Have you ever started a project and realized you made a mistake on one of the first rows? Then it comes down whether or not you should leave it or rip back to the beginning and start again. We all hate have to go back and start over! Especially if you are working on a blanket. Or Maybe you started a blanket and ran out of the color yarn that you decided to start it with. There’s no need to run out to the store to buy more because guess what? Now, you don’t have to rip back or think about leaving it! There is away to remove rows from the beginning of your work. I know, it sounds scary at first and I’m sure you’re wondering how it’s possible. But, trust me this might just be the tip that saves you next project!
Here’s what you will need:
Crochet Hook (whatever size the project you are working on needs)
Yarn (preferably contrasting)
Admit it, you have a bunch of yarn in your stash that you wouldn’t be able to identify if your life depended on it! So, it just sits there. If only you could identify the weight, you’d be using it all up! Some of it might have been donated to you without the labels. You might have even thrown away the labels. Or maybe you even purchased it on clearance with a makeshift price tag. But don’t worry! There is a way to find out what the weight is using Wraps Per Inch, or WPI. Using this method can help you get your yarn stash better organized. For more organization tips check out How To: Organize Your Yarn Stash.
How to Find WPI
- Ruler/Measuring Tape
- Number Two Pencil
- Your mystery yarn.
First things first, get out your pen/pencil, your ruler and your marker and begin to mark off 1 inch sections directly onto your pen/pencil.
I saw this really awesome yarn the other day online. It was a giant skein of yarn that not only changed colors, but, also changed weight! Also seeing the changes between different fibers made it so interest. It was so beautiful! I looked at the price and shuttered! $30!!! Holy cow, no way am I paying that for one skein of yarn that I don’t even know how to use! So, I decided, why not try and make my own? Not to toot my own horn or anything, but, I do believe it came out awesome! I can’t wait to use it!
Looks awesome doesn’t it? The best part about it is it’s a great way to use up all of your scrap yarn! For more ideas on what to do with scraps check out these 10 Things to do With Scrap Yarn. Another thing that I love about this yarn is that it makes a simple pattern look absolutely amazing
Okay, let us begin!
The Invisible join technique changed my life and will most definitely change yours! I was absolutely amazed with the results when I learned how. This technique is used when working with projects in the round. The invisible join creates a seamless and more professional finish to your crochet projects.
Normally, when working in the round, you’d finish off with a slip stitch. Do so, there is always an unsightly bump, no matter how tight you pull your slip stitch. But, with the invisible join method you can forget that ugly bump and be on your way!
Many crocheters, even experienced ones, haven’t been able to master or even attempt using a chart crochet pattern. I used to get very discouraged when I’d find the perfect free patterns on Pinterest, just to follow the links and have my dreams crushed by a chart. Eventually, I just had to learn! Le me tell you at first they can be very intimidating. It’s almost like reading a foreign language, but, once you understand how to identify the symbols it’s almost easier then reading a written pattern.
To make it less intimidating, here is a step-by-step explanation on how to read crochet charts.
First off familiarize yourself with the symbols used in a crochet chart.