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You may have heard about this GDPR thing. I don’t know a lot about it. I think it applies more to businesses and those with email lists. I no longer sell anything and I don’t have an email list. Just to be sure, however, please know that I never share or sell any information from visitors or those who follow the website or blog with any third parties whatsoever. I wouldn’t even know how to do that. LOL I only communicate with visitors who comment or contact me directly.

Sandie

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N is for

N is for Nursery Hearts, Numbers, Needles, Next Stitch, Names, Nine Patch, and Note.

Nursery Hearts is one of my all time favorite patterns and I’ve made so many afghans using the motif in different ways. You can find the pattern at Leisure Arts website as a digital download. The pattern was originally published in the magazine Crochet with Heart, Feb. 1997. It was reprinted in A Year of Baby Afghans, book 3, #3143 (Oct. 1999). Both of these are out of print. Here are a few of the baby afghans I made with this pattern.

Numbers are very important in crochet. You might say they are crucial to the successful completion of any project. You have to know how many of what kind of stitches to make. It’s also very helpful if the designer or publisher lets you know how many stitches you will have when you finish a row or a round. I appreciate that information especially when I’m working a complicated pattern. The total stitches, if available, will usually appear at the end in parenthesis. For example it might say (3 shells, 2 V stitches). That allows you to count back and make sure you’ve worked the row or round correctly.

Yarn needles are an important tool to have in your crochet arsenal. They are used mainly for sewing in those dangling yarn tails, but can also be useful if you have to pick apart a knot or undo an extra stitch or two on your foundation chain. Yarn needles are different from sewing needles in that the eye of the needle is large and they are generally blunt rather than sharp. You can find them in different sizes. My personal preference is the #16 for regular dk or worsted yarns. I also keep some with an even larger eye for use with chunky and bulky yarns. You can find them with a bent tip (sometimes called darning needles) and you can find them made with different materials. I find the plastic hooks break easily and are best used when working with young children. I use the steel ones. As I was writing this I happened across these interesting looking needles made of aluminum by Knitter’s Pride. I don’t have any but I thought the idea of a cord and a needle made out of aluminum was interesting.

Sometimes a pattern will say to put a stitch or a number of stitches into the next chain or next stitch. Here is a video to show the next chain. The next stitch is generally the one to the left of the stitch you are currently working if you are right handed, or to the right of that stitch if you are left handed.

If you’ve been crocheting a while, you may have run across a problem with terminology. The Names of some stitches can be confusing since designers decide what they’re going to call them and there is no standardized list. To make it even more confusing, the same name may relate to different stitches or techniques. I’ve particularly noticed this when using bobble and cluster. I’ve seen folks confuse the block and box stitches and seen the terms used interchangeably in some patterns.

Because you can’t be certain the designer is using the same term you recognize, it’s always a good idea to check the designer’s instructions for the stitch or technique in question. I do this myself even if I’ve made the stitch many times before.

A Nine Patch is a group of 9 squares put together to make a larger piece. The squares can be any size. It can be one group of 9 large squares or several pieces of 9 smaller squares which are joined together to make one larger piece. In the latter case, there would likely be divider pieces so you could tell the 9 patches from one another.

When there is information in a pattern that needs to be conveyed but is not part of the actual pattern – perhaps a tip or a choice the designer gives the crafter – it might be put in the form of a Note. I have written patterns where I have several notes. I might put them in as Note1, Note2 etc. Not all patterns will have notes, of course, but if it does that means the designer has some extra information that might be of benefit to you as you work the pattern.

That’s all for N. Thank you to all who made suggestions of additional N words to help me flesh out this post.

Happy Crocheting!

Sandie

V Stitch Shawl

I over-bought (if there is such a thing) some Knit Picks Brava bulky yarn so I decided to make a shawl. The Dove Heather KPBB yarn is 100% acrylic, 100g, 136 yds per skein. I didn’t really keep track of how many skeins I used. I remember I ordered 8 skeins and ran out on the grey afghan I made previously. Then I ordered 26 more thinking I’d make two afghans. Of course, I didn’t do that, but I used almost 4 of those to finish the other afghan. I have 16 skeins left. So … it looks like I used maybe just over 6 for this shawl.  That’s just a guess though.

I used my Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver size L hook (the hook on the left). It was custom made for me. These hooks were made by Rachel, then of Moonshadow Threads. Unfortunately, she is no longer set up to make hooks. If that ever changes I’ll surely let y’all know. I loved working with this hook on this project! It felt perfect in my hand.

doctor-who-crochet-hooks

The shawl is approx 22″ x 61″. It’s lovely. Completely covers the back so nice and warm even with the V stitch pattern (dc, ch 1, dc) I used.

grey shawl closeup 5-20-2018

I have 24 V stitches across. The V’s will lie on their side as it is worn. 🙂

grey shawl blue bkgr 5-20-2018

Honestly, I thought I’d never finish it even though it’s a very simple stitch. In retrospect, I wished I would have worked it horizontally though it would have been a long foundation chain. I thought using the shorter foundation would make the rows go faster but there seemed to be so many rows. LOL There were only 95 of them. To the good, it was warm on my legs as I worked.

Here’s me modeling the shawl for you. Photo credit to my hubby.

shawl grey sandie 5-20-2018

Since I have plenty of blankets and shawls of my own,  this one will go somewhere as yet undetermined. Postage costs have been so high lately, I’m looking for a local place to which to donate.

Sneaking this post in among the alphabet ones.

Happy Crocheting!

Sandie

 

M is for

M is for Magic Ring, Multiple, Magic Ball, Mile-a-Minute (MAM), Mattress Stitch, Mesh, Motif, and Mosaic Crochet.

The Magic Ring (or Magic Loop or Adjustable Ring) is the method I use to start almost everything I do that is worked in the round. There are two versions – a single loop and a double loop. I primarily use the double loop since I learned it. I thought I’d posted about this in A but I can’t seem to find it so here it is again. LOL

I have a video of the single loop ring.

Here is a good video by Oombawka Design demonstrating the double loop ring and how to close it.

Multiple is an important part of many crochet patterns. I really like a pattern that gives the multiple because this allows me to change the size of the project easily. If it is not included, I have to figure it out myself. Sometimes that is easy, other times it is not.

I have information about finding multiples on its own page but generally speaking the multiple is used to determine your foundation chain. If it says multiple is 3 + 1, that means you multiply 3 times a number and then add 1 for your foundation chain. Say 3 x 100 + 1 would be 301. That’s a pretty long chain but you get the idea. 🙂

The Magic Ball is a way to handle all those leftovers that are too small to make anything with. To make a magic ball, save all the leftover strands from whatever you’re making, or cut strands from other skeins you have. Tie all these strands together and roll into a ball. Use this ball to make your project, leaving all the tails out.

I have made pet pads using my magic balls. Strands should probably be at least 8″ to work because you will have a couple inches on either end where you tie. 12″ or more would be even better. Use whatever stitch you like to make your project.

Mile-a-Minute (MAM) is a term that is used when you make strips which you later sew together to make an afghan. I know of at least one book of MAM projects.

Mattress stitch (also called Invisible weaving) is just one of many methods of joining motifs. Knitters often use this stitch but it can be used with crochet as well. You can find many video tutorials on YouTube demonstrating how to do this. Basically, you go back and forth loosely, working back to front, keeping your stitches aligned. After you get a few stitches done, tighten but not so much that you bunch them up. This video likens it to doing up your shoelaces.

Mesh is a term I use primarily in filet crochet though it has many applications. Whenever there is a space or hole created in a product, that is a “mesh”. A “mesh” is created by skipping a stitch or two or more.

In filet crochet, the mesh can be used to create a picture or to go around a picture which is created by filled in blocks. In other applications it can be an opening through which you weave a chain or ribbon or just part of the design itself.

Mesh does not have to be square or rectangular. You can see one mesh design at Mama in a Stitch. Here’s another of hers.  Here’s another site with a few different designs.

In crochet, a Motif is a small project that can be carried along in a purse or bag. Examples of motifs are hearts, flowers, snowflakes, granny squares and other shapes like circles, triangles, hexagons and such.

My last M word is Mosaic Crochet. Mosaic Crochet is a method of crochet where you use sc, long and/or post stitches, and color to create pleasing textural patterns. You don’t work into a stitch from the previous row, but rather work 3 rows below the stitch. Lily Chin says you go downwards with the new color to cover up the old color.

Mosaic Crochet might be considered a type of tapestry crochet. Though you may use one color only, it generally uses two or three colors, but works only one color at a time. In tapestry crochet you carry the extra colors along. In mosaic, you do not.

That’s all for M.

Happy Crocheting!

Sandie

 

 

 

 

 

L is for

L is for  LYS, loop, linked stitch, long stitch, and loop stitch (fur stitch)

LYS is your Local Yarn Shop, a place where you can purchase fiber art supplies in your local area. This is a very important place for a fiber crafter. Though we hear more talk of the big stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann’s, many areas have small shops specializing in fiber crafts. If you’re traveling, you might consider googling the area to see if there are any shops nearby that you can visit.

The Loop on your hook is the piece of yarn that wraps around your hook. The loop of a stitch is the strand of yarn that makes up the top of your stitch. There is a front and back loop.

front_back loop

On a chain, as in the foundation chain, there is a top, middle, and bottom loop. The middle loops can be seen better by looking at the back of the stitch. It is often called the back hump or back bump.

Linked Stitches are very interesting. If you need a fabric that is very closed, this is the stitch for you. There is virtually no space between stitches since each stitch is liked to the next one.

I have text instructions on this page.

I also have a video demonstration of a linked triple crochet.

Kim Guzman has a video demonstration using the double treble. The actual instruction starts just before 7 minutes in. I particularly mention this demonstration because she talks about how the linked stitches are similar to working tunisian crochet (afghan stitch) and she uses a slightly different method.

I like to provide alternate views when I can. You can’t have too much information. I learn new things all the time. Sometimes this is even about things I’ve done for many years. I don’t believe I’ve been doing it “wrong” but I like to learn a new way of doing things as well. I don’t believe any technique is wrong. You should do whatever gives you the desired result.

The Long Stitch can give a nice added bit to a project, especially if you are using multiple colors. You might also see it called Spike Stitch. To work it, you insert your hook on the row below the row you are working on, and continue making your stitch as normal. You can vary the length of the stitch by going two or more rows below. Remember to bring your loop up to match the height of the other stitches on your row or it will bend over.

Here is a demonstration of a long single crochet.

And here is a double crochet long stitch.

You may have seen “loop” used to mean the Loop Stitch. This is also called the Fur Stitch. This is a method of working a stitch such that there is a long loop remaining. It can be a short or long loop depending on what is needed for the project.

Here is one way to make the Loop Stitch. First, you make a row of sc. Then you decide if you want your loops on right or wrong side. If you want them on right side, you work on the wrong side. Although I do have text instructions, this is a technique that is really better to see in action. In looking at a few YouTube videos I see that folks do it differently depending on who is instructing. That doesn’t mean any of them are wrong. They just take a different road to get where they want to go.

Here is Planet June’s June Gilbank’s method.

Here is Crochet Guru’s method.

Here is MJ’s Off the Hook method.

I thought it really interesting to watch the different methods. There are one loop and two loop designs as well.

As I watched the videos, I was reminded of an afghan I made a long time ago where the loops were made by chain stitches. I don’t have a picture of it sadly. It was a lot of work and I was especially pleased to gift it to a cousin for his baby girl. The pattern is called Crocheted Chenille Blanket by Carol Janson. It is in the 1979 leaflet from Leisure Arts #144 Baby’s Book Knit and Crochet for which I paid $2.77 at Kmart.  Amazing. It’s not the same kind of loops we are talking about here but it made a very pretty afghan. I’d like to make another one sometime.

That’s all for L.

Happy Crocheting!

Sandie