Thursday, March 27, 2014
So, I made my husband some ugly crocheted slippers with a sneaker design in mind.
I decided that I wanted to fill the insides with stuffing to make it soft, and I wanted hard soles for him to be able to walk outside. So, I began to search for materials that I could recycle.
I had just graduated college, so I thought to use the covers of my notebooks.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Here is a quick start to a circle, and if you're experienced, when you get to the part where you sc 1x, sc 2x, you can feel out the material as it's being produced...if it feels as if it's getting wavy, stop increasing with the sc 2x. If it feels tight, as if it's about to curl or bend, begin to increase.
To start a circle:
chain 4. slip stitch in the first ch (4th ch. from the hook) to create the circle. Tug on the string that hangs in order to tighten the circle.
sc 2 x in each ch of the circle (because you slip stitched in the 4th ch from the hook, you should have 3 chains available to crochet in. You'll get 6 stitches after you crochet 2x in each stitch).
After you get your 6 stitches of sc (single crochet), slip stitch in the next loop.
chain 1, sc 1x, sc 2x
For the Embroidery:
I like this video for the embroidery: to access the youtube video to the surface embroidery chain stitch click here
Here is how I do it:
I place the yarn flat against the back side of the material, and I pull a loop through to the front side of the material. Then you go into the next stitch in whatever direction you need to go in order to achieve the design you want. I had to often start over. However, you can draw on the material and follow the design. Although, when I did it that way, it did not work very well for me.
Check out the video on the chain stitch embroidery.
written directions to the embroidery technique here! (with pictures)
Here is a great source with rules of thumb for crocheting a flat circle- increasing evenly!