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« on: May 19, 2014 01:05:00 PM »

I make my own yarn, but have been horrible at knitting, so I tried crochet. I'm a beginner at it, I can follow basic patterns, but I don't have all the techniques that I'll need. I want to learn to do freeform crochet, and I have done one very easy freeform crochet project out of ugly pink acrylic yarn. What are some projects I could work on to add more techniques to my repetoire, so I can use them in freeform? When I start freeforming, is there anything I should be doing other than just making fabric without rules? Are there techniques that I should know before starting? Also for crocheting in the round, do I still chain at the start of each new row?

Sorry if I'm asking too many questions, I just need some help.
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014 11:17:21 AM »

For me personally, one of the benefits of freeform crochet is going in with no patterns, no rules (other than knowing how certain fiber types react), and finding out what works together and what doesn't. I guess it depends on whether you're trying to have a finished product that will last, or just want to have some fun.

If you're going to be doing the former, some things to consider are whether a fiber felts or not, how you'll have to wash things, dye permanence, and so on. Are you going to wear it? Display it somewhere where sun can get at it?

If you're doing the latter, just go for it! Practice the techniques you want to practice and see how you can fit things together, how yarns interact, what colors jive. I learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work that way. Just think about what you want to work on.

As for CITR, that depends on the look you want. If you do a sl st join and a rising chain, you'll have a visible line that curves around your pieces, which you may want. If you work in unjoined, continuous rounds, you'll have a very smooth look but you WON'T have even rounds if you want to have perfectly aligned buttons or whatever. If you want the best of both worlds, I unhesitatingly recommend Deja Jetmir's invisible straight seam method (http://crocheteverafter.com/tutorials/single-crochet-tutorials/invisible-straight-seam-in-single-crochet-when-working-in-the-round/), which is about all I ever use now. It gives even rounds without jogs, and as promised an invisible join. This makes it ideal for in-the-round applications with colorwork and so on.

Hopefully some of that helped. Please feel free to PM me if you've got a question on something in particular. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014 01:52:34 PM »

I just made an unraveled scarf with freeform crochet, and I think it's the first thing I've made that I love. I spun the yarn myself Smiley
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