join

Join with a slip stitch or join with a needle or join with a hook … choice is yours.

With a slip stitch : you would join your circle with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 2.  End of the story.

With the hook … same technique as with a needle:

  • Remove your hook; cut the yarn and pull it all the way through the stitch/loop [where the hook was].
  • Insert your hook below both loops of the next dc [first DC], from the back to the front.
  • Grab the yarn and yarn over and hook it through the stitch so that it is pulled from the front to the back and pull gently.
  • Insert your hook in the last DC you made – through the back loop only, from front to back, and pull it through.
  • Grab the yarn and hook it through that back loop [pull the tail end yarn all the way through].
  • Weave in yarn end. And voilà.

 

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acupuncture for crochet projects

Out of the blue my son came up with this acupuncture comment … Pretty accurate!

I have never been ‘far’ enough to get to the blocking part.  I had so much to learn.  Still have.  But my projects becoming more complicated, I was forced into the technique.  Of course, Google is my friend and I have been surfing a lot to understand it and find the best way to correct cranky projects.  However, it seems that blocking is good for all projects as it makes them smoother and softer.

Here are the results of my researches.

You will need:

  • blocking boards [flat boards]
  • rust-proof pins
  • Spray bottle with cool water (or basin full of cool water) or steam iron

WET – either you immerse your project in cool water, gently squeeze it out [don’t wring it out] and spread your piece out to the correct dimensions without distorting the direction of the stitches on the board(s), or you can pin the project first on the board(s) and then wet it down with a water-filled spray bottle.  Either way, I mix my water with Soak, an eco-friendly rinse-free laundry soap deliciously scented [Lacey – combines spring blossoms with sweet bergamot creating a light yet alluring fragrance].  Let your project to dry completely before removing the pins. It can take a few days …

STEAM – pin your project on the blocking board(s). Hold the iron close to the fabric until convincingly damp. DO NOT touch the fabric with the iron [duh].  As with wet blocking, leave the pieces to dry.

My concern is – and I haven’t found the answer yet – if you offer one of your heavily blocked project to someone and the person washes it … what than?

 

seamless joining in the circle

Often you can see the seam in the round and it’s not necessarily the prettiest sight.  Here is a way to perform a seamless joint.  A bit more time-consuming since each round requests the use of your tapestry needle but the result is worth it!

Here is the picture from Sarah London’s post showing the result of her technique:

Are you joking? 3rd loop?



Doing my first CAL, my week four is as challenging as my first.  This time my hurdle is called the ‘stocking stitch’.  The CAL master keeps talking about that 3rd loop or ‘hump’ and there was no way for me to ‘see’ the obvious … Until I saw this Moogly video that details it all to understand.  Also its blog shows close up pictures and gives clear explanations.  What a relief!  Now I can move on!

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how to – the treble crochet

The treble crochet is a very tall stitch [single crochet beeing the smallest one].

From the chain, wrapping the yarn twice around your hook, skip the first four chains and insert the hook into the fifth chain from the hook.

Bring the yarn over the crochet hook and draw it through the first two loops on the hook to get three loops on your hook.  Repeat the process to keep two loops on the hook and finalize the stitch.

For more detailed explanations, clear illustrations and a video, go to Annie’s Craft Store. She has a wonderful stitch guide!

how to – half double crochet | hdc

The half double crochet [abbreviated hdc] is half tall compared to the double crochet as it eliminates one step from the double crochet stitch.

Unless otherwise stated in the pattern, skip the two first chains from your hook and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

And to work the rows, the turning chain should counts as a stitch [check your pattern again].

Further, go to Annie’s Craft Store for very detailed explanations, clear illustrations [as shown below] and a video.

magic knot or double knot

A better, quicker and easier way to join a new ball of yarn into your project. Adios Russian Join … Here is a video tutorial by Grace Hernandez showing how to join a new ball of yarn to your crochet by making an invisible knot. This knot is very strong and leaves no ends to weave in.  Isn’t that the ideal way?

Let’s try this!  Here is another video [perhaps my favorite].

And below is another video for a better understanding …