Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Material and Tool for the Crochet Flower Video

In this post I'll show you the materials/tools I used for the little crochet flower. 

 This is a roll of 100% cotton yarn and a size J10/6.00 mm hook. This type of yarn is neither soft or smooth, but relatively absorbent and durable, which would be good to make things that has other properties besides decorations. I used this roll in the video not because of its property but because that it is the lightest roll of yarn I have right now.
It is a roll of 4# yarn, which indicates medium thickness. My hook is one size larger than the recommendation shown in the picture, because the right sized one is missing, and I totally have no idea where I put it last time. 

And here are two pictures of the finished flower. For the procedure, please refer to the video I posted.

Video - A simple crochet flower

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yarns for Crochet

  It's winter season again! The best time in a year to stock up some yarns. I always love to buy yarns that I've got too many rolls to be ever used up, but every time I step into Jo-Ann's, I always end up getting a few skeins more. 
  There are many kinds of yarns on the market nowadays; Needless to say, they come in different colors and weights. For beginners, it's better to use thicker yarns, medium weight (labeled as "4" on the package) would be a good choice. The bigger is the labeled number, the thicker is the yarn. Thicker yarns would allow you to spend less time and effort to finish a piece comparing to thinner yarns. When it comes to colors, most of the time it would be according to personal preferences. However, for beginners, it would be easier for you to find out what's going on when using lighter-colored yarns.
  Materials of yarns can be divided into two groups: natural and man-made. The most popular kinds in the former group are cotton and wool, and in the latter group are acrylic, polyester, etc. However, nowadays a big part of yarns available on the market are a blend of man-made and natural materials. Man-made fibers are usually more durable and much cheaper, so they would be the best to be used on items that need to be regularly washed such as mats. They often come in more colors, too. Natural fibers usually needs more care. Cotton is easy to care and very absorbent, but it is not stretchy. Wool has a excellent texture and keeps things warm, but generally it's more expensive and comes in less colors. So it's very easy to see that yarns of blended materials have a little advantage of both. For beginners, yarns of blended materials or woolen yarns would be the best choices, I think. There are a lot of "eyelash" yarns, which are very pretty but not easy to handle with, so the plain type would be better for beginners.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Some Basic Knowledge(or skills) to Get You Started

Hi folks,
  I'll throw some basic instructions from online source at you here since these two informative graphics I found are awesome! These are way better than I could explain by myself. These are enough to get you started if you know very little or nothing about crochet, I think. 
  The first one shows you the basic stitches that are fundamental to any kind of crochet pieces step by step. (Right click for original size if you find this not clear enough to read)
(Image Source: Spinrite Design Studio)
  The second one demonstrates the symbols for each basic stitch, including useful abbreviations and descriptive written instructions as well. 

  If you're new to these techniques, it would be very handy to print them out and keep them at hand for reference.