Easy Window Wrap

Inspired by the success of the Blanket Wrap we have now completed the Easy Window Wrap.

Pattern 42 v1

This pattern is an easy one – hence its name – and is perfect for those cooler summer nights…

Pattern 42 v2

…or winter subtropical days, depending on where you live! The pattern is on sale at Ravelry.com if you’d like it.

 

 

 

Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 7. Troubleshooting


Woof and Welcome,

Olive the dog here. Today I’m going to reveal all the mistakes I made making the Eyelet Scarf and  how we fixed them.

Problem – One section of the scarf is a lot thicker than the previous section

Lesson 7A

Ooops. This uneven width is caused by having different sized yarn for each section.

SOLUTION

Keep the ply of the yarn the same for the whole project even when you change color. In other words if your first color is 8ply make sure your second color is 8ply too.

Problem – I don’t have the right number of stitches in my row.

There are 2 common causes for this. Either it got skipped in the middle of a row or it was dropped at the end of a row (most common).

A HOLE

Stretch out your work and have a careful look. Is there a little hole in it like this?

Lesson 7B

SOLUTION

As a beginner, the best solution is to unravel your work and restitch it without a hole. If you have been counting your stitches every row, the hole will be in the row you’ve just done and you won’t have to unravel far, if not… well you might have to unravel more.

A STITCH DROPPED AT THE END OF THE ROW

Stretch out your work and look at it. Is one side of your work getting thinner like this?

Lesson 7C

SOLUTION

If you dropped the stitch at the edge you need to do an extra stitch at the end to complete that line. If you have been counting your stitches every row this will fix the problem, however, if you have been losing stitches over several lines you may have to unravel back to the line where the first end stitch got dropped.

Problem – I’ve run out of the yarn I was using

In my scarf I ran out of the orange yarn I started with because I didn’t check I had the whole 50g I needed before I started. (It was a second hand ball of yarn, you won’t get this problem with a newly bought ball unless you miss read its label.)

SOLUTION

If you are lucky you can buy more yarn of the same color. (You add it into the scarf in the same way as a new color.)

Alternately you can unravel it and use it for something else.

Or if you can’t bear to unravel  you might be able to end that color and change to another one without it looking odd on the finished product.

In my case, I unravelled the orange and reused it in the middle section which didn’t require as much yarn.

 Problem – My rows don’t add up to the right number

If you get to the end of a section and the rows just don’t add up, chances are you missed a row somewhere along the way.

The most likely thing is that you’ve done two dc or two sc rows in a row.

Lesson 7D

If your work looks like this you have left out a sc row. If you look carefully you will count from the bottom up a dc row, sc row, dc row, sc row, dc row and then another dc row – see how the posts tilt slightly to the left instead of the right?

Or if you’ve left out a dc row you might have something more like this:

Lesson 7E

You can see there is a dc row, a sc row, a dc row, a sc row, a dc row, two sc rows and a dc row, and a sc row at the top. The missed dc row leads to an extra horizontal line in the fabric, and then the dc are tilted to the left in the row following.

SOLUTION

Yep, you got it, the sad truth is you’re going to have to unravel your work back to the mistake… unless you decide you don’t really care and just continue on, but on many patterns that will cause problems further on.

And we’ve reached the end of our trouble shooting. I hope I’ve been helpful. If you have any more problems please write in and tell us about them and even better, how you fixed them

So now we’ve reached the end of the Eyelet Scarf tutorial. It’s been woof…. I mean fun, I hope you’ll join me again for projects in the future. Enjoy your hooking!

Bye for now … Woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE

Eyelet Scarf Tutorial – 6. Finishing off!

Woof, woof, woof and woof!

Eyelet scarvesToday we’re up to the finishing touches on our Eyelet scarf! It’s so excitement. Do you like my picture of Emma and my scarves side by side? I think I’ve done a very good job in the end – I certainly had to unravel parts – but now it’s looking great! How is yours looking?

OK so what I really want to tell you about today is how to finish off when you’ve crocheted your last stitch.  All you have to do is chop the yarn with your teeth… I mean scissors and pull the end through the last loop until it forms a knot like this:

Lesson 6BLesson 6C

 

Now you use a needle and thread to sew in the loose ends of yarn created by the color changes. It doesn’t have to be done in any particular way, I just sew an end into the fabric moving out from the knot for a little way, then turn around and sew back the way I came.

Lesson 6D

Finally I chop off the remainder of the thread and you can’t see it.

I hope your scarf is fantastic and you’ve enjoyed learning to crochet. We have some other FREE patterns for beginners that you might be interested in making so check out the Beginner Projects page for the details.  Happy hooking.

Until next time …. Woof!

Olive paw 2OLIVE