Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chain Space Basics


Good morning lovelies!  Several people have asked me about crocheting into the chain space (versus the stitch), so I thought this might be helpful.  Often patterns will tell you to crochet into the chain space.  Instead of working into the stitch, or loops created by the previous row's stitches, the chain space is the decorative "hole" or space.



When reading a pattern, the chain space may simply be called the "space" or abbreviated "sp" or "ch sp."  An excellent and simple example of crocheting into the chain space is the granny square.  Let's try by working a double crochet into a chain space...



In the picture below, you can see the chain spaces that I've labeled.  With our white yarn, we'll work a double crochet into the first chain space,



Begin by inserting you hook in to the chain space (the "hole" as labeled above),



And work the double crochet stitch as you normally would...



That's it!  



The photos above and below show the completed stitch within the chain space.  Happy crocheting!

Click here for a Granny Square photo tutorial too!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blanket Stitch Two Ways


Did you know you can make the blanket stitch two different ways?  Recently I did two tutorials on blanket stitch.  I love it because it adds a pretty and decorative edge, but at the same time, strengthens and straightens out the edge too.

You can do it either with your crochet hook or an embroidery needle...they look a little different from one another, but both add a pretty little extra to your project.



Crocheted Blanket Stitch Edging



Embroidered Blanket Stitch

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fabulous Winter Bulk...17 Pretties For Toasty Winter Warmth


It's cold, I mean really...it's has been like living in Antarctica lately.  And the wind!  Right through my bones.  With a little longer until spring, I've been reaching for my coziest pieces to keep me warm until the warm weather decides to makes its arrival.  Here are a bunch of things you might like too.  Knit and crocheted with soft and lovely bulky yarn, they'll keep you warm while making them too.  Stay toasty folks!



Scrap Love Scarf (Crochet)



Strawberry Jam Neck Wrap (Knitting)



Meringue Cowl (Crochet)



Toddler Rugby Hat (Knitting)



Butternut Squash Neckwarmer (Crochet)



Pinot Noir Infinity Scarf (Crochet)



Spice Cowl (Knitting)



Fiona Button Scarf (Crochet)



Matilda Hat (Knitting)



Key Lime Neck Wrap (Crochet)



Preschooler Rugby Hat (Knitting)



Pavement Infinity Scarf (Crochet)



Mulberry Shawl (Crochet)



Little Man Scarf (Crochet)



Cloudy Sky Mobius Cowl (Crochet)



Friendship Boot Cuffs (Crochet)



Cherries In Bloom Infinity Scarf (Crochet)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Brother Scarves


2 cute little boys I know needed a handmade lovely and I knew just the thing.  I made them in superhero colors and they are fabulously soft and cozy.  I used Lion Brand Hometown in a bright navy called "Fort Worth Blue" and a classic red called "Cincinnati Red" 


I used the Little Man Scarf pattern, which I have been loving because it allows you to make a beautifully simple scarf in just a bit of time.  I made another one just like it earlier this month, so I'm up to three of them so far!


Click here for the Little Man Scarf Pattern 

Got to keep the little ones warm!  Happy Sunday to you stitchers!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Simple and Clever


The other day I was searching for a large stitch marker to accommodate my large US 15 needles for a project, but to to avail.  While digging in a drawer, I came across this:


Have you ever used one of these?  I've used them to hold sheets of paper together, but I had to look up the actual name, nothing fancy, just called "binder rings".  I'm not sure how I came to acquire this one, but it makes a really fantastic large stitch marker!  It opens too:


I peeked online at some office supply stores and you can get 8 or so for about two dollars...even better!  They make plain metal and rainbow colors too.  It doesn't take much to impress me, so glad for my junk drawer today!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Bubblegum Cowl...The Flat Version


Bubblegum Cowl (The Flat Version)
By Jennifer Dickerson

Earlier this week, a couple of you asked if I could make a flat version of the Bubblegum Cowl...absolutely!  So if you're of a knitter that prefers knitting things flat and seaming later, here you go, this one's for you!

This cowl is suitable for both kids and adults alike. Knit with chunky bubblegum pink yarn, it is a super fast project to make for yourself or for a quick gift. It is perfect for those late winter and early spring days when you want a bright pop of spring color, but need to still be warm and cozy.

If you still prefer the round version, here it is too:

Bubblegum Cowl (In the Round Version)


Materials:
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown Solids in Honolulu Pink--this cowl takes exactly one skein not including the gauge swatch (Note: If you choose to use some of the tweeds and prints in the Hometown line, be sure to check the yardage, some of them are only 64 yards, so you'll need more than one skein).
  • US15 Straight Needles
  • Tapestry Needle for seaming and weaving in ends.
Sizing:
  • About 12 inches tall and 26 inches circumference
  • Gauge:
  • 8 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
Instructions for Cowl:
CO 54 sts
Row 1: *k1, p1, rpt from * to end of row
Row 2: *p1, k1, rpt from * to end of row
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Purl
Repeat rows 1-8 two more times, then repeat rows 1-4 once more.
BO

Finishing:
Whip stitch together, weave in any ends and you're finished!

Click here for a tutorial on whip stitching

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spice it up!


I'm working on this cowl right now, the Spice Cowl.  This was one of my first patterns I ever shared with all of you.  I've been really drawn to it lately, I made a few when I first wrote the pattern, and gave them as gifts, so I'm excited to make another.  I've been wanting to do something with this chocolate tweedy yarn, and I think this is perfect for it.  It has a simple mesh stitch sequence, simple but still engaging.  Happy Thursday!

Click here for Spice Cowl pattern

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Because Barbie has (almost) everything...


...except this!  It was recently brought to my attention by a little person that Barbie needed a blanket.  Her house is pretty plastic, I think it needed a little handmade warmth too.  I made this afghan with a matching pillow.  In the photo below, I had these two circles left over from the scallops tutorial I did a while ago, now they are perfect throw rugs.  A cute hot pink (her signature color, of course) pom pom made a cute throw pillow to top it all off.

I had a lot of fun making these...now she truly has it all!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

An ends weaving marathon...


I've got a pile of projects just waiting to be finished, it's ends weaving day!  Do any of you put this off too?  Mine tend to pile up until I give in and do it.  I'll save these scraps and stuff them in something another time. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Friday, February 15, 2013

How to Crochet Blanket Stitch Edging



Crocheted blanket edging is beautiful yet simple and can serve three purposes. It can straighten out an uneven edge, it can strengthen an edge, and it can add beauty and interest if you need to add a little something extra.

The "point" or longer stitch is made by working a single crochet a few rows down to create an elongated stitch.  In the pieces I made, I had a lot of fun experimenting with bright beautiful colors.  All of the possibilities are endless!  Plus, it is a very quick edging to add on.



 To begin, I started with some worsted weight yarn and an H hook.  Feel free to use whatever you like.  For a uniform effect, try using a similar yarn weight and hook as the piece you are adding it to.

In this tutorial, I refer to the longer stitch as the "point."  So I worked a sequence of single crochet, single crochet, then a single crochet "point."  Experiment with different sequences too, for example, try spacing your points closer or further apart by working more or less single crochet in between the points.

Let's go!  I began with a simple swatch of single crochet,



Tie on new color,



Chain 1,



And turn.  Now work a single crochet in that first space,



then a single crochet in the next space...



Now to make the point.  See where my scissors are pointing in the picture below?  I chose to go this far down for mine.  You can make your point shorter or longer than mine, but just be sure you make each point the same length by working each one in that same row as you go across.



Now, insert your crochet hook in that area,



and work a single crochet the way you normally would,



see the point beginning to take shape?



Try not to tug too much when working the points, or you'll distort the fabric.



There we go, all finished!  



Continue to work the sequence the length of your piece...pretty!



You could also use this stitch as a unique edging foundation row to work another row of picot edging or scallop edging too. (how to make scallops tutorial link below). 

There you have it!  



Click here for crocheted scallops photo tutorial


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