Chain Stitch Tension Part II
I've been working the Shawlette in Chains by Kristin Omdahl from Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. Here are a few more tips:
For the first tip, I drew from a quilting technique called, actually, chain piecing. You use it to sew together a series of shapes. After sewing together two pieces of fabric, you slide the next two under without cutting the thread. When you're done, you simply cut the threads between each set of fabric. Quilted chain piecing looks like this.
This is how this translates to this project:
When making the central triple sections, I leave them linked. So rather than cutting the yarn after each section, I move on to make the next section, leaving yarn for two tails to weave in. This makes it easy to tell top from bottom and keeps all the rascals in the same place (before I settled on this method, the smaller segments kept flying off my workspace onto the floor).
A couple more tips:
> When you cut the segments to chain them together, go ahead and weave in the ends. They will drive you nuts if you try to chain together with the little ends flapping around. Also, do yourself a favor and weave in the ends after you connect each segment. If you leave the many ends until you finish the shawlette, you might be tempted to leave them and just call them fringe.
> Before connecting the segments with chains, be sure to take a look so you know top from bottom: the top fans out; the bottom is pointed. Also take a second to be sure that you connect to the outer loop, rather than one of the inner loops or you will lose the pretty openness of the chain segments (guess how I know this).