Crochet News #2

Typed NewsCrochet Tidbits – Who Knew?

By Ann Reillet

In keeping with my desire to share with others, interesting crochet tidbits I stumble upon, I humbly divulge the following:

Pointy Cluster Stitch
Whether you’re decreasing or maintaining st count, cluster stitches provide texture and decoration. Sometimes cluster stitches are stacked. They may start out with a larger grouping and graduate to something smaller, but in the end, the goal is to form a point at the top from which the next row will be layered.

To make a cluster stitch really pointy yarn over one more time than the pattern calls for. Example: For a dc cluster, yo 2 times instead of 1, insert hook, pull up a thread, yo, draw through 2 loops, and repeat the dc for the number of clusters desired. At end, yo and drawn through the dcs then yo draw through 2 loops twice to bring the tip to a fine point.

Here you see the difference in the photo (below) the bottom row (white) is a standard cluster and the top is a pointy cluster.


Edging Across Rows
Decorative trims are traditionally reserved for outside edges and borders, but there’s no reason why they can’t be added to the interior. Simply leave space for the trim by working a row in the back loop only, reserving the front loop for a trim to be added later giving the finished result a layered texture appearance.

My Favorite Coaster
This is a 5×5 open mesh filet crochet square with a Venetian style trim around the edge. Working in size 10 mercerized crochet cotton thread and a #4 (2.00MM) hook, each square measures 4 1/2″, a good size for a coaster.

If you have a crochet tip or trick you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. Comment below or contact me directly.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you again soon. – Ann

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