Showing posts with label crochet tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crochet tutorial. Show all posts

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Quadruple Treble and the Six by Six Wrap

 My latest design is here! I've also put together a stitch tutorial for the dominant stitch in the design - the Quadruple Treble -


The new design is called the Six by Six Wrap, and is currently on sale on Ravelry and LoveCrafts, and will also be available on Etsy as soon as possible. 



Six by six a lightweight rectangular wrap, that has a simple, yet effective pattern repeat that reminds me of an open weave. I designed it with gradient yarn in mind but would look beautiful in any special fibre. 

This pattern was originally part of Cosy Rosie UK's Spring Exclusives Bundle. 

 





And now for the stitch tutorial: 


The Quadruple treble has 5 yarn overs and 6 'pull throughs' and is the same height as 6 chains, for context, the Qdtr falls in line after a Triple Treble (Trtr)

I've put together a little chart for the tall stitches. 


And a video tutorial for the quadruple treble:



1
make sure the loop is tight on the hook before starting.
2
yarn over 5 times, use index finger to keep firm tension
3
hook in next st, pull up loop. index finger keeps the loops secure
4
yo, pull through 2 loops, 6 times
5
all together!
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Extended Stitches - FPedc tutorial


 


Extended stitches are a way of creating a bit more height to a stitch. I used them in my section of the Unity CAL, and now bringing you a tutorial for the specific stitches I used - which do look a bit daunting, especially when they are written out, because they are also front post stitches, as well as being extended - but the reality is that only one extra step (a chain) is made in the middle of the stitch. 

Like the block? it's the Unity Remix Block 5


Front Post Extended Double Crochet:
FPedc

1

yarn over
2
hook around next post, (from the front) and pull up loop
3
yarn over, pull through 1 loop only
4
yarn over, pull though 2 loops, twice
all together!
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Coming Soon to this post - FPedc2tog tutorial 

Joining Rounds in Crochet - alternate method - hdc join




Today I have a tutorial for an alternate way to join a round in crochet. The example I'm using is an afghan block that has 2ch spaces for every corner, but the last corner replaces the 2ch and slip stitch with an hdc

Like the block? It's the Unity Remix Block 5


It works in the same way that a starting chain counts as a stitch, but the opposite, so the stitch counts as a chain! 


This method means you can start the next row in the corner, and if you aren't changing colours each row, it makes (in my opinion at least) a neater start to the row. 


I'm also trying out a new app called Jumprope. It looks like it will be an easier way for me to make tutorials! Jumprope is a new social network that specializes in DIY instructional videos. 



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End of the round
hdc worked into starting chain
finish in the corner space
comparison
continuing on
hdc join complete!
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Happy Crocheting


Emma

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Standing Stitches (standing double crochet)

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Standing stitches are a neat way of starting a new colour without chaining. There are a few different chainless methods, and this is one of my favourites.

In my example I'm using standing stitches to change colour in the Good Old Granny Square (pattern here)

In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a (in US terms) standing double crochet, but it works for any height stitch. 


Step 1: YO hook twice (YO one more time than usual - 3 times for a treble, once for a sc) The first YO mimics the last st/ch that would be on the hook. 


Step 2: Insert hook in stitch or space - like the ch-2 corner space for this granny square


Step 3: Pull up loop. It now looks like a regular dc, but make sure to keep loops on hook! 


Step 4: YO, pull through 2 loops, twice (like a 'normal' stitch) 


Continue your work. The top loop may look a little loose, and it's OK to tighten it. Once you finish the round, sl st into the top of the standing st, and once the ends are woven in, it will be hard to know where you started! 

DO you like chainless starts? DO you have a favourite?

Thanks for reading,

Happy Crocheting,

Emma.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chunky Hexies - Join as you go - Free Pattern.



I have been playing with a large hexagon motif, that is 'joined as you go' (sometimes called Jaygo) This extra large hexagon measures 25 cm x 28 cm (10 x 11 inches)

Post has been been updated (Oct 2020) 


At the end of last year, in this post, I started making a hexagon motif with Bernat Big Ball Chunky in teal from American Yarns. In that post I thought I might keep going and make a huge hexagon, but I changed my mind and kept it at just 4 rounds. In the photo below you can see three motifs joined together, the join is incorporated in the 4th round.


IIf you'd like to make some hexagons of your own: 

Chunky Hexie- the Pattern. 
In US terms.
1 ball Big Ball Chunky in Teal (100% acrylic, 400 g, 394 m) 
12 mm Crochet Hook. 

Abbreviations (in US terms)
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch 
st/s - stitch/es
sp - space
( ) - indicates stitches worked in same st/sp
[ ] or * * - indicates section to be repeated 

Single Motif.
Make a magic ring. 
 
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc, [ch 2, 2 dc] 5 times, ch 2, sl st to 3rd ch; sl st to next ch-2 sp. (12 dc, 12 ch)

Round 2: (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 sp as sl st. [(2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space] 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch, sl st into next ch-2 sp. (24 dc, 12 ch)

Round 3: (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 sp as sl st. [2 dc in next sp, (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space] 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch, sl st into nect ch-2 sp. (36 dc, 12 ch)

Round 4:  (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 sp as sl st. [2 dc in next sp, twice (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space,] 5 times, sl st to 3rd ch, sl st into next ch-2 sp. (48 dc, 12 ch)


Jaygo.
All the joining will take place in Round 4. To start with, you will only need to join one side, but you will need to join more than one side eventually! 

You can join the motifs at any point around, I have chosen to do the join on the second side. You will need to make at least one single motif to join to! (you might make a pile of single motifs in one colour, and use a second to join)  





Jaygo Motif - 1 side.

Rounds 1- 3: As above

Round 4: (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 sp as sl st. 2 dc in next sp, twice, (2 dc, 1 ch) into next ch- 2 sp; sc (marked as 1) into any ch-2 sp of single motif; 2 dc into same ch-2 space, 2 dc into next sp; sc (marked as 2) into sp between two dc groups of single motif,  **2 dc into next sp; (2 dc, 1 ch) into next ch- 2 sp; sc (marked as 3) into next ch-2 sp of single motif; 2 dc into same ch- 2 sp; (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space, rep from ** 4 times, sl st to 3rd ch, sl st into next ch-2 sp. (48 dc, 12 ch)

Jaygo Motif - 2 sides

Rounds 1- 3: As above

Round 4: (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same ch-2 sp as sl st. 2 dc in next sp, twice, (2 dc, 1 ch) into next ch- 2 sp; sc into any ch-2 sp of single motif; 2 dc into same ch-2 space, *2 dc into next sp; sc into sp between two dc groups of single motif,  2 dc into next sp; (2 dc, 1 ch) into next ch- 2 sp; sc into next ch-2 sp of single motif; 2 dc into same ch- 2 sp; rep from * once,  **2 dc into next sp; (2 dc, 1 ch) into next ch- 2 sp; sc into next ch-2 sp of single motif; 2 dc into same ch- 2 sp; (2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) into next ch-2 space, rep from ** 3 times, sl st to 3rd ch, sl st into next ch-2 sp. (48 dc, 12 ch)

Continue in this fashion to join 3 or more sides. 


If you would like to make this pattern, please share a project on Ravelry, or tag me #EWDMakes on social media so I can see! 



This post contains no affiliate links, however I did receive the yarn as part of the linked review post. 



If you are in a position to donate - please consider a donation. Your support allows me to produce free patterns.

Until next time, Happy Crocheting 

Emma

Friday, January 19, 2018

Newsletter- sign up for FREE C2C tutorial.


Everything that is 'old' is new again, and by that it seems that the best way to stay up to date is via newsletter subscription.

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As I'm still learning *HOW* to manage an email newsletter system, there are a few kinks.. I've just learnt how to send out a Welcome message! (You know I'd rather be crocheting and designing!) 

Included in the welcome message is a mini tutorial 'How to C2C'. This is going to come in very handy this year, as I have a few C2C patterns coming out!




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Zipper Join - joining crochet motifs


Today I am showing you how I will join the Nebula Squares I made. (Find the pattern here.)


I am using the Zipper Join method, which is my favourite join.

I like this join because it makes a feature of the join, but It can be a bit fiddly. If you prefer a seamless join, or something quicker, then maybe this is not the join for you.

I have used a contrasting colour to show the join, but it is not what I will be using on the final blanket.

The Zipper join works into the back loops of both squares, and this first picture shows the back loops.


The second picture shows the direction the hook will go: front to back on first loop, the front to back on second. Right side of both squares are facing you.


Starting at the corner chain, place hook as just described; through front to back of both loops and pull up a loop. Keep your yarn at the back of the work.


Place hook through next two back loops, and pull a loop through all three loops on hook.

This is the same method as surface crochet, but with two pieces of fabric, rather than one.





Continue into each loop pair


If you have planned out your blanket layout, you can continue along the vertical axis, and then the horizontal, so joining can be done without cutting the yarn!



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Monday, January 2, 2017

My year in designing.


Now we're all comfortably in 2017, past the hectic craziness of the festive season, I thought it would be a good time to look back at my pattern year that was. I released five crochet patterns, which are available to buy from Etsy, Ravelry and a few via Craftsy and LoveKnitting.  I also have a few new freebie tutorials published on this blog!

I welcomed my 4th son into the world in May, so blogging had taken a back seat, I did however release a Easter pattern and baby bonnet- both designed with my new son in mind!




Both these patterns were originally released on my old blog, and in August I decided a revamp was totally in order. I'm not a personal or lifestyle blogger, and in fact do more 'mircoblogging' via instagram

So this blog- Emma Wilkinson designs came into existence. My old blog is still there, as it has a lot of content I'm quite proud of.

Shortly after I published the 'crochet club bag' A t shirt yarn bag that can be made in next to no time. I made a short youtube video to explain one of the stitches used.



I rounded out the year with a fun play item- fairy bread- to co-incide with international fairy bread day! And a Christmas pattern- Peppermitts- fingerless gloves.



Working with a new baby, not to mention three other kids, does make designing a challenge, but it's been a challenge that makes me very happy to take on.

My most popular item (maybe because it's been available the longest) is the Starburst Square, and I've got two follow up patterns which I hope can be just as fun!


My goals for 2017 are to have 12 new patterns available. I've found - like most things, you get more efficient over time, so I do feel like it's more than achievable. 

You can look forward to seeing as Valentine's pattern, a fairybread spin off, some chunky clutches, and a little tweaking of the photography! 

For more regular updates, don't forget to find me on instagram or facebook! 

Emma. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Wreath Base

Last year I made a crochet Christmas wreath for my front door. This year I want to add to it, but before that,  I thought I would repost the original tutorial, for a base to work from.




Now that November is here, it might seem a bit early, but I think it's necessary to plan ahead, especially if you are planning on making some of your own decorations!

I've started with a wreath for my front door. I also recently moved house, so it will be the first time decorating this place. I naturally decided to make a crochet wreath! This pattern is a beginner level.

I picked up a Decofoam Wreath and some 8ply  acrylic yarn - the Kringle value ball.

pictures from spotlight.com
Using a 3.5mm hook I made a chain of 40, and then (in US terms)
Row 1 : skip the first three chains, 37 dc chain three and turn.
Row 2 - 100 : 37 dc across (chain three and turn, except last row)


Check your size against the decofoam wreath and bind off.

 It should fit very snug.

Using a whip stitch, or whatever you find easiest, sew the long ends together around the wreath.


Now you have a lovely base to add decorations to!





Don't forget, I will be adding more decorations!