Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Combining Stitches

I made this dishcloth by combining the moss stitch and star stitch. I think it's very
pretty. I call it Pretty Flowers in the Moss. 

I used the lighter weight cotton from Knitca.com and a 4.50 mm hook. 

I have a post here about making the Star Stitch.

The Moss Stitch is very easy. It is simply 1hdc, 1 slipstitch and you repeat that to
the end of the row. On the next row you make 1 hdc in each slip stitch and 1
slip stitch in each hdc of the previous row. Here is a video showing how to 
do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR2GfDB80tE 

I enjoy experimenting with different stitches for dishcloths. This combination would 
also look very nice if used for an afghan.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Houndstooth Crochet Stitch

I decided to make a dishcloth in the houndstooth stitch. I hadn't tried this stitch
before but my daughter uses it a lot and I think it's beautiful. 

There are some different ways to make this stitch. You can see how to make
the larger houndstooth design here.

I thought that was a little too big for a dishcloth, so I chose the smaller version which you
can see how to do on this video.

Here are photos of my Houndstooth Dishcloth. I used the ligher weight size 3 cotton 
yarn from Knitca.com

As you can see, each side of the dishcloth looks a little different. I'm not sure which
side I like better! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Reversed the "Tears"

Here is a photo of slippers I made from my new pattern, Apache Tears Slippers
where I reversed the directions of the "tears". In these slippers the tears are 
slanting to the back of the slipper rather than the towards the front. 

I have included the instructions for making these with the "tears" reversed on the same page
as the original. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Photo of another pair of Apache Tears Slippers

This is a photo of a pair of my new slippers pattern, Apache Tears Slippers
that I did in brown, camo and green. I changed colors every second row
instead of every third. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My new pattern - Apache Tears Slippers

I love the Apache Tears Afghan. I had made a couple of them years ago from
this pattern - Apache Tears Afghan.

Here is another neat one with different spacing that makes a great effect,

 Those are beautiful patterns but the down side is each row is worked from
right to left, and that makes it necessary to leave a fringe unless you want to 
sew in ends on every row, and that is not very fun!

So I decided to see if I could work this design into a slippers pattern. Since
it's done in rounds, there are no yarn fringes or ends to sew in on each round.

Here is what I came up with.

 You can get my Free Pattern here - Apache Tears Slippers.

I am working on another pair done in brown, camo and green. I'll post a picture when
it's finished. There are a lot of great color combinations that you could come up with,
which makes this pattern a lot of fun. I changed colors every 3 rows, but you could
change colors every 2 rows, or even every row. Wouldn't these look great done
in the colors of the rainbow?!