Saturday, October 11, 2014

Double Thick Crochet Potholders from Crochet Geek

Today's recommended crochet videos are going to be 5 double thick crochet potholders made with crochet cotton yarn.  I have been guilty of making these potholders out of acrylic yarn in the past.  However acrylic yarn will burn and melt with  heat and hot items.  Ask me how I know.  I only recommend using 100% cotton. There is a wider range of colors with cotton yarn if you shop online.   Your local yarn store may also have some specialty yarn that will not be found in the chain stores.  Many of the local yarn stores will have a website where you can purchase yarn through mail order.




The first double thick pot holder is made with the ring at the top and two increase points similar to the ripple crochet or Chevron crochet technique. 





This next magic crochet double thick potholder is created with the single crochet. It is flexible technique where you can make different sizes. You start off crocheting what looks like a flat pouch. Upon completion, you fold the two open edges together and sew them together to create the square






Next is the a double thick crochet heart potholder. I took this technique a little further and crocheted two circles to create this heart. The circles are folded in half to make the double thickness. The sandwiched circles are sewn together and sewn to the sides of the square potholder. Then I added a little edging around the circular parts of the heart.






The shell double thick crochet potholder is based on the similar diagonal folding technique with sewing the two open edges together in the opposite direction to make the square. The only difference is we are working with the shell.




The final potholder uses the seed stitch.  A combination of the single crochet and double crochet folded in half upon completion, sewing the edges together diagonallyI added two crochet flowers to the points, for a little added decorative effect. This double thick crochet potholder is also an example of how you can use the same technique to make
larger are smaller sizes. 









Thursday, October 2, 2014

Crochet Round and Spiral or Continual Round - Crochet Geek


Click on Image for larger view. You will be able to see a different between the two.

There are two techniques that can be done when creating a crochet circle.

Each time you do a round, you do a slip stitch, then the chain 1 for the step up to the next round. If you are doing a spiral/continual you will not be be joining.

Here are two simple ways to remember the difference between round and spiral.
1: Round - Slip Stitch to join at the beginning of each round.

2: Spiral or Continual - No Slip Stitch


When doing a spiral/continual a marker is recommended to mark the beginning row of a spiral. I just use a scrap piece of yarn. You don't have to purchase anything fancy. Another thing that happens is that the marker will shift to the right as the beginning stitch will shift to the left.

When you are creating a doily or motif, most likely you will be working in rounds. For hats, caps, amigurumi shapes, rugs, or afghans that are continual with the same stitch, I prefer a continual round. It leaves no seam and that is what I like about the spiral. When you have a choice, the choice is up to you which technique you will be using.  







Here is a video making a crochet hat worked with the continual round.





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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crochet Lace Pineapple Doily - Crochet Geek

I am sharing my instructions the old fashioned way, sort of.  When I write my instructions, I use pencil and paper.  To create a chart like this takes a lot of additional time, so its easier to scan the image.  Who knows, maybe one day I may re-do the crochet symbol chart.  I know this will make sense to many of you who crochet with thread.

Please share your pictures with me when you get them complete. +CROCHET GEEK

I used a size 5 steel crochet hook and size 10 crochet cotton.




More crochet lace patterns.
Crochet Motif Juniper
Simply Elegant Crochet Lace Motif
Joined Crochet Swirl

Right Hand Tutorial




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet Crochet Geek







This is a simple and practical gift idea for students going off to college, a wedding or holidays.

What type of crochet potholder would you like to see me make?



Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

FSC - Foundation Single Crochet
SC - Single Crochet

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply cotton yarn
Tapestry Needle

Chain 31 or work 30 FSC- Foundation Single Crochet


Round 1 -Side 1: Work 1 SC in each chain across.  (30 Single Crochet Total on the first side)
Round 1 - Side 2: Working down the opposite side of the chain, Single Crochet in each chain. Slip stitch to join with the beginning stitch. (30 Single Crochet Total on side 2)  (There will be a total of 60 single crochet, both sides)

Note:  You can work this project with joined rounds or with the continual round.  To work the continual round, you will not join.  Work the first single crochet in the top of the first single crochet, continue around.  You may want to mark the first stitch with a yarn marker so you know where the first stitch is at.


Round 2-20: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.  Join with the first stitch if you are working joined rounds.  


If you have worked the continual round, skip one stitch, slip stitch in the next to even off the round.


Cut a long tail and secure.  Fold the potholder in to a square.  Click here to See Video Segment.  Sew the two edges together. Sew in the tail.






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flower Power - Large Crochet Flower













Flower Power - Large Crochet Flower 
This tutorial will provide instructions on how to make a large crochet flower. It is made with four play worsted weight yarn and a size H, five millimeter crochet hook.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Flower Power - Large Crochet Flower

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Flower Power - Large Crochet Flower

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each


Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 3 Color choices
Tapestry Needle


Foundation Stitch Video Tutorials:
Chainless Single Crochet Foundation
Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation
Chainless Double Crochet Foundation

Attach the slip knot to the crochet hook.



Petal: Work 3 Foundation Single Crochet, 3 Foundation Half Double Crochet, 2 Foundation Double Crochet, 1 Foundation Triple Crochet, Work 6 triple crochet at the base of the triple crochet. This will be working down the opposite side of the petal.  Work 1 DC in ea of the next 2 DC on the opposite side.  Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 3 HDC on the opposite side. Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 SC on the opposite side.

Continue working the amount of petals would would like with your flower.  I have used 7 petals with the video example. When the petals are complete, slip stitch the last petal to the first petal. Cut the yarn, secure and knot the tail. 


Petal Edging:  Secure the new color to the the hook with a slip knot.  Join on any petal.  Slip stitch in the loop behind the stitch.  Chain 1, SC in the same loop.  Work 1 SC in the loop behind the stitch with each of the next 7 stitches.  Work 2 SC in the loop behind the stitch, in each of the next 7 stitches. Work 1 SC in the loop behind the stitch, in each of the remaining 8 stitches. Work a slip stitch between the petals. Continue


Flower Center:  Secure the new color to the the hook with a slip knot.  Work a chain of 3, SL ST to join.  
Round 1: Ch 1, Work 16 DC through the center, join with the beginning stitch.
Round 2: CH 1, *Work a Back Post Single Crochet(see video), CH 3 Back Post Single Crochet around the next stitch.  Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.  When the center is complete, cut a long length of yarn.  This will be used for sewing the center to the flower.


Align the center to the petals and sew in place. Sew in all the tails.








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