Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

When following a pattern do you check out the gauge suggestion?? It is very important to take the time to work up the gauge swatch.  Have you ever noticed you project doesn’t turn out the same size as the pattern or you run out of yarn??

Here are a few reasons why testing the gauge will help!!

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  1. Hooks ~ I have all styles of hooks in my collection, different brands, different styles and different materials…  Some of my favorite hooks are my wooden collection… I love the way they feel!  I have hooks with handles that are good for easing the tension in hands… I have standard aluminum hooks,,, I have plastic and acrylic hooks too!!  I try to use a standard aluminum hook for designing patterns,,, If you use a different brand, style or material type than I’ve used,,, This could change your gauge.
  2. Yarn ~ Believe it or not… The word Bulky, Worsted or any other style of yarn #1,#2, #3, #4, #5 will not all give you the same result depending on the brand…  For instance, If I use a #4 Worsted Weight Yarn in my pattern, and I choose Red Heart with Love…  You choose #4 Worsted Weight Caron Simply Soft… Both great yarns!!!  Results in the end will vary greatly… The Caron Simply Soft is a slightly thinner #4 yarn and your project will turn out smaller and lighter.
  3. Tension ~ Most of you probably realize that each of us has a different crochet tension… This is by the way the yarn carries through our hands… over the hook and how we pull through the loops of the stitches… Most beginners have a tighter tension and with practice this can be easily fixed.  Remember.. Relax,, We love to crochet!!  But, over all any other slight tension issues are just a personal thing and can make your gauge different.

So… How do you measure gauge…  The pattern will indicate how many stitches by how many rows of a specific stitch pattern, then give you the dimensions…

Example ~ 7 sc x 7 rows = 2″ x 2″ – I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice worsted weight and an H aluminum hook.

Checking Gauge

You will work this up and measure to see how close your are!  If you are off, start with changing hook sizes. If it is still off – You may want to try a different brand yarn.  Make sure to crochet extra stitches and rows, measure in the middle… The top, bottom and sides may not have the same size stitching too!

Remember… Gauge is our friend!!

Happy Crocheting!!

Elena


 

Amazing Grace Blissful Summer Hat… Free Crochet Pattern!

Amazing Grace Blissful Summer Hat… Free Crochet Pattern!

Amazing Grace Blissful Summer Hat


Amazing-Grace Blissful Summer Hat

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The Amazing Grace Blissful Summer Hat is the 17th Free Pattern in the Amazing Grace Series…  To learn more about this series, click on the Amazing Grace Free Patterns tab at the top of the site.  You may recognize portions of this fun and stylish pattern,,,  Last year I designed the Amazing Grace Blissful Beanie and Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy… This fun summer hat has many of the same elements, just an awesome bulky cotton yarn and a brim!!


Materials:

Yarn ~ 225 yards total of bulky cotton blend yarn in 2 colors. 175 main color and 50 accent color

Bernet Maker Home Dec yarn in Aqua and  Cream were used in this hat.  This is a fabulous yarn that I highly recommend.

Hook ~ K (or hook size to meet gauge)

Stitches:

St – Stitch     Sl St – Slip Stitch    Ch – Chain     Sc – Single Crochet     HDC – Half Double Crochet     FPSC – Front Post Single Crochet

Gauge:

6 Sc X 7 Rows of Sc = 2″ x 2″

Instructions

Begin with  your main color Aqua and make a Magic Circle (Video Instructions)

Row 1:  Ch 1 (Does not count as 1st St now and through out), 10 HDC in Magic Ring.  Tighten Ring by pulling on loose tail.  Join with Sl St to  top of 1st HDC. = 10 HDC

Row 2:  Ch 1, 2 HDC in 1st St and 2 HDC in each St around, Join to top of 1st HDC. = 20 HDC

Row 3:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, Hdc in next St,* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 30 Hdc

Row 4:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 2 Sts.* Around.  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC.  = 40 HDC

Row 5:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 3 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 50 HDC

Row 6:  Ch 1, 1 HDC in each St Around Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. =50 HDC

Row 7:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 4 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 60 HDC

Row 8:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 9 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 66 HDC

Row 9:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 10 Sts* Around  Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. =72 HDC

Row 10:  Ch 1, *2 HDC in 1st St, 1 HDC in next 23 Sts* Around. Join with Sl St to top of 1st HDC. = 75 HDC

Row 11:  Ch 1, Turn, Work FPSC in each St Around. Join to top FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 12:  Ch 1 Turn, Sc in each St Around. Join to top Sc. = 75 Sc

Change to Cream

Row 13:  Ch 1 Turn, Work FPSC in each St Around. Join to top FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 14:  Ch 1 Turn, Sc in 1st St, Ch 2, Sc in same St as beginning Sc, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc,Ch2,Sc) all in next St, Skip next 2 St* Repeat * * Around. Join to beginning Sc. = 25 Ch 2 spaces.

Row 15:  DO Not Turn, Sl St in 1st Ch 2 Sp, Ch 3(Counts as Dc now and throughout), 2 more Dc in same Ch 2 Sp., *3 Dc in next Ch 2 Sp(Shell made)*, Repeat * * Around, Join to top of beginning ch 3 . =25 Shells made.

Row 16: Do not turn, Sl St in next St(2nd St of Shell from Prev Row), Ch 1, Sc in same St, Ch 2, Sc in same St, Sk 2 Sts, *(Sc,Ch2,Sc) all in the next St, Sk 2 Sts*., Repeat * * Around, Join to beginning Sc. = 25 Ch 2 Sps  *Tip-The  (Sc,Ch2,Sc) are all done in the middle St of the  Dc Shells from the previous row

Row 17: Repeat  Row 15

Change back to Aqua

Row 18:  Do not turn, Sc in each St around. Join to beginning Sc = 75 Sc

Row 19:  Ch 1 Turn, FPSC in each St around, Join to beginning FPSC. = 75 FPSC

Row 20 – 22: Ch 1 Turn, Sc in each St Around. Join to beginning Sc. =75 Sc

For the remainder of the hat you will not turn at the beginning of each row.

Row 23:  Ch 1, FPSC in each St around. Join to beginning. =75 FPSC

Row 24:  Ch 1, Sc in 1st 4 sts, 2 Sc in next St, * Sc in next 4 Sts, 2 Sc in next St*, repeat * * 14 times. Join to beginning. = 90 Sc

Rows 25-29:  Ch 1, Sc in each St around. Join to beginning. = 90 Sc

Row 30:  Ch 1, *Sc in next 13 Sts, decrease over the next 2 Sts*, Repeat * * around. Join to beginning. = 84 Sc

Row 31:  Ch 1, Sc in each St around. Join to beginning. = 84 Sc.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

Lightly shape your hat by slightly stretching the inside crown of the hat and the brim.

Congratulations!!  You now have an Amazing Grace Blissful Summer Hat!!

Happy Crocheting~

Elena


Here is one of my favorite photobombs ever… I was in the back yard trying to get a picture… It was fairly cold and sprinkling a bit…  My daughter was out with me all wrapped up in her favorite blanket and of course… Charlie made sure to be in the photo as usual!  When we saw this picture we laughed until we almost cried… Good times!

Amazing Grace Summer Hat Photobomb


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