crochet methods

WHAT IS CROCHET?

crochet 1When I see the word crochet, the first thing that comes to my mind is something that helps or assists someone in the action of walking. Yes, I know, that’s crutches and not crochet. They probably don’t sound alike but I guess that’s just me. Crochet is actually the process of using hooks called crochet hooks to create fabric from other materials by making interlocking loops. Most times the material used is yarn but other materials used could be fabric or even twine. The crochet hook has a slender body with a hook at one or both-ends. The hooks are made of wood, plastic or metal and they come in various sizes.

Knitting, though very similar to crochet, uses two or more needles to create the fabric. Knitting can also work on numerous stitches at the same time while as crochet works with only one stitch. Regardless of the process used, be it crochet or knitting, the size of the needle matters. Some of the needles or hooks are so small that you may have difficulty holding them. Others are so big that working with them for a long time can put pressure on your arms. The size of the needle or hook also determines the shape of the object that will be created.

DOES HOOK SIZE MATTER?

Crochet hooks or knitting needles come in various sizes. The size of the crochet hook-is determined by-the diameter-of the shaft. The shaft, in turn, determines how big your stitches-will be. The size of the hook is also determined by other factors like brand, material and the country producing the hooks. The goal of crocheting is to make objects that are useful in some way. These could be baby blankets, afghans, bags, socks, and scarves. Crocheted objects could also be used as part of an ornament or bigger object.

WHAT ARE CROCHET PATTERNS?

Crochet objects are made of patterns created by crochet stitches. The basic crochet stitches include the chain stitch, the slip stitch, and the single crochet stitch. Other stitches are the treble crochet stitch and the triple crochet stitch. Patterns are created by a combination of stitches. There are lots of crochet stitches that can be combined to create a different shape and size. The basic patterns that can be created are stitches like the linen stitch, the granny stitch, spiked stitch, shell stitch and ripple stitch. Patterns can be found on the internet or going to a teaching class (maybe it’s time to visit that your grandma again). There you may be able to find patterns that are more intricate or out of circulation and therefore quite unique.

WHAT’S THE YARN ABOUT?

The same way the crochet hook size matters to the stitch formed, so too do the size of the yarn. The yarn is the most common material used for crocheting. It is sold either as a yarn ball or skeins. The yarn comes in 6 basic sizes. Size 1 is the smallest while size 6 is the largest. The size of the yarn is measured in the thickness of the yarn. The thickness will also determine the pattern or stitch you create. Yarn can be bought online or from reputable stores that have been in the business.

Yarn blends you haven’t heard of before

Yarn blends you haven’t heard of before
Did you know? There are various types of wool and yarn of which public is not aware about. The various types are hidden to a very local extent. People who are interested in collecting and wearing various and special yarns and fabrics then they should read this to know more about the hideous types of the yarn. In this article I will show you the most special and best quality of the yarn found in the world. Knitting is an art of spinning the yarn into a piece of cloth or a fabric.

Where do you find the best out-of-print patterns?

Where do you find the best out-of-print patterns?
Out-of-print knitting, crochet and sewing patterns are not easy to find. They’re rare, vintage and only few shops have them. Believe me, however, when I say that there are shops out there who specialize in selling the best out-of-print patterns. Before that let me explain to you what these type of print patterns are. When pattern companies decide to discontinue printing a pattern and just let the stocks run out, this pattern is what you call out-of-print patterns. They are sometimes associated with vintage patterns or retro patterns which brings to our mind really old designs.

Knitting Great Seasonal Holiday Crafts

Knitting Great Seasonal Holiday Crafts
For many people, most of the winter Holidays are waiting: I cannot wait to plan the perfect gifts, decorate the house, see family and friends. In particular, for shirts those begin at the beginning of the month and contain their own creations, especially Holiday decorations can be used. The best seasonal Holiday crafts are the best option for making jersey. These knitted patterns for Holiday are a great way to use free knitting patterns and save money during the Holiday season.

Do you know your Crochet hooks and knitting needles?

Do you know your Crochet hooks and knitting needles?
Whether you are a beginner or a pro in knitting, knitting needles and crochet hooks are terms that you should familiarize yourself with. People usually applaud the beautiful product that results from crocheting but there are a handful of people are aware of what takes place behind the scene to have those wonderful products. Understanding crochet hooks will give an insight to a knowledge seek interested in knowing something about knitting. A question that bothers the mind is ‘what are crochet hook and knitting needles — what are their functions and how do they work?’