Saturday, February 28, 2009

Crochet Flower - How to Add Rounds


This video will show how to add petals and rounds to your flowers. Use your imagination to create original flower arrangements.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Flower - How to Add Rounds

Video Tutorial:   Crochet Flower - How to Add Rounds

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations

FPSC - Front Post Single Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
TC - Triple Crochet

Chain 5, Join

Round 1: 10 SC through the loop, join in the beginning single crochet.

Round 2: CH 1, *SC in the same stitch, CH 3, SK 1 SC, SC in the next, complete 5 times total from *, the last chain 3 will be a slip stitch to join. (5 chain 3 loops total)

Round 3: *CH 1, 6 DC in loop, CH 1, SL ST in the next SC, complete 5 times total from *. (5 Petals Total)

Second Set of Petals
Round 4: CH 1, *BPSC around the post of the SC on round 2. CH 5. Complete 5 times total from *, SL ST to join in beginning SC. (5 Chain 5 loops total)

This section will provide two alternative petals.
Method 1 -Round 5: *CH 1, 9 DC in the loop, CH 1 SL ST in the next SC, Complete 5 times total from *.
(5 sets of petals total, with 9 double crochet each )

Method 2 - Round 5: *CH 1, 3 DC, 3 TC, 3 DC, CH 1, SL ST in the next SC, Complete 5 times total from *.
(5 sets of petals total, with 3 double crochet, 3 Triple Crochet, 3 Double Crochet, total)

Third Set of Petals
Round 6: SL ST to the center of the previous petal on round 5, CH 1, *SC between the stitches of the petal, CH 5, Complete 5 times total from *. SL ST the last chain to the SC at the beginning of the round. (5 Chain 5 loops total)

This section will provide two alternative petals.
Method 1 -Round 7: *CH 1, 11 DC in the loop, CH 1 SL ST in the next SC, Complete 5 times total from *.
(5 sets of petals total, with 11 double crochet each )

Method 2 - Round 7: *CH 1, 4 DC, 3 TC, 4 DC, CH 1, SL ST in the next SC, Complete 5 times total from *.
(5 sets of petals total, with 4 double crochet, 3 Triple Crochet, 4 Double Crochet, total)







Hook & Yarn Comfort - Crochet Tip 43

I always recommend to hold the crochet hook and yarn in a way that is comfortable for you. There are suggested ways to hold the hook but you as long as you are getting like results, do what is most comfortable for you. Many times you will see a suggested "traditional" method in a book. Also keep in mind that there is more than one way to hold the hook and yarn. Some techniques are not taught in a book. If you are able to achieve a similar outcome, then it will be correct. You may have learned or discovered another crochet technique.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How Do You Use Scrap Thread or Yarn?




How do you like to use up your scrap yarn and thread? You can share ideas and links in the comment section.

I use my
leftover thread to make flowers. The images show a pansy and tulip doily out of scrap thread. Some of the flowers are smaller or larger sizes because the threads are not the same size. It really gives it a unique character with different sizes, especially since flowers in real life are never the same identical size.

The most common way I use up scrap yarn is granny squares. It is also great for embellishing faces on stuffed animals or dolls.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles



Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles


Video Tutorial: Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles

Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Leve
l - Intermediate

Materials
Size G or 4mm Crochet Hook
4-Ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill or Stuffing

Abbreviations
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
FPDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet
MC - Magic Circle
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
QC - Quadruple Crochet
SC DEC- Single Crochet Decrease

CupCake Sides
Row 1: 7 FHDC,
Row 2 - 28: CH 1, turn, this will not count as a stitch. 7 Front Post Half Double Crochet.
Slip Stitch to the first row as you complete the last row to join the sides.

CupCake Bottom
MC
Round 1: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, 12 HDC in the loop, Join in beginning HDC. Pull shut. (12 Half Double Crochet Total)
Round 2: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, 2 HDC in ea ST around for a total of 24, Join in beginning HDC. Cut the yarn leaving a length of about 10 inches. (24 Half Double Crochet Total)
Secure the magic circle at the beginning with a knot, then hide the tail. With right sides of the cupcake side and bottom facing each other, sew the edges together. There will be some easing the cupcake side to the bottom. We want to bottom to be somewhat smaller than the top.

CupCake Frosting

Magic Circle Loop

Round 1: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, *HDC, QC, complete 6 times total from *, Join in beginning HDC. (6 Half Double Crochet, Quadruple Crochet total)

Round 2: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, *Work a HDC and QC in the next HDC for an increase. Work a HDC and QC in the next QC for an increase. Complete 12 times total from *, Join in beginning HDC. (12 Half Double Crochet, Quadruple Crochet total)

Round 3: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, *Work a HDC and QC in the next HDC for an increase. Work a HDC and QC in the next QC for an increase. Complete 24 times total from *, Join in beginning HDC. (24 Half Double Crochet, Quadruple Crochet total)

NOTE: The increasing is done so each stitch will be worked in the same stitch as the previous stitch.

Round 4: Ch 1, this will not count as a stitch, *Work a HDC in the next HDC, Work a QC in the next QC. Complete 24 times total from *, Join in beginning HDC. (24 Half Double Crochet, Quadruple Crochet total)
Secure, knot and hide your tail at the beginning of the frosting.
This is where you can add some french knots or beads to give your cupcake an original, unique look.

Cherry
Magic Circle
Round 1: 6 SC in the Magic Circle, Do not Join. The rest of the cherry will be worked as a continual round. (6 single crochet total)

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total)

Round 3: 1 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total)

Round 4: *1 SC DEC through the next 2 stitches, complete 6 times total from *, (6 single crochet decrease total)
Add some stuffing to the cherry. Secure the last stitch and sew the top shut. This is where you can sew the cherry to the frosting. Secure, knot and hide your tail.

Sewing Frosting to CupCake Side: Stuff your cupcake with polyester fiberfill. You can add some potpourri, rocks or sand for added stability and weight. I added some liquid potpourri to my fiberfill. Once you have completed stuffing your cupcake, align the side and frosting however you want it to look. Sew the pieces together. Secure, knot and hide your tail.

When Do You Crochet the Most?

  • What is your favorite time of day to crochet?
  • What part of the year do you crochet the most?

I find that I crochet more at night while watching a movie or tv show. I feel like I pretty much crochet about the same amount of time year around. I have taken my crochet to the beach along with my paper and pen because that is one place I am inspired by new ideas.

Crochet Giveaway #4 Winner

Congratulations goes to Eunice as the winner of giveaway #4. Your name for the trash is cute. I will have to remember that one. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Winning Comment: all my "tails" land in file 13 aka the trash. Never thought to save them to use them as stuffing...now that is a good idea.
Eunice

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Crochet Cupcakes Anyone?





Cupcakes will be coming up soon. When my son was a baby I had a crochet cookie that I would hand him. It always went straight to his mouth. I wonder if the cupcakes would have been as convincing.

Sun Beam Crochet Granny Square



Sun Beam Crochet Granny Square

Quick and Easy Crochet for Beginners


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Sun Bean Crochet Granny Square

Abbreviations
EA - Each
SP - Space
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet

Long FPSC -Will be worked around RND 1 HDC. Insert the hook from the front right of the stitch, around the back, and to the front left of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull up. Making sure that all loops are behind the crochet hook, complete single crochet in the HDC of the previous round.

Behind Chain: If you look closely at the chain, it is made up of 3 loops for each chain, it will have 3 loops that make up each chain. There are 2 at the top front and 1 on the bottom back. The loop worked in for round 6 is the single loop on the back of the chain.

CH 4, Join.

Round 1: CH1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch. Work 12 HDC through the center of the CH 4, join. (12 HDC total)

Round 2: CH1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch. Work 2 HDC in ea HDC around, join. (24 HDC total) Cut yarn and change color.

Round 3: CH1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch. *Work 1 HDC in the next ST. Work 2 HDC in the next ST. Repeat around from * . (36 HDC total) Cut yarn and change color.

Round 4: The elongated front post single crochet for this round with be worked around round 1. CH 1, *Long FPST(see abbreviations for description), 1 SC in ea of the next 2 sts. Complete 12 times total from *. Join in beginning single crochet. (36 Stitches total)

Round 5: CH 1, pull up long, this will not count as a stitch. *2 DC in the same st. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 sts. 1 SC in ea of the next 3 sts. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 sts. 2 DC in the same st. CH 2, complete 4 times from *. Join to beginning DC. Cut yarn and change color.
Round 6: Ch1 pull up long stitch, *2 HDC in loop behind CH, 1 BPDC around each of the next 11 Sts. 2 HDC in loop behind CH, complete 4 times total from*, join.





Sunday, February 15, 2009

Crochet Giveaway #4 - Tails - Closed



What do you do with all of your tails? I save my tails and use them as yarn markers.

This will be giveaway #4. I will be giving away 4 hats and 1 doily. The giveaway will run from today through
February 15, 2009. I will draw the winner on February 21, 2009. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. As the winner, you are more than welcome to alter the hats in any way by removing the flowers and leaves.
  1. Comments are open to everyone. You do not need to be registered with blogger to participate.
  2. In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact.
  3. I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include GIVEAWAY #4 in the subject line.
  4. If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shell Magic Crochet PotHolder


Shell Magic Crochet PotHolder

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Shell PotHolder

Materials
G-Crochet Hook
4-Ply Cotton Yarn

Abbreviations
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
EA - Each
SK - Skip
BEG - Beginning
SL ST - Slip Stitch

SHELL - 5 Double Crochet

NOTE: There will be two ways to start this potholder. You will choose which technique you are most comfortable working with.
Start 1: 31 FSC
Start 2: CH 32, SC in ea CH across.

Round 1: CH 1, SC in the end SC, 5 DC in the same SC. SK 2 sc, 1 SC in the next SC, SK 2 sc, *5 DC in the next, SK 2 sc, 1 SC in the next sc, sk 2 sc, Complete 4 times total from *, SK 2 sc, 5 DC in the end SC, SC in the same SC, Working down the opposite side: *5 DC opposite the previous shell, sk 2 sc, SC in next SC, sk 2 sc, complete 5 times total from *, sk 2 sc, 5 DC in the last SC opposite the shell on previous side, SL ST together in beg SC.
Round 2: SL ST to the 3rd DC, CH 1 SC in same ST, *5 DC in the next SC, SC in the 3rd(center) of the next shell. Complete 9 times total from *, 5 DC in next SC, SL ST in beg SC to join.

Round 3-12: SL ST to the 3rd DC, CH 1 SC in same ST, *5 DC in the next SC, SC in the 3rd(center) of the next shell. Complete 9 times total from *, 5 DC in next SC, SL ST in beg SC to join.

Cut the yarn leaving about an 18 inch tail for sewing the edges shut. Lay the pouch horizontal with the opening to the top. Fold the opening in the vertical direction. This will create the square shape. I like to run the thread to the point and sew the opening shut from one point to another, staggering the shells.

I took my shell potholder one step farther and added circles folded in half to make a heart.
Crochet Magic Heart PotHolder







Next Granny Square Sneak Peek



This is the project that I am currently working on for the next granny square video tutorial. It may look familiar from the squares that I sent for the Project Linus Squares.

Recent Updated Crochet Video's

I am still working on re-rendering video's. It is taking on average about 5-7 hours per video upload to Youtube. Please let me know if you find a link that is no longer working in a set of instructions and I will update it.

Traditional Granny Square 5 Rounds

Left Hand Crochet Solid Granny Square 5 Rounds

Crochet Puff Stitch

Lefty Crochet Puff Stitch

Monday, February 9, 2009

Video Settings - YouTube HD

I have been working on fine tuning my video editing settings, to work with the changes that Youtube has made in converting to HD. In the process I have re-rendered some video's to upload again. I did not realize that I had such a big problem until a couple of people brought it to my attention about a week ago. Thank you very much or I would not have known. I had no idea that some were terribly blurry in some spots upon upload. I started looking in to what the problem might be. I found my answer in Youtube help. The file extension I was using is not compatible with HD so it is necessary for me to render video's in another file extension. I believe I have it worked out now. The month of January does not look to good so there will probably be more that I re-render. The knobby granny is looking pretty clear. I hope this fixes the compatibility issues.

This is a list of some that I have re-rendered.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Crochet Knobby Granny Square


Knobby Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Knobby Granny Square

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
QC - Quadruple Crochet

SL ST = Slip Stitch

Materials
Size H or 5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

NOTE:
Each stitch will be worked individually in each stitch. HDC will be worked in the previous HDC. QC will be worked in the previous QC

CH 4, join

Round 1: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, *3 HDC through CH loop, CH 2, complete 3 times total from* 3 HDC through CH loop, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 2: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch. HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST. In the next CH 2 SP do, QC, HDC, CH 2, HDC, QC, complete 3 times total from *, 1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC in the next ST, 1 HDC in in the next ST. In the beginning CH 2 SP, do a QC, HDC, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 3: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC in the next ST, 1 QC in the next ST,( in each of the next 7 St's), ending with an HDC. In the next CH 2 SP do, QC, HDC, CH 2, HDC, QC, complete 3 times total from *, 1 HDC, 1 QC, (in each of the next 7 St's), ending with an HDC. In the beginning CH 2 SP, do a QC, HDC, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 4: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC, 1 QC, in each of the next 11 St's, ending with an HDC. In the next CH 2 SP do, QC, HDC, CH 2, HDC, QC, complete 3 times total from *, 1 HDC, 1 QC, in each of the next 11 St's, ending with an HDC. In the beginning CH 2 SP, do a QC, HDC, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Round 5: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC, QC in the same CH space, *1 HDC, 1 QC, in each of the next 15 St's, ending with an HDC.. In the next CH 2 SP do, QC, HDC, CH 2, HDC, QC, complete 3 times total from *, 1 HDC, 1 QC, in each of the next 15 St's, ending with an HDC. In the beginning CH 2 SP, do a QC, HDC, CH 1, SC in beginning HDC to join.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What is Worsted Weight Yarn?

Worsted Weight Yarn is a yarn with a firm, smooth finish. The term worsted originates from Norfolk, England.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Crochet Napkin Ring



Crochet Napkin Ring

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviation

SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SP - Space
SK = Skip
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Chain 10.

Row 1:
2 DC in 4th Ch from hook, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in same CH. *SK 2 CH's, SC in next CH, SK 2 CH's, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, Complete 2 times total from *.

Row 2: Turn, CH 1, SC in DC. *3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, SK 2 DC, SC in the last DC

Row 3: Turn, SL ST to CH 2 loop, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in same space. *3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC 2 times total from *.

Row 4: Turn, CH 1, SC in the 1st DC, *3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, SC in space between shells, 3 times total from *. SC in the last DC.

Repeat rows 3-4 for length of ring.

Decorative Round Flower
CH 37
Row 1: DC in the 3rd CH from Hook, 1 DC in ea CH across. (34 DC total)

Row 2: Turn, CH 3, DC in same stitch, 2 DC in ea DC across. (68 DC total)

Row 3: Turn, CH 3, 2 DC, CH 2 3 DC in the same DC, *SK 2 DC, 3 DC, CH 2 3 DC, continue across row from *.

Row 4: Turn, Ch 1, SC in DC, *3 DC, CH 2 3 DC, SC in space between shells, continue across from *

Cut off a long tail. Weave the tail through the chain foundation until you get to the other end. Pull the tail to gather the rectangle in to a flower. Secure and knot the ends together. Sew to the joined section of the ring. This is where you can add a decorative embellishment.

Crochet a Swatch - Crochet Tip 42

Most crochet stitches and pattern stitches are interchangeable with 2-ply 3-ply, 4-ply yarn, crochet cotton, crochet thread and crochet hooks. The best way to know if your yarn or thread will look nice with your pattern stitch, is to crochet at least a 4" swatch. This way you will not put a lot of time in to starting your project only to find out that your yarn may be to small or your hook is to large.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What is a Crochet Space?

A crochet space is a general term in crochet. Space can mean anything from a chain 1 to chain 50 or no chains between stitches. Space is not inserting your hook in a stitch. It is being inserted in a space, an empty space. From time to time, I will crochet between stitches. That is the space between stitches. Granny squares will have chain spaces to create the corners of the granny square and help them get larger. The chains in the corners are spaces. I created a video showing crochet space examples.

Monday, February 2, 2009

SunRise Granny Square



SunRise Granny Square

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Video Tutorial:
Sunrise Crochet Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations

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

V-Stitch = DC, CH 2, DC

Materials
Size H or 5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

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 the next DC, CH 1, SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, In the next CH 2 SP, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, Complete 3 times total from *. 1 DC in the next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, CH 1,SK a ST, 1 DC in next DC, In the next CH 2 SP, 2 DC, CH1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 4:
CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space.*SK 2 DC, V-Stitch in each of the next 4 DC, SK 2 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. Complete 3 times from *. SK 2 DC, V-Stitch in each of the next 4 DC, SK 2 DC, 2 DC in the beginning CH 2 SP, Ch 1, SC in beginning CH 3.

Round 5: CH 2, HDC in same CH 2 SP. *1 HDC in ea DC and CH 1 SP, (16 HDC total) 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in the next CH 2 SP, Complete 3 times total from *.
1 HDC in ea DC and CH 1 SP, (16 HDC total), 2 HDC in the beginning CH 2 SP. Ch 2, join. Cut off the yarn and sew in the tail.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

How to do the Crochet Magic Loop Circle

Magic Loop - Magic Circle - Magic Ring
As with many crochet techniques, there may be several names for one technique. That is the case with this crochet skill. The purpose of this technique is to form a nice and tight closure at the beginning of the round. The beginning joined chain and the magic circle are interchangeable with each other in most patterns, so you will decide which one will work best. Both techniques have their benefits and drawbacks.

  • The chain is joined at the beginning to form a nice and solid foundation. You may be left with a large hole. The hole can easily be sewn shut with your beginning length of yarn. You can also gather the stitches by weaving the yarn through the stitches and pulling the hole shut. I like to knot the tail with my chain just to make sure it is secure. I will weave the tail in one direction and then back the other direction to lock and secure the tail.
  • The magic circle will form a nice tight closure upon pulling the tail and drawing the stitches together. The stitches are formed around a single strand of yarn, which would be considered a weaker foundation. It is very important to knot this tecnhique to prevent the center from pulling apart. I recommend no less than 2 very secure knots. Weave the tail in 2 directions to lock and secure. This will help prevent it from coming out. Tails may come out in the wash so that is why knots are very important. If your work is well knotted, you just sew your tail back in, if it should come out after being washed.
Magic Circle


Lefty Magic Circle

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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