Infinite List of Movies: [25/??] Legally Blonde (2001)
↳ “It’s impossible to use a half-loop stitching on low-viscosity rayon. It would snag the fabric. And you didn’t just get it in - I saw it in the June Vogue a year ago. So if you’re trying to sell it to me for full price, you’ve picked the wrong girl. ”
Currently Knitting: I can report that the Stitch Surfer pattern is nowhere near as terrifying as it appears. If you want to try it, definitely check out the tutorials by Knitabulls and Stacie of Must Stash. I replaced the pattern heel with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, which is my absolute favorite.
Preventing Vertical Slanting while Crocheting in the Round
Similar issues had been brought up before and I provided a few tricks, but today I discovered one that used basic single crochet. It is probably common knowledge, but I have never, EVER seen it covered in any beginner’s crochet tutorial that I’ve read and I am a little annoyed that I didn’t know about this sooner.
Credit goes to this post on Crochetville for the fix.
Basically, to get that vertical stripe effect without the stitches slanting, do all your single crochets in the front loop only. Using tighter stitches help, too–the example photo here is kinda loose and I had to do some tugging to get it to look as straight as possible.
I am aware that some people crochet like this by default and for the longest time I couldn’t figure out how they achieved perfect vertical columns (even just tightening my stitches didn’t quite work). It’s not quite as effective when you’re making something completely flat like a round potholder, though. If anyone has a solution for those, let me know!
I’m still working on the sweater, but sometimes I just want to focus on something small and achievable. This often happens when I have a big project (like an afghan or a sweater) because sometimes… it just doesn’t feel like I’m getting anywhere. And that’s okay. I just step back and look at something else for a bit.
Loop Stitch: (Abbreviation: loop st, lp st) Loop stitch is a form of single crochet. Using your finger, you create a loop on the side opposite of which you’re working (aka the “wrong” side). It can take a little practice before you get the hang of it, so don’t be discouraged if it’s frustrating at first!
Photos: One row of loop stitch on a foundation of 2 rows of single crochet.
Here, I’ve pulled up the loops so you can see the foundation rows.
Instructions: Wrap the yarn from front to back over your index finger. Insert hook into next stitch, grab the looped yarn from behind your finger, and draw the yarn through the stitch. (2 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, and draw through both loops on hook. (1 loop made. You should have 1 loop left on your hook.)
Note: I, personally, like to put the hook in the stitch before I wrap it over my index finger. I also take my finger out after I’ve yarned over, and pulled through the stitch, but this can also make your loops uneven if you’re not careful!