. I'd prefer to save the space on my device for patterns and such and search YouTube for the desired pattern, tip, tutorial, teacher.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
And now the Popcorn…….
This is the largest of the three. Popcorns are a series of five or seven double crochet, usually. When you reach the stitch where a popcorn is desired or called for in the pattern or chart, work 5 double crochets in the next stitch. Remove the hook from the loop, insert it in the top of the first double crochet, reach over and hook the loop you just dropped. Pull it through. Now continue to the next stitch. It’s as simple as that. If there will be Popcorns on each row, you may need to push alternating rows to the right side. They tend to not all puff to the same side. Now wasn’t that easy? Try a crocheting a row that is *2 dc, Popcorn. Repeat to the end, ending with 2 dc. Now repeat this row 10 times. Do your popcorns line up in columns or are they all over? Do they all show up on the same side or do they need persuaded? Most will need to be persuaded.
And now for the bobble or puff stitch……….
This is the next largest stitch, at least in my opinion. A bobble or puff stitch is the height of a double crochet. Similar to the popcorn, it is comprised of four to seven stitches. Let’s see how it works up.
In the stitch that a bobble or puff stitch is desired or indicated in the pattern/chart, work the following. * Yarn over the hook, insert the hook in the stitch and draw up a loop to the height of your double crochet. Repeat from the * 3 to 6 times more. The pattern will tell you how many times. Wrap the yarn around the hook one last time and pull through all the loops on the hook. Now work a double crochet in the next 2 stitches. Following the practice row above, try this puff stitch for ten rows. How does this compare to the popcorn above? How is it different?
And finally clusters……
Clusters can fall into two categories. They can be decreases. They can also be a textural element like the puff stitch and the popcorn. Let’s see how these are the same and how they differ. For a decrease, your pattern will specify where to locate them, wrap the yarn around the hook, insert the hook in the indicated stitch and draw up a loop. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through two loops. Stop. Wrap the yarn around the hook and insert in the next stitch and draw up a loop. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through two loops. There are three loops on the hook now. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through three. See how you have lost a stitch? Decreases are utilized on sleeves as you work from the shoulder down to the wrist, at the crown of a hat, or anywhere shaping is desired. Let’s try 5 rows of this type of cluster following the practice row above.
But let’s get back to our textural element of the cluster. Again your pattern will specify where to locate a cluster stitch. You can also choose where to put it. A cluster stitch for texture can have two to four stitches in it. Now let’s try a cluster in the next stitch. * Wrap the yarn around the hook, insert the hook in the stitch and draw up a loop. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through two of the loops on the hook. Repeat one to three times in the same stitch. Now wrap the yarn around the hook one final time and pull through all the loops on the hook. See how you have one footprint? One stitch at the top? But the bulk is in the center. Do you see how this is the same? You start the double crochet without finishing it. Do you see how this is different? You start each double crochet in one stitch in the textural version and in separate stitches for the decrease version.
Try 10 rows of this cluster following the practice row above.
Do you have the same number of stitches that you started with? How many stitches do you have left in the decrease version?
Friday, March 9, 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Week 9 we looked at the log cabin stitch pattern for both knit and crochet. It was very easy using the most basic stitch in knit and crochet.
Week 10 let's expand on the crossover between quilting and crocheting. Our stitch pattern is shoo fly. Shoo fly is a 9 patch quilt pattern featuring 4 solid squares in the background color, 1 solid square in contrast color and 4 half square triangle squares in mc and cc. For crochet, let's utilize the basic solid granny square.
Ch 5 and join in a ring with a sl st.
R1: ch3, 2dc in ring, * ch2, 3dc in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times, end ch 2 and join with a sl st in top of ch 3.
R2: ch3, * dc in each dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * to the end. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
R3 and R4: rep R 2. Fasten off after R4.
Make 3 more in mc and 1 in cc.
The half square triangle square directions are next.
Ch 5 and join in a ring with a sl st.
R1: with mc, ch3, 2dc in ring, * ch2, 3dc in ring. Repeat from * once more, then join cc and repeat 2 more times, end ch 2 and join with a sl st in top of ch 3.
R2: with mc, ch3, * dc in each dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp. Repeat from * once more in mc, join cc and repeat to the end. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
R3 and R4: rep R 2. Fasten off after R4.
For the knit version, we will utilize a variant of the dishcloth pattern.
Cast on 3 sts with mc.
R1: k1, kfbf, k1
R3: k1, kfb, k to last 2sts, ending ķfb, k1
Rep R2 and R3 until there are 15sts. Rep R2 then go to R4.
R4: k1, k2tog, k to last 3sts, ending k2tog, k1
Rep R2 and R4 down to 3sts. Bind off.
For the half square triangle square, k the pattern to the last R2 at 15 sts. Join cc and repeat R4 and R2 down to 3sts. Bind off.
Placement of the squares to form the pattern.
R1 half square triangle square with cc pointing to center, solid mc square, half square triangle square with cc pointing to center.
R2. Solid mc square, cc solid square, mc solid square
R3. half square triangle square with cc pointing to center, solid mc square, half square triangle square with cc pointing to center.
Seam carefully using a mattress stitch. Block 1 to 2 then 2 to 3 for each row. Now seam rows together.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Four is a great number of swatches and can be so very versatile. What ideas can you come up with? Here are things I came up with or have seen online over the years.
- Book mark: Like last month use thread. Seam 3 as before. Crochet with a tiny hook around the edges, starting in the center of one of the short sides. When you meet back up with the edging, chain for 6 - 9 inches and go around the last square. Now you have a dangle. Keep the dangle for a fancy swatch!
- Dishcloth: Using cotton, create 4 swatches or granny squares. Coordinate the patterns or colors. Seam them in the shape of a square and edge or not as desired.
- Pillow cover: Do you have a square sofa cushion that is worn on one side? Create a dishcloth using yarns that work with your décor and in a size that will fit your pillow.
- Hot water bottle cover: Use your favorite yarns. Make 4 squares that are about 8 inches. Seam into a square, then fold in half. Seam one short end and the long side. Add a tie woven through the other short end. Slide the hot water bottle in, fill and cinch closed.
- Eyeglass case: Use non scratchy yarns. Seam together to create a two layer thick tube. Seam one short side. Add a clasp to the other end if desired.
- Doll blanket: Depending on the size of the doll, seam the swatches together in a square shape. The swatches should be a little more than the width of the doll. This way the doll can stay warm.
- Hot mat: Need a larger mat to protect the table? Platters for the holiday turkey, goose or ham require a larger hot mat/trivet than is generally available. For this you will need to use cotton or wool yarn and several layers of felt. Make your swatches 6 - 10 inches square. Seam 2 together for each side. Layer together with the felt in the center. Seam or crochet around the outer edge. Don't use acrylic yarn as it can melt depending on how hot your platter, pan, or baking dish is.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Be sure to SAVE your additions, editing, changes before downsizing to answer your phone, if used on your phone, or check time or anything else. If you don't, you will lose whatever you put in.
I found this out the hard way. I went to answer a local call only to find it was a telemarketing call and that I lost my additions to my new project.