Krafters Korner: A Crafting Organization for the Blind

Don’t think being visually impaired means you have to give up your crafts!

Krafters Korner is an “organization of blind crafters seeking to support each other in the pursuit of enjoyment or profitability from our handmade creations.”  It is a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).  Joyce Kane is the driving force behind Krafters Korner who thought it would be cool to be able to meet up with blind crafters to learn how each other does their crafting.  It all started with an email list in 2007, and with enough people interested, a crafting division was created in the NFB. Joyce has spent a lot of time talking about Krafters Korner to anyone and everyone and the word has spread!  She is willing to give any idea a try.  All she wants “is to have sharing, teaching, and a love of crafting grow to touch any blind person that wants to give it a try.”  The group’s motto is “Krafters Korner is for everyone and everyone makes Krafters Korner what it is.”

Some members have been blind since birth, while others have lost their sight over the years through illness or injury.  This active community of crafters really enjoy each others company while they craft!  They crochet, knit, loom knit, make origami, bead, make clay, basket weave, macrame, and are always looking for new crafts to work on.  They attend free classes through email or by telephone conference calls.  Their wonderful instructors donate time to put together classes and teach the students through one of these methods. They are available to answer any questions their students may have.  Of course, the group is always looking for new instructors who would be interested in teaching them new crafts.  You can become a part of this group and have access to free craft classes by becoming a member today for only $20 per year.  Check out the Classes page to see what classes are currently being offered, as well as the Past Classes page to get an idea of what kinds of classes the members have attended.

You can find out more about this wonderful group by visiting their website at Krafters Korner.  You can follow Krafters Korner on Twitter with their handle @craftingblind and also check out their Facebook page and join their group.  Join their free mailing list and become a part of a very caring crafting community!

Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet-Top Strand Horizontal Bar Ridged Stitch Pattern

Blue White Dbl White Side 2   Blue White Dbl Blue Side 2

On this side more white shows through.                     On this side more blue shows through.

This reversible stitch pattern makes up into a nice solid crocheted fabric with ridges.  I could see this pattern used for sweaters and scarves.  It is a fun and easy pattern, one that you can do mindlessly.

I used two colors of cotton yarn and a size K double-ended Tunisian crochet hook for this swatch.

If you are not familiar with on to crochet into the top strand of a horizontal bar, please check out this YouTube video.

Row 1:  With color A, ch 21 or desired number of sts for your project.  Pull up lp in 2nd ch from hook, pull up lp in each ch across.  Turn.(21 lps on hook if you are making this swatch)

Row 2:  With color B, work lps off hook, DO NOT TURN.

Row 3:  Ch 1, pull up lp in top strand of 1st horizontal bar, pull up lp in top strand of each horizontal bar across.  Turn.

Row 4:  With color A, work lps of hook, DO NOT TURN.

Row 5:  Rep Row 3.

To finish making this swatch:

Rows 6-28:  (Rep Rows 2-5 consecutively) 6 times, end last Rep with Row 4.

Row 29:  (Last Row)  Ch 1, sk 1st vertical bar, sl st in top strand of each horizontal bar across.  Fasten off.

 

Double-Ended Hook Tunisian Crochet-Single Crochet Loop Shell

Single crochet loop shell  Single crochet loop shell back 1

On the left side the white shells pop out more and on the right side the purple shells pop out more.

This reversible stitch pattern is worked with a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook.  It makes up into a very pretty open, lacy pattern that would be perfect for a spring-time scarf or cardigan.  The stitch pattern itself is an easy and fast pattern to crochet.

This pattern looks very similar on both sides.  On one side the white shells pop out more and on the other side the purple shells pop out more.  Otherwise, there is not much difference.

If you are new to double-ended hook Tunisian crochet, check out my Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Tutorial page to learn how to do this fun technique!

For this swatch I used a size K double-ended Tunisian crochet hook and cotton yarn in two colors.

Special Stitches:

Single crochet loop (sc lp):  Insert hook where indicated, yo, pull up lp, ch 1.

Shell:  Yo, pull through 4 lps on hook.

 

Single Crochet Loop Shell (Swatch)

Row 1:  With color A, ch 20 or in multiples of 3 plus 2 chs.  Sc lp in 2nd ch from hook, sc lp in each ch across.  Turn.  (20 lps on hook)

Row 2:  With color B, pull through 1 lp on hook, ch 2, shell pattern, (ch 3, shell) across to last 2 lps on hook, ch 2, yo, pull through last 2 lps on hook.  Do not turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sk 1st vertical bar, sc lp in next ch, (sk next ch, sc lp in next shell, sc lp in next 2 chs) across, turn.

Rows 4 & 5:  With color A, rep Rows 2 & 3.

Rows 6-21:  (Rep Rows 2-5 consecutively) 4 times.  At end of last row do not turn.

Row 22:  Rep Row 4.

Row 23:  Ch 1, sk 1st vertical bar, sl st in next ch, (sk next ch, sl st in next shell, sl st in next 2 chs) across to last vertical bar, sl st in last vertical bar.  Fasten off.

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Host Your Own Crochet-Along

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Host Your Own Crochet-Along 

Crochet-alongs are a fun way to get together with a group of people, either online or in person, and work on a crochet project.  A crochet-along, also known as a CAL, usually has a beginning and ending date, a pattern (original or published) chosen for that particular CAL, and a specific yarn and crochet technique that will be used during the CAL.

Participants in the crochet-along can help each other out if someone has a question with the pattern or the particular technique being used in the CAL.  Everyone can post photos of their finished projects or, if they are meeting in person, they can bring in their projects and show them off during a Show & Tell.

Crochet-alongs are fun and they make you actually finish a project in a short amount of time and they don’t allow you to procrastinate on finishing that project!

Listen to my podcast, Host Your Own Crochet-Along to get ideas to start your own crochet-along!

Double-Ended Hook Tunisian Crochet-Stitch Pattern #1

Double-ended Tunisian Crochet-Stitch Pattern #1

Dbl ended 1     Dbl ended cr #1 2nd side

On the left side more white shows through and on the right side more pink shows through.

Double-ended hook Tunisian crochet technique uses, of course, a double ended crochet hook.  It also uses two or more yarn colors.  This technique is basically Tunisian crochet that you turn at the end of each row.  It is a reversible stitch technique in that you could use either side of the crochet fabric you create as the right side of your finished project.  I will be adding more pattern stitches to my new page ‘Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet’ in the future.  This is a fun, fast Tunisian crochet technique that I think you will really enjoy!  (To learn how to do the Double-Ended Tunisian crochet technique, check out this video:  Double-Ended Crochet-Basic/Simple Stitch.)

The Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet-Stitch Pattern #1 is made with the Tunisian knit stitch. ( Check out this video to see how to work the Tunisian knit stitch.)  It would make a great scarf pattern, as well as a dishcloth pattern.  When I make a project using this method, I start and end with the color that I want to use as a border around the whole finished item.  I do not fasten off this color, rather I switch to a traditional crochet hook in the chosen hook size for the border, and then I crochet the border.

In the photographed swatches above, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn.  I chose this yarn because it is soft and readily available, even in Wal-Mart!  I also used a Size L double-ended crochet hook.  If your local stores do not have double-ended crochet hooks, check out the sidebar on this page for links to Amazon where you will find double-ended crochet hooks.

You can even make a scarf out of this simple pattern!  Choose your width (27 chs is about 8 inches wide when done with the Size L double-ended hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn) and repeat the stitch pattern for your desired length.  Add a nice border to finish it off.

 

Stitch Pattern #1

Row 1:  Ch 27.  With color A ch 27 or your desired number of sts.  Pull up loop in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1.  Then (pull up lp in next ch, ch 1) across.  Turn your hook.  (27 lps on hook)

Row 2:  With color B work lps off hook.  (Place color B slip knot on hook.  Draw slip knot through 1st lp on hook.  Yo, draw through next 2 lps on hook.  [Yo, draw through next 2 lps on hook] across leaving last lp on hook.)  Do not turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1. Sk 1st vertical bar, knit 1, ch 1.  (Knit 1, ch 1) across.  Turn.

Row 4:  With color A work lps off hook.  (Pick up color A from Row below, yo, draw through 1st lp on hook.  Yo, draw through next 2 lps on hook.  [Yo, draw through next 2 lps on hook] across leaving last lp on hook.  Do not turn.

Row 5:  Rep Row 3.

Rows 6-desired end:  (Rep Rows 2-5 consecutively) to the desired end, ending last Rep with Row 2.

Last Row:  Working in vertical bars ch1, sk 1st vertical bar, sc in each vertical bar across.  Fasten off.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Have a very Merry & Safe Christmas, as well as a Happy & Safe New Year’s Eve celebration!

See you in January!

Just What is a Bed Turning, Anyway?

 

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A Bed Turning (in this case, at least!) is not turning a bed around in a room or changing the sheets!  I’m talking about a Bed Turning in a fiber arts show.  It is a visually wonderful way to display quilts, blankets and afghans to your show’s attendees!

You’ll need a small bed with a mattress, a bunch of quilts and blankets, a story about each blanket, a moderator, and most importantly, this podcast!

Listen to find out how to set up your own Bed Turning!

Crochet News Today Podcasts

 

Tunisian Crochet with Double Ended Crochet Hooks

Double ended crochet (also known as crochet on the double, Cro-hooking and crochetnit) is basically Tunisian crochet worked with a long double ended crochet hook and with more than one color.  It is so much fun to do!  This technique is not new as there have been printed patterns found that date back to the early 1900′s and it also was very popular in the 1970′s.  I really enjoy working this technique and I think you will too!

Check out these links to find some pattern books for double ended crochet.  There are not many new books available, but you may be able to find some used pattern books in good shape.

Annie’s Crafts

Etsy

Interweave Store

I have found some basic video tutorials that will help you get started.  Watch the videos first to get an idea of what you are going to be doing, then dive right in and enjoy!

Double Ended Crochet-Basic/Simple Stitch by Bethintx1

 

Double Ended Crochet-Extended Simple Stitch by Bethintx1

 

Double Ended Crochet-Tunisian Simple Stitch in the Round by Crochet Geek

 

Making & Selling Crochet, Knit & Quilted Items for Charity

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Many charitable organizations and causes hold fundraising events and silent auctions.  They are always in need of gift type items to auction and raffle off.  This is your chance to take your crochet, knitting and quilting skills to the next level by making designer items to donate to these worthwhile auctions and events.

Take a few minutes to listen to this very informative podcast that could possibly take your charity work in a whole new direction!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crochet-news-today/id726634432

 

Fiber Art Demo Ideas for Your Next Fiber Art Show

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Show Notes:  The free ‘Fiber Art Demo Ideas for Fiber Art Shows’ podcast is now available for you to enjoy!  This podcast is short and sweet and gives you plenty of ideas to help make your next fiber art show fun and informative.

Your show visitors will thank you for introducing them to the many varied forms of handcrafts!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crochet-news-today/id726634432