TIPS & TRICKS

This my collection of tips & tricks to help you improve your crocheted projectsđź’•

Chain work – THE LOOPS


After having made all my loops including the turning chain, I often choose to do my first row of stitches in the back of the loops. This way I have saved my “V”’s for later when I need to do the edging on my work.
I find this easier because the work is tight and then I am certain not to miss any stitches.

NEED LIGHT???


Often we do our craft in a cozy corner of the living room, where a dimmer light is preferred to add to the ambiance. Unfortunately this can also make it hard to see the stitches in an either dark coloured yarn or a small sized project.
You may laugh at this suggestion, but I recently used a climber’s head light, and it worked wonderfully. I may have looked weird, but I was able to see every tiny little loop in my dark coloured tiny yarn

Don’t knock it till you try it… and do send pictures!!

Bulky increases?


When increasing, the stitch can look bulky compared to the rest of the work. I have found that by only going though the front leg and not the whole “V” this will give it a smoother appearance.

HATE WEAVING IN ENDS?

So do I ?
An easy trick to avoid this is by crocheting over the ends as you go along. If for example you change colour in the middle of your project, you can continue the row placing the two ends on top and have the hook and yarn work over these. Do this 6-10 stitches along and then cut the yarn – it will hold.

Perfect bullion stitches


First find a hairpin and widen this a little. Insert this in the loop (removing the hook), twirl the yarn around it as many times as needed.
Then you insert the hook in the loop, where your bullion stitch should be, yarn over and pull the hook back. Then lightly pull the hook through the twirls on the hair pin, finishing with a single crochet.

How to make perfect crochet circles


This time of year is probably also the time where most of us pick up the hook again and hopefully we will also have new crocheters joining our circle of cozy.
In either case I would like to show you my trick to make perfect circles!
Often the instructions for a circle worked in a spiral of Single Crochets are as follows:

Crochet Hexagon

Crocheted Hexagon

Magic circle + 6 SC
1.:*INC 2 SC* (12)
2.:*INC 2 SC – 1 SC* (18)
3.:*INC 2 SC – 2 SC* (24)
4.:*INC 2 SC – 3 SC* (30)
5.:*INC 2 SC – 4 SC* (36)
6.:*INC 2 SC – 5 SC* (42)
7.:*INC 2 SC – 6 SC* (48)
8.:*INC 2 SC – 7 SC* (54)
9.:*INC 2 SC – 8 SC* (60)

 

 

As you can see, with this instruction we will end up more with a hexagon than a smooth circle.

If we instead alternate the places for the increases it will smooth out the appearance of the stitches, like so:

Round Circle

Round Circle

Magic circle + 6 SC
1.:*INC 2 SC* (12)
2.:*1 SC – INC 2 SC* (18)
3.:*1 SC – INC 2 SC – 1 SC* (24)
4.:*3 SC – INC 2 SC* (30)
5.:*1 SC INC 2 SC – 3 SC* (36)
6.:*5 SC – INC 2 SC* (42)
7.:*2 SC – INC 2 SC – 4 SC* (48)
8.:*7 SC – INC 2 SC* (54)
9.:*3 SC – INC 2 SC – 5 SC* (60)

 

 

An added bonus is that because we start every round with a single crochet instead of an increase we will get a straight line through our work.
So as a note:
Increase in uneven stitches – work x stitches then increase ie. 5 SC – INC 2 SC = 7 SC
Increase in even stitches – make the increase in the middle stitch of the stitches from previous round ie. (with 5 SC middle stitch is no. 3) 2 SC – INC SC – 4 SC = 8 SC