Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Touching Yarn before Purchasing

Are you like me and like to touch your yarn before you purchase it?  I know I do.  When I see yarn online and it's a little more pricier, I may be reserved in following through with a purchase, especially if I need to box it up and send it back.  Sometimes the pictures may not be accurate
and the yarn colors are different upon arrival.

I would like to see a yarn sample section in stores where we could touch the yarn not available in the store.  This way when we go home to purchase online, we have a good idea what we are purchasing.  When you go into a home improvement store, they have fabric samples so you can feel what you are getting before you purchase draperies.  Same with carpet.  With yarn online, we are guessing at how it feels.

Offer a discount to the customer and referral to the store with the online purchase.   Instead of Internet and Brick/Mortar completing, they could work together to enhance our selections.

Maybe it already exists in some larger communities.

Tell me what your thoughts are on this?






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Solid Crochet Square Baby Afghan


This afghan is approximately 24" across. You can continue with the basic pattern to make it larger. I found that it was necessary to switch to a smaller crochet hook on round 14, otherwise it was getting to full on the edges. The video will get you started for the first 5 rounds. I would recommend a simple reverse or backward single crochet edging.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds

Video Tutorial: Lefty Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds


Written by Teresa Richardson

Materials
Size K Crochet Hook
Size J Crochet Hook
4-Ply Yarn

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.
(7 double crochet total on each side)

Round 3: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC, Complete 3 times total from *,
2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (11 double crochet total on each side)

Round 4: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 11 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 11 DC, Complete 3 times total from *,
2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (15 double crochet total on each side)

Round 5: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 15 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 15 DC, Complete 3 times total from *,
2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (19 double crochet total on each side)

Round 6: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 19 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 19 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (23 double crochet total on each side)

Round 7: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 23 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 23 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (27 double crochet total on each side)


Round 8: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 27 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 27 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (31 double crochet total on each side)

Round 9: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 31 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 31 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (35 double crochet total on each side)

Round 10: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 35 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 35 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (39 double crochet total on each side)

Round 11: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 39 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 39 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (43 double crochet total on each side)

Round 12: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 43 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 43 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (47 double crochet total on each side)

Round 13: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 47 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 47 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (51 double crochet total on each side)

Round 14: Change to a size J crochet Hook. CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 51 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 51 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (55 double crochet total on each side)

Round 15: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 55 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 55 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (59 double crochet total on each side)

Round 16: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 59 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 59 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (63 double crochet total on each side)

Round 17: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 63 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 63 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (65 double crochet total on each side)


Round 18: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 67 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 67 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join. (69 double crochet total on each side)

Continue with the basic pattern and corner increases for a larger afghan.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Larksfoot Crochet Pattern Stitch - Baby Afghan



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Larksfoot Crochet Stitch - Baby Afghan

Video Tutorial:
Larks Foot Crochet Stitch - Baby Afghan

Video Tutorial:  Larksfoot Crochet Pattern Stitch Left Hand Tutorial

Written by Teresa Richardson

Extended or Long Double Crochet - This is where you will work a double crochet several stitches below the row you are on. You will need to pull up on the stitch and allow for some additional yarn, so the stitch does not sag.

Multiple: 4
You will add 4 chains for each segment of the pattern stitch that you want to add to the width.

Example: If you want to make a baby afghan with a size I/5.5mm crochet hook, 4-ply yarn, you will chain 108. This will give you an estimated width of 34 inches.

Ch 31
Row 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook, DC in next CH, *CH 1, SK 1 CH, 1 DC in EA of next 3 CH. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 2: CH 3, 1 DC in EA of next 2 DC, *CH 1, SK CH, 1 DC in EA of next 3 DC. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 3: CH 4, this will count as the first DC, CH 1, Sk the next DC, DC in the next DC, work an extended DC below the 2 previous CH 1 spaces. DC in the next DC. *CH 1, Sk the next DC, DC in the next DC, work an extended DC below the 2 previous CH 1 spaces. DC in the next DC. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 4: CH 4, this will count as the first DC, 1 DC in EA of the next 3 DC, *CH 1, 1 DC in EA of the next 3 DC . Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 5: CH 3, work an extended DC below the 2 previous CH 1 spaces. 1 DC in the next DC. *Ch 1, skip the DC, DC in the next DC. Work an extended DC below the 2 previous CH 1 spaces. 1 DC in the next DC. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 6: CH 3, 1 DC in EA of next 2 DC, *CH 1, SK CH, 1 DC in EA of next 3 DC. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Repeat rows 3-6.










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