The Parts Come Together in Crochet

We always love seeing projects “in progress”. Here are a few that have recently been shared with us by members of the Starting Chain community. They are just a good way to start the day!

from: Alicia Wesley: “I have to choose the color of the background”

So readers, what do you think? What color should Alicia use for the background? What about borders?

from: Michelle Jacobs Richard: “Anyone else do freeform crochet? I can’t get enough of it…”

We love Free Form!

Michelle also adds: “It so much fun to put what you know to work and make some thing off the cuff. So easy and I’m learning new stitches as well.

from: Cindy Parmley Smith: “I am going to br teaching a class for a crochet granny square purse. I just finished the squares and they are being blocked. Will post a finished project!”

We always like seeing crochet that is well blocked! It only takes a board with grids on it, or you can make a board with styrofoam. In the old days we saw grandmothers just lay towels down on the carpet, backed with one of those old waterproof tablecloths, and use a big yardstick to get the lines straight. Sometimes old towel covered biscuit boards or an old ironing board were used, too. Curved pieces were blocked by using templates or drawing the outline on tissue paper with a compass…or even a plate or saucer. The technique used here by Cindy is called Spray Blocking. The pieces are pinned to the board, using rust proof pins, in the desired shape and then sprayed with a fine tepid water mist. The pieces are allowed to dry naturally.

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