Category: Thread

How to Crochet Square Mesh – Video Tutorial



https://youtu.be/uiG5Ipn9drY
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Well, my fellow raving mad crochet-ers, it’s summer time and I’m absolutely crazy about this square mesh crochet stitch! Mesh crochet is probably the world’s quickest, easiest crochet stitch for making virtually anything from garments to shawls and even scarves.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to crochet or knit is garments. I mean, after all that work we crocheters/knitters put in, we want to show it off, right? It just so happens that summer time and crochet wearables are like soul-mates. I think we can all appreciate a good knitted/crocheted sweater to snuggle into during the cold months, but crocheting wearables for summer opens up a whole ‘nother world of style and stitches.

Anyways, I have finally been able to upload the tutorial for one of my favorite summer stitches. The video is right at 10 minutes long, I believe. It’s not even 20 minutes long (I don’t think) and it honestly took me from 6:something to 7:00PM until just now (2:00 AM) for this sucker to upload! I even use a program called HandBrake to help cut the time down and it still took all day long to upload it!

To make things 1,000 times worse, during the entire day it takes just to upload one short video, for some reason, I’m unable to use the Internet! I don’t know what it is about uploading a video, but I won’t be able to do anything online until the video is complete and published. Any ideas on fixing that, do let me know & I’ll be so grateful to you.

My point though: that’s why my YouTube channel doesn’t have videos on a consistent basis, or a regular basis for that matter. I have several crochet video tutorials on my computer building up just because it takes so much trouble to upload one. I try to start uploading as soon as I wake up, but on workdays, I usually can’t upload at all because my job requires me to use the Internet.

Back to crochet.
Crochet Mesh
Crochet mesh is super quick. This means I can actually wear my crocheted garment the same summer I start making it whereas other crochet or knit stitches will sometimes take an entire season just to finish. This is why you non-crocheters/knitters see us grannies (I’m 25, thank you. But I know you assumed I was a granny!) crocheting thick blankets in the hot summer months! Because we’re lucky if it’s finished by the time Christmas rolls around.

Ever wondered where the phrase “slower than Christmas” came from?

Now you know. I’m about 800% positive the phrase is related to the time it takes to crochet something like a blanket before Christmas arrives.

Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.
Close-up of the mesh. I ended up making a blouse from it.

I love mesh crochet because it’s so versatile and easy and quick. But this particular type of mesh crochet — I call it the Crochet Square Mesh or Mesh Square Crochet — is my favorite because of the perfectly aligned squares it creates. Don’t get me wrong, I love diamond mesh too, but sometimes I want my wearables to look less like a simple swimsuit cover-up.

Either way, mesh allows you to do so many things. You can add ruffle and even use the mesh as a foundation and build on using a ruffle stitch or fan stitch, as I’ve discussed in the video posted at the top.

Since the video, I have almost completed my shirt/blouse that I ended up making from this mesh square stitch. I still have some finishing touches to make like the straps, but so far, it’s almost done! I will update with photos as soon as I get time.
Crochet Mesh 2
If you guys are interested in seeing a tutorial on the entire top (will add photos of it to this post soon), then be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to make a tutorial for you.

If you’d just like to own the shirt, it will be up in the shop Laughing Flamingos within the next month hopefully. A link will be posted for those of you who wish to buy it there.

In the meantime, share your current W.I.P. I love seeing and reading about what you lovely folks are working on!



20 Awesome (Free) Easter Crafts to Crochet 2015

Easter is coming up, and as promised, I’ve scoured all available resources and compiled a beautiful list of 10 free Easter crochet patterns for all of you who are filled with spring inspiration and have your hooks ready for all things Easter. Are you as excited about the upcoming warm weather and bright colors as I am?

1. Free Easter Bunny Crochet Basket Free Pattern Lion Brand
Oh my bunny-goodness! This crocheted amigurumi Easter bunny basket is beyond adorable. Just look at those perfectly floppy ears.

And the pattern, from Lion Brand, is not only beginner-friendly, but free too!

Some kid is going to have one very special basket to collect his/her Easter eggs in this Easter!

2. Jam Made free Crochet Easter Basket number 2
If it isn’t a colorful, floppy-eared bunny basket that would make you grab your hook n’ yarn, then perhaps this totally “awww!-worthy” basket, complete with a precious bow will.
The free pattern/tutorial is available from Jam Made.

3. crochet-butterfly-square
If you’ve got spring fever, then this granny square with a butterfly crocheted on top might be the perfect spring project for you. Imagine an afghan full of these brightly colored critters.

The free pattern, by Luana Gay Stoker is available on FaveCrafts.
I think a grey square background with multi-colored butterflies would be lovely.

4. Whiskers and Wool free crochet Easter egg pattern

These pastel colored Easter egg coasters are fun for Easter time, if you are a coaster-user. If you aren’t, these are almost enough to make you want to start using them!

The free pattern is available by Whiskers and Wool here. I love this blog!

5. Whiskers and wool Free bunny crochet pattern
These itsy bitsy adorable little bunnies really bring on the Peeps cravings!
Free pattern for these cuties, which are another Whiskers & Wool design. I told you that blog was fabulous!

They look like quick little fellas to crochet at the last minute, and could make fun gifts or Easter egg hunt surprises.

Note: The pattern is a download, so when you click this link and arrive at the Whiskers & Wool blog, be sure to click the “download” link, which you’ll find directly below the image as a caption.

6. Lady Crochet Free Easter egg Crochet Pattern
Forget those ol’ plastic Easter eggs and toss in a few of these bright, gorgeous crocheted ones for a change of pace!
https://ladycrochet.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html
The pattern — offered for free by the lovely Inge at Lady Crochet — is a bit addictive, as the Lady Crochet warns. Once you finish making one egg, you may not be able to stop.

But that’s okay. Crochet away.

7. Free Crochet Chick Pattern by Drops Design Garn Studio

Crochet a bazillion little chicks to go along with the bazillion little eggs you just finished.

An easy-to-follow pattern is available on Garn Studio, for free by Drops Design and can be accessed here.

Note: This little fella does require some stuffing.

8. LucyRavenscar free chick crochet pattern
This is another little chick, although he is miniature (only 1.5′ tall!) but I think he is much cuter than the one above.

There’s a free pattern available at LucyRavenscar, so follow along if you’d like to create this cutie.

Just imagine a basket full (perhaps a *crocheted* basket full) of an assortment of different colored mini chicks! I’m thinking one in every pastel color — purple, blue, yellow, a light green, etc.

I always did believe the saying “good things come in small packages.”

9. Free Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Lion Brand
Crochet this easy, precious, fluffy-tailed mini Easter bunny egg cozy using Lion Brand’s free pattern.

Remember, good things come in small packages?

The cutest egg cozy ever! Just slide an egg inside and hide. This cutie will make a very fun Easter egg hunt!

That’s this bunny – a good thing in a small package. I think I know a few adults and kids who’d both love an itty bitty bunny like this fella.

10. Free Crochet Bunny hat and Diaper pattern by sarah repeat crafter me

What Easter crochet frenzy wouldn’t be complete without such an adorable little bunny-eared hat?

Right?

But, try the hat and matching (too adorable!) diaper cover, too, and then send your many thanks to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for such an outstanding and free pattern because your little one is totally gonna rock this cute outfit!

Well, I hope these lovely free Easter crochet patterns have you as inspired as they have me, and if you’re like me, your hands are itching to be holdin’ a hook and strand of yarn right now! Spring is coming up (I know we still have quite a while) and boy do those ideas start going wild. I wonder if I’m the only knitter/crocheter who starts getting project crazy when a new season is coming up? I start thinking of all the new projects and garments I can begin making for the new season. Yet I typically don’t even get to complete half of them! Lol.

Do you guys do that too?

Oh, and tell me, what will you be crocheting or knitting this Easter?

This New Year’s (2015) Clearance & Yarn Sale on Lion Brand

Hello my fellow yarn-craftin’ folks,

It’s the very first Monday of the new year 2015 and I found myself caught up checking out on-sale yarns. Being that it’s a new year and considering that most of the most popular yarn and craft suppliers didn’t exactly have to-die-for sales on yarn on New Year’s, I figured there must be a good sale coming soon. As I was checking my e-mail, I had one from Lion Brand and sure enough! They’re doing a sale on some select yarns, one of those being the “Amazing Yarn 3-skein value pack” which is 75% off the original price right now:

Here’s a close-up of Lion Brand’s Constellation yarn from their Amazing Yarn line.

I can’t honestly say that I’m really digging any of the yarns I’m seeing on sale, and that unfortunately includes the Amazing Yarn. At 75% off, I have to admit, I was tempted, but just can’t find anything I truly love about the colors there, so I thought it better to just back away and wait for a color I actually want or need to go on sale. However, I did think of you guys, so the sale inspired me to share for folks who might happen to like the yarn.

They also have a 3-skein value pack for the Baby’s First Yarn listed for 50% off, and the two colors featured on their front sales page are beautiful. — “Sea Sprite,” which is a mist or mint green, and a peach color called “Twinkle Toes.” Both colors I really love.



Baby Soft Yarn, in a 6-skein value pack
is also 75% off

The “Lemon Drop” is a pretty bold, sunshine-y color! I actually like this shade of yellow, and I typically have a very hard time finding yellows and oranges that I think are pretty.

Bellini Yarn, in 3-skein value packs
are 75% off too.

Can’t say I’m loving the Bellini line yet either, but I’m pretty excited to see Lion Brand doing a nice sale! Perhaps they’re getting ready for new selections! I’m so ready for new yarn choices right now.

A 3-skein value pack of Cotton Ease
is 75% off, but the colors I saw available — greens — were not to my liking, although I have been hoping to pick up some from the Cotton Ease line at some point.

Now the Da Vinci yarn in Oceania, which is also a 3-skein value pack that’s 50% off did catch my eye. I am very fond of those beautiful color combos. I could see some very artsy creations being made from a skein of the colors they had available. My favorite from this line is “Oceania,” the green/blue color combo skein shown below:

They also have a gradient gray/black colored skein.

Festive Fur is also featured on the sales page, in multiple colors and for 75% a 3-skein value pack.


Joann does have Lion Brand’s “Fun”
yarn on sale for $1.57
right now, which isn’t half off its usual price of $2.09.

The pink color is gorgeous, but I never buy this yarn because it doesn’t come with much (only 85 yards.)

Caron Natura Acrylic
yarn is $1.72 on Joann right now, where it’s usually priced at $2.29.

It appears Lion Brand yarn is marked down on various other shopping sites, including some on Joann. There are several other small-ish yarns marked down a bit on Joann at the moment. Go here to see them all.

As far as ordering off Joann via the internet, I never do that unless I can get free shipping because their shipping fee (comes in around $6 for me) normally is just way too much when you consider your purchase being just a roll or two of yarn. That’s an instant $6 per skein/roll whereas if you went in-store, you’d save that & still be likely to find it marked down.

To shop their entire clearance page yourself here’s the link I found them on. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to get any emails notifying me of any other companies or manufacturers with nice sales today, but perhaps Joann and other companies will jump on the sale wagon soon!

Crochet Lace Blouse Video & Written Tutorial


For those of you who are participating in the crochet along for this lacey blouse, I’ve provided the written instructions below. You can watch the video above to keep up, and to get a better understanding of what’s going on. To understand every detail better, you’ll probably find it easier to watch the video series before trying to go by the written instructions. This was a rather difficult project to explain in written text only. It was also my very first tutorial/pattern, so I hope you’ll be easy on me!

Written Pattern for Bust:
NOTE: All rows are started with a CH3 & end with a Slip Stitch into the 3rd CH of beginning CH3.

1. Go back to the very first row we made (the ch2, skip 1 chain & double crochet into the next. The square-like row. We’re going to go into one of the chains of any double crochet we made in that first row with new yarn. Once you’re in, start with a CH3 & DC.

Then, CH2, skip one chain/stitch & DC. Repeat that all around: *Ch2, skip one chain/stitch and double crochet into the next.*

Row 2: CH 3 & DC. *DC in every stitch, all around.
NOTE: If the bust feels too loose on you, now’s a good time to begin adding some random decreases. To do this, simply skip a couple of stitches all around.

For instance, I skipped about 12 stitches and did them at random. The blouse will begin to be just a tad tighter in that area. Don’t go too tight though!

Row 3: Double Crochet Cross-Over Stitch, all around. *CH3, skip one ST & DC into the next. Double crochet into the skipped stitch.* Note: This stitch is shown in my video, and also in a video tutorial
I made on this stitch alone. You can find it under “Double Crochet Cross Over Stitch Tutorial.”

Row 4: Repeat the DC Cross-Over Stitch.
Row 5: Repeat the DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Now you have 3 rows of DC Cross-Over.

Row 6: CH3, DC. *DC in each stitch, all around. To end, slip stitch into the 3 CH of your beginning CH3.

Row 7: CH3, skip one stitch & DC into the next. *CH 2, skip one stitch & double crochet in the next one.* All around. End with a SL ST into the 3rd chain of beginning CH3.

Row8: Repeat *DC Cross-Over Stitch* all around.

Row 9: CH3, DC. *DC all around. End with SL ST into the 3rd CH of your beginning CH3.

Row 10: DC. Repeat DC Cross-Over ST all around.

Try it on. If you’re happy with where the upper-back of the top lands, finish off now.

If you want the back to come up even more, continue working the pattern in the same way. I finished off at Row10.

Now we’ll begin working on the front only! As shown in the video, you’ll lay your piece down, the front side facing up. Find what will be the edges of each side (at bust/top portion).

Mark each side. I just eyeballed mine. I didn’t count the stitches to make sure it was folded exactly on count. I simply laid mine out, found the edges by looking at it & got to work! It may require you to try it on after this next row we work (front only row), to make sure that’s where you’ll want the sides of the top to be. This is easy, though.

Now that you’ve marked the sides, join with yarn into one of your stitches on either side. Now, we’ll crochet in the same pattern we’ve done for the bust, but we’ll only be going straight across the front, not all around.

FRONT ONLY: (from marker to marker, where you placed markers on the sides. Don’t continue to the back. Just from the side to side.)

Row 1 & Row 2: DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Row 3: DC in each stitch across

Row 4: DC Cross-Over Stitch.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until you’ve reached the length you want for the front bust area. Try it on after about row 4 and see if you need to continue going further. If not, finish off & begin the straps!

Straps:
To get an idea of how long you’ll need your straps to be, make a chain using your best guesstimate of how long it’ll need to be, then you can attach strap(s) with safety pin and try the top on. See if the length of the straps is right. Chain more or less to fit. If you have another tank top or camisole that fits well, just chain to the length of the straps on it.

Row1: Now that you have a foundation chain for the strap make 1 more chain on the chain you’ve just made. So, whatever your chain length was plus 1. Now, single crochet in each chain.

Row 2: *Chain 2, skip 2 chains and double crochet into the next*. Do this to the end. Simple & fast, huh?

*** I hope this was overly-easy to follow! I went ahead and included this written version for folks like me who can’t keep going back & watching video patterns several times a day. This pattern is just for the bust & straps of the top since that’s the part of this that I designed personally. The bottom half of this blouse has its own written photo-tutorial, which again, was created and posted for free by Girlie’s Crochet! She’s so kind! It’s been a pleasure to get to use her pattern in my own blouse. She’s been very helpful to me, so I want to give her a special thank-you. Head over to her blog to see the skirt she made with the pattern we used in this blouse! It’s outstanding!

Back to what I was saying, I realize the video plus this written part is probably a lot. Hope I haven’t overwhelmed anybody. I often find myself struggling with patterns that aren’t super-detailed, so that’s why I wanted to give as much information as possible on this blouse pattern. I want even the most beginner level crochet-er to be able to enjoy crocheting a nice blouse like this. So, let me know if y’all run into any problems or need help. I’m happy to help you through it!

I hope this has been as fun for you as it has me. I truly enjoy these “crochet-alongs!”

I hope to do more in the future, and hopefully, Girly from Girlie’s Crochet & I will get together and perhaps create some awesome something in the future! What do you think? Would y’all like to see more projects like this? Is the video + written part helpful or just confusing to you? What do you folks prefer? I have to ask because I need to know if I should continue this sort of thing in the future. If the information I provide is over-kill, don’t hesitate to let me know that either.

Peacock-looking Yarn! Iris Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread

Bernat Yarn 1
I’m so excited to have just added (well, B, my significant other just added) this new crochet thread to my stash by Bernat. The thread has various shades of purple from an almost lilac shade in some places, to a deep plum, and mixed with various greens. I call it “peacock yarn,” because the colors remind me of those in a peacock’s tail. The actual name for it is “Iris,” though. And so far, I adore it.

This is my first time using the brand “Bernat,” so I’m impressed with the feel of the thread, and the colors, too.

So, hooray for new thread! I can’t even settle on what I’d like to use it for!

If you’re a crocheter or knitter, or someone who uses yarn/thread frequently, then you know the excitement of new yarn/thread. That feeling you get when you get home with a new roll. The hundreds of images rushing through your mind before you even make it home with the stuff — all the ideas of what you could do with it. A blanket, a scarf, a sweater, vest, etc. You begin imagining your new found yarn worked up in every possible way. It can be overwhelming! If you’re like me, new yarn/thread is hard to take your mind off, until you finally sit down and start chaining. I think a top/blouse would be pretty fun with all those unique colors, but then it’d also make for a unique, stand-out-ish scarf. I’ve never worn a scarf, though!
Bernat 2
Bernat replace of 70
What drew me to this yarn is the colors. It stands out amongst your plain whites, tans, blacks and other neutral colors of thread sitting on the shelf. Actually, I’ll be honest. I can’t take credit for the great taste in picking out this thread…
Bernat yarn replace of 72
It was B (my significant other) who spotted it and showed me. He had this adorable look of delight on his face as he held it out for me to see. The colors were so lovely that we both couldn’t resist! He knew it’d be right up my alley. And I did need a break from the white I’ve been using non-stop for months.

But, with a tub full of yarn (not much thread, though!), I am hesitant about buying new yarn/thread unless I feel like I really need it. He, on the other hand, says I can never have enough yarn/thread! Lol. He’s right. You really can’t ever have enough, much less too much of yarn/thread. But, I am a weird-o who’s strange about spending $ on items that are for myself, so I usually have to justify so many reasons in order to buy an item.

Not him! Before I could even read the label, B had 2 rolls swiped up and ready to purchase, bless him. He insisted, telling me I was not talking myself out of this one. He was getting it for me one way or the other, so I might as well just tell him how much I’d need.
Bernat Replace of 67
After he said that, I knew I’d better just thank him and accept it because there was no way I would be able to convince him that I couldn’t find something to use that thread in. At least a scarf, he said.

God bless his sweet little heart. He doesn’t even craft, yet he totally gets the “need” for supplies like beautiful yarn/thread and beads (I do jewelry too). In fact, he’s usually the one to pick out most of my supplies there as well. Ah, the benefits of having an S/O with such great taste.
And with such good taste, I trust him to pick out thread/yarn or beads for jewelry making all by himself! Lol. 😉

A Mini Review of The Bernat Handicrafter Thread in Iris:

I am totally enthralled with this Bernat thread. As you can tell in some of the many photos I’ve taken of the yarn, it has a subtle sheen, and somewhat of a silky feel to it. It’s a “0” for lace weight, but isn’t so thin that it makes a puny sweater. In fact, the amount I’ve got worked up so far is fluffy considering this is a thread, and especially a lace one at that. It’s not bulky, but has a surprising thickness once worked up. Being 100% acrylic, it has some give to it, even a bit stretchy once worked.

My first impression, and what I love more than anything about this yarn is the feel of it. It’s acrylic, but feels nothing like your typical bulky, acrylic yarn, which can often have a stiff, itchy feel to it. This is smoother than any yarn I’ve felt, which makes it a pleasure to work with. As strange as it is, I find myself enjoying the way it feels running through my hands as I crochet with it.

It’s going to make a very comfortable garment. More comfortable than the somewhat stiff mercerized cotton, which I honestly don’t love the way the cotton feels on my skin.

Something I like about using thread over yarn is that it has less of a tendency to split.

There are a couple of things I’m not 100% impressed with though.

1. I noticed as I work through the thread that there are some places where it’s kind of… damaged. No, damaged isn’t the most fitting word. It’s frayed. Some places, quite a few, actually, appear to be frayed & it’s annoying. While I’ve only really used 3 other brands of thread for crocheting (the mercerized cotton by Red Heart has been my go-to and a couple others that aren’t very popular as well) yet with those, I typically find only 1 or 2 places of imperfections throughout the roll. So, being that this Bernat thread runs higher than the Red Heart I’m used to, and comes with way less product for your $, I would prefer it didn’t have this many frayed spots. Like I said, I’ve ran into a lot of them, considering.

2. Well, call me a tight-wad (B often does), but I can’t help but wish it was cheaper! 😉 It seems this brand runs higher than the other threads at Walmart, like Red Heart. This thread is typically $5.99, but I did see it on sale on Walmart’s website earlier today for $3.45.

It’s acrylic material, which is usually the lowest costing yarn/thread material you can find. It comes with “approximately 350 yards,” per the label’s words. The Red Heart mercerized cotton thread I usually get comes with 400 yards (and no “approximately” on the label) and is about $6-something, for the largest roll. And the other sizes, like the 500 yards of Red Heart thread are only $2.53.

Aside from that, the roll contains far less thread than even Red Heart‘s smallest amount. I can’t help but feel like there’s not a full 350 yards of the Bernat on the roll. In fact, it feels like it isn’t even close to “approximately” 350 yards. I know that with Red Heart‘s smallest size, I can complete an entire tank top blouse with enough thread left over to do half of another one, if not more (depending on size and stitch, of course). But, with the Bernat Handicrafter here, I’m already seeing the cardboard roll and haven’t even gotten 6 inches of a size small tank top yet!

Price/Overall Best “Bang For Your Buck” Comparison:
Comparing price and amount of Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread with my regular brand Red Heart, Bernat comes up lacking. I feel like it might be overpriced for the amount you get.

I’m curious enough that I would like to measure out how much exactly there is with this Bernat thread, so I may find some way to do that with my second roll. 😉 Lol.

Aside from those little “cons,” I can see myself purchasing this brand again for small items, not for large ones. I don’t think I’d do something like an entire blanket using this thread simply because the price would end up being outrageous compared to the cost of using another thread, like Red Heart. Of course I wouldn’t pass up a chance to grab more if I found it on sale.

Note:
Any links in this post were placed there automatically — not by me at all.
I’m not an affiliate or in any way linked to or have a special relationship with either of the brands mentioned here. I’m nothing more than a customer of the two, and haven’t ever been asked by them for a review or anything such as that. I just chose to include a bit of my opinion about the two since I’ve recently used them. Obviously, nothing was given to me in exchange for the mention of either brands on my blog. The yarns I’ve talked about were paid for. Just thought I’d toss that information out there. I just like to give my opinion, and hope to be helpful to others 😉

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