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  • Foundation Star Stitch Love!


    Foundation Star Stitch!

    Because why crochet stars into foundation chains when you could start with a supple starry foundation?

    This swatch satisfies two of my wishes for The Starwirbel Way: Shaping and Spiraling Star Stitches class. I’ve been dreaming of adding a foundation star stitch to the cool foundation stitch category, and I really like how this one came out. It’s flexible and stretchy with a balanced structure, like a good foundation stitch.

    I abbreviate it Fstar in keeping with how other crochet foundation stitches tend to be abbreviated in patterns.

    The Starwirbel design could be started with the foundation star, but it’s not part of pattern or the class description, so it’s an extra feature. (I’ll be happy to demonstrate how to do it in class if anyone asks.)

    My other wish was to try a new yarn or two for the design. Schulana Kid-Paillettes is the stunning yarn I used a few years ago for Starwirbel. I found no close substitutes for it back then. I’m excited about the one shown here: Alchemy Yarns’ Tweedy. The way it’s hand dyed gives this foundation star stitch a fiery look! One of the strands that shows up well in the photo is silk raffia. The play of light is unique.

    I also found another special yarn that I’m waiting to swatch: Mohair Luxe Paillettes by Lang.

    These are just wishes–not critical requirements to be ready to teach this topic, but crossing these off the wish list makes me happy. And now I’m off to tell my friend Marty Miller, goddess of foundation stitches!

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    • May 22nd, 2016 by Vashti Braha

    Long Tail Crochet Foundations


    Issue #72 of my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter is about “long tail crochet”: crocheting with a long yarn end instead of just weaving in a shorter one to make it disappear. As promised in that issue, below is the full size comparison chart of crochet foundations in order of stretchiness. All but the first two and last two examples can be considered long tail crochet foundations.

    Long Tail Crochet Foundations, Stretched

    (Same yarn and hook size used for all of them).

     

    See issue #72 “Long Tail Crochet” for clickable versions of links shown, and more.

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    • October 10th, 2015 by Vashti Braha


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