Friday, October 31, 2008

Crochet Thread Angel - Ornament - Book Marker



These can be used for ornaments or as a book marker. I have just added a simple braid to the book marker.

Crochet Thread Angel


Video Tutorial: Crochet Thread Angel

Abbreviations
DC = Double Crochet
CH - Chain
EA = Each
LP = Loop
MC = Magic Circle
SP = Space
SK = Skip
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Size 2 Steel Crochet Hook
Size 10 crochet cotton

Start with a magic circle

Head Round 1: CH 3, 11 DC in loop, join. Pull Magic circle snug. (12 DC total)

Head Round 2: CH 3, DC in same DC, 2 DC in ea ST around for a total of 24 (24 DC total)

Head Round 3: *CH 2 SL ST in EA ST around. Continue around from *. SL ST in the BEG CH. SL ST in the CH 2.

Wings Row 1: CH 3, 5 DC in the same CH 2 SP. (6 DC total)

Wings Row 2: CH 3, Turn, DC in the same DC as turning CH, 2 DC in ea ST across. ( 12 DC total)

Wings Row 3: CH 3, Turn, DC in the same DC as turning CH, 2 DC in ea ST across. (24 DC total) Cut thread and secure.

Angel Dress Row 1: Skip over to stitch 11 and attach thread in stitch 11. This part will be worked over stitches 11,12,13,14. Ch 3, 2 DC in the same stitch as CH 3, 3 DC in ea of the next 3 STs. (12 DC total)

Angel Dress Row 2: CH 3, Turn, 2 DC in ea ST across. (24 DC total)

Angel Dress Row 3: CH 4, Turn, *SK a ST, DC in the next, CH 1, continue across from * (12 DC)

Angel Dress Row 4: Ch 3, Turn, *3 DC in CH 1 SP, DC in DC, Repeat from * across row.

Angel Dress Row 5: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC in ea DC across.

Angel Dress Edging: Ch 2, SL ST, CH 2, SL ST in ea st across. Cut thread, sew in tails.

Wing Edging: CH 2, SL ST, CH 2, across. Keep going across waist to other wing SL ST'ing between stitches.

Sew in all the extra tails.

Different Brand Crochet Hook, Different Size - Crochet Tip 24

Looks can be deceiving when you purchase a lettered crochet hook. The following images will show three different brand crochet hooks, all lettered with the same size letter K. You will visually see a big difference. When you crochet a project with the same letter and the results are different, it could be that the author of the pattern used a different brand crochet hook. Keep in mind that individual tension will play a role in addition to hooks.

The top blue hook is a Boye. The center pink hook is a Susan Bates. I don't have a name brand for the green hook but the back says made in Germany.



When we look closely at the profile of the crochet hooks, this is where we see a huge difference. My favorite brand is the Boye crochet hook. I like it because of the rounded hook. The Susan Bates hook has a flatter hook. The narrow gap between the hook and handle of the Susan Bates will make your project smaller. When we look at the hook Made in Germany, it is much larger than the Boye hook and has a large gap between the hook and handle. This larger gap will make your project and stitches much larger.
From this image, the Susan Bates hook looks as though it would be a size or two smaller.




Below are three more examples with a J crochet hook this time. Green is a Boye hook, pink is Susan Bates and the blue is made in Mexico.


Here is the profile of the crochet hooks. This time the Boye crochet hook is slightly larger than the hook made in Mexico and quite a bit larger than the Susan Bates hook.



In my collection of hooks, I was lucky to find two different sizes, with three hooks each, to demonstrate the vast difference in what appears to be the same size crochet hook based on the alphabetic letter. With a different company brand or country sizing, the hook size changes dramatically and will give you varying results with your end project.

The Meaning of Numbers and Letters on Crochet Hooks - Crochet Tip 23

When I learned to crochet there were two standard types of crochet hooks. Steel and aluminum. I know that there is a variety of shapes and sized hooks sold in the stores today. You just need to find something that works for you. The images below are example of the sizes for steel and aluminum hooks. Numbers are used with steel hooks. Alphabet letters are used with aluminum hooks.



Steel Crochet Hooks
- The hook gets smaller as the number gets larger.




Aluminum Crochet Hooks - The hook gets larger and the letter get larger.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tunisian Crochet - Taming the Curl - Crochet Tip 22

Anyone that has crocheted with Tunisian crochet or the Afghan Stitch has experienced the curl. You can block your piece with light starch or with weight to reduce the curl. It is no different than the process for pressing flowers. You will what to make sure your piece is slightly wet with water. You can add a light amount of starch to your water. Cover your piece with a towel to absorb the moisture. Add some weight to the top of your piece. A plastic storage container or the lid will work great and you won't have to worry about it getting a little wet since it is plastic. Add some books inside your plastic container or on top of the lid and you have a moisture resistant weight for Tunisian projects.

Most skeins of worsted weight acrylic yarn do not recommend ironing the yarn.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Crochet Snowflake 3


Click on the Image for a larger view

I am going to be doing a tutorial on starching for display purposes.

Crochet Snowflake 3

Skill Level: Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Snowflake 3

Chain 4.

Round 1: Ch 1, *SC, CH 3, 6 times total from*, SL ST in beg SC.

Round 2: SL ST up to center CH 3 SP, *SC, CH 5, SC in same SP, CH 2, Repeat 6 times total from *, SL ST in BEG CH.

Round 3: SL ST to center of CH 5, CH 6, *SC, CH 6, Repeat 5 times total from *. SL ST in beg SC.

Round 4: CH 7, SC in same SP, 6 SC in CH, * SC CH 7, SC in next SC, 6 SC in next CH loop, Repeat 5 times total from *, SL ST in BEG SC.

Round 5: SL ST up the next 3 CH's to the center of the loop. *Ch 3 SL ST in same LP, CH 5 SL ST in same LP, CH 3, SL ST in same LP. CH 5, SC in 3rd SC CH 3, SC in next SC CH 5, Repeat 6 times total from *, SL ST in BEG CH. Cut yarn, sew in tail.

Lopsided Rounds - Crochet Tip 21

For some reason, a granny square may lean at times, when working in the same direction. If you have a lopsided granny square or round this is what I recommend. Work your granny square by turning each round. Alternating directions, it will straighten up. Another thing to keep in mind, when you are in the middle of a project, you may notice imperfections that most people will not notice. Don't be hard on yourself.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Crochet Snowflake 2



Crochet Snowflake 2

Skill Level: Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Snowflake 2

CH 3, Join

Round 1: CH 5, (this counts as the first DC, CH 2) *DC through CH loop, CH 2, Repeat from * 5 times total. SL ST to BEG CH 3.

Round 2: CH 3, DC in same ST., CH 10, *2 DC in next DC, CH 10, Repeat from * 5 times total. SL ST to BEG CH 3.

Round 3: SL ST over to CH 10, CH 1, *5 SC through CH 10 LP. (Triple Picot)CH 3, SL ST in loop, CH 5 SL ST in LP, CH 3, SL ST in LP. 5 SC through CH 10 LP. Repeat from * 6 times total. SL ST to BEG CH 1.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Works In Progress (WIP) for Sunday October 26, 2008

The contest is going very well with a lot of entries. This is my first contest so I am open to suggestions for the length of time that blog contests typically run. I am also open to a more creative idea on how to pick a winner for future contests. I already have an idea on what I want to give away next. I will give you a hint. It has to do with something "new".

I am currently working on two more snowflakes and another flower. I love making flowers. I have some video editing and pattern writing to finish up and I will get them posted. I am going to do a tutorial on how to stiffen the snowflakes once I get my current projects complete.

I have to tell what I thought was a cute story that happened yesterday at the beach. My husband and I decided to head out to Tybee Island because it was a beautiful day. There were a lot of surfers. One surfer in particular looked very peculiar. It turned out that he had on a Halloween mask. It was just the funniest thing to see a surfer in a Halloween mask. I got a big kick out of it and some good video that I will be posting later on Youtube.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Oldie Pumpkin Projects



I happened to come across these little creatures today as I ventured through my attic. I made them about 16 years ago and used to put them out at Halloween when my kids were little. Things change quite a bit without kids around anymore. I was really surprised that they are still pretty bright in color. I don't think I have ever washed them so maybe that is why. I noticed that the glue on the eyelashes of the big pumpkin is showing. It must have gotten hot and melted. The triple digit summer's take a tole on things in the attic. Other than that they are all in pretty good shape. The pilgrim pumpkins were always my favorite. I thought I had given my pumpkins away so I am happy I found them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crochet Magic Heart Potholder



Magic Heart Potholder

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Magic Heart Potholder

Abbreviations:
FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet
CH = Chain
HDC = Chain
EA = Each
MC = Magi Circle
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Size G Hook
Lilly & Cream 4 Ply Crochet cotton- You can use any yarn. This is really a great project to use up scrap yarn.

I am providing two foundation starts. I like the foundation crochet or chainless foundation better for some projects and this is one of them.

Foundation Start 1: 24 FHDC

Foundation Start 2: CH 25, 24 SC in ea ch across

Round 1: Side 1: 24 HDC
Side 2: 24 HDC , join in beg HDC, CH 1 (48 HDC total)

Round 2 - 12: 1 HDC between ea HDC, join ( 48 HDC total)

Fold on the diaganol and sew together.


Circle

MC or Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Ch 1, 6 HDC in loop, join.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 HDC between ea previous HDC, join. ( 12 HDC total)

Round 3: Ch 1, 2 HDC between ea previous HDC, join, (24 HDC total)


Round 4: CH 1, *1 HDC between next st, 2 HDC between next st, continue around from * (36 HDC total)

Round 5: CH 1, *1 HDC in each of the next 2 Sts, 2 HDC in the next ST, continue around from *. (50 Sts total)
Round 6-7: Ch 1, *1 HDC between ea HDC around, continue around from *. (50 Sts total)

Knot and secure the magic circle well or it will come apart.

Fold circle in half. SL ST each HDC to the opposite HDC to secure the two sides together, ch 3, SL ST both sides, CH 3, SL ST both sides. Continue to other end. Cut thread about 18" for sewing to square.

With a whip stitch, Sew the flat side of half circle and one side of square. Sew the other half circle to the other side of the square to form a heart. Knot and sew in all the tails.

Small Crochet Leaves



Small Crochet Leaves

Written by Teresa Richardson

Leaves: *CH 8, SL ST in ea of the next to Ch's. HDC in next CH, DC in ea of the next 3 Ch's, HDC in the next CH. Repeat from * for a total of 5 times for this project. Leaves can be made in one piece. You can make individual leaves, two leaves and change the amount how ever you want to. Sew to the center top of the pumpkin. Secure with knot when finished.

Crochet Bruges Lace - Part 2

I have posted another video tutorial related to Bruges Lace. It shows how to join and shape on the exterior of the lace project. I will show both video's here.

Bruges Lace - Part 1



Bruges Lace - Part 2

Crochet Leaf







Crochet Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

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

Chain 3, join.
Round 1: CH1, 6 SC in ch 3 loop, join.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in ea SC around for a total of 6 times. (12 SC)

Round 3: *CH 1, in the next SC do, 3TC, CH Picot in the top of TC, SL ST in the top of TC, 2 TC, CH 1, SL ST in next SC. Repeat from * 3 times total. 1 SC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, (the stem will be worked in the top of the this HDC) CH 5, turn, 1 ST ST in ea chain, 1 HDC, 1 SC in last ST, join. Secure yarn. Cut, sew in tail or leave a length for using as an applique.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Crochet Snowflake 1


Crochet Snowflake 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Intermediate

Video Tutorial: Crochet Snowflake 1

ABBREVIATIONS:
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet
DC CL = Double Crochet Cluster - This stitch is joined at the top.

*Note: This snowflake can be made with yarn or thread.

Chain 3, join

Round 1: CH 2, DC in CH. *CH 3, DC Cluster, repeat from * 5 times total. CH 3, join in beg cluster.

Round 2: SL ST to center of CH 6, *CH 4, TC in center of DC CL, Picot(CH 3, SL ST, CH 6, SL ST, CH 3, SL ST all in the top of the TC) CH 4 SL ST in center of CH 6 space. Repeat from * 6 times total.
The last CH 4 will be joined to the beginning CH 4. Cut your yarn, secure your tail and sew in the tail.

3 Hats - Pineapple Doily Crochet Giveaway - October 20-31 2008 - Closed


Saturday 01-NOV-08: Congratulations to Vidya V.

Sunday 26-OCT-08: Thank you everyone for all the great comments. I appreciate all of them.

I have decided to give away some of the hats and projects that I have made. This giveaway will consist of 3 crochet hats and a lace pineapple-popcorn doily. The hats will fit a 22-24" head. The doily is 16" across made with size 20 crochet cotton. The flowers can be removed from the hats, if you are not fond of the flowers. You could recycle the flowers to a granny square of another project. Just a thought.

The rules are as follows:
  • Post 1 comment on this blog. It does not have to be crochet related. If you want to tell about a vacation you took over the summer, what you will be doing for the holidays, a new baby in the family, an achievement, graduation; the comment is up to you. If you have a more creative way to choose a winner for possible future giveaways, that will be great. A sentence or two will be fine.
  • Have a blogger account so I have a way to contact you should you be the winner.
  • You can also enter by sending an e-mail to me at stylish.crochet@gmail.com, Subject: Crochet Contest Hats & Doily
  • This is open to everyone around the world
  • From the comments posted, I will do an old fashioned drawing out of the a hat on November 1, 2008 and posting the winner here on my blog.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Twisted Thread or Yarn - Crochet Tip 19

Sometimes we can wind up with a thread or yarn that has a mind of its own. The more your crochet, the more twisted up it becomes. What I have found that works with unruly fibers is to straighten it when you first start your project. I will just run it between my fingers to get rid of any extra twist that may be lurking. When you are in the middle of your project you can let it unwind every now and then. After you crochet a while it will probably start twisting again. You will either need to let your work unwind or your ball of yarn unwind, maybe both. You can use a safety pin or paper clip to secure your work or your ball of yarn so they don't unravel while they are unwinding. When I lived in Germany I bought this really pretty deep burgundy thread. The more I would crochet the more knotted my thread would get. It got so bad at one point that I had to cut my thread to untangle the mess. Hopefully this will help save some frustration, should your fibers start to twist.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hiding Crochet Yarn Tails - Crochet Tip 18

This is another way to secure yarn tails.
  1. Weave your tail through the threads as you typically hide your tail.
  2. Take your tapestry needle and separate the yarn fibers in to two separate groups of strands. This can be done with any ply yarn.
  3. Take one group of strands, thread the tapestry needle and weave it through another stitch.
  4. Now you will tie your strands together in a very secure knot. Knot it several times so the tails will not come out in the wash.
  5. This is more of a time consuming process but well worth it if you have concern for your tails coming out in the wash.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Toddler - Child- Crochet Star Stitch Hat


Toddler - Child- Crochet Star Stitch Hat

Crochet Abbreviations:

CH = Chain
HDC = Half=Double Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
LP= Loop
BEG = Beginning
INC = Increase
EA = Each

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Toddler - Child - StarStitch Cap
If some of the toddler cap video looks familiar, that is because it is.
The first 6 rounds are created the same as the adult version of the cap. I did a little recycling and restructuring to create the toddler cap. After round 6, there are no more increase rounds, so the cap will fit a small child's head.

Size: 18"-20", toddler size

Size "G" Crochet Hook
You can use an "H" hook to make the cap larger.

4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart for this tutorial. There are many types of yarn brands that will work with this pattern.

Cap can be created in stripes or a solid color.

NOTE*: All half double crochet stitches will be done in the center joining loop of the stitch in the previous row.

Chain 5, join.

Round 1: Ch 1, 20 HDC in LP, join.

Round 2: CH 3, 10 Star Stitches, join in beg ch 3. (10 StarStitches total)

Round 3:SL ST to the center joining loop of the first stitch in the previous row ,CH 1, 4 HDC in same joining space, 4 HDC in each joining space around. 10 increases (40 Half Double Crochet total)

Round 4: Attach new color. CH 3, 20 StarStitches around, join in beg ch 3. SL ST over to the joining loop of the first starstitch. (20 Starstitches total)

Round 5:SL ST to the center joining loop of the first stitch in the previous row, CH 1, 2 HDC, *4 HDC, 2 HDC, Repeat around from *. (60 Half Double
Crochet total )

Round 6: Attach new color. CH 3, 30 StarStitches around, join in beg CH 3. (30 StarStitches total)

Round 7: SL ST to the center joining loop of the first stitch in the previous row. CH 1, HDC, * 2 HDC in ea joining loop around. Repeat around from *. Join in beg st. (60 Half Double Crochet total)

Round 8-13: Repeat rounds 6 and 7.



Crochet Christmas Holiday Stocking


Crochet Christmas Holiday Stocking

Stocking Measurements
5.5" Toe Section - Vertical
8"- Toe Section- Horizontal
6"- Calf Section- Horizontal
13"- Cuff to bottom of stocking - Vertical

Video Tutorial: Crochet Christmas Holiday Stocking

Video Tutorial: Crochet Galaxy Stitch - Snowflake

Written by Teresa Richardson

Red 4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn
White 4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn
Size H Crochet Hook

Crochet Abbreviations

GS = Galaxy Stitch
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
EA = Each
LP = Loop
ST = Stitch
SL ST = Slip Stitch

There will be two techniques to start this project.

Technique 1: 30 Foundation Single Crochet

Technique 2: Chain 31, 30 Single Crochet in the chain.

The Galaxy Crochet stitch will be used for this project. We will be working on both sides of the foundation with round 1. There will be 15 GS=Galaxy Stitch on each side for a total of 30. The first Galaxy stitch will be worked in the beginning chain 2 of each round. One single crochet will be skipped between the elongated sections of the bottom part of the stitch.

Round 1: Chain 2, 15 GS down the first side of the foundation, 15 GS down the opposite side of the foundation. Join through the beg. ch and center joining. (30 Galaxy Stitch Total)

Round 2-8: CH 2, turn, 1 GS in EA of the next 30 ST's. Join (30 GS total)

Round 9: 1 CH 2, turn. 1 GS in EA of the next 26 St's. SL ST together in the center eye of the 5th GS. The last 4 GS will remain open for shaping the toe of the stocking. The first 4 GS will be shaped, folded over and sewn to the first 4.

Round 10: Turn, CH 2, 22 GS around, join. You will want to determine a right side and wrong side. Now you will want to sew your toe together, weaving and easing the toe for a more rounded shape. Sew the 4 stitches on each side together. Knot your tail, sew it in.

Round 11-19: Turn, CH 2, 22 GS around, join. Cut the yarn and secure with a knot when you have completed round 19.

ICICLE EDGING
Round 20: Attach White, CH 1, You will work 44 SC and random spikes around the stocking. You can skip this row if you just want to continue on with the cuff.

Round 21-24: CH 2, Turn, 22 GS around. join. Fold cuff in half.

STOCKING TAB
CH 5,
Row 1-17: 4 SC in ea ST for 17 rows. Fold over and sew in place on the inside or outside of the back part of the stocking.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Heart Tapestry Crochet Square



The technique for this square will be done the same way as the diamond. You will need 5 yarn bobbins for the top of this heart.

This is the yarn bobbin. You can click on the image, print it out and use it for a pattern to create your own yarn bobbins. You can cut a tiny slit to the inside of cross bar to secure your yarn.


Heart Tapestry Crochet Square

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

This Square is worked with two colors. Color A is the edge color. Color B is the heaert color.

Size H crochet hook

Chain 22

Row 1: 21 SC with color A.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC with color A.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 10 SC color A, 1 SC color B, 10 SC color A.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 9 SC color A, 3 SC color B, 9 SC color A.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 8 SC color A, 5 SC color B, 8 SC color A.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, 7 SC color A, 7 SC color B, 7 SC color A.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, 6 SC color A, 9 SC color B, 6 SC color A.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, 5 SC color A, 11 SC color B, 5 SC color A.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, 4 SC color A, 13 SC color B, 4 SC color A.

Row 10: Ch 1, turn, 3 SC color A, 15 SC color B, 3 SC color A.

Row 11-17: Ch 1, turn, 2 SC color A, 17 SC color B, 2 SC color A.

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, 2 SC color A, 8 SC color B, 1 SC color A,
8 SC color B, 2 SC color A.

Row 19:
Ch 1, turn, 3 SC color A, 6 SC color B, 3 SC color A, 6 SC color B, 3 SC color A.

Row 20:
Ch 1, turn, 4 SC color A, 4 SC color B, 5 SC color A, 4 SC color B, 4 SC color A.

Row 21:
Ch 1, turn, 5 SC color A, 2 SC color B, 7 SC color A, 2 SC color B, 5 SC color A.

Row 22: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC color A

Row 23: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC color A

When your square is complete, you will want to secure all your tails with a knot and then sew in all of your tailS.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Diamond Tapestry Crochet Square


Each Square on the chart represents one single crochet.

I learned this technique at the time I was putting together my red, white and blue star afghan, about 15 years ago. There are other tapestry crochet techniques to learn. I don't anyone to be confused when they come across a different way to tapestry crochet.

This is the yarn bobbin. You can click on the image, print it out and use it for a pattern to create your own yarn bobbins. You can cut a tiny slit to the inside of cross bar to secure your yarn.


Diamond Tapestry Crochet Square

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Diamond Tapestry Crochet Square

This Square is worked with two colors. Color A is the edge color. Color B is the diamond color.

Size H Crochet Hook

Chain 22

Row 1: 21 SC with color A.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC with color A.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 10 SC color A, 1 SC color B, 10 SC color A.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 9 SC color A, 3 SC color B, 9 SC color A.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 8 SC color A, 5 SC color B, 8 SC color A.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, 7 SC color A, 7 SC color B, 7 SC color A.

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, 6 SC color A, 9 SC color B, 6 SC color A.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, 5 SC color A, 11 SC color B, 5 SC color A.

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, 4 SC color A, 13 SC color B, 4 SC color A.

Row 10: Ch 1, turn, 3 SC color A, 15 SC color B, 3 SC color A.

Row 11: Ch 1, turn, 2 SC color A, 17 SC color B, 2 SC color A.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, 1 SC color A, 19 SC color B, 1 SC color A.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn, 2 SC color A, 17 SC color B, 2 SC color A.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, 3 SC color A, 15 SC color B, 3 SC color A.

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, 4 SC color A, 13 SC color B, 4 SC color A.

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, 5 SC color A, 11 SC color B, 5 SC color A.

Row 17: Ch 1, turn, 6 SC color A, 9 SC color B, 6 SC color A.

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, 7 SC color A, 7 SC color B, 7 SC color A.

Row 19: Ch 1, turn, 8 SC color A, 5 SC color B, 8 SC color A.

Row 20: Ch 1, turn, 9 SC color A, 3 SC color B, 9 SC color A.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, 10 SC color A, 1 SC color B, 10 SC color A.

Row 22: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC color A

Row 23: Ch 1, turn, 21 SC color A

When your square is complete, you will want to secure all your tails with a knot and then sew in all of your tailS.

Friday, October 10, 2008

How to Keyword Search for Crochet Video's on the Internet



Click on the images for a larger view

There are two places you can search if you are looking for a specific type of crochet video. On the Youtube main page or my main channel page tjw1963. In the image at the top, the red arrow on my main channel page points to where you can search for video's on my channel. I have found a way that works well for me, when I need to find a specific video of my own, to edit or another video that I may be looking for. I will be using the youtube homepage in the search example. This technique works well when searching for any video. I am going to use myself as an example since someone stumbling across this site may be looking for crochet related information.
  • I want to look for all double crochet video's by tjw1963.
  • In the image on the left, you will see a big red arrow on the Youtube homepage.
  • To the right of the arrow is the search box.
  • By default, the drop down box is on video so you don't need to do anything with that box.
  • I have typed in the keywords: double crochet tjw1963
  • TJW1963 is my channel homepage on Youtube, so I am associating the videos I am looking for with my channel specifically.
  • The next step will be to click on the search box to the far right.
  • The image on the right shows two video's that have the keywords "tjw1963, double crochet"
  • There are other video's that will come up if they have some of the similar keywords, as you can see in the image.
This image below is another example of a specific keyword search for crochet shells. I am using the keywords "tjw1963 crochet shell" for my search. Nine videos show up.


In this last example I did a keyword search for "tjw1963 crochet". It is not a very narrow search but it should be displaying all of my crochet video tutorials. The results on the page will show 20, of about 240.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Crochet Butterfly - Made from Plain Old Circles




Crochet Butterfly

  • You will need to create 2 large circle (3 rounds)
  • two small circles (2 rounds)
  • You can make this project with crochet thread

Written by Teresa Richardson

Size H Crochet Hook
4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

Chain 3, Join

Round 1: CH 1, 12 DC in the loop, join in the first double crochet.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 DC in ea DC around. ( 24 Double Crochet Total)

Round 3: CH 1, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next ST. Repeat around from * ( 36Double Crochet Total)

Edging 1: Reverse Single Crochet

Edging 2: SL ST between stitch, *CH 3 SL ST in same sp, SL ST in next SP, Repeat around from *, join.

You will want to cut a length of yarn to attach the circles together.


Click on the Image for a Larger View
  1. The first frame shows a large circle and a small circle for the left side of the butterfly. The right side has already been added. I started with the small circle, then the large circle on the right side of the butterfly. Now I am attaching the left side of the butterfly.
  2. You fold the circle about 1/3 of the way up to form a straight edge along the bottom with both circles.
  3. Fold the bottom points of the large circle together and run the needle through, pulling snug and securing. You will want to shape and adjust your wing at this point.
  4. Fold the bottom points of the small circle together and run the needle through, pulling snug and securing. You will want to shape and adjust your wing at this point.
  5. Knot and secure your butterfly. Hide the tail.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Crochet Bruges Lace


Basic Bruges Lace

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bruges Lace

CH 12,
Row 1: 1 DC in ea of the next 6 chains, CH 6, turn.
Row 2: 1 DC in ea of the next 6 DC, CH 6 turn.


Bruges Lace can be twisted and turned in an endless amount of shapes. You can join a few chains, many chains or none. It can be used alone or as an edging.






Crochet V-Stitch 6" Square



Crochet V-Stitch 6" Square

Video Tutorial: Crochet V-Stitch Granny Square

Video Tutorail:
Left Hand V-Stitch Granny Square

Abbreviations
SP = Space
BEG = Beginning
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
EA = Each
Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Size H Crochet Hook
4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

Ch 4, Join.

Round 1: CH 4, * DC, CH 1, Repeat from * for a total of 7 times (8 Double Crochet, Chain 1 Spaces)

Round 2: SL ST in to CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC CH 1 in same space.*DC, CH 1, DC in next SP. DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC in next space. Repeat from * 3 times total. DC, CH 1, DC in next SP. Join with beg ch. SL ST in to chain 1 SP.

Round 3: CH 4, DC in Same CH 1 SP. DC, CH 1, DC, Ch 1, DC in the next DC. *DC, CH 1, DC in each of the next 3, CH 1 SP's. DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC in the next DC. Repeat from * for a total of 3 times. DC, CH 1, DC in ea of the next 2 CH 1 SP. Join in BEG CH 3, SL ST to CH 1 SP.

Round 4: CH 4, DC in Same CH 1 SP.DC, CH 1, DC in next CH 1 SP. DC, CH 1, DC in next DC. *DC CH 1, DC in ea of the next 5 CH 1 SP's. DC, CH 1, DC in next DC. Repeat from * for a total of 3 times. DC, CH 1, DC in ea of the next 3 CH 1 SP.,Join.

Round 5: CH 4, DC in Same CH 1 SP. DC, CH 1, DC in next CH 1 SP.DC CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC in next CH 1 SP. *DC CH 1, DC in ea of the next 5 CH 1 SP's. DC CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC in next CH 1 SP. Repeat from * for a total of 3 times. DC in ea of the next 3 CH 1 SP's, Join.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Visible Seams with Rounds - Crochet Tip 17

When creating a project in rounds, a seam may become visible at some point when working with a granny square, hat, or afghan. It does depend on the pattern stitches you are using. Some pattern stitches may not show a seam at all. Seams happen because of the chain and how the stitches are joined. I have found a method that tones down the visible seam. I am not going to say it will completely go away but it will help make it less visible.

Typically we are taught to do a chain 3 as the first stitch for a double crochet. The chain is what creates the visible seam, in addition to how it is joined to the beginning stitch. The circle to the right on both images, are created with the chain 3 which counts as the first double crochet. I have found that I like to do a chain 1, which will not count as a stitch, and then do a full double crochet. I will use this same technique with the half-double crochet to. I have found that the chain leaves larger gaps and holes that contribute to a visible seam. By doing the chain 1 and a full stitch, this technique will fill in the gaps that a chain will leave. When you complete your round, you skip over the chain 1 and join your round together in the top of the first stitch. In my examples, this will be the double crochet.

With the image on the right, the boxes highlight the starting stitches. If you click on the image close up, you will see the chain facing you. As you progress in your project the seam becomes more visible with each round.
With the chain 1, double crochet, you have a full stitch with a short chain that is less noticeable.


Click on Image for Close View

How we join also plays a big role with a visible seam. The image below is showing how to join to get a less visible seam. This can even be done with the chain, if that is the technique you are most comfortable with. It will twist the chain to the side, instead of being to the front, as shown with the circle, on the above right. You put the hook under both loops at the top of the chain or stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it through all loops.


No matter what method you choose, there may still be a slight visible seam with the basic single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet when you are working with joined rounds.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crochet Balloon Variation 2


Balloon Pictured on the left for this pattern

Crochet Balloon Variation 2

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 4

Round 1: 3 SC in the next CH from the hook, 1 SC in next CH, 3 SC in next CH, 1 SC in next CH, join in beg SC.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC in same ST, 3 SC in next ST. 2 HDC in ea of the next 3 St's, 3 SC in the next ST, 2 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's, join.

Balloon Knot: SL ST in ea of the next 4 STS. CH 1, 3 SC. Cut yarn, secure and leave a length of tail for sewing.

Balloon String: Crochet a length of chain. Slip stitch in each chain to the end.

Sew the balloon/s in place on your project with the left over yarn tail. Sew the balloon string in place on your project making sure the ends are hidden under the balloon.

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