Thursday 8 August 2013

Hooking for Cash Blog Tour & Giveaway

I would like to say a HUGE WELCOME
Sara Duggan!

Sara is having a blog tour to introduce everyone to her fantastic new book.
Not only is Sara here with a giveaway and guest post 
she is kindly explaining how to make your own scarf using any stitch!
Sara has also included the free pattern
to make a Trellis Stitch scarf.

Make Your Own Scarf Using Any Stitch – Introduction to Multiples 

Wouldn't it be cool if you could take your favorite stitch and create your own scarf? 
Of course it would be.
This tutorial will introduce the concept of multiples 
which will enable you to take any stitch and make your own scarf. 
Knowing the multiples of your stitch will help you make the right size scarf each time.
What is Multiples?
It is simply the number of chains needed to make your given stitch. 
Knowing this piece of information helps you create any number of projects. 
(Scarf, dishcloth, sweater, afghan)

Example of Multiples: Trellis Stitch
The multiple of the Trellis stitch is 8 + 2 chains. This means that for each stitch repeat you will need 8 chains. If you want to make a scarf that is 6-inches wide with 3 stitch repeats you will need to start with a chain of 24 chains + 2 chains for a total of 26 chains.

The Importance of Gauge:
When making your own scarf using the stitch of your choice knowing the gauge (how many stitches in a 4” x 4” square using your chosen hook and yarn) will help you determine your multiples.

My Sample Swatch:
I used an “I” crochet hook (5.5mm) and Red Heart Super Saver 4-worsted Yarn. I got 3 stitch repeats over a 4” x 4” section.
Now, with my gauge (3-stitch repeats) and the multiples for the Trellis stitch (8 + 2 chains) I can determine how long a chain I need to start my scarf.
Note: Your starting chain needs to be divisible by the multiple for your pattern stitch. i.e. For the Trellis stitch this would mean that my starting chains needs to be divisible by 8.

The Math:
I want a 6” wide scarf so I will multiply that (8) by my gauge (3) which gives me 24. Is that divisible by my multiple (8)? Yes.
My starting chain will be 24 + 2 chains for a total of 26 stitches.
Note: the + 2 chains is for your turning chain
What if your number is not divisible by your multiple?
Just add or subtract a stitch or two to get to a number that is divisible.

Trellis Stitch Scarf (US terms)
Hook: “I” crochet hook (5.5mm)
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver 4-worsted in Warm Brown
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
Stitch Marker
Size: 6” W x 60” L
Gauge: 3 stitches repeats over 6”
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip stitch
ch-1sp – chain 1 space
ch-3sp – chain 3 space
turning ch – turning chain
* - repeat the instructions within the stars according to the pattern
1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch1 sk next ch, sc in next ch, * ch3, sk next 3chs, sc in next ch; repeat from * to the last 2chs, ch1, sk next ch, sc in last ch
2: (put a stitch marker here to mark right side) ch3, turn; dc in first ch-1 sp, ch3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch3, * 3dc in next ch-3 sp, ch3, sc in next ch-3sp, ch3; repeat from * across, dc in last ch-1sp and in last sc.
3: ch1, turn; sc in first dc, ch1, sc in first ch-3sp, * ch3, sc in next ch-3sp; repeat from * across, ch-1, sk next dc, sc in top of turning ch. (this is the ch3 from row 2)
4: ch1, turn; sc in first sc, ch3, 3dc in first ch-3sp, ch3, * sc in next ch-3 sp, ch3, 3dc in next ch-3sp, ch3; repeat from * across, sc in the last sc.
5: ch4, turn; sc in first ch-3sp, * ch3, sc in next ch-3sp; repeat from * across, ch1, dc in last sc.
6: ch3, turn; dc in first ch-1sp, ch3, sc in first ch-3sp, ch3, * 3dc in next ch-3sp, ch3, sc in next ch-3sp, ch3; repeat from * across, dc in last ch-sp and in third ch of turning ch.
Now, for the rest of the scarf you will repeat rows 3 – 6 until your scarf measures 60” long. Do not end off. ch1, 3sc in corner, sc in across side, 3sc in next corner, sc across bottom, 3sc in next corner, sc across second side, 3sc in corner, sc across top, join to first sc made, end off. Weave in any ends.

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By the end of the 31 days your blog should be ready to make some cash. 

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  1. Great tutorial! Thank you so much!
    Marisa from

    1. Marisa,
      It's fantastic isn't it. I'll let Sara know.

    2. Marisa, thank you. I hope it helps you in future projects.

  2. I'm excited about reading and hopefully putting your ideas and instructions to work, work for me. I'm determined to make some money and have fun at the same time. Good luck with the new book!

    1. I'll send your wonderful comments to Sara.

    2. Thank you Gigi. You can do both (fun and make money) and I'd be glad to help. There is so much information out there now for those who want to have a crochet business. I recommend joining which is a free forum/community for all things crochet and business.

  3. Rhondda, thank you. I appreciate your comment.

  4. Replies
    1. It's a fantastic stitch isn't it. I will forward you wonderful comment to Sara

    2. I like the stitch too. I think it would look lovely in a shawl or scarf.

  5. Congrats to Cathy Milne the winner of this copy of Hooking for Cash. I'll be contacting her via email today.

    1. Congrats Cathy. I hope you enjoy Sara's book. I am sure you will as it's fantastic! So much brilliant information and ideas.


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