How To Crochet Passion Twist
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This week, I will be talking about my most recent project- a crochet pattern for what some call the “Passion” twist! It is referred to as the Double Twisted Passybout because of its double twisted stitch style. These twists can be done in many colors so it is easy to match them with any setting or season.
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What is a passion twist?
A passion twist is when you work one row to make a vertical repeat then rotate the piece 90 degrees and work another row making a horizontal repeat. The result is an interesting texture and design element!
Many people have made beautiful items using this technique like shawls, blankets, and clothing.
Buy the right size yarn
When crocheting your first passion twist, you want to make sure that you have enough pull at the end of the piece so it does not look ragged or loose.
Crochet gauge is an important tool for making this happen. A quick way to check your crochet gauges is by doing garter stitch squares. You can use any number of stitches to do this, but keep in mind that the tighter the sticth, the smaller the square will be!
A general rule of thumb is to pick a pattern that has the same amount of loops as the size of yarn you are using. For example, if you were to make a one-foot length of white cotton yarn chain double and add a row of half trey (3 loop) granny chains, then repeat this process twice more to create a three-quarter inch long “passion” shape.
Take a class
If you’re already familiar with crochet, then there is no need to take a beginner’s class. However, if you don’t know how to do anything beyond simple granny squares, then it’s worth taking some time to learn the basics of stitches and patterning.
There are many great resources available free online or through your local yarn store or crocheting group. Many universities also offer courses in crafty skills like sewing, knitting, and crochet.
If you’d like to take things one step further, why not start teaching yourself? There are plenty of ways to get help from YouTube videos or by reading easy-to-follow tutorials. You could even hire someone to show you the right way to do something!
Once you have mastered the basics, it’s time to move onto more complex patterns. The next thing to do would be to search for patterns that look interesting to you and test out some variations on those.
Read up on crochet stitches
Stitch types are an integral part of crocheting. There are several different types of stitch patterns and you should be familiar with them!
Many beginner pattern books do not include many stitch patterns, or they may use only very simple ones. It is important to learn how to make more elaborate designs to take your cropping to new levels.
There are three main categories of stitch pattern: plain, treble, and double. A little bit of each can be mixed together and repeated many times to create elegant patterns.
The most popular way to start doing stitch patterns is by learning some basic trellis (grid-like) patterns. These add vertical lines to the work which gives it its beautiful look.
Trellis patterns are made out of two things: chains and half hexagons.
Practice on a piece of scrap fabric
Even if you have never crocheted before, there’s no need to start with something complicated! If you already know how to sew, then feel free to try your hand at crochet by picking up some cheap yarn and practicing on a length of cloth or silk ribbon.
You can even take it one step further and make an identical twin pattern so that you get extra practice making the same item twice! This is a great way to hone your skills as the patterns are almost exactly alike.
Research your gauge
When trying out new crochet patterns, one of the first things you should do is research your yarn’s gauge. This means figuring out how many stitches per inch (or cm) the yarn contains when done in the same size as the pattern it will be used for.
Many beginner crocheters get confused by this because there are different ways to define “size”. For instance, some use the circumference of the finished item while others use the width. The most common way to determine size though is using a chart that lists all sizes in various materials such as cotton or wool. These charts usually list height versus weight or dress sizing so that you can find what size each material goes up to.
When doing our research, we wanted to make sure our final product would be the same size whether it was made of cotton or wool! So, we looked up several regular stitch designs in both materials and measured how many inches each took to complete. We then picked the best matching diameter for our desired size and converted those numbers into sts.
Know how to read a crochet pattern
When you find yourself stuck or having trouble determining what stitch type an instruction refers to, check out our article! There, we will go over all of the different types of stitches and when to use them in crochet.
Having this knowledge makes it much easier to understand patterns and create your own new designs!
If you are ever struggling to make sense of a pattern, hop onto YouTube and search for tutorials on that specific stitch. Many sites offer free beginner lessons so that you can learn the basics before buying any materials! And now with digital files available, you do not need expensive supplies to get started either.
In addition to learning the basic stitches, there are many easy way to combine stitches to make new ones! This is very common in double-stranded (DS) yarns where you have both rows and rounds. Double strands of fabric are more durable than single threads, which is why most fashion trends feature lots of DS blankets and clothing.
Peel, press, and wash your finished product
When you are done crocheting your passion twist, you will need to make sure that you thoroughly wash it. Make sure to pull out every bit of yarn before washing it!
As you wash your passion twists, leave them in the washer or dryer along with some towels to help keep them warm while drying.
When hanging your piece up, use a hook size appropriate for your next project! This way it can continue to grow with you as you begin new projects.
If you want to add any decorations to your passion twist such as ruffles or embroidery, do so after washing it since dried glue would probably not stick very well.
Know how to take care of your craft
Having a passion for something means it’s more than just doing things with it, it is also taking good care of what you have invested in into this thing. If you want to keep investing in new materials or equipment, you should know how to properly maintain the ones you already have.
Just like any other tool, crocheting supplies need proper maintenance to work effectively and stay that way. When budgets are tight, buying cheap yarn can be tempting, but these lower quality fibers will probably break down faster, which costs you time spent re-croching and repairs.
Likewise, finding used crochet supplies online can save you money initially, but if you don’t know how to handle them, they risk getting ruined before you get to use them.