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Rectangle Crochet Granny Square

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Rectangle Crochet Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Rectangle Crochet Granny Square

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Long Side - This represents instructions for the long side within each round. There will be 3 DC, CH 1 in each chain 1 space across the long side.


Work 13 foundation single crochet.

The Multiple is 3 if you want to work a chain or add more stitches for a longer rectangle.

Round 1: CH 3, Work 2 DC in the same Space. CH 2, Work 3 DC, CH 2 3 DC in the same end stitch. (This creates the corners) *CH 1, skip 2 SC, work 3 DC in the next, Continue across from *. CH 1, work 3DC, CH2, 3DC, CH2, 3DC all in the same stitch at the end. (This creates the corners). *CH 1, skip 2 SC, work 3 DC in the next, Continue across from *. SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC in the same space.
Long Side 1:*CH 1, 3 DC in the next CH 1 space. Continue across from *. Corner- 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same…

Streamer Crochet Hat

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Streamer Crochet Hat
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Streamer Crochet Hat

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Hat Left Hand Version


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Abbreviations SP - Space DC - Double Crochet SK - Skip
Increase - Double Crochet, CHain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, all in the same space
Round 1: CH 4, *DC through the loop, CH 1, repeat 9 times total from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (10 Double Crochet Chain 1 total)
Round 2: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Single Crochet Total with 10 Chain 1 between each set of 2)
Round 3: CH 4, DC in the same Stitch(this is the first increase stitch), CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next Stitch. *Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch for the increase, work an individual Double Cro…

Streamer Child Crochet Hat

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Streamer Child Crochet Hat
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Streamer Crochet Hat
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn

The hat size as I have made it is estimated at 17 inches or 43.2 centimeters. Using a smaller crochet hook is an easy way to modify the hat for a smaller head.
Abbreviations SP - Space DC - Double Crochet SK - Skip
Increase - Double Crochet, CHain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, all in the same space
Round 1: CH 4, *DC through the loop, CH 1, repeat 9 times total from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (10 Double Crochet Chain 1 total)
Round 2: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Single Crochet Total with 10 Chain 1 between each set of 2)
Round 3: CH 4, DC in the same Stitch(this is the first increase s…

Streamer Crochet Square

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Streamer Crochet Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Square

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Streamer Crochet Square

Materials
Size 1/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
This pattern stitch can be made with a variety of crochet hooks and yarn.

Skill Level - Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
SK - Skip

Chain an amount for the width you want.

Row 1: Work one double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook. CH 1, Skip 1 chain, DC in the next chain. *CH 1, Skip 1 chain, DC in the next chain. Continue across from * ending with a DC in the last chain.

Row 2: CH1, SC in the next chain 1 space skipping over the double crochet. CH 1. *Single crochet in the next chain, chain 1. Continue across from * ending with a slip stitch in the top of the last double crochet.

Row 3: Chain 4, this will count as the first double crochet chain 1. *Skip the next sc, work a double crochet right over the chain of the previous row and right in to the …

Unique Ideas for Crochet Projects

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When my daughter was born, I remember someone sending a little pink ceramic bootie with a flower. With that memory in mind, I thought it would be fun to stiffen the crochet hightop so it could hold flowers. I used a stiffening product called Smooth On 327. I purchased it after watching it used on a segment of Martha Stewart. The flowers are held in place with some flower foam that can be purchased from your local craft store.

I also stiffened a doily in to a basket shape. I can see many different ways to use the basket. Someone may be doing a wedding with a budget. This would be a great way to add an elegant personal touch. A liner could be added to the basket with some moss and flowers for a unique floral arrangement. You could also do a candy basket or bath accessory basket.

Unique Ideas for Crochet Projects Video


Baby High Top Booties - Toddler/Child Size

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Baby High Top Booties - Toddler/Child Size

Video Tutorial:Crochet Baby High Top Booties
This is the original video for the smaller bootie.
Written Instructions for smaller bootie:Baby High Top Booties

Other than a few modifications for a larger bootie, everything is constructed the same way as the smaller bootie.
The sole is a little bit longer with a couple extra rounds. The toe top has an extra row. The ankle and tongue have one extra row.There is one more eyelet for the tie.
The tie is longer.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level - Intermediate

Size Estimate
Hook H/5 mm - Size 6"/15.2cm Sole

Abbreviations
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
EA - Each
CH- Chain
MC - Magic Circle
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease
( ) - Parenthesis - The parenthesis are used to include how many stitches are made on each round or other information of relevance.

Half Double Crochet Decrease - The HDC DEC is worked over 2 stitches to join and reduce it down to 1 …

Yarn Size and Confusion

Out of curiosity, I want to know how many of you feel that yarn sizing is confusing and why? I have included my thoughts.


Yarn companies should come up with system to measure yarn sizes better than what they have now. What is wrong with using millimeters as a measurement for the thickness of a strand of yarn? Similar to what is done with crochet hooks and beads. Even fishing line has had a numerical measurement for as long as I can remember.

At one time I used 4 ply worsted weight acrylic yarn and somewhere along the line it became 4 ply medium. Does this mean there is a 4 ply small, large and extra large? Another company has 4 ply medium 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. This will work up a lot smaller than the acrylic yarn mentioned. You can see the size difference with your eye. There is also the 4 ply cotton yarn. It works up a lot larger than the acrylic medium. I would like an explanation or purpose for using the same sizing language with extreme, obvious, visible different …

Crochet Cluster Shell

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Crochet Cluster Shell

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Cluster Shell

Abbreviations
CL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster - Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook through the stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it through the same stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 remaining loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all three loops.


Cluster Shell - Cluster, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain.


Multiple - 8

I recommend a chain of 150 for a baby size afghan.  You can increase or decrease by 8 to modify the size.

Row 1: Work a Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook. *Skip 3 chains, in the 4th work the cluster shell(Se…

Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

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Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Skill Level - Easy Beginner

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
Yarn/Cotton of your choice
Yarn Marker - A scrap tail will work great as a yarn marker

I will not be using a chain 1 at the beginning of each round. This is to reduce the visibility of the seam. The top can be worked in a continual round if you choose to do so.

CH 3 Join.

Round 1: Work 9 SC through the chain.

Round 2: Work 1 SC in same ST, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 2 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next ST.

Round 3: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 4 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's.

Round 4: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 6 ST's. Repeat from…

Crochet Abbreviations - Skip or Miss

Over the years I have come across patterns that will tell you to MISS a stitch. It does sound confusing. This is the same as SKIP a stitch.Maybe there is someone who knows more about where the term MISS came from. I suspect it is a European term from Great Britain.

SK - Skip

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How to make Crochet Cluster V Stitch

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Learn how to make a crochet cluster V stitch.  You can make a blanket, scarf, shawl or afghan with this crochet stitch.

Crochet Cluster V StitchWritten by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial: Crochet Cluster V Stitch
Video Tutorial:Crochet Cluster V Stitch Left Hand
AbbreviationsCL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster - Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook through the stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it through the same stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 remaining loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all three loops.

Cluster V Stitch - Cluster, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain.

Multiple 3

Make a loose chain. Your work will be tight at the bottom and expand as you pro…

Crochet Hooks - Aluminum vs Plastic, Bamboo, Wood

What I like about the aluminum and steel hooks is that they do not bend. My thoughts are if the plastic hooks have any flexibility, it may make a difference in how I crochet. Flexible plastic will slow me down and affect the consistency of my stitches. If the plastic hook is solid, then it should not make much of a difference. I will use non-flexible hard plastic hooks from time to time.

I have never used a bamboo or wooden hooks to complete a full project. The video tutorial with novelty yarn is the only experience I have had with a wooden hook. It is not enough for me to form an opinion one way or the other.

Please share your experiences and likes or dislikes about crochet hooks you have tried in the past.

Ripple Crochet Stitches

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This will be the Ripple Crochet playlist. All playlists are available on my main youtube channel page. Please ask if you need help finding a video or playlist.



Single Crochet Ripple <<< Written Instructions









Ripple Crochet Symbol Instructions<<< Written Instructions









Ripple Crochet Variation 3<<< Written Instructions