Tips for Working with Thread and Free Crochet Patterns
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I’ve had some really wonderful interviews about people’s thread projects and tips for working with thread. I’m new to working with it (intermittently for about a year) and am always curious to hear how others deal with such a teensy tiny medium.
The first interview is My First Doily Experience where Cheryl Frye speaks of her challenges which grew into a new found appreciation for working with thread.
The second is a fabulous chat with Elizabeth Ann White of BellaCrochet and Cylinda Mathews of Crochet Memories found in the post 12 Stunning Doily crochet patterns plus Tips for Working with Crochet Thread which is concise and very informative.
Now we have the pleasure to welcome Rebeckah Ferger of Rebeckah’s Treasures who shares 7 more tips on working with thread!
Tip 1: When working stitches into chains, specifically the starting chains, it is much easier to work into one loop rather than two. Choose the one that feels the most natural to work into and be consistent as you work across the chains. For me, it is usually the back loop (top loop furthest from you) or the bottom loop (sometimes called the back bump). Though, I prefer working into the bottom loop because it gives the bottom of the first row a nicer finish – you know those pretty V’s you get at the top of your stitches?
Tip 2: Pay close attention to your tension. Threads are thin, so even the slightest change in your tension can effect the overall size of a piece of work. This happened to me one time, when I was working on my Santa Fashion Doll set – I had paused working on the coat because I needed more red. When I got some more and continued working on it, my tension had loosed. His coat ended up too big, and I had to rework it.
Tip 3: Take care not to frog and re-work the same length of thread over and over too many times. Each time you do so, it stretches the thread, which in turn causes it to loose a bit of it’s elasticity/bounce and also thins it out. A couple times shouldn’t effect the quality of the work. It’s when you’ve done it so many times that effects will be seen.
Tip 4: Never use a chain-1 as your first single crochet stitch for the row (unless your pattern calls for it). It lacks the same height as other stitches, plus it also takes away the stretchiness of the sides of the work. Instead, do a turning chain and work a single crochet into the first stitch.
Tip 5: Always end your thread project/piece with a slip stitch or a chain 1 and pull tight. Unlike other yarn weights and types, cotton thread doesn’t have the same grip, and the finishing tail can easily get pulled out of the loop and start unraveling the work.
Tip 6: Avoid creating really long starting and finishing tails. For one thing, it creates more work for yourself when you start hiding the tail, and for another if you decide to trim the excess rather than weave it all in, it is unlikely that you will be able to use it for something else (other than a stitch marker) and that length could have bee the extra stitches you would have found you needed for your next project/piece. Personally, I have found that the length of your one of your fingers should be long enough, unless the pattern you are following says otherwise.
Tip 7: Speaking of weaving in tails… they hide more readily when you weave them diagonally through the stitches rather than under each stitch in a single row. Plus, you’ll want to weave in one direction, the rotate into another at least twice to make sure it locks into place and stays secure.
Working with thread does take a little getting used to, but the more you work with it the easier it becomes. You will soon find, like I have, that it is absolutely amazing all the fun things you can make with thread. If you can think of it, it can be crocheted with thread! Just take a look at all the things I’ve made.
Many different styles of Doll Veil crochet patterns (Free)
Pretty in Pink Doll Outfits (Free)
See more of Rebeckah’s Free Patterns HERE
and her fabulous Pattern Store HERE
Thank you, Rebeckah!
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