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Easy Thread Crochet Bow

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Easy Thread Crochet Bow
Written by Teresa Richardson
Skill Level: BeginnerAbbreviations
SK - Skip
Ch - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
SP - Space

Written by Teresa Richardson



Video Tutorial: Making a Thread Crochet Bow
Video Tutorial:  Making a Thread Crochet Bow Left Hand

CH 12ROW 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook, DC, CH 2, DC in same CH. * SK 2 CH's, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH, complete 3 times total from *. (4 Shells Total)Row 2: Turn, SL ST to CH 2 SP, CH 3, DC, CH 2, DC in same CH 2 SP. * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP, Complete 3 times total from *.Row 3-50: Turn, SL ST to CH 2 SP, CH 3, DC, CH 2, DC in same CH 2 SP. * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP, Complete 3 times total from *.Bow Knot: The knot will be created from the same pattern stitch working 2 shells and 7 rows.ROW 1: DC in 4th CH from hook, DC, CH 2, DC in same CH. SK 2 CH's, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH. (2 Shells Total)Row 2-7: Turn, SL ST to CH 2 SP, CH 3, DC, CH 2, DC in same CH 2 SP. * 2…

Easy Crochet Heart

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Easy Crochet Heart

Video Tutorial: Easy Crochet Heart

Video Tutorial:Left Hand East Crochet Heart

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
QC - Quadruple Crochet
EA - Each
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Ch 12.

Row 1: 1 SC in ea CH across. (11 Single Crochet)

Row 2-12: CH 1, 1 SC in ea SC across (11 Single Crochet)

Rounded Segments: Work all the stitches halfway down the first side. Refer to symbol diagram. It will be either the 6th single crochet or between rows 6 and 7. *Quadruple crochet CH 1, 9 times total from * all in the same space, do 1 more Quadruple Crochet. (10 Quadruple Crochet Total) SL ST in the corner. Repeat for the next rounded segment *Quadruple crochet CH 1, 9 times total from * all in the same space, do 1 more Quadruple Crochet. (10 Quadruple Crochet Total)

Edging 1: Do a reverse single crochet evenly around in each space and stitch. Join.

Edging 2: CH 3, SC, CH 3 SC evenly around, join.






Thank You Crocheters

I would like to tell all of you thank you for your wonderful kindhearted comments and thank you to everyone who reads my blog and watches my Youtube videos. I appreciate your support.

Happy Crocheting,
~~Teresa

Project Linus Crochet Squares

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I have been on a square-a-thon, busy making square video tutorials and 6" squares. Some of these squares will become a video tutorial and some already are. This weekend I made 6" squares to send to the Project Linus Chapter of Dallas Texas this weekend. I had a lot of fun making the squares and making up something different. They look kind of crooked in the picture. They will shape up, fit together and hopefully comfort someone in need. This is the web address for Project Linus if you would like to find a chapter in your local area.

Crochet Solid Granny Square - 5 Rounds

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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds


Video Tutorial: Lefty Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 3: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 7 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 4: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 11 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 11 times total from *,2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1…

Letters and Numbers - Crochet Tip 41

There are several ways to get letters and numbers on a crochet piece.
Cross Stitch - Following a diagram to shape your number or letterEmbroidery Stitches - The satin stitch can be used to shape a letter or number and outlined with a running stitch or back stitch.
Crochet Chain - Crochet a length of chain. Sew the chain on to your crochet piece in the shape of the letter. For thicker letters and numbers, use a row of single crochet or the foundation crochet stitches.
Chart - Changing colors as you crochet across your row following a diagram. This technique is limited to the basic single, half or double crochet stitches.

Simply Elegant Crochet Lace Motif - Crochet Geek

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This is showing how to take the simply elegant motif and turn it in to a lace cloth with 2 different placements of the motif. The video will show how to join the motif to another motif.

Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Motif - Joining Together




Simply Elegant Motif
Pattern Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case
Abbreviations
SK- Skip
SP - Space
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Joining the Motif - Each motif is joined together at the chain 2, as you are creating round 6.

Chain 5, join
Round 1: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 12 DC through the chain loop, join.
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 2 DC in ea DC around. (24 Double Crochet Total)
Round 3: Ch 2, 1 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, in the same space. Skip 1 DC, * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, sk the next DC, complete 11 times from*, join.
Round 4: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space. * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space. Complete 11 times total from *, join.
Round 5: SL ST …

Event Crochet Lace

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You may have an event coming up soon like a graduation, wedding or dance recital. Crochet is a great way to add an inexpensive unique, elegant touch to any event. Think about what you may have in your own pattern library. It does not have to be fancy, difficult or expensive. I am really fond of the cliche', less is more. This is taking something really simple and turning it in to an elegant piece. Lets look at some basic shapes; circle, rectangle and square. Each of the following pieces can be made with a simple double crochet, chain or a combination of both.
The rectangle can be made in to an elegant hair bow or napkin ring.Two squares can be made in to an outer cover for a ring bearer pillow.A small circle motif can be tied with a nice little bow and filled with gift items for wedding party.A crochet square can be made into a handkerchief and embellished with some flowersStore bought napkins and place mats can be decorated with a crochet edgingCircle motifs can be shaped in to el…

Custom Crochet Apparel - Crochet Tip 40

When my kids were small, I used to sew a lot of their clothing. With sewing came many patterns so I would make sweaters for my kids shaped to the sewing patterns. You can take a basic sewing pattern, use it as a template and design your own custom crochet apparel by using your fabric pattern as a guide to shaping and size. Keep in mind that fabric patterns allow for 1/4" to 1/2" seam allowance so it will not be necessary to go outside the line. Remember to crochet a 4"x4" or 10cm x 10cm square to gauge your yarn.

Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf

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Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf
Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:Crochet Basketweave Rows - Square or Scarf

FPDC =Front Post Double Crochet:
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. From the front of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. Bring it up on the left side of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. 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.Complete your double crochet the same way that a double crochet is created. BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet:
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. From the back of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. Bring it up and around to the left side of the stitch inserting the hook to the back of your work. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook. Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it in front of the post of the pr…

Crochet Traditional Granny Square

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Crochet Traditional Granny Square

Video Tutorial: Crochet Granny Square - 5 Rounds

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

Written by Teresa Richardson

CH 4, join.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in the loop,* CH 2, 3 DC in the chain loop, complete 3 times total from*, CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3. This will put you at the center of your chain space.

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC, CH 2, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in next CH SP, Complete 3 times total from *. CH 1, SC in beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 DC in the same CH SP, *CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3 DC in next CH SP, CH 1, 3DC in ne…

Day of Service

Today is a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. here in America. It is also recognized as a day of service, where people are going out in to the community to provide help for charitable organizations. People who crochet have a very generous spirit, through out the year. That is part of the genetic makeup of a crocheter. What I would like, is for everyone to share contact information for charity organizations that are in need of items such as hats, scarves, baby blankets, afghans or any organization that is special to you. Please include an address or website where we can locate the information to send items.If you don't have an address, that is alright, Please feel free to comment anyway.

Cold Weather Crochet Projects

I hope everyone is staying warm that has been hit by the cold weather. It was 28° when I woke up this morning, which is very cold for this part of the country. The high has been about 45° for the day. Normal temperatures are about 55°-60° this time of the year.

This has been a busy week with 7 new video's uploaded to Youtube. That is why it may seem a little quite here on the crochet blog. I started and ended the week with details on chart crochet for the Barack Obama Tapestry and Blue Star Service Flag Tapestry.

Throughout the week I posted 5 new square tutorials. They are great for making random granny squares for exchanges or a random square afghans. The traditional granny square is sort of an encore, now that I am no longer limited by time. The instructions are all in one video, so no more parts. The Basketweave tutorial will double for a crochet scarf or afghan. I will be posting written instructions for the basketweave tutorial.

Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds
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Crochet Blue Star Service Flag Tapestry

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Click on the chart for a larger view.


Creator Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Blue Star Service Flag Tapestry

This is the same technique that I used to create the Barack Obama crochet piece. The Blue Star Service Flag was a fun project for me to make. It worked up very quick, with no mistakes. I have made two flags so far. The idea came from my dad as I was talking to him on the phone one Sunday, a few weeks ago. Many of you know that I am a former military spouse. My children are now serving our country with the United States Military. Crochet is something that provided comfort for me, throughout the years of many deployments.

The video tutorial is showing how to create a crochet project from a chart. I am including a smiley face for those of you that would like to practice on a different project than the flag. I included a beige background with the smiley. It will be very easy for you to substitute another color in place of the beige.

Materials
H Crochet Hook
Document Prote…

Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds

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Puff Stitch:

Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 9 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 9 loops to complete the puff stitch.
Video Tutorial: Puff Stitch Crochet Square - 5 Rounds

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Puff Stitch Square - 5 Rounds

Puff Stitch Square - 5 Rounds

Written by Teresa Richardson

Chain 5, join.
Round 1: CH1, pulling up to make a long chain. This chain will be d…

How to Crochet from a Chart

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Step 1: Create your Chart
Each square on the chart, represents a single crochet stitch. I started with a foundation single crochet of 68 or you can do a chain of 69. What I would do differently is to flip the chart sideways and crochet my rows from the side of the chart, starting with a foundation single crochet of 75 or a chain of 76. There are many different free sources online, where you can create a detailed chart.

Step 2: Purchase Your Yarn Colors and Materials
For this piece, I used 4-ply yarn of different brands and a size G crochet hook. I used 6 colors for the main crochet. A 7th color was introduced for the cross stitch.
I purchased a document protector from my local office supply store and a grease pencil. As I finished each row, I would mark the row with the grease pencil. I can reuse my document protector a few times by removing the the grease pencil markings with baby oil.


I created my yarn chart to eliminate confusion. This was to keep track of yarn strand placement an…

Barack Obama Crochet Tapestry - Painting with Yarn

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I am very proud of this piece and struggled to get it done. As with any of my projects, I am very critical when I am right in the middle of them. That is because I am seeing things that no one else will ever see. The biggest compliment for me, was when my husband suggested that I get it framed.

The pattern was designed with crochet software for making filet crochet. It was created following the horizontal chart, which made my work to squashed. From now on I will follow the vertical chart. The finished size is 22" long by 20" wide.

I wanted to make it in color, with as few colors as possible but still retain recognition of who is in my piece. 6 colors were the magic number. As I progressed, I realized my light color was to light, bold and popped to much. My medium browns were to close together so they did not have the pop between colors that I was looking for. My solution was to cross stitch over 2 of the parts that needed help, adding some color blending. I took my …

Default Crochet Instruction Details - Joining & Turning - Crochet Tip 39

Lack of crochet instruction details and errors will add to confusion for a new crocheter. Having overlooked instruction details myself, I have a great appreciation for everyone who writes and shares a crochet pattern. This is a tip that becomes second nature to seasoned crocheters, which may be why it is not always included in the instructions. If your pattern lacks telling you to join or chain, keep the following in mind.
By default, you join at the end of a round. Pictures are a good way to see what is supposed to be done if you think that joining is not correct.By default, you chain ?? amount to get to the next row/round. Traditional crochet instructions tell you to CH 1 for a Single Crochet, CH 2 for a Half Double Crochet and CH 3 for a Double Crochet.

Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case

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Click on diagram for a close up view


Simply Elegant Motif 

Pattern Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Simply Elegant Crochet Motif & Needle Case

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

Chain 5, joinRound 1: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 12 DC through the chain loop, join.
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as stitch), 2 DC in ea DC around. (24 Double Crochet Total)Round 3: Ch 2, 1 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, in the same space. Skip 1 DC, * 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, sk the next DC, complete 11 times from*, join.Round 4: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space. * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space. Complete 11 times total from *, join.Round 5: SL ST to CH 2 SP. CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in CH 2 space CH 1 * 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 1. Complete 11 times total from *, join.Round 6: SL ST to CH 2 space, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, SC between shells, blow round 4, CH 2. *4 DC, CH 2, 4 DC, CH 2, SC between shells, below round 4, …

Removing Extra Rows on a Finished Piece - Crochet Tip 38

I have found in the past, that after I finished a project, to include sewing in and hiding the tail, I did not like the length of the piece. So I removed rows and stitches. There are two ways it can be done.
Carefully cut the strand of yarn, right through the stitches, on the row that you want to take off. I have found that starting in the center of the row works best for this technique. You will want to make sure to leave a length of tail for sewing in your ending stitch,by not starting your cut to close to the edge.
If you want to save the yarn, you can cut at the ending stitch, ending row and unravel it from there.

Making Sense of Written Instructions - Crochet Tip 37

Have you ever looked at a written pattern that you really liked with intentions of making the project? You read through the pattern or start to read the first few rounds/rows? By the time you were done, you were so overwhelmed by the instructions, you talked yourself out of making the project? I know this from my own experiences reading instructions as a new crocheter.

Crochet instructions are no different that starting a new job. Sure, there may be a lot you need to learn and do, but you are not required to do it all at once.

This is a little secret that has helped me over the years. The whole pattern can be broken down in to segments.
Segment 1 - Foundation: Work your foundation.
Segment 2 - First round/row: What stitch or stitches are necessary to accomplish the first round/row? If it is a new stitch for you, it may be necessary to practice the stitch prior to starting the project.
Segment 3 - Are there different sets of stitches being done? Each round/row may have sets of stitch…

Examples of Ways to Use Fun Fur or Eyelash Yarn

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Here are a few examples of how I have used fun fur or eyelash yarn. I have also made scarves out if it. It is a very difficult yarn to use alone so I will use it with another strand of yarn/thread that is similar in color or as an accent to a contrasting color.Some other uses I can think of are fur or hair for your crochet animals.Please share how you have used this type of yarn in the comment section.Video Tutorial:How to Crochet with Novelty Eyelash Yarn

This is a crochet scarf made using the Tunisian Crochet Stitch.