I'm the first to admit that I'm lousy with a crochet hook. I know the basic stitches, but I just never really took to it. That said, these new ties are really basic crochet. If you can make a chain, then you should be able to make them without a problem! The ties are only slightly thinner than the knit ones. Here then, is my little tutorial on how to make the crocheted ties.
First you want to take the three stitches that you would normally use for the knitted I-cords and insert your hook through the loops:
Draw your yarn through the three stitches and pull it tightly.
Now crochet an ordinary chain for about 12 inches.
When you've reached the desired length, you're going to put your hook in the second chain from the hook and draw the yarn through this stitch and the one on your hook. A slip stitch. Keep slipping the stitches all the way down the chain until you reach the bib where you began the tie.
Now you just need to cut the yarn, leaving enough to secure the end to the bib. Make sure it's nice and tight.
I actually make a knot on the back to make sure it's really secure and weave the tail in back and forth. Here's a picture of the backside (can you see my knot?):
When you're done, this is what the tie looks like:
And here it is compared to a knit tie:
As you can see, they are pretty close in size. The crocheted ties are so much faster and it makes the whole project just zip right along. From now on, any pattern that I post will include the directions for both the knitted ties as well as the crocheted ones. I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think!
Now, I have to get back to work on the calendar. I only needed to come up with two designs, but once I got started I had trouble stopping. My theory is anything worth doing, is worth over doing. Last count, I had eleven designs! It would be great if I could just post pictures and have all of you vote on which ones to include, but then there wouldn't be any element of surprise. All of the ones that don't make it into the calendar, will eventually end up here. Maybe I should do my own mystery knit-a-long?