Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sorry for a delay

I'm currently working on a doctor appointment.   I caught an upper respiratory infection and it's getting worse not better.  I'll catch up soon.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Day 11 a year of stitches

Today's stitches will be

Parallelogram and single crochet ribbing

Parallelogram

This stitch is a variety of ribbing with very wide sections that are then offset.  This is easier than it sounds.  Choose your multiple of stitches or work within the numbers you have available.   The purls are equal to the knits.  My example will use multiple of 10.  In this example the shapes lean to the left at the top.

R1: *k5, p5.  Repeat from * across.
R2:  p1, * k5, p5. Repeat from * across.   End p4.
R3: p2, * k5, p5. Repeat from * across.  End p3.
R4: p3, * k5, p5. Repeat from * across. End p2.
R5: p4, * k5, p5. Repeat from * across. End p1.
R6: p5, * k5, p5. Repeat from * across.   End k5.

Repeat r 1- 6 for pattern.

Single crochet ribbing

Any number of stitches.

Ch the number needed plus 1.

R1:  In 2nd ch from hook and each ch, sc. Ch 1 and turn.

R2: in each sc, sc in each sc in the back loop only. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat r2 until you have a square.

This stitch has vertical stretch and a ridge running across the row.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 10 a year of stitches

Today's stitches will be

Cables and post stitches

Cables tend to pull in knitting just like ribbing does, but the crosses make it permanent.   These are basic twisted rope cables.

Cast on 26 stitches.

R1 and all odd numbered rows: (wrong side) - k2, p4, k2, p6, k2, p8, k2.
R2: p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2
R4: p2, c4b, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2
R6: p2, k4, p2, c6f, p2, k8, pw
R8: p2, c4b, p2, k6, p2, c8f, p2
R10: p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2
R12:  p2, c4b, p2, c6f, p2, k8, p2
R14:  p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k8, p2
R16:  p2, c4b, p2, c6f, p2, c8b, p2

Rep these 16 rows until you have a square. Bind off in pattern.

Post stitches

These add a textural element to the crochet fabric.  Post stitches can add a drawing in of the fabric like ribbing does in knitting.  Posts can be a jumping off point for other textural elements of crochet.

Ch 26.

R1: in the 4th ch from hook and each ch to the,  dc.  Ch 3 and turn.
R2: dc in 2nd dc and next 4 dc,  (fptr around next dc, dc in dc) 5x, dc to the end and in the top of the turning ch. Ch 3 and turn.
R3: dc in 2nd dc and next 4 dc,  (bptr around fptr,  dc in dc) 5x, dc to the end and in the top of the turning ch.   Ch the number needed 3 and turn.
Rep R 2&3 until you have almost a square. Dc in each st across.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A quick and easy way

I wish there were quick and easy ways to do lots of things.  I bet most people do.

I've been too lazy, or maybe not motivated enough,  to get up and hunt for a ruler or measuring tape. I don't have one in the shopping bag I'm using for #yearofcrochetstitches and #yearofknitstitches.   So how do i know if my squares are the right width? How do I know if they are actually square?

I know from years of gardening that I have 8" from thumb tip to pinky tip.  This is the measurement my peas grew in double rows.  Half of this is directed to me by the point of the between my index and middle finger.  Try the measurements for your hands.  Does it hold up for you?

Now, the quick and easy way to determine whether or not you have a square. Once you think it looks like a square,  to be sure, fold it corner to corner  so it forms a triangle. If the width matches the length, you have a winning square.  Once you become comfortable with your own particular gauge,  you can even start determining how many rows you have to knit or unknit.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Day 9 a year of stitches

Today's stitches will be

Turkish stitch  and filet,  variant 2

Turkish stitch

Looks very similar to the basic fagoting.

Row 1: k1, *yo, k2tog ; rep from *to last st, k1

Repeat this row until you have reached your desired length

Filet,  variant 2

This is still a lace worked with double crochet and chain spaces,  but the chain stitch spaces are 1 chain wide.  The same picture we did yesterday will be much thinner today. 

Get the same graph paper from yesterday and draw a line down thru each row of squares you will need.  This should be the same as yesterday. Now draw your picture.

As yesterday,  the chain starts on the left and goes to the right. 

Day 8 a year of stitches

Today our stitches will be

Basic faggoting and filet crochet,  variant 1

Basic fagoting is a very basic lace.  Multiple of 2

Cast on an evern number of stitches

Row 1: k1, *yo, ssk; rep from *to last st, k1

Repeat this row until you have reached your desired length

Filet, variant 1

Filet crochet is a basic lace formed by double crochet and chain spaces.  The traditional way of doing filet was to form squares.  You can create very basic pictures in this grid lace by making some of the squares solid. 

Using a small piece of lined paper or graph paper, divide your number of chains by 3.  That is the number of boxes wide and high you have to work with.   I am choosing to use my initial. Using a very rough graph, this is close to what I'm doing.

|   | * | * |* |   |   |
| * |   |   |   | * |   |
| * |   |   |   |   |   |
|   | * | * | * | * |  |
|   |   |   |   |   | * |
| * | * | * | * | * |  |  <----- start here with the plus 5, dc in 6th ch from hook.

R1: ch number of stitches plus 5, dc in 6th ch from hook,  dc in the rest of the ch.

R2:   ch 5, dc in 3rd dc, ( ch 2, dc in 3rd ch ) 4 times, dc in last sts including the top of the turning ch.

R3:  ch 5, dc in 3rd dc,  dc in each dc, until there are 3 dc left, ch 2, dc in top of the turning ch.

Continue following the chart.  Your chart will probably be different from mine.  Each box shares a dc as you go across and has 2 chains.  When you follow your chart, start at the bottom right corner.

Day 7 a year of stitches

Today's stitches will be

Herringbone and half double herringbone

Herringbone

This stitch is a multiple of 7 plus 1

R1: (wrong side)  - purl
R2: * k2tog,  k2, inc as follows, insert point of right hand needle from the top down through the (purled) head of the st below next st, and k; then k the st above; k2; rep from *, end k1.
R3: purl
R4: k1, *k2, inc as r2, k2, k2tog;  rep from *.

Rep R 1- 4.

Half double herringbone

Any number of stitches plus 2.

R1: hdc across. Ch 2 turn.
R2:  * draw up a loop,  pull thru 1 loop on the hook, yo, pull thru 2 loops.

Repeat these 2 rows until you have a square.