The Braid Complex

Hey y’all!!

 

I’M SO LOOOOOVING CHARTS!!! I didn’t know charts could be so eaaaaasy and practical..

A couple a days back.. I was so bored I wanted to do some really challenging knitting..

And so I came across this really complicated set of braids.. its such a beautiful intricate pattern.. many of us must’ve come across it..

Its called a saxon braid or the celtic braid! It looks something like this:

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Yes, I did this myself!!! AND IM SO PROUD OF IT!!

Well this pattern is not at all that hard once you start it.. It just looks complicated and doing it from the chart is the best thing!

 

Here is the pattern taken from this website: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html

 

THe chart

(click on the pic, it will show a bigger image)

Just follow the chart  and you won’t go wrong!!

Somewhere I read the saxon braid looks perfect on a reverse stockinette.. but I went ahead and ignored it and did it on front stockinette..

It looked so bleh.. so I did it in reverse stockinette again and it turned out so beautiful!

So please try it out and let me know how it went!

 

Ciao

 

P.S: Because of no written instructions the post seems so small!! Another huge perk of charts- space saving!!! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

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My Knitting Revelations

Hey guys!!

For quite a few days now.. I’ve been meaning to let you guys know the certain knitting revelations I discovered very recently.. its very sad and hopeless that I got to know them now.. because of the fact that I’ve been knitting for about the 3 years now!! :O

Anyway,  as its said better late then never..

Okay here goes..

The first revelation:  Pushing me to the edge! 

My edges always turn out very messy when I’m doing a stockinette.. I used to be so frustrated and I almost never wanted to knit again..

But then knitting is really addictive.. granted crochet is easy.. but knitting is like.. Uh, I don’t know.. an old song which you’ll never get tired of.. a song which when you hear even after many many years, you’ll still know every word!

So well a couple of days back I picked up my knitting again.. and I was brushing up on it.. by watching some videos on youtube.. and Knitpurlhunter.com (This site is great!)

That’s when I noticed when people did a Stockinette, most of them just slipped the first stitch on to the right hand needle without knitting it!! (on the right side).

The same was done with the last stitch.

And these stitches were only purled at the wrong side!!

When I did that, my edges were so neat and all was right with the world again!! 😛

 

The second revelation (cue choir music): The BERMUDA CURVE

See this bag here?

Knitted bag

 

Well It’s a knitted bag.. and from all the neat work its so obvious I didn’t do it.. I bought this one a few months ago..

And since then I was obsessed with finding out how the curve was done..

And it didn’t click me.. until a few weeks ago.. its just like how you do round necklines in pull-overs.. So I started hunting out neckline instructions.. but I did not find any explicit instructions..

I found a video on youtube about round neck.. A Ms. Paula Wards Video.. She was really helpful and even answered a query I posted!

But then it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.. The round neck is achieved only when you complete a separate line of ribbing..

If you look at this bag closely.. it just ends the way it started.. a 2×2 ribbing throughout..

So I went into a frenzy and started posting the questions on forums!!! At midnight.. Its not like it couldn’t wait..

But I really just had to find it out, or I would have gone mad!!!

The first video which gave me a clue as to where to get started was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9m9ev89rTM

It was by a channel called Wool and the Gang (after checking out that video.. I ended up browsing through their entire list.. and I liked it.. So now they’re my new favourite go-to option when I have a knitting doubt!)

But the necklines they show are just rectangular.. they did say decrease occasionally to get a curve neckline..

So armed with that tid-bit of info I started.. with a small piece(I cast on 20 sts).. but no matter how hard I tried.. I decreased at the start as well as the end in each “strap”.. it didn’t work.. I decreased alternative rows.. nope, no luck..

I decreased at both knit and purl rows.. still no luck…

The curve just ended up being so wide open it was anything but circular or round.. Or it’ll be too steep that It was more like a “V” shape.. it was terrible..

Then I finally got my answer in RAVELRY!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS AT RAVELRY!! The members were so prompt and I got a reply the next morning itself!! (I posted at midnight and slept off in frustration..)

One member had suggested I should start with a particular number, then start decreasing the decreases successively.

For example, in the first row I take 3 stitches and knit them into 1 (decrease). In the next row I do the same..

But in the next row I shiuld take 2 stitches and knit them into one.. this way I should reduce the number of deacreases as I go up..

AND IT WORKED!!! TA-DAAAAH!!

the curve

 

The first one is in stockinette.. the second one (brown) is in ribbing.. I wanted to see if it works for ribbing… and the result is right there!

Hence the mystery of the unachievable curve was solved!! Thank you members of ravelry!! XOXOXO

Among the many suggestions.. one member suggested I use a Knitting graph.. And that’s my 3rd revelation

 

The third revelation: Graphology

I had never heard of knitting graphs before and it was a totally new concept!! So I started researching it (ahem, read googling it) and I opened the door to a completely new world!!

I found this really cool website which helps you do online graphs..

Check it out: http://www.tricksyknitter.com/

 

Then I found pages on how to do your own Knitting graphs using excel which was super cool!!

Check this if youre interested! I found this one really helpful: http://crochetparfait.blogspot.ae/2013/06/making-your-own-crochet-or-knitting.html?showComment=1385493766695#c1512045237651664388

 

My fourth revelation: All hail the charts!

I was one of those people.. who when they  see a chart with complicated slashes and dots and stuff, hikes their jean and runs for their dear life!!

Im  absolutely terrified of  charts and keys..

But browsing for graphs, I came across charts.. and found that they aren’t so complicated.. and its actually very very simple!

So steeling my resolve I started with a really nice looking pattern on: http://freeknitstitches.com/

They have a nice collection of patterns and most are very simple!

I started with this pattern: http://freeknitstitches.com/pattern.php?num=35&menu=6

Its called a salute? But I like to call it shell.. Because that’s what it looks like..

And after getting it wrong for the first time (also I did it in a darker colour, the pattern wasn’t all that visible!! Dumb me), I tried it again in a lighter colour and it turned out so pretty!!

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Im not afraid of charts anymore 😀 WOOOHOOOO!!

So I attempted this one as well from the same website.. and I guess I was knitting too loose, so it turned out like this..

Leaf

The leaf pattern is visible but not as pretty as they showed.. Im gonna give it another shot!

 

My 5th and final revelation: CABLE ALL THE WAY!!

I love cables and twist stitches.. They’re so decorative and pretty.. as a pretty strong disliker of embellishments, I like patterns which have built in decorative purpose..  so its no surprise I luuuurve cables..

But then a few days ago I discovered theres actually different kind of cables!

See this here?

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It’s a twist stitch.. basically its like a 1×1 cable and you have to carry it on every row..

 

Where as this one here?

cable

It’s a cable, in which 2 or more stitches are used and its not carried on every row! You just have to carry it when the cables have to be twisted..

If you want to know more and become clear about cabling, check her out:http://www.mariegracedesigns.com/marie_grace/2008/10/ditch-that-3rd.html

She makes it so clear, you’ll never ever hate  cable again!

So well after becoming a bit confident about cables, I finally attempted a full fledged (albeit a small) project and it turned out fantastic..

My dad wanted a pouch to protect his shades.. and well here it is!!

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I finished it pretty quickly… took about 5 hours I guess.. Give and take..

I may have finished it earlier if I wasn’t distracted by the TV!  O:)

The pattern is from here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/cable-twist-stitches/176-xoxo-stitch

But I made a slight modification.. I did not like the fact that the “honeycombs” weren’t aligned properly..

So instead of repeating between the arrows (pic, below) as mentioned..

Honeycomb

I just kept repeating the pattern between the red lines and it gave a nice aligned pattern..

After making a square piece, I just sewed up the sides  and the bottom!

Here it is with the shades!

Shades with thecover

 

Well, these are all the revelations that dawned on me! (Pretty late I may add!)

If there are any doubts about the patterns posted here.. please let me know, I’ll simplify it!! 🙂

Ciao

 

The Mysterious Afghan Treble Crochet – Part 2

Hey y’all!!

This the continuation of yesterdays post! Lets jump in right away..

We stopped till the 2nd circle..

Lets begin from the third circle.

Step 3: 3rd circle of flowers

Well the third circle is pretty much simple if you understood till the previous step. (Im doing it with a different colour here)

Make 4 chain stitches

F. –then YO twice and insert into the slipstitch (shown in pic) you made previously.

-YO, draw up a loop. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook.

-YO pull through the first 2 loops, 3 loops remain on the hook

-YO again pull through 2 loops again, and you’ll have loops remaining on the hook, leave it as it is

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Repeat it “F” again, it’ll look like the below picture.

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G. Now YO and pull through all the 3 loops. You’ll get a petal.

We have to go through the same procedure to get 3 petals on the same stitch.  (shown below)

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But on the adjacent tip, as shown in the above pic, instead of making 3 petals in one stitch, we make 2 petals.  After that we make a set of 2 petals again in the next one.

In the next one, we make a 3 petal set again.

Shown below:

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And this how it should repeat.

3 petals- 2 petals- 2 petals- 3 petals again

Finally when you come a whole round just slip stitch into the adjacent petal.

You’re third circle is done!!

If you look at your work now, you’ll see that there are 4 sets of 3 petals (shown below)

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These actually make the “corners”, if you want to finish off here.

Step 4: 4th circle (optional)

But if you want to make it bigger then all we do is, start the fourth circle from the slipstitch made at the 3rd circle.

After doing 2 petals, when you come to the points shown (with an arrow in the pic below) which is actually the centre petal of the 3 petal set- do a 4 PETAL set.

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So the repeat will be 4 petals-2 petals- 2 petals- 2 petals- 4 petals again

But I didn’t want it any bigger so I just finished of in the 3rd.

Now you’re bed of roses (or jasmine! :P)  is ready!!

All that’s left is the edging.

Step 5: Edging

 Join in a new color of  yarn anywhere except the “corner” and SC around (depending on the size of the yarn, you have to decide how many SC’s to make, I just did 2).

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To make the corner  more clear:

In the pic below, can you see the gap (marked by the circles)??

That is because I didn’t SC into the corners and just made 2 chain stitches as mentioned in the above pic.. this is what gives a nice Square edge.

Ta Dah!

After completing one row of SC, do another one and another if you wish. Always making a chain stitch at the place of a chain stitch in the corners. ( you may have to increase it from 2 Chains if you make it bigger.. Just see how many works for you.)

Phew!! That was one long pattern tutorial.. but when you do it, its actually so worth it!!

It looks so pretty!! They may be used singly as a coaster or joined with many more pieces like it to create a beautiful throw.

Hope you enjoyed it!! Please let me know in the comments!

And fire away if you have any doubts 🙂

Ciao

 

Mattress Stitch Tutorial

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Mattress stitch is used to sew together the sides of two stockinette stitch pieces of knitting. It creates an invisible seam and is often used to make up garments that are knitted in pieces.

“Ladder Rungs”

The most important factor in this technique is identifying the “ladder rungs” or horizontal bars of yarn. These are hiding behind the Vs of your stitches. So, before you begin to sew, gently pull your knitting until you see those “ladder rungs” they should look like the photo above.

Decide Where to Begin

There are “ladder rungs” between every stitch and behind every stitch, there are even some right on the edge of the knitting. Count in at least one stitch from the edge of both of the pieces you are seaming. You are looking for a column of stitches, close to the edge where the stitching is even.

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The Mysterious Afghan Treble Crochet- Part 1

Hey guys, a couple of days back I came across a very beautiful pattern on Pinterest.

It was described by many as : “a bed of roses”

Well it really was pretty!! (if you wanna check it out, just go Google Afghan Treble Crochet in Images, and most probably the first result, that turns up is that.. Its really pretty with a nice pink coloured flowery inside and a solid grey colour as the edging.

When I tried to search for its patterns , I found  nothing. Nada, zilch!

So I gave up, knowing this is gonna go down the same path as the many other patterns I loved but couldn’t do it because I had no explicit instructions!!

Anyway I started working on my other swatches… but I really couldn’t put this pattern off my mind..

So I pulled up the picture.. and just sat and stared at it..

I’ve heard and even seen some people (my aunt, for instance) who have eidetic memory.. they just get one good look at the picture or a sample and get started on it, and what they make turns up even more prettier than the original!

But I never could.. apparently the genes didn’t run in this side of the family 😥

Anyway, after staring at the picture for so long.. I thought I’ll give it a shot..

I first thought, its actually a square and it has to be started from the edges.. but then I came across a tiny info which said its actually done in circles!

With that  tip… I started my pursuit of the unknown.. looking at the petals I could figure out they were 3 trebles squished into one..

AND FINALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME (hopefully not the last) IN MY LIFE I DID SOMETHING COMPLETELY BY JUST LOOKING AT A PATTERN!! AND IT TURNED OUT AWESOME!!! (awesome according to my standard, anyway)

TA-DAAAAH!!!  *cue drum roll* Ta Dah!

 

It may not look like much, because its just a rough swatch.. with perfect colours its gonna look beautiful!! (I think it looks like a bed of jasmine. Okay, now Im really throwing it out there.. )

For the Instructions.. I’m gonna split it up into steps to make it easier to understand: the single flower, 2nd circle, 3rd circle, the edging.

Step 1: Making the single flower

Single flower

 A. Make a magic circle and chain 4,

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 B. -YO twice and insert into the ring.

-YO, draw up a loop. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook. (we’re making a    treble)

-YO pull through the first 2 loops, 3 loops remain on the hook

-YO, pull through 2 loops again, and you’ll have loops remaining on the hook, leave  it               as it is

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 C. Repeat B (which is actually an incomplete treble) all over again, now you’ll have 3 loops         on the hook. [a 4 chain(which acts as a treble) and 2  trebles beneath the 3 loops]

D. Now YO and pull through all the 3 loops.

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You’ll find that all those 3 stitches have come under one stitch, thus giving it a petal look.

  E.   Chain 5,  and then repeat “B” 3 times then do “D”.  You got the second petal.

Repeat “E”  after every petal till you get 6 petals.

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       After the 6th petal, make 5 chains and slip stitch into the chain stitch at the tip of the                1st  petal we did. (shown above)

You’ll end up with something that looks like a flower inside a hexagon.

Then pull the magic circle tight, and there you have it. Our first step completed.

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Step 2: 2nd circle of flowers

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Start by making 4 chain stitches,

    F. -then YO twice and insert into the slipstitch you made previously.

-YO, draw up a loop. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook.

-YO pull through the first 2 loops, 3 loops remain on the hook

-YO again pull through 2 loops again, and you’ll have loops remaining on the hook,                      leave it as it is

Repeat “F” again and you’ll have 3 loops on the hook. [a 4 chain(which acts as a treble)           and 2  trebles beneath it]  (Shown Below)

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G. Now YO and pull through all the 3 loops. You’ll get a petal.

H. Chain 5 and then repeat “F” 3 times (in the same slipstitch) and do “G”.

Repeat “H” again.

Basically what we’re doing is making 3 petals in one stitch (the slipstitch). I was dubious as  to whether the stitch will hold or break.. But it did hold.

We’ll call these 3 petals together as a SET.

J. YO twice and insert into the chain at the tip of the next petal as shown

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Repeat the steps of “F”all over till you get 3 trebles beneath and 4 loops (3 from the trebles and 1 from the tip of the adjacent petal) on the hook.

And proceed to make 3 petals (a SET) on the same stitch as explained previously.

You have to end up with a total of 6 sets (with 3 petals each) finally.

 

2 sets of petal

 

And to complete the circle, just slip stitch into the chain stitch at the tip of the 1st petal we did.. (shown in red)

Guys, Im gonna take a break here (Apparently writing down the instructions is harder than doing a pattern!)..

I’ll post the rest in tomorrow’s post..

Till then leave me your comments and let me know  if this was understandable.. What with the pictures and all.. (for which I worked twice as hard!!)

If not, I’ll edit this and make part 2 more clearer..

 

 

Ciao,

Rocky

P.S: Please zoom into the pics to see the text. It was normal, and somehow got shrunk when I uploaded it! And so my battle with pictures continue.. :/

How To – Make Personalised Knitter’s Graph Paper

Ah I’ve been looking for this everywhere!!

I’m a big believer in never buying anything you can make yourself and knitter’s graph paper definitely falls into that category.

But first a quick explanation for the non-knitters. Sometimes a knitter will use graph paper to map out a design which will go into the knitting, either in a different colour or in a different stitch. However, ordinary graph paper just won’t do for this, it’s too symmetrical and knitted stitches are rarely symmetrical, usually stitches are wider than they are tall. Therefore knitter’s graph paper is made of small rectangles which are wider than they are tall.

I’ve been looking around for some explanations of how to make the paper using an Excel spreadsheet, but they seem to be generically sized. So I thought about it for a little while and in the end this is how I made the graph paper for my project. It’s really easy…

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Tutorial: how to make and crochet with “Plarn” – plastic yarn

Finally something to do with the bags lying around!

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You’ve probably never heard of this but it’s becoming more and more popular!

Plarn!

It’s plastic yarn, made from carrier bags. Yep, the type you bring your shopping home in! If you have a wander around the Interwebs and Pinterest in particular, you’ll find people crocheting all sorts with it.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make and use your own. The process we’re going to follow can also make you t-shirt yarn (one of us would crochet with nothing else, if she could!).

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Crochet Basics 101

Hey guys!!

Because I got a request to make a  “How to Crochet”, here it is..

I’ll just walk you guys through all the basic stitches in crochet, the things required and a few other things!

What we need :

*A crochet hook which looks something like this :

 It comes in various sizes, but for starters going with the biggest hook size will be best.

* Yarn, which is this this:

Yarn

The yarn can be of wool, or cotton or even synthetic. Just find what you like best and crochet with it. But as a beginner, you need to see the stitches, so go for a light coloured yarn.

*A scissor, which looks something like this:

Scissor

HAHAHAHAHAH I was just messing with you guys!! 😛

(And by the way, the joke was on me.. when I googled scissors, you have no idea how many types of scissors I was exposed to)

These are the only things you need at the moment to get started on crochet! Once you make progress and try more intricate patterns other stuff come into play (stitch markers, measuring tapes, etc.)

Before we begin, go grab the hook and yarn and sit down.. do it along with the instructions.

LET US BEGIN!!

STEP 1: Holding the Hook and Yarn

*The hook: You can either hold it like a pencil or a large wooden spoon(like you’d mix a thick batter)

holding the needle

*The yarn:

This should be in the opposite hand, i.e if you’re a righty and hold your hook in the right then the yarn should be on the left. If you’re a lefty and hold your hook on the left then  the yarn should be in the right. Don’t fret..  its gonna take some  time and practice to feel comfortable holding the yarn.


STEP 2: Making a Slip knot/Slip Stitch

Now lets move on to the next step in crochet, which is making a slip knot:

Slip knot

“B” is the yarn tail (left over yarn) and “A” is the yarn you’ll be working with.

A slipstitch is basically a stitch which you can adjust the size of.. You can make it tighter or looser by pulling at the yarn tail “B”.

After you make a Slip knot, just insert your hook in and tighten the stitch by pulling it at the yarn tail.

This is how you should hold the hook and yarn:

Holding yarn

Or find some other position you’re comfortable with. The above is best because the pinky helps to control the amount of yarn you’re feeding the hook.

STEP 3: Making a chain stitch

Now that the needle is in the stitch, bring the yarn over around the hook (called yarn over or YO) and pull it through the stitch with the hook, this is your chain stitch!!

Chain stitch

Keep repeating this, and you’ll end up with a long chain.

It is the most basic stitch and no crochet can be done without this stitch. (All the other stitches are built on top of this)

Practice making a lot of chains, once you’re comfortable lets move on to the different basic stitches.

 THE DIFFERENT STITCHES

Single crochet (SC)

These stitches are tighter, thicker and shortest of all the stitches.

This is how its done: Make about 6 chain stitches (you can do it any number of stitches, Im just giving an example) skip the one nearest to the hook and insert the needle in the next stitch, YO pull it through the stitch (but don’t pull it through the loop on the needle like you did for the chain stitch). You should have 2 loops on the hook. Now yarn over and pull it through both the loops, this is your SC!!! Pretty simple, huh?

Single crochet 1 Make the next SC on the next stitch (no need to skip stitches). If you continue this you’ll end up with something like this:

SC

Keep practicing it on chains of different length. And the reason why we skip the first stitch is to add height.  See, for all the basic stitches a certain number of chains must be skipped (if it’s the first row) or added (if it’s the subsequent rows) to give it a smooth continuation.

You can make mats or coasters or even pot holders out of this stitch as it gives some thickness.

To make the subsequent rows, please check this video out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hm5cQ59BAY

Once you master the SC, nothing is impossible and all the other stitches pretty much follow the same path. So lets plough ahead!

Half Double Crochet (HDC)

This stitch is a bit tall compared to the SC, its puffy and gives a nice appearance with no defined edges.

This is how its done: Again make about 6 chain stitches. Yarn over (YO was not done in SC in this step. Keeping the yarn on the loop can be a bit of a challenge as it may tend to slip off. But don’t lose hope and keep at it!) and instead of skipping one stitch, skip 2 stitches from the hook and insert the needle in the next stitch, YO pull it through the stitch. You should have 3 loops on the hook. Now YO again and pull it through all the 3 loops. Voila, you made your first HDC!

                                                          HDC

Scarves and cowls can be made from this stitch, it even forms the basis of the petals on some flowers.

Double Crochet (DC)

This stitch is a taller than the HDC, its sturdy and neither too tight nor too loose.

This is how its done: Make 6 chain stitches. YO,  skip 3 stitches from the hook (not 2) and insert the hook in the next stitch, YO pull it through the stitch. You’ll have 3 loops on the hook (similar to HDC). Now YO, and instead of pulling it through all the 3 loops, just pull it through the first 2 loops.

After you do that, you’ll end up with 2 loops. YO again, and pull it through both the loops. Your first DC is done!!

DC

And if you got till here, you must be feeling pretty invincible right now, which is great!! 😀

The last and final basic stitch is,

Treble Crochet (TC)

This is the tallest stitch of all and not all that sturdy. It tends to be wobbly and I wouldn’t recommend making anything from it. But it is a cheat code in crochet and if you use this stitch, you can finish off your projects faster!

This is how its done: Make 6 chain stitches. Here’s where the change comes. Instead of doing a Yarn Over once, do it twice. Then skip 4 stitches from the hook (not 3) and insert the hook in the next stitch, YO pull it through the stitch. You’ll have 4 loops on the hook. Now YO, and just pull it through the first 2 loops. You’ll have 3 remaining loops, again YO and pull it through the first 2 loops. There will be 2 more loops remaining, YO for the last time (finally!!) and pull it through both the loops.

Treble crochet

Well there you go!! Those are the basic stitches in crochet and once you practice them and don’t need to refer to the instructions anymore, you’ll be good to go!

 EASY TECHNIQUES IN CROCHET

Now, I just want to share two more techniques in crochet. Everybody seems to miss out on this, even I learned these techniques recently.

The magic circle

Magic circle is a really useful method for crocheting flowers or anything circular. It can be pulled and made bigger or smaller according to our need. Usually flower patterns, just ask us to make a chain of a certain length and then make a ring by making a slipstitch into the first stitch, like this:

Magic circle

But this ring easy as it is, cannot be adjusted and sometimes it leaves a big gaping hole in the middle. And to our horror, we discover this only when we are nearly done with the pattern!

There’s no sane way to explain a magic circle in writing. (I mean, I’m basically a written instructions person.. But when I tried to learn it that way, I went MAD!!)

So check this video out, I found it really helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNeiPIL41M4

Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

In your crochet/knitting  life, there often comes a time when you wonder, “Wow, I cant believe I did not know this before! This would’ve made my life so much more easier!!!  :O )

Well the discovery of the FSC was such a moment for me and I couldn’t believe how stupid I was to not know this technique before!

First, let me back up and tell you about this wonder stitch the FSC.

Usually when we do patterns, the foundation is always the same:  make a certain number of chain stitches then SC (/DC/TC- Very rare cases) into each one of them then start your project.

But the problem with that was, if we miscount the number of chains then we’re in for big trouble.. we have to unravel everything we did up till that point and start all over again. Which is so annoying, and frustrating (believe me, I know :/) that you just think of giving up the whole project altogether (I did that a one too many times too!).

So when I discovered FSC I was literally singing, “I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW, THE RAIN IS GONE!!! I CAN SEE ALL OBSTACLES IN MY WAYYYYYYY..”

Because as the name suggests in this stitch, you’re  basically making a FOUNDATION but by combining the 2 step process (creating the chain first, then the SC over it) into one! So if you miscount the number of chains you can just pull out one stitch and not the whole thing!

Besides that, the FSC is really elastic and not rigid like the traditional foundations, and hence a joy to work with!

Ive heard of Foundation DC and Foundation TC, but I like my foundations to be stable and So I do not go down those unstable paths 😛

This video here demonstrates the FSC, once you learn it you’ll never use any other technique!]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sIJXTx7ilQ

I admit it’s a bit tricky, but just pause the video and do along with it, till you master every little step!

Well that was all the basics I could think of! If I missed out on anything please let me know.

And also let me know if you beginner crocheters found it helpful!

Next Up, is my Knitting Revelation. 😉

Heart-Shaped Corner Bookmarks

Hey there!!

My first post is gonna be about this adorable looking Corner Bookmark!

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Actually, I got the heart pattern from here: http://fizule71.blogspot.ae/2013/02/je-libo-valentynske-srdicko.html

And I could pretty much figure out the instructions once Google translated it to English..

Here we go:

Step 1: Make 31 chain stitches and do a slip stitch on the first  chain, making a ring. ( I thought the magic circle would also work, but I was wrong.. the arcs don’t turn out just as nicely.. )

Step 2: Now we work through each stitch of the ring. Basically a chain stitch has 3 different strands. (When we do stitches through it, we have to make sure we grab at least two of the strands.)

Okay so make 3 chain stitches (right after joining with the slip stitch), this is equal to one Double Crochet (DC).Then in the same stitch, make 2 DC’s. That will make it 3 stitches in the same chain stitch. This is actually makes up the right half of the tip of the heart.

Step 3: Make 1 DC each in the next 6 chain stitches. This is the right side of the “V” portion of the heart.

Step 4: Make 2 DC’s each in the next 6 chain stitches, which gives us a total of 12 DC’s. This makes up the right curve of the heart.

Step 5: In the next chain stitch, make 5 Partial  DC’s

And this is how its done:  Wrap the yarn around the needle, insert it into the chain stitch, grab the yarn with the hook and pull through. You’ll have 3 loops on the needle. Now, wrap the yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, and you’ll end up with 2 loops on the needle. So far, it’s just like a double crochet yes? Well after this is where it becomes a partial; instead of wrapping the yarn over and pulling through the remaining 2 loops, just leave it as it is.

Repeat this 4 more times into the SAME CHAIN-STITCH. After that you’ll end up with 6 loops on the needle, just wrap your yarn over pull through.Make a chain stitch. It gives a sort of  squashed look- which is the pinch portion of the heart.

[Note: you can make seven partial DC’s too and you’ll end up with a more nice deep pinch heart]

After this step of the heart we pretty much have to copy whatever we did till step 5 but in reverse (It’s the mirror image..)

Step 6:   Make 2 DC’s each in the next 6 chain stitches, which gives us a total of 12 DC’s. This makes up the left curve of the heart.

Step 7: Make a DC each in the next 6 chain stitches. This is the left side of the “V” portion of the heart.

Step 8: In the last remaining stitch, make 3 DC’s. Then make a chain stitch and join it (with a slip stitch) to the top loop of the 3 chain stitches we made at the beginning (remember the one which we made to pose as a DC?)

These are the steps to the basic heart, which are pretty as they are. You can just snip off your yarn here and weave in the ends and you’ll end up with this!

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If you’re in the mood for some extra fancy look, you can proceed with the below step without snipping the yarn off.

Step 9: Make 3 chain stitches, skip the first DC and insert into the top of the next DC and make a Single Crochet (SC). Continue this throughout and when you reach the beginning, just slip stitch into the top stitch of the 3 chain stitch.

Snip off your yarn and weave in the ends and VOILA!! You’re done!

The completed heart

But then these were just two cute looking hearts… For no  reason at all I made two of them.. And then in an eureka  moment I just sewed them up at its “V” portion and got a cute little corner bookmark!

Hope you found this post useful! Let me know in the comments.

Also if you want me to make any crochet or knitting patterns and explain, just let me know in the comments below and I guarantee I’ll follow it up!

Guys, I have a confession to make.. As a “technologically” handicapped person I had a hard time dealing with Photoshop.. I made the stupid (not to mention rookie) mistake of not clicking  proper pictures and I fooled myself into thinking I could just touch it up in Photoshop, “Oh, it will be oh-so-easy,”

But then, by the time I was done with one pic I broke into sweats and got panic attacks (Okay, I’m just exaggerating now..)

Anyway, please bear with me for the pictures.. I’ll put up better ones next time!

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to leave your comments!