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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How It's Made: Fair Isle Crochet [MANY PICS] on: December 22, 2010 12:36:01 PM
In the Finished Projects board, I'd posted some things I'd made while experimenting with fair isle crochet. Since people showed interest, I thought I'd do an image tutorial.

A few things to note: I basically taught myself how to crochet. I know I hold everything in the wrong way. Please look past this. I'm also not a native English speaker, so excuse some confusion in terminology. Lastly, I expect you'll know some basics in crochet before you start experimenting with this yourself -- although you needn't know too much, as I know next to nothing and managed this, too. Wink

Using images and some explanation with them, I'll try to show you the basics of the fair isle crochet technique I use.

1. What you'll need (of course):


For this example, I use a 4mm hook (US G/6) and an acrylic yarn (much like Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice, only cheaper). I wouldn't recommend using anything chunkier, or you'll risk your pattern becoming wonky and unclear.

2. Chain a number of stitches, and make them a loop (connect with a slip stitch). When you have a pattern you work with, you need to count the amount of stitches for a "neat repeat". I just stitched away to use a part of the "loop" to show how it works. Never mind me.


3. This is the stitch we'll be working with; my mum said (with considerable incredulity) that she'd never seen anything like it, so I'll teach you how to do it first.


4. Yarn over;


5. Stick your crochet hook through the next stitch in the chain and yarn over; then pull through.


6. Now you have three loops on your hook, like so:


7. Now yarn over again and pull the yarn through all three loops at once. (If anyone knows if this has a name, please let me know. If not, what shall we call it?)


8. Repeat from top. You get something like this; note what people have said looks like a knit structure.


9. When you've come all the way round, connect the last stitch with the first using a slip stitch; then chain two.


9a. [What it looks like before chaining two]


9b. [Plus two chained]


10. [Image says it all Wink]


11. The pattern I'm using is just about the easiest zig-zag imaginable. Basically, the first row will just be c1-c2-c1-c2-c1-c2 and the second c2-c1-c1-c2-c1 etc., with in this example c1=green and c2=pink.


12. So the first stitch on this row is worked like normal, with the exception that we'll start adding c2;


13. Finished stitch should look like this, with c2 being the loop on your hook:


14. Now the hardest part has come; we need to weave in c1, as our current stitch is c2, and the yarn we're not using gets "carried".


15. You should now have three loops in c2,  with c1 "stuck" behind them on the wrong side of your project;


16. Now yarn over c1, and pull it through your three c2 loops;


17. Again, the stitch (as above, yarn over, hook through excisting stitch --two loops --, yarn over, pull through -- three loops --) and again the weaving in of yarn (this time c2);


17b. Hoop-la;


18. Three loops of c1 on your hook, in this patterns, means c2 gets pulled through;


19. This is what it should look like after a few stitches; again, note the v-shapes;


20. And the back;


Okay, so I used c1 the rest of the way, carrying c2, because I wanted to quickly be able to show you the next step. So that's how we get through this stage so super fast.  Cool

21. When this row is finished, we again connect the last stitch with the first, but in this pattern, the first stitch on the next row is c2, so:


22. Again, what the back looks like (make sure you weave in well enough, or you get messy, snaggable loops);


23. Stitch one of row two;


24. Again changing colour on the final loop;


25. ...and again...


26. And so it repeats, until you've come round again;


27. This pattern called for another row in c1 only, and on top of that I've added another row in c2, just to show you could start the whole process again, but using c2 as the main colour and carrying c1 along (reversing the colours in the pattern).


28. Or you could do whatever you like and experiment with more complex patterns;


Once you've mastered the basics, the possibilities are legion. Pleasing things to make using this technique are wrist warmes, mobile phone cozies, hats, etc. You could try combining larger, more complex patterns with basic ones like I used above. Look for fair isle or nordic pattern charts and you can do anything you like (as long as you can count).

I'd love to know if this was helpful, or if anything is still unclear. But most of all, I'd love to see what you're all going to make now!  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Fair Isle on: December 17, 2010 02:34:58 PM
Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've posted any projects, as I've not done anything particularly noteworthy of late.

Only recently, I've started experimenting with crocheted fair isle. I don't know about you, but I find knitting more complicated than crochet!

I looked around here, and didn't find anything similar, so I thought I'd share my little projects with you.


What I have so far ^


This is what it looks on the inside of the w-i-p (don't know what it's going to be yet!)^


Wrist warmer/cuff and cell phone cozy; basically the same pattern.

The work in progress is a pattern I'm putting together from random bits and pieces I've seen. It may become a legwarmer. I may grow bored with it and start something more colourful.

If anyone's interested in learning how it works, I could make a photo tutorial Smiley

EDIT: A tutorial is now availlable HERE!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tranquility - a charm bracelet on: July 16, 2010 02:45:54 PM
I love charm bracelets. I have two "regular" silver bracelets, but they're quite quiet, as it were.

The one I made today is quiet, too, but more in theme than in noise... It was made using various new charms and beads but also re-using parts from earrings I never wore.



The metal charms are mostly nature related; there's two different shells, a fish, an octopus, a dove, an owl, a swift and an unidentified chick, a star and a leaf. Then there's two keys, a pair of scissors, a hand, a Marian medal, a Buddha and a cupcake.



There's a number of beads shaped like flowers and leaves. There's some semi-precious stones (agate, amethyst, labradorite, hematite, moonstone, quartz) and some shell.

The main colours of this bracelet are shades of pale pink, pale lilac, pale blue, white and purple.



Because of the calm and harmonious colours, the natural and spiritual charms, I call this the Tranquility Bracelet Smiley

I'd really like to know what you think Cheesy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / SQUEAK - Discworld's Death of Rats on: July 05, 2010 07:28:27 AM
SQUEAK EEK EEK!

I made this little guy a little while ago, but I'm still really pleased with him, so I wanted him to be my first project post!  Grin



Death of Rats is a character from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. He's quite a minor character but, like Death (you know, black robe, scythe, bones), he gets around a lot.

I haven't got anything like a tutorial for him; I just made it up as I went along, and used bits and bobs I had lying about. What can I say, I hadn't planned it, but started it by way of an experiment.







It's mainly about his little face, as it's such an iconic image, having it peep from that black hood.

I'm really interested to know what you all think of it! Cheesy
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello! on: July 04, 2010 04:27:04 PM
Hello everyone! Cheesy

I'm Lady Twatterby (obviously), also known as Macpye, Drummers and Esther. I'm currently at the end of my third year at art college, studying illustration (ONE MORE YEAR, EEP).

I like Discworld, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, NCIS and a random mix of other things. When I'm not illustrating, I like crafting a bit here and there, and I knit (scarves only XD), do a bit of bead work, and I do all my sewing by hand (never got any machines to work for me!) and I do some other things that have slipped my mind just now.

I love all the ingenious ways people have devised for making things, and especially like seeing people's tutorials, as I think we're never too old to learn. This is the 21st Century version of the Oral Tradition!
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