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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Great Endings to Your Crochet Project, Pt. 2: Weaving In

    Technical editor and yarncrafting expert Kj Hay returns to share tips on finishing your crochet projects. Join her next month for tips on finishing your knitting project. Click here to see her previous blog post.

    Great Endings to Your Crochet, Pt. 2 | Lion Brand Notebook

    Weaving in well is so very important. If your ends are not woven in well, your ends could come loose and stick out making your piece look messy. Or worse, your work could come unraveled when the piece is used or laundered. There are two very important things to remember for successful weaving in; 1) Leave a long tail, 2) Always weave the tail in more than one direction.

    Leave a LONG Tail

    Always leave a long tail, at least 6". When cutting the yarn, it is no time to be stingy. Cutting your tails short will not save you much money and is likely to cause you a great deal of frustration.

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  • Great Endings to Your Crochet Project, Pt. 1

    Technical editor and yarncrafting expert returns to share tips on finishing your crochet projects. Join her next month for tips on finishing your knitting project.

    A great crochet ending begins with fastening off and weaving in. It may also include a great edging. Over the next three days, we will cover these three topics as well as tips and tricks for each one.

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    Fastening Off

    You may think there's not much to say about fastening off, and if you think this you are a little bit right and a little bit wrong. After all, fastening off simply involves cutting the yarn, leaving a long tail, and ensuring that the tail is secured. But, there are subtle ways to vary the fastening off process, especially when working in rounds, to achieve different results.

    Great Endings to Your Crochet, Pt. 1 | Lion Brand Notebook

    Fastening Off Leaving a Knot

    Perhaps the most common way to fasten off is finish the last stitch of a row or round, cut the yarn, draw the tail all the way through the last loop on the hook, and pull to tighten the resulting knot. This method forms a small, knot near the top of the last stitch. This knot is usually pretty secure and after carefully weaving in the tail the piece is at little risk of unraveling.

    Great Endings to Your Crochet, Pt. 1 | Lion Brand Notebook

    Fastening Off Without Leaving a Knot

    Sometimes the little knot can leave a noticeable bump on the edge of a piece. Accordingly, some people fasten off without leaving a knot. Instead of completing the last stitch and then drawing the tail through the last loop on the hook, the tail is drawn all the way through when working the final yarn over of the last stitch. This omits the knot and tiny bump. To be sure that this type of fastening off is sufficiently secure, extra care must be taken weaving in the end.

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  • Here Comes the Bride: 10 Knit & Crochet Wedding Related Patterns

    Flowers have bloomed, the sun is out longer, the temperatures have risen, and - we're at the beginning of wedding season!

    Since many of you are probably looking for handmade elements to include in the ceremony or reception, I've gathered a roundup of some of our lovely wedding patterns to help you or the bride-to-be find the perfect wedding project.  From bridal accessories, to reception decor and gifts, there's surely a pattern to help inspire you!

    *Pattern in image: Amigurumi Two Peas in a Pod

    Shawls and Shrugs for the Bride

    Crochet Bridal Shawl Pattern
    Crochet Bridal Shawl
    Knit Eyelet Shawl
    Knit Eyelet Shawl
    Crochet Bridal Shrug Pattern
    Crochet Bridal Shrug

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