Technique Tuesdays: Bobbles!

Bobbles, to this yarner, are like platypuses: I have no idea how I personally would go about creating them, but I can appreciate them when I see them.

WHAT ARE YOU?!

Today’s Technique Tuesday is all about bobbles – because unlike creating a platypus, it’s actually pretty simple to learn how to make bobbles, thanks to this Craftsy tutorial.

Bobble comparison

Here’s a quick summary, but head over to the tutorial to get more details, plus great pictures and info about how to make smaller bobbles.

Making a large bobble:

When you get to the point where you want to add the bobble, follow these steps:

  1. Increase one stitch to five. To do this, knit into the front and back of the stitch TWICE without pulling it off the left, then into the front once more and drop the stitch from your left needle.
  2. Turn your work, purl across the five stitches, then turn again, knit across five, turn, purl across five, turn once more, and knit across the five one last time.
  3. Now we have to decrease back down to one stitch. To do this, slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch four times. Your completed bobble should look like the photo above!

That’s it! Essentially, the bobble is an increase into one stitch, then about four tiny rows, and a decrease back down to one. The tiny rows fold onto themselves to make the bobble.

All credit for the great tutorial goes to Lisa Gutierrez at Craftsy.

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Technique Tuesdays: A Journey into the Past…

From 1999 to 2012,  September to June, this yarner spent 8 hours a day (or more) in plaid.

My highly flammable schoolwear was scratchy, it felt like cardboard, and the overlapping blue, green, red, and yellow stripes marked me with a flashing “CATHOLIC SCHOOL KID” sign wherever I went.  Since starting college, however, I have learned that there is life outside the polyester plaid I knew for so long.  Now, I can appreciate a good wooly plaid (not to mention brown penny loafers) for its autumnal, preppy outfit possibilities.

Which is why today’s Technique Tuesday is about plaid.  Specifically, how to crochet something plaid.

This tutorial comes from Crochet Kitten.  It requires a rather clever weaving of individual chains through a crocheted canvas.

Check out that striping.

There are quite a few steps, with great, very detailed photos to guide you, so we won’t post them here, but by all means, take advantage of this great how-to.  Have fun!

BAM. Technique Thursday.

Today’s knitting technique is the bamboo stitch.  BAMboo.  See what I did there?  Yeah.  I know.

That’s what the right side of this nifty stitch looks like, almost like a woven mat.  It’s a two-row pattern:

Row 1: Yarn over, knit two. Pass the yarn over over both knit stitches. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat.

I’m one of those people who needs to see it done.  If you’re like me, you may find this video from DROPS design particularly enlightening!

Happy stitching!

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.

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.