Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips. Show all posts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

What I do with Extra Crochet Foundation Chains at the end of my Afghan?

What do you do when you have extra chains at the end of your crochet work?  Do you rip out and start over or improvise?  Share your ideas and tips.

You have all probably experienced a time where you made your chain and thought it was exact. 

Then you discover that you have a lot of extra chains at the end. Maybe you decided that the foundation was to long so you took out some of the stitches. Sometimes multiples can be confusing so you may wind up with extra chains. What ever the reason, you don't have to rip it all out and start over. I know from experience that making a 300+ chain can take a long time and my count may not be accurate due to distractions and we all have them. There are three tips that I have found to work very well for me over the years. I am also including the link to the video tutorial posted on Youtube.

1. Sew in the whole chain. If you have stitches large enough, you can weave the extra chain in-between your stitches.

2. Pull the chain loops out until you have a tail, knot it well and sew the tail in your project.

3. Cut the chain, then pull the chain loops apart until you have a tail. You can resort to this if you have a long chain or if your beginning chain is pulled to tight to pull apart.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How I got Started on YouTube

On Tuesday, Michael Humphrey with wrote a great article about how I got started on YouTube.  Maybe you want to start your own channel and turn it in to a business.  I offer tips that have worked for me.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Donating for a Cause through Crochet

During tragedies, there are always scammers that will set up shop over night, to take advantage of the good nature of human beings.  Don't let that stop you from donating! Just be aware! When donating during a tragedy or any time, keep in mind that emergency supplies and support will have priority entering the devastation zone.  If you send a handmade item, it could set in a cargo bin for months as emergency needs are met first.

Here are some tips to think about when you are making your decision on how you will donate.
  1. Research thoroughly, with donating monetarily or sending your handmade work
  2. Find a trusted non-profit organization or church that has direct ties in the country
  3. Make sure there is a need
Food for Thought: How would you feel if you made several crochet blankets, to discover they got dumped in the garbage? Maybe they end up on Ebay through misrepresentation, with profit going to a scammer, instead of the place you intended them to go!

I often feel that fiber artists are exploited through tragic events. What I would like to do is to challenge crocheters to look "Outside Your Backdoor" and find a way to help neighbors in your local community. No matter what community you live in, there is always a need!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tips for Making a Crochet Oval

This is only a symbol illustration and has not been crochet tested to see if it will work as an oval.

NOTE: I will be making an example in the future.

Making an oval is similar to making a hat but can be more challenging. You want to keep both ends as even as possible. The red lines indicate where to place yarn markers. There is a formula to increasing, that is an adjustable formula. This means that your specific crochet tension and style may require you to do less or more increases to get the oval to lay flat.
  • I recommend using yarn markers at the start and end of the increases.
  • Keep the amount of increases the same on both ends. This is very important so you will not have a lopsided oval.
  • If your ends start to curl up, you do not have enough increase stitches for your oval to lay flat. There may be two ways to fix this. You can rip out your round and add more increase stitches. OR you can continue crocheting and hope that your next round of increases will help it lay flat.
  • If you have a skinny middle forming on your oval and the ends are inflated, you have to many increase stitches. The solution will be to rip out the round and make less increase stitches
As you can see, there are many ways to modify an oval, to make it fit your needs.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Crochet Tips - Sister Blog

Crochet Tips

I have added a new blog specifically for crochet tips. It is a reference blog along with the convenience of finding all the crochet tips. I realized not to long ago that tips 1-5 were not listed here. I am going to include them here and over on the new blog. You will be able to find links to any of my crochet blogs under the "View My Complete Profile"
at any time.

Crochet Tip 1: Yarn Bobbins

Crochet Tip 2: For Extra Chains on Foundation

Crochet Tip 3: How to Extend Plastic or Fabric Projects

Crochet Tip 4: How to add Beads

Crochet Tip 5: Adding Hair or Fur to Cro

Monday, September 8, 2008

Crochet Pattern Stitches - Make Your Own Pattern

A question I get asked often is, "Will you show how to crochet a scarf or afghan?" I will show swatches for a stitch or pattern stitch and usually include a multiple. Sometimes I forget to include a multiple. Thankfully someone reminds me when I do forget. If you have a favorite baby layette or adult size sweater, you can replace the main stitch with another pattern stitch. Someone else has already figured out the shaping for you. Patterns are just a guide. You are the one making the pattern. Be creative and alter the pattern how ever you want to. It is easy to spruce up a favorite pattern you have worked with for a while.

The fact is, you have everything you need to create your own project. You know how long or wide you want your afghan to be when it is complete. I can remember purchasing a pattern for a baby afghan when my son was newborn 24 years ago. It was the simple shell stitch afghan. It was not simple for me at the time. I struggled through those written instructions and started off with a chain that was very loose. I continued to create a three color-shell afghan, with uneven edges, that was much wider at the top than at the bottom. My infant son did not know the difference. It was not very big at all but it probably took me about two weeks to finish. Not long after that I was introduced to books with hundreds of crochet pattern stitches in the book, multiples included. I started learning that I did not need a pattern to make an afghan.

There are a couple of factors to understand when creating a project from a crochet pattern stitch; multiples and gauge.
You will also need to understand decreasing if you are creating a project that will get smaller or larger.
Crochet Multiples

Crochet Gauge

Crochet - Double Crochet Increase - Decrease

Never let not having a pattern stop you from making an afghan, scarf, shawl or whatever you want to make. You have everything you need right at your fingertips.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Filet Crochet Practice Heart and Filet Tips

This is a simple heart for filet crochet, that I created for the purposes of explaining filet and for practice. I like to think of filet crochet as painting with crochet thread. By painting, I mean just filling in the squares to create your shape. You don't have to limit yourself to neutral thread colors since there are so many colors of crochet thread/yarn out on the market. You can make detailed pictures by crocheting(painting) with thread or yarn. Thread is used for this pattern which is why the size is smaller. You can practice with yarn. It will just be larger and a good way to practice if you are not comfortable with thread.

The multiple is 3 + 5. This just simply means that 3 chains are required to complete a square. I have 30 squares on my chart. I take 30 x 3 = 90 + 5 = 95. It will take 95 chains to start. Remember, I need 5 additional chains at the beginning to represent my beginning double crochet, chain 2. After that you follow the chart.

It is important to mark your rows off to keep track of what you have done. I take a document protector and place it over the page in the crochet book. I use a grease pencil to mark off the rows. That way it protects my pages so I can use them again. If I make a mistake, I take a tissue, wipe the grease pencil off my document protector and start over. This leaves the good rows still covered by my grease pencil and helps keep track of where I am in my project.

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