19 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Crochet and Cross Stitch Purse ~ Free Pattern

Σταυροβελονία και πλέξη με βελονάκι, το αποτέλεσμα είναι το παρακάτω τσαντάκι-νεσεσέρ. 
Το πατρόν είναι απλό, δοκιμάστε και βάλτε όποια χρώματα θέλετε!



Abbreviations:

ch - chain
st(s) - stich(s)
sc - single crochet

hook 5mm

Ch. 50
Rnd 1: sc in 2nd loop from the hook and sc into each of next sts
Rnd 2 - 82: ch1, sc into each of next sts


Sew a zipper and start cross stitch with the follow pattern! 


Happy crafting!

12 Οκτωβρίου 2014

How to Care for Crochet

Because you have invested so much time and effort in your crochet, take care when cleaning and storing it. Start by referring to the care instructions on the labels supplied with the yarn.


Care of your crochet project
Keep a thorough record of all projects, including the pattern , the gauge swatch, a small amount of the yarn, and most importantly, a yarn label for each of the yarns used. Care instructions for any special ready-made trimming, ribbons, zipper or snaps should also be included. If you are giving a crochet project as a gift, it is importand to attach care information so that the recipient can look after the item properly. 

Prepering for washing 
Remove any special button or trims that can be damaged by water or dry - cleaning. To retain the shape of openings, baste them closed using a fine cotton yarn that can be easily pulled out when dry. Measure the piece in all directions and record these dimensions so you can mold it into the correct shape when it is still damp.
It is often a good idea to sew a care label to your crocheted items for convenience. This works best for large items such as blankets and garments. Labels can be bought from craft stores, yarn stores and online. Write the care instructions on the label with a permanent marker before attaching it. The label can then be attached securely with a sewing needle and some matching thread. 


Washing 
Refer to your label for washing instructions. Yarns labeled ''superwash'' or ''mashine washable'' can be washed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle and at a cool temperature.Many yarn labels, however, recommend hand - washing. 
Wash your animal fiber crochet with great care, avoiding friction (rubbing), agitation (swirling the water), and hot water, which can cause felting in wool yarns and damage other fibers.
Dissolve a mild detergent in a large sink full of lukewarm water. Submerge a single item and gently press up and down on it. Soak for a few minutes, then rinse to remove the soapy water.
Squeeze out the water very gently, pressing the item against the sink. Do not wring. Supporting the damp item, move it onto a large towel. Roll in the towel to remove more moisture. 

Drying 

Dry washed crochet flat on a fresh towel, turning it over occasionally to speed up the process and prevent damage by mildew.
Large items, such as throws, can be dried on the floor, first , cover the floor with a large plastic sheet,then lay towels on top of thiw before positioning the throw.
It may be necessary to replace the towels every so often with dry ones if the item is particulary large or thick, in order to help it dry more quickly.
Mold damp crochet into its correct size and shape before leaving to dry and never leave in direct sunlight or near a heating source. 
Once completely dry, you can block and steam the price if necessary.Never hang up a crocheted item to dry, the weight will cause it to become permanently misshapen and no amount of blocking will restore it to its original shape and size.

Storage and moth control
Check regulary for tellale holes. If storing all summer, place an antimoth product in the drawer or closet with your wool crochet and renew it as directed.
Before repairing a hole in a moth-infested item, place it in the freezer overnight to kill any eggs. Crochet too large for the freezen, such as throws and afghans, can be places all day in the sun to achieve the same result. When a crocheted item is not being used, store it flat. If you hang it up, the stiches will become stretched and any damage will be irreversible. If your crochet is to be stored for any length of time, wrap it in acid-free tissue paper, placing the paper between the folds as well as around the outside.

Taking good care of your crochet project will prolong its life! 

Happy crafting!