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The Caribbean Tank Top is crocheted.  First I made shoulder straps.  Start with a chain, then turn and go back with chain 2 double crochet one, * skip 2 and chain 2, dc 1 * repeat from * to * until you get to the end.  Then do another one for the other shoulder.  Then I put chains for under the arms and across the chest and back area while holding it up to myself to make sure  it would fit.  If what I’m describing isn’t making sense, see a picture of the same process here, which shows the shoulder straps and chains on a chair: https://ilovesocks.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/working-without-patterns-lacy-lemon-crocheted-tank/

Then I felt my arm holes weren’t low enough so I did a couple of  rows across on the front and back sections (this caused me to have to cut the yarn and work in ends which I usually try to avoid!  So its best to make sure your arm holes are really big enough.)  After that, its very simple, you just work around in a tube until its long enough.

Chart citations: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs, 500 classic & original patterns. Linda P. Schapper. Lark Books, New York. 2007.

Bust area with star is chart #195, pg. 156;  Belt area is a modified version of chart #6 pg. 38 (picots were left out). The bottom below the belt is simply ch 2, dc, repeat, then on the next row do each dc in the hole of the one below to make a brick pattern.  Increases were added only in this region always under the arm by putting 3 dc in one hole, ch 2 between as usual.  This will make a bigger hole where you increased, that’s why its best to hide it where a seam would be below the arm.

 

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I LOVE fairisle.  I have found its not too hard to manage 2 strands of yarn if I wrap them both around my right hand the usual way, but put one strand under the thumb and one over the index finger.

I wanted this to be a black and color changing scarf, with the black staying constant throughout, but the color changing in its background.  I spun this bright color changing yarn to be striped, but in very wide stripes for this reason.   This scarf is done twice the width I want it to end up, so I can fold it in half longways and sew the edges together, making only the nice side show.  (That’s why I don’t mind that its curling, it will be sewed flat when it is finished.)

I use charts for the fairisle, but otherwise, there is no other pattern, just make it twice as wide as you want and as long as you want.  My charts come from the book in the photo (citation below).   I hadn’t noticed when I was picking these charts, (I was mainly choosing ones that are 16 stitches wide), but its coming out looking like seasons.  Snowflakes at the bottom, then flowers, then I hadn’t realized it but that next one looks exactly like pine pollen under a microscope, then more flowers as it gets hot pink and hot outside… I’m recording my year in my scarf!

All of the charts used in the scarf come from:  1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Louise Roberts.  Trafalgar Square Publishing, Vermont/ Collins & Brown Limited, 2004.

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I wanted to give mosaic crochet a try after watching this video.  (Man, her speed is amazing!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXmYKwaw3Cw& 

Here’s my start of a bathroom rug, modeled by the lovely Stella (she blinked!)

Like she says in the video, you just make stripes, using 2 colors, 2 rows per color.  (If you don’t do 2 rows per color, you would have to carry your yarn back to the other end on the backside.) Then you just use your working yarn to dip down into the row below covering the stripe in places exactly as you see her do in the video.  I’m not using a pattern, just winging it like I usually do, so I’m not getting anything really amazing looking like I would if I got one of her actual patterns, but its still pretty cool.  It makes a nice thick piece, especially if you use single crochet instead of double, so it will make a great rug.  This rug was my “do it randomly and see what it looks like” thing, so I tried both.  You can see the single crochet near the bottom of the rug (inside the dc border).

I also experimented with Tapestry Crochet in this rug (near the top, looks like checkerboard).  This is where you carry both colors and alternate using them.  I found this harder to do with crochet than with knitting.  It was easy going, but coming back with the back side facing me had me keeping my unused yarn on the side nearest me instead of in the back and out of the way, which was complicated.

If the video and description aren’t making a lot of sense for Mosaic, try this blog post by Interweave:

http://www.crochetme.com/blogs/crochet_me/archive/2011/04/28/learning-mosaic-crochet.aspx

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