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Crochet Flower - How to Add Rounds

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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 …

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.

How Do You Use Scrap Thread or Yarn?

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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.

Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles

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Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles

Video Tutorial:Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level - 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 Tota…

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

Crochet Cupcakes Anyone?

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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

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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 1HDC. 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: CH…

Crochet Giveaway #4 - Tails - Closed

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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.
Comments are open to everyone. You do not need to be registered with blogger to participate.
In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact.
I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include GIVEAWAY #4 in the subject line.If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.

Shell Magic Crochet PotHolder

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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…

Next Granny Square Sneak Peek

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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

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.
Crochet Blue Star Service Tapestry FlagHow to Do the Magic Circle Crochet Lo…

Crochet Knobby Granny Square

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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…

What is Worsted Weight Yarn?

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

Crochet Napkin Ring

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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 …

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.

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.

SunRise Granny Square

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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 …

How to do the Crochet Magic Loop Circle

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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 stit…