About Me

My photo
With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Easy Bubble Crochet stitch - Tutorial

I recently learnt this crochet stitch and I want to share it with you!
It is not a real bubble or bobble stitch where you have to do clusters and other such bulky things. This is all just chains, double crochet and treble stitches. It has a nice dense finish, making it a super warm stitch to use for a rug. But it is also a soft textured stitch making it ideal for a baby to lay on. It's lack of lacy holes means no little fingers or toes will get stuck in the rug.

 
I use UK patterns. If you read USA patterns: my double crochet = your single crochet, my treble = your double crochet.

The stitch is very simply a Double crochet then 2 trebles all in the same hole.
Easy!
dc tr tr



That was the super simple explanation.

Now I will give step by step instructions because where that little hole is and how to turn to the next row are not always obvious.

Start with making a small sample square because that is a great way to understand it. I am using a size 4 hook and 8 ply yarn.

Start by making a row of 22 chains.
The chain length must always be a multiple of 3 plus 1.
e.g. 7x3=21  +1  =22

Foundation row:
Chain 2  -  that is your first double crochet.
Treble into the 3rd chain and then do another treble in the same hole. 
Miss 2 chains then do another dc,tr,tr into the next chain.
Keep going like this to the end and you should finish with one dc. 

Keep going (that's the hardest row done!)
At the end of the first row, do 2 chain then turn to go back the other way. 
Do 2 trebles into the base of the 2 chain you just did.

In the next space above the dc in the row below, do a dc, tr, tr.

Look for the gap as shown below. Here I've already done 3 groups of dc, tr, tr and am about to put the hook into the next gap.  This is important to get right to make it look like a bobble!

(See the diagonal piece of yard below the hook in this picture? The hole you are after is on the right of that yarn, not in the gap to the left of it.)
 

In each hole do a dc, tr, tr.
Repeat to the end of the row, finishing with a dc.



That's right, keep doing those dc, tr, tr.

(Or if you are using US terms, sc, dc, dc)


And that is it.
The most unprofessional crochet tutorial you have probably ever read.
I was shown this pattern and just wrote down my own instructions.
If you are game to try it, let me know if you understood it all. 
It makes perfect sense to me!  ;)


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Knitting needle bangles!

Georgina saw this great idea in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
She raced off to the Op Shop and found all their 2nd hand knitting needles and went ahead to make these!


They are easy to make but tricky at the same time. The tricky part is handling hot plastic but wearing heat proof gloves help with this.
Some instructions say to boil the needles and others say heat them in the oven. 
Georgina did hers in the oven.

Here is a good clip from the TV show "Better Homes and Gardens". I hope it works for you. They also show how to make easy bowls out of your old vinyl records!



Or if you google "Knitting needle bangles" you will find lots of peoples' attempts and advice.

Have fun!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...