Thursday, October 20, 2011
Our Creative Spaces: New (to me) Crochet Technique
I've discovered something new! Well, it's new to me anyway;)
I'm so excited about it I've decided to have a giveaway tomorrow to celebrate
my 500th post from September.
Anyway, new technique... I was playing around with some crochet... I wanted
to be able to swap between colours in a row without having to do the old
knot-and-cut routine over and over.
I began that way but the piece was getting a bit bumpy... so, I started introducing
new colours and keeping them running through the piece, picking up different
colours as I wanted them. I think it worked out a treat.
This is how I did it, working with a simple double stitch...
(1) When you get to the spot where you'd like to introduce a new colour, put
your hook through that space and pull through a loop of the new colour, yarn
over with the new colour and pull through the two loops on the hook to complete
the double stitch. It should be half the new colour and half the old colour...
(2) Continue working your double stitches into the next spaces with the new
(3) Make sure you are crocheting the old colour into the work so that it is hidden...
(4) When you've completed as many new colour stitches as you require,
pick up the old colour of yarn and start working double stitches with it.
Again, you need to make sure that the other colour is worked into the piece
and hidden from view, but ready to pick up again when you need it...
It's almost like weaving in a way because all the threads run along the length
and can be picked up and woven in as you need them.
The finished effect is rather soft looking too - quite feathery in appearance
which is funny. I love that the surface is all smooth and bump free too :)
Strangely, the colour parts are more defined on the back of the piece...
Anyway, in our world where nothing is ever original, I'm sure it's all been done before...
but I do admit I'm quite chuffed at discovering this method through experimentation.
Hope you've had a wonderfully creative week too. You can find more creative
Don't forget to come back for my giveaway tomorrow! :)