Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jacob's Ladder

Someone left a comment on my Jacob's Ladder video at YouTube and while I was approving that comment, I glanced over and saw several other videos featuring Jacob's Ladder and I decided to have a look at some of them.

The video at Stitchopedia by Jessie made an interesting point. She says that your chains between your stitches which are used to make the "ladder" should be twice the height of the stitch plus 1. For example, the turning chain for double crochet is 3 so you would figure 3 x 2 + 1 = 7. If you were using a different stitch, you would take the turning chain, multiply by 2 and add 1. I'd never heard this before so I found it interesting.

You can find her written instructions for the sample piece show in the video here as well as other neat stuff. She also has Etsy and Ravelry shops. I don't know Jessie personally, but enjoyed her video and her shops.

I have personally used double crochet for the Jacob's Ladder afghans I've made in the past. I have always made the chains either 8 or 10 chains wide with the last row being a shorter chain. Here are a few of my JL afghans. The second one is the replacement afghan I made for my mom when her first one went missing at the nursing home. I put her name right in the pattern. :-)





You might think your hook would make a difference as the stitches would be taller with a J hook than a G hook. That is true, but your chains would also be larger. In the video I saw, she used a J hook which I think is an excellent size for this type of project if you're using worsted yarn.

Another Jacob's Ladder I ran across is one I've seen before. It is Beth in Texas' video which can be found here. Her written instructions can be found here. I do know Beth and she is a crochet designer extraordinaire. I have long followed her work and have corresponded with her occasionally. You won't be disappointed if you have a look at her designs and instructional videos.

Another video I looked at was at the Crochet Crowd. Mikey was demonstrating a pillow made with single crochet Jacob's Ladder. I don't know him personally but have admired many of his designs and videos. He gives a lot of information and does a great presentation.

I'm adding another video. I just looked at Yolanda's video and for those who speak Spanish, she has Spanish info right on the video. She is demonstrating how to make a shawl. She gives information on how to make the double crochet as well as the Jacob's Ladder technique and also puts fringe on the ends. She uses a chunky yarn in her video as does Mikey above.

[additional note] I just ran across a pattern called Jacob's Square by Jessie Rayot. The method she uses to make this square (in the round) uses the ladder technique so I wanted to include it here.

If you are interested in the Jacob's Ladder, just go to YouTube and do a search. There are many videos on how to make various things using this technique - afghans, pillows, hats and more. Yes, you can work Jacob's Ladder in the round. Have fun with it!

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Friday, May 27, 2016

Doctor Who inspired dc wool baby afghan

I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. I just haven't been at the computer as much lately nor crocheting as much as I used to. Thanks for stopping by and not giving up on me.

Note I updated this post after finishing the afghan so all the info would be in one place.

My current project is a Doctor Who baby afghan worked in double crochet and made from a scarf wool kit I bought years ago from Little Red Mitten. Yes, I was taking a chance on the yarn as far as quantity but it worked out pretty well. I was only short one row in the chocolate kisses.



Here is a picture of the yarn that came in the kit. It is Nature Spun Sport 100% wool yarn (mothproof). Each skein is 1 3/4 oz (50 gram). There are two of the Red Fox, Wood Moss, Spiced Plum, Saddle Tan and Charcoal. There is one skein of Chocolate Kisses and Goldenrod.



Here is what I have left (before edging). As noted above, I ran out of the chocolate kisses and could only do two rows where I had planned 3 so I suggest getting 2 skeins of that if you want to do the full three rows. Those pictured are partial skeins except for the spiced plum which is a whole skein. I used the small bit of leftover spiced plum for the simple one round of single crochet edging and still had a little left.


I am writing up the pattern but it's really simple as far as stitching. Just chain 152 (or use the chainless foundation of 150) and double crochet each row, changing colors as is noted in the pattern. It measures about 36" x 44". I took my double crochet pattern for the scarf and halved the numbers. If it was an odd number I went down. For example, if it was 5, I chose 2. Since there were no baby afghans in Doctor Who, I felt like I could make my own choices without worrying too much about screen accuracy. I think it worked out nicely as far as size.

If you are interested in more information on the Doctor Who scarves, you might like to visit my Gallifreyan Crochetin' site and also doctorwhoscarf.com .

I'll post again when I've completed the afghan. It shouldn't be too long though there are a lot of tails to weave in.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Saturday, March 26, 2016

cloths

So here's what I've been doing...



These are wash or dish cloths made with cotton. They are simple designs, chain 30 for most, then double crochet in the back loop only on all rows. Then I worked a single crochet edging all around. Easy peasy.

These will be going to Sandy over at the Bridge project. They always need cloths. I made a bunch of filet crochet cloths a while back that were not suitable for this project. The cloths need to be crocheted in a more closed pattern. So ... tada. Here they are. 

The size of the cloths vary though all are over 7".

The yarns used are also varied. Some are Knit Picks sport weight cotton which is scrumptious. I think the worsted cotton might be Sugar 'n Cream.

That's all. Just a quick update.

May you all have a very blessed Easter celebration!

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Thursday, March 3, 2016

scarves

I have long had in the back of my mind that I wanted to make a couple of scarves for the Bridge Project. I've donated to this worthy charity in the past and have known the coordinator for many years.

I purchased 5 skeins of Knit Picks Brava bulky in the color Dublin. Most of the recipients are male and this is a good manly color though a woman could certainly wear it also. The yarn is soft and I had no trouble with unexpected knots, thin spots or thick spots. Knit Picks yarn is pretty good generally and I was quite happy with these skeins.

I used a K hook, as recommended on the wrapper, for the body of the scarf and a J for the edging. I generally use a hook one size smaller for my edgings.

After making one scarf, I realized I wouldn't have enough for a second scarf of the same size so I cut the width down slightly. I used every single bit of yarn and on the second scarf I edged both sides but not the beginning and ending row. I would have done without an edging if I'd had to but I much prefer an edging, especially on a scarf, so I'm glad it worked out. Next time I know to order six skeins if I plan to make two scarves.

Both scarves are about 6' in length. They measured 3' each when folded over. One is 6" width and the other is 7" width. I have 15 dc on one and 18 on the other. 

The minimum scarf width for men for the Bridge is 5". If you want to make scarves for this project, you can see the requirements on this page

I included a card with my email as requested. I did not wash them but I found the yarn quite soft and I do not let my dog lay on my projects or mess with my yarn. He learned that early on. LOL

So to summarize...
Size: 6"(ch 17) and 7" (ch 20) wide, 6' long
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky Dublin (5 skeins for the two)
Hook: K for the body, J for the edging
Pattern: double crochet rows for the body and single crochet edging with (sc, hdc, sc) in corners
Misc: Include a card with email addy and wash if needed

That's about it. 

Happy crocheting!
Sandie

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

nameghans

Crocheting seems to have fallen by the wayside lately. Though I haven't been as focused on it as I usually am, I have not completely abandoned crochet. I have been working on the name afghans for my grandchildren. You may remember that I was considering taking apart my first grandson's name afghan in order to add my second grandson's name. I even made two separate afghans with both names which I shared in another post while trying to decide what to do.

Well, I did decide. What I decided was to make a completely separate afghan for grandson #2 with his name and keep the first afghan as it was.

Here is the one I just finished.


Both ghans are exactly the same size - 38" x 39". Each name took one full skein. The letters were made individually and then sewn together. Some names required a couple of "blanks" so the stripes would all be the same size. Each individual letter was edged in single crochet, then the entire piece was edged with (sc, ch 2, 2 dc, sk 2) It's an edging I use pretty often. As I went to start the edging I couldn't find the hook I intended to use (and had been using recently) and had to substitute. It still came out okay I think. I still haven't found that hook. LOL

As to the yarns, I've lost most of the labels. They are all either Knit Picks Brava Sport or Deramores Stylecraft Special DK. Here's what I think they are. KPBS Almond for the edging (that is correct because it was purchased especially for this ghan), SSDK Burgundy, KPBS Cobblestone Heather, KPBS Brindle, SSDK Khaki. I had two skeins of the green and brown so those names use the same yarn. I only had one skein of the red and grey.

I love working on name afghans and other filet projects of all kinds. I hope to get back to the filet dish/wash cloths I was making a while back and I have yarn coming in for bulky scarves.

I actually gave away all the small balls of yarn and even some full skeins that I felt I would never use. I wanted the room for other things. That said, I still have a couple of bins filled with yarn and projects. The yarn is mostly leftover from Doctor Who scarves.

So what am I doing with the time I used to spend on crochet? I've been doing adult coloring. I was gifted Jenean Morrison's 2016 coloring calendar book and have been enjoying working on that. I also am in a family coloring group where we post a picture once a week from the same book. That is a lot of fun as even though they are the same picture, the coloring is so different on each one. Just as in crochet, coloring takes supplies which cost money. Both also allow one to use whatever creativity skills one has. You can see some of my coloring sheets at Crafty Corral.

That's all for today.

Happy crocheting!
Sandie