How To Thread Beads Onto Yarn

I included this simple tutorial in the pattern for Beaded Favour Gift Bag, but thought it polite to share with everyone 🙂

For this tutorial I used larger beads and wire, just make sure the wire you use threads through the beads when doubled over.

Fold a length of wire in half, and thread the yarn through leaving a tail.

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Thread 10 beads (makes it easier to keep count) onto the wire, making sure you thread it onto the doubled wire.

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Holding on to wire firmly, slide the beads onto yarn.

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T-shaped Turks Head Knots and How To Tie Them

Today, you will learn how to tie the T-shaped Turk’s Head knot.

On the Internet you can find lots of different Turk’s Head knots, but you rarely find the T-shaped version. Decorate a tool handle  with it (if you want to have the fanciest spade down at the allotments 🙂 ) or tie one on a car steering wheel Look around and see if you can find any other uses for it in your home, such as a bed headboard or footboard.

If you have never tied any turk’s head knots before, this may be a tricky one to start with, but the results are most rewarding.

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How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand

1) Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn.

2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way.

3) Hold your yarn against the winding tool with your thumb, and wrap it around the winding tool several times near the end as shown.

4) Continue to wrap yarn around these first clump of wound yarn, criss-crossing as you work from time to time as shown. This should feel just like winding a regular wrapped ball of yarn, only this ball of yarn has a winding tool poking out of it.

5) Continue in this fashion until all your yarn is wrapped, then tuck the end into the ball under a few strands to secure it.

6) Still holding that first bit of yarn between your thumb and the winding tool, gently ease the tool out of the ball.

7) All done! The end with the slip knot in it will now be the start of your next project, and yarn will pull from the center of the ball with ease!

courtesy of Lion Brand

Tunisian Crochet – A Basic Tutorial

If you’ve never tried Tunisian Crochet before, now is the time to give it a go, for this basic tutorial you can use a normal crochet hook as there are only a few stitches, if you’re worried about the loops dropping off, wrap an elastic band around the end. I’ve also compiled this tutorial into a PDF for you to download.

Tunisian Crochet is worked in two half rows which form one row, there is no turning chain as all rows are worked on the right side, the Forward Pass is where you pick up the loops, the Reverse Pass is where you work off the loops.  Don’t worry about the technical terms for now, just work through the tutorial, and all will become clear.

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Tunisian Crochet

You know you’re addicted to crochet when you wake up at 5:30am with an idea for a tutorial, more specifically, a Tunisian Crochet tutorial. I’ve been working a new design that uses Tunisian Short Rows and I realised that a lot of explaining ‘how to‘ will be necessary, but that will be in another tutorial.

There are quite a few tutorials already, but I wanted to see if I could write my own, I think it’s time I shared some of my…ahem…wisdom, what little I have, and of course it will be in my usual quirky style. By quirky style I mean that I’m not always very good at describing things technically correct, but hopefully you’ll have fun learning!