Heart & Comfort Crochet

Crochet and Knitting Thoughts and Musings

Crochet Stitch Diagrams Using Open Office Part II October 7, 2009

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So your first decision is whether to use a crochet symbol font or create your own.

Font Pros:

1. Has a finished look with curved edges instead of squared ones

2. Takes less than a minute to type the symbols you need

Font Cons:

1. Costs money (although not necessarily a lot)

2. Font symbols must be converted to individual objects . This is only a con if you’ve never done this before and have no clue how to – in which case look forward to part III of this series.

Do-It-Yourself Pros:

1. A HUGE sense of accomplishment

2. You can save every symbol you create in a file to create your own stitch library – professional tech editors maintain a file with their own personal stitch symbol library so they don’t have to redraw everything all the time.

Do-It-Yourself Cons:

1. The learning curve – unless you are already proficient with programs like illustrator or draw, it is going to take you a while to get the hang of things. You CAN curve the edges of your symbols to give them a more finished look – it just may take you a while to figure out which of the ten billion dialogue boxes lets you do that.

As a final thought: Check any fine print associated with the font. If the font designer requests you credit them on anything you produce with their font, then do so. In fact, send them an e-mail showing them where you used their font and credited it. It’s a nice thing to do.

 

Save the Crochet! August 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 11:23 am
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I’ve spent the past couple of Sundays going to tag sales. What better way to spend 4 hours and only spend $3? Well, I keep coming across lots and lots and lots of crocheted items. What really gets to me are the thread pieces. One estate sale had a pile of crocheted thread doilies, and I mean BIG doilies. These pieces took someone hours and hours to make and they were being sold for $1.

Part of me wants to buy up all these homeless crochet bits. I want to save them from whatever fate awaits them if they don’t sell (shudder). But where would I put them all? What would I do with them?

Any ideas?

 

Charity Crocheting and a Free Pattern August 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 10:22 am
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At this year’s CGOA Professional Development Day we had the chance to make items for Knit for Needs (http://knitsforneeds.blogspot.com/), a charity that distributes knitted and crocheted items to those in need across the United States. Lion Brand provided a variety of yarn for us to work with. I made up a premie sized hat with a small flower on it, and grabbed a snap shot with my cell phone before turning it in. I’ve decided to share my pattern on-line for all of you who take the time out of your busy lives to stitch for those in need.

If you do make this hat, please feel free to send me a picture or post a link to a pic of your finished item in the comment section. I’d love to see your work!


Premie Hat
(c) Lindsey Stephens 2009
This pattern is provided for personal and charity use only.

Skill Level:
Easy

Finished Measurements:
12 inches circumference; 5 inches tall

Materials:
Lion Brand Jiffy; Bulky; 100% Acrylic; (3 oz/85g; 135 yd/123m)
1 skein #150 Pearl Grey
1 skein #145 Plum
J/6.0mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
12 sc and 12 rounds = 4 inches

Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
St(s) – stitch(es)
Sl st – slip stitch
Spike – spike sc – insert hook in st one round below, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook

Premie Hat Pattern

Hat

Round 1: With Pearl Grey, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc with sl st. (6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st. (12 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, (sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (18 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (24 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (30 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (36 sc)

Round 7: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st.

Rounds 8 – 14: Repeat round 7.

Round 15: With Plum, ch 1, (sc in sc, spike in sc, sc in sc) around, join with sl st.

End off.

Flower

Round 1: With Plum, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc with sl st. (6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, (hdc, dc, hdc) in each sc around, join with sl st. (18 sts)

End off.

Flower pattern shown using standard crochet symbols.

Flower pattern shown using standard crochet symbols.

Finishing

Use tapestry needle to sew flower onto side of hat.