Crocheting and Knitting

This category is devoted to the ancient arts of fabric crafting. Knitting and crocheting are interrelated hand crafts that offer the unique oppotunity to wear the results of one's imagination. Questions about beginning and advanced techniques, yarns, threads, and patterns will be found in this category.

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How do you make a toothbrush rug?

Once upon a time, toothbrushes had a hole at the bottom of the handle. You could cut off the brush and sand the cut end into a point. You would take strips of fabric, thread the strips through the toothbrush hole, and weave a rug. There are a number of ways to do the weaving.

You can drill a hole in a flat-handled toothbrush or ask a woodworker of your aquaintance to make you a large needle-like tool with a hole in the bottom end. Or another simpler tool is a piece of plastic-wrapped wire (electric wire), put the two ends together and wrap the ends with a smoooth tape like electric tape. You can then thread the strips of cloth through the loop at the other end.

For a visual, see youtube and put in "toothbrush rug".

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How do you call a person who crochet?

Crochet comes from the French word for hook so the title would be crochetier, but for the non-French speaking, crocheter will do. I still like it better than sewer for "someone who sews."

I'm calling myself a "crochetist". I made that up though. ;)

Actually, I would like to know the answer to this question myself!!

I have always used the term "crocheter" (similar to knitter, quilter etc.) When I googled crocheter, it did come up in the free online dictionary.

I always liked hooker, but crocheter is correct.

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What is interweave knitting?

Interweave knitting is also known as Afghan stitches or Tunisian Crochet. It is a way of crocheting using one hook and adapted knitting techniques. The finished fabric you create looks as if it has been knitted, but in fact has been crocheted. There are many stitches and patterns to bring about very unique fabrics.

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What is 2 double crochet in next chain?

Work one double crochet in the chain after the one you've just used. Then work another double crochet into the SAME chain where you worked that first double crochet.

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In knitting what does FO mean?

In knitting forums, "FO" refers to "Finished Object", referring to your completed projects.

Finish Off?

It's a British term, "Forward Over." In the U.S., we'd simply call it a yarn over (YO).

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What do you call a ball of yarn?

Skein of yarn or a clew

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How many yards in a skein or Unger's Skol yarn?

Skol is a discontinued 100% Pure New Norwegian Wool. Its worsted weight and was made in 1.6oz/84 yard skeins.

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How do you make a foundation double crochet chain?

Foundation double crochet is making both your beginning foundation chain and your first row of double crochet at the same time.

To begin, place a slip knot on your hook. Make 4 chains. yo, insert hook in fourth chain from hook (under top two loops), yo, pull through, then yo and pull through ONE loop. That counts as your "chain" for the next stitch. Then complete as for a regular dc - yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 2. You now have TWO stitches. The first ch 4 does count as a stitch.

Now comes the tricky part. For your next stitch, you need to insert your hook in the bottom "V" of the crochet you just made - this is the first pull through one loop that you did before which counts as the chain. Yo, pull through ONE, then complete as a regular dc.

The critical part of a foundation stitch is that first yo, pull through one loop. You do this for all foundation stitches as this gives you the "flat" part of the stitch, where your stitch sits so to speak. It's difficult to explain in words, but if you find a video to look at, you will see it is not as difficult as it sounds. Art of Crochet (Teresa Richardson) has a nice video that shows slow motion. Also Connie at All Free Crochet has a nice one. Those are both at YouTube.

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When and where did knitting originate?

Though it is unsure where exactly knitting originated, it is probable that it began in the Middle East, the result of shepherds who invented it as a good way to use the wool from their sheep to produce clothes, since it could be done anywhere, without a big awkward loom like weaving.

It is likely that knitting began as the job of men, while women spun the wool.

It would then have spread to Europe through trading routes, and from there to the rest of the world eventually.

The oldest known samples of knitting were found in Egypt, however, dating between the 11th and 14th centuries.

In Europe, it became the art of women, and was soon a well-developed skill that was taught to most ladies.

Knitting moved to America with the European colonies.

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What does Ss2 mean in knitting?

slip the stitch 2 times. Just slide two stitches onto the other needle and continue on with your pattern. More than likely you'll pick them up again on your next round.

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What does continue straight mean in knitting?

You need to just keep knitting straight. Until it says to change and if it was a good pattern it would say for how many rows to knit straight for.

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How does circular knitting machine work?

design changing, GSM setting, quality canrol, servicing,


You know those little machines they came out in the nineties? They were just little hand cranked machines but they were little circular knitting machines that churned out those tube scarves that were popular a while back.

Basically it is a ton of little hooks within two sets of gears, one set holds the yarn the next set takes the yarn and puts it through each little loop, much like knitting, and just makes a stitch when the second set passes it leaves that new stitch on the first stitch, and gear.

Just look up on how socks are machined and you can see how it would work. Or just google it, there is a video on a shopping network one.

Hope that helps.

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How do you knit a Gryffindor jumper?

Knit a simple jumper and Gryffindor crest on it. Alternatively, you could knit the jumper and then sew on a crest. Or, you could buy a Gryffindor iron-on crest quite cheaply from Amazon and use that.

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When a ball of yarn says 133m how many yards is that?

It doesn't matter whether you're talking about yarn, a running track, toilet paper,

spaghetti, fishing line, rope, silk, or a battleship.

133 meters is the same length as 145.451 yards. (rounded)

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Can you give a name of 10 crochet stitches?

Here you go:

1) Slip Stitch

2) Single Crochet

3) Half Double Crochet

4) Double Crochet

5) Treble Crochet

6) Single crochet increase

7) Single Crochet decrease

8) Double Crochet increase

9) Double crochet decrease

10) Treble Crochet increase

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Does duane reade sell yarn?

unfortunately no it doesnt!

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What does is mean slip marker in knitting?

Move your stitch marker from one needle to the other.

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What else can you knit with if you do not have needles?

There are many objects that one can find which would suffice as knitting needles. You simply need a pair of long-ish matching stick-like objects with a point-like tip.

Chopsticks are an obvious choice, however, not everyone has a handy pair of chopsticks in their home.

Wooden dowels work well, as long as they are small enough to fit in a pencil sharpener that would serve to make a point at the ends.

Two sticks from the yard could be sanded, then whittled to points.

If you take the ink things out of two pens, that would work, as long as they don't have the small clip used to attach them to a piece of paper.

There are things all over the place if you look hard enough. Be creative!

Pencils do not work, because of the lead point, which would do stuff to the yarn.

Toothpicks do not work either, because they are simply to short, and stitches start falling off all over the place if toothpicks are used.

And don't even think about attempting to use straight pins. It is simply impossible.

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What is the best yarn to learn to crochet?

Any smooth, worsted weight yarn is good for learning to knit or crochet. You will want to be able to see what you're doing easily, so avoid lumpy or eyelash yarns until you get a feel for what you're doing. You will notice some difference in the feel of the yarn, some are more slippery (like rayons) than others (like wool), but in my experience it is more important to have something you enjoy holding and will enjoy using than how it slides on the hook.

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How many yards of fingering yarn are in 50 gram ball?

it varies by company , type of yarn ( like wool , acrylic, blends, etc) but as a rule it would be around 200 yards up to about 275 yards . at 200 yards you would be figuring safe

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How do you interlock a crochet stitch?

They actually have a magazine put out by Crochet Magazine called "Interlock Crochet Magazine." I bought it once and did some interlock.

Basically, what you need to do is practice a bit before using this stitch. It produces a very tight stitch with no holes and very little stretch--perfect for making crochet straps for those cute little tube tops and spaghetti strap dresses. Also good for trivets and pot holders. Good for yarns that stretch where you don't want holes (across chest maybe?)

It is recommended that you start with a "chainless foundation". Unlike this stitch, which I could find no other directions for on the internet, there are lots and lots of websites with pics and you tube videos on that.

Just for practice, tho, make a daisy chain of about 13 chains.

The trick to this stitch is to "interlock" the last stitch with the next one. But for now, let's keep it simple and do a basic single crochet to start. Next row, I'll tell you how to turn and interlock.

Practice swatch:

1) Ch 13. Hook thru 2nd chain, draw up loop, YO, draw thru one loop, YO, draw thru 2 lps on hook, 1 sc made (not interlocked, see #3 below to interlock on turns).

2) *Look at your hook, there are now 2 loops on your hook. working in front of lps, place hook thru 2nd loop from hook (or loop bet. hook and chain) AND down thru next stitch. YO and draw thru stitch AND 1 loop on hook. YO, draw thru 2 loops.* repeat * to * until end of chain.

3) at end of row, chain 2 and turn. place hook thru 2nd chain in front and down thru next stitch from front, YO pull thru stitch AND loop on hook. YO, pull thru two loops.

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How do yo make a rick rib knitting stitch?

The rick rib stitch is a copyrighted stitch from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, page 260. Because of copyright, it is not legal for me to copy her instructions here. I suggest you visit your local library or knit shop and look it up in that book.

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What does DC mean in crochet instructions?

double crochet

If your instructions use American terminology,

Yarn over (yo). Remember to bring yarn from back to front, over and around hook. Insert hook into chain or stitch, yarn over again, pull yarn through chain or stitch. You have three loops on hook at this point. Then yarn over, pull through 2 of those loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining two loops.

If your instructions originate outside the U.S. dc still means double crochet, but it is worked as an American treble or triple crochet stitch.

yo twice, insert hook into top two loops of stitch (unless otherwise specified), yo, pull through stitch (4 lps on hk), (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times

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How do i crochet a fuzz ball on a hat?

I would suggest that rather than crocheting a fuzz ball on a hat, that you make a pom-pom and attach that to the hat.

There are numerous ways to make a pom-pom, attached to this answer as links. If you want the pom-pom itself to be "fuzzy" use an eyelash or similar "novelty yarn" to help with the "fuzz" look.

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How do you do double crochet?

If you want to work double crochet as the first row of your work,

chain x amount, yarn over (written as yo in patterns), insert hook into fourth chain from hook. The loop ON your hook does NOT count. There are different ways to insert your hook into the chain. You can insert hook under the top loop, under the top two loops, or in the back loop. You should do it the same way across the chain.

To begin your double crochet, Yarn over and pull yarn through the chain. You will have three loops on hook at this point. Yarn over, and pull yarn through two loops, yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. You will have one loop left on the hook when you are done. Then repeat the procedure for the next chain and so forth.

If you already have a row of stitches, then the procedure for making the double crochet is the same, but you would chain 2 or 3 at the end of your row to give height to your stitch to match the double crochets you will be making. Then insert your hook into the second stitch of the row because the first chains count as a stitch. Continue working double crochets using the procedure above.


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