Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Picot Loop Edging





  • Start with a slip knot as usual.  
  • Chain 2, and *on the second chain, continue to pull the thread until the loop is as big as you want it to be.
  • Remove your hook from the loop; insert your hook into the first chain.
  • Yarn over and pull up a loop.
  • Chain two and repeat from *.
  • When your Picot Loop Edging is as long as you want it to be, insert hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull up a loop; chain two, then cut thread and pull tail through.


Gently pull on the loops to tighten if necessary.

Sew the edging to a pillow case, guest towel, blouse or whatever you can imagine!



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Classic Granny Square in One Color



Chain 4, join with slip stitch to form a ring

Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as dc), work 2 more dc into ring *ch 3, work 3 dc into ring.  Repeat from * twice, then join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3.  

Round 2: Sl st into next 2 sts.  Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 2 more dc into ch 3 space, Ch 3, 3 dc into same space.  *Ch 2, [3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc] into ch 3 space.  Repeat from * twice, ch3, join with a sl st into top of first ch 3.

Round 3: Sl st into next 2 sts.  Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 2 more dc into ch 3 space, Ch 3, 3 dc into same space *Chain 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2 [3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc] in next chain 3 space.  Repeat from *twice, then ch 2, 3 dc into next ch 2 space.  Ch 2 and join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of beginning chain 3 - or join using invisible join as shown in the video.

Just a note - I like to only slip stitch in two stitches leading up to my chain 3 space whenever I start a new round and this is how the instructions are given here.  One of my fellow crocheters also makes a slip stitch into the chain 3 space, and she tells me this is how many others do it as well.  As you can see, my granny looks just fine the way I do it. Hers look just fine her way. You also should choose the way you prefer and what you think works best for you.  




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Crochet a Classic Granny Square in Two Colors



There are any number of variations in instructions for a Classic Granny Square.  In this particular sample, I will be making mine with 3dc - 3ch - 3dc shells, or clusters.  As you can see, this is also worked in two colors.

With Color A
Chain 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring

Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as dc), work 2 more dc into ring *ch 3, work 3 dc into ring.  Repeat from * twice, then join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3.

With Color B

Round 2: Join Color B by making a slip knot on hook, then place the hook into any chain 3 space from first round.  Draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops.  Chain 2 more (counts as a dc), then work 2 dc in same space to make half corner.  *Chain 2, [3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc] into next chain 3 space. Repeat from * twice, then ch 2, 3 dc in same space as beginning half corner, ch 3 and join with slip stitch into 3rd chain of beginning chain 3.

With Color A

Round 3: Join color as above in Round 2, then make 2 more dc in same chain 3 space to make half corner.  *Chain 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space, ch 2 [3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc] in next chain 3 space.  Repeat from *twice, then ch 2, 3 dc into next chain 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space as beginning half corner, ch 3 and join with a slip stitch into 3rd chain of beginning chain 3.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Tunisian Crochet Basketweave Stitch



Abbreviations:
Sts = stitches
Tks = Tunisian Knit Stitch
Tps = Tunisian Purl Stitch

Starting Chain: Multiple of 8 + 4

Work the basic foundation for Tunisian Crochet

Row 1: Tks into each of next 3 sts *Tps into next 4 sts, Tks into next 4 sts*  Repeat from * to end
Work a return pass

Repeat 3 more times

Row 5: Tps into next 3 sts *Tks into next 4 sts, Tps into next 4 sts*  Repeat from * to end
Work a return pass

Repeat 3 more times

Repeat these 8 rows for the pattern


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Change Color in Tunisian Crochet


Let's take a look at changing colors in Tunisian Crochet.  It is very easy, and you can choose whether or not you want to change on the left side of the work or on the right.

Each way gives a different look.  In the picture below, you can see that when changing colors on the left side of the work, the vertical bars of the previous color overlap the new color.  That is not so when the color change happens on the right side of the work.

To change colors on the left side of the work:
Complete a forward pass.  Drop the old color and, with the new color, work a return pass as normal.  Draw the new yarn through one loop, then yarn over and pull through two loops for the rest of the row.

To change colors on the right side of the work:
Work your return pass until there are two loops left on your hook.  Drop the old color, and with the new color, pull through the last two loops. If you are working in simple stitch as I did in the sample below, continue as normal; if you are working from a pattern or particular stitch, work as your instructions indicate.

That's it.  Below is a short video showing the color changes.  




Saturday, March 2, 2013

Tunisian Purl Stitch



This stitch can be a bit awkward at first (at least it was for me) but with practice you can easily master it.


Tunisian Knit Stitch



Once you are comfortable with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, give the Tunisian knit stitch a try.  This will give you a fabric that looks like knitted stocking stitch.