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Crochet Sample Swatch – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This is my second design sample swatch that represents one quarter of an overall design. Again, it is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion, and again I am using the technique of double filet crochet/intermeshing crochet. I worked the 2 cell border all around the swatch to ensure I would get an accurate measurement of the inner design. As with the first swatch, working out the design proved to be a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The design has turned out very well. However, I intend to make a small change to the design when I actually work the project, as I think a solid colour border will give the design a better look.

My sample swatch measures 9¼” X 9” (not blocked) I used a 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects.

 

 



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Crochet Sample Swatch Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This design uses the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet, and is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion. The sample swatch represents one quarter of the overall design, and was not only necessary to determine the ultimate size of the finished project, but also to work out the pattern for the design. This proved a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The above design chart was adapted from an old hand drawn copy of the chart shown below. I am unaware of the origin of the old chart.

My sample swatch measures 10¼”x10” (not blocked). I used a 4mm crochet hook and Double Knitting yarn, left over from a previous projects.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Crochet Geometric Design – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

I have once again been experimenting with geometric designs using the technique of intermeshing –double filet crochet. The inspiration for the above design came from the chart below, which I found in a box of old charts. I think it was a machine knitting chart at one time.

In my opinion, the experiment has turned out very well, and I intend to use the design to make an Afghan. But I think this would also be a great design for a throw cushion/pillow.

My sample swatch measures 19.5” X 13” I used a 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects. Unfortunately, I ran out of black yarn and had to substitute navy yarn in order to complete the design.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Tapestry Crochet

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I recently saw a portrait of an obviously much loved granddaughter, worked in tapestry crochet. I was so impressed by the portrait that I decided I would try to master the art. I assumed it would be a very simple matter, but it turned out to be a little more complicated, as there are several ways to produce tapestry crochet.

Normally, tapestry crochet is done with single crochet stitches. However, the slip stitch, half double, and double crochet stitches can also be used.
The yarn not currently being worked is carried inside the stitches, dropped and picked up when needed, and colours are changed before the stitch is completed. When switching between colours, the yarn can become very tangled, and I have yet to find a satisfactory way to deal with this. I just stop periodically and untwist the yarn.
Tighter stitches produce a stiffer fabric with well hidden carried colours, while more loose stitches show the carried colours and produce a fabric with drape.

The Basic Technique:

The fabric produced using single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet is slightly twisted with slanted design motifs. If you’re right-handed, the fabric/design twists/slants to the right. If you’re left handed, the fabric/design twists/slants to the left. I prefer to use the slip stitch, as the resulting tapestry crochet fabric looks more like fabric woven on a loom, instead of crocheted with a hook.

The swatch below uses both techniques:
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Firstly, I worked the design using slip stitch. The edges of the motif are very defined and the motif is relatively straight. I then repeated the design using a normal double crochet stitch. As can clearly be seen, the edges of the motif are less defined and have a definite slant to the right (I’m right-handed).

In my opinion, tapestry crochet is best worked in the round. However, you can obtain the good results when working flat if you cut the yarn at the end of each row and only work on the right side. This of course will mean weaving in an awful lot of ends.

Normally, when working tapestry crochet fabric flat, one row is worked on the right side and the next row is worked on the wrong side. This results in ridged fabric with a rather jagged edged design motif. I found a number of techniques online that claim to combat/correct this, such as crocheting backwards or crocheting one row with the right hand then the next row with the left hand. I cannot comment on the success or failure of these techniques, as I found all of them to be quite impossible to master.

Working tapestry crochet is very additive. Once started, I simply could not put it down. I will continue to practice and try to complete a project when I am sufficiently proficient.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Afghan, bag, Blanket, crochet, Cushion, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 2

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I’ve finally finished my Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan, inspired by the Harley Davidson tartan and doesn’t it look great? I absolutely love it, my family love it, it’s wonderfully cosy, the black yarn is so very soft, and the fabric is also very thick. It’s guaranteed to keep you warm.

Having completed the mesh, I needed to weave the design…

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There are different methods of completing the woven design, such as weaving lengths of crocheted chains, or slip stitching through the mesh. However, I choose to use strands of yarn for the weaving process, as this gives the design more of a “woven fabric” look. Cutting the lengths of yarn for weaving was very labourious and I found it almost impossible to cut uniform lengths.

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The weaving process was simple, but I found the only way to achieve a uniform result was to work on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table). I also found the best tool to use is a double ended crochet hook. I tried using a normal crochet hook, weaving one or two cells at a time, but that drove me crazy. I also tried a latch hook and a mattress needle, but the double ended hook gave the best result.

To make my Afghan/blanket/Throw:
Finished measurements: 64” x 54” excluding fringe.
Yarn Type: 100% acrylic Aran knitting yarn, 1860g in colour Black, 320g in colour Grape, 320g in colour Silver Grey and 200g in colour White.
Needles: 5.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Work a foundation chain to length required and follow the chart shown in Part 1.

To Weave:
Lay the completed mesh on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table) so that the rows are running side to side, then working from one end of the surface to the other, and allowing approx 6 inches of yarn for a fringe at each end, weave 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the mesh, alternating over and under the filet mesh posts.
Next row(opposite to previous row) weave the 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the filet mesh,alternating under and over the filet mesh posts. Woven rows should be the same as colour design as the filet mesh. Finally, knot fringe and cut to desired length.

This is a very simple beginners project that gives a very satisfying result. I would advise anyone to try it!

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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 1

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Ever since I first saw a woven crochet tartan Afghan two years ago, I have wanted to try to make one. The technique appeared to be quite simple, and I quite like tartan/plaid. However, it took a very long time for me to decide on a design because, although I like tartan/plaid, I am not fond of overly bright colours or busy designs. The inspiration for my Afghan came from the Harley Davidson tartan.

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The basic design was quite easy to work out as it basically consists of stripes of contrasting colour, of varying widths, and crossed at right angles against a solid colour background.

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Having worked out my design, I now needed yarn….

The yarn I chose to use is 100% acrylic Aran. I’ve never used Aran for crochet before, but I chose Aran because I wanted my design to have a more chunky and oversized look. My favourite colour is black, I think it adds drama to everything and is therefore perfect for the base colour of my Afghan. The other contrast colours I’ve used are Grape, Sliver Grey and Cream. Unfortunately, I had to use two different brands of yarn as I was unable to obtain all the colours in the same brand. I am a bit worried about how this will affect the finished project as the black yarn is considerably softer than the contrasting colours.

So finally, on 8th October this year I started my first woven crochet Afghan. I have almost completed the filet mesh base, with only 12 inches to go. If all goes well, I hope to have the weaving done by Christmas.

How will it turn out? Watch this space!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Filet crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Edging Motif – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking crochet

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I am currently working on a design idea for another Afghan using the technique of Intermeshing Crochet/Double filet Crochet/Interlocking Crochet; I prefer this technique as it produces a totally reversible fabric which is perfect for Afghans or Blankets.

In my yarn stash I have a full cone of 4 ply machine knitting yarn in what the label describes as caramel colour. However, it looks more like a pinky beige. Not the most exciting colour I’ve seen, and it will really need a bold design to liven it up. I think a chocolate/cocoa brown colour would be most appropriate for the second yarn colour.

I had an intended to try a “Greek key” type design as a surrounding edge to a less formal inner main body design for the Afghan. I have not got very far with the design for the main body as yet, but I have decided not to go with the Greek key idea. Instead, I’m going to use the “cross” part of a “noughts and crosses” design I have also been working on for some time as the surround ( most of the time I have a few design ideas either partially executed or floating around in my mind) …..

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The basic chart used for the “X” motif…..

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Each individual motif is worked over 9 cells (10 dc’s).

Obliviously, you will need to multiply the number of motifs in accordance with the size Afghan required. But as the intended surrounding edge, it would look something like this…………

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Now, all I have to do is come up with a design idea for the main body of the Afghan!


 

 

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