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Finishing Your Crochet Project – Tutorial Round-Up

Today I bring you several pictures and video round-up on how to neatly finish your crochet project.
After my last trip to Bali and saw all those beautiful crocheted  items and purchasing some– I came home with the thought that there is room for improvements here on how those pretty fabric can last for a long time so you can keep them as treasures. Here are some useful technique I found on the web.

  • This article talks about tapestry needle and why you need it in crochet. I always keep at least of them along with a scissor and measuring tape in my hook case.  
  • EliZZZa of Knitaholics show you  how to tie a Frankfurt Knot. 
  • Finishing ends tutorial from Red Heart
  • Bethinx1 demonstrates how to break off your yarn and secure it from unravel using several methods.
If you find more tutorials which can benefit crocheters like us, please share them in comments below. xoxoxo

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Amazing Crochet Patterns with Stitchboard.com

teGuess what excited me so much today? Oh, I can’t wait to share this with you. If you are into tapestry or fillet crochet, you must look at this. And best of all, it’s free.

If you scroll down to my previous post you will see my post on creating tapestry graph using Adobe Illustrator. Ah well, forget about that for now. Just look at these two I created using Stitchboard.com The way the stitched sits on top of each other perfectly mimicking those of the crochet graph, slanted.  I mind you that I have not tested this pattern. This software creates for you the patterns for your beading, crochet, cross stitch and knitting. 


Stitchboard.com provide 8 steps in creating your pattern. Step No. 8 is for member only and membership is free.



For creating Tapestry Crochet I used the following steps:

1. Upload your image in gif, jpg or png

2. Stitching category select Beading
3. Stitch type select Brick
4. Desired stitch type select Oval 
5. Color palette option. You need to decide on the following options:
a) Color Palette Desired: a) any palette among the 3 b) Automatic closest color match or choose your own colors c) Colors desired in the final pattern: Choose any form : limit the number of colors,  shades of gray or black and white.

6. Enter the number of stitches across.
7. Select your output from the two options: save as PDF or pattern on screen. And you can ask the program to create grid for easy reading.

Omit step 8 if you are  not registering yourself as member.

Fillet Crochet Pattern

1. Upload your image in gif, jpg or png

2. Stitching category select Crochet (other option is Beading, Cross Stitch, and Knitting)
3. Stitch type select Standard
4. Desired stitch Standard
5. Color palette option. You need to decide on the following options:
a) Color Palette Desired: a) any palette among the 3 b) Automatic closest color match or choose your own colors c) Colors desired in the final pattern: Choose any form : limit the number of colors,  shades of gray or black and white.

6. Enter the number of stitches across.
7. Select your output from the two options: save as PDF or pattern on screen. And you can ask the program to create grid for easy reading.

Omit step 8 if you are  not registering yourself as member.




Our cat named Boy…


 





Designing With Tapestry Crochet

If you are familiar with tapestry crochet, and you are tired of tracing your image manually from tapestry crochet graph into traditional graph paper… Well if you have access to an Adobe Illustrator or any similar program you can do this trick with ease.  
1. Download your Crochet Graph at Tapestrycrochet.com The sample above uses a Round tapestry crochet graph. Download the one suitable to your need. Create a traditional graph in any software (excel is much faster) and save it as PDF. 
2. Open a new blank file in Adobe Illustrator. Place the image you wish to trace. Place a crochet graph on top of the image. A new layer will automatically created for you when you place an image. Set the opacity of the  Crochet graph to 60% so you can see the image underneath it. 
3. Place the traditional graph on top of the crochet graph. Zoom in and adjust the size of the cell in new graph to match the size of the graph underneath. Set the opacity to 30% so you can see all layers underneath: the crochet graph and the traditional graph and the image. Once opened in Illustrator, the graph will turn into an editable squares. Now you can click the corresponding cell on the graph and paint it. 
Imagine having to trace a large and complex images. This method is going to save you a lot of time.You can print the chart and color it manually for the fun part of it. Have fun coloring 🙂