There have been two main crochet topics on my mind today.
I spend a lot of time sewing, seaming and weaving in ends.
Its one of the necessary parts of completing most crochet projects.
If you use more than one color, or tie off between rows, you end up with loose ends that need weaving into the body of your work.
If you make toys, they often begin life as individual pieces that require fusing together.
This process is very rewarding when you are done, but it can be quite laborious.
Sewing Crochet Toys Together
I began constructing a commission toy today, and there is a specific tool I need for the job.
It also needs to be slim enough to fit neatly through the crocheted parts without causing them to fray, but with a wide enough eye to easily thread the yarn through.
I have several different types of yarn needle.
Three sizes of plastic needles for weaving ends into blankets, and a handful of steel yarn needles.
These vary from wide and blunt to narrow and pointed.
For sewing toys together I highly recommend sticking with this sharpest, slimmest needle you have. Remember to check the eyes before you buy them, because it’s very irritating spending half an hour simply threading the thing!
Working Crochet In A Round
A lot of crochet project involve working in circular rounds. Either from a magic circle or from a chain circle that has been stitched into.
I tend to rely heavily upon marking my stitches when I am doing these projects.
Lately, in part due to laziness, I have mostly ditched the shop bought variety. I have been suffering repeated problems with my most recent batch snapping or being too wide for the crochet stitches I am working into. I have therefore been marking my stitches with pieces of yarn instead.
This method is great – right up until the point that it slips through and you completely lose your space. The great thing about yarn marking stitches is, it doesn’t leave a print on your project when you remove it. The infuriating thing about yarn marking stitches, is it doesn’t leave a print on your project when it slides out by accident.
I have found myself having to count my stitches numerous times, and like every parent who crochets, find that this is usually in and of itself no small task.
I then have to work back and calculate how many rounds I had got to at that point, and whereabouts I am in it.
So I have made this little chart to help me, when the inevitable happens! A crochet stitch counting guide.
I will pop this into the crochet conversion charts article too, so that you can look back at it if you find it’s of use to you as well.