Pattern of the week: thinking of… a crochet chain necklace!

You have surely seen them around.

I have spotted many of them in retail stores, as well as on Instagram… chain necklaces with crochet details!

I must admit that I totally love the idea and I’d be eager to give it a try!

I am sharing 2 patterns, one of them is in Dutch, but definitely straight forward if you want to get an idea of the process behind it.

Enjoy!

ps: I have decided to make my blog bilingual (english and italian) as much as possible πŸ™‚ i hope you won’t mind!

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Sicuramente le avete giΓ  viste in giro.

A me Γ¨ capitato di vederne in alcuni negozi di moda, ma ce ne sono un sacco anche su internet e su Instagram… collane a catena con inserti fatti all’uncinetto!

A me piacciono tantissimo e mi piacerebbe provare a farne qualcuna!

Condivido due pattern, uno dei quali Γ¨ in olandese, ma Γ¨ comunque facile capire il procedimento anche solo guardando le foto.

Divertitevi!

DIY: Crochet Chain Necklaces

by Miss P.

This pattern is not from ravelry, but you can access it here:Β http://bit.ly/14LLRZY

Crochet chain necklace

picture by Ravelry User “margotta”

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Greta Stitch – Photo tutorial

I have been asked by some people lately, to provide a better explanation of the Greta Stitch I used for my Greta’s Blankie Pattern, which I have posted on this blog some years back already.

Therefore I have decided to write photo tutorial πŸ™‚

The stitch is actually not difficult itself, but I understand that reading a written pattern can get tricky somehow, so i hope this will help.

Here is the stitch I am talking about

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

As you can maybe already notice, it is nothing else than a 3dctog (3 double crochet stitches worked together), which repeatedly worked on the wrong and right side produce this kind of wavy pattern.
Using a relatively think yarn and a hook slightly bigger than it would call for, will also give to the end product this soft and “spongy” look.

In this case, I have worked a yarn that calls for a 3-4 mm hook, with a 6 mm hook instead.

Now, on to the photo tutorial. You will find two kinds of directions, since the first row (after the foundation chain) is worked differently than the rest of the pattern.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you asap!

Greta Stitch photo tutorial

GRETA STITCH

by Giulia Pezzi

PATTERN IS WORKED ON A MULTIPLE OF 3 PLUS 2

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 1

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, insert hook into *GS* cluster from the previous row

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 2

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 3

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

pull up a loop

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

pull up a loop

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 4

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 5

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

2 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

2 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 6

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 inserting hook in the next chain, 3 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4, 3 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 7

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, inserting hook in the next chain, 4 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, 4 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 8

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

psssss! if you click on the pictures you will get redirected to a bigger version on Flickr! enjoy! πŸ˜€

Weaving in ends as you go… yes you can!

Hi my dears!

I have a video for you this week… not really a pattern of the week, but rather a tutorial of the week, eheh πŸ™‚

Remember about my striped mittens and the 3847464949 ends to weave in? After finishing the first one I decided I couldn’t be bothered with doing it all over again (lol, that’s why I usually don’t knit anything that comes in a pair!) so I started looking for a tutorial for weaving in ends as you go. I actually could have looked for it waaaay earlier, since it is something that one is always going to need, no matter what, but oh well!

This method works for Stockinette Stitch only, which is what I needed, but it’s pretty neat and I’m sure that with some modifications it could be applied to other stitches as well πŸ™‚

Pics of my finished mittes (yes, FINISHED) will follow πŸ™‚

 

 

And, here are my Align Mitts.

Ok ok, I admit it, they still need to be blocked, but the knitting is done πŸ™‚ I’m pretty happy with the result! They look extrememly cheerful, which is nice when you have such foggy days as today…

 

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As you can see the ends get worked together with the regular stitches and they are not visible from the right side of the work… neat or what? Now on to cutting those tails and giving thoses mitts a good blocking!

Blocking knit/crochet garments

Have you ever wondered how to block knit garments??
I must say that I knit mostly hats and other small accessories which don’t require much care, and I tend to avoid blocking them as long as it’s possible simply cause the whole blocking procedure pretty much scares me!

Remember when I mentioned having almost finished my Glitter Shrug after months of dead boring stockinette stitch? Well, I DID finish it and after reading a couple of tutorials I found online I decided it needed to be blocked… well, I don’t know what I did wrong, but it “gained” at least 2 sizes and it’s huge!!! I have decided to try and block it again, hoping that the cat will avoid sleeping on the wet garment this time πŸ™‚ so I have been looking for more tutorials and I found this video which turned out to be more helpful than many others I read.

 

Do you have a fave tutorial that you’d like to share?