The Bullion Stitch

Good morning!

As I’m writing this the smell of baking bread is permeating my home and I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven.

I hope those of you who weathered Sandy’s destruction are all safe and warm and that life is slowly beginning to take on a sense of normalcy again.
Here the weather is still up and down, sunny and warm one day, cold and miserable the next. On Sunday we went to find the sun at the beach and we all had a wonderful time; especially Eliana, who enjoyed playing in the sand

Freeform Circular Crochet Bullion Stitch - a photo tutorial pdf pattern - NEW OFFERING

 

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Demystifying Cluster Stitches Part 1

 

 

Note how each stitch puffs out slightly.
The popcorn stitch pops out at the top, due to the fact that the working loop is inserted through the first loop of the cluster to complete the stitch.
The puff stitch creates a lovely simple puff which would be wonderful to use on soft baby projects.
The bobble stitch is somewhat more structured than the puff stitch and more secure, which makes it more long lasting than the puff stitch.
The offset puff or pineapple stitch creates a lovely pattern and is the least puffy of the stitches I have chosen to show you.

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Coming attractions and a few pretties

My little angel is still not feeling 100% so I’ve been increasing my yarn bomb stash (and I’m running out of horrible acrylic yarn 😦 )

It seems that the popcorn stitch tutorial was a good idea and I have had some inquiries as to how it differs from a puff stitch.
I have been doing some research and have found that there are quite a number of puffy three dimensional stitches that look similar but are in fact quite different. So, I have decided that over the next two weeks I will demystify the following stitches for you all.
First up will be the puff stitch and the bobble stitch. I’ll be doing a comparative photo tutorial and I will also compare it to the popcorn stitch. That way you will be able to see exactly how they differ and how to construct them. Look out for the tutorial next Tuesday.
The following week I will give you a quick rundown of other grouped stitches, starting with the simple increase and decrease and then moving on to the shell stitch and the ‘together’ stitch.

If you are confused by any other crochet stitches please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me (stephanie@radiate.co.za) and I’ll do my best to help you.

For now, here are some pretty overlay hearts made by you 🙂


The top hearts were both done by Ginny, one of my testers. Below on the left is one made by Diana and next to that is Nikki’s heart, she’s another one of my testers.
The hearts in the two large photos at the bottom are both by a creative being, who wrote a really lovely blog post about my hearts a little while ago.

I thought Nikki’s idea of joining two hearts and making them into an ornament was really great, so I made one too (and I’ll be making more too)