Friday, July 31, 2015

Weaving in Ends - Tight and Good


Weave in Ends - Good and Tight
By: James Lee Kelley
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When I need to weave in my ends on a project,

                      
I do NOT grab a Yarn Needle.

I instead grab one of the type needles

(Dritz brand Yarn Darners - size 14 & 18)



Then I grab a stiff Bread tie wire or a Wire that was holding a cord when I bought something.

These are coated and I take and pinch the coating between my finger and my thumbnail and strip about ½" to ¾" off one end and I bend the bare wire into a U shape to form a hook like.

I then fold over the other end and make like an eye to hold my newly formed Needle Threader with.

WHY Go through all this trouble, you ask.

Because now I can go through the actual yarn fibers (like through the center of the yarn) instead of weaving the ends in through the stitches themselves.

This makes them stay longer as they are tighter and look a little better to me.

Here is a picture of my Yarn Threader stuck through the eye of a Yarn Darner needle.



You just catch the yarn in the hook and pull it through the needle eye. 

The one pictured works on yarn thicknesses up to but not including Bulky weight.

Let me know what you think of this by leaving me a comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Glori-Jam Small Handbag

By: James Lee Kelley and Gloria Clayton

MATERIALS:
Red Heart with LOVE in Boysenberry and Blue Hawaii.
I-Hook
H-Hook
PATTERN:
Using an I Hook, chain 32
Change to H hook
Rnd 1 - sc in 2nd st from hook and sc in each st to end (31 sts)

Rnds 2 - 5 - ch1, turn, sc in each st across. (31 sts)

Rnd 6 - ch2, dc in same st, dc in each st across, then dc in each end st of rows and dc in each st up other side and dc in row ends at the other end - join to top of first dc (68dc)

Rnds 7 - ch2, fpdc around ch2 and first dc of previous row, bpdc around next dc. * FPDC around next dc and then BPDC around next dc * repeat between the *s to end and join with sl st to top of first FPDC. (68 sts)

Rnds 8 thru 22 - ch2, FPDC around ch2 and fpdc of previous row, BPDC around next bpdc of previous row, *FPDC around next fpdc and BPDC around next bpdc * repeat between the *s to end and join to top of first fpdc with sl st. (68 sts)

*********** NOTE*************
*** This is where I changed colors ***

TRIM INSTRUCTIONS:
Use an H - HOOK Behind your 2 loops there is a horizontal bar, to make rounds 2 through 5 you will be working in this bar NOT in either front or back loop but behind them. After the 2nd row you will note the loops are pushed together to make a knit look. This is the STOCKINETTE Stitch and more info about it can be found here http://crochetkitten.blogspot.com/2012/11/crochet-stockinette.html

Rnd 23 - Ch 1, hdc in same st as you joined in and 1 hdc in each st around, join with sl st in first hdc (68 hdc)

Rnd 24 through 27 - Ch1, hdc in back bar in same st as you joined in, hdc in back bar of each st around, Join with sl st to first hdc. (68 hdc) Rnd 28: sl st in back bar of each st around. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sl sts)

*********** NOTE*************
*** This is where I changed colors ***

Handle INSTRUCTIONS:
Use an H - HOOK

Rnd 29 - ch1, sc in same st as join. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (68 sts)

Rnd 30 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, ch15, skip next 15 sts, sl st in each of next 19 sts, ch15, skip next 15 sts, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts)

Rnd 31 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, 15sc in the ch15 space, sl st in each of next 19 sts, 15 sc in the ch15 space,, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts)

Rnd 32 - sl st in each of next 11 sts, 15sc in the ch15 space, sl st in each of next 19 sts, 15 sc in the ch15 space,, sl st in the next 8 sts. Join with sl st to first sl st. (68 sts) 

Rnd 33 - Ch1, sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (68 sts)

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