Saturday, December 25, 2010

Making a Hat

Q. So I just wanted to ask.. If i were trying to crochet a hat, how would you gradually make the width smaller, and finally after how would i connect the two ends... or is making a hat a different process?

A. Hi! Well, it really depends on how your pattern instructs you. In general, though, if your hat is starting at the top of the hat, you would end up adding stitches (2 stitches crocheted in one, for instance) as you go along. I can't say how many, but your pattern would tell you.

If your pattern starts you out at the lower edge of the hat (which I don't think most hats would), then you would end up slowly decreasing stitches (skipping a stitch occasionally).

There are a lot of online sites that offer free patterns. Find one that is the style you like, and just copy or download it!

I'd love to hear how your hat is coming along!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Q. Hey there! I'm hoping you're still answering questions on crochet because I just started crocheting again! I just saw your wonderful tutorial on YouTube and (as everyone else mentioned) it was the best crochet tutorial there :)

Anyway, I have been practicing my basic starter chain stitch and I noticed that some of the chains came out a bit twisted as opposed to your nicely flat, and uniform stitch. (This may have been because I followed another tutorial before I finished it off with yours, hehe) BUT nonetheless, I wanted to know how to fix a twisting chain stitch and how does one prevent it from twisting? Greatly appreciated :)
A. So glad to hear you're beginning to crochet again! It is really so much fun!

I was thinking about what would cause you to have twisted stitches, and tried a few things here. I noticed that when I took my hook out and then put it back into my current stitch-loop, coming in from the opposite side of the stitch, then that made my next slip-stitch to look funny. Do you think this is what you may have done?

Try it out and see. I'd be interested to hear your reply, and happy crochet'ing!
Sincerely, Esther

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pattern using term "tr"

Q. Dear Aunt Esther.
I am also fairly new to crochet but I have seen a nice pillow cover I would like to do. It didn't seem to be too difficult - until the numbers didn't add up anymore! Can you help?

Round 1 - 3ch, 11tr in ring, pull end to tighten ring, ss in 3rd chain. 12 sts.

Now my translation for that would be to make a ring, then do three chains and then to the 11 trebles into the ring with a slip stitch into the third chain when I come round. I end up with 12 stitches. So far so good.

Round 2 (and every alternative round) - 1chain and 1 double crochet around the stem of each stitch, ending with a slip stitch in the first double crochet. Still all good.

BUT then...Round 3 - chain 3, 1tr in same place as ss [2tr in each dc] to end, ss in 3rd chain. 24 sts.

So I'll go all the way round doing my 2tr into each stitch? - ie the edge of my crochet at this stage or is doing 1 tr into each dc different to my stitches all the way on the outside?

Either way - I'll end up with more than 24 stitches so I'm obviously going wrong somewhere but I just don't know where...

The pattern then increases to 48 stitches and I seem to end up with 72 stitches. Any idea what I am doing wrong? Thank you for your time and keep up the good work! Best wishes Sonja

A. Hi Sonja, sorry it's taken me a few days to answer your question, but I wanted to take the time to read it carefully.

The way I'm reading the instructions, it sounds like you understand the first 2 rows, which ends up making a circle. On the 3rd row, it just sounds like you are making 2 tr in each one of the previous rows of double crochets. I would read that row like this:

Round 3 - chain 3, 1tr in same place as ss, [2tr in each dc] to end, ss in 3rd chain. 24 sts.

So the steps would be like this:
1. chain 3
2. 1tr in same place as ss
3. 2tr in each dc to the end
4. ss in 3rd chain

Since you are making 2 stitches latch onto every 1 stitch from the previous row, this should take you to 24 sts.Does this help any? Let me know! Esther
Q. Thank you so much for teaching me how to crochet Aunt Esther! I've wanted to learn for a long time, and your videos taught me much much better than the books and websites I had already tried. The reason I am trying to learn to crochet is so that I can make scarves as gifts for my family and friends this Christmas. Do you have any helpful tips for a beginner for the best method to make a scarf? What pattern or type of yarn is easy to work with? What should I look out for or pay attention to as I try to make a scarf?

A. Hi Hannelore! Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you. I think if I were making scarves that I would choose to make them double crocheted. (First row - chain stitches as wide as you want your scarves to be, second row - single crochets, third (and every other row as long as you want your scarf to be) - double crochets.

I would avoid cotton and baby yarns and I would also avoid loosely twisted yarns. The cotton yarn wouldn't be warm, and the baby yarn small to work with and would take forever to complete each scarf. The loosely-twisted yarn catches in your hook and takes time to untangle it. Each untangle wouldn't take that long, but if it happens every few stitches, it gets frustrating quickly.

Oh yes, and also count your stitches at the end of each row for the first few rows, just to make sure you aren't adding or subtracting stitches on each row.

Hope this helps! Esther

Friday, October 9, 2009

Edges coming out slanted

Q. Hello Aunt Esther, I am basically a beginner. I learned a little from my grandmother before we moved away from her when I was 11 and some of it has come back since I started up again (at the age of 38,hehehe) but I am so lost on some things and wanted to thank you for your great instructions. I have not viewed all of your commments but am hoping you can tell me two things.
1. Why do my ends keep coming out slanted on my single crochette blanket? and
2. I really want to do a nice granny square blanket for my daughter and cannot get it right no matter how hard I try.

Is there any way you can demonstrate the first few rounds of this type of blanket? Thank you so so so much. Dawn If you need more info on me or from me please ask :) Again, thank you so much. You make me think of my grandma who is now passed away and of all the times we shared.

A. Hi Dawn - good to meet you! Yes, I think I know why your edges are coming out slanted. It's usually because we "I've done this before, and that's why I think this is the answer!), are not making the final stitch at the end of each row. You shoud be putting a stitch in the last space where you made a chain (or 2 or 3), from the previous row. I'll try to include an example in my next video.

You've helped me decide which stitch to demonstrate next, too! I think I'll do a Granny square - they're really quite simple! Let me know how it goes! Esther

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Question: I am also new to crochet, but I would love to start making blankets and start a collection that can later be passed down.

After many hours of searching I found a pattern that I like very much, and that claims to be for us "newbies", but I cannot figure out what the pattern is telling me to do. I watched your videos and I learned the most from then that I ever have! I was wondering if you could help me understand this pattern.

It says:Row 1: In the 5th chain from hook, work 1 sc, ch 2, and 2 dc, *skip 2 ch, work 1 sc, ch 2, and 2 dc all in the next ch. Repeat from * across to last 3 ch (29 clusters), skip 2 ch, work 1 dc in the last ch.

Row 2: Chain 3, turn. Work 1 sc, ch2, and 2 dc clustered all in the first ch-2 loop. Repeat in all loops across to last loop. Work 1 dc in ch-3 space at the end of row.

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures approximately 36". Do not break off yarn. Continue around the corner and the remaining 3 sides of the blanket, working 1 sc-ch 2-2 dc clusters in each space. Slip st at the end.

I cannot figure out crochet lingo, so I am not entirely sure what I am supposed to do. I would greatly appreciate the help!

Hello to you! Yes, I know what this pattern is saying. I'll explain how to do it, and also highlight the abbreviations for you.

In your Row 1, they are developing a specific pattern. Where it says, "In the 5th chain from hook", you'll be putting all these stitches (sc, ch 2, and 2 dc) into the same chain. Once you have done your sc (single crochet), then you'll just chain 2 times (the chains do NOT go into this stitch you're working in). After you chain 2, then you'll do 2 double crochets in this same stitch.

After you work in this stitch, you simply skip the next 2 chains of your original chain row. Then you just repeat this same pattern (that I described in the previous paragraph), all the rest of the way across the chained row.

On Row 2, you chain 3 times before you turn your work around. This simply builds your crochet height up enough to start a new row.

(Work 1 sc, ch2, and 2 dc clustered all in the first ch-2 loop.) This is simply telling you to go into the first space that you see (which will be a chain-2 space from the previous row), and do your same pattern (1 sc, ch2, and 2 dc) all in that one space. Then you just repeat this same pattern (in each chain-2 space) the rest of the way across the whole row. Then you double crochet in the last loop that is left in that row.

Then you just keep on repeating Row 2 until your blanket measures 36 inches across.

The last step sounds like they want you to make an edging around the remaining 3 sides of your blanket, using the same pattern (1sc, ch2, and 2 dc). After you do this, make the loop on your hook bigger, then carefully take your hook out and lay it aside. Cut your yarn about 1 inch away from this loop. This leaves you a tail that you will slip inside of your loop, and gently pull to tighten. Use your hook to thread this tail into your blanket so that it is now hidden.

Then you're finished!
Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some sites for crochet patterns

Q. Hello Esther.. m frm Canada.. n m really interested in Crochetin .. bt never ever did it ... since im new to it.. could u please forward sm videos to help in learnin crochet..!! im really lookin forward fr blankets as of now.. Please be my angel n teach me how to make blankets ... please send me an Easter gift of good video of makin crochet blankets..!! Thnks in advance and Happy Easter...!! God bless

A. Hello! I will do my best to get you started crocheting! First of all, you CAN do this fun hobby! I've been doing this since I was 13 years old, and am 51 now....and still crocheting! It's fun, and you can always crochet gifts for your loved ones! I don't know if you've seen my 3 YouTubes about learning to crochet. If you haven't, here they are:
Learn to crochet 1
Learn to crochet 2
Learn to crochet 3

There are SO many sites that have crochet patterns! Here are some of them I use:
Purple Kitty - this page has a lot of free afghan patterns!
FaveCrafts - I just Googled and found this one! I'll have to get back to this site, definitely!
Annie's Attic (They list patterns for you to buy, but if you sign up for their daily e-mail, they send you a new one each day to look at. And if you check their site each day, there is a tab for a free pattern every day. There are different hobby patterns sometimes, but a lot of times it is crochet patterns.)
e-patterns Central (patterns to buy)

I'd be interested to know how you're doing!
Sincerely, Esther