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19 February 2020

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    19 February 2020

    For this post we have prepared the following: we teach you how to make a petal with a crochet hook so you can decorate any of the garments you make.

    This pattern can be used to decorate a hem, to decorate a project made with a single stitch (a simple crocheted blanket, for example) to give your projects an original touch, or to create decorative borders. You can also play with this pattern and make several petals in a row, separate them by leaving spaces in between, or spread them over several rows.

    To get started you need to know how to:

    For this example we used

    In the tutorial you will see that after making the foundation chain, we crocheted two rows of half double crochet before starting the pattern. Once you have crocheted the first two rows we start with the petals. You will also see that between each one we are going to skip a stitch to leave a bit of space between them and make each petal stand out more.

    Let’s start with the first petal:

    Step 1. Yarn over and insert your hook into the first stitch. When your hook comes out the back, yarn over and pull your hook out again. You will have 3 loops on the hook.

    Step 2. Yarn over again and insert your hook into the same stitch as the previous step. Yarn over and pull your hook out through the stitch. Now you will have 5 loops on the hook.

    Step 3. Repeat step 2 again so that you will have 7 loops on the hook.

    Step 4. Yarn over again and pull your hook through all 7 loops left on the hook.

    Step 5. Chain 1 and skip a stitch before beginning the next petal.

    Here is a video tutorial so you watch how it’s done step by step.

    Now that you have seen how to make petals, grab some yarn and a hook and get started. Once you get started and see the results you’ll want to keep learning how to crochet patterns to decorate everything you can think of.

    Like we always say, get going and show us your creations on #WeAreKnitters so we can see your works of art.

    We like to see your projects because we feel a part of them!!

    You are reading the post HOW TO CROCHET A PETAL appeared first on The Blog - US/UK.

  • Calling All Pattern Testers!
    19 February 2020

    It's been a busy 2 years here at Grainline Studio as we launched our new size range and are working to develop new patterns as well as translate our existing patterns into our new range. We've been so pleased with the response to our newest size range in 2019, so in 2020 we want to keep the momentum going! Our goals for this year are lofty – 5 brand new patterns as well as re-drafting the first third of our extensive existing pattern catalog into our new sizes – and we're so excited about all of it!

    For the first time in a while we're opening up our pattern development process to include new pattern testers! We're looking for people who will sew the latest Grainline Studio patterns and provide feedback on the fit, style, and instructions. In return you will receive a copy of the finished pattern and a gift card for a Grainline Studio pattern of your choice.

    Here are the details on how our pattern testing works:
    • You will have a 3 week timeframe for testing.
    • Provide timely and detailed feedback regarding instruction clarity and fit via our comprehensive testing survey.
    • As a thank you for participating you will receive a copy of the finished pattern and a gift card for another Grainline Studio pattern of your choice.
    • We are available during the testing timeframe to answer any questions you might have about anything relating to the pattern.
    • You are free to post the garment on Instagram when the pattern is released but you are not required to do so. 

    If this sounds like something you're interested in, please fill out our questionnaire linked below! We look forward to working with you!

    Click Here to Apply to Become a Grainline Pattern Tester!


  • Ask Patty: Simple Fixes for Tidier Shawls
    19 February 2020
    Two perplexing—or purl-plexing—cases, and two simple fixes.
  • Foto-February – Day 19 – Blocked In To An E-Mail
    19 February 2020

    Years of using my Comcast e-mail addresses has me somewhat blocked into an e-mail address. For years, QueerJoe and my other primary e-mail address have been what I’ve used.  That includes on-line account ids and both personal and professional e-mail correspondence.

    Don’t Get Blocked Into An E-Mail Address

    Every time I see an AOL e-mail address, I find myself asking, “Is AOL still around?”  Evidently it is. Are people paying for their AOL account?

  • I’ve been knitting for 14yrs and never tried dpns, but I finally got some today! They’re way easier than I anticipated
    19 February 2020
  • I finally took pics of my Beaubourg wrap!
    19 February 2020
  • My “Outlander” inspired hand warmers ft. my grandmother’s claddagh ring
    19 February 2020
  • Preemie bootie is soooo small!
    19 February 2020
  • Opus the Octopus is complete! (Banana for scale)
    19 February 2020
  • 10 Adorable Stuffed Animal Knitting Patterns
    19 February 2020

    Sometimes a fun little in-between project is just what you need in the middle of working on a sweater, afghan, or other large project.

    These too-cute stuffed animals are small projects that fill that in-between knitting need. Most of them require small amounts of yarn and are fun to make.

    Most of all, if you have them ear-marked for a child on your knit-list, they will be welcomed gifts.

    I’ve rounded up the most adorable snails, elephant, alligator, dragon, cat, Scottie dog, turtle, bear, mouse, and bird stuffed animals for you to knit and bring a smile to someone’s face!

    Please note, some of these patterns include instructions for bead eyes. If you are giving one of these stuffed animals to a small child, use embroidery floss for eyes instead to prevent a choking hazard.

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for more information.

    #1. Alec the Alligator Free Knitting Pattern

    Snap Snap! Alec is a pocket sized alligator so you can carry him with you on your adventures.

    Designed by Amanda Berry

    Uses fingering weight yarn

    #2. Elefante Stuffed Animal Free Knitting Pattern

    Any worsted weight yarn will do and this is a perfect project to use up your stash. Try not to buy new yarn for this pattern! Make up your own colorway for the stripes.

    You only need very small amounts of each color to complete Elefante.

    Designed by Susan B. Anderson

    Uses worsted weight yarn

    #3. Tiny Window Cat Free Knitting Pattern

    This pattern is a tiny version of my regular Window Cat pattern.

    It’s 3 inches tall, worked in the round, and all in one piece except for the tail. The only seaming is to attach the tail to the side of the body.

    I’ve tried it with various yarn sizes from fingering to DK weight, and used size US 1 dpns with all of them. They all came out great.

    Designed by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner

    Uses sport weight yarn

    #4. Sheldon Turtle Stuffed Animal Free Knitting Pattern

    Meed adorable Sheldon Turtle he’s a stuffed animal with a removable shell. Have fun choosing color combinations for this project and even let the child it’s intended for pick them.

    Designed by Ruth Homrighaus

    Uses sport weight yarn

    #5. Knot Forgotten Knit Bear Free Pattern

    These adorable bear stuffed animals were created by designer, Pear Dinkum, for a charity called Knot Forgotten, that provides toys to children living in extremely difficult situations.

    The entire pattern is worked flat on straight needles and then seamed afterwards.

    Make one for a child that needs a hug!

    Uses DK weight yarn

    Designed by Pear Dinkum

    #6. Bluebird of Happiness Free Knitting Pattern

    This little bird will bring you happiness when you make it, and happiness to the one you make it for. Knit in the round, it is one piece from head to tail (which means no seaming), and easily made in an hour or two.

    Uses worsted weight yarn

    Designed by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

    #7. Tiny Scottie Dog Free Knitting Pattern

    This cute little scottie dog measures approximately 2.5 inches (6cm) from nose to tail and is knit using double knitting yarn.

    As the pattern requires so little yarn it is an excellent stash buster. The collar can be made from any yarn.

    He is knit in one piece from the tip of the tail to nose. His legs, head and ‘ears’ are just worked using increases and decreases.

    I used two 4mm black beads for his eyes but you could embroider the eyes instead. I also embroidered a nose using some of the black yarn.

    This little dog is ideal as a brooch, just add a safety pin!

    Uses DK weight yarn

    Designed by Sue Stratford

    #8. Harold Fatmus Stuffed Mouse Free Knitting Pattern

    Harold is a tubby little mouse with a smart fair isle jumper. Knitted with a small amount of shetland yarn in 5 colours he is made in two pieces (base and upper) and then seamed, but is easily converted into a seamless knit - you’ll just need to sew on the ears and tail. Fill him with beans for added gravitas and he’ll make a lovely door stop.

    Written instructions with a chart for the colourwork.

    Uses light fingering weight yarn

    Designed by Clare Hutchinson

    #9. Tarragon the Gentle Dragon Free Knitting Pattern

    Mythology or reality? The reality is that Tarragon is a dragon with a tender heart and an obscure predilection for French cuisine. He will only blow fire for bbq-ing some sausages - to eat with lots of onions and garlic sauce! 
    one day to knit, one second to love! 
    (but beware of his breath!!)

    Tarragon is stiched on the round using double-pointed needles from bottom to head and is about 24 cm high.

    One skein main colour (50 gr) is largely sufficient to knit Tarragon. Plus you will need about a quarter of a skein to knit wings and spines.

    Uses DK weight yarn

    Designed by Knit-a-Zoo

    #10. Snails and Slugs Free Knitting Pattern

    When they’re not vying to determine which species will slowly take over the world, snails and slugs make cute house pets. Knit some up for your friends and hide them in unusual places.

    The pattern, which calls for fingering weight yarn, is a tiny bit fiddly, but very fast and super cute!

    Designed by Anna Hrachovec

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