Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Today I Created a Pattern for a Crocheted Heart

Today, I used a little template of a heart I had drawn and created a pattern for a crocheted heart. It took less than an hour to crochet it and document the steps for a pattern as I worked. The crocheted heart uses 3 basic stitches the slip stitch, the single crochet and the double crochet. It also gives an introduction to how to decrease and increase stitches for those learning to crochet. Using a series of "half double crochet stitches" is how you decrease stitch. To increase stitch you simple make extra double crochets in the stitch of the previous row.

Anyway, here is the crocheted heart pattern just in time for Valentine's day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Using Gauge in a Crochet Project

In crochet, gauge is the number of stitches in a given length. It is very simple to use gauge to figure out how many stitches and rows are required to create a square or rectangular piece of crochet. This article gives step by step instruction to create a rug, table liner, or rectangular doily. How to Use Gauge to Make a Custom Crochet Project.

Circles and oddly shaped crochet projects are a little trickier. To make custom patterns for these crochet projects, it is easiest to create a template. For those type pieces, the article How to Make Custom Crochet Patterns, explains step by step what will be needed to make a template.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Crochet a Toilet Seat Lid Cover

I made a custom cover for my bathroom toilet seat lid. I did this by preparing a sample swatch of crochet using the yarn and hook that I planned to use for my crochet project. I then measured the gauge of the stitches to see how tall my rows of stitches were and how many stitches it took to make 1 inch across the template.

I prepared a template of the toilet seat cover. I then marked out the rows of stitches on the template. Here are detailed instructions on How I Made the Template for the Custom Crochet Pattern.

Because my toilet seat is a standard size, I also published my pattern for the toilet seat lid cover, so that others could follow it to make their own.