Sunday, January 27, 2008
All you do is make two granny squares and join them on three sides with sc. I added beads and used a simple sc bead stitch. I used a solid color yarn and a multi color yarn switching back and forth for variety. I then made an icord using yarn and sewed it on. With a fabric liner hand stitched inside the bag it is ready to go!
It takes one evening in front of the tv set to get this bag all but finished. Sew the liner during commercial break and you can do the hand stitching while you finish watching the show and that is all there is to it.
Does it get any easier or faster than this? I doubt it. Be ready to make lots of these for all the little girls in your neighborhood. Good use for all those partial skeins you got laying around, too. You could even sell these and put the cash away for some romantic candlelit dinner with your husband for being so understanding of your 'needing to watch tv' all those nights.
Have a good one!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Steel crochet hook size 7 (U.S.)
Pony Beads-120 total
Size 10 Bedspread weight Crochet Cotton Thread, approx. 750 yds.
Guage: 8dc and 5 dc rows = 1inch
Stitches Used: Chain Stitch (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)
Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc)
Special Note: Ch 3 counts as first dc
Row 1: Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (20sc)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in each sc across, turn. (20dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, FPdc around each of next 3 dc, (BPdc around each of next 4 dc, FPdc around each of next 4 dc) twice, turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, BPdc around each of next 3 dc, (FPdc around each of next 4 dc, BPdc around each of next 4 dc) twice, turn.
Row 5: Rep Row 3
Row 6 & 7: Rep Row 4
Row 8: Rep Row 3
Rows 9 & 10: Rep Row 4
Continue in established pattern until belt measures 60" or desired length.
Last Row: Ch 1, sc in each dc across. Work 3 sc in last dc, turn belt so long edge is now on top, sc evenly across long edge, work 3 sc in corner, turn, sc in each sc across, turn, sc evenly across long edge, work 2 more sc in last corner, then join with a sl st.
Cut ten 24" strands of crochet thread. Put one pony bead on a strand and tie ends together in an overhand knot. Put 11 more beads on by passing knot through each bead. The first bead will hold them in place. Using crochet hook pull knotted end through short end of belt and tie it on with a double knot. Weave ends through sts in belt to hide. Repeat 4 more times on same end of belt and 5 times on opposite end.
Monday, January 7, 2008
It is important to note here that you never turn your work with Tunisian Stitch.
With that in mind, we proceed to row two. The picture shows the vertical loops left from row one. Insert the hook in the second loop of row one, YO and draw through. You now have two loops on your hook.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
This form of crochet is perhaps the historical link to knitting. The hook that is used is much longer than your average crochet hook. It comes in different sizes. When it has a number assigned to the size, it is comparable to a knitting needle of the same size. When it has a letter representing the size, it is comparable to the crochet hook of the same letter.
The hook is so long because it needs to hold all the loops as you work the stitches. Each row is done in two steps--putting the loops on the hook and then taking them back off. It is worth the effort, in my opinion, as it produces a variety of textures not found in regular crochet.
For larger projects, such as a one piece afghan, the hooks are available with a cable attached to hold the extra stitches.
I will be covering the basic afghan stitch first. Are you ready? Grab your hooks and your yarn and lets get to stitching!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
You see I am preparing to yo(yarn over) using both strands of the yarn. I am going to pull both strands though the red loop. All the way through. Then I am going to pull on the two strands just enough to make it snug.
That is also how you do fringe on an afghan, only with fringe you end up doing this with quite a bit more strands. This is good practice for when you want to try something more complicated.
I did this with all twelve strands, across the top of the head.
It started out to be a boy doll. I was going to name it Granny's Boy. But then I thought, "No, better not do that."
After stitching the two squares together, stuffing it with a sock (fiberfill would have come right out on this), I made two legs using single crochet(sc). I switched to the blue yarn at the end of a row and doubled the stitches (inc) for two rows and then finished it off (FO).
Embroidery was done using a tapestry needle and imagination. I knew it needed two eyes and the mouth. I've learned not to let my fear of making mistakes stop me in this business of crochet.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here is what works for me. Massage. Yes! With lotion. Take your time and put it all over your hands, in between the fingers, rub it in those areas that tend to ache the most. Do this before you get your hook out of your totebag.
Massage warms the area up and reduces the risk of pain before you even get started. Seperate those fingers, spread them out. It's good excercise and good therapy.
Shake those hands out. Gets the blood to flowing. Ball your hand up into a fist and then straighten your hand out. Rub your palms together.
Now your hands should be nice and warm and ready for that crochet project.
Need extra help with keeping the pain at bay after you've been crocheting for a bit? Take a break every 30 minutes to an hour and repeat the steps above.
You can also wear fingerless gloves. Or even a wrap for your wrist can help. They keep the warmth where you need it most.
If all this is still not enough to keep the pain manageable, then you might want to talk it over with your doctor.