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Hello & welcome to Renate Kirkpatrick’s Freeform Crochet~Knit~Fibre Designs.
Explore the many pages of useful & inspiring information to help with your crochet journey: Freeform Crochet,  Crochet Tips & Tricks,  My Published Books, & more.
Please take a moment to check out my Shop where you’ll find my freeform & other crochet pieces: Hats & Headwear, Scarves & Shawls, Handbags, Tea Cosies, Patterns & E-books, & other great stuff.
The Gallery pages are for your enjoyment; you’ll find works that have sold, been donated or given away & happily residing somewhere in the world where I hope they continue to give pleasure & joy.
There’s still much to learn about rebuilding pages & configuring the new shop. Your support so far is greatly appreciated. Thank you…
 

 

Aussie inspired Tea Cosies ready for gift giving

Spoil yourself, or gift someone you love, with one of these unique, Aussie flora & fauna inspired tea cosies.

Who doesn’t love a cuppa? And, what better way to enjoy it than serving it with a fabulous tea cosy.

The tea cosy bodies are Crocheted in chunky, double thread, 100% hand spun wool in a berry/bobble pattern to ensure good heat retention & fit average size tea pots. All 3 have openings for spout & handle & the button/loop closure enables easy access.

Embellishments are a mix of hand-felted & crochet Aussie flora: wattle, Flannel flowers, Waratahs, Gum leaves & Gumnuts to name a few.

Now Available in my shop

Knitfest 2021: 1st prize winner

Frilled neck Lizard Tea Cosy SOLD

Blue Budgies Tea Cosy

Blue Budgies Tea Cosy

Wattle & Gumnuts Tea Cosy

Wattle & Gumnuts Tea Cosy

Enjoy these little creations of mine. I’d love to know what you think.

Left handed Crochet Novel Stitches

I’m often asked, “I’m a left-hander, can I learn to crochet?” The answer is, “Of course, absolutely”.  A little while ago I posted some basic left-handed stitch illustrations & received such  positive responses, I decided to update & include some more.

The following are a few helpful tips to make left handed crochet a little easier for you…

Firstly, you’ll be holding the hook in your left hand & yarn in the right hand & working your stitches left to right, rather than, right to left.

When learning from a right-handed crocheter, sit opposite (face to face) & follow your teacher’s movements

Following patterns can be daunting for anyone. Moreover, written instructions are mostly for the right-handed. But don’t be put you off, there are always ways around this, as most left-handers know & have dealt with in the right-handed world. 

Patterns with symbol charts (written for right-handers) are meant to be read right to left, so try to remember this & start your row on the opposite side of chart

Patterns with illustrations can be reversed by reading from a mirror, or scanned & flipped horizontally in a graphic program 

When making garments, keep in mind, you are working left to right so if you’re working a pattern for the front right panel of a vest (for example), you’ll actually be working the front left panel.

When you’re crocheting in the round, you will be working clockwise, rather than ante-clockwise.

Also, be on the lookout for left-handed crochet publications; checkout your local libraries & of course the internet where you’ll find loads of video tutorials

Some left-handers have even surprised themselves by finding that they’re able to crochet right-handed…

Find  more left handed stitch overviews here

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This chart shows some of the symbols you’ll see when reading patterns:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Clusters: are groups of unfinished stitches where the last loop of each unfinished stitch is left on the hook & then drawn together.

Clusters can be worked over number of stitches (also used as a decrease) or in a specific st or sp (also known as Bobbles) & can be made with htr (US:hdc), tr (US:dc) or dtr (US:tr) & other high posted stitches

treble cluster (US:dc cluster), 

(YO, insert hook in stitch or space as indicated by pattern & draw up a loop, YO & draw through 2 loops on hook) as many times as indicated by pattern, YO & draw through all loops on hook.

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Popcorns: are groups of complete stitches worked in the same stitch or space & can also be made using htr, (US:hdc) or dtr (US:tr) & other high posted stitches

5 tr (US:dc) Popcorn:

Work 5 tr (US:dc) in st or sp as indicated by pattern, drop loop from hook, insert hook in first st of group, pick up dropped loop & draw through, 1ch to close. 

Popcorns can be made to the front or back of your work

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Puff stitches: are a group of loops drawn through the same stitch or space. The number of loops required will be indicated by the pattern

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Shell & fans: are groups of complete stitches worked in a stitch or space as indicted by the pattern & can be made using htr (US:hdc), tr (US:dc), dtr (US:tr) & other high posted stitches

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Back & front post stitches:

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I trust this little tutorial is helpful & gives left-handers more confidence to continue with their crochet journey…

 

 

The Chainless Foundation Stitch…

Have you ever wondered if there was an easier way to start a crochet project other than having to make that long foundation chain?

The good news is, yes, Chainless Foundation Stitches. This method can be used anytime you need a solid row of stitches or even when you want to add stitches at the end of a row. It can accommodate, increases, decreases & different height stitches. The only time it isn’t useful is when you’re working lacey patterns that use chains & chain spaces.

So, why bother using the Chainless Foundation Stitch when a foundation chain works perfectly fine?

Firstly, instead of having to count your chains, sometimes finding you’ve mis-counted after completing your first row only to rip it out & start again; with the Chainless Foundation St, you work the chain & stitch at the same time. For example: where a pattern asks for 11 chs to equal the 10 dc (US:sc) needed for your first row, or as for trebles (tr) (US:dc), where the pattern asks for 12 ch to equal 10 sts, you will be making the exact number of sts in one go… This is such a time saver, not to mention, no more frustration when mis-counting.

Another good reason is, you can work a project from top down or bottom up, both giving you a neat, strong, yet flexible edge, whereas, the simple foundation chain can sometimes be tight & less flexible or stretchy, which can be a problem around necklines or sleeve cuffs.

Want to give it a go? Great… I’ve created 2 short Pictorial Tutorials for working the Chainless Foundation Stitches.

I trust these tutorials are helpful, easy to understand & add another crochet trick to your repertoire. 

Chainless foundation double crochet (dc) (US: single crochet (sc) PDF download

Chainless foundation treble (tr) (US: double crochet (dc) PDF Download

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Chainless foundation double crochet (dc), US: single crochet (US:sc)

1. Start with a slip knot on hook

for Subsequent sts, repeat from * for desired number of sts

Row 2 & subsequent rows, depending on which st used:

~ dc (US:sc): 1 ch, turn, work your dc (US:sc) in the first st & in each st across

~  htr (US:hdc): 2 ch (count as htr (US:hdc)), turn, work htr (US:hdc) in next st & in each st across

~ tr (US:dc): 3 ch (count as tr), turn, work tr (US:dc) in next st & in each st across

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Chainless foundation treble (tr), US: double crochet (US:dc)

1. start with a slip knot on hook

for Subsequent sts, repeat from * for desired number of sts

Row 2 & subsequent rows, depending on which st used:

for dc (US:sc): 1 ch, turn, work your dc (US:sc) in the first st & in each st across

for htr (US:hdc): 2 ch (count as htr (US:hdc)), turn, work htr (US:hdc) in next st & in each st across

for tr (US:dc): 3 ch (count as tr), turn, work tr (US:dc) in next st & in each st across

Maleny Knitfest 2021 Post-op

Maleny Knitfest 2021, a great success despite the many obstacles that almost cancelled the whole event: the Covid lockdown the week before, the mandatory mask wearing & social distancing, the trade stalls & workshop presenters who had to cancel due to restrictions & distance & Saturday’s rainy weather. So, I give a huge ‘Thank you shout-out’ to everyone who turned up in droves, did the right thing & made it a fabulous event.

My 2 workshops were well attended & I trust everyone enjoyed themselves, that you’re inspired & have increased your crochet repertoire.

And, of course, the last ‘Thank You’ must go to my friend & tireless trade stall off-sider, Robyn Bailey, without whom I couldn’t have done it.

Congratulations to all the competition winners; the entries were fabulous this year. Unfortunately, I was too late taking photos but I’ll post some when I can find them. You can checkout more Knitfest action here

Finally, the following are my 2 Knitfest competition entries.

So, that’s it for Knitfest 2021. Cheers Renate

Knitfest 2021

Wonderful news… Knitfest 2021 is almost here &, all going as planned, looks like being a fabulous weekend of fibre fun for all.

Knitfest 2021 (Sat 3rd & Sun 4th July) is only weeks away. The theme ‘There’s a Dragon in my Garden, will make it a fun couple of days. I hope many of you will come & browse the many trade stalls or even participate in a workshop or two. Check out what’s happening or book a workshop here.

This year my trade stall is No 24 & I’ll have the lovely Robyn Bailey helping me while I’m workshoping. Please, don’t be shy… come & say hello. 

I’ll be doing 2 workshops, both held at Knitfest Central Stage

(1) Off-set Granny Square (Sat 3rd July – 10am – 12pm)

A fabulous little stash-busting pattern. Squares measure approx 18 cm (7”) x 18 cm (7”) and are easily mastered. Create your own cot covers, knee rugs or even a bedspread.

Requirements: Participants must have good basic Crochet skills

Materials: The workshop includes yarn and pattern, in both written and graph (chart) form. Please bring your own hooks 3.5m – 5m

Cost: $45

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(2) Crochet Spirals (Sun 4th July – 2pm – 4pm)

Spirals are beautiful, centred, balanced & harmonious, yet, can be complex. The crochet spiral workshop takes away some of the mystery by taking you through the basics. You can adapt and experiment with spirals, to incorporate them into your crochet repertoire.

Requirements: Participants must have good basic Crochet skills.

Materials: includes yarn and patterns, in both written and graph (chart) form. Please bring your own hooks 3.5m – 5m

Cost: $40

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As well as trade stalls, workshops & competitions there will be coffee & food vans, so bring your friends & make it a destination & an exciting day out…

Looking forward to seeing you there – cheers Renate

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