Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crochet Tip: Bug Antennae

I just wanted to share my method for crocheting antennae for Bumblebee or Ladybug Hats.
The antennae are firm, but can also be shaped with your fingers for a curved effect.

You can use this method on hats, amigurumi, or any project where you need the antennae to stand up.
(Note: I am not providing a hat pattern with this tutorial.)

You will need WW yarn, I hook, and scissors.

Holding 2 strands of yarn and leaving 4-5" starting tail, ch 6.  Slip stitch into 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch to end. *Make sure you're working your slip stitch under the top loop and the back bump.  Fasten off, leaving 4-5" tail.  Use your starting and ending tails to tie antenna snugly between the stitches of your hat.  In my photo above, they were placed between rounds 3 and 4.  You can just trim the ends, or weave them in, if you prefer.

That's it!  Happy crocheting!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Design: Mystic Beanie

The Mystic Beanie is cozy, textured hat that's perfect for boys and girls of all ages. The hat is warm and stretchy, and works up quickly using a combination of simple stitches. This is a great project for crocheters of all skill levels.

SIZES: Child-Adult

MATERIALS: H hook, I hook, stitch marker, needle, scissors

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Thank You & Happy Crocheting! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Crochet Tip: Better SC Ribbing

When working a single crochet ribbing for a garment, such as the edge of a hat or pair of mittens, try working the first and last stitch of each row through both loops. You will still get the ribbed texture, but the edge of the piece will look cleaner, and it will maintain its shape better. Also, when crocheting along the ends of the rows, you will notice fewer holes or gaps where the cuff meets the body of your project.  (Note:  When using this technique, the ch-1 at the beginning of the row would NOT count as a st.)

Here's a mitten made with a ribbed cuff worked in the Back Loops Only.
You can see how the edge of the cuff looks bumpy and unfinished.

Here's a hat I made using the technique I mentioned above.
The edge of it is a lot cleaner, and when I began adding the body of the hat to the ends of the rows, the little gaps you usually get were nearly invisible!

Try this tip when making your next ribbed project!
It will work well with HDC or DC ribbing, too!
Happy Crocheting! :)