Feb 252015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Welcome to yet another pattern for a fancy stitch. We know that Halloween has already passed, but even so, adding a new stitch to your crochet dictionary is always a bonus. Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the spider stitch. You can use it to crochet scarves, cardigans, sweaters, even ponchos, etc.

You can take a look at the image bellow to see how the spider stitch looks like:

How to crochet the spider stitch, written instructions

Abbreviations:

ch– chain
ch- – chain from previous row
sc– single crochet stitch
dc– double crochet stitch
tr– triple crochet stitch

Level: beginner-intermediate.

Tip: The spider stitch is mostly based on the triple crochet stitch. Working this stitch requires you to keep a steady tension, so that the swatch will look even. Otherwise, the spiders will turn out messy.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 14 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: 1dc in the 6th ch from the hook; * ch1; skip next ch from foundation ch; 1dc in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return (counts as a dc + ch1sp here and throughout).

Row 2: 1dc in the 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1tr in each of next 4dc from previous row; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 3: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4tr; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 4: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4sc; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 5: repeat row 4.

Row 6: 1dc in next 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1tr in 1st sc; ch1; 1tr in 2nd sc; ch1; 1tr in 3rd sc; ch1; 1tr in 4th sc; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 7: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1dc in 1st tr; ch1; 1dc in 2nd tr; ch1; 1dc in 3rd tr; ch1; 1dc in 4th tr; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Repeat rows 2-7 to compete the pattern.

As usual, if you prefer the video instructions, you can watch the one below, that will show you how to crochet the spider stitch.

Photo gallery:

Happy spidering,
The Coolorburbians.

Dec 152014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the Moss Stitch. It is a fancy stitch that looks complicated, making you wonder: “How do you do this?” In reality, it is a very simple stitch and to make it, you will only need to know how to slip stitch and how to make half double crochet stitches. In combination, the two stitches will look like a bobble where the yarn will lay across the bobble on the diagonal.

Let’s get going.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch;

hdc – half double crochet;

Level: beginner – intermediate.

Tips:

The moss stitch will look more emphasized, when using a bulkier and junkier yarn and a bigger sized crochet hook (7mm and above).
When finishing a project using the moss stitch, the last row should end with single crochet stitches in order to look even with the beginning of the crochet project.

Make a loose chain from a multiple of 2, plus 1 extra chain to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 1 sl st in the next ch from the hook; * 1hdc in next ch from the foundation ch; 1 sl st in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch1 to turn.

Row 2: work 1hdc in 1st sl st; * 1 sl st in next 1hdc; 1hdc in next 1 sl st * ; repeat from * to * ; ch1 to turn.

Row 3: work 1 sl st in 1st 1hdc form previous row; * 1hdc in next 1 sl st; 1 sl st in next 1hdc * ; repeat from * to * ; CH1 to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to compete the pattern.

Isn’t this very easy? Don’t be confused by the formula “1SLST…1HDC…”. The secret of this stitch is to alternate the two techniques on each row. What I mean is, you will need to work a slip stitch on top of the half double crochet stitch, and a half double crochet stitch on top of a slip stitch from the previous row.

I hope these written instructions will help you learn the moss stitch.

As usual, if you prefer a video tutorial instead, you can watch the one below that will show you how to crochet the moss stitch. However, the video does not tell you to make a foundation chain from multiples of 2 + 1, which is something I added in the written instructions to make the edges look more even.

The Moss Stitch – part 1:

The Moss Stitch – part 2:

The third video will show you a completed blanket I made two years ago using the moss stitch, ten skeins of bulky yarn in shades of white and and light green and a 9mm crochet hook.

Crocheted blanket using the moss stitch:

Happy mossing,
The Coolorburbians.

Dec 092014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

In today’s photo tutorial, we will show you how to crochet the slip stitch. It is a very easy technique in crocheting and it is very useful when finishing a crochet project, or joining parts of a crochet project, like granny squares for a blanket, for example. We could say, it is the equivalent of sewing in the art of crocheting. The slip stitch is abbreviated SL ST in crochet patterns. Image 1 will show you that the slip stitch is used to join the beginning and the end of a small foundation chain in a small ring, in case of a crochet circle or a traditional granny square. Image 2 will show you that the slip stitch is used to join the end with the beginning of a round in case of a circle; image 3 will show you that this stitch is also used to finish a traditional granny square. The examples can continue.

Let’s get on with the instructions for the slip stitch.

For practice purposes, make a small foundation chain of 10 chains (image 4) – we might have added a few extra chains.

How to crochet the slip stitch

Image 4

Insert your crochet hook in the first chain from the hook (image 5). YO (yarn over) hook once (image 6). Pull the yarn through the chain (image 7). You will have two loops on the hook. Continue pulling the yarn through the first loop on the hook to form a first slip stitch (image 8).


Let’s make a second slip stitch, using the same steps mentioned above. * Insert your hook in the next chain of the foundation chain (image 9). YO hook once (image 10) and pull the yarn through the chain (image 11). Continue pulling the yarn to form a second slip stitch (image 12) *.


Now, all you have to do to crochet more slip stitches is to repeat the instructions between * and * . Images 13 to 16 will show you how to crochet a third slip stitch. Image 17 shows a complete row of slip stitches.

How to crochet the slip stitch

Image 17

Congrats!

You have just learned how to make the crochet slip stitch.

As usual, if you prefer video tutorials, you can watch the one bellow.

The second one added will show you how to slip stitch to finish the last row of the Tunisian stitch.

Happy slip stitching,

The Coolorburbians.

Nov 292014
 

Dear Artsy & Craftsy Friends,

Welcome to a new photo tutorial that will show you how to crochet the basic chain, also known as the foundation chain. There are a few variations for the foundation of a crochet project, such as the single crochet foundation, the half double crochet foundation, the double crochet foundation and so on. Each variation has different purposes and makes crocheting a lot more exciting. However, most projects will start with the basic foundation chain. Even when crocheting a circle, or a traditional granny square you will have to make a chain of 4 or more (in case, you are not using the magic circle) so chaining is very important. Ultimately, this basic chain should look like the one shown in the image below.

The Basic Crochet Chain, a.k.a The Foundation Chain

The Basic Crochet Chain, a.k.a The Foundation Chain

Grab your yarn and hooks on and let’s get started.

Firstly, you need to make a slipknot and attach it to the crochet hook. If you don’t know how to make the slipknot, you can find the instructions in this photo tutorial. The slipknot on the hook equals to a loop. Wrap the yarn around the hook once, as I did in image 1. Tip: the technical term for wrapping the yarn around the hook is yarn over and in patterns it is abbreviated YO.

How to crochet basic chain, a.k.a the foundation chain

Image 1

Pull the yarn trough the loop on the hook to form the very first chain of the foundation chain as shown in image 2.

How to crochet basic chain, a.k.a the foundation chain

Image 2

Exciting, isn’t it!? Let’s make another chain.

So, yarn over (YO) the hook once, just like we did the previous time (image 3) and pull the yarn through the loop on the hook to form a second chain (image 4).

Let’s make a third chain together and then we’ll late you practice the foundation chain on your own. By now, do you know the two steps that you have to follow in order to make a chain? If not, I will remind you one more time. Yarn over hook (YO) once (image 5) and pull the yarn through the loop on the hook (image 6).

That’s all, folks! Now, practice…practice…practice until your foundation chain looks tidy and even as mine does in image 7.

How to crochet basic chain, a.k.a the foundation chain

Image 7

If you prefer video tutorials better, you can watch the one bellow on how to crochet the foundation chain.

Happy chaining,
The Coolorburbians!

Nov 212014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy friends,

Have you ever looked at a lacey poncho or a lacey shawl and wondered “What stitch is used for this pattern?” It’s none other than the good old lace and variations of this stitch. The following written instructions will explain how to crochet the basic lace.

Let’s start with the explanation.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made;
ch-sp – chain space;
dc – double crochet;
sc – single crochet.

Level: beginner.

Tip: The lace will look better and tighter if you use finer yarn and a smaller sized crochet hook.

How to crochet a basic lace, written instructions

How to crochet the good old lace

Make a loose chain of multiple of 4 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: 1sc in 2nd ch from the hook; * ch5; skip next ch3 from the foundation ch; 1sc in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch5 to turn.

Row 2: 1sc in first ch5sp; * ch5; 1sc in next ch5sp * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: ch2; 1dc in last sc from previous row; ch1 to turn.

Row 3: 1sc in first dc from previous row; * ch5; 1sc in next ch5sp * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 1sc in last ch5sp; ch5 to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern.

That’s pretty much all with the basic lace stitch, so simple, yet, so fancy. I am sure many of you will want a pattern using this stitch, but, most of you already know, I, Cătălina, am currently unable to see. So, working on a pattern is a little difficult. However, I am passing the knowledge to my mom and sister and to you through this website.

As usual, if you prefer video instructions more, you can watch the one below.

Happy lacing,
The Coolorburbians.

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Nov 132014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

You are probably one of those people who want to learn how to crochet and have no idea what to start with. Well, let me tell you that the first thing you need to know in crocheting is how to make the slipknot. “What?!” you’ll say. “But making a slipknot is a piece of cake”. It is easy to make a slipknot, but, just like in any other fields of work, crocheting has its own methods on how to make different things. The slipknot is not an exception.

There are many ways to make this little thing and this article will show you two methods for right-handed people.

One piece of advice: If you find other ways that fit you better, then, by all means, use them. Thankfully, crocheting is a place where one will rarely say: “My way is right, your way is wrong.”

So, let’s get started with method 1:

This method is a little trickier, so, make sure you understand each and every step.

When playing with yarn, you will have a loose end and a main strand to work with.

Take the main strand and place it between your index and middle finger from your left hand. The loose end of the yarn is behind your hand. Make sure you have enough loose end to work with. (Tip: Do not worry if the end is too long; later on, during a crochet project, the loose end will be cut off, fasten off and hidden.)

Wrap the loose end around the index finger. The yarn is now between the index finger and thumb. Wrap the loose end around the thumb from button to top, making sure the loose end is above the main strand. This will create a loop around the thumb. Secure the loose end between the ring finger and the pinky. Take your crochet hook and place it in the loop with the hook facing your thumb, just like I’m doing in image 1.

Method 1 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 1

Move your hook towards the main strand which, don’t forget, is wrapped around the index finger. Grab the main strand with your crochet hook, as shown in image 2.

Method 1 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 2

Now, pull the yarn through the loop made on your thumb (image 3).

Method 1 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 3

Remove the yarn wrapped around your fingers when you pull it through the loop (image 4).

Method 1 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 4

Keep pulling the yarn until the slipknot is created and attached to the crochet hook (image 5).

Method 1 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 5

Tah-dah! You just learned how to make the basic crochet slipknot.

Was it hard? Easy? Are you out of breath yet? Do not worry. Once you learn and practice regularly, these things will become easier and easier.

Let’s move on to method 2:

Do you remember when I said that we will work with the loose end and the main strand of yarn? Method 2 uses the same technicalities.

Take the loose end and place it above the main strand onto your hand. This will create a loop just like in image 6.

Method 2 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 6

Now take this newly created loop and place it over the main strand (image 7).

Method 2 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 7

Notice in image 7 that the main strand is set in the middle of the loop.

Now, take your crochet hook and insert it in the loop behind the main strand (image 8).

Method 2 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 8

Pull the yarn through the loop (image 9).

Method 2 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 9

You have just created a nice, tight and easy slipknot (image 10).

Method 2 on how to make the crochet Slipknot by Catalina Stan and coolorful.com

Image 10

So far so good. Now practice your slipknot and get ready for the next lesson on how to crochet a basic chain, also known as the foundation chain.

Just in case you prefer videos better, the one below shows the second method on how to make the slipknot.

Happy slipknotting!

The Coolorburbians.

P.S.: If you know other ways to make the slipknot do not hesitate to tell us in the comment section below. They will be lovingly learned and shared forward.