Crochet and Knit Basics

Stay Tuned For Change

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For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using.  See you soon

A New Obsession — “Apache Tears” Crochet Stitch

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Apache Tears | Sarah London

I first saw this image on Pinterest a few days ago. It is taken from Sarah London’s blog.  Last night at my weekly Bergen Crafters meeting I decided to try a swatch. It’s not perfect but I will try again. I would like to use this pattern to do a wall hanging. I just think it’s so beautiful. My sample below. More to come.

my "Apache Tears" crochet swatch
my “Apache Tears” crochet swatch

Sunday Weekly Review

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I find that if  I am unable to write here for a few days I am lost.  I want to keep you informed of my activities but once I stop I don’t seem to know where to start. Anyway this week I finished my fifth building block for my afghan. It appears blue in the picture but it’s actually black.

Block Number Five for Building Block Afghan
Block Number Five for Building Block Afghan

Then I began making mini granny squares but as you can see they aren’t the same size.  Sorry for the blurry picture. I am challenged today. I’ll let you know what I’m doing with them later.

Mini Granny Squares
Mini Granny Squares

Yarn review tomorrow!

 

Tool Tuesday – Color Grid

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If you are like me you are attracted to shiny objects. I can’t go near a yarn store without going in. I am attracted to all the yarn colors and variations. Like many of us I buy yarn without regard to a particular project and often think that things will go together only to match them up and decide that I was wrong. This is an inexpensive gadget that may keep you from making color mistakes.

   COLOR GRID

This allows you to put your color in the grid and complimentary and contrasting colors appear. You can buy it from one of my favorite sites Patternworks for $8.00. Treat  yourself.

Knitting Project Checklist

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Knitting Project Checklist.

 

Saturday Research — Knittinghelp.com

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There are so many terms to learn when you knit and crochet. Most you won’t learn until you need them.  I have suggested this before but I think it’s worth mentioning again, if you need help with basic stitches and abbreviations visit KnittingHelp.com

One of the things that drive me crazy is when a pattern says M1 and  doesn’t specify which type of increase should be used here. Knittinghelp.com says:

“Make 1. This means to increase a stitch. If the method isn’t specified, use whichever increase you like, for instance M1F.” – See more at: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-glossary#sthash.3rlJ6LgI.dpuf

Just one bit of great advice, they have tons. They also include crochet terms and advice. Visit the next time you have a question.

Thursday Crochet The Rocky Road Stitch from New Stitch A Day

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I subscribe to New Stitch A Day and I must admit that I generally take only a cursory look at each stitch. Since my crochet skills are not up to par, I think that I should learn some of the stitches that they have videos for. If you are not a subscriber become one. Below is the Rocky Road crochet stitch.

Rocky Road Stitch
Rocky Road Stitch