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Overcoming a Fear of Multiple Loose Ends

I’ve made a sample of Bird of Paradise, Frida’s Flowers, in size 10 crochet thread 🙂

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It’s worked so well, I’m going to make the rest of the motifs in the blanket project in crochet thread too. I’d like to put together a miniature version of the blanket, but first, I’ll need to see how each motif looks in the size. The free pattern for the blanket can be found here.

The thing is, for a while, I’d been avoiding multi-color projects simply because I didn’t feel like weaving in multiple ends. I’ve always loved colorful crochet pieces and admired the work others produced in beautiful colorways. I just didn’t wish to work with more than just a few colors spaced out at quite large intervals, so it’d be easier to sow in the ends. Then, I came across Edie Eckart’s tip, which I really liked 🙂 In her “Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes”, she advises: Continue reading “Overcoming a Fear of Multiple Loose Ends”

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Crochet Pattern Making Study 1.1

Understanding the Basic Math Behind Crochet. Linear Pattern.

In my previous post dedicated to my endeavor to identify the elements of Math behind crochet pattern making, we looked at the correlation between a chain and other types of crochet stitches, namely, sc, hdc, dc, tr, and dtr.

Today, let’s take it one step further and see the stitches “in action”, shall we?

Here’s a basic Filet crochet pattern/chart I’ve made that we’ll be working with; I’ll name it Geometric Floral. We can use it to make a bookmark or a bracelet (repeat rows 2 to 5 for pattern as many times as you wish, until the desired length is achieved):

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A linear pattern like this will allow us to take a closer look at how the stitches work together. Plus, it’s a nice and pretty and a pretty easy classic. It involves only 2 types of stitches: ch and dc. The stitches form two main components of the pattern: an empty block and a filled block. Each block contains a core element of the pattern – a 3×3 cell.

Here’s our pattern reflecting the stitch architecture and noting the key points: Continue reading “Crochet Pattern Making Study 1.1”

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Crochet Pattern Making Study 1.

Understanding the Basic Math Behind Crochet.

 

As a novice crocheter I would wonder, well, how do they know which chain from the hook, in the foundation row, should the first stitch in row 1 be made in, and how do you know a multiple of what should the foundation chain be, and how do you decide how many chains should the turning chain contain?

 

Figuring out the basic math the crochet principles are based upon was a major breakthrough that made my crochet life so much easier 🙂

 

Why would you even care about the math when all you want to learn is how to crochet?  Because it will allow you to:

Continue reading “Crochet Pattern Making Study 1.”

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My Portable Crochet Station, or How I Keep My Crochet Thread from Rolling Around

May I introduce to you my Portable Crochet Station:

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Yep, it’s a storage basket from the IKEA Kids section.
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I love it how it keeps my crochet thread and yarn from rolling around. It’s so light, bright, compact and has no rough edges, meaning, no damage to my delicate crochet supplies. It even has a loop to thread the yarn through for more control, but that’s optional 🙂 When you travel, you can easily pack it in your suitcase, and then take it out at the hotel to do some crocheting if you wish.
It has enough space to house your hook, yarn, marker, and a printed pattern.
When I work on multicolor pieces, I use multiple baskets. That keeps the threads from tangling; while the numbering helps follow the pattern, especially if there are distractions 🙂
They sell sets of 3 colorful numbered baskets for just $4.99 🙂 I am not advertising for IKEA! 😀 I just like doing what I can with what I have. And as a Mama, I keep a few sets of these around at all times 🙂 One thing to keep in mind: if you do have kids in the house, make sure to keep your Portable Crochet Station out of their reach lest they mistake it for their toy basket or get curious about what you store in it.