Handy Chart for Fiber Artists

If you’re like me and like to knit and crochet and you aren’t afraid to combine both skills in the same project…here’s a handy chart to help you select the appropriate size needles and hooks. In other words, if I am knitting with No. 7 knitting needles and want to put a crocheted edging on my project, following this chart I would get the best results from a G crochet hook.

Comparison Chart Knitting Needles & Crochet   Hook Sizes
Knitting MM Crochet
0.6 14 steel
0.75 12 steel
1 10 steel
1.5  6 steel
1.75 4 steel
0 2 1 steel/B/1
1 2.25
2.5 C/2
2 2.75
3 D/3
3 3.25
4 3.5 E/4
5 3.75
6 4 F/5
7 4.5 G/6
8 5 H/8
9 5.5 I/9
10 6 J/10
10-1/2 6.5
10-3/4 7 K/10.5
11 8 L/11
13 9 M/13
15 10 N/15
11.5 P/16
17 12.75
19 15
35 19
50 25

Why that crochet pattern just isn’t working.

Just a word to the wise…If you purchase a pattern that was authored in England (UK)  you will need to be aware of these differences.

sl st (slip stitch) = sc (single crochet)
sc (single crochet) = dc (double crochet)
hdc (half double crochet) = htr (half treble crochet)
dc (double crochet) = tr (treble crochet)
tr (treble crochet) = dtr (double treble crochet)
dtr (double treble crochet) = ttr (triple treble crochet)
skip = miss

Starting the new year off right

I am going to try to be better about consistently blogging this year.  Our first class is a Basic Crochet class on Saturday January 14th.  If you’re planning on attending don’t forget that if you like us on FB or follow us on Twitter we will give you 50% off the class fee.  So your $10 class will only cost you $5.

The term “crochet” is derived from the french word Croc or Croche  which means “hook.”  There are a wide variety of sizes and types of hooks and techniques to use them.  I’ll be blogging about them in more detail over the next few months, but here are some general descriptions.

    • Filet Crochet-worked from a grid or graph

      Filet Crochet

    • Tunisian Crochet-After the starting chain is accomplished; the first row is worked by inserting the hook in the chain, pulling a loop from the free end of the yarn, and inserting the hook in the next chain without working the loop off the hook. At the end of the row, you will have as many loops on the hook as there are stitches across. In the second half of the row, you will work the loops off the hook.
    • Broomstick Crochet-A form of crochet that originally was accomplished over a broomstick, most often today is done over a very large knitting needle. In actuality, you could use a piece of PVC, curtain rod, fat pencil or any long cylindrical object you can find around the house.
    • Hairpin Lace-This method uses a crochet hook and a

      Hairpin Lace Vest

      hairpin lace loom. Formerly, a metal U-shaped hairpin was used for this purpose which is how the method got its name. Strips are made by this method which are then joined together to create a lightweight fabric. Various types of yarns and threads are used to get different color, texture and designs. Items such as scarves, shawls, hats, baby blanket, afghans, and clothing are made from it. Hairpin lace can also be used to decorate sewn, knitted, and crocheted works.

    • Cro-Hook Crochet-The cro-hook is a special double-ended crochet hook. Because the hook has two ends, two colors of thread can be handled at once and freely interchanged.
    • Irish Crochet-There are many types and definitions of

      Irish Rose Crochet

      Irish Crochet; basically what they all have in common is: they are crocheted in pieces and assembled in a 3D quality.

Next blog—How to do the basic crochet stitches.  Chain (Ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr), and slip stitch (ss)

Another Christmas Stocking finished

Just finished another Christmas stocking.

Hello world!

Skein Train is knitting, crocheting, felting and weaving furiously to get products finished for the upcoming holiday season.  Come back often to see photos of our efforts.