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Changing the Color of your Crochet Project

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Changing colors is nothing more than, cutting your yarn, securing it, then attaching a new color. There is no special way to go about doing it. It is no different than if you ran out of yarn in the middle of your project and had to attach a new skein. It comes down to your personal preference when attaching a new strand of yarn. Below are several videos that touch on changing colors.

Tunisial Crochet Color Change This is a video tutorial for the changing color of a row with tunisian crochet.

Video Tutorial: Tunisian Crochet Color Change


This is a video tutorial for changing color in the middle of a granny square and in the middle of a row.
Video Tutorial: Changing Color in the Middle of a Project



Circle to Square
This is another good example of changing color with rows.
Video Tutorial: Crochet Circle to Square

Reggae Rasta Slouch There are several color changes in this tutorial. Video Tutorial: Reggae Rasta Slouch Popcorn Cap - Part One Reggae Rasta Slouch Popcorn Cap - Part Two

Miniature Christmas Stocking Variation 2

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Miniature Christmas Stocking Variation 2

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Miniature Christmas Stocking Variation 2

It takes two rows to complete the star stitch.
Size I crochet hook
Chain 13

Red Yarn
Round 1: CH 1, 12 SC on ea side for a total of 24, join.

Round 2: First Part of Start Stitch: CH 3, 13 Star Stitch. Join in Beginning.

Round 3:SL ST in to the center of the previous stitches. CH 2, HDC in same space. 2 HDC in each joining space around. Join. (26 HDC)

Round 4: Repeat round 2.

Round 5: Repeat round 4 skipping 4 star stitches at the toe. Continue around, join (18 HDC) This is a good place to turn it inside out to sew the toe shut. Evenly sew across the top of the toe. Knot and tie in tails. Turn it right side out when finished.

Round 6-9: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 two time. This will be two more complete star stitch rows. (9 star stitches in all) Calf of stocking.

Round 10: With white yarn, SC around, join.

Round 11: Ch 1, SC, Long HDC Spike down 2 or 3 rows. Continue around with…

How to Create a Yoke from a 3-Sided Motif

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How to Create a Yoke from 3 Sides
Pattern by Teresa Richardson
I am using the magic circle. You can use a chain if you don't want to use the magic circle.
Round 1: CH 3, 3 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 1, SC in Beg CH 3.
Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC in previous CH Space. DC in each of the next 4 DC. 8 DC in next corner space. DC in each of the next 4 DC. In the next corner, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC. DC in ea of the next 4 DC, 3 DC in corner, CH 2, SL ST in beg CH 3.
I am using 9 motifs in my example. The top, curved section of the motif will be the 8 DC . Matching right sides together, Slipstitch or whipstitch 9 DC together. Picture image will show joining stitches.
You will decide the placement of your armhole chains and where they will go. After that is complete, you will crochet the skirt to your dress with the pattern stitch of your choice.

This size yoke is a variation to the yoke for the Solomon's Knot baby dress. It could be used to make a larger baby dress. You can also make the motifs larg…

Crochet Christmas Wreath

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Crochet Wreath

Video Tutorial:Crochet Christmas Wreath

Green Yarn With green yarn Chain 35.

3 SC in each chain across. It will start to twist and be very uneven.

Straighten the section out so the twist is turning one way. Run a pipe cleaner through the center of the wreath. Secure the ends of the pipe cleaner. Twist the yarn section in the direction to tighten the yarn on the pipecleaner. This will grab the fibers of the pipecleaner and tighten it up nice and neat. Sew the yarn ends of the twist so the wreath will not come apart. Sew in all the tails. You can hotglue or dab craft glue to the pipecleaner and yarn so it will stay in place and not come apart. You can add a french knot embellishment for berries on the wreath. I have found that fishing line or clear craft line will work very well for an invisible hanger.

Inspiration for Solomon's Knot Baby Dress

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The time of the year was spring of 1983 near Dayton, Iowa. The little dress was something my former mother in law created for my baby daughter. It is made from solomon's knot which is a stitch that is unique, light and airy. Amanda was about 10 months old in this photo. She just turned 26 the 20th of July. I always loved the dress. I didn't know how to crochet much at this time in my life but I knew I wanted to know how to master this stitch. This dress was my inspiration for the Solomon's Knot Baby Dress.

Common Crochet - Fair Use or Copyright - DMCA

A false accusation towards me, has led me to the following thoughts. The person has apologized but it got me thinking anyway since the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) has been a hot topic of conversation.

My main goal from the start has been to teach people how to crochet. You crochet because you love to do it. People don't get rich from selling crochet items or patterns. Maybe the publishing companies might make money. If there is a way, someone please share it with me. I did some research and found that under "Fair Use", people teaching can use copyright material. I am doing nothing more than teaching and sharing my knowledge of crochet. I choose not to use copyright material. I teach basic stitches, shapes and concepts, in addition to the patterns I create.

BUT...................................... how can a basic shape or basic set of increases be copyright? The art of crochet is estimated to have been started around the 1800's, somewhere between Europe and…

How to make Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot

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Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot
Size F Crochet Hook

Baby Weight or 3-Ply Yarn


Chest Measurement: 18" around

There are a couple of ways to make the dress larger or smaller. 1. You can change the hook size to an E or G.
2. You can add a couple more stitches to the under arm of the yoke. You could use 6 or 7 chains or chainless foundations stitch if you wanted to make the chest larger.

The chain can be used instead of the chainless foundation.
Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot
Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation


40 Chainless HDC or 42 Chains, HDC in each chain.
The foundation row was not counted as a row in the video. It is a row, however I am leaving the instructions so they match the video.

Row 1: CH 2, *HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, continue across from *, turn  (60 half double crochet)

Row 2: CH 2, HDC in ea ST across, turn    (60 half double crochet)

Row 3: CH 2, *Hdc in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, continue across from …

Crescent Shape Crochet Moon

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Crescent Shape Moon

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crescent Shape Crochet Moon

CH 12.

Row 1: 1 SC in ea of the next 2 Sts. 2 DC in ea of the next 7 CH (14 DC) 1 SC in ea of the next 2 CH.

Row 2: Turn, Sk the first SC, *SC in ea of the next 2, 2 SC in the next, Repeat from * SL ST in last SC.

Needles for Crochet

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This is the little case I use to store my needles.Well, most of them. I use a variety of needles for sewing in the tails of my projects and for hand stitching. Many years ago I created a little needle case out of three pieces of felt sandwiched between two cotton crochet motifs and then sewed it together. On occasion I will take the needles out and wash the case. As you can see in the image to the right, it looks like it needs to be washed again. It has served its purpose well.


The needle on the left bottom, closest to the ruler, is the one I use in most of the yarn video tutorials. It is a tapestry needle and is about 2" long. I am not able to store it in my case because it has a dull point.The three needles to the right on the top section are the ones I use for thread and smaller yarn. One of them has a sharper point which works good for thread. Most of the other needles have been used for a variety of sewing projects in the past. As you progress with crochet and become advance…

Crochet 101: Left Hand Crochet

I have done six of the basic tutorials for left handed crocheters. I decided to put them all on one place so they are easy to find. If you know of a lefty that would like to learn how to crochet, please feel free to share the link to my crochet blog or any of the tutorials.

My suggestion for a lefty that would like to crochet symbol instructions. In an image editing program or your printer program, mirror your symbol instructions so they are heading to the right and then print them out. Custom instructions for a lefty.

Video Tutorials:

Crochet 101: Left Hand Crochet Chain

Crochet 101: Left Hand Slip Stitch

Crochet 101: Left Hand Single Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Half Double Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Double Crochet

Crochet 101: Left Hand Triple Crochet

Crochet Trinity Stitch

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Trinity Stitch Video Tutorial: Trinity Stitch Crochet
The multiple is 2 + 1.
You put your hook through the next chain and pull up a loop, leave the loop on your hook and repeat the same steps two more times. You will have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 4 loops. Chain 1 to secure. Chain 1 again. Each stitch will share a chain loop with the previous stitch.




Crochet Messenger Hobo Slouch Handbag

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Crochet Messenger Slouch Handbag

Written by  +Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek

Video Tutorial: Crochet Messenger Hobo Slouch Bag
Video Tutorial:Magic Circle - Crochet

Materials
Crochet Hook Size: L - 8MM
4 Ply Yarn
Yarn AmountEstimate: 600 yards/548 meters

Keep in mind that it is better to have to much yarn than not enough.

2 Strands of Yarn - I use 4-ply and 3-ply in the tutorial. You can use any combination. It will make the bag a little larger or smaller depending on your hook size and crochet tension.

For A Deeper Bag - There is a decrease at round 28. For a deeper bag, you can add more rounds before, more rounds after or both at the decrease round.

Start Loop: Magic Circle Or Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 SC in loop or chain, Do Not Join

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 SC) Mark beginning round. Make sure you move your

marker every couple or rows. Your start stitch will shift to the left and your marker

will shift to the right with each consecutive increase round.

Round 3: 2 SC in ea SC …

Crochet Picot Edging 1

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Picot Edging

The picot edging is a lengh of chain that is joined together with the first chain to create a tiny little circle on the edge of your work. Typically you evenly place the picot between the stitches you are using on your final row. You can make your picot chain length to your preference. I have used a chain length of 3, 4 and 5. You can also adjust how many stitches are in-between each stitch. I have made the picot edging on every stitch up to 5 stitches in-between each stitch. Patterns are just a guide and can be altered.
Video Tutorial:Crochet - Picot Edging

Purpose of Chainless Foundation or Foundation Crochet Stitches

The Chainless Foundation is an alternative variation to creating a chain foundation. This technique is creating your stitch and foundation all in one step. It eliminaties the chain all together and the big holes that come along with the chain. This will make your foundation and the rest of the rows and stitches in your project have more of an even alignment throughout the project. Sometimes the chain is not stretchy enough. For example: I can remember many times making a nice afghan but the foundation where I started with the chain had big ugly holes. I would try to mask it with an edging but you could still see the chain holes. Multiple stitches in a chain will make the chain distorted. Sometimes I would have a chain that was to tight or to loose. I would get halfway through the project and have to rip out my afghan just to re-do the chain so my afghan would not be distorted. The chain was controling the afghan to much by pulling and distorting the overall shape. I have had the same…

Large Crochet Shamrock

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Large Shamrock

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial -Large Crochet Shamrock

Shamrock Leaf- *Ch 10, sl st in begining ch.CH 2, 24 HDC in chain. SL ST in beg ch 2 to secure circle*, repeat from * two more times for a total of three circles.

STEM: Ch 10, SL ST back up the CH to complete stem.

Crochet Drop Stitch - Shell Stitch

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Drop Stitch Shell Stitch
Video Tutorial:
Crochet Shell-Drop Stitch Part 1

Crochet Shell- Drop Stitch Part 2
Written by Teresa Richardson

The Multiple i s 8 + 3.
This is a variation from the video. The way the stitch is done is the same as in the video. There are two variations illustrated in the symbol instructions and written at the end of the instructions.
Row 1: 3 DC in 3rd CH from hook (1/2 Shell, *CH 2 Skip 7 CHs, (Shell=3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC), repeat from * across, CH 2, 4 DC in last chain for 1/2 Shell.
Row 2: Ch 3, 3 DC in same st, *CH 2, Shell in the center of next shell, continue from * across. CH 2, 4 DC in the last ST of previous round.
Row 3: Ch 3, 3 DC in same st, *CH 1, Slip Stitch two rows below for the drop stitch, CH 1, Shell in the center of next shell. Continue from * to the end. 4 DC in the last ST of previous round. NOTE: You can include the chain in your dropstitch if you would like a rounded edging.
Row 4: Ch 1, SC in same ST, *CH 7 SC in center of next shell. Continue from…