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Motif - Correct Pronunciation - Mo-TEEF

I make errors and this is one of those times. I let a couple of people know that I was going to try correct my error. As we all know, triangles, squares and circles can create a Motif. Well, I pronounced Motif wrong in several videos. I pronounced Amigurumi wrong earlier in the year, so it is not my first verbal error. Maybe one day Youtube will provide an audio edit so I can replace small segments of audio, while leaving the original video up. I learned a couple days ago that I was pronouncing it wrong all these years. I deeply apologize to those of you who may have learned how to say it wrong because of me. It is pronounced Mo-TEEF. I am working on remembering so the next time I do a Motif tutorial I won't say it wrong.

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SeedStitch Flower Granny Square

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SeedStitch Flower Granny Square

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Seed Stitch Flower Granny Square - Part1There seems to be a problem watching part 1 in standard quality so it will be necessary to watch the video in "High Quality" which is located on the bottom right of the video, below video views.Crochet Seed Stitch Flower Granny Square - Part2Crochet Seed Stitch Flower Granny Square - Part3

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, 9 SC in chain, join in beg SC.

Round 2: Ch 1, *SC, TC in same ST, repeat from * 9 times. (There will 9 sets of single crochet, triple crochet)

Round 3: Ch 1, *SC in same SC, CH 5, skip about 5 stitches or 1/4 around the flower and SC, repeat 4 times, joining the last chain in the beginning single crochet. You will have 4 chain 5 loops evenly distributed around the circle.

Round 4: SL ST in to the CH 5 loop. CH 3, 2 DC CH 2, 2 DC in the same loop. *CH 1, 3 DC in the next SC, CH 1. 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the CH 5 LP. Rep…

Small Crochet Star

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Small Crochet Star

Crochet Abbreviations
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
EA = Each
Beg = Beginning
CH = Chain

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Star - Small

CH 4, join

Round 1: Ch 1, *2 SC, CH 2 from * 4 times, 2 SC, CH 1, HDC in BEG SC.( There will be a total of, 5 sets of 2 SC CH 2)

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in loop, SK over the next 2 SC. *In the next CH 2 loop do, 2 SC CH 2, 2 SC, SK over the next 2 SC(this is the decrease). repeat from * 4 times. 2 SC in the beginning CH 2 SP. CH 1, HDC in BEG SC. This will end in the center point of the star.

Round 3: CH 1, 2 SC in the same loop, 1 SC in the next st, SK the next 2 SC(this is the center decrease), SC in the next SC, *2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC in the next CH 2 loop. 1 SC in the next st, SK the next 2 SC(this is the center decrease), repeat from * 4 times. 1 SC in the next SC, 2 SC in the beg loop. CH 1, HDC in BEG SC to join.

Round 4: CH 1, 2 SC in the same loop, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 st, SK the nex…

Large Crochet Star

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Crochet Large Star

Crochet Abbreviations
HDC DEC = Half Double Crochet Decrease
SL ST = Slip Stitch
HDC = Half Double Crochet
CH = Chain
EA = Each

Video Tutorial:Crochet Star - Large

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Ch 5, join

Round 1: CH 2, 3 HDC, *CH 2, 4 HDC, repeat from * 4 times. CH 1, HDC in beg CH 2. ( 5 Sets of 4 HDC, CH 2)

Round 2: CH 2, 1 HDC in same loop, *1 HDC in next ST. HDC DEC over next 2 Sts. HDC in next ST. 2 HDC CH 2, 2 HDC in corner CH. HDC in next ST. Repeat from * 4 times. HDC in next ST, HDC DEC, HDC in next ST. 2 HDC in beg CH 2. CH 1, HDC in beg CH.

Round 3: CH 2, 1 HDC in same SP. *1 HDC in ea of the next 2 Sts. HDC DEC over next two Sts, skipping previous HDC DEC. HDC in ea of the next 2 Sts. 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in corner CH. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 Sts. Repeat from * 4 times. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 ST, HDC DEC, HDC in ea of the next 2 ST. 2 HDC in beg CH 2. CH 1, HDC in beg CH.

Round 4: CH 2, 1 HDC in same SP. *1 HDC in ea of the next 3 Sts. HDC DEC over next two …

Crochet Lotus Bloom Flower

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Lotus Bloom

Pattern by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Crochet Lotus Bloom Flower
Video Tutorial:Magic Circle - Crochet
Hook Size H

4-Ply Yarn

Center:
Magic circle or Chain 3Round 1: Ch 1, 6 SC in loop, Join to beginning. (6 SC)

Round 2: CH 1, SC in same ST, 2 SC in ea st around, join ( 12 SC)

Round 3: CH 1, SC, *2 SC in next ST, 1 SC in next ST, repeat from * around to beginning, join. (18 SC)

Round 4: In back loop only, 1 SC in ea SC around, join. (18 SC)

Round 5: CH 1, *SC DEC over the next 2 STs, continue from * 8 more times. (9 SC DEC)

Round 6-8: CH 1, SC in same ST, SC in ea ST around, join. (9 SC)


Lotus Petal:

7 Chainless SC or chain 8, 7 SC in the chain.

NOTE: Stitches will be worked around both sides of foundation.

Round 1: CH 1 turn, 3 SC in end SC, SC in each of the next 5 STs, 3 SC in end, SC in in each of the next 5 Sts. join. (16 single crochet total)

Round 2: CH 1 SC in same ST, 3 SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 7 SC, 3 SC in next, SC in each of the next 6 Sts, join. (20 Single C…

Decrease - To Join or Skip - Crochet Tip 9

There are two ways to decrease on the edge of a crochet piece. You can decrease by eliminating a stitch or you can do an actual decrease by joining two stitches together. The reason for how I decrease is to make sure there are no holes. The edges are where holes usually develop in turning and decreasing. If I need to decrease at the beginning of a row, I will do my chain, then do the decrease over the next two stitches. This will fill in and not leave a hole at the edge of my piece. On occasion, such as a ripple stitch, a hole might not be a big deal. Decreasing by eliminating a stitch will be perfectly fine. There are two variations when it comes to decreasing a crochet stitch.

Half Circle - Single Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

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Half Circle - Single Crochet - EarFlaps

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Half Circle -Single Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

Video Tutorial:

Magic Circle or chain 3, join.

Row 1: CH 1, 6 SC in Loop

Row 2: CH 1, 2 SC in ea SC. (12 Single Crochet)

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC. (12 Single Crochet)

Row 4: CH 1, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, continue across. (18 Single Crochet)

Row 5: CH 1, 1 SC in ea SC across. (18 Single Crochet)

Row 6: CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 Sts, 2 SC in next St. Continue Across. (24 Single Crochet)

Row 7: CH 1, SC in each SC across. (24 Single Crochet)

Half Circle - Double Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

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Half Circle Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat



Written by Teresa Richardon

Video Tutorial Half Circle:Half Circle - Double Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat

Video Tutorial Sewing Earflaps to Cap:

Magic Circle or Chain 3, join

Row 1: Chain 3, 5 DC in loop (Beginning CH 3 counts at first DC, 6 DC)

Row 2: CH 3, DC in same ST, 2 DC in ea ST to end (12 DC)

Row 3: CH 3, *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next ST, continue from * (18 DC)

Row 4: CH 3, 1 DC in next St, *2 DC in next St, 1 DC in ea of the next 2 Sts, continue from *. (24 DC)

If you are using the half circle for earflaps, place them evenly across from each other and whip stitch them in place.


Crochet Chain Loops- Where Do I Put My Hook? - Crochet Tip 8

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When making a beginning circle loop, many of us have probably asked ourselves, Where do we put our Hook, in & through the chains or around the chains? Both ways are correct. Method 1 is when you crochet through each individual chain. This will give you an even distribution and will limit stitch movement. Method 2 is over and around the chain loop, which will give you an uneven distribution. You will be able to evenly distribute your stitches when you are finished with your first round. I prefer method 2 in how the stitches look over the chain loop. Method 2 is what I use most of the time.

The image below shows two circles, each with a chain 8 and 16 Double Crochet. The circle to the left shows how the chain will look with a 2 double in each chain. The circle to the right shows how the project will look by crocheting over and around the chain.
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When doing a motif or granny square ,we may come across a chain at some point in the motif. The decision …

Frustrating Moments of Crochet - Crochet Tip 7

Everyone has experienced difficult patterns at times. You might find yourself reading over the written instructions more than you are crocheting. You may find yourself ripping out the same row 20 times because it is not turning out as described by the instructions. In my early crochet years, I discovered that professional publications are not immune to mistakes. My suggestion is to put your work down for a day or two. Go back to it with success in your mind. This is where you will find your biggest ahhhh-haaaaa moments in crochet. The stitch that you may have been struggling with will make sense or you will find that error in the written publication. There is something about clearing your brain, that make continuing on with a difficult pattern, a lot easier to complete.

Crochet Magic Double Thick Potholder - Seed Stitch

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Magic PotholderSeed Stitch Crochet

Crochet Abbreviations
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Magic PotHolder Seed Stitch Crochet

Size G Crochet Hook

26 FSC or 27 Chains

Round 1: CH 1, 1 SC, 1 DC in ea st around or each chain if you are using chains. Join.

This project will be worked in rounds, turning on each round for an even distribution of the seed stitch. Turn. Mark the beginning stitch with a marker so you know where your round ends.

Round 2-12: SC, DC in each DC on the previous round. Continue around with a SC,DC (Seed Stitch) combination in each DC around. Join in beg SC, turn.

The piece will be in the shape of a pouch with an opening at the top. Lay the piece down so that you have a square. Fold the opening edges so they come together and touch each other. This will form two more points on the potholder creating the square. Knot and Sew in the beginning tail. Knot and Se…

Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

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Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

G Crochet Hook

Crochet Abbreviations:
SL ST = Slip StitchSC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
HDC = Half Double CrochetTC = Triple Crochet

Video Tutorial:Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 4.

Round 1: Ch 2, 9 HDC in the loop. Join in beg CH 2. (10 HDC total, counting the first CH 2 as a HDC)

Round 2: CH 1, SC in same ST. *CH 3, SK 1 ST and SC in the next ST, repeat 4 time from * CH 3, SK next ST, SL ST in beg SC to join. (5 CH 3 Loops all together) Join in beginning SC.

Round 3: SL ST in CH 3 Space. *CH 2, 9 TC in loop, CH 2, SL ST in same loop, SL ST in to next CH 3 loop. Repeat from * twice for a total of 2 petals. *CH 1, 9 DC in loop, CH 1, SL ST in same loop, SL ST in to next CH 3 loop. Repeat from * three times for a total of 3 petals. (2 Large petals, 3 Small petals)

Round 4: CH 2, SL ST in next st; continue around for the whole flower edging.

Crochet Gauge

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The designer of a pattern, will create a unique gauge by default, to their specification just by the yarn and hook they choose. Gauge is also done by individual tension. Tension is just how tight or loose you hold your yarn/thread while you are crocheting. We can even add in an amount of guesstimating to figuring gauge. Even if you use the exact same supplies recommended by the pattern, the gauge could be off due to the unique tension of each individual. The designer has done the hard part by creating and shaping the pattern. All you need to do is figure your gauge and then work it in to the pattern.

Another thing to keep in mind when creating a project is to purchase enough yarn/thread for your project. It is better to have to much yarn/thread than not enough.

I know gauge can seem a big confusing. Gauge is a measurement between a beginning point and ending point. The best way to determine your unique gauge is to crochet a swatch of the pattern stitches that you will be using in the …

Uneven Edges - Chain 3 VS Chain 2 - Crochet Tip 6

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It is normal to have an uneven edge with the chain 3 on the edge of a small square or an afghan. It may look lumpy, bumpy and crooked. Chain 3's may even add fullness so the sides of your afghan so they are longer than the center section of your piece. You may also find a larger gap next to the chain 3 in a crochet circle so it is not just edges that are affected by the additional fullness that the chain 3 may add.


This image shows two swatches, both crocheted with an "I" crochet hook, 8 double crochet each. The left swatch is done with the chain 3. The right swatch is done with the chain 2. Even though the measurements are close, you can see the difference in how the gaps will close up by using a chain 2 instead of a chain 3. A chain 2 will improve the final outcome of wavy edges.

There are a couple of things you can do to make edges more even or to close the gap of a circle. You can crochet a tighter chain 3 if you feel it is necessary to use a chain 3. You can also…

Wacky Crochet Hat

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Wacky Crochet Hat

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Wacky Hat Part 1 , Wacky Hat Part 2SHAPES:1 Circle - 1 Rounds2- 3-Sided Open Motif2-3-Sided Solid Motif8 Circles 2 RoundsWith a contrasting color, Single Crochet around the smallest top circle, evenly attaching the 4, 3-sided motifs. Evenly single crochet together the sides of each 3-sided motif. Single crochet 2 circles to the bottom of each 3-sided motif and on around each circle.

Ripple Crochet - Variation 3

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Ripple Crochet Variation 3

Created by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Ripple Crochet Variation 3
Size I Crochet Hook used in the Video Tutorial

Chain of 51 for the swatch used in the tutorial.

Multiple: 24 + 3
Row 1: DC in 4th CH from hook, **CH 1, *SK 1 CH, DC in next CH, CH 1, Repeat from * 4 times, SK 1, CH1 , (DC, CH 3, DC in same CH), *CH 1, SK 1 CH, DC in next CH, Repeat from * 4 times, CH 1, SK 1 CH, (See Diagram)First part of DC DEC in next CH, SK 3 CH, Second part of DC DEC in 4th CH. Continue from ** for next ripple section. Edge decrease is worked over 3 chains.

Row 2: Counts as edge decrease, CH 3, SK CH & DC in next DC, *DC in CH 1 SP and DC for a total of 8, 2 DC, CH 3, 2 DC in Ch 3 SP. 8 DC in DC and CH 1 SP. DC DEC, Skipping CH 1's and previous DC DEC. Repeat from *. Edge- DC DEC -See diagram.
Row 3: