Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Join As You Go Motifs

Join as you go crochet is nothing more than a crochet shape that is attached to another shape by aligning it to the previous square. They are just slip stitched together to the stitches on the opposite square. I like to think of it as crocheting a kaleidoscope. Join as you go can be circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hexagons to name a few. My favorite is working with thread. The motifs can be yarn or thread to create afghans, tablecloths or even sweaters and pullovers. You can create yarn projects out of thread instructions or thread projects out of yarn instructions. I have done both and had great results. My advice is to crochet a shape or two of your project first, to see how they lay together and if you are going to like it, when you are using a medium other than what the pattern recommends.

Video Tutorial: Join As You Go - Thread Examples


Click on each square to see a large version.


These are projects that I have created. The image to the right is a project I am currently working on. The images are highlighted with arrows to show where they squares are joined to the other squares. The examples to the left and center illustrate a simple joining through a chain. The right is an illustration of joining through a slip stitch after each double crochet is created. It is joined again at the center.


This is a circle variation of join as you go. There are several size motifs created to get the end result.



Friday, May 23, 2008

Beanie Bag - Handbag Purse





Beanie Bag

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Size I Crochet Hook

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

SHELL = 5 DC with CH 1 between each DC

Complete the Beanie Cap Pattern.
Written Instructions:
Beanie

Video Tutorials:
Crochet Beanie Hat Cap- Part 1
Crochet Beanie Hat Cap- Part 2

DRAWSTRING ROW:In any single crochet, attach the yarn with a SL ST. CH 4, *SK one SC and DC in the next, CH 1.* Repeat around from * to *. SL ST in third CH of beg CH. Make sure you have an even number of stitches in this row if you are doing a pattern stitch that requires an even number. The drawstring row is where you will make the necessary adjustment to get the correct amount of stitches for the edging. You can add a stitches right next to each other if that is what it takes to get an even number. It will not throw the pattern off by adding an additional stitch or two in the drawstring row.



EDGING:CH 1, SC in same DC, Shell in next DC, SK CH 1 SP, *SC in next DC, SK CH 1 SP, Shell in next DC,SK CH 1 SP,* repeat from * to * to the beg. SL ST in beg SC.

DRAWSTRING: With two strands of yarn, CH 80. Cut off a long tail. Do not sew together yet.

Weave the drawstring through the drawstring row. Once the drawstring is adjusted how you like it, Slip Stitch the two ends together. Tie a very secure knot and the sew in the tails.

Video Tutorial - Beanie Bag - Handbag Purse




Sunday, May 18, 2008

Crochet Cell Phone Case



Crochet Cell Phone Case

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Cell Phone Case- Part One

Video Tutorial: Crochet Cell Phone Case - Part Two

Materials
G Crochet Hook
Yarn 4-Ply worsted weight

Multiple: 2 + 3

Chain 15

Round 1: SC in each ch across (14 SC), on the opposite side sc in
ea ch.join at the beginning. (14 SC). There will be a total of 28
single crochet when finished.


Round 2: Star Bottom: Chain 3, pull up a loop 3 times through the
next 3 chains and in ea of the next 2 SC for this first round. (HDC
for remaining rounds). There will be a total of 6 loops on the
hook. Pull through all 6 loops on the hook with a sl st. Make 15
bottom sections of the star stitch, join in the beginning ch 3.

Round 3: Star Top: Sl St over to the closing joining the previous
6. CH 2, HDC in same sp. 2 HDC in ea joining space around. (15
sets of 2 HDC)


Rows 2 & 3 complete a full star stitch. Complete both row until you
get your pouch the length you want it to be.


Crochet Star Stitch




Video Tutorial:
Crochet Star Stitch - Full Star - Part One
Crochet Star Stitch - Full Star - Part Two

There is a difference in the work from the front to the back. Above is an example of my work where you will see the difference in the sides. Click on the image for a full view of the example.

Multiple: 2 + 3

Star Bottom: Chain 3, pull up a loop 5 times through each of the next 5 chains. There will be a total of 6 loops on the hook. Pull through all 6 loops on the hook with a slip stotch. The next star,
  1. The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch.
  2. Draw a loop through the closing,
  3. The next loop will be through the side of the stitch
  4. Draw the next loop throught the same ch as the previous star
  5. Draw a loop through each of the next 2 Chs.
  6. Pull through all 6 loops on your hook.

Star Top: CH 2, 2 HDC in EA closing across, HDC in BEG CH 3

NOTE: The instructions below and the image numbers match, showing where the hook is being inserted and where the loops are being made to create the stitch.

Star Bottom for Half Double Crochet Row:
  1. By Default, the loop on the hook will count as the first loop
  2. Insert hook through the first loop of the joining hole of the previous stitch, pull the yarn through ( 2 loops on hook)
  3. Insert hook through the next loop through the side of the previous stitch,pull the yarn through (3 loops on hook)
  4. Insert hook through the HDC of the previous row. It will be shared with the previous stitch, pull the yarn through. ( 4 loops on hook)
  5. Insert the hook through the next HDC,pull the yarn through (5 loops on hook)
  6. Insert the hook through the next HDC, pull the yarn through (6 loops on hook)
  7. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 6 loops on the hook

Repeat the bottom and top rows for the full STAR STITCH.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Crochet Circle to Square - Granny


The idea behind turning a circle in to a square is the same for any size that you want to make. If you want to make it larger, you will make a larger circle to start with and alter the stitches to create a larger square. As you increase the size of your project, you need to remember to add increase stitches to add fullness to the outer edges of your project so it does not pull and pucker from being to tight.

Crochet Circle to Square


Pattern by Teresa Richardson
Size I Crochet Hook

Start with Magic Circle

*NOTE: When your square is complete, make sure you pull your magic circle tight and secure it with a couple of knots. Sew your tails in. The magic circle is crocheting over the yarn so if you don't make secure knots, the tail could come out and your stitches will come apart during the a wash cycle.

Round 1: CH 2, 19 HDc in loop. Join in beg CH 2. (20 Half-Double Crochet)

Round 2: CH 2, HDC in ea ST around. Join in beg CH 2. (20 Half-Double Crochet)

Round 3: CH 2, HDC in same St. 2 HDC in EA ST around. Join in beg CH 2. (40 Half-Double Crochet) Cut yarn to change color. Make sure you sew in the tail when your square is complete.

Round 4: Attach new color to any previous HDC.(This will form the square. The next stitches will be worked across 10 stitches) CH 3, DC in same ST. DC in next, HDC in ea of the next 2 STS, SC in ea of the next 2 STS. HDC in ea of the next 2 STS, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST. *CH 2, 2 DC in next ST. DC in next, HDC in ea of the next 2 STS, SC in ea of the next 2 STS. HDC in ea of the next 2 STS, 1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST.* Repeat from * to * 3 times. CH 1, SC in BEG CH 3.

Round 5: CH 3, DC in same sp. DC in ea ST across. In the corner CH 2 SP, work: 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, continue around to beginning corner space. 2 DC in space, CH 2, Join. Cut yarn and change color.

Round 6: CH 1, *3 SC in CH 2 SP. 1 SC in EA ST across* Repeat from * to * 4 times. Join in BEG SC. Sew in tails.
Crochet Video Tutorial: Crochet Circle to Square

Thursday, May 8, 2008

5 Sided Solid Motif



5 Sided Solid Motif

CH 4 or Magic Circle

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC, *CH 2, 3 DC* repeat from * to * 4 times. CH 1,
SC in beg CH 3 to join.


Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC in chain, *DC in ea DC across, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
in next(corner) CH 2 SP.* Repeat from * to * 4 times. 2 DC, CH 1 in
next SP. SC in BEG CH 3. (7 Double Crochet)


Round 3: CH 3, 2 DC in chain, *DC in ea DC across, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC
in next(corner) CH 2 SP.* Repeat from * to * 4 times. 2 DC, CH 1 in
next SP. SC in BEG CH 3. (11 Double Crochet)


Crochet Video Tutorial: 5 Sided Solid Motif

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Amigurumi Tube - Arm or Leg



Amigurumi Tube

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 3 or Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 SC in the loop. Do not join (6 Single Crochet)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST around (12 Single Crochet)

Round 3: SC around, until you get to the length you want your tube.

Once you complete the length of your arm or leg, stuff the piece
with polyester fiberfill.


Decreasing:

Decrease Round 1: SC DEC 6 times. (6 Single Crochet)

Decrease Round 2: SC DEC 3 times. (3 Single Crochet)

Video Tutorial:
Amigurumi Tube - Arm or Leg

Filet Crochet Rose



Filet Crochet Rose

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Starting Chain 145. Chain 3, this will count as the beginning
double crochet.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Filet Crochet Palm Tree




Filet Palm Tree


Pattern by Teresa Richardson



Size 10 crochet cotton


Chain 322


Steele Crochet Hook Size 8, 9 or 10

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