Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to do Filet Crochet

Hi there,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying crocheting. This is the pattern to do the one heart.

Sc = single crochet,  Dc = double crochet,  Sp = space,  Tr = treble,  St = stitch, 
Ch = chain,  * * = work all in between the stars,  Tog = together,  yo – yarn over, ss = slip stitch

11 squares in pattern x 3 = 33 chain plus 1(for the end stitch) 3 for the turning chain and 2 for 2 chain in between which gives you a multiple of 39 chain.

An open square is:  1dc in the next dc, ch2, 1dc in the next dc – that gives you an open square
A closed square is: use the dc you made previously as the 1st st, then 2dc in the 2 ch space and 1dc in the next dc, that gives you a closed sp
So make a foundation chain of 39
Row 1: Dc into the 8th ch,  *ch2, skip 2, 1dc in the 3rd ch* rep till you have 11 squares, ch5 turn around
Row 2: 5 open squares, 4 closed, 2 open squares (for last dc, dc into the 3rd ch, ch5 and turn
Row 3: 2 open squares, 5 closed, 4 open, ch5 turn
Row 4: 3 open, 6 closed, 2 open, ch 5 turn
Row 5: 4 open, 5 closed, 2 open, ch5 turn
Row 6: 3 open, 6 closed, 2 open, ch5 turn
Row 7: 2 open, 5 closed, 4 open, ch5 turn
Row 8: 5 open, 4 closed, 2 open, ch 5 turn

Row 9: 11 open

See you next time!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How to Knit a Hat in Colors


Hi there,
This video is very good for beginners as it only has a bit of decreasing and if you don't want to change colors you don't have to. I hope you enjoy making this. Here is the pattern!


Caron Simply Soft in: Red, pink, orange, yellow, green, pagoda, light blue
Size 8 circular needle, which is a 5mm
Knit = kn,  tog = together,  st = stitches
1.      Cast on 96 stitches, make sure all your stitches are facing the the right way, before you start knitting your first row. Remember to do your jogless join for all your color changes!

Knit red for 5 or 6 rows whichever you prefer or more and keep changing your colors until your hat is the length you like or it measures about 6 inches.

You want to do a jogless join because when you change colors you can see where you changed the colors there is like a jog between colors and we want to prevent that.

So to do the jogless join you knit one row in your new color and then on the next row you lift the “right v” of the stitch below up and stretch it onto the needle, and knit the 2 stitches together.

Now we need to decrease.
Once your work measures 6 inches from the bottom to where you are you can now start decreasing. I am on color 6 when I start decreasing about 30 -32 rows have been knit

Decrease by: decrease by slipping the next st onto the needle, knit the next st and then
pull the slipped st over the knitted one

Row 1:* K14, k2tog*, all the way around, make sure you decreased 6 times, ending with  k2tog and  90 stitches are left

Row 2: Knit

Row 3:* k7, decrease by slipping the next st onto the needle, knit the next st and then pull the slipped st over the knitted one, so* k7, decrease 1 st,* keep doing that till the end and you have 80 st

Row 4: knit

Row 5: *k6, decrease 1* like previous row, repeat to end – 70st left

Row 6: knit

Row 7: *k5, decr 1*, to end – 60 stitches
Row8: knit

Row 9:* k4, dec 1*, to end – 50 stitches

Row 10: knit
Row 11: knit (still 50 stitches)
Row 12: knit
Row 13: knit
Row 14: knit
Row 15: knit
Row 16: knit, cut your yarn (make it fairly long), to finish off

Row 17: push all your stitches to the left needle and take a yarning needle and working with 2 stitches at a time, pull the stitch behind, over the 1st one and thread the stitch onto the yarn, repeat to end.  Take yarn through hole and sew it away.