Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sock Oops!

When I posted an update to the sock pattern with a new heel, I included notes for using a ch-2 net stitch instead of the sc/dc (brick) stitch pattern of the original sock published on the South Bay Crochet website ages ago.

Unfortunately, the instructions for the afterthought heel in net stitch makes a huge heel that is not appropriate. It is just plain wrong. Each ch2 space should be worked as 1sc for a heel the right size.

I am reworking the toe, too, so will post a new, shorter pattern. With any luck, it will work just fine.

String Markers in Crochet

Sometimes it is really handy to use a piece of string as a marker in crochet. Working in a coil, especially, you may want to remember where the beginning/end of the round is, and make sure it stays roughly the same place each round.

If you lay the string between the last stitch of one round and the first stitch of the next, that marks the point. When you get to that point after the next round, bring one end of the string back after the last stitch and before working the first stitch of the next round.

As you continue, notice how straight the dotted line is that the marker makes. That lets you know that the rounds are beginning/ending in line. If you were off on the shaping instructions, the line of the marker would get jagged and not look right.

As the piece gets bigger, just pull the string along, letting go of the earlier markings (because we know they are correct already), and it continues to mark the more recent progress.

If the notion of marking BETWEEN stitches is not appealing, you can just as easily include the marker in a specific stitch by laying it on the stitch as you insert your hook to make that stitch.

Either way, when you are done, it is easy to take out the marker by just pulling one end.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Speaking of Romanian Cord

Sometime, you may be in a position where you need a pair of cufflinks. Nothing fancy, perhaps, but some cufflinks. Starting with a bit of Romanian cord, made perhaps from embroidery floss, which comes in lots of colors, you can tie a couple of decorative knots in it, about an inch apart.
I tried it with two different colors of floss, to see which I would like better on the blouse.

Once you do that for as many cufflinks as you need, snip the excess, undo enough of the cord to have loose ends to fasten the ends in between the knobs, and tuck in. It is good to start with a long bit of cord so you have enough to manipulate to make the decorative knot. I ended up with a pair of blue ones with a simple knot at each end that was still small enough to fit through the buttonholes.
Then I tried them on, and they seemed to work just fine. It was a simple project that worked out just fine. I may try it again with other knots. It is important for the knots to be a little loose -- not to tighten them too much, or they lose their personality.