We’re after Guest Posters!

For the following subjects:

Ravelry

Etsy

Crochet-related injuries (how’s yer wrist? :P)

If you fancy having a go, please send us a message. We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone with over a year’s experience of Ravelry. We’d like you to write a how-to-use-Ravelry type of post.

As usual, you get all the credit, and can use your post to toot your own trumpet with links and photos as much as you like!

If you need any pointers on how to go about it, check our our AWESOME previous guest posters, superheroines one and all!

 

PS If you have a burning crochet-related post, message us too. We’ll see what we can do!

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Product review – Giveaway winner reports!

The winner of our first giveaway was Judit from MonsterYarns. She won a set of circular knitting needles and has sent us her review below :> Her review is all her own opinion and first appeared on her own blog with photos here. Reproduced with permission.

Thank you for taking the time to review for us, Judit!

 

I knit a lot in public and on public transport. By necessity therefore I use circular needles to make sure that I don’t prod anyone sitting near me and attract even more weird looks than I normally do. So when UK Crochet Patterns ran a quick competition to win a circular knitting needle from part of the goodie parcel delivered from Red Heart , I jumped at the chance.

I don’t win competitions that often so I was thrilled to add to my collection of needles – especially gratis!

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My first impressions were of a good but basic quality of needle – the type where what you see is what you get. Unwrapping it however there were a couple of very pleasant surprises – nice tip on the needle and the coil is fantastic. Just the right amount of stiffness so that it doesn’t kink but not too hard so your work “floats” uncomfortably in front of you.

The needles have a clever curve a few centimetres from the join.

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Clever because the perennial problem with any circular needles is snagging on the join between the tip and the coil. The curve is meant to ensure that the knitting feeds in a straight line on to the coil. And it does. Clever.

What doesn’t quite work with these circulars is the join itself. Hopefully you can see in this photo that the edge of the needle is a lot wider than the coil and a little sharp. It’s aluminium after all.

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So the end result is snagging.

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This is not unusual in circulars but incredibly frustrating. There are a circular needles which solve this problem, no doubt through exacting engineering, and as a result tend to be on the expensive end of the range.

So my opinion – good basic circular, perhaps for when you’re travelling and you don’t want to carry your prized expensive ones, but watch out for the snagging!

Thank you Red Heart and UK Crochet Patterns.

 

 

Guest post: Eve tells us about Blocking!

The gorgeous and clever Eve has kindly written us a wonderful post about blocking, something we perhaps don’t do enough but could do with using more! Have a good read, tell us what you think and take a peek at her site as thank you for sharing her wisdom and taking the time to write this for us :>>

 

Eden’s Lace specialises in Irish Clones Lace and Crochet lace goods – particularly wedding & bridesmaid favours.

Each piece is designed and handmade in the sunny southeast of Ireland by Eve.

Visit EdensLace.com to shop, see behind-the-scenes pics and crochet tips.

Custom orders are a speciality, with experience in large pieces – i.e. veils, mantillas, christening gowns, wedding dress trains, etc.

How To Block Crochet

You did it! You cracked the pattern, the tension square turned out perfect and you’d just enough yarn to complete your crochet project. But, you’re not done yet. Taking the time to block crochet is a step not to be missed. It can feel tedious, but it is so worth the effort. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste!

You will need:

1) Blocking board

2) Pins

3) Ruler

4) Basin of Water

5) Drop (drop!) of unscented soap

6) Facecloth

Optional:

7) Iron

8) Spray-on starch

…and your finished crochet, of course!

If you don’t have a blocking board, try:

1. Folded beach towel.

2. Microfiber towel wrapped around a pillow.

2. Foam gardening kneeling mat.

3. Yoga mat, folded and secured with duct tape

4. As above, but try a foam camping mat

5. Playground rubber floor tiles

01

The three granny squares are in Aran/Worsted, Double Knitting/Sport and Lace/2 Ply. There were Worked on 6.50mm, 3.50mm and 0.60mm hooks, respectively.

02

Fill basin with cold water and add a tiny drop of unscented soap – the drop should be half the size of a pea, seriously, that small! Submerge crochet for a few minutes, but do not rub. Temperature and friction are the path to felting!

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Remove from water and blot with facecloth. Crochet should be damp, but not dripping.

05

Beginning with the corners, pin in place. If your board doesn’t have any lines, just use a ruler for guidance, as I have. Keep stretching and pinning until you’re happy the yarn is held in good tension.

06

Pin at the apex – the central stitch – of clusters. Once the clusters are secured, this helps the rest of the spaces fall into place.

07

Once everything is pinned, wet facecloth and blot yarn. Again, damp, but not dripping!

Now’s the time to apply a light spray of starch or steam an iron 1inch/2.5cm above the crochet, if you want a firmer finish to your work.

08

Leave to block overnight. We had sunshine in Ireland, which is such a rare occurrence that I left mine on the windowsill. Don’t do this if you use coloured yarn!

09

See the difference blocking makes? The large square turned out far softer after blocking – surprising bonus! Bar an attack by a passing cat, the work stays flat and in great condition 😀

Remember our guest post contest?

Well, the original winner seems to have disappeared. We sincerely hope everything is ok with her and will reserve her guest posting spot.

In the meantime, the lovely Eve from Eden’s Lace has stepped up in grand fashion (the Big Fat Independent Ginger Adjudicator likes her) and written you the most beautiful post, which we’ll be putting up tomorrow, Sunday. You can see a sneak preview of the content here.

Thank you loads, Eve! We are positive everyone will love your post! We really appreciate how hard you’ve worked on it!

 

 

And the winner is …

Christi from KnittiChristi.wordpress.com! Well done! We invite you to be the first guest poster at ukcrochetpatterns!

The Big Fat Fluffy Ginger Independent Adjudicator was practically USELESS. Loud Daughter and I had to chase him around the kitchen to try and make him touch his nose on the list of entrants … which he did … eventually! He wouldn’t miaow when we read the list out (but then became very vocal ten minutes later).

Soooo, Christi, we”ll refer you back to the original contest post and look forward to hearing from you via the Contact page :>

Congrats! Can’t wait to see your pattern! We are SO excited about this and are brewing up the next chance to win a guest posting spot already! We love that you guys love this idea!