Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Nice Crochet Curtain Pattern

I decided that I wanted to make some new curtains for a small window in 
my living room. I do have a free pattern of my own on my website but I
wanted something different. So I went searching and this is what I found.
I love it! 

Big Bold Chevron Curtain

It is fast to make and very pretty!

The pattern calls for a size 6.50mm hook but I am using a 6.00mm and I 
making the 2 panels.

So, if you are looking to crochet up some quick and easy curtains, head on over to
the Moogly blog and get this pattern.

Have a great day! 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Entrelac Crochet

I've been playing around with Entrelac Crochet. It is done with the afghan stitch,
also known as the tunisian stitch. You can do it with your normal size hooks as
you are only putting a small number of stitches on the hook to make small
squares that you put together by interlacing them as you go.

I began by watching and following along with this video.

So the picture below is my first sample experiment. 

I used light weight cotton yarn and a 4.50 mm hook just to play with as I will be 
unravelling this. I think this stitch would make a nice dishcloth too. But you would 
want to use the lighter weight cotton as the 4 ply would be too thick. 

As you can see that video, this version starts with the one square in the middle 
and you work around it. 

So next I watched some of this lady's videos. She has a 17 part series of 
videos that are 5 to 7 minutes long. 

She begins by making 2 squares and working around those. I like this version
better than starting with the 1 square.

I did as she did, I didn't cut the yarn and slip stitched up to start the new color so 
I didn't have a lot of ends to sew in. 

The following video is Part 1 of her "How To Entrelac Crochet" series. You can
find the other parts listed in the right hand column on Youtube or you can click
on her name to go to her Youtube channel. 

Here are a couple photos of my sample piece made by starting with 2 squares. 

The 2nd photo is my attempt at squaring it up. But, I think I need to work on those
corners, they are a little pointy looking. In the videos she does give 2 ways to do
the corners. 

I found Entrelac Crochet a lot of fun. Once you get the method it goes along 
quite fast. I think there could be many uses for this type of crochet, more 
than just for making blankets. I think a sweater would look nice done this 
way, but I can certainly see how difficult it would be to design a pattern for
one, not impossible but it would be time consuming. 

So if you are looking for something a little different to do with crochet, give
Entrelac Crochet a try, I think you will enjoy it!

 Happy Crocheting! 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Foundation Double Crochet

This is very interesting. The quick video below shows how to make your foundation
row in double crochet rather than starting with a row of chains.