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Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 5

June 21, 2010

I’ve gotten a bit off the track of the “official” KAL/CAL while traveling. But I’m back for a while now so should be able to get back on plan. Photo is where I’ll be re-starting on the instructions.

Knitting Instruction – May 22nd

Let’s put some shape and texture in this thing!!

Today is “Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Which musical instrument would you buy if you had all the money you needed to do that?  Mandolin

Amount of stitches

Small
The amount of letters your musical instrument has  8
Large
Follow the instructions for small and then times it by 5 (for the month of May).  40 stitches

Number of rows

If your instrument is a part of the woodwind section then increase 1 stitch at each end of your work for 3 rows, decrease by 1 stitch at each end of your work for 3 rows. Do this twice.

If your instrument is a part of the brass section then increase 1 stitch at each end of your work for 4 rows, decrease by 1 stitch at each end of your work for 4 rows. Do this twice.

If your instrument is a part of the percussion section then increase 1 stitch at each end of your work for 5 rows, decrease by 1 stitch at each end of your work for 5 rows. Do this twice.

If your instrument is a part of the string section then increase 1 stitch at each end of your work for 3 rows, decrease by 1 stitch at each end of your work for 6 rows. Do this twice.

Needle size

US 6

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one, any, or all of these. If you’re unsure how to make these patterns work with the increase, then stick to something simple like garter stitch or stocking (stockinette) stitch.

Large Seed Stitch (needs even number so if your number is odd then add one on)
Row 1: < K1, P1 > repeat from < to > across.
Row 2: < K1, P1 > repeat from < to > across.
Row 3: < P1, K1 > repeat from < to > across.
Row 4: < P1, K1 > repeat from < to > across.
Rows 1-4 make pattern

OR

Reverse Stockinette Chevron (needs odd number so if your number is even then add one on)
Row 1: K5, < P1, K5, rep from < to end
Row 2: K1, < P3, K3; rep from < to last 4 sts, P3, K1
Row 3: P2, < K1, P2; rep from < to end
Row 4: P1, < K3, P3; rep from < to last 4 sts, K3, P1
Row 5: K2, < P1, K5; rep from < to last 3 sts, P1, K2
Row 6: Purl
Rows 1-6 make pattern

OR

Diagonal Rib (needs even number so if your number is odd then add one on)
Row 1 and 2: < K2, P2; rep from < to end
Row 3 (right side): K1, < P2, K2; rep from < to last 3 sts, P2, K1
Row 4: P1, < K2, P2; rep from < to last 3 sts, K2, P1
Rows 5 and 6: < P2, K2; rep from < to end
Row 7: Rep Row 4
Row 8: Rep Row 3
Rows 1-8 make pattern



Crochet Instruction – May 24nd

Well guys, today is Abolition Day in Martinique, they abolished slavery on this day in 1848 so hopefully they are partying hard today to celebrate!

The British singer Morrissey (formerly of The Smiths… a fav band of mine) was born on this day in 1959…so let’s give him a play along with the great guitar of the fab Johnny Marr (it’s meant to dip in and out at the beginning so don’t adjust your volume)

Amount of stitches

Not applicable this week

Number of rows

Not applicable this week, just keep going till you want to stop 🙂

Needle size

If your fav band is R& B or hip-hop then use a size 7mm hook

If your fav band is pop then use a size 6mm hook

If your fav band is a rock band then use a size 5mm hook

If your fav band is folk or blues then use a size 4mm hook

If your fav band is reggae or Jazz then use a size 3.5mm hook
For all other genres use a size 3 hook

Yarn

Pick one that is appropriate for your hook size.

Colour

Pick something that reminds you of your band and tell us why it does in the chat thread

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one, any, or all of these.

Simple One Colour Spirals
US instructions
UK instructions

See parts 2 and 3 of this

OR

Two Colour Spiral Scrumble
You might want to take a look at the worksheet for Simple One Colour Spirals before you embark on this one 🙂
US instructions
UK instructions

OR

Two Colour Spiral Scrumble with bobbles
You might want to take a look at the worksheet for Simple One Colour Spirals before you embark on this one 🙂
US instructions
UK instructions
See the bottom of the page for adding bobbles

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The 2010 International Freeform Guild’s Show: Somewhere in My World

May 22, 2010

My entry into the International Freeform Guild show.

It’s kind of boring for freeform. It did serve my purpose of figuring out how to build up crochet into a form. And it is reminiscent of the hill I see out my window.

The main page of the exhibit is quite intriguing and the variety of techniques used and approaches to freeform is truly inspiring.

Apostrophe Crochet Motif

May 21, 2010

Begin with a sliding loop. Chain 9. 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook. 1 sc in next chain. 1 hdc in each of next 2 chains. 1 dc in each of next 2 chains. 1htr in next chain. 10 tr in next chain (the sliding loop). Now, going back up on the other side: 1 htr, then 2 dc, the 2 hdc, then 1 sc, then ss in the top stitch. Tie off.

I made the motifs above with a variety of yarns, all using an “F” hook. Sizes vary from 3 1/2 x 1 7/8 (variegated chenille – the really dark one at the top) to 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 (smallest blue one).

This a great motif to incorporate into freeform pieces because it is very flexible & conforms to different shapes. It can also form the basis of a paisley shape by adding additional rounds and decreasing on one side to pull the top around.

Crochet Stitch – Woven Stitch

May 20, 2010

This is an easy stitch that produces a fabric that is sturdy with a nice texture. I can imagine it making a great handbag or tote; or for the house it  a sturdy cushion or floor mat. The texture would be good on a wash cloth or dish rag. And it’s thick enough to be a good coaster.

Even number of stitches.

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *1 CH, skip 1 ch, 1 SC in next ch, repeat from * to end, turn

Row 2: 1 CH, skip first sc, *1 SC in 1 ch sp, 1 CH, skip 1 sc, repeat from *, ending 1 SC in 1 ch, turn

Repeat row 2.

Pattern from: “The Crochet Stitch Bible”, Betty Barnden

Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 4

May 19, 2010

Knitting Week 3 Instruction – May 13th

Yesterday was Limerick Day so I thought we’d celebrate it and because limericks are often…erm, shall we say… colourful (!) I decided it would be a good time to work with simple colour changes…

Interesting info…

Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of writer Edward Lear (1812-1888). It also celebrates Limerick poems. Limericks were popularized by Lear in 1846 in his Book of Nonsense”.

Amount of stitches

Small
Write a limerick about yourself:

All week I’ve had a terrible cold
and quite frankly it’s gotten quite old

I’m coughing & wheezing
and constantly sneezing

and taking every cold product sold.

Count the letters in the first line and this will be your number of stitches  26 stitches

Number of rows

This is your personal choice this week. I did random numbers of rows in 5 colors (for the 5 lines in a limerick.)

Needle size

This will be the number of letters in the last word of the last line of your limerick. I used an 8 needle, which is double the 4 letters in the last word.

Stitch

Work in any stitch you like, or want to try.

There are three choices of colour-change work this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one, any, or all, of these

Stripes
Change colour at the beginning of the row. I did alternate stripes of stockinette & reverse stockinette in 5 colors.

Week 4 Instruction – May 17th

Being the mine of useless information that I am, I thought I’d let you know that today is Pack Rat Day. So we are going to rejoice in our ‘collections’ for once, instead of feeling slightly shady and very guilt-ridden about them :)))

Amount of stitches – no stitches this week, we’re doing motifs

Small amount of motifs

Count the amount of rooms that your yarn-related collections have spread into and times it by the amount of yarn-related activities you do (e.g. crochet would be one, knitting another, making pompoms another, and so on) … this is your amount of motifs.

4 rooms x 3 techniques (knit, crochet, embroidery)= 12 paisleys

Number of rows

No rows this week.

Hook size

Amount of years you’ve been accumulating your stash (if this runs into double figures then just use the last digit)  “G”

Colour

Used all the colors I’ve used so far & will attach with brown from ribbon section.

Stitch

There are three choices of motif for this week you only need to pick one of these, although you’re welcome to do the others too 🙂

Feeling adventurous? How about a paisley? (instructions by Bonnie Prokopowicz)

Inner Part:
Do a magic circle, 12 dc in magic circle. ch8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 2hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2dc in next ch join with sl st to circle 2 dc away from where ch 8 began. tie off with longish tail and use tail to sew edge of last-completed dc to the 2dcs on the circle next to that edge.

Outer Part:
Join another colour and sc around, using 1 or 2 sc in each st as needed to keep the piece flat.

However, when you get to the last dc on the circle before the pointy offshoot begins, sc 2 together (so you are bringing that last dc on the circle and the piece of the first ch of the ch 7 together into one st, like a decrease).

Variations on Outer Part:

  • Use hdc or dc adjusting number of sts to keep piece flat (you’ll still need to dec at that offshoot point).
  • Alternate tc and sc for a bumpy outer part

Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 3

May 11, 2010

Week 3 Instruction – May 10th

Here in Pontypridd (pronounced pont-ee-preathe – like breathe) today the sun is shining and there’s a pleasant breeze… so I thought we’d do something light and airy…

Amount of stitches

Small
Believe it or not, May is “Date Your Mate Month”! What’s the name of a mate you have dated, would have dated, OR would still date?

Add up all of the letters of his name… this is your amount of stitches. 15 stitches

Number of rows

The score you’d give him out of 10 for his sense of humour. 3 rows

Hook size

Take the amount of years you’ve known him and make this the mm for your hook (if its a silly number like 27 then turn it into a 2.75 and so on) “G”

Colour

For those of you working in colour, choose a red… for love, naughty, danger…
For those of you working in shades, pick one that you think suits this weeks theme. Light green.

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week and I’ve linked the first one to a good video tutorial which gives you the basic filet stitch, the others are just variations. Pick one of these (if you find yourself suffering withdrawal pangs throughout the week then you’re welcome to do the others)

Filet Crochet – Also known as Open Squares or Open Mesh.
Count each DC you do in this pattern as 1 stitch from the number you have generated from your mate’s name.

Week 2 Instruction – May 6th

Today I thought we’d work with shapes…

Amount of stitches

Small
write out your date of birth i.e. 30.06.1965 and add up the numbers 3+0+0+6+1+9+6+5 = 30     35
That’s your number of stitches that you start with. If the number is too huge then divide it by 5 (for the month of May)
Large
Follow the instructions for small and then times it by 5 (for the month of May).

Number of rows

Now think about your favourite vegetable, how many letters has it got in it’s name? This is your number of rows. Asparagus: 9 rows

Needle size

US 6

Colour

One that is very fitting for YOU! tell us why it’s just a you colour in the chat thread.  asparagus green with a darker green stripe

Stitch

There are three choices of stitch for this week, yell out in the chat thread if you have any problems with them. Pick one of these (if you find yourself suffering withdrawal pangs throughout the week then you’re welcome to do the others)

*Mitred squares**
If your number of stitches is an even number then add one to make it odd. This is your Stitch Number or SN.

Take your SN and subtract three then halve the remaining number. i.e. 30+1 to make it odd =31(my SN)…..31-3=28…..28 halved is 14. Therefore 14 would be my halve number or HN.

Cast on your number of stitches for your SN
Row 1: Knit your HN, Sl1, K2tog., psso, Knit your HN
Row 2: Knit the whole row
Row 3: Knit your HN minus 1 (i.e. HN=14 then this row do 13), Sl1, K2tog., psso, Knit your HN minus one
Row 4: Knit the whole row
Continue subtracting 1 from your HN on each side and then doing a knit row until you only have 3 stitches left on your needle
Last row: Sl1, K2tog., psso
Bind off 🙂

I have a feeling the filet piece will move and I’ll have to figure out a way to fill in the holes. Maybe more “ribbon”.

Freeform Crochet Fun & Frivolity Crochet-a-long: Week 2

May 11, 2010

May Day Instruction:

Ch2, < dc in first stitch, ch1, skip next stitch > repeat from < to > .

Now get a piece of ribbon (May Day… ribbon… get it??!?!?!) and thread it through the row you’ve just created… over one stitch and under the next 🙂

Instead of using ribbon I made a single crochet strip in a contrasting color &    inserted it through.

Week 2 Instruction – May 3rd

Okay, it’s Bank Holiday Monday here and I’m off to walk the dog and play rugby with TheOne, FOD (father of Daughter – ex-husband, DD n her main squeeze (ahem, sorry, boyfriend), DSS (step-son) and his (no, won’t make that mistake again!) girlfriend, and DSD (step-daughter)… big family day sooooooo….

Amount of stitches

Small
The number of letters in each of your children’s names… add them all together… do each child separately…whatever way you like 🙂  Added the letters of their first names together for 19.

Number of rows

No row instructions today 🙂  I did 3 rows – one for each child.

Hook size

Yarn appropriate : “G”

Yarn

Pick one that makes you think of your children: Brown – the color of their hair.

Colour

Same as yarn choice 🙂

Stitch

Puff Stitch

I’ve learned there’s  a knit-along that is running concurrently with the crochet-along. I like the idea of it not being only knit or crochet, and I think I’ll need the extra pieces to be sure the blanket gets big enough.

Week 1 Instruction – April 30th

For the newbies in the group I’m starting with basic stitches and will ramp up as we go along to take them along a learning curve with us.

Amount of stitches

Small
How many teaspoons do you have in your drawers? 12 teaspoons

Multiply this number by the amount of sharp knives you own and this is your number of stitches. 3 sharp knives. 36 stitches
Large
Follow the instructions for small and then times it by 4 (for the month of April).

Number of rows

Now think about your favourite vegetable, how many letters has it got in it’s name? This is your number of rows. Asparagus: 9 rows

Needle size

3mm  Used 4.5 (7 mm)

Colour

This should be inspired by your favourite vegetable… so post a picture of it in the chat thread and tell us why it’s your favourite 🙂 Asparagus green!

Stitch

Chinese Wave
If your number of stitches is an even number then add one to make it odd.
Row 1: Knit the whole row
Row 2: < K1, Slip 1 > repeat from < to > across, ending K1.
Row 3: Knit the whole row
Row 4: K2, < Slip 1, K1 > repeat from < to > across, ending K1.
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until you’ve done the required amount of rows.