Category Archives: Techniques

January 2016 Meeting Agenda

Time & Place

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 1:30-3:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Program: Tunisian Mitres

Karen will be demonstrating how to make Tunisian mitres.

Prep Work:

Try to review the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) aka Afghan stitch via your favorite print source of basic crochet or online videos. Google Tunisian crochet videos or try one of these:

Or review via your favorite print source of basic crochet.

Materials

Please bring:

  • some smooth worsted weight yarn in a lighter color
  • J or K hook.  You will not need a Tunisian hook (unless you want to use one) because there will be a maximum of 15 loops on the hook at one time, just bring a hook with a fairly round cross-section, i.e. no large grip or big thumb indent.  Bamboo hooks work well, as do the inexpensive plastic ones.  Clover gold hooks and many comfort grip hooks have too short a throat.

Charity

Bring your charity items to pass.

RSVP

All are welcome. RSVP to fishnetcrocheters@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Please do not call the library.

Photographing Your Crochet

Fishnets ushered in a new calendar year with another fun meeting filled with show and tell, new faces, cookies, and time to crochet. We were treated to a fabulous presentation by Bob Williams on photographing our crochet to its best advantage. Many thanks to Bob for sharing his expertise with us.

In looking ahead, meetings will continue at the Cary Library in Lexington through May. We will be ‘on the road’ for the summer, hoping to visit a couple of yarn shops and attending the Chain Link Conference in Manchester, NH in July.

 

Adding Beads to Crochet

October was another full house and another meeting filled with fun. First up, show and tell was a treat with amigurumi and baby items:

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The bulk of the meeting was spent with Fishnet Crocheters exploring many various ways to apply beads to their crochet. Worsted weight yarn and large pony beads were used so that crocheters could easily see what they were doing. Techniques included pre-stringing beads and applying them as you crochet. Crocheters were able to practice with the chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and picots.

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Stitch Demo: Catherine Wheel

Meetings resumed at the Cary Memorial Library in Lexington. We will continue to meet here during the coming school year unless otherwise posted. We enjoyed another session of show and tell, learned information about more charity projects for us to participate in, and then learned a new stitch, the 2 color Catherine Wheel.

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We also tagged items for our window display at the Woolpack yarn shop in Acton. Crocheted items from the group will be on display through the month of October. Please visit the shop!

Congratulations are in order for several members of the Fishnet who won ribbons for their work at the Big E. In addition to entering crocheted items, some Fishnets entered in other categories as well – dolls-making and weaving.

Linked Stitches

Many thanks to Fishnet Karen for leading us in a demonstration of linked stitches.    Charity items were collected to be distributed in time for Mother’s Day, including this shawl.

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Crazy Stitch

Crocheters gathered back at the library for another round of fall and winter meetings. Stitch for the month is the Crazy Stitch.

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Crocheted Sock Workshop ~ Part 3

Today’s meeting concentrated on adding the afterthought heel to the socks:

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And one crocheter arrived wearing her finished socks, set off by her ‘glass’ shoes:

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Crocheted Sock Workshop ~ Part 1

Fishnet Crocheters began a 3 part sock workshop which will last through the summer.  Today,  we learned about sock yarns, types of heel construction, and how to create a stretchy sock fabric.   Using the Toe Up Sock instructions by Linda Diak from Grafton Fibers, we began on the toe and foot.

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Next month — we’ll create the heel opening and work on the leg and cuff.

Joining Techniques

Today’s meeting featured learning new techniques for joining crocheted fabric together. Crocheters had the opportunity to try whip stitch, mattress seam and woven seam techniques. In addition, several crochet techniques were tried — slip stitch, single crochet, reverse single crochet, faggoting, and the flad braid join. With ample resources available, Fishnets helped one another with the method that attracted them for a project they are currently working on, or simply one they wanted to learn.

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