Maybe it's a blanket border. Maybe it's around a dishcloth or sweater. Or maybe along the edge of a scarf or cowl. But anytime you are instructed in a pattern to "work stitches evenly along edge" you are faced with a challenge. Where do you put your hook? How do you keep the stitches along the back from looking uneven and horrible? Particularly if it is in a contrasting color! Let me show you what I mean, and then I'll provide you a simple technique to help make it look super neat and tidy--on BOTH SIDES!
What a fabulously colorful crocheting year I've had! It's been a bit of a balancing act with family and other responsibilities, but quite productive and wonderfully fun! As the new year approaches and we set goals and make plans, I always think it's important to reflect back on our successes and accomplishments, too.
Come take a look with me at my crochet designs of 2014 (you might want to grab a snack--there are a LOT of them)...
I've actually had this one ready for release for a while, but with the Christmas season pressing, I just held onto it until after the holiday rush was over. I know for me that this is the time I start planning projects for the new year and can do a little relaxed hooking for myself instead of gifts for everyone.
Once again, in typical Felted Button-esque style, I've tried to put together a
A while back I picked up these apple-shaped hand soap dispensers at Joann. (I've since seen them at Wal Mart, too.)
Inexpensive and cute I thought they would make nice gifts for teachers--I was thinking Christmas or Teacher Appreciation Week. So I snagged them. But then, because everything must be covered in yarn ;) I decided that I could whip up two gifts in one:
You know those crochet projects. The ones that only use a skein or two of soft and affordable yarn. The ones that only take a few hours to make but you end up with something stylish and versatile to wear. The ones that are perfect for a quick yet fabulous gift. This is one of those projects.
You are probably seeing lots of the V-Stitch around lately as it is such a simple, yet pretty, stitch. It's great as a stashbuster. And it doesn't require any thought so it's super rhythmic and relaxing to work, I think. So with the holidays approaching and decorating on the brain, I decided to make up an easy little Placemat and Napkin Ring pattern with color (surprised?), whimsy, and versatility.
This one was made with some bits of I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby I had in my stash. And the colors are all too Cath Kidston or Martha Stewart. They make me happy. But check out this sample