to admit that I have a problem...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
In a house in the middle of India somewhere I found myself close to finishing sewing a seam with no beans of any kind and no shops nearby... But I did have extra string. Turns out, though far lighter they are much harder and pack a sting at higher velocities as my friend was eager to demonstrate on me.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I ran out of orange cord near the fourth row and so I just stopped to make his little guy and my other little guy said "oh!...thank you!" I made this with a number 7 steel hook. It was actually a bit too small to cradle the string but sharp enough to grab it anyway. For some reason steel hook sizes run backwards here with smaller numbers equalling bigger hooks. Seven was the biggest one they had
Friday, March 21, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
+ is an increase stitch
- is a decrease stitch
with black thread
6 (make a magic circle, six stitches around a slip knot) (6)
++++++ (increase in every stitch to make 12 total stitches) (12)
4-10-4 (20) stop here and make the top
-3-3-3-3 (16) (not used)
1-2-2-2-1 (12) (not used)
3+3+3+3+ (20) stop here and join to the main body
Friday, March 7, 2014
I snapped the head off my 3.5 forcing me to switch to a 5 in the middle of this twelve row black/yellow buckeye. The recent advent of this black cord has opened up an entirely different color scheme.
pros: the size allows for ease of loading in a sling and the colors inviting.
cons: stuffed with garbonzo beans its just too massive. Too easy to get someone hurt chucking it. Not my goal.
Either a lightet stuffing or a smaller pattern is needed.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Pull all four leftover strands out through the FIRST joining stitch. This includes the two slipknot tails, and the two strands used for the seam. Braid them into a four strand plait (better explained elsewhere). The plait is for closing and not for looks so braid really tight. This will back the braiding up into the ball. The closer it gets to the last joining stitch the tighter your closing will be. Then tie it off with two small over hands, again tie these tight, melt the tips, and then stuff it all inside as far as it will go.
|Braiding the 4-plait.|
|Tie off the plait with two (smaller) overhands,|
then melt the tips.
|Stuff it all into the ball|
Joining the two sides. Hitch the two last stiches together and tie a series of square knots on the inside. Then with these finishing strands (leave about a 30 cm each) pull alternating colors up through (pulling them from the outside) the first stitches. Twist the two strands until the colors alternate again and pull each strand up through the next stitch. Repeat all the way around the seam. No need to stitch tightly at this point. You can stuff the ball right at the end of the joining through the last loosened stitch.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Now for the main body of the ball. I reccommed a different color not just for aesthetics but because it helps differentiate between the sides during joining. Begin by following the pattern from the previous post and then continue with the pattern below. With the main body and the cap ending in the same number of stitches it's time to join the two which the next post will concern itself with.
Row / Pattern
5. 3 inc 6 inc 6 inc 3 (24)
6. 10 inc 13 (25)
7. 25 (25)
8. 13 dec 10 (24)
9. 3 dec 6 dec 6 dec 3 (21)
dec = one decrease stitch which pulls thread through two seperate stitches then yarns-over once pulling through all three loops.
Into each of the six stitches in your initial row, but an increase stitch. Or, put another way, put two stitches into each stitch. This should result in twelve total stitches. Then follow the pattern below starting with row three to reach a closing circle of twenty-one stitches. Then daisy chain for storage and set this aside for later joining to the main part of the ball.
Row / Pattern
1. 6 single stitches
2. inc inc inc inc inc inc (12)
3. 1 inc 2 inc 1 inc 2 inc 1 inc (17)
4. 2 inc 3 inc 3 inc 3 inc 2 (21)
1 = one single stitch
2 = two single stitches
3 = three single stitches
inc = one increase stitch, or two stitches crocheted into the same stitch
Crochet six single stitches onto the slip knot loop. Then tighten the loop and close the circle with a slip stitch. Elsewhere in the crocheting world this is called a "magic circle." You should count six stitches including the stitch your hook is in.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ball up the string if it hasn't been done for you and tie a slip knot that tightens via the short end.
Over the next few posts I will be describing how to make this 12 row buckeye from scratch. I will be using a 3.5 mm bamboo crochet hook and a nylon based cord common in my part of the world.