The Lost Art of Finger Crochet

OH. MY. GOSH…! I just fell in love with a NEW way to crochet – finger crocheting! Who knew that one could crochet with a mere finger? Well, I suppose it could have been assumed, but I had never heard of it before yesterday. Hmm… it must be a lost art…? What say you?

I know the question is boiling up in your mind, “How the heck do you finger crochet anyway?” It’s quite simple, really. all you need is bulky yarn and your dominant index finger (AKA:  Mr. Pointer). Start with a slip knot like you always do. Be sure to leave enough room for both index finger and thumb to fit through at the same time. Begin to chain by putting your index finger through the loop. Grab the strand of yarn with your index finger, YO, and pull through with both index finger and thumb. Repeat until desired CH length is achieved. Ta-dah! Your on your way to creating a masterpiece!

Finger crochet is ideal for scarves and blankets. Keep in mind that anything fancy, like motifs, should be left for the good ol’ crochet hook. Not only will your finger crochet projects work up quickly and have a chunky, luxurious texture, but they’ll be extra warm and toasty around your body because of the bulky yarn used. 🙂 Additionally, keep your stitches small by using SC, HDC, and DC (click here to view crochet abbreviations). Go any taller and finger crocheting becomes difficult to do. It’s not that it’s impossible – just a pain in the rear! I tried it. No es practical. (It’s not practical.)

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

As for tension, I’m a really tight crocheter, which I learned, affects my finger crocheting immensely. Upon working my first finger crochet swatch, my right index finger began to turn purple while slowly plumping and going numb. SHEESH! Yes, I do have to learn to finger crochet loosely. There obviously is a learning curve if you’ve never done finger crocheting before. Tension being part of it. The other portion of the learning curve is the chain. When I first created my chain, it was uneven, much like when I began crocheting for the first time! Don’t worry. Practice always makes perfect! Needless to say, my chain looked far better the second time.

So, don’t just sit there daydreaming of what it would be like to finger crochet – get to it! Wal-Mart is almost always just around the corner (they usually have bulky yarn in stock :D). Let me know how your finger crochet project turns out in the comment box below. Cheers!

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My Favorite, FREE Pattern Websites (Updated)

Who doesn’t  love FREE?! I’ll  tell ya that free is for me! Let me share with you all a couple of websites I prefer to use to get free crochet patterns.

1.) Red Heart is my top pick for free crochet patterns. The site allows you to filter projects by project and pattern type, skill level, pattern brand, and who the project is for. This makes it SUPER easy to find exactly what you’re searching for. All patterns are in PDF format for easy reading and printing. Really fast, uber easy, and very cool. 🙂

2.) All Free Crochet is my secondary pick for free crochet patterns. It gives you categories of patterns (yes, ALL of them are crochet!), a brief description of the pattern,  and the ability to download the pattern to your choice of ‘intellectual device.’ Countless patterns to choose from!

3.) Yarnspirations is my NEW favorite go-to site for free crochet patterns. They include a nice selection of crochet patterns ranging from ‘Beginner’ to ‘Intermediate’ levels. Simply click on the word “Pattern” at the top of the page, indicate that you’re searching for a pattern in the drop down box to the left of the search box, type in ‘crochet,’ and you’re set! 🙂 I do LOVE that the patterns are color coordinated when it comes to the different garment sizes and amounts of yarn needed. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. 😀

 

Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!

For those of you following my blog, THANK YOU! 😀

By now you’ve seen a few crochet pattern book references in my blogging. I’d like to share with you all the names of the books (and photos of them to help you scout them out at the store). These little books come in handy when you’re looking for a quick and easy crochet project to complete in a day’s time. They provide you with ALL the necessary materials in lovely, big font at the beginning of each pattern. And, they even tell you what yarn is available in the big box store you’re buying them from. Yes, Wal-Mart is my source for these little books. Five are currently in my collection, but there are several more to purchase, ranging from crochet stitches to crochet hats. Each book costs less than $5, which is killer awesome! Scope them out. Tell me which one you think would tickle your fancy. 🙂

Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

 

1.) Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two

Hendrix, Shelle, 2013. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Six uber cute animal diaper covers and hats are featured in Shelle Hendrix’s book. I’ve created all of them (some more than once!), with the exception of the “Sock Monkey Set” on page 28 (for no reason other than I didn’t have the yarn colors). Every pattern was easy to follow, using either 3 or 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two is my go-to book if I want to give an expecting Mother a unique, from-the-heart gift.

 

2.) Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs

2014. Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

As stated in its title, there are ten (yes, 10!) beautiful baby booty patterns in this book. As I mentioned before in “I Told Ya I Would,” I did have a little difficulty creating my first set of booties. It wasn’t the pattern, but lack of visualization on my end. Beginners:  know that “instep” is the top part of the booty (where baby’s toes are gently tucked under). So, some booties get worked from the instep, sides, sole, and finally cuff. Others are worked from the sole, sides, instep, and then cuff. Hopefully this tid-bit helps you out when you start working on any pair of baby booties. Bottom line is, BABY CROCHET BOOTIES ARE SOO ADORABLE!

 

3.) Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects

Dayne, Sharlee, 2012. Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Let’s face it – us gals LOVE to start fashion trends and make a fashion statement. Headwraps are the perfect way to do so without breaking the bank! Go out and buy a couple of skeins of acrylic yarn for under $12, and you have an array of gorgeous headwraps ready to go with any outfit. I must confess I’ve only created one headwrap, BUT! It worked up soo quickly that I could have gone through all ten projects in just ONE DAY! Sharlee Dayne includes each pattern for both girls and teens sizes. If you’d like to fit a larger head, I’d recommend going up one hook size from the recommended size given in the pattern. I’ll be posting pictures of the headwraps I create soon!

 

4.) Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs

2014. Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Ohhh, dishcloths! These puppies are such a GREAT gift idea! Work up three designs, fold them to make them look like flowers, and place them in a weaved basket with some fruit, and… viola! An inexpensive, 100% useful gift. There are both circular and square designs available. If you ask me, they’re ALL very pretty and colors can easily be changed to suite the theme of your kitchen. 100% cotton yarn is used, making them ultra absorbent and full of texture. I’ve tried and completed one design – can’t wait to finish the other ten! Go on. Start making your gifts for Christmas! Really. It’s never too early for that!

 

5.) Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs

2013. Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

While I have not started on a baby afghan, I did purchase this book for a reason – I promise! Each finished blanket is in the ball park of about 3 ft. x 4 ft. (give or take), meaning it won’t take long to finish each project. Be sure to use a SOFT acrylic yarn (3 worsted weight) to ensure that baby will be comfortable when your blanket touches his or her delicate skin. There are a few Intermediate levels, but most are Easy. I’m really, really excited to start on a baby afghan. Hope to have time in the very near future. Will keep you posted on my progress. 😀