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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Neice's "Dam - It" A Free Crochet Tutorial

My Grandmother, on my Mom's side was Necie Hunter.  (pronounced Nee-Cee)  
I learned a lot of crochet, 
                                      from her, 
                                                    and because of her.

This Technique is directly from her arsenal of tricks.  She never swore that I heard, so the first time she said Dam-It  to me I nearly died.  She used this to Hold things "inside", like a Dam holds water.
Hence, I call it Necie's Dam-It.
Ready?  Here we Go!

Starting with the surface you want to build off of.
In this case , A chain of 32, 2 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, DC in the next, and each until the last Chain. Place 3 DC in the first half of the DC loop, then rotate the chain to work the other side. Place 3 DC in the other side loop of the same chain. Pull the tail tight, to remove the hole. Finish the DC's down the chain, working over the tail and BOTH unworked loops of the chain.  At the last, place 3 DC in the last st. Join as I showed you in this post, and finish off.

Insert hook into any stitch, right at the top, under the two top loops. It is easiest to show this technique with DC, but it does work with any traditional crochet stitch.
Bring the hook back to the front, also right under the two top loops. On a dc, the 3rd loop sort of separates the area nicely for practicing this trick.
I have doubled my yarn here, and have pulled the fold of it through, under the post, now catch the double strand with the hook, pull it through, as a slst. It works well with a single strand too, but for this application, I want the extra bulk.
This tutorial is turning into multiple tricks, You are getting a bonus here!  As you can see, doing this, there are no ENDS to weave in later!
Insert hook into the same space it came up from on the slst, and bring it up on the other side of the post. See how the EYE of the stitch slides down the post to allow room, the top loops tend to roll down the other direction. Do not panic over this, it is all good!
catch your yarn, and pull it through, Yarn over, and pull through both loops to form a SC of sorts. It has the traditional top loops, but it does not look like a SC.
The EYE of the stitch is turned sideways, under the loops.
continue around your work, entering from the space you exited in the previous stitch. No increases, just building your DAM on the face of the DC's
When you reach the end of the round, you will insert your hook back under the post if that first st, with your hook on the OUTSIDE.  Catch your yarn, and pull through, yarn over and complete the sc
Now Move your working yarn to the inside of your work
Remove hook from working loop, insert it from the inside, under the first loop.  draw working loop through to inside.  ( If you are continuing with the same color, skip this, and move on with your pattern as written.)
Draw yarn through to end the round.
Cut tail, mid loop
Tug tails, to be sure that slip knot has tightened.
Here is a view of the side of the dam, with it's peculiar stitch pattern. It is dense, solid, and yet still very workable
This is a view with the beginning of a round of stitches, just to show you. These are not the stitches we will be using, just what I threw on it for a picture.
This is the bottom.  I do not mind the look, but when I bring you more of the pattern, We will cover this with another layer.

When I told a few friends that I was going to share this technique with you, Tamara from Moogly offered a few links to patterns that you could use to practice if you like. You would just replace the BLO with this. follow the rest of the pattern as written
These are all great patterns, but they will lend themselves well to this trick.

 Birds Nest Bowl Set
 Birds Nest Bowl Set
Girls Night Out Wine Carrier

Stainless Water Bottle Sling

Until next time

Connecting behind the scenes. A free Crochet Tutorial

Today, I am sharing my trick, or technique to have a smooth join at the end of a round.  So many people have them out there, I may be duplicating some concept, I may not. I learned this from my Grandmother, way back when.  Never dismiss the concept that what you show a child is forgotten. It stays with them, for a lifetime.

Here we have a round of Double Crochet, that needs to be joined in order to continue our project.  I have removed the hook from the working loop
Here, The hook has been inserted into the second loop of the starting ch 2, from the front side of the work.
We reach over with the hook to grab the working loop
Simply pull the working loop through to the front side. From here, you can continue to follow your pattern, chaining as usual, or, if ending your work, continue with the next step.
Remove hook again,
From the back of your work, insert the hook between the posts, directly under the working loop
Catch working loop and simply pull to back side. Yarn over, and draw tail through loop
Pull tail to tighten. End is now secured to the back side, to be weaved in with a needle, Or, crocheted over if you have additional steps in your project.
All edge loops are normal looking, easy to work into, or finished nicely.
I like simple answers to challenging issues. Not having bumps, knots and major work to hide a join is always a plus.

Join me again soon, when I will be showing you the next of several steps for this project.  It will work it's way into a "Crochet Along"  Tutorial Style.

Post number 2 is up, you will find it HERE

Until Next time