Wednesday, February 10, 2016

how to correctly place your post stitches

I love the looks of front and back post stitches to create beautiful cables and designs on an otherwise flat fabric. But I must admit, I sometimes have difficulty figuring out where my next stitch should be placed, whether I am transitioning to a post stitch or back to a "regular" stitch. This often leads to me having to rip out the row and start over, really concentrating on my stitch placement. 

There are a few tricks that I use for myself that I thought might be useful for everyone else as well. Below is the beginning stages of a pattern that I have in the works.

Instructions for Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), hdc in next hdc and each of the next 4 hdc, four-post cable over the next four stitches, hdc in next hdc and each of the next 7 hdc, four-post cable over the next four stitches, hdc in next hdc and each of the next 4 hdc, hdc in the turning ch, turn

I am about to do my four post cable where I must skip the next two posts and make a front post double crochet (fpdc) around each of the third and fourth post

   
It's not always so easy to tell if you are only looking at your current row, as it is hard to see which post your current stitch is actually sitting above. I have goofed up on this many, many times. So now I look at my previous row and count the posts. I just made 6 half double crochet (hdc) so I want to count in 6 posts and then my next two posts will be the ones I skip.


The two posts highlighted in a darker purple are the two posts that I am going to skip and I will place a fpdc around each of the next two posts as you can see in the next picture.


Now I must finish the four post cable by placing a fpdc around the two previously missed posts. After finishing my cable stitches, I return to making half double crochets, but this can also get confusing.


This is when I flip over my work and look at the back side. The post stitches push the tops of the stitches towards the back of the work and they are easy to locate. 

 

The stitches highlighted in soft blue are the tops of the stitches that have been pushed towards the back of the work. The cable was made up of four post stitches so count the four stitches and the next stitch (highlighted in purple) is where you will place your next hdc. 

 
Here it is on the front side again after doing a few half double crochet after the four post cable stitches.


Now you are off and running. Use these little tricks throughout your pattern and you will have no problem with your cables running amok. I know it has worked wonders for me and I hope that you find it useful as well. 

tara. 




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

new crochet pattern - cobblestone road infinity scarf by tara schreyer.



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cobblestone-road-infinity-scarf
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cobblestone-road-infinity-scarf

Skill Level: Easy

The textures of this scarf remind me of the old beautiful cobblestone roads meeting the paved roads of the modern world.

This well written pattern includes a chart and figure pictures to serve as visual aids to the written pattern. It is made up of the simple stitches of single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.

The pattern recommends using 705 yds/320 g of fingering weight yarn (2) but it would look beautiful in any yarn weight. I personally used Knit Picks Andean Treasure (100% Baby Alpaca) and a 5.00mm (H/8) crochet hook so it is lightweight and airy, yet warm.

Finished measurement (once blocked out): Approx 12" wide x 64" long (before joining ends)

Buy Now
(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "PUPPYLOVE20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, January 14th, 2016)  - See more at: http://knotsewcute.blogspot.ca/2015/12/new-crochet-pattern-puppy-love-by-kim.html#sthash.f0nQywdt.dpuf
 
(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "PUPPYLOVE20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, January 14th, 2016)  - See more at: http://knotsewcute.blogspot.ca/2015/12/new-crochet-pattern-puppy-love-by-kim.html#sthash.f0nQywdt.dpuf
(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off using the coupon code COBBLESTONEROAD20 at the checkout. Offer valid until January 31, 2016)

tara.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

sneak peek.

This cowl has been in my brain for over a year and I'm happy to say it has finally come about.


I love how it turned out! Simple stitches blocked out and 100% baby alpaca gives it a truly luxurious look and feel. Looking forward to sharing it with you in the very near future!

tara.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

how to crochet the loop stitch.

The "loop stitch", thus named because of the long loops that it creates, is a fun way to add texture and visual interest to your crochet project.


To crochet the loop stitch, insert the hook in next st as shown below. 


Wrap the yarn, front to back, over first and second finger as shown below. The yarn on your fingers become the loop. Yarn over and draw though a loop. 


Carefully remove fingers from the loop. Yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook.


Check out how we incorporated the loop stitch in one of our amigurumi crochet designs...

Puppy Love by Kim Miller

If you are interested in purchasing the "Puppy Love" crochet pattern shown you can find it here on Ravelry.com.



kim.




Thursday, December 31, 2015

new crochet pattern - puppy love by kim miller.


Puppy Love by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

Adopt your very own puppy...crochet stitch by crochet stitch!

Who could resist this lovable puppy? The legs and head are felted, whereas the body is left unfelted. This combination of texture adds to his character making him extra adorable.

This crochet pattern calls for ¾ of a ball of Patons® Classic Wool for felting [100 g (3.5 oz)/190 meters (210 yds) per ball, which is a worsted weight (4)]. You will also need a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook, washable fiberfill, popcorn kernels (or filling of choice), a 38 gauge all purpose felting needle, scraps of black wool, and a yarn needle.

The pattern calls for the following stitches: sl st, sc, hdc, double crochet sc2tog, and loop stitch.

The finished puppy measures approximately 12.7 cm (5”) tall excluding the legs. Please note that size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of wool. 




(Purchase this pattern from Ravelry and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "PUPPYLOVE20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Thrusday, January 14th, 2016) 




kim.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

new crochet pattern - woolly lamb by kim miller.



Skill Level: Intermediate

You can create your very own adorable, woolly lamb!

This crocheted lamb is packed with personality! The legs and head are felted, whereas the body and cap are left unfelted. This combination of texture is what adds to his character making him truly unique.

This crochet pattern calls for Patons® Classic Wool for felting [100 g (3.5 oz)/190 meters (210 yds) per ball, which is a worsted weight (4)] in the following colours: 1/3 of a ball of Dark Grey Mix, 1/2 of a ball Natural Mix and scraps of black. You will also need a 3.50 mm (E) crochet hook, washable fiberfill, popcorn kernels (or filling of choice), a 38 gauge all purpose felting needle, a yarn needle, a 14 mm (.55”) bell (optional) and a bit of string to attach the bell.

The pattern calls for the following stitches: sl st, sc, sc2tog, and bobble.

The finished lamb measures approximately 12.7 cm (5”) tall excluding the legs. Please note that size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of wool. 




(Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link above and receive 20% off your purchase by using coupon code "WOOLLYLAMB20" at the checkout. Offer valid until Tuesday, December 29th, 2015) 




kim.