Wednesday, 28 August 2013

How to Crochet Spider Stitch - Swatch Four

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How to crochet SPIDER STITCH - using single crochet, chain one, single crochet.  

This Swatch stitch pattern creates a lovely dainty textured stitch.

This swatch uses:
  • single crochet (or double crochet for the British) and
  • chain one
This stitch pattern uses an odd number of sts (add 2 extra sts for foundation ch).

Make your swatch:
Row 1:  Ch27, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in 3rd ch from hook, *miss 1ch, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in next ch, rep from * to last 2ch, miss 1ch, 1sc in last ch,  turn.
Row 2:  Ch2, miss first 2sc, [1sc, 1ch, 1sc] in each 1ch sp, ending 1sc in 2nd of 2ch, turn.
Rep Row 2 until the desired length is reached.

HOOK:  3mm (E-4)
YARN:  Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Cotton - (Fingering weight)

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USA - American Crochet Terms
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work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
chain stitch
single crochet


1. Swatch One - How to Single Crochet BL and FL
2. Swatch Two - How to Crochet Half Double Crochet Paired
3. Swatch Three - How to Crochet Offset Filet

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Saturday, 3 August 2013


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You may or may not know, but my husband and I love walking, and when we do long walks we need to hydrate.  Of course on these long walks (8 -14 miles) we always carry backpacks filled with water, snacks and lunch.  So naturally one of these water carriers would not be necessary, however we also do shorter walks (4 - 6 miles) where I always carry at least 1 litre of water, and it is on these short walks where I need a simple carrier for my water bottle.

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And here it is, a simple water carrier, created in a moment of madness, yes madness, it is summer here in the UK and the weather has been warm to hot and really it's not ideal crochet weather, however I find it hard to NOT crochet in the evenings unless I am occupied in more entertaining pursuits.


I used DMC Petra 3 (4ply) - Fingering weight, and Hook:  2.5mm (B-1).

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JIMMY Water Carrier Crochet Pattern 

Start with a magic ring, and make a base of single crochet. Changing colour every round.

Soon as you have the base same size as your water bottle stop increasing, and start the body of the bag.

For the body of the bag, use SWATCH THREE stitch and change colour every round, or every two rounds.

Continue for desired length finishing with a border of single crochet, half double crochet and single crochet.

Do not cut yarn, continue with making the strap.

Using MC single crochet desired number of stitches, over the CC yarn, change colour in last stitch, turn, and single crochet over the MC yarn.

Continue in this manner until desired length.

Attach with single crochet to other side of bag.

By using this method of crocheting over the contrast yarn, you will achieve a stronger, thicker strap and by changing colour you will have one row of each colour.

I made my strap long enough to cross over my body.

SPECIAL NOTE:  The strap and bag will stretch as soon as you add weight to it.  I over-estimated the length of the strap, so after the first use it was way too long, even for my husband.   SEE SOLUTION BELOW.

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To remedy the problem, of the much too long strap, I bought a couple of D-buckles and unpicked the last row of single crochet which attached the strap to the base.
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Then with a single crochet stitch, attached the D-buckles. Now I can adjust the strap length to suit the wearer.

Hope you enjoying  the beautiful sunny weather,

Ciao, Ciao...