Friday, March 24, 2017

Crocheted Tradescantia from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet

I had to do this pattern twice because I sorta screwed it up the first time. So here are a couple of tips/tricks so you can learn from my mistakes. :)

1. This is the first pattern I've done from this book where the timing of the color change actually made sense. It's hard to tell in the below picture (the first one), but ending the color at the end of the round does cause a weird color overlap into the next round.

2. Part of the pattern says to "1sc in top of cluster". Turns out, this doesn't mean to crochet in the stitch made by the cluster - it means to crochet at the top of the cluster, where there's not quite a stitch. As you can see in the first photo (by first attempt at this flower), single crocheting in the cluster stitch causes a weird twist around texture to the flower.

And just in case you don't remember how to do it, or in case you've never learned, here's how you do the treble-stitch cluster for this flower:

Yarn over twice, insert hook into chain (or chain space in this case) and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. At this point you should have two loops still on the hook. Yarn over twice, insert hook into chain and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.Yarn over twice, insert hook into chain and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

Phew! Thankfully, it's easier said than written out. :) And thank goodness for abbreviations - in the book, this is just written as "3-st tr cluster". A lot shorter, don't you think?


The first attempt

The second attempt - after I figured things out :)

My growing collection of crochet flowers.


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