Crochet Toolkit: Designer Tips & Tricks
Better crochet fabric doesn't have to mean big changes! In fact, you're probably just a set of simple tips, tricks and techniques away from the results you want. Join designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby as he guides you through it all, starting with an easier way to read charts. Moving on, you'll discover new stitches you can substitute for tidier edges or foundation chains. Dreaming of smooth, drapey fabric? Find out how linked stitches can close the gaps and make it happen. Then, add some "wow" techniques to your toolkit, such as crochet I-cord. Shannon will also guide you through some must-have math shortcuts for getting the perfect fit, and you'll even end class with new takes on popular stitch patterns.
Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is the co-founder of Shibaguyz Designz, a versatile design company that uses unique flair to combine fashion design, knitting, crochet, photography and graphic design into a cohesive whole. He takes his instruction all over the country, selling out classes along the way and building a following of happy students. You can find Shannon's designs in countless magazines such as Crochet! and Knitting Today, or in one of his many books.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby and begin class with a refresher on reading charts. Then, move on to advanced skills for carrying yarn up the side of your work. Shannon also demonstrates how to extend foundation stitches for buttonholes, armholes and extending the arms of garment.
It's time to learn three of Shannon's favorite techniques! Start with the bridge stitch for a cleaner finish to your final row in the round. Continue on to wrapped, standing and first stitches that you can substitute for those awkward chains that start a row. Finally, try your hand at linked stitches to close up the gaps in your fabric.
Bring I-cord into your bag of skills for garments, accessories and home decor! Shannon guides you through all the steps for crochet I-cords, starting with Romanian cord. Want to conquer cords for gorgeous borders? Follow along with Shannon and find out how to create the same styles as attached I-cords.
Crochet takes math, so why not make that math work for you? Shannon teaches how to take the proper measurements based on your pattern, so all your projects will fit perfectly. Have a pattern that doesn't tell you the measurements? With the included calculation sheet, you can figure them out yourself!
Find out Shannon's secrets for FABulous crocheted stitch patterns that make solid fabrics pop! Follow along for the linen stitch before you discover how to work front and back loop four different ways. Shannon even ends this lesson with two terrific options for twisted stitches.
Want to expand on your toolkit for ribbing? Find out how to work beautiful ribbing six eye-catching ways: post-stitch ribbing, slip-stitch ribbing and more. For fun crochet openwork, Shannon shares his beautiful variation of broomstick lace, "non-stick lace."