Sunday, November 30, 2008

Quick and Easy How to Crochet Christmas Holiday Ideas

I have put together some links and ideas to projects that can be used as ornaments, gift tags or gifts for the holidays, that will add a handmade personal touch. Each set of instructions has a video tutorial to accompany the instructions for a visual example on how to complete the project. Happy Holidays, Teresa
Crochet Angel

Mini Christmas Stocking - 1
This little stocking will work as a cute gift tag on top of a gift, filled with chocolates and candy canes. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the stocking so it can be removed and used as a little ornament.

Crochet CandyCane

Crochet Christmas Wreath

Miniature Christmas Stocking Variation 2
This little stocking will work as a cute gift tag on top of a gift, filled with chocolates and candy canes. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the stocking so it can be removed and used as a little ornament.

Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree

Crochet Christmas Holiday Stocking
This is a full size Christmas Stocking.

Crochet Snowflake 1

Crochet Snowflake 2

Crochet Snowflake 3
These can work as handmade gift tags on a gift. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the snowflake so it can be removed and used as an ornament.

Crochet Snowflake 4
These can work as handmade gift tags on a gift. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the snowflake so it can be removed and used as an ornament.

Crochet Thread Angel - Ornament - Book Marker
These can work as handmade gift tags on a gift. You can tie the TO: FROM: tag to the angel so it can be removed and used as an ornament.

Crochet Ribbon FlowerThese flowers can be used as a bow on a gift, for a little handmade touch. You don't have to worry about this bow getting squashed

Saturday, November 29, 2008

How to use Use the Blanket Stitch to Attach Edgings - Crochet Tip 32


Click on the image for a close up view

Video Tutorial: Embroidery Blanket Stitch
  1. Pull the yarn through to the top of your fabric. Hold on to the yarn with your left hand.
  2. Insert the needle to the right 1/4" to 1/2" over(horizontal) from the previous vertical line and 1/2" to 3/4" down(vertical) from the edge. Make sure the needle goes over the top of the yarn you are holding with your left hand.
  3. Pull the yarn through. You will have sort of a horseshoe shape or upside down U shape.
  4. Keep repeating steps 1-3 for each stitch.
It is not as difficult as you may think. All you need to do is hand sew a blanket stitch around your cloth piece. You will have thread loops at the edge of your cloth, that you will use to attach your crochet. The video tutorial shows how to make the blanket stitch. It is done the same way on cloth. You will be using a smaller thread and needle but the process is the same. I am planning a future tutorial on adding an actual edging to cloth.

Story about myself: I do have to share a story about myself, on what I did before I knew the proper method of attaching crochet edgings to cloth. I actually pierced the fabric with my crochet hook to do a single crochet foundation around the cloth. My hand was sore for days after I did that. I finally finished the rest of the edging a few days later. I bent my steel crochet hook a little bit. I was not to fond of crocheting around cloth until I learned the proper method.



Friday, November 28, 2008

How to make Crochet Thumbless Baby Mittens 4-ply yarn


Crochet Thumbless Baby Mittens

Written by Teresa Richardson

Crochet Abbreviations
FPSC = Front Post Single Crochet
BPSC = Back Post Single Crochet
SC = Single Crochet

Size G Crochet Hook
4-ply worsted weight yarn
The are approximately 2" across and 3" long.

These mittens are done with 4-ply yarn. I will have a variation done with 2-ply yarn and a video tutorial showing how to make the mittens. You can make them larger with a larger hook and by adding more stitches at the beginning and adding more increase stitches on round 2.

Crochet Thumbless Baby Mittens 2-ply Yarn

This is two ways to start the pattern.
Start 1: Magic Circle
Start 2: CH 3, join

Round 1: CH 1, 7 SC in loop, do not join. The rest will be worked in a continual round. Attach a scrap piece of yarn for a yarn marker. This is to keep count for the remaining rounds.

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around. (14 Single Crochet total)

Round 3-8: 1 SC in each stitch around (14 Single Crochet total)

This next round is a ribbing variation to gather the mitten opening.
Round 9-10: *1 FPSC in next ST, 1 BPSC in next ST, complete 7 times total from *. Once the rows are complete skip in stitch and slip stitch in the next stitch. This will even out the ridge left by the continual round.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

How to Make Acrylic Yarn Soft - Crochet Tip 31

I have found that fabric softener in the wash cycle will soften up acrylic worsted yarn, so it does not feel so stiff . While Red Heart and a few others are a little stiffer to work with than other brands like Caron, which is nice and soft from the skein. Both are great yarns and each have their purpose. Make sure you check your yarn label for washing instructions. There are some yarns that recommend hand washing.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving



I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you all be safe with your travel and activities throughout the holiday. Enjoy your turkey!

For those of you reading this in another country, Thursday November 27, is an official holiday here in America. Thanksgiving in the United States is a celebration of the end of the harvest. We eat lots of food and celebrate by visiting family, friends or spending the day relaxing, watching parades on TV and football games. Please feel free to share about the holidays you have in your countries.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stripe Crochet Baby Beanie Hat





Stripe Crochet Beanie
Abbreviations
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch

Size H crochet hook - Approximately 15" around
4-ply worsted weight yarn - Green & White Stripe Hat

Size I crochet Hook - Approximately 18" around
4-ply worsted weight yarn - Tan Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Stripe Baby Beanie

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (10 SC Total)

Round 2: SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point. CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around.
Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (20 SC Total)

Round 3:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point. Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (27 SC total) There are 7 increases evenly worked around.

Round 4:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point.Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (27 SC total)

Round 5:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point.Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (36 SC total)

Round 6:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point.Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (36 SC total)

Round 7:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point. Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (48 SC total)

Round 8:
SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point. Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (48 SC total)

Round 9-22: SL ST new yarn and stagger from previous starting point. Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join, cut yarn and secure tail. (48 SC total)

Defining Ply of Yarn with Crocheting



Yarn ply is a spinning technique which takes a single strand of yarn to create various size and colors of yarn. In the picture example, I have taken the individual strands of yarn apart so you can see what ply mean.
  • 4-ply is 4 strands of yarn. Crochet hooks sizes I recommend for 4-ply are G,H, I, J, K. 4-ply is used with warm hats, mittens and heavy sweaters.
  • 3-ply is 3 strands of yarn. Crochet hook sizes I recommend for 3-ply are D, E, F. 3-ply is what I use for baby booties, sweaters, hats and afghans. 3-ply is also a nice weight for adult size sweaters or a lighter weight afghan.
  • 2-ply is 2 strands of yarn. Crochet hook sizes I recommend for 2-ply are B, C, D. The 2-ply is a very light or sportweight type of yarn. 2-ply is the type of yarn used in most commercial type of knit sweaters. 2-ply would be a good weight for crochet or knit socks. It would not be to light or to heavy.
These hook and yarn recommendations are just what I have found to work the best. If you can get a size B hook to work with 8-ply yarn, then that is just another combination of materials that work together. Don't ever let a recommendation stop you from trying something different.

There are many different types of yarn to work with. The companies are coming up with new and different types of yarn the time.

Keep in mind that different yarns will affect the outcome and size of your project. One example I can think of is Caron 4-ply and Red Heart 4-ply. Both are great yarns to work with. Red Heart is stiffer and works up larger than Caron which is softer and more flexible. I have made a granny square out of each from the same pattern, hook and there is a difference in size. The Red Heart square turned out larger. You can use 3-ply yarn with a pattern that calls for 4-ply yarn. All you will need to do is gauge and adjust your project for the smaller size yarn.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chain Foundation - Crochet Tip 30

I have had this happen where you start out with your chain foundation with an afghan or scarf and it is narrow at the bottom and wider at the top. What you can do it start off with a very loose chain. If that does not work enough, you can use a larger crochet hook. What we are trying to accomplish is both ends being the same or very close in size. Sometimes the chain will be crocheted tighter than the rest of the project which makes the starting end narrow and the finishing end wider.

I have also found that the foundation crochet stitches also known as chainless crochet, are a great way to make sure both ends are the same. With the foundation stitches, you are creating the chain and stitch at the same time. I will use this method instead of the chain.

Chainless Single Crochet Foundation

Chainless Half Double Crochet Foundation

Chainless Double Crochet Foundation

Monday Catching Up and Mittens

I am doing a little catching up today. My husband and I took a weekend trip to his hometown, Fort Pierce Florida over the weekend. I got some interesting video of various activities on the ocean. Well, I find them interesting. I have a second channel on Youtube now that I am going to use to upload sight seeing and travel video's.I am going to make an attempt to keep the crochet and site seeing separate since I am close to 400 videos. My sight seeing, travel channel is http://www.youtube.com/2btime

Currently I am in the process of uploading a stripe baby beanie cap video along with posting instructions here on the blog. While I was in Florida I worked through a thumbless baby mitten pattern. It is with 4-ply yarn. I am thinking that I might like it with 3 ply better but 4-ply will be warmer. I
have a good idea in my head for two types of adult size mittens. I need to work through the patterns and write instructions. One I actually made for myself 19 years ago when I lived in Germany, I just never wrote down the pattern. I had a lack of self confidence in writing patterns and thought I would be doing it wrong so I just kept it in my head. I have learned a lot since then about writing patterns.

This is a little pair of mittens that I made for my daughter when she was a kid. She is 26 now so the mittens are probably 20 years old. I used the little embroidery lazy dazy stitch to accent the top of them. They are 6" long with the cuff and 3-1/4" wide across the hand.



Saturday, November 22, 2008

Congratulations to Lora in Frankfort - Contest Drawing #2

Congratulations to Lora in Frankfort. Your name has been drawn as the winner for all the baby items and doilys for contest #2.. The specific comment drawn was the one from November 10, 2008, 4:15PM. Congratulations again and thank you everyone for participating. I will be giving away more things.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

V-Stitch Crochet Scarf




V-Stitch Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner, Easy

Video Tutorial: V-Stitch Crochet Scarf

Abbreviations
SK - Skip
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet

V-Stitch - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 17

Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, CH 1, DC in the same CH, SK a CH. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, DC, in the next CH. Complete 5 times total from *. DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 3, turn. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, CH in the center of the next V-Stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. DC in the last stitch, which will be the chain 3 of the previous row.

Row 3:
CH 3, turn. *V-Stitch-DC, CH 1, CH in the center of the next V-Stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. DC in the last stitch, which will be the chain 3 of the previous row.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seed Stitch Crochet Scarf


This symbol chart shows how each stitch is created in the top of the previous double, crochet to create the seed stitch.

Seed Stitch Scarf

Skill Level:
Beginner - Easy

Video Tutorial: Seed Stitch Crochet Scarf

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek
The seed stitch consists of a single crochet and a double crochet.

Chain 21 - This will give you 10 seed stitches.

Row 1: *SC in the next chain, DC in the next chain, complete 10 times total from *.

Row 2: CH 1, turn, *SC,DC in the top of the DC, skip the next SC, complete 10 times total from *. (10 Seed Stitches - SC,DC Combo)

Row 3-70: CH 1, turn, *SC,DC in the top of the DC, skip the next SC, complete 10 times total from *. (10 Seed Stitches - SC,DC Combo)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

Ways to Use up Scrap Yarn


Loopy Granny Square

Crochet Star


Crochet Flower

Made from Circles

Crochet Lotus Bloom


There are many ways to use up scrap yarn. I am going to share a few ways with you. I invite everyone to share your ideas in the comment section.

Maybe you have made an afghan and you end up with 2-3 extra skeins of yarn. That would be enough yarn to make a hat, slippers, scarf, potholder or granny squares. I usually wind up with a ball of yarn the size or an orange or smaller. Those sizes are ideal for making flowers or multi-color granny squares. I do have a crochet Flower Blog dedicated specifically to flowers and leaves and a Granny Square, Motif and Applique blog specifically for crochet granny squares, motifs and applique. The patterns on both blogs are ideal for scrap yarn.

Pattern Stitches - Identify the Ending Stitch - Crochet Tip 29

There are some beautiful, tighter crochet pattern stitches. Some are easier than others to lose track of your count, add more stitches or miss a stitch. I have a recent example that just happened to me a couple of days ago. I am making a seed stitch scarf tutorial. It only has 10 seeds stitches. I noticed that my scarf was getting wider at the top. I thought that I accidentally started using a larger hook. What happened was that I added an extra stitch at the edge. * Counting stitches is very important as a way to prevent extra stitches. It can happen to everyone and will happen. :) I had to rip about 10 rows to get back to where I added the extra stitch. The pattern stitches that are more common to extra stitches being added are the Single Crochet,Seed Stitch, Star Stitch, Trinity Stitch, Cluster Stitch and Snowflake to name a few. They may be made with a single crochet, half double crochet or a type of cluster. Since the stitch is tighter together, it is common to put two stitches in the same stitch. *I have found that the edges are where additional stitches usually show up although they can appear anywhere in the row. In addition to counting, you can *frame up your edge with a visible stitch like a single crochet or half double crochet. You will have your pattern stitch between your basic crochet stitch. Sometimes the basic stitches are easier to identify. * A yarn marker is another way to identify hard to see stitches. Yarn markers will add visibility to the end stitch. Once you complete the first stitch of your row, add a yarn marker so you know where the last stitch is located. Unfortunately we all wind up with additional stitches on occasion. These steps are measures that you can put in place to help reduce errors.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Crochet Question & Answer Session - November 2008

I am going to create this post for crochet questions that you may have. I know I have learned a lot in the past, and still do, from people asking questions. You can still post questions on any other blog that you would like to. Questions don't have to be related to the project. I will do my best to answer and anyone else that has an answer is more than welcome to post a comment. Comments are open to everyone now. You do not need to have a blogger account and you can post anonymously.

For those of you familiar with html, you are welcome to post a link to your sites, pictures, wip, reference material etc. This is how you post links in the comment section on blogger. The web address goes between the quotations where it says "link_of_site". You put the name of the site where it says NAME OF SITE.

Shell Crochet Beanie Hat


Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Skill Level: Intermediate


This hat matches the shell crochet scarf.


Written by Teresa Richardson

Hook-Size G Crochet Hook
Yarn-4-ply worsted weight
Size Estimate - 22 inches around


Abbreviations
SH = Shell
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
MC = Magic Circle

I am providing two starts for the cap. You can pick which one you want to use.
Start 1: Magic Circle for starting loop.
Start 2: Chain 7, join

Round 1: CH 1, *SC in starting loop. SH of 5 DC in loop, complete 4 times from *, join in beginning SC. (4 Shells)

This next round is preparing for the shell increases. It takes two rounds to complete an increase for shells.
Round 2: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in same ST, (this will be an increase shell)SH- 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. SC in 3rd DC, complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the first part of the shell increase, you will have 4 shells with 3DC,CH 1, 3 DC in each shell. There will be 4 more shells added to each chain 1 space in the next round.)

Round 3: SL ST to 2nd DC, CH 1,*SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in CH 1 space, SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in the next SC, Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the second part of the shell increase. When this round is complete, there will be 8 full shells with 5 double crochet each)
Round 4: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 8 times total from*, join in beg SC. (This is just a normal round of shells. You will have 8 shells with 5 DC in each shell)

Round 5: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in DC, SH-3DC, CH 1, 3DC in next SC. SC in 3rd DC. SH-5DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from*, join in beg SC. (First part of the increase. There will be 4 shells of 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. There will be 4 shells of 5 DC. 8 Shells all together.)

The hat will take on the shape of a square at this point. This is normal for the previous and next round.

Round 6: SL ST to 2rd DC, CH 1, * SC in 2nd DC, SH-5 DC in CH 1. SC in 2 DC. SH-5 DC in next SC, SC in 3rd DC, SH-5 DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (Second part of the increase. There will be 12 shells total, with 5 DC in each shell)
in the next SC.


After this there are no more increase rounds. The hat will shape into a hat even though it may not look like it at this point.

Round 7-17:
SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 12 times total from*, join in beg SC. ( You will have 12 shells with 5 DC in each shell for the remainder of the hat)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

How to Crochet a Multi Color Crochet Pansy


The small purple flower is created from 2 rounds.
The reddish flower is created with HDC all around.
The big blue flower is demonstrated in the video with the written instructions below.


Multi Color Crochet Pansy

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Multi Color Crochet Pansy

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BEG = Beginning
EA = Each
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch
LP = Loop
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Size 6 steel crochet hook
crochet thread size 10

Note: This flower can be created with different size thread, yarn and hooks.

Center Spike: To do the spike, you insert your hook through the center hole in the flower and pull your thread through. You will need to pull up some extra thread to make the stitch even with your row. The spike is done on the center of the petal on round 2 and the single crochet on round 3. You can put your spikes anywhere with any stitch.

Chain 7, join.
Round 1: *CH 2 , 4 DC through center of chain. CH 2, SC through loop. Repeat from * 5 times total. Join with beginning SC. (5 petals with 4 double crochet in each petal)

Round 2: Join new color in first DC of any petal, CH 2, DC in same st, 2 DC in each stitch across. CH 3, SC in previous SC, *CH 3, 2 DC in ea ST across, CH 3, SC in previous SC, Complete 4 times from *. CH 3, Join in beginning Chain 3. (5 petals with 8 double crochet on each petal)

Round 3: Join new color in SC, *2 HDC in each stitch across, CH 3, spike SC, CH 3, Complete from * 3 times total for the first 3 petals. * 2 TC in ea stitch across, CH 3, spike SC, CH 3, Complete 2 times from *, join with beg CH 2. ( There will be 3 petals with 16 HDC and 2 petals with 16 TC)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Shaping with Plastic Canvas - Crochet Tip 28

Have you ever wanted a little extra shape with the brim of your hat or around the base of your cap? Use plastic canvas to create your own unique brim. This can be used for any crochet piece that may need some extra reinforcement. You will be able to custom shape the plastic canvas to fit your head. You can also make your own crochet buttons using plastic canvas. There are numerous ways to incorporate plastic canvas into crochet.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to Crochet a Shell Winter Scarf



Shell Crochet Winter Scarf

Skill Level: Easy, Beginner


This scarf matches the crochet shell hat

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell Scarf

Written by Teresa Richardson


Abbreviations
SH = Shell
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet

Size I crochet hook
4-Ply Medium Worsted Weight Yarn - 2 -6 ounce Skeins

It may take 3-4 hours to complete this scarf depending on your experience with crochet. If it takes you longer, that is completely alright. There is no need to rush.

The Scarf is approximately 7.5" wide

Multiple 6+2

Chain 20 -
This will give you 3 shells.
Chain 26 - this will give you 4 shells

Row 1:
SC in the next CH from the hook, *skip 2 chains and do 5 DC in the next CH, skip 2 chains and do a single crochet in the next CH. Repeat from * for a total of 4 times. (you will have 4 full shells)

Row 2: CH 3 turn, do 2 more DC in the same SC. This will count as half of a shell. *SC in the third DC of the shell, 5 DC in the next SC. Repeat from * 3 times total. SC in the third DC of the shell, 3 DC in the last SC for half of a shell. ( you will have 3 full shells and 2 half shell on each end)

Row 3: CH 1, turn, SC in the top of the last DC, *5 DC in the next SC, SC in the third DC of the shell. Repeat for a total of 4 times from *, SC in the third DC of the shell.(you will have 4 full shells this row)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for the remaining length of the scarf.

Finishing:
The starting and finishing ends will vary somewhat. It is up to you in how you want to finish the edges so I am giving you some ideas in how to cover up the different edges.


  1. Crochet a shell edging over the starting chain so both ends are wavy.

  2. Continue on around the scarf evenly placing shells on both sides and covering up the foundation chain end.

  3. Crochet SC, HDC, DC HDC, SC in the valley of the shell. The staggered stitch heights will help create a flat edge. With this technique, you may want to do a single crochet edging all the way around after filling in the valley's of the shells.

  4. Add fringe.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day - Thank You to Our American Troops


November 3, 2008 - My son returning from Iraq

I am compelled to write a heartfelt thank you to our American service men and women and to those that have given their lives to serve and protect our country. I deeply appreciate your hard work and sacrifices. It hits close to home for me in many ways, several times a year. My own son returned home from a second tour in Iraq on November 3, 2008. I am proud of you son and very thankful you came home safe.

My kids grew up as military brats. Almost 18 years ago their dad served in Operation Desert Storm. We were stationed in Germany at the time and I was expecting my youngest son. The 3/2 ACR deployed to Saudi Arabia shortly after Thanksgiving. The air war lasted several weeks but the ground war was just a few days. They had just called the cease fire so I thought everything was fine and they would all be home soon. Shortly after the cease fire, I received a phone call from the casualty officer in Grafenwoehr. He informed me that my husband has been wounded in action. Of course, it is human instinct to think the worst. Since they were calling on the phone, I figured that he was going to be alright. The casualty officers were going to visit me the next day with more details. We were on a small Army installation called Ponds Barracks in the middle of Bavaria, West Germany. News traveled fast, so it was not long before we were hearing that someone had been killed in action. There were two other men in the personnel carrier with my husband. Sergeant First Class Terry Creighton and Corporal James McCoy. SFC Creighton and my husband survived the war in the desert. Corporal McCoy gave the ultimate sacrifice and with that I pay my respects to his memory on this Veterans Day.


Since then my husband and I have gone on with separate lives.

My Crochet Pumpkin

I entered my crochet pumpkin in the Instructables Halloween Contest. If you would like to visit and vote, I sure would appreciate it. Maybe you will see something else you would like to vote for. I thought it would be fun to give it a shot and see if I can win something. They also have other crafts on the site that may interest some of you. Thank you, Teresa

Crochet Snowflake 4



Crochet Snowflake 4


Skill Level: Intermediate
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial: Crochet Snowflake 4


Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
MC = Magic Circle


Start with the magic circle or you can chain 3 and join.
Round 1: CH 4, * DC, CH 1, Repeat from * 11 time total. Join in beginning CH 3. (12 DC, CH 1)
Round 2: CH 6, *SC in CH 1 space, CH 3, DC in DC, CH 3, Repeat from * 11 times total, SC in the last CH 1 SP, CH 3, Join in BEG CH 3.
6 Points: Attach thread to any double crochet , CH 1, SC in top of DC, CH 10, SC in SC, CH 8, SC in SC, CH 6, SC in SC, Ch 4, SC in SC, Ch 4, SL ST in same SC, CH 4 SL ST in same SC. Sl ST back down the point, opposite the CH 6. Do a CH 6, SL ST. Sl ST back down the point, opposite the CH 8. Do a CH 8, SL ST. Sl ST back down the point, opposite the CH 10. Do a CH 10, SL ST. Cut thread and sew in tail. Do a total of 6 points skipping every other double crochet.


Joining a Round - Hook Placement - Crochet Tip 27



If you look closely at a chain, there are three loop strands that make up the chain. There are 2 loops at the top and 1 loop at the bottom. There are also 2 loops at the top of each stitch. Place your hook below the 2 strands of the joining stitch or chain, then pull your yarn through to join. Your round will have a more secure join by using this method. It will reduce the visibility of seams when making hats and caps.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Flat Top Beanie Cap


This is going to be a beanie with a flatter top. This cap is the same as the Stripe Beanie Cap only the instructions for this cap are written for the spiral. I also have instructions written for this Beanie Cap with Stripes.

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Flat Top Beanie Cap
Abbreviations
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch

Gauge:

4 inches
= 12 Stitches
4 inches = 15 rows
Size I crochet hook
4-ply worsted weight yarn

Written by Teresa Richardson

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Do not join.
(10 SC Total)

You will single crochet in the top of the beginning stitch with one continual round until the end of the cap is finished. You will want to mark your first stitch so you know approximately where a new round is beginning. There will be a shift to the left with your first stitch each round and a shift to the right with your yarn marker. If you change your marker each round, you will not notice the shift as much.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around to the yarn marker. (20 SC Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (27 SC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Continue around to the yarn marker. (27 SC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (36 SC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Continue around to the yarn marker. (36 SC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Continue around to the yarn marker. (48 SC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around,
Continue around to the yarn marker . (48 SC total)

Round 9: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 7 stitches for a total of 55 stitches.
Continue around to the yarn marker. (55 SC total)

Round 10-24: You will continue with a single crochet in each stitch for the remaining rounds. (55 single crochet total)

When you have completed the length of your cap, skip on stitch and join in the next stitch. Cut your yarn, sew in the tail.
Making the Cap Smaller:
  1. You can use an F, G or H hook without altering the pattern.
  2. Stop increasing after round 7 and continue on to form the sides of the cap
Making the Cap Larger:
  1. You can use a larger crochet hook
  2. You can make this cap larger by adding another increase round. At round 10, you will do 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 2 SC in the next. (Approximately 65 single crochet total). Round 11-24 will be 1 SC in each stitch around. You can add more stitches or less stitches for a custom fit.

Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap


This is going to be a beanie showing stripes and it has a flatter top. You can also do this beanie with the spiral if you are making one color. Just remember to use a yarn marker during the increase round so you know where to do the increases. I have written separate instructions for the Spiral Flat Top Beanie.

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Stripe Crochet Beanie
Abbreviations
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch

Size I crochet hook
4-ply worsted weight yarn


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (10 SC Total)

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (20 SC Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 9: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 7 stitches for a total of 55 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (55 SC total)

Round 10-24: You will continue alternating color for the remaining length of your cap. (55 single crochet total)

You may wind up with a seam which is one of the downfalls of joining rounds.

Making the Cap Smaller:

  1. You can use an F, G or H hook without altering the pattern.
  2. Stop increasing after round 7 and continue on to form the sides of the cap

Making the Cap Larger:

  1. You can use a larger crochet hook

  2. You can make this cap larger by adding another increase round. At round 10, you will do 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 2 SC in the next. (Approximately 65 single crochet total). Round 11-24 will be 1 SC in each stitch around. You can add more stitches or less stitches for a custom fit.



Friday, November 7, 2008

Improvise and Adjust - Crochet Tip 26


  • The square on the left is to full with to many stitches and/or chains. As this square gets larger, the corners will point out more and the edges will ruffle more.
  • The square on the right does not have enough stitches and/or chains. As this square gets larger, it will curl to the center more and possibly start to form sides.

You have heard me say this before, that each person has a unique crochet tension. That alone will alter the outcome of a pattern. Sometimes you can never get it right, without make some adjustments that will fit your crochet style. I will be using the granny square as an example but the technique will apply to any round that may have the same type of problem. There are many variations of the granny square and the granny pattern. Sometimes, the granny square may not lay flat in the corner and it is curling up or towards the center of the square. That is an indication that the square needs more chains or stitches in the corner. It is alright to alter the pattern and add more chains or stitches so it will lay flat. You may only need to do this for one or two rounds, and then you can go back to the basic pattern. I have used a larger crochet hook which may solve the problem. That way it would not be necessary to alter the pattern.

On the other end of this, you may find your edges wavy and your corners are pointing out higher than the sides. This is an indication that the square is to full. If it has gotten to this point you may want to consider ripping out a couple of rounds and adjusting from a point where you can control your shape better. If you have a chain 3 in the corner, you might try a chain 2. If your corner is chain 2, then you would chain 1. This will keep your corner from pointing out to much. If you have a chain 2 between the 3 double crochet, you will want to try a chain 1. This will control the wave in the sides making it less full with a straighter edge.

Contest Drawing #2 - This is in Recognition of my 200th Blog Post - Closed


This will be contest #2, recognizing my 200th blogpost. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. The contest will start this evening and run through Friday, November 21, 2008. I am going to do another drawing out of a hat. The giveaway includes the dropstitch baby afghan, 4 baby caps, 8 pair of baby/toddler booties and 3 doilies.

  1. I have opened the comments so anyone, including non-members can leave a comment.
  2. In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname, something unique to identify you and a way of contacting you.
  3. I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include Contest #2 in the subject.
  4. If you have previously won, you may enter again after a period of 2 months have passed to allow for everyone else to have a chance.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tight Starting Chain Loop - Crochet Tip 25

There is a little secret to the tight starting chain loops when creating a round for lots of stitches. You might see a chain 4, and join. Then the instructions will tell you to fit 30 double crochet in that little hole. You start off as the instructions tell you, then wind up with 15 stitches and you are already around to the beginning of the circle and wondering how to fit the other 15 stitches through the little loop. This is what works for me when I am faced with this problem. When the stitches start getting to close, you grasp the chain in one hand and the stitches in the other hand and give them a big tug back so they pull away from the first stitch. You are pulling the stitches to the right and forcing them away from the beginning so you have more room to add the rest of your stitches. I hope that makes sense.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Checkerboard Crochet Square


The square on the right is an example of a square I made for a granny exchange about 4 years ago.

Checkerboard Square

Video Tutorial: Checkerboard Crochet Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

21 Foundation Half Double Crochet
7 Strips Color A
7 Strips Color B

NOTE: You can use the chain instead of the foundation crochet stitch. You will chain 22 if you choose to use the chain and half-double crochet instead.

Sew the squares together at each end. I found that pinning the ends together helps make the sewing easier.

Edging: 21 single crochet on each side, 3 single crochet in each corner. Join when all sides are complete.

Congratulations President Elect Barack Obama


Congratulations to President elect Barack Obama and to America. This is an exciting time for our country. I look forward to the change that has already started taking place. I was so excited the past two days I had a hard time sleeping. I was playing about with crocheting the Obama emblem today. I came up with a couple of crochet Obama emblems.

Crochet Yarn and Yardage Calculator

This is a link to a yarn calculator.

Yarn Calculator



How to Stiffen Crochet Thread Ornaments


This is what I use for stiffening thread or yarn. This is not the same as blocking. That will be another tutorial. There are products called fabric stiffeners out there on the market. Glue with water works just the same. I have even used sugar and water to stiffen snowflakes.

Video Tutorial : How to Stiffen Crochet Thread Ornaments

Stiffening Solution
1 part glue
1 part water
Mix well


Saturate your piece in the solution. Squeeze out the excess. Shape your project on an old towel. It will take 24-48 hours to dry. The smaller snowflakes will dry faster. The yarn snowflakes will take about 48 hours to dry.

Once they pieces are dry, you can add glitter. I like to wait until the snowflakes are dry to add glue. I have found that the excess glue with the stiffening process will cover the glitter so it may not be as shiny and glittery.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Crochet Ribbon Flower



Crochet Ribbon Flower
Skill Level: Easy

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Ribbon Flower

Abbreviations
FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain


Size H Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn

I am providing two starts for the flower.
Start 1: Chain Foundation: Color A Chain 85, *15 HDC, SL ST across 2 CH, complete 5 times total from * for the foundation.

Start 2:
This start is used in the video tutorial. Foundation: Color A *15 FHDC, CH 4, complete 5 time from *

Edging: Color B, *3 SC in ea of the next 3 Sts, 9 DC in ea of the next 9 Sts, 3 SC in ea of the next 3 Sts, SL ST in CH's to next SC. Complete 5 times total from * for side 1. SL ST around end of section to the SC on the opposite side. *3 SC in ea of the next 3 Sts, 9 DC in ea of the next 9 Sts, 3 SC in ea of the next 3 Sts, SL ST in CH's to next SC. Complete 5 times total from * for side 2.

Now fold each segment to the center, sewing each chain section together at the center. Continue until all petals are folded and sewn together.

Center: CH 4 Join, CH 1, 12 DC, Join. SL ST in every other stitch. Join. This will make the center poofy. Sew to center of the flower.


You can also make a center stamen by twisting the yarn, then folding it in half so it will wind around itself.


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