F f – frog, filet, fair isle, foundation sc, foundation chain, flashing, and Fibonacci.
What does it mean to frog? This is a somewhat affectionate term that crocheters use to indicate they had to rip back work. Rippit, rippit. Get it? Usually accompanied by a groan and a frowny face.
Fair Isle crochet is a method of making a design using colorwork and is in that way similar to tapestry crochet. I have not done any Fair Isle but have only read about it and seen pictures, so I’m not an expert by any means. My understanding is the difference between the two methods is how you carry the strands of color. In Fair Isle the strand is carried along the back in short bursts. In Tapestry you work over the color not being used. You can find many tutorials on these methods if you want to learn more about them.
The foundation chain is a very important part of crochet. Every project has a beginning and the foundation chain (or chainless foundation) is the beginning of every crochet project. It can be 2 stitches or 200 stitches and more.
Here’s a video demonstration of how to make the foundation chain.
To my surprise, the actual video appeared when I pasted the link. I hope that is a trend as I would much prefer to have the actual video than a link. I never could figure out how to do it without going to a paid version. 🙂
If you are one who hates counting out a chain of 300 stitches, you might enjoy using the chainless foundation – also called foundation sc (or dc or whatever stitch you want to use). The basis of the foundation stitches is that you create the chain while creating the stitch. I talked a little bit about this in a previous post. This is also how you make the individual extended stitches.
One you have your foundation chain, you can go forward with your project. Some projects work on both sides of the chain. I have another video demonstrating that.
Moving on … flashing is what happens when you are working with a variegated yarn and you create an unintentional pattern in your work. Here are two examples.
What can you do about flashing? Well, if you see it quickly enough, you can change where your repeats occur. You can work from the opposite end of the skein, or cut a piece of yarn out so the repeat starts at a different spot – just don’t cut the whole color repeat out or you’ll be back where you started. If you have just begun, then you can change hooks or foundation chain.
Color flashing may occur in one pattern and not in another, even with the same yarn. It just all depends on where the repeats occur. That said, if the flashing bothers you and you are strong of heart, you can rip that skein and use it for another project where the flashing does not occur. Small projects are good for this, like granny squares, potholders, dishcloths, hair ribbons and such. Variegated yarn is great for butterflies and flowers too.
Fibonacci. I just love that word. I don’t know why. Maybe it sounds important. 🙂 In any case, you might wonder what the word has to do with crochet. Fibonacci was a mathematician and he came up with this number sequence which works pretty well in crocheted projects. You can read more about this method on my page on Fibonacci.
To put it briefly, in the Fibonacci sequence you add two numbers to get the third in the sequence.
Here are the first two dozen numbers so you can see what I mean. The sequence quickly escalates.
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657
I have worked many a scarf using the first few numbers of the sequence.
I also made a set of placemats using both the Fibonacci and Lucas sequences. You can find it on the miscellaneous pattern page. There are two Fibonacci and two Lucas mats.
Filet crochet is a technique all its own with its own rules. It is one of my favorite techniques with just the right amount of challenge but which uses simple stitches. The main thing in filet is to know which row you’re on and in which direction you need to go. The right-handed person would work odd numbered rows right to left, the even numbered rows left to right. For a left handed person, you would do the opposite. This is critical in getting your picture to come out correctly. Of course if you have a symmetrical picture (the same on both sides) the direction would not matter as each row is the same either way.
I have a page on filet here and several videos at YouTube on the filet crochet playlist. Note that if you don’t want to go through 6 videos to work the ribbon, just go down to the one simply called Filet Crochet where you will get the basics but in a shorter video.
Here are a few of my filet crochet projects.
That’s all for F.