Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cutie Cupcake Project Bag is Live!

I posted the pattern on Ravelry yesterday. Please note that this is still being tested, so if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This is based off of my Cutie Cupcake ami, hence the name. It follows the same basic methods but
  • it’s bigger
  • it’s made seamlessly
  • it’s made from the bottom up
And, you know, it's a bag ;)

Gauge is not important; size can be changed by changing hook size, or doing more/less repeats.

Any worsted weight will do to make this. If you feel adventurous/ambitious, a smaller hook size may be substituted. There will be notes about this in the pattern.

The pattern has a link to my FPDC tutorial + a photo tutorial for my version of surface crochet.

Please note that if you choose to line the bag, some basic sewing skills are required.

You are allowed to do whatever the hell you want with your FOs. All I ask for is credit for the pattern if you decide to sell your FOs. :D

You can download it via Ravelry or here: Download Cutie Cupcake Project Bag - it's free! :D

Happy Hooking!

Creative Commons License
Cutie Cupcake Project Bag by Deena White is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Photo Tutorial: Front Post Double Crochet

I was going to include this in the Cutie Cupcake Bag pattern, but then I realized it would be like a zillion pages O__o

SO here it is! A photo tutorial to FPDC. I hope it helps :)

Front Post Double Crochet

 If you're using this tut to help you with the Cutie Cupcake Project Bag, your piece should look like this at the beginning of row 8:
This is the beginning of row 8 with the ch 2 and dc done.

To make a FPDC, you're going to yarn over and put your hook behind the dc on the previous row from right to left:
You put the hook through the space behind the dc of the previous row.
Make sure it's completely behind and not through the stitch!

 Then you're going to yarn over once more and pull the hook back to the right side:
Yarn over once more....
...pull it through.
So now you have three loops on your hook... looks familiar right? Yep, it's just like a regular dc from this point. Yarn over, pull through the first two loops, then YO again through the remaining loops. That's it! 
Ta-da! FPDC!
 From here in the pattern, you alternate as follows: dc then FPDC, etc.
Here are some more pictures:

Here's an angled view of the FPDC. See the ridge it makes? 

First row of FPDC and dc completed.

The first row of FPDC ribbing might be the trickiest. When I first learned, I was increasing all over the place. Just make sure you're not doing a FPDC in the same stitch you're doing the regular dc in. The second and subsequent rows are easy peasy. You know where the FPDC goes just by feeling the fabric and looking at the ridges. You will FPDC in the previous FPDCs and dc in the previous dc. 

See what I mean?
 This is what the back of FPDC and dc ribbed fabric looks like:

I hope this tutorial helped! If you need more assistance, there are loads of videos online, or you may send me a message on Google Plus or pm me on Ravelry.

Happy Hooking!

Update for Cutie Cupcake!

I have fiiinally come up with a top for the Cutie Cupcake I am happy with. I have revised the .pdf and posted it on Ravelry.

Here are some updated pictures:

The ice cream in the pictures is an old pattern I found the notes to and updated in December. I sold a bunch of them at the Bryant park Holiday Market in NYC. They are so cute and so easy to make! I suppose y'all would want a pattern for it too huh? :P

Speaking of patterns, I actually have two ami patterns (the ice cream and an Erlenmeyer flask), a hat, and two crocheted sock patterns that need typing up... I should get on that soon, huh? 

The big sister to Cutie Cupcake will be released soon!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cupcake Project Bag

I made this bag for a swap on Google +. It was pretty easy to make and I loved the end result.  I took my Cutie Cupcake pattern and slightly tweaked it (I used a different hook size, and added a lil of this and a lil of that...) and voila!

It was pretty fun to make... and I want one for myself :P

The above picture was taken by the lovely +Dianne Velazquez-Hunt.  (She is such a doll for letting me use her photos :D)  More pictures of the FO below :)

Photo by +Dianne Velazquez-Hunt 
Photo by +Dianne Velazquez-Hunt 

I'm thinking about writing up a pattern for it. Anyone interested? Leave a comment if you are and if enough people are interested I will happily replicate it and take notes this time! Also, please indicate if you'd like to test the finished pattern for me <3

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SSK, K2tog TBL... Same Difference... Right?

This is actually k2tog. SO what?? :P

This is an expanded version of a post I shared on the Plus today.

As someone who is by default a combination knitter, I always though k2tog was knitting two stitches through the back loop but when I learned continental, I found out this was really a SSK.

Oops >__>

I know better now, in any case. Heh heh.

When I do ssk, I knit two together through the back loop. No multiple steps or knitting with the left needle (?!?). It is exactly the same as slipping two stitches knitwise etc... you get the same result in the end: a left leaning decrease. It's way easier than the way English knitters are taught but with less steps and less frustration. I told my English knitting friend this method and she thanks me for it still.

I do have to add that I only knit continental in the round and when I'm doing (say) gusset decreases on a sock, I usually knit the stitches that need to be SSK through the back loop to make them look neater. Why? I tried doing the standard way of SSK and it never looks neat enough to me. I also tried it without knitting the stitches tbl, but it looks only a little neater than the standard SSK.

When knitting flat, I knit tbl by default so my usual SSK is a non-issue for me.


Back to my original point: I decided to look up different ways to SSK.

Knitting Help has a few different ways to make a left leaning decrease: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases

I learned a new way of doing SSK and realized one of the ways they listed is pretty common in lace patterns and can also be used. They say my way creates a zig-zag, but if you knit the two stitches tbl on the row before (in the round, that is... if knitting flat and you're not a combo knitter, I suggest purling tbl for those stitches...) it doesn't look zig zaggy. Alternatively, you can use slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over (sl1, k1, psso)... definitely easy to do and looks way better too! I've noticed it in a lot of lace patterns I've done. Where have you been all my (knitting) life??!?? XD I might start using sl1, k1, psso to replace SSK more often! :D

Hopefully this post will help someone out. In the end, as long as you make a decrease that slants in the direction you want, it really shouldn't matter too much. 

I promise not to tell the Knitting Police on you ;)