Tutorial – Slanted Double DC Decrease

To decrease 2 stitches at once in double crochet, I would typically use a dc 3 together stitch. As you can see from this picture, this stitch results in a nicely centered, double decrease. This is great for decreasing in the middle of a row.

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It doesn’t work quite as well though, if you need to create a smooth angled edge. That’s exactly what I needed for my Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress pattern (coming soon!).  To achieve this, I used this slanted double dc decrease stitch instead.

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To make this stitch:

1. Yarn over and draw up a loop in the next stitch – just like you would to start a normal dc stitch. you should have 3 loops on your hook.

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2. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook, again this is just like the start of a normal dc stitch.  You should now have 2 loops on your hook.

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3. Yarn over and draw up a loop in each of the next 2 stitches. You should now have 5 loops on your hook

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4. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. This is like making an sc in the stitch at the left edge. You should now have 4 loops on your hook.

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5. Yarn over and pull through 3 loops on your hook. This is like making an hdc in the middle stitch. You should now have 2 loops on your hook.

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6. Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook. This is like finishing the dc that you started in steps 1 & 2.

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The end result is similar to working a dc, hdc, and sc in the last 3 stitches, so it creates that nice smooth angle. However, it leaves you with the yarn at the top of the “dc” stitch, ready to start the next row.

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Free Pattern – Spiral Seashell Bag

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This great bag is perfect for a day at the beach or a casual night out, with just enough room for a few essentials.  It could even make a good project bag! The idea for this bag started with the Spiral Seashell Square. The pattern for the back starts off the same way as that square, but it ends up different and bigger.  The Spiral Seashell Motif is on both sides of the bag, but the shell on the front is secretly a pocket!

I have been working on a couple more ideas using this motif, but I have a few other ideas I’d like to focus on for now. It will likely be a while before I post any new spiral seashell patterns, but I may have something for you next spring. Meanwhile, you can still find all my spiral seashell related patterns here.

As always if you see any errors or have any questions, please let me know! Enjoy :)

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Note: You will need all three of the patterns listed below in order to make the bag.

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – August – Week #3

Here’s my finished cozy for August!

August cozy

 

The Granny Tea Cozy by Crochet with Raymond was a fast and fun stash-buster. There were a lot of ends to weave in, but that’s to be expected with a scrap project like this. I kept thinking as I made it that it would make a cute beanie pattern too!  Next week, a new cozy for September.

Want more tea cozy fun?

  • Check out all the other finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • On the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page you can find the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • If you post about the cozy-along on your own site, please link back or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Lots of updates

I’ve had a lot of different projects going on in the last few weeks, some of which I can show you, and some of which I can’t (at least not yet!)

Remember that lacey jacket / cardigan thing I was working on (and frogged twice)?  It’s been slow going, but the back just came off the needles last night – here it is waiting to be washed and blocked. Not only am I still slow at lace, but this is also my first ever large article of clothing for myself. I love the design but I must admit I’ve been avoiding working on this. It’s hard to realize just how much fabric it takes to cover me. Looking at this giant piece of knitting all spread out in front of me, knowing it will only get bigger when blocked, well…I just feel huge. If I still feel this way after finishing this project (eventually), I may decide to just stick to accessories…at least for myself.

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Speaking of accessories, my most recent pair of socks for the Socks with Sarah KAL is coming along nicely and fits well. If I wanted to, I could probably bind off now, put in the afterthought heels, and have cute little ankle socks. I like long slouchy socks though, so I still have a lot of cuff to go.

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I’m also working on a pattern for a special project. Instead of the ice bucket challenge, one designer came up with a great, alternative way to support the ALS association, and got a whole bunch of other designers to join in. We will all be submitting crochet patterns for an e-book, the proceeds of which will go to the ALSA. I’m just so excited to be included in this project!  It’s all still in the early stages of planning, but I should be able to share more information soon.

I’m still working on another spiral seashell pattern too, which I hope to have for you before the end of the week. Later this week, I’ll be doing a photo shoot for a new, toddler size design, and I’ve got a couple of other new patterns in the works as well. To make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun, use the links at the right to follow this blog, either by e-mail or RSS feed!

 

 

 

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Free Pattern – Super Simple Garter Stitch Headband

Here’s something a little different from my norm – a free knitting pattern! A friend and her two 10 year old daughters want to teach themselves to knit. They live too far away for me to physically help them, so I thought I would help find them a fun and easy pattern to learn with.

They were looking for something that would be a quick and easy, first time success, and the girls, being 10 years old, aren’t particularly interested in washcloths. Headbands though? Well that’s a different story! Who doesn’t need a great new headband (or 10) with which to start out the new school year?

This headband can be made with or without the twist. It is knit flat, with only knit stitches. The pattern also includes a detailed diagram showing how to sew the one easy seam.

This pattern is protected by copyright. Please do not distribute or share this pattern in any way other than by sharing a link to this page.  Click here for copyright information.

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Download Garter Stitch Headband Pattern (pdf)


If this is your first time knitting, I recommend the basic tutorials on Knit Picks because they provide both photo and video versions. Here are links to the Knit Picks tutorials for the techniques required for this pattern:

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – August – Week #3

I got a bit ahead of myself this month! The Granny Tea Cozy by Crochet with Raymond works up really quickly, and before I knew it I was nearly done! All that’s left now is sewing in all those ends, and the edging along the spout and handle holes.

progress

On another note, I FINALLY got caught up and added all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know! Remember to visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress too!

If you post about your cozy, please remember to link your post back to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page or to this post so everyone can check it out! Alternately, you can add a link in the comments here or on the main page. If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

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Queuing

Ravelry QueueLast night, I couldn’t decide what to do. I could have made some progress on any of the 3 new patterns I’ve been working on. I could have (finally) written up the review of my LYS that I’ve been meaning to write. I could have just worked on my Socks with Sarah socks, or the lacey vest/jacket thing that is going nowhere, or any of my other 4 or 5 WIPS. But I just didn’t feel like doing any of that…so I didn’t.

Instead, I looked at Ravelry. I thumbed through pattern after beautiful pattern, trying to find just the right patterns for all those beautiful skeins patiently waiting on my stash shelf. I queued up many (MANY) new projects, all of which I want to get to this year. Realistically, I doubt that’s going to happen…but I’ll see how far I can get!

Most of the items I’ve added to my queue are for gifts, so I can’t tell you about them. Here are some of the ones I CAN share with you. Since not everyone is on Ravelry, I have included non-Ravelry links in brackets where available.

Wow…I’m going to be busy!

 

 

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