Technique Tuesdays: Border Up!

Today’s crochet comes as a part of Le Monde de Sucrette’s “Olé Olé Blanket”which is presumably named for the bright colors and pompom accents of a Matador’s costume.

The border for her blanket creates a fringe that rings her vibrantly striped blanket, but that is much neater than a tasseled border.  It would be great for the edges of a scarf, blanket, or even a pillowcase!  It may also for a “sexy matador” costume for this Halloween.  Or a “sexy lampshade”?  Or you could skip the whole “sexy [profession or random object]” and go as a ball of yarn.

However you choose to use it, the full tutorial is here.

Technique Twednesdays

Yeah yeah.  I know.  It’s Wednesday.  Everyone knows that Tuesdays are for yarn techniques and Wednesdays are for wearing pink.  What can I say.

There’s a chill in the air, and it’s about that time of year when you have to start thinking about what Christmas presents you want to make.  Today’s knitting technique comes to us from Eskimimi Makes, and it’s a lovely pine tree motif to knit into a pair of socks or possibly some mittens!

Worked across 12 stitches in the round, it’s done from the top down, so bear in mind that you will be working from the top of the tree to the trunk.  If you want to turn it upside down, just flip the knitting chart!

Find the aforementioned chart, plus detailed instructions, right here.  Thanks again to Eskimimi Makes, and keep checking back for more techniques (typically on Tuesday)!

Technique Tuesdays

Good news if your Halloween costume plans were to dress as:

a) an artichoke

 

 

b) a crocodile hunter

 

 

c) an actual crocodile

 

 

 

d) an acorn

 

Because today’s technique is the crocheted Crocodile Stitch!  Here’s a great tutorial, plus pictures, from Rachel Lendyak-Peters, of crochetspot.com.  Thanks!


Begin with a chain with the number of stitches a multiple of 6. (You may find that in some patterns this will be a different number – like a multiple of three.) But by working in multiples of 6, you’ll have the right number of scales in the alternating rows to make a nice, straight edge.

After your chain has reach the desired length, chain 4 more.

Then double crochet into the forth chain from your hook.

You’ve just formed the first post. Next you will chain 2, skip 2 stitches, and then make 2 double crochets into the next stitch.

Repeat this pattern: chain 2, skip 2, 2 double crochets into the next stitch, until you’ve finished the row.

Fabulous! You’ve completed the first foundation row. I’ll refer to each set of 2 double crochets as a post. From this point, you will be doing a row of scales, foundation row, scales, foundation, etc.

Turn your work and chain three.

You will be double crocheting down one side of the post and up the other to form the scale. You will need to feed your hook under the first double crochet and up through the middle between the double crochet posts.

Make 4 double crochets down the first post (the first chain of 3 counts as a double crochet, so essentially you have 5 double crochets). Then chain 1.

Again coming under the second double crochet towards the middle, you’re going to make 5 double crochets coming up the second post.

Chain 1 at the top and you’ve completed your first scale!

Skip the next post and repeat the 5 double crochets down first post, chain 1, 5 double crochets up second post, chan 1. Skip the next post, repeat, and so on until the end of the row.

Now you’re set to make the next foundation row. Turn your work, chain 3 and then double crochet into the space between the 2 double crochets of the previous row.

Chain 2 and make 2 double crochets into the top of the next post, catching the chain 1 that you made between the scales.

Continue the chain 2, 2 double crochets pattern across the row.

Turn your work. Chain 1. Skip the first post and begin the scale in the next post. 5 double crochets down, chain 1, 5 double crochets up, chain 1; Skip post and repeat.

When you reach the end of the row, slip stitch into the middle of the last post.

Turn your work. Chain 3 and begin the next scale exactly like you did on the first scale row. Keep repeating this pattern.

Gift Guide: ALL THE BOXES!

Back again with more patterns for our sale!  Today, we will examine the art of the box, the cube, the platonic form of three-dimensional squareness.  Here are some patterns for boxes of every variety, from decorative box ornaments to a functional reusable gift box.  But these are just to jog your creativity!  If you want to make a bunch of holiday-themed squares, we can easily sew them up in a meeting to create gift box decorations to sell!

Holiday Box Ornaments

This pattern requires you to create a Lion Brand account, which is free, easy, and pretty handy.  It’s a knitted pattern, worked flat, that requires increases and decreases, but it’s basically just like knitting a big T.

Crochet Gift Boxes

This gift box is for crocheters!  These boxes are lined with plastic canvas and felt, and finished off with ribbons, so let us know if you want to have another Michaels trip!

Cozy Cottage Tissue Box Cover

Cute as a button and worked flat?  Sign me up!  This knitting pattern also teaches you the brick stitch, but you could probably do it in knit or stockinette stitch as well.

TARDIS Knitting Pattern

Police boxes count too.

Technique Tuesdays

Howdy gang!

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the first TECHNIQUE TUESDAY, a series that collects some cool stitches or nifty tricks to use for whatever your little hearts desire.

Today’s technique is the linen stitch for knitting.  If you ever thought to yourself, “gee, I love knitting but I really hate the way knitted goods look,” then listen up.

If you’re working flat, then on an even number of stitches:

Row 1: *Knit 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front; Repeat from * to end. Turn.

Row 2: *Purl 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back; Repeat from * to end. Turn.

To work in the round, again on an even number of stitches:

Round 1: *K 1, slip 1 with yarn in front; Repeat from * around.

Round 2: *Slip 1 with yarn in front, K 1; Repeat from * around.

That’s it!  If you want to try a three-colored linen stitch, check out the full tutorial on Craftsy.

Meet Gosh Yarn It!: Karen Edition

New semester, new members!  Meet Karen, who will be in charge of our Ravelry Group (which you should all join).

Karen (+Kropped out friend)

Karen (+Kropped out friend)

Name:  Karen Hernandez

School/Year:  GS 2016

Joined (date):  September 2014

What were the circumstances of your discovery of Gosh Yarn It!?  I found their blog online!

Knitting, crocheting, weaving, sewing, or other?  Knitting

Favourite Colour Yarn:  Brights, blues, and berry tones

The best part of Gosh Yarn It! is…  Umm… the knitting?

If you could name an honorary Gosh Yarner (preferably a Columbia or Barnard alum) it would be…  Audrey Hepburn

Favorite Quote(s):          

“I solemnly swear up to no good.”

Favorite Fictional Character:  Leslie Knope

Rank the Following : knitting, crocheting, nutella, queso, \S/uperman, sex, Columbia, beer, bananas, Christopher Nolan

1. Knitting
2. Nutella
3. Sex
4. Beer
5.Columbia
6. Queso
7. Bananas
8. \S/uperman
9. Christopher Nolan
10. Crocheting

Make an original yarn/knitting/crocheting related pun:

All you knit is love ❤