Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Crochet Shell Cross



Crochet Shell Cross

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell Cross

Materials
Size 10 Steel Crochet Hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton

CH 4, Join.

Center: CH 3, 2 DC through the CH loop. *CH 3, 3 DC, 3 time total from *, CH 1, SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

The cross will be worked in 4 individual segments for the remaining part of the main cross.

Long Segment: *Turn, SL ST over 2 DC to the CH 3, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 3 DC in the CH 3 space. Complete 6 times from *. There will be 6 shells on top of each other.

Short Segment: Attach thread in next CH 3 space. *SL ST over 2 DC to the CH 3, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 3, 3 DC in the CH 3 space. Complete 2 times from *. There will be 2 shells on top of each other. This segment will be done 3 times for each short segment.

Edging: Attach thread to the ending shell point of any shell. * CH 6, SC in the next shell edge point continue from * for each segment until you get to the center. You will do a CH 2, then a Popcorn Stitch in the center DC, CH 2, SC in next point. See Diagram for additional details.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Crochet Tension - Crochet Tip 36

The video tutorial shows how I hold my thread/yarn in my hand. You don't have to hold it exactly like me or like a book says, to accomplish different tensions. You should hold the yarn/thread any way that is most comfortable for you. There are two ways to adjust tension.
  1. Let the thread pass through your hand looser or tighter.
  2. Use a larger or smaller crochet hook. This will adjust the outcome of your stitch size.
A good way to learn tension techniques is to practice, focusing on the hand you hold your thread. Let the thread pass looser through your hand making a few stitches. Then hold the thread tighter making a few stitches. You will see a big difference. Practice doing this a few times to get the feel for tension. Your tension never has to be the same and you can change it at any time.



Friday, December 26, 2008

First Crochet Project


The first project that I completed and didn't throw away, was a baby afghan for my son. It was done with the shell pattern stitch and three colors of blue. It had a white edging. How I wish I had a picture of that afghan. I thought I did but I am not able to find it. You all would get a big kick out of it and the horrendous colors I put together. The blues may have been alright but I don't know what I was thinking with a white border.

I am including a picture from a trip to Universal Studios California in 1987 of me and my two kids, Amanda and Justin. Caleb was not born yet. I had been crocheting about 4 years and decided to make a sweater, which is the one I am wearing in the picture. This sweater project is where I learned in detail about crochet gauge and how to improvise when things are not working quite like they should be. I was very happy with the sweater in how it turned out and loved to wear it. The sweater pattern is from an old Crochet Fantasy magazine. Please share a crochet first of yours.

Favorite Things about Crochet

I have several favorite things about crochet so I will only name a few.
  1. When I travel, it is easy to carry along because it can be small, compact and easy to pack.
  2. There are many styles, techniques and always something that will keep me interested.
  3. I have a great appreciation for the flexibility that comes along with crochet. If something is not aligning up right, I can usually ease it in to place.
  4. Crochet makes great gifts. I have given away many of my projects to people all around the world.
  5. Many projects are quick and easy and can be completed in a few hours time.
What are your favorites about crochet?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Crochet Cross 1


Crochet Cross 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner, Easy

Materials:
Size 10 Steel Crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton

Size: 8 inches long, 4 inches wide

Note: You will be able to adapt this pattern to yarn and aluminum hooks.

See START on image for this section of the cross.
Chain 12, turn
Row 1: DC in the 3rd chain from the hook, 1 DC in ea of the next 2 chains, CH 2, Skip 2 chains, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 chains.

Row 2 - 30: CH 3, turn, 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 DC.

See ATTACH on image for this section of the cross. You will attach the arm segments opposite each other. You will be working in the sides of the chains and double crochet on the long segment of the cross.
Attach Yarn, Chain 3
Row 1: Do 3 DC evenly across the side of the previously worked double crochet, CH 2, skip 1 double crochet. Work 4 Double crochet evenly across the side of the next DC.

Row 2 - 5: CH 3, turn, 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 DC.

Edging: See EDGING on image for this section of the cross.
You can attach the thread anywhere. CH 1, SC in the side and top of the previous sideways stitch. CH 6, SC in the top of the next previous stitch. Refer to diagram for clarification.

The inside corners of the cross, where the segments meet, will have 3 SC. There is not enough room to do a chain 6.

The outside corners of the cross will have a SC, CH 6, SC in the same corner space, for an increase.

Ribbon: I have added some ribbon to the cross on the right by weaving it through the open spaces at the center of the cross. The ribbon loops are made with a knot close to the edge of the cross.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Crochet Eyelash Yarn Fun Fur- Crochet Tip 35


Crochet novelty or eyelash yarn can be very hard to work with and hard to see the stitches once they are completed. It is much easier to crochet if you add another similar color strand of yarn along side it, working both at the same time.

Video Tutorial: How to Crochet with Novelty Eyelash Yarn

Mittens - Single Crochet Adult


Mittens - Single Crochet Adult

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:
Mittens - Single Crochet Adult

Gauge: 12 Stitches = 4 inches; 14 Rows = 4 inches

Materials:
Size I Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight yarn
Yarn Marker - Scrap yarn tails work very well

Abbreviations
FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
ST = Stitch

Note: The purpose of the yarn markers is to know where the first stitch is at. It is easy to lose track when working in a continual round.

I will be providing two ways to start the mittens.

Start 1: 7 FSC
Start 2: Chain 8, 7 SC in chain

Round 1: CH 1, 3 SC in the same stitch, 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 3 SC in the same ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 5, join. This is the only round that will be joined in the project. (16 Single Crochet Total)

Round 2: CH 1, SC in the same ST, 3 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 7 St's, 3 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, do not join. Mark the beginning stitch with a yarn marker (20 Single Crochet Total)

Round 3-8: 1 SC in ea SC around (20 Single Crochet Total)

Round 9: *2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in ea of the next 4, Complete 4 times total from *. Add another yarn marker to the first stitch.

Round 10-16: 1 SC in ea SC around. (24 single crochet total)

Thumb Opening
Round 17: Do 8 FSC or CH 8 for thumb opening. Skip 2 SC. SC in the next and continue working in the remaining single crochet. ( 32 single crochet total) Add a yarn marker to the first stitch. NOTE: Even though you are skipping 2 stitches for the thumb opening, you will still include the 2 stitches from the previous round by working them at the thumb joining for a total of 32.

Round 18: 1 SC in ea SC around work over the thumb opening ( 32 single crochet total)

Round 19-25: 1 SC in ea SC around (32 single crochet total)

To Even the ending row: Skip 1 ST, SL ST in the next ST, cut yarn, secure and sew the tail in tail.

Thumb: Attach the yarn to any place around the thumb opening.
Round 1: Evenly work 12 SC around the thumb opening, do not join. The thumb will continue to be worked in a continual round, which will eliminate the seam.
Round 2-8: 1 SC in ea SC around, (12 single crochet)
Round 9: You will do 6 single crochet decreases working 1 decrease at at time over 2 stitches.
When the decreases are complete, turn the thumb inside out, sew the stitches shut, pull together, knot well and hide the thread between the stitches.

Ribbing: 7 FSC, do not chain 1 at the end, turn,
Rows 1-27: SC in first SC, SC in the back loop of each of the next 5 SC, SC in the last SC, turn.
Evenly place the two edges together. Whip stitch the edges going through the back loop where did the single crochet. This will keep the ribbing effect. Knot the yarn well when you are finished.

Sewing Cuff to Mitten: With right sides facing each other, evenly place the cuff and the mitten together. You will be easing the mitten to the cuff as you are whip stitching the edges together.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How to Block a Crochet Doily




This will explain two ways to block a crochet doily. I prefer the starching and pinning method since it gives the doily a crisp and fresh look. Ironing does work well as an alternative. The video tutorial will show both methods.

Video Tutorial: How to Block a Crochet Doily

Pinning Method
  • Measure half water and half starch in a bowl. Mix well
  • Saturate your doily in the starch solution
  • Gently squeeze the excess liquid out of the doily
  • Lay the doily out on an old towel
  • I recommend stainless steel rustproof pins otherwise there is the chance that standard pins will rust and leave rust marks on your doily
  • Pin the doily to surface like a mattress or something to hold the pins in place
  • It will take about 24 hours for the lace to dry naturally. You can also use a fan to expedite the drying process.

Ironing Method
  • Cover your ironing surface with an old towel.
  • Lay your doily flat on the surface
  • Spray the doily with spray starch from a can
  • Lay the pressing cloth over the doily.
  • The pressing cloth will prevent scorching and the iron sticking to the lace. Starch is very sticky.
  • Iron the doily with a dry iron.
  • The pressing cloth will absorb excess moisture as the cotton sets from the starch and heat.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Crochet Improvising and Imperfection



This is a past project of mine that I view as flawed. It was made with the intentions of being submitted to the Iowa State fair about 4 years ago. Well, that did not happen. I started out following written instructions that I had purchased, but in the end, it is probably half from the instructions and half from improvising. It just did not seem to be working out right. So instead of scrapping it all together, I started to improvise. I did not like how the bust turned out with the shaping of the increases and decreases. Other than that, every thing else turned out ok. There are about 12 tiny pearl beads that I used for buttons down the back. I did chain loops for each of the buttons. The collar, sleeves, hat and leaves are accented with the same tiny pearl beads. I found it easier to add the edging beads on later with a needle and thread. I know that Barbie has changed in size, so I imagine that a lot of my purchased dress patterns will not work any longer and maybe that is why this pattern did not work. In the end, maybe I am to hard on myself.

Basketweave Crochet Hat



Basketweave Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial: Basketweave Crochet Hat


Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Intermediate

Abbreviations
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
BEG = Beginning

Size I Crochet Hook
4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn

Gauge:
4 inches = 8 Rows
4 inches = 10 Stitches

NOTE: There is a chain 1 used at the beginning of each round. This chain 1 will not count as a stitch. It is just used as a step up to the next round. It will also help eliminate noticeable seams.

Post Stitch Note: Complete each new post stitch around the chain 1 and the first stitch.

Chain 4, join

Round 1: CH 1, 15, HDC through the CH, join (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 2: CH 1, 1 HDC between each stitch in the previous row. (15 Half Double Crochet)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 HDC between the next St's, 1 HDC in the top of the next ST. Complete 15 times total from *. join in beginning stitch. (30 Half Double Crochet) This is an increase round with staggered stitches.

Round 4: CH 1, *1 HDC between the next St's, 1 HDC in the top of the next ST. Complete 26 times total from *. 1 HDC in ea of the last 2 stitches. We want to end up with 56 stitches exactly with this round. The next rounds will be done in segments of 4 so that is why we need the even number. (56 Half Double Crochet)

Round 5: Ch1, *1 BPDC around ea of the next 4, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 stitches, Complete 7 times total from *, join.
(56 Stitches)

Round 6: Ch 1, * 1 DC in ea of the next 4 st's, 1 FPDC around ea of the next 4 st's. Complete 7 times total from *, join.
(56 Stitches)

Round 7: Ch 1, * 1 DC in ea of the next 4 st's, 1 BPDC around ea of the next 4 st's. Complete 7 times total from *, join.
(56 Stitches)

Round 8: Ch1, *1 FPDC around ea of the next 4, 1 DC in ea of the next 4 stitches, Complete 7 times total from *, join.
(56 Stitches)

Round 9-16: Complete rounds 5-8, 2 more times for the length. Continue with rounds 5-8 in order for a longer length.
(56 Stitches)

Monday, December 15, 2008

How to Stitch a Front Post Double Crochet

Video Tutorial: Front Post Back Post

Video Tutorial: Lefty Front Post Back Post

Written by Teresa Richardson


Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. This next step will show the front post double crochet. The stitch will be worked around the post of the previous double crochet.

Step 2

Insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch.


Step 3

Bring it around the back and up on the left side of the stitch.

Step 4

Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.


Step 5

Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it behind the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.


Step 6

Complete your double crochet the same way that a double crochet is created.


Step 7

The placement of the hook and yarn create a raised stitch. Sometimes it is difficult to see the results with the first few stitches. As you progress in your work, the texture will start to take place.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crochet Abbreviation Chart

This is some of the more common abbreviations that you come across in crochet patterns.


A:
alt = alternate
approx = approximately
M:
MC = main color
M = meters
MM = millimeters
B:
BEG = begin(ning)
BET = between
BL/bk lp = back loop
BLO = back loop only
BO = bobble
BP = back post
BPDC = back post double crochet
BPSC = back post single crochet
BPTR = back post triple crochet
O:

OZ = ounce
C:
CA = color A
CB = color B
CC = contrasting color
CH = chain
CH- = refers to chain previously made/worked
CH_SP = chain space
CL =cluster
CM = centimeter
CONT = continue
P:
PAT = pattern
PC = popcorn
P = picot
PM = place marker
PREV = previous
D:
DC = double crochet
DC2TOG = double crochet 2 stitches together
DEC = decrease
DTR/DTRC = double triple/treble crochet
R:
REM = remain
REP = repeat
REV SC/reverse sc = reverse single crochet
RND = round
RS = right side
E:
EA = each

S:
SC = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
SK = skip
SL ST = slip stitch
SP = space
ST = stitch
F:
FLO = front loop only
FP = front post
FPDC = front post double crochet
FPSC = front post single crochet(s)
FPTR/FPTRC = front post triple/treble crochet
FL - front loop
FLO = front loop only
T:
TBL=through back loop
TCH = turning chain
TOG = together
TC/TRC = triple crochet
G:
G = gram
GRP = groups
GS = Galaxy Stitch
W:
WS = wrong side
H:
HDC = half double crochet
HK = hook
X:
X-st = cross-stitch
I:
INC = increase
Y:
YD = yard
YO = yarn over
YOH = yarn over hook
L:
LP's = loop
LP ST = loop stitch

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf



Video Tutorial: Galaxy Stitch Scarf

Galaxy Stitch Crochet Winter Scarf


Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Written by Teresa Richardson

The following is how you would create the stitch from text only. I am describing it at the beginning so when I write the pattern I can refer to the galaxy stitch with the abbreviation of GS.


Size I/5.5mm crochet hook

Galaxy Stitch on Foundation: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitch you just completed, pull the yarn through, you have 2 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first single crochet, pull, the yarn through, you have 4 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, skip a stitch, insert the hook through the next single crochet, pull the yarn through, you have 6 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 6 loops. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through one more time to secure.

Galaxy Stitch in Previous Stitches: Insert your hook in the joining eye of the stitch you just completed, pull the yarn through, you have 2 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the center joining eye of the previous stitch, pull, the yarn through, you have 4 loops on your hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the the center joining eye of the next previous stitch, pull the yarn through, you have 6 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 6 loops. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through one more time to secure.

Chain 2 Changing rows: At the end of each row, you will chain 2, insert your hook in the 2nd chain from the hook pull the yarn through, leave the yarn on your hook, you will have 2 chains on your hook. This will provide the step up to the next row and a chain to work your first galaxy stitch.

32 Foundation Single Crochet, ch 2 turn.

Row 1-7: Color A -Work 16 GS across

Row 8-14: Color B - Work 16 GS across

Repeat rows 1-14: for the length of the scarf with color changes every 7 rows.

The pattern stitch is the same each row.

Left Hand Foundation Chainless Crochet Stitches

If you know of a lefty that has struggled to learn to crochet, please feel free to share links to my video's and crochet blog. I also have a Left Hand Crochet Blog with nothing but crochet video's made for lefty's.

Video Tutorials for the Left Handed Foundation Crochet Stitch

The foundation stitches may also be called chainless crochet. It is called by two different names.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Crochet V-Stitch Decrease



Video Tutorial: Crochet V-Stitch Decrease

The symbol image chart and video tutorial show how to decrease the V-Stitch.
  • Row 4 has 7 V-Stitches
  • Row 5 is decreasing the V-Stitches to 6 by combining two V-stitches and reducing them to 1 V-Stitch
  • Start the decrease with 1 double crochet in the center of the first V- Stitch
  • Chain 3
  • 1 double crochet in the center of the next V- Stitch
  • Row 6 has 6 V-Stitches

Thursday, December 11, 2008

How to Join the Foundation Crochet Stitches - Crochet Tip 34



Video Tutorial: How to Join the Foundation Single Crochet

How to connect the Foundation Crochet Stitches in to a circle and join them.
  1. Slip stitch your ending Foundation Stitch to the top of the beginning Foundation Stitch. This technique will be the same a joining a round.
  2. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook and pull through both loops.
  3. Get your tapestry needle and join the bottom of the beginning stitch and the ending stitch, using the tail to connect the two ends together.
  4. You have completed your connection.

Progress on 2009 Winter Special Olympic Crochet Scarves



I have completed my two scarves for the 2009 Winter Special Olympics. They are both approximately 52 inches long and 9.5 inches wide. I am putting together a video tutorial and instructions for the scarf. I made them extra wide because I know how bitter cold it can get in the winter. A wider scarf it good for covering up the face and keeping it warm.
It will be very easy to modify the width, to make a thinner scarf. I love the galaxy stitch. The whole project worked up really well.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps



This is a good recycling project. It is also a good way to use up scrap yarn.

  • Recycle the bottle caps to fill the motif
  • Fill the motif with old potholders or towels.
  • Make a random color hot dish mat with scrap yarn motif's

Video Tutorial: Crochet Hot Dish Mat Christmas Tree made with Bottlecaps

Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Level: Beginner

Crochet Hook G
4-Ply yarn
Bottle Cap or Polyester Fiberfill to fill the motifs

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FPSC - Front Post Single Crochet
EA - Each

Tree Motif
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, *FPSC around the next SC, CH 3, complete 12 times from *, join in BEG single crochet. (12 SC, CH loops)
This round is worked on the front of the bottlecap motif. This is the round that fastens each motif to each other.
Connecting: To connect each motif, you will chain 1, SL ST to the chain on the opposite motif, CH 1, then Front Post Single Crochet. You connect to 2 chain 3 loops. Each motif is offset from the other. Depending on how you choose to put your tree together, you may be connecting 2, 4 or 6 chain 3 loops.
Round 5: SL ST back to the single crochet on round 3. This round will be made on round 3 and will create the lip on the back that will be gathered, sewn shut and securing the bottlecap in the motif. CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. Knot, secure and hide your tail.

Tree Trunk
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, 6 SC in magic circle, join. (6 Single Crochet)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around, join (12 Single Crochet)
Round 4: CH 1, 1 SC in EA SC around. join. Pull a length of yarn for sewing and cut.

Sew the yarn through the last round 5, instert your bottlecap or polyesterfiberfill, then pull the stitches shut. You will want to weave your tail to the edge of the motif so you can attach it to the tree and to the other part of the trunk.

Star Tree Topper
Magic Circle
Round 1: CH 1, *3 SC in the magic circle, CH 3, complete 5 times total from *, join. Cut your yarn and leave about a 7" tail for sewing to the tree. Pull your magic circle shut, knot your magic circle and weave your tail between the stitches.


Chain 150 for red chain embellishment.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Colorful Crochet for Baby



Here are some beautiful baby items that Dana has made from a few of the patterns and video's I have produced. I wanted to share her work as idea's for different way to combine colors. I will add that "crochet for baby" is a great way to use up leftover scraps of yarn from other projects that you have completed. Dana has said that she is donating everything to her local NICU in her hometown. Great job Dana!! There will be some warm little babies this winter thanks to your donation. If you would like to visit Dana's blog, you can find her at http://bluegator.org:66/deuce/

Monday, December 8, 2008

Crochet Question & Answer Session - December 2008

We had a great response to the Q&A for November. There is a lot of great information that others will be able to refer to when searching for an answer. Thank you to everyone through answering and by reading.

You can still post questions on any other blog post that you would like to. I will do my best to answer. Anyone else that has an answer is more than welcome to reply to a comment. Comments are open to everyone. You do not need to have a blogger account and you can post anonymously.

Congratulations to Kara - Winner of Giveaway #3

Congratulations to Kara. Her name was drawn as winner of giveaway #3. Thank you everyone for participating. I really enjoyed reading all the holiday memories. Here is the link to the Holiday Memory giveaway blog if you would like to read the comments.

Thank you to everyone for reading my crochet blog and watching the videos. Have a happy holiday season.

Crochet Shell Hat Video

Crochet Shell Beanie Cap with Video Tutorial

I have posted the video tutorial for the crochet shell hat.


Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell Beanie Hat

Saturday, December 6, 2008

How to Slip Stitch Across a Crochet Stitch



1-2: Insert your hook under the two loops of the stitch
3: Wrap the yarn over your hook
4: Pull the strand of yarn through the loops at the top of the stitch and through the loop on the hook. You have completed your slip stitch.

Video Tutorial:
How to Slip Stitch across Crochet Stitches
Video Tutorial:
Crochet 101: SLIP STITCH
The purpose of the slip stitch is to join and to get someplace else.
  1. The slip stitch will attach a new color of yarn to your project.
  2. The slip stitch will join stitches together at the end of a round.
  3. It will attach squares or motifs in join-as-you-go projects.
  4. The slip stitch will travel in getting you from one stitch to another stitch. Think back to when you were a kid. Maybe you wanted to sneak a cookie or play outside a little longer and not be noticed. That is what slip stitching does when you are moving across stitches. It takes you from one stitch to another without being noticed. It saves you from cutting yarn and sewing in a lot of tails later.

Friday, December 5, 2008

How to Straighten the Edge of a Crochet Shell - Crochet Tip 33


In the image above, The right side of the shell hat has been filled in with staggered stitches.


1. Slip Stitch = SL ST
2. Single Crochet = SC
3. Half-Double Crochet = HDC
4. Double Crochet = DC
5. Half-Double Crochet = HDC
6. Single Crochet = SC
7. Slip Stitch = SL ST


Video Tutorial:
How to Straighten the Edge of a Crochet Shell Stitch
The video tutorial shows where to put the stitches.

The key to straighten a scallop or uneven crochet edge is to stagger stitches. This technique will work with any type of uneven edge. You may need to experiment with various stitches if you are straightening something other than the shell, until you get the right edge for your pattern stitch.

Finding the End of Yarn the Yarn at the Center of the Skein


I have been asked a few times if there is a secret to finding the end of yarn, at the center of the skein. Unfortunately the answer is no. I am working with both skeins shown in the image, in a new project, that I started this morning. I found the end pretty easy with the skein of yarn on the right. It happened to be sticking out. I wound up with a big mess, with the skein on the left, so all I can do is wrap the yarn around the skein until I get to the end. It is really hit and miss, 40-60, with finding the end in the center of yarn. 40% of the time I will find it, 60% of the time I get a big yarn-ball mess.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crochet Child-Toddler Slippers




Crochet Child - Toddler Slippers


Video Tutorial: Crochet Child Toddler Slippers
Video Tutorial:  Crochet Child Toddler Slippers - Left Hand Version
Abbreviation:
SC = Single Crochet
Ch = Chain
SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease
ST = Stitch
Single Crochet Decrease = A single crochet decrease is reducing two stitches by joining them together as one stitch. You work the first part of your single crochet as you would normally work it in the first St. You leave the 2 strands of yarn on the hook. Insert the hook through the second stitch, pull the yarn through. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 3 loops. This creates your single crochet decrease.


Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Level: Intermediate

Size H Crochet Hook
4-Ply Yarn
2 Yarn markers of a contrasting color

Slipper Modification:I have identified 3 sections in the instructions where you are able to make the slipper longer or shorter. You can use a larger crochet hook to make the overall size of the slipper larger. You can make the width of the slipper larger by adding more increase stitches in rounds 1-3.

Two ways to start the slippers are provided. You choose your preferred method.


Start 1: 4 FSC = Foundation Single Crochet


Start 2: Chain 5, 4 SC in chain


Round 1: CH 1, 3 SC in the previous SC, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 ST's, 3 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's. Join. (10 Single Crochet)


Round 2: CH 1, *2 SC in the same ST, 1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 ST's. Complete 2 times total from *, join. (14 Single Crochet)


Round 3: CH 1, *2 SC in the same ST, 1 SC in ea of the next 3 ST's, 2 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the next 2. Complete 2 times total from*, do not join. Place a yarn marker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of the round. (18 Single Crochet)


Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC around. (18 Single Crochet)


Round 5-8: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea SC around. (18 Single Crochet) With this section of rounds, you will be able to modify the length of the slipper to make it longer or shorter.
Round 9: The first part of this round with be the top part of the slipper. Put a yarn marker in the next unworked stitch from where you ended. Count over 9 from the first yarn marker and secure the second yarn marker in the stitch. Work 2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST, 1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST. 1 SC in ea of the remaining 9 SC. (23 single crochet)
Round 10-14: 1 SC in ea SC around. (23 single crochet) With this section of rounds, you will be able to modify the length of the slipper to make it longer or shorter.
Row 15: 1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's. These two SC are to center the rows across the top of the slipper increases. Put a yarn marker in the next unworked stitch from where you ended. Count over 8 from the first yarn marker and secure the second yarn marker in the stitch. The stitches between the yarn markers will remain open. The final section of the slipper will be worked in rows. CH 1, turn 1 SC in ea of the next 15 SC. (15 Single Crochet)
Row 16-20: CH 1, turn, 1 SC in ea of the next 15 SC. (15 Single Crochet) With this section of rounds, you will be able to modify the length of the slipper to make it longer or shorter.
Row 21: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 4 St's, now do 4 single crochet decreases, (See the top of the instructions for detailed instructions), 1 SC in ea of the next 3 St's
Row 22: Ch 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, now do 3 single crochet decreases, (See the top of the instructions for detailed instructions), 1 SC in ea of the next 3 St's.

Slip Stitch both sides, inside the slipper to close up the heel. This will take about 4 slip stitches. You can also sew it shut.
Cuff: Attach the yarn with a slip stitch in the back of the slipper. CH 1, evenly work 23 single crochet around. I joined about 3 single crochet stitches so there would not be any gaps.





Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Crochet Gift Tag



This is a little way to turn your crochet ornaments in to gift tags. You can weave the ribbon through the stitches with your tapestry needle even after the ornaments are stiffened. I have taken a plain piece of white paper and cut it in to a rectangle, the folded it in half. On the inside I wrote TO: FROM:, so you can personalize them in any way. You could even use the scissors that cut fancy edges. I was going to do mine that way but I believe I gave my scissors away. If I still have them, I am sure they will show up in a few weeks when I am not looking for them. You can tie ribbon at the top so it can be taped to the gift. You will be giving a little handmade ornament in addition to the gift.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crochet Holiday Giveaway #3 - Closed


This will be holiday giveaway #3. Giveaway fits better than contest so that is why I have the word change. I will be giving away 5 hats and 2 doilies. The giveaway will run from today through December 7, 2008. I will draw the winner on December 8, 2008. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. If you are the winner, you are more than welcome to alter the hats in any way by removing the flowers and leaves.

One of my favorite holiday memories is going to the shopping mall when we were kids. Before the mall was enclosed, they had a train that would take people for rides through the center of the mall as Christmas time. My dad would ride with us for hours while my mom shopped. I am not sure who enjoyed the train more, my sister and me or my dad. Along the way, we would stop in to Sears and get a little bag of candy. I always liked the licorice mix with the little beads.
  1. Share a holiday of family memory. Each memory you share will give you an additional chance to win. It can be food, family, friends, children, vacations, places or even work related to name a few.
  2. Comments are open to everyone, including non-members.
  3. In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname, something unique to identify you. With this giveaway, your story will be unique.
  4. I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY #3 in the subject line.
  5. If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait for two months to re-enter again.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Special Olympic Scarves



I am going to be working on two scarves for the 2009 Winter Special Olympics. I will be posting my progress as I move along with each scarf. If you are interested in making a scarf you can click on the link. The colors required are Red Heart Super Saver 885 Delft Blue and Red Heart Super Saver 311 White. I purchased these skeins from my local Wal-Mart Store.

Completed scarves must arrive by January 15, 2009, and should be sent to:

2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Scarf Project
3150 West Main Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

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