sexta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2011

Slanted edging, anyone...?

I always feel flattered when someone asks how I made something in crochet--you know, I'm a self taught crochetter and knitter because I'm lefthanded and back when I was a child eager to learn (and most people thought using the left hand was not polite) nobody knew how to teach me otherwise.

So I'd position myself in front of the other person working and tried to copy their work from the reverse side--your right is actually my wrong!--and in the end it would come out exactly the same.

 When MeMe Rose asked how this edging was done I thought it was a good opportunity to help out! Everybody comes up with such gorgeous projects, I'm glad my simple ones can be of use and inspiration :)

I'm sorry if I don't use the right terms, aside from being lefthanded I'm still a bit at a loss with the terminology in English :) so I'll try to show you instead...

This was the itty bitty sample I made for the baby blanket tutorial--ripped the last row appart and  made a single row of short stitch instead.

 With a different color yarn to make it stand out more, I attached it to the corner stitch and made 3 chains (you can either use a different color or just continue with the one you're working with)

...then skip 2 or 3 stitches (depending on how flat or frilly you want it to be... I find myself  using 3 stitch intervals most of the time, alternating with 2 stitches whenever I feel it's becoming too taut) and make a double stitch. You get a triangular shape and you'll be using this double stitch as the basis for the little sideways square on the edge.

 Make 3 more chains and crochet 3 double crochets on the slanted one. There's your first slanted square...

When you finish it you'll be making another one that is going to attach 2 or 3 stitches further, creating another triangle union. See?

Keep going all the way to the end of this side--to the corner stitch again. You may find you don't have the right amount of stitches (I do, as I'm not one to follow patterns too closely!) so then just ajust the distance by increasing or decreasing a stitch between the "legs" of the triangle.

Now the corner...I've tried this several ways, but the one that seems to work best for me is to make a small skip (just 2 stitches) before and after the corner, and just work exactly the same way you've been doing, as if it were round.

 It looks roundish here, see? But then the sample is merely 5inches long so it's difficult to get very square... And you can see the back side of the cushion with the same edging.

Just keep working, all the way around (looking a bit pointier here...)

 Until you reach the end of the road and poke into the last / first hole of the border. You want this to look  perfect, right?

So here's how I do it--it doesn't mean you can't join differently, but this worked out perfectly for me. 

I just make the 3 chains (that correspond to the 1st double stitch) and 2 double stitches instead of 3, and bind on that little corner up there so that this first "leg" of the edging triangle makes up for the missing double stitch.
There you go... all set to bind off and tuck in the tails!

Now... that was easy enough, wasn't it? Please let me know if this helped at all... and if you have trouble understanding my very unprofessional instructions, please yell out!

Have a wonderful weekend (it's going to be a rainy one here, it seems...)

11 comentários:

  1. Wow, Teresa that is an amazing edge. I love it and it is so simple, you did a great job informing us all of how to do it. Happy weekend,

  2. I agree with Meredith! Can't wait to try it! Hugs, Annette

  3. Thank you very much Teresa...this is very helpful and I look forward to giving it a go. I didn't know you were left-handed (or I had forgotten) - I am too! Thank you again for going to the trouble of creating a photo tutorial and I hope you have a good weekend. It is heavy rain here today, so perfect weather for crochet x

  4. Thank you for sharing - I'm sure I will put this tutorial to use at some point as still very much a learner in crochet.

    Have a great week.

    Leah x

  5. I'll have to try it...thank you for showing us how...adding an edge always finishes a project off nicely and it's nice to have some to choose from...have a great weekend T...

  6. yehhh im left handed as well and the theacher in my school gave up on me so my mom had to teach me and she did :)love this and will try it out soon i hope :)

  7. I've tried it and I love it..;so beautiful...


  8. I'm so glad you liked it :) it's simple but a nice way to finish anything you've made, especially if it's too busy already and you don't want to add more to it. I searched the net and couldn't find it (maybe the wrong keywords?) so I hope it will be usefull!

  9. hi here is what i do with the tomatos
    cut them in half ,better to use smaller tomatos ,
    litle salt ,pepper ,oliveoil ,fresh herbs if you have them ,oregano or what ever you have ,put them in oven in a baking tray for 2 to 3 hours at 120 degrees ,longer time for bigger tomatos .mine where to big and i had them in the oven for 4 hours ,next time i will use the smaller tomatos :)

  10. Hi Teresa,

    I'm feeling not so well today...lot of pain on the wound round the pac...this morning I couldn't come out off the bed, so sleepy, but nog I'm feeling better...



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