Seaming Crochet, it is a flatter join.

Sometimes the things that hold you up are the simple ones, like seaming crochet projects. It is a process that has a different focus than what you have been doing and it can seam daunting to change the thought process. However once you finally get on to doing it, it doesn’t take all that long. Sometimes I want a seam that doesn’t stand as tall in the overall project and have found this technique makes a flatter join.

Different Joins

There are a few different ways to work seaming crochet, one can insert a hook through both fabrics and work a simple crochet or a slip stitch. Creating a slight ridge and a firm joining.

One can work the fabric as a “join as you go”. Saving a bit of yarn and creating a rope like appearance where the seam comes together. (I share my technique here)

Getting more creative

Then you can get a bit more creative and instead of working the fabric together in the same stitch work alternating stitches in each fabric. This “zig zag” effect can be made lacy by adding chains between stitches, and in general creates a wider seam that lays flatter.

It is relatively simple, and my example is highlighting a simple single crochet stitch.

Place the fabrics wrong sides’ together, work a single crochet on the fabric edge closest to you. Now work a single crochet in the fabric furthest from you, minding that you work it right next to the stitch just created (not behind it). Next work a single crochet in the fabric closest to you next to the stitch created (not in front of it).

A stitch in the fabric closest to you, then a stitch in the fabric furthest from you…
Now work a a stitch in the fabric closest to you…but skip a stitch….

Essentially on each piece of fabric it will be like working a stitch and then skipping a stitch, but the skipped stitch is worked in the other fabric.

This seaming technique lays flatter then working through both fabrics together.

Give this little back and forth seaming a try, you might just find that it keeps you mind engaged and ends up giving you a result that quite charming. All you have to do is change your focus.

Crochet Bag Handles- The Best 3

I need crochet bag handles. Crochet bags have one hurdle for me, finishing them with handles. There are many great handles out there, I could easily purchase leather strapping or wooden rings or traditional purse straps. I could even head to the thrift store and find a cheap handbag that I love the handles on, and cut them off for my bag…but there is a common theme in these approaches; I have to go and get something.

This “final step” is my constant hang up. It is bad enough that I have to weave in the ends; just this step can leave an item sitting in a pile for a while. So, finding a handles solution that does not become a “final stage” has been paramount to my actually completing these projects.

I have come up with 3 crochet bag handles that fit my needs very well. Ones I could actually make and attach are the requirements. Added to these requirements are the need that they not be flimsy and don’t stretch too much.

The first is make it a Tunisian crochet bag handle.

Tunisian crochet fabric, under certain conditions curls. I have taken this trait that is often seen as a deterrent and turned it into a benefit. To create this handle, I simply create a chain for the desired length of the handle using a Tunisian hook size that is a bit smaller then I would normally use (this ensures that the fabric curls). Then I work 3-5 rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch. The fabric should be curling up on itself. I then decide to seam the strip together of not. I might even insert a bit of clothes line and let the fabric wrap around it. Attach it to the bag.

The curling of Tunisian fabric to create a handle

The second is make it a braid crochet bag handle.

For this approach I create a chain that are about 3 inches longer then I would like the handle and work a single crochet in each chain. Make 3 of these single crochet strips. Pin the 3 strips together and braid them together, placing a pin at the finished end. Then attached this handle to the bag.

Braiding 3 single crochet strands together to create a handle

The third is make a chained chain crochet bag handle.

In this process you create a chain three times longer than you would like the handle. I don’t fasten off this chain as I may want to add to it to lengthen the handle as I work. Take a larger hook and then use the newly created chain as a “yarn” and create a chain with it. This creates a heavier rope appearance handle. Attach it to the bag.

Chain a Chain, or Double Chain to create a handle

These three types of handles have helped me finish up projects, then I only have to weave in the ends.

Music Tapestry Block for Crochet Celebration

Do you hear the Music? Happy National Crochet Month! I am part of the annual Crochetville Blog tour to celebrate the event. This year the theme is Crochet Concert and features how music can be an inspiration, as my inspiration I have created a Music Tapestry Block to Celebrate crochet.

I Celebrate Crochet with Music

As my contribution to this tour I have created a Music Block. Use this block for various things including as a contribution to Warm Up America.

Music Block

You can donate to Warm Up America as a nationwide organization. Donating locally is encouraged, however donations can be sent to their office to be assembled. Assembled blankets will be donated through the United States.

Tapestry Crochet to Create Music

The Music Block gives you an opportunity to learn Tapestry Crochet. Tapestry Crochet is a technique of color work that has you crocheting over the unused color. This reduces finish work and creates a solid, somewhat dense, fabric.

Tapestry Crochet is worked entirely in single crochet with color changes.

Worked entirely in Singe Crochet (Double Crochet if you are using UK terms). Worked with a chart, where each block is 1 stitch. Just remember to work back and forth in the chart, meaning read right to left for odd number rows and left to right for even number rows. (Needs tips for changing color…check here).

Crochet over the unused color, and carry it across. This reduces finish work while creating a charted design.

Enjoy this technique, and take some time to celebrate crochet this month.

Music Block

Gauge

Gauge: Square measures 7”x 9”

Materials

  • Medium weigh yarn, two colors (A), (B)
  • I/9/5.50 mm crochet hook

With Color B, chain 24, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Follow chart for design.

Embossing Crochet in the Kitchen

Playing in the kitchen can be fun and I have found ways to bring crochet into the mix. Crochet in the kitchen is not a new thing. I have crochet potholders and trivets, crochet dishtowels hanging from my stove door, some crochet dish cloths, and even crochet handle covers for cast iron pans. However, I have started embossing crochet in my baking.

I made a personal challenge to work my way through a Swedish book on baking this last year, and can say with tasty results. Starting my morning with a cup of hot tea or coffee and a couple of butter cookies have become part of the results.

Embossing Crochet Cookies

Embossing Crochet Butter Cookies

I have played with a couple of butter cookie recipes and found some quick, simple, short cuts that have made these my new go-to snacks. When I start rolling out my cookies, and they are ready to cut, I place a crochet doily over the top of the dough and work my rolling pin over it. This embosses the doily pattern into the fabric. I then take a pizza cutter and cut the dough in squares and bake.

I get to enjoy the doily design with my coffee in the morning. They look like I spent time and effort on them, and when really they are my simple pleasures.

Want to try them for yourself?

Emboss Crochet Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ¾ cups flour

Preheat oven to 400°. Place all ingredients in food processor and turn on. Mix for about a minute, or until dough looks like sand, but when pressed sticks together. if it does not seem to come together well, add a little water about 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until it forms a dough.

Pour dough into a bowl or onto plastic wrap and form dough into a flat ball. Place in the refrigerator to chill, at least 10 minutes up to overnight.

Time to roll

Roll dough out to desired thickness (usually between ¼- ½ inches). Place clean doily over dough (you can also place a piece of plastic wrap between dough and doily, but keep it loose). Roll impression of doily into dough. Note: often you kitchen lighting does not show the texture very well, so get down to eye level to get a better look.

Rolling out embossing crochet cookies

Chilling helps embossing crochet

Cut dough into 2 inch squares (or desired shapes), and place on baking sheet (since the cookies do not spear, you can place many on the tray, close together). I usually get a few dozen squares. For best embossing, place cookies in refrigerator for 10 minutes to re-chill. Bake for 8-10 minutes. It may appear that the embossing is not as detailed, but let the cookies cool and the impression will become more visible.

You can use the same technique with any crochet pattern, on any rolled dough. However a cold dough helps keep the embossed image best. Image your next pie with a lace embossed top…it is definitely on my list to try.

Quilt Ladies Square- Moogly CAL 2021

I feel really honored to be beginning the year by joining the Moogly CAL and I am sharing my Quilt Ladies Block! This is a great way to learn new skills and make an afghan over the year. Check out all the squares here.

This year my square was inspired by a couple of my students, “The Quilt Ladies”. Kim and Sandy, took up crochet a couple of years ago and have added it to their fiber arts tool box. Both avid quilters, they are active in their local quilt guild. With this background they bring their eye for color and detail to the skill of crochet.

Quilt Ladies Block

The detail of crochet can really shine with these crossed post stitches that are dramatically set off by a rainbow of colors behind really create a quilted effect, and memorable design.

Materials

  • Red Heart With Love medium weight 100% acrylic yarn
    • #1720 Blush(A),
    • #1001 White (B),
    • #1907 Boysenberry (C),
    • #1562 Jadeite (D),
    • #1304 Santorini (E)
  • Hook J/10/6.00mm

Gauge: 12”x 12” square (30.5 x 30.5cm)

Notes

All even number rows have crossed front post stitches.

All front post stitches that are worked in rows below current working row, are worked around other post stitches of the same color.

Slip stitches are worked between all post stitches.

To work over slip stitches in odd number rows, insert hook into same stitch location as slip stitch is worked. To keep even stitch height pull yarn loop up just slightly higher.

Count rows on the wrong side of work to aid in keeping track of location.

Weave in ends as you go.

Lets Get Started

Rnd 1: With A, ch 6, 3 dc in 6th ch from hook, [ch 2, 3 dc in same beg ch] 2 times, ch 2, 2 dc in same beg ch, sl st to join. Fasten off. -4 ch-2 sps (corners) -12dc

Quilt Ladies Block Row 1

Rnd 2: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fpdc around next st, sl st in st just before st worked, fpdc in 1st sk st, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fpdc around next st, sl st in st just before st worked, fpdc in 1st sk st] 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. – 4 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 4 sl st, 8 sc

Row 2, skipping stitches to create the first leg of the cross
Row 2, working in the first skipped stitch, creating the cross
Finished Row 2

Notice we are back to the first color of the Quilt Ladies Block

Rnd 3: With A, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, [(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -28dc

Row 3, working over the slip stitch
Row 3, pulling to the loop of the stitch that is working over the slip stitch
Finished Row 3

Changing to the Main Color…

Rnd 4: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in st just before st worked,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, fpdc around next st, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st,[(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in st just before st worked,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, fpdc around next st, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st] 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. – 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 12 sl st, 8 sc

Row 4 skipping stitches and working post stitch
Row 4, the completion of 1 side of the square
Finished Row 4

We are working on the background

Rnd 5: With C, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st,] 3 times, dc in next st , {(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -44dc

Finished Row 5

NOTE…here is a slightly different way to explain how to skip stitches…but with the same concept

Rnd 6: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd dc,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st, [(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd st,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st,] 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -4 crossed fptr sts, 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 20 sl st, 8 sc

Finished Row 6

Working on the background again

Rnd 7: With C, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st,] 5 times, dc in next st , {(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st] 5 times, dc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -60dc

Finished Row 7

Back to the row of crossed stitches

Rnd 8: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd dc,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 2 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st, {(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd st,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 2 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st,} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -8 crossed fptr sts, 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 28 sl st, 8 sc

Finished Row 8

A New Color

Rnd 9: With D, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st,] 7 times, dc in next st , {(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st] 7 times, dc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -76dc

Finished Row 9

We return to the same pattern of crossed stitches

Rnd 10: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd dc,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 3 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st, {(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd st,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 3 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st,} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -12 crossed fptr sts, 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 36 sl st, 8 sc

Finished Row 10

Setting more background

Rnd 11: With D, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st,] 9 times, dc in next st , {(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st] 9 times, dc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -92dc

Finished Row 11

Are you seeing a pattern…

Row 12: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd dc,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 4 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st, {(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd st,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 4 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st,} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -16 crossed fptr sts, 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 44 sl st, 8 sc

Finished Row 12

Another new color

Row 13: With E, join with standing dc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st,] 11 times, dc in next st , {(dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st dc in next st, dc in next st] 11 times, dc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. –108 dc

Finished Row 13

More main color crossed stitches

Row 14: With B, join with a standing sc in any ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in same sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd dc,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 5 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st, {(sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp, sk next 2 dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below, sl st in 2nd skpd st,  fpdc in 1st sk st, sk 1 dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk next 2 dc, [fptr around next post st 2 rows below, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc, fptr around post st 2 rows below and behind current st, sk next dc, sl st in next unworked st, sk 2 sts] 5 times, fpdc around last dc, sl st in st just before st worked, fptr around post 2 rows below and behind current st,} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -20 crossed fptr sts, 8 crossed fptr/fpdc sts, 52 sl st, 8 sc

Finished Row 14

We finish up…

Row 15: With E, join with standing hdc in any ch-2 corner sp, ch 2, hdc in same sp, hdc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st hdc in next st, hdc in next st,] 13 times, hdc in next st , {(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in ch-2 sp, hdc in next 2 sts, [working over sl st hdc in next st, hdc in next st] 13 times, hdc in next st} 3 times, sl st to join. Fasten off. -124 hdc