I've been busy working with these threads which I really love. Even if I have some wonderful yarns here, I almost always pick up the threads when I want to start something new.
I used to get so frustrated to not be able to get the colors that I like from the stores. They carry only about one-fourth of colors being made. Other than that, I find it too expensive. I wanted to get the colors that I like and I also needed to get it at the best price so I can crochet more. What better way than to order it directly from Coats Manila Bay at wholesale price? I am so glad they did not turn me down, knowing that I'm not a bigtime buyer of their threads. Well, they saw how much I love their threads and my commitment to promote it online. That's why I'm able to offer these threads to other crocheters/knitters everywhere.
So I invite you to take a look and if you like some of it, you can order from me and you get a good deal. And I guarantee you will get the best available cotton thread manufactured here. Now I havent worked with other brands of imported cotton thread, but I am completely satisfied with Coats' threads.
Anchor Lifestyles cotton thread size 8, KAM03. This is a lovely pastel shaded thread in soft mercerised cotton. Best used for garments and small accessories like booties, mittens and blankets (more projects using this thread will be featured later). Avail of the special price of only $.95 per ball (+ shipping), while supply lasts.
This item is available here.
Here is a crocheted swatch and a knitted swatch. The tension for crochet using 1.75mm hook is 9 sts and 9 sc rows or 4 dc rows = 1 inch. The tension for knitting using 3mm needles is 7 sts and about 11 rows = 1 inch, in stocking stitch. I prefer to use 2mm or 2.5mm crochet hook with this thread.
Now on to some exciting new projects!
Here are some fan bookmarks I made from a pattern shared generously by an Aussie member at crochetville. The one on the left is made from Anchor size 10 cotton, the other one is made from Cannon size 8 cotton. I use hook size 1.5mm for both, so it turned out the same size. Its a very interesting and lovely design that I immediately tried it when it was posted. Thanks Cupcake!
Featured Free Pattern:
Lip balm holder
© Mimi Alelis 2006 – all rights reserved
Approx. 20 meters Anchor cotton thread size 10, multicolor (pattern A)
or Cannon cotton thread size 8 (pattern B)
Crochet hook , 2.50mm ( A) or 3.00mm (B)
Key ring attachment
Yarn needle for finishing
Work with two strands of thread held together. If using one ball, measure and cut approx. 10 meters of thread. Make sure that the color shades match while working with two strands.
Starting at bottom, with two strands of Anchor thread and size 2.5mm hook,
Rnd 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join w/ sl st to 1st sc
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: From this round on do not join rounds, work sc in back loops only of previous st. (sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times (16 sc)
Rnd 4 - 16: sc in each st around (16 sc)
Rnd 17: Working on both loops of previous sc, sl st on the next sc, edging: (ch 1, hdc, sc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sl st on next sc) around, join. Ch 6 tightly, sl st to base of 1st sc to form loop. Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach key ring with long nose pliers.
Starting at bottom, with two strands of Cannon thread and size 3mm hook,
Rnd 1: ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join w/ sl st to 1st sc
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around (10 sc)
Rnd 3: From this round on do not join rounds, work sc in back loops only of previous sc. (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 5 times (15 sc)
Rnd 4 - 15: sc in each st around (15 sc)
Rnd 16: Working on both loops of previous sc, sl st on the next sc, edging: (ch 1, hdc, sc in next sc, sk 1 sc, sl st on next sc) around, join. Ch 6 tightly, sl st to base of 1st sc to form loop. Fasten off and weave in ends. Attach key ring with long nose pliers.