He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~St. Francis of Assisi

May we each strive to do ALL that we do as an artist working as unto the Lord for His glory! Thanks for stopping in to visit! ~Cara Louise

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Challenge of Determining Hook Sizes

A question was asked in a pattern testers group I belong to:
"My hooks have numbers printed, not sizes. According to a google search, I found that 1.75 is a steel hook 5 and 1.25 is steel hook 12. Is this correct and does it match your specs on the latest test patterns?"

I replied- 1.75 mm is indeed a "5"; but 1.25 mm is an "8" steel hook, here's a link to the chart I like... http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/hook-chart.html

BUT having said that, different brands' numbers are different mm measurements...

Doing a search of the top 5 well-known crochet hook brands brings these results for current generation hooks-

Addi's 1.75 mm is a "6", their 1.25 mm is a "10"
Tulip's 1.75 mm is a "0", and 1.25 mm is a "4".
Susan Bates' 1.75 mm is a "4", and 1.25 mm is a "9".
Clover's 1.75 mm is a "4", and 1.25 mm is an "8".
Boye doesn't have a 1.75 mm...they've got hooks on either side of that measurement-  slightly larger 1.8 mm is a "6" and slightly smaller 1.65 mm is a "7". They also don't have a 1.25 mm, 1.3 mm is a "10" and 1.1 mm is an "11".

So, are you confused enough yet?

To make things even more confusing, most older hooks don't have the mm measurement, simply a number...and different 'generations' of the SAME brand are different sizes! I have 3 Boye size 10's, the oldest one about 60 years old, and they are ALL different mm's!!

Fortunately for most thread crochet work, gauge isn't that critical of an issue, so just try your pattern design with what you've got and see how it turns out...sometimes 'close enough' really is okay! 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Learning a New Way To Begin Your Crochet Piece

I discovered this excellent tutorial some time ago, and find it so continuously helpful that I thought I should post it here so I don't have to worry about losing the link to it, and of course to share it with all of you!

There are more and more patterns calling for one of the 'chainless' foundations...
MadMadMe's wonderful wrist wraps is one that comes to mind:

If you need instruction in how to do this fantastic way of working your first row, or if you are like me and can't seem to remember from one project to the next, check out this great Flickr post:
Vashti's Crochet Pattern Companion: Which Foundation Stitch? and Why?

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Embellishing a Plain Blouse With Crocheted Lace

After not even knowing I was searching, I finally found the perfect clothing for my style. I have been buying a couple pieces from Holy Clothing just about every month for the past year and every one is just so flattering and comfortable and feminine. I really can't say enough good thing about the clothing...but that's not really the focus of this post!

I decided that one of my new pretty tops from HolyClothing would be the perfect 'ambitious' projec to crochet some trim to go around the bottom of the really nice handkerchief style sleeves and hem. Altogether I calculated that I would need about 7 yards of trim. I knew I didn't want to work the edging directly onto the blouse- it might never have seen the light of day again if I did that! So I chose a 'sideways' style edging so I could see it growing, rather than trying to make one lllllooooonnnnnggggg foundation chain and getting frustrated!

Now this was the clincher in deciding whether to crochet an edging for my Holy Clothing top: I was looking in my thread box for something else and spotted this thread. I seriously have had this thread for at least 20 years, and it was bought at a thrift store so it was old to start with! The top started out a lighter peachy/salmon rose color, but I deliberately washed it with a burgundy top so it could absorb some of that color which it did very nicely. I am not sure quite what color you would call it now...BUT it matches perfectly to that ancient thread I had! I mean exactly! It must have been meant to be!


Lace on the sleeves of my handkerchief hem top is done- now it REALLY looks like a handkerchief!


Every little loop had to be pinned in place.

I made a little bit of extra handmade fancy for the front and center of my luscious 'Moira' top....

I haven't quite finished the length of lace to go around the bottom hem...but I have been wearing this blouse anyway- a great advantage of working the lace 'sideways'! I am making a commitment right here now that I WILL finish this lace by the end of September! I have a bunch of crochet orders to fill, but I have scheduled some 'ME' time in there as well and I PROMISE I will get this done!

Here's the stock photo from Holy Clothing>>>

A photo of
my embellished blouse
WILL be posted
right here ***

Love and prayers,
Cara Louise

UPDATE- STILL haven't attached the lace to the bottom of this...
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