Creative 2017

C17: Day 55 – Star or Daisy stitch

by Suw on February 24, 2017

I’ve been using a double crochet foundation for my swatches, because I don’t get on with foundation chains very well. Unfortunately, most patterns assume a simple chain instead, and that can sometimes lead to issues. This daisy stitch is one of those times. I did a dc foundation of 20, and should then have done a simple chain of 3 to get going, but didn’t realise that until the end. That’s why the bottom right looks a bit squiffy.

However, I really like daisy stitch. It’s pretty, it’s easy, and I’m pretty sure I could manage to not add stitches if I concentrated harder.

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C17: Day 54 – Shell and V stitch

by Suw on February 23, 2017

A friend of mine is making this amazing owl blanket and shared with me the video explaining the shell and V pattern, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s pretty easy and produces a very pretty fabric that would be great for a blanket or a shawl in a lacier yarn.

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C17: Day 53 – Solomon’s knot

by Suw on February 22, 2017

Something slightly different today – Solomon’s Knot. It’s a very open, lacy stitch, unlike anything I’ve done before. It seems complicated at first but is actually very easy. The biggest challenge is keeping each stitch the same length as the last. Finally, though, I can see a reason to buy lace weight yarn!

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C17: Day 52 – Moss stitch

by Suw on February 21, 2017

Moss stitch is another stitch that’s ludicrously easy. It’s just rows of alternating double (US: single) crochet and chain, with the next double crochet going into the chain. The biggest challenge is making sure you don’t accidentally drop a stitch at the end of the row, but counting fixes that. It’s a nice looking fabric though!

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C17: Day 51 – Ribbed half treble crochet

by Suw on February 20, 2017

This one’s ludicrously easy – it’s just rows of half treble (US: half double) but hooked into the lower back loop instead of the top. It gives a nice rib and is simple to do. Definitely another for the day-to-day arsenal.

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C17: Day 50 – Bobble stitch

by Suw on February 19, 2017

Today is the fiftieth day of my year of creativity, and I’m still hugely enjoying it.

Today’s stitch is bobble stitch, which is basically puff stitch on steroids. I followed the written instructions, rather than the video, and my sample looks a bit different to their photo. I think again that the cotton is too unyielding which makes the tension very tight. That said, this would be a nice stitch for a blanket, though it would use a lot of yarn!

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I knew that when I started this project, there would be days where I just wouldn’t have time to get my entry done and up, and yesterday was one of those days, so today you get two stitches: Grit stitch and mixed grit stitch.

Grit stitch is so ridiculously easy, it’s just double (US: single) crochet twice, skip one and double crochet twice and so on. It produces quite a nice texture, nicer than I’d anticipated actually.

C17 Day 48

There’s a slight bulge on the right because I think I counted the foundation row wrong.

Mixed grit stitch is exactly the same, but instead of two doubles, you do a double and a treble (US: double). I really like this texture this produces, it’s lovely, and it’s a stitch I’ll definitely use again!

C17 Day 49

Again, there’s an odd bulge on the bottom right, where I must be doing something wrong although I know that the foundation row was the length it was supposed to be.

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Crossed half treble (US: half double) crochet stitch crossed falls in to the category of simple but annoyingly fiddly, though part of that might have been that the yarn I’m using splits easily, which makes it harder to get the hook through the right part of the stitch.  The first row was especially irritating, but I got better as I progressed and certainly think higher quality yarn would have helped. It looks nice though, so this would be a good stitch for a scarf or blanket.

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C17: Day 46 – Diamond stitch

by Suw on February 15, 2017

Today has been a long day, and possibly not a good evening to try a fiddly stitch. I thought that after last night’s success with waffle stitch, it would be nice to do diamond stitch tonight, but it took me three goes to get the first diamond row done. In part that was just because I’m tired, but also because I was watching TV and there were no written instructions and the video was awkward to watch with only subtitles. I am again reminded how useful charts are, and how invaluable well-written instructions using the right terminology. A video alone is not always the best way to teach.

C17 Day 46

So today’s swatch is a bit wonky and ragged at the bottom, but I did finally get the hang of it, even if it took me an hour to do this tiny scrap!

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C17: Day 45 – Waffle Stitch

by Suw on February 14, 2017

Waffle stitch is one of those stitches that I thought would be really complicated, but it turns out to be incredibly simple. It’s just treble (US: double) stitches done either in the top of the stitch below, or around the front of the post of the stitch below. By alternating, it creates a grid pattern. Very clever!!

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C17: Day 44 – Shell stitch

February 13, 2017

I probably should have done yesterday’s starburst stitch after today’s shell stitch, as shell stitch is the upper half of a sunburst, but hindsight is 20/20! Still, it made for an easy swatch.

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C17: Day 43 – Harlequin/Starburst stitch

February 12, 2017

Bit more of a fiddly stitch this one, with lots of counting. However, whilst it’s not strictly difficult, the harlequin stitch or starburst stitch is tricky because if you don’t get your tension right, it looks lopsided. The starburst motif is made up of two rows, so a bottom row of tr9tog – ie crochet together […]

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C17: Day 42 – V Treble (Double) Crochet

February 11, 2017

Another ridiculously easy stitch that produces a pleasant result, the V treble (US: double) crochet stitch is literally just two trebles in a single stitch and then skip one. It seriously couldn’t get simpler. In my photo, though, you can see that the first few rows I just did back and forth in brown. But […]

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C17: Day 41 – Picot Double (Single) Crochet

February 10, 2017

If you can do double (single) crochet and a chain, then the picot double (single) crochet will be a piece of cake. Of course, if you can’t count, like I can’t count, your picots will end up in the wrong place.

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C17: Day 40 – Side saddle stitch

February 9, 2017

This is the side saddle stitch, a variation on the cluster stitch which produces a very nice fabric. I rather like it!

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