Saturday, July 28, 2007

Explaining a Multiple in Crochet Patterns

You have probably seen the term multiple used in projects and instructions before and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given, for example "multiple= 5 plus 3" or "multiple= 8 plus 10". This is the amount of chains that will be needed to for your project. It will help in determining how large you want your project to be. You might have a favorite stitch and want to use it in a baby afgan and a large adult afgan for yourself. Depending on the tension you use when you crochet, the size of your hook and the size yarn you are using; each will factor in to how large your final project will be. In helping with that you have the multiple. In the examples I have used above, the "plus 3" and the "plus 10" are used only one time. They help you get to the point in starting your project so you can complete your main pattern. The numbers before the plus, in this example are the "5" and the "8", determine how many chains you will need for the width of your project. The "5" means that it takes 5 chains to complete the stitch so the work will come out even. The "8" means the same thing, only it will take 8 chains to complete the stitch. Lets say that you are using the pattern that needs 8 to complete the stitch and you want 12 of the pattern stitches in your project. All you do is multiply 12 X 8 = 96. What you do is crochet 96 chains plus 10 more, which is 106 chains to complete the project. Remember, the plus amount is only done once and is for the stitch in the very begining of the project.

Crochet Hats



Here are some of the hats that I have been making. These are just a few of the many that I have done over the past few months.

Crochet Hat Playlist






If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet



Light Weight Crochet Mesh Cap



Crochet Cap with a Brim


Crochet Puff Stitch Cap


Crochet Cable Cap with Ear Flaps


Crochet Darling Cap

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fabric Adhesive for Securing Yarn Tails and Knots

I stumbled across a Fabric Adhesive the other day at Michael's Craft Store. I had been looking for something that would secure my yarn tails and knots. It is washable and drys clear, although it does stand out on black yarn if you were to use it in a visible place. The name of the product is Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives. I was thinking this would work on the tails and knots in the granny squares as well and keep them secure, so not to slip out of place after washing, as it the case in many instances where there are tails.


If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches



Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963


Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Friday, July 20, 2007

Crochet Abbreviations


  • [ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
  • ( ) = work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
  • * = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
  • * * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
  • ” = inch(es)


A:
alt = alternate
approx = approximately


B:
beg = begin(ning)
bet = between
BL/bk lp = back loop(s)
BLO = back loop only
bo = bobble
BP = back post
BPdc = back post double crochet(s)
BPsc = back post single crochet(s)
BPtr = back post triple crochet(s)


C:
CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch- = refers to chain previously made/worked
ch-sp = chain space
CL(s) =cluster(s)
cm = centimeter
cont = continue


D:
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
dec = decrease
dtr/dtrc = double triple/treble crochet


E:
ea = each
est = established


F:
FLO = front loop onlyfoll = follow
FP = front post
FPdc = front post double crochet(s)
FPsc = front post single crochet(s)
FPtr/FPtrc = front post triple/treble crochet(s)
FL/ft lp = front loop(s)


G:
g = gram
grp(s) = groups


H:
hdc = half double crochet(s)
hk = hook


I:
inc = increase


L:
lp(s) = loop(s)
lp st = loop stitch


M:
MC = main color
m = meters
mm = millimeters


O:
oz = ounce(s)


P:
pat(s) = pattern(s)
PC(s) = popcorn(s)
p = picot
pm = placemaker
prev = previous


R:
rem = remain
rep = repeat(s)
rev sc/reverse sc = reverse single crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side


S:
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
sk = skip(ped)
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)


T:
tbl=through back loop
tch/t-ch = turning chain
tog = together
tr/trc = treble/triple crochet
tr tr/trtrc =triple treble crochet/triple triple crochet(s)


W:
WS = wrong side


X:
X-st = cross-stitch


Y:
yd = yard(s)
yo = yarn over
yoh = yarn over hook




If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches


Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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