Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
The second one is the Elizabeth Square by Chris Simon. I really really love the Dusty Pink and how it makes the other pinks blend in. I believe this to be a really gorgeous "Victorian" type square.
Last, but not least, is my second Diamond Square. It is exactly the same as the other, with one small change in a sc row. This is another square I love a lot.
Although I am changing colors quiet a bit per square, I am not having trouble with
doing my way of cutting at the end of each row. It is very relaxing to me for some reason. I had read that many Russian patterns call for the yarn to be but and then start all over again from the original side and go across again. At one time I thought that it was a practice borne out of madness, but now I'm starting to like the idea a lot! As a matter of fact, if I don't cut the yarn and start with my air crochet stitch, I am finding it difficult on a sc row as to which loop is actually the loop into which I am suppose to slip stitch.
I think I'll make several Elizabeth squares for myself, as well as some additional Diamond Squares to dot the Pink/Rose afghan throughout, giving it some continuity.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Hold yarn with end in right hand, skein to left, yo twice
Put hook through corner to start first dc of the row
yo and pull up a loop
yo, pull through 2 loops
yo, pull through last 2 loops - just made dc (you may need to tighten the yarn end to pull the dc together a bit)
continue making all stitches on row
At end of row (NOTE: pattern in photo is granny shells, i.e. there is a space before beginning first air dc)...leave last two loops on hook and drop yarn from skein
pick up yarn end from first air dc, & undo where the end wraps around the post
Pull out yarn
yo with the end yarn; see below
pull up loop
now pull yarn all the way through the two loops
thread needle with yarn and pull yarn under the loop on top of dc (this is actually the top of the 2nd dc stitch). Put needle down through the middle of the 2nd loop you left on the hook, and down through the stitch. Cut other yarn, weave in ends. This join is called an "invisible join" --- you have just made the "top" to the very first dc you made and joined it all together
Once joined, this is how the finished row looks from the top
And this is what the finished row looks like. Can you find where the row began and ended???????