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How to Make a Sweater on a Knitting Machine. Hand Knitter’s Guide. Part II.

Last week I introduced you to the knitting machine and generally explained the mechanism of this tool. You can read it here – Part I. Today I am going to show you how I do the shaping and fix mistakes in my fabric. Again I want to point out that this is not the step-by-step tutorial on machine knitting, I am sure there are much better resources out there. My main goal is to introduce a hand knitter to this craft and maybe tempt him to buy a knitting machine 🙂

When I just got my machine, I felt quiet lost with it. Simple things that you do without thinking in hand knitting seemed completely undoable on the machine. And I guess this is one of the reasons why some people feel disappointed and discouraged with machine knitting. It’s helpful to refer to your hand knitting knowledge, but you should also realize that it’s not completely the same. It’s like crochet and knitting – these crafts have a lot in common, but each has its own aspects. So, the bottom line – do not expect machine knitting to be a speedy hand knitting’s twin.

How to Join a New Skein of Yarn on the Knitting Machine

For example, hand knitters usually don’t have any trouble to attach a new ball of yarn. But how to do it on the machine? It’s worth to mention that it’s better to use big cones of yarn for your machine, so you don’t have to change them very often. But I do just fine with my stash yarn for hand knitting. The most important thing to remember is that you always have to attach new yarn from the side where your carriage is. It’s better to leave a longer tail, than end up with unknitted (is it even a word?) last stitches.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

First of all I have to thread a new yarn. I do it just like I showed you in part one, the only difference is that I start from the opposite direction (when I thread it the first time I started from the machine, because I made the ribbing by hand and placed it on the needles bed). So after I go through all yarn tension guides, I end up with the tail in the yarn feeder of the carriage. I pull the yarn down and then I move the carriage across the bed, still holding the yarn tail, so it doesn’t slip away.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I tie two yarn tails (one from the first skein and the other from the new one). I’ll hide them both in seams later.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

So, the next question from you was – can the machine do the shaping (increases, decreases, bind off, etc.)? Well, I would put the question in a slightly different way – can YOU do the shaping ON the knitting machine? I accentuate this because I’ve seen and heard many comments with the note of disappointment – Oh, it’s machine knitting, I thought it was made by hand. I also read about this concern on Ella Gordon’s blog, she is a terrific machine knitter. Ella has designed beautiful pillows which she makes on the machine. In general people love her craft, but she mentions that once in a awhile there are ones that are disappointed and refuse to buy her creations because it is done BY the machine. Well, for me it is like saying – Oh, it’s not handmade, it’s done BY the needles. You see what I am saying? Machine is just a tool and your hands are the ones that are creating the fabric. Maybe it is the word itself – “machine” that confuses people. But as you will see, I do a lot by hand, some shaping manipulations take me even more time than in my hand knitting.

So. Shaping. Yes, you can do the shaping on the knitting machine. Basically, you can take any basic stockinette stitch pattern for hand knitting, try adjusting the stitch dial to get the recommended gauge and work from this pattern to make a garment on your knitting machine. You’ll have to “translate” some things to machine knitting reality, but overall it’s basically the same thing.

How To Decrease Stitches on the Knitting Machine

Once you are done with your numbers or if you are working from the pattern, you determined on what rows the decreases fall, you can start your shaping. This is the main tool that I use – Transfer Tool.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

To make a full fashion decrease (one stitch in from the edge), I push forward 3 last working needles. I take two end stitches on the Transfer Tool and move them one needle in.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

The last needle is left empty. You will push it to non-working position – one stitch is decreased.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

You will do the same on the opposite side. You can see there are two stitches on the second needle and the last one is left empty. It is basically the same thing as k2tog or ssk decrease in hand knitting.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

How to Increase Stitches on the Knitting Machine

I push two last working needles forward plus one empty needle.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

With the Transfer tool I place the last stitch onto the adjacent empty needle.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I pick the loop BELOW the second stitch and place it onto the empty needle – 1 stitch increased. I do the same on the opposite side. It’s basically the same thing when you do increase by knitting in stitch below in hand knitting.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

How to Bind Off Stitches on the Knitting Machine

I am making a modified drop shoulder pullover, which means that I will have to bind off stitches for armhole shaping. Bind off can be done only on the carriage side, just like in hand knitting you can bind off your stitches only on the working needle side.

I push forward 3 last working needles and transfer the last stitch to the adjacent needle. Important thing – the transferred stitch has to be under the stitch that was originally on this needle. Which means to transfer it, you have to lift the second stitch first, then place the last stitch on the second needle and then put the original stitch back on. Sounds awfully complicated, but it’s very easy when you are actually doing it. It looks like a regular decrease but you are not done yet.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

The empty needle is pushed back to non-working position. Two stitches on the last working needle are pushed slightly back behind the latch on the needle. The tread that is coming from the carriage is placed on the needle, holding the yarn, I push this needle back – two stitches slip off the needle – 1 stitch is bound off.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

I continue in this manner until all necessary stitches are bound off. For example, I need to bind off 10 stitches, so working in this manner I will eventually empty 10 needles.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I knit even necessary number of rows. Next shoulder and neckline shaping.

How to Shape Shoulders and Neckline on the Knitting Machine

Here is your hand knitting knowledge will serve you well. As you know you can shape shoulders in hand knitting by binding off stitches in steps or use short rows. You can do both on the knitting machine. I chose to do short rows, as they result in much smother shoulder line.

As in every short row shaping you don’t work x amount of stitches at the end of the row. Here it’s the same. Before working your first short row, you push the last needles (the number depends on the pattern or on your own calculations how many stitches should stay unworked for short row shaping) to the non-working position.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

You will make some adjustments on your carriage – your manual will tell you which ones – and knit the row. The last stitches won’t be knitted and the yarn will lay across them.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Do your remember that in short rows you do wrap&turn to avoid the hole? Here is the same story – you wrap the first (from the inside) needle.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

So, you continue in this manner, until you are done with short rows.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Neckline. You are left with x number of neckline center stitches. You can leave the neckline stitches open or bind them off. I prefer the second option, as the neckband looks much better later.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

You can leave the neckline stitches open or bind them off. I prefer the second option, as the neckband looks much better later.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then you knit one more row on each shoulder – you will do it separately, as shoulders are divided by the neckline. And bind off shoulder stitches. You can also just take them from the machine and use three needle bind off later. Whatever you prefer.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

This is how I do the shaping on the knitting machine. I am sure there are other ways and I have a lot to learn, but I hope it was helpful for you to have a general idea what it looks like.

How to Fix Mistakes on the Knitting Machine

One more thing I wanted to tell you is how I fix mistakes. When you do machine knitting, it doesn’t mean that your fabric will be always perfect – sometimes you don’t watch the tension, or don’t notice the slipped stitch and so on. For example, here – you can see that something went wrong and I noticed it rows later. Oh, by the way these clamps are weights that pull your fabric down, so the stitches don’t slip off the machine.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

What I do is I unravel all the rows to the place where I made a mistake.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

And with the help of the usual crochet hook, I fix the stitches – one by one.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Well, this is what I wanted to share with you on the machine knitting. I really hope I didn’t bore you to death 🙂 Then I do the same thing for front, sleeves, block, then I seam the pieces together and weave in ends – just like in hand knitting.

If after this overview a thought of buying a knitting machine crawled into your head, it will make me really happy 🙂 There are many reasons why you can be considering buying a knitting machine. As for me, I decided to get a machine, because I made a decision not to buy any knitwear in the store, but try to make everything on my own. Of course, it’s not physically possible with hand knitting, at least for me. The machine doesn’t consume any energy, it’s completely manually operated, I still get a handmade piece that I know where it comes from and I get to work with yarn, which is always a bonus. And it’s great for gift knitting! But can I tell you my secret number#1 reason for getting a knitting machine?! DRESSES. Yep, I am completely obsessed with dresses, especially crochet and knit ones. I cannot explain it, but there is some gravitational pull between me and knit/crochet dresses 🙂 It would take me forever to make all the dresses that I want by hand, but the machine opens new horizons! Here are some that I made on this machine. I made more, but before starting a blog, so they are not documented 🙂

You can also read about a professional machine knitter that I did the interview with. She’s been making her living with custom orders on the knitting machine for many years. Her story is truly fascinating – World Crafter. Tessa. Los Barriles, Mexico.

I am sure I didn’t cover all the aspects of machine knitting – it is just not possible. So let’s keep discussion going – ask me in the comments any questions that you are interested in and I’ll do my best to answer them! It would be also great to know your opinion about machine knitting in general!

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By | 2017-08-01T08:03:48+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Machine Knitting, Tutorial|16 Comments

How to Make a Sweater on a Knitting Machine. Hand Knitter’s Guide. Part I.

Several days ago I started my Mineral Heather sweater on a knitting machine. I know that some of you have never seen the knitting machine in action, or have been thinking about buying one, or just curios about how it works. I decided to do a mini-guide on making a sweater on a knitting machine. This is not a step-by-step tutorial where I walk you through every stage of the process. It’s mostly an overview of what knitting machine is, what it does and how it works, mainly from a hand knitter’s point of view. When I was choosing my knitting machine it was the information that was missing – I couldn’t find a place where the mechanism of knitting machine would be explained from the point of view of hand knitting. I think this way it is much easier to get the idea of what to expect from the machine. This overview is not going to teach you how to use the knitting machine. If you buy your own machine some day, the manual is the best way to start. There are many helpful YouTube videos and you can always visit Machine Knitting group on Ravelry for any technical question.

When I first got an idea to buy a knitting machine, I hardly imagined what it was, how much it cost and how to use it. All I knew is that I loved knitwear and yarn and wanted to experiment with this kind of craft. I did a very thorough research before picking up my first knitting machine. One of the best places to start your knitting machine education is Angelika’s Yarn Store website, where she writes reviews of the most popular knitting machines, shares tutorials and other useful information. The best article to start with is What Every Hand Knitter Should Know Before Buying a Knitting Machine where she covers the differences and similarities between machine and hand knitting.

In this review I will share my experience and how I make things on my knitting machine. I am definitely not a professional machine knitter, but I think, my point of view as a hand knitter who occasionally does machine knitting, will be useful to those who are just considering the machine knitting or just plainly curious about it.

Ok, this is how my process of making Mineral Heather looks like. I am posting black-and-white pictures because I think this way all the details are much clearer. And this way you can’t see the rust on my machine 🙂

First of all I decide what kind of garment I want to make. The shape, the fit and so on. Then I do all the numbers and write down instructions for myself to follow. There are machine knitting patterns out there, so you don’t have to do it all by yourself. My machine (Silver Reed LK150) is very simple and it can’t do the ribbing. You can do the ribbing manually transferring stitches, but it takes more time this way than doing it by hand, at least for me. So, I am knitting my ribbing for the desired length by hand.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I place the carriage on the needle bed. The carriage is like your hands in hand knitting. It does the work of knitting the stitches.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

These little knobs are the “heads” of the needles. Each knob is a needle. Here you can also see the row counter. Every time you pass the carriage across the needle bed, the number goes up. It is very useful, as the exact row count is much more important in machine knitting than in hand knitting. When you are hand knitting a piece, you can stop and measure it to see how much is left before the desired length. But on the machine the fabric is really stretched and distorted, so you can never do your measurements while the piece is still on the needles. You can rely only on your raw gauge and follow it exactly.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

The next step for me is to push forward the necessary amount of needles. For example, according to my calculations I need 82 sts for the back, so I push forward 82 needles.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

They don’t really look like needles, more like long crochet hooks. The next thing I do is to put my knitting off the usual needle on the knitting machine. I put one stitch on one needle, one by one. Wrong side is facing me.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I push the needles with stitches on back to the working position.The stitches should be secured on the needles, so they don’t jump off when I move the carriage across them.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Now I am ready to thread the yarn. First I carry it through the yarn feeder – this is basically a place where you “connect” your fabric on a needle bed with the carriage.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Then I go through several tension guides. It is almost like threading sewing machine, only much easier, at least for me, I am a hopeless seamstress 🙂

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how to make a sweater on a knitting machine how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

This is what you get at the end.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Next step is to adjust the stitch dial. Stitch dial is like the needle size in hand knitting. It will determine how many stitches/rows per inch you will get. For this sweater I chose 6.5. This number doesn’t correspond to needle size in hand knitting. You have to try several stitch dial adjustments to see how the fabric behaves. The higher the stitch dial, the less stitches per inch you will get. The thickness of yarn also determines the stitch dial number. The thicker the yarn, the higher the number. It is also worth mentioning that your machine can’t knit all weights of yarn out there. Your knitting machine is like a set of knitting needles – there are a lot of them, but not an infinite number, which means that some yarns just won’t work on the machine. I am using one of the most universal machines – it is mid-gauge and it covers a great range of yarn weights.

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

When I first got my machine I was quiet scared – what did I get myself into?! It didn’t look like knitting at all. It is not really a hobby that you can take to your cozy couch and relax. You need to have a special place for the machine, you need to sit straight, move the carriage across the needle bed, watching the tension and making sure that everything is going smoothly. It is a manual work and I am definitely not choosing to work on the knitting machine after a long day at work. I love to do it early in the mornings or at weekends when I am full of energy. But I do enjoy it a lot! It is really fun to watch how the smooth (given that you are watching the yarn tension!!) rows of fabric are growing. It is a domestic knitting machine that has very little to do with mass product knitting machines. There is a lot of hand work involved. I would definitely label the piece knitted on the domestic knitting machine as “handmade”.

Now the fun part begins – knitting!! I decided to set a timer and let you know in how much time I knit 10 rows, without any shaping involved. Well, ready? 10 rows in 32 seconds!!! Pretty fast, right?

how to make a sweater on a knitting machine

Well, I think this is enough information for today. I don’t want to give you a headache 🙂 Next week I will show you how I do the shaping – increases, decreases, binding off and so on. Who knows maybe you will consider getting a knitting machine for yourself!

Joining knitting and reading Yarn Along today. I got Mark Twain from the library and can’t wait to dive into the collection of his short stories today.

Enjoy your week and stay safe!

How To Make a Sweater on a Knitting Machine Part II


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By | 2017-08-01T08:03:23+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Free Patterns and Tutorials, Machine Knitting, Tutorial|37 Comments

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Today I am going to share with you the pattern that I wrote to make my crochet blanket. The stitch pattern was found on MyPicot – Crochet Textured Wave Stitch. I put together the numbers, wrote the instructions for making the blanket and put a step by step photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to get you through the first three rows. This blanket was very easy and interesting to make. The combination of basic stitches creates a very beautiful textured fabric (see my FO post). This is a perfect project for stash busting, as it allows you to work in multiple colors. I always love to have one simple project in progress that I don’t have to think about too much and can pick up any time during the day when I have a free minute. It is a perfect companion to watch a good movie 🙂

Textured Chevron Crochet Blanket

MATERIALS

Yarn. 100% cotton fingering weight yarn holding three strands together. 3 desired colors (A, B, C) The estimated yardage is approximately 1800-2000.

Notes:

  • I was using fingering weight yarn holding three strands together because it was a stash busting project. Three strands of fingering weight yarn approximately equal to one strand of light worsted weight yarn. The exact yarn weight is not essential in this project as long as you like the fabric that it creates.
  • I used 100% cotton yarn, but you can experiment with different fibers – wool and wool blends, different cotton or acrylic blends.
  • I was using three colors, but you can experiment with what your imagination and stash allows 🙂 The blanket has a very rich texture which makes it perfect for working in solid color. You can choose to change colors every row, every other row or any color sequence you like.  
  • See the end of the pattern for the step by step photo tutorial

Crochet hook. 8mm (US – L)

Note: Make sure that you adjust your hook size if needed to achieve the gauge or the fabric that you like.

GAUGE

The exact gauge is not essential in this project. If you like the fabric in you swatch, but the pattern repeat doesn’t exactly match the gauge, you can either add or subtract one-two repeats depending on what size you want your blanket.

I would recommend making a swatch of 37 stitches (multiple of 16 + 5) and crochet 6-8 rows. This way your swatch will have two pattern repeats and you will get an idea of how it works.

1 pattern repeat (16 sts) – 5¼” (13.5cm)

1 pattern repeat (2 rows) -1¼” (3 cm)

SIZE

Finished Dimensions: 44.5″ (113 cm) wide x 49.5″ (126 cm) long

Note: These are dimensions of my blanket. You can easily adjust the size of the blanket adding/subtracting rows or stitch repeats.

ABBREVIATIONS/STITCHES

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

FP sc – Front Post single crochet. Here is the YouTube video with the tutorial – How To Crochet a Front Post Single Crochet Stitch  or go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

2dc decreasework 1 incomplete dc in each of next 3 sts: yo, place hook in the indicated st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on the hook); yo, pull yarn through all 4 loops for a completed decrease. Go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

4dc decrease – work 1 incomplete dc in each of next 5 sts: yo, place hook in the indicated st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops (5 loops on the hook); yo, place hook in next st, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops (6 loops on the hook); yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops for a completed decrease. Go to the end of the pattern for the photo tutorial

COLOR SEQUENCE

Work 6 rows in A, *work 6 rows in B, work 2 rows in A, work 6 rows in C, work 2 rows in A; rep from * 3 times more; work 6 rows in B, work 6 rows in A.

Note: To change color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops to complete st.

INSTRUCTIONS 

Foundation chain: With A ch 133 (multiple of 16 + 5) = 8 pattern repeats

Row 1 (foundation row): Starting with fourth chain from hook (you skip 3 chains) make 2dc decrease, * 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch, 1dc in each of next 5ch, 4dc dec.; rep from* 6 times more; 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch, 1dc in each of next 5ch, 2dc dec., 1dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 (WS):  2ch, 1 FP sc over decrease st, *1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc below, 2ch, 1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc, 1 FP sc over decrease st; rep from* 7 times more, 1 sc in 3rd ch, turn.

Row 3 (RS): 3ch, 2dc dec. , * 1dc in each of next 5 FP sc, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 4dc dec.; rep from* 6 times more, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1, 1dc in each of next 5 FPsc, 2dc dec., 1dc in 2nd ch, turn.

Repeat Row two and Row three 39 times more or until the desired length.

Work Row 2 one more time.

FINISHING

Top Border: With A 2ch, 8sc, *sc in space of 2ch of row below, 15sc; rep from * 6 times more, sc in space of 2ch of row below, 9sc.

Do NOT turn to the other side.

Continue working sc around the side border: 3sc for each 2 rows.

Lower border: work sc in each st across

Continue working sc around the other side border: 3sc for each 2 rows.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Though MyPicot photo tutorial is great, I felt like a lot of steps were left out. You can choose following MyPicot tutorial or the one that I made. In my tutorial I am working you through the first three rows. Believe me, as soon as you get the idea of these first three rows, the rest will be super easy 🙂 The stitch pattern only looks complicated, but in reality it is just a combination of basic “classic” stitches! In this tutorial I am using two contrasting colors for the demonstration purposes. If you want to see the bigger picture, just open it in the new tab. I tried to be as detailed as possible, if you still have some doubts left leave me a comment and I will explain it.

Photo Tutorial

Row 1 (foundation row): Starting with fourth chain from hook (you skip 3 chains) make 2dc decrease.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

2dc decrease

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

As you can see, you make incomplete dc in each of three chains until you have 4 loops on your hook (see the step by step stitch explanation in the Abbreviations/Stitches section of the pattern)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Pull yarn through all 4 loops

1dc in each of next 5ch

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

 

2dc + 2ch + 2dc in next ch

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

1dc in each of next 5ch, 4dc dec

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

You make incomplete dc in each of five chains until you have 6 loops on your hook (see the step by step stitch explanation in the Abbreviations/Stitches section of the pattern)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Pull yarn through all 6 loops

Follow the pattern until the end of Row 1. This is what you get at the end. You can see that the zig zag started to form.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Row 2 (WS):  2ch, 1 FP sc over decrease st

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

See the Abbreviations/Stitches section for the link to YouTube video for Front Post single crochet (FP sc) explanation

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 1

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 2

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

FP sc over decrease st – step 3

1 FP sc over each of next 7 dc below

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Work following the pattern. You will get again to FP sc over decrease st. This time it will be a 4dc decrease of the previous row. Work it the same way as the first one

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

This is how it looks like from the opposite (right) row – each stitch is wrapped up with FP sc

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Work Row 2 until the end.

Work Row 3 following the pattern. You will get to the following instructions: 2dc + 2ch + 2dc in space of 2ch of Row 1.

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

As you work Row 3, you will get to 2 chain spaces – one is of Row 1 (green one), other is of Row 2 (beige one). Make sure that you work 2dc + 2ch + 2 dc in the space of Row 1 (the green one)

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Here how it will look like after you work 2 dc in the space of Row 1

Continue following the pattern

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

Here you can see how the ridge is being formed

Free Chevron Crochet Blanket Pattern

This is how it looks like from the back

I really hope you will enjoy this pattern as much as I did.

Happy crocheting!


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By | 2017-08-01T08:02:52+00:00 September 6th, 2015|Crochet, Free Patterns and Tutorials, Pattern, Tutorial|20 Comments

Crochet Motif. Step-by-Step Tutorial.

Crochet Motif Tutorial

 

I love little cute crochet motifs in my house. I put them on walls, on tables and on my Christmas tree. They are simple and quick to make, perfect for leftover yarn and bring crafty spirit to the house.

Couple of weeks ago I was randomly crocheting and came up with this crochet motif that you can start making for your Christmas tree. I know it’s more than a month away, but I guess it’s better to start early.

Here is step-by-step guide. I was using cotton yarn from my stash and a hook #5 (US – H/8). But you can experiment and try different hook sizes to make the motif bigger or smaller.

1. Choose any leftover yarn you have.

2. Chain 6 stitches

Crochet Motif Tutorial

 

3. Slip stitch into the first stitch to close the circle

Crochet Motif Tutorial

4. 12 half double crochet into the circle

Crochet Motif Tutorial

5. 2 half double crochet in each loop (you will get 24 half double crochet)

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6. (1 single crochet, 1 double treble crochet) 12 times

Crochet Motif Tutorial

* When you make a single crochet after a double treble crochet, make sure that a double treble crochet stays on the right side

Crochet Motif Tutorial

** So, at the end you will get this “bumpy” look

Crochet Motif Tutorial

7.(2 double crochet cluster stitch, 3 chain stitches) 12 times

(You will get 12 clusters and 12 spaces – “arches” formed with 3 chain stitches)

*Stitch explanation2 double crochet cluster stitch – yarn over, insert the hook in the first stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), draw through 2 loops on the hook, yarn over, insert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch (4 loops on the hook), draw through 2 loops on the hook (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

**Don’t miss any stitches, you crochet in every single stitch!

Crochet Motif Tutorial

 

8. 5 double crochet in every space (“arch”)

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9. (2 single crochet, 1 double crochet with piko, 2 single crochet) 12 times  (You will get 12 pikos)

*Stitch explanation. 1 double crochet with piko – yarn over, insert the hook in the first stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw through 2 loops, yarn over, draw through 2 remaining loops, chain 3, get the hook around the double crochet and join piko to the double crochet with the slip stitch.

Crochet Motif Tutorial

Now I have a place for my cute sheep 🙂Crochet Motif Tutorial

Happy crocheting!

By | 2017-08-01T08:04:09+00:00 November 16th, 2014|Crochet, Free Patterns and Tutorials, Tutorial|0 Comments
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