Friday, August 29, 2008

Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree



Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree

This mini tree might be a nice little addition to a holiday gift.

Chain 20

SL ST in each of the next 3 chs, 3 SC in ea of the next 4 chs, 3 HDC in ea of the next 4 chs, 3 DC in ea of the next 4 chs. 3 TC in ea of the next 4 chs.

Now you will need to shape the curly in one direction. You can adjust the fullness of your tree in how tight or loose you twist it together. Tack periodically throughout the twist so your tree will keep its shape. You can sew or tack the top point of the tree to give it more shape.
You can add decorative ornaments by adding a french knot. Other ideas to embellish your tree are: Glitter, Beads, Buttons, Wooden shapes. You will be able to find these items at a Michaels Craft Store, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Wal-mart Craft Section.




Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

SeedStitch Flower Granny Square


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SeedStitch Flower Granny Square

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:
There 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 - 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. Repeat from * 3 times. CH 1, 3 DC in the next SC. SC in beg CH 3 to join.

Round 5: Ch 3 in joining space, 2 DC in same SP. *CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the CH 5 LP. CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP. CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP. Repeat from * 3 times. CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the CH 5 LP. CH 1, 3 DC in next CH 1 SP. CH 1, Join in beg ch 3.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Small Crochet Star



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 next 2 SC(this is the center decrease), 1 SC in ea of the next 2 SC, *2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC in the next CH 2 loop. 1 SC in ea of the next 2 st, SK the next 2 SC(this is the center decrease), repeat from * 4 times. 1 SC in ea of the next 2 SC, 2 SC in the beg loop. CH 2, SL ST to join.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Large Crochet Star



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

Round 5: CH 2, 1 HDC in same SP. *1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts. HDC DEC over next two Sts, skipping previous HDC DEC. 1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts. 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in corner CH. Repeat from * 4 times. 1 HDC in ea of the next 3 ST, HDC DEC, HDC in ea of the next 4 ST. 2 HDC in beg CH 2. CH 1, HDC in beg

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Crochet Lotus Bloom Flower



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 Crochet total)

Round 3: CH 1 SC in same ST, SC in next SC, 3 SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 9 SC, 3 SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 7 ST, join. (24 single crochet total)

Round 4: CH 1 SC in same ST, SC in each of the next 2 SC, 3 SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 11 SC, 3 SC in next ST, SC in each of the next 8 ST, join. (28 Single Crochet total)



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.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Half Circle - Single Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat



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)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Half Circle - Double Crochet - EarFlaps for Hat



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.



Saturday, August 16, 2008

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

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 is still up to you on crocheting through the chains or around the chains. Both are correct. The final look of your project is up to you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Crochet Magic Double Thick Potholder - Seed Stitch




Magic Potholder Seed 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 Sew seam shut and sew in all tails.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1



Crochet Pansy Flower Variation 1

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

G Crochet Hook

Crochet Abbreviations:
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
HDC = Half Double Crochet
TC = 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.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Crochet Gauge

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 pattern. If you are making your project out of the shell stitch, then create your swatch out of the shell stitch. This is checking to see how many stitches you are going to have between a beginning and ending measurement, for the yarn and hook you are using. You can crochet a 4x4" or 6x6" swatch to get a fair estimate of the stitch size. It does not need to be fancy or very big.

An example will be if you have a sweater pattern that you want to crochet. It calls for 4-Ply yarn with an "H" crochet hook. You have some really pretty 3-ply yarn that you want to use with an "F" hook. It will take more stitches across with 3-ply yarn and "F" hook, since 3-ply yarn and "F" hook are smaller. You need to determine how many stitches you will need between the measurements that the pattern recommends. You can always adjust ending rows at any time. If you don't get your width correct in the beginning, you will be ripping or very dissapointed because your sweater does not fit correctly.

The images below show a swatch that I crocheted. The bottom section of the swatch is done with a G crochet hook, 18 double crochet and is approximately 5" wide. The top section is crocheted with an N crochet hook, 18 double crochet and is approximately 7-1/4" wide. Just by that example alone you can see the width change in size by using a different crochet hook. The gauge changed quite a bit, when I changed the hook size.



What we want to do is determine how many stitches we will need if we are making something 10" wide with each hook. In the image on the left, we can see that there are 4 stitches in an inch with the G hook. There are 3 stitches per inch with the N hook. 10 x 4=40 stitches(G hook); 10 x 3 = 30 stitches (N hook). You may feel you need a few more or a few less stitches in your 10" example. That is where guesstimating will play a role. There are 6 crochet hook sizes between the example hooks that I used. You may find that with some hooks you will have a 3-1/2 stitches per inch. You may even have 3-3/4 stitches per inch. You will need to adjust accordingly since you are not able to crochet half of a stitch or 3/4 of a stitch.

You measure the same for your rows which are a little more forgiving to adjustment. In the image to the right you will see that there are 2 rows per inch for the G hook which will give us 20 rows in 10". The N hook has about 1-1/2 rows per inch. Once again will be some guesstimating since we are unable to make half of a row. It would be a fair estimate that there will be 15 rows in 10" for the N hook.

To put it simply, I am figuring how stitches are in an inch. How many rows are in an inch. How may stitches will be in 10" of width? How may rows will be in 10" of length. Gauge is something that only you can determine yourself.







Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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

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 replace the chain 3 with a chain 2. The chain 2 in place of the chain 3 is a great way to reduce full edges. I have found that a chain 2 will work better and pull the edge snug, tight and even. To replace the chain 3 all you do is count your chain 2 as your first double crochet. When you get back to your other side, you do your last crochet in your previous chain 2. The objective is to eliminate the gaps and holes that the extra chain will cause.


This will also work for the half double crochet if you find that you have wavy edges or gaps in your rounds and edges. Instead of starting off with a chain 2, do a chain 1. The chain 1 will not count as your first stitch. It will just be the step to your first half double crochet allowing more control of potential wavy edges.

Any pattern is just a guide to creating a crochet piece. In the end, you are the one creating the finished project. You don't have to follow the exact instructions every time.

Wacky Crochet Hat



Wacky Crochet Hat

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Wacky Hat Part 1 , Wacky Hat Part 2
SHAPES:
1 Circle - 1 Rounds
2- 3-Sided Open Motif
2-3-Sided Solid Motif
8 Circles 2 Rounds
With 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.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ripple Crochet - Variation 3



Ripple Crochet Variation 3

Created by Teresa Richardson


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:

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