Monday, March 30, 2009

Quilt & Plastic Canvas Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the two winners of the Quilt and Plastic Canvas book and magazine giveaway.

Plastic Canvas Book Winner - Dawn
Quilt Book Winner - Holly

Saturday, March 28, 2009

V-Stitch Crochet Summer Hat



The purplish hat on the right is made with the V-stitch, a strand of 4-ply yarn and Bernat Boa yarn, working both strands at the same time. Using the novelty yarn will make the cap slightly larger.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: V-Stitch Crochet Summer Hat

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
LP - Loop
EA - Each
SP - Space
V-Stitch - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet
V-Stitch Increase - Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet

Materials
Size N Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn

Gauge
6 Rows - 4"
4 V-Stitches - 4"

Magic Circle or chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 4, DC through the loop, the chain 4 and double crochet count as the first V-Stitch. *DC, CH1, DC through the loop, complete 5 times total from *, join with beginning CH 3. (6 V-Stitch total)

Round 2: SL ST in to the CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC in the same space, the chain 4, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet count as the first V-Stitch increase. *DC, CH1, DC, CH1, DC through the CH 1 SP, complete 5 times total from *, join with beginning CH 3. (6 V-Stitch Increase total)

Round 3: SL ST in to the CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC in same sp, *DC, CH1, DC, through the CH 1 SP, complete 11 times total from *, join with beginning CH 3. (12 V-Stitch total)

Round 4: SL ST in to the CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC in same sp, V-Stitch Increase in next SP, *V-Stitch in next SP, V-Stitch Increase in next SP, Complete 5 times total from*, join with beginning CH 3. (6 V-Stitch ,6 V-Stitch Increase total, there will be 18 Ch 1 spaces total)

Round 5-12: SL ST in to the CH 1 SP. CH 4, DC in same SP, *V-Stitch in next SP, Complete 17 times total from*, join with beginning CH 3. (18 V-Stitch Total)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Invisible Decrease - Double Crochet, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet

The invisible decrease is an alternative to the traditional standard decrease. It will be done the same way, for any of the basic crochet stitches that you are doing. The stitch is decreasing 2 stitches down to 1 stitch. The 2 stitches are joined at the bottom of the new stitch, working the remainder of the stitch as an individual stitch. The invisible decrease has less bulk compared to the standard decrease. If your instructions tell you to decrease, you can decide which technique that you would like to do.

EXAMPLE: Double crochet: Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook in the first stitch. Insert the hook in the second stitch. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through both stitches. Work the double crochet. Now there is a decrease, joined at the bottom of the stitch, worked as an individual stitch.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Quilt Magazine Giveaway - Closed


I tried my hand at quilting. I did alright but crochet is my passion. These books also fall under the category of not being used in well over a year so I am giving them away too. There are 9 magazines and 1 book from the 1990's time frame. If this is something that you are interested in, please comment and leave a way to contact you or unique way of identifying yourself if you are the winner. The blog is open for anyone to comment and participate. E-mail entries are accepted with "Quilt Magazine Giveaway" in the subject. I will draw on Monday March 30, 2009.

Plastic Canvas Book Giveaway - Closed



As a former military spouse, we frequently got rid of stuff each time we moved. I am trying hard not to be a pack rat, so I am passing along some various craft books, of crafts that I have tried over the years. These books fall under the category of not being used in well over a year so I am giving them away. There are 6 books from the 1990's time frame. I was living on Fort Knox at the time. Not pictured are several big sheets of standard plastic canvas, more smaller sheets and some round circles of plastic canvas. If this is something that you are interested in, please comment and leave a way to contact you or unique way of identifying yourself if you are the winner. The blog is open for anyone to comment and participate. E-mail entries are accepted with "Plastic Canvas Book Giveaway" in the subject. I will draw on Monday March 30, 2009.

Large Amigurumi Egg or Mouse


The Large Egg has the purple line around it in the image.

Large Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

Written by Teresa Richardson

The Video is for the medium size mouse. It will give you a good idea how amigurumi is done.
Video Tutorial:
Amigurumi Crochet Mouse

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle
2 buttons

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
The first single crochet will be in the top of the previous round without joining. The remaining project will be worked in a continual round.

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 12 single crochet total) Mark the last stitch with a yarn marker.

Round 3-4: 1 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total)

Round 5: *1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST. Continue around from* 6 times total. (18 single crochet total)

Round 6-7: 1 SC in ea SC around. (18 Single Crochet total)

Round 8: *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, Continue around from *. (18 Single Crochet total)

Round 9-12: 1 SC in ea SC around. (24 Single Crochet total)

Round 13: Work 12 Single Crochet decrease. (12 Single Crochet total)

Round 14: Work 6 Single Crochet decrease. (6 Single Crochet total)

Cut the yarn and secure the tail by pulling it through the stitch. Weave the needle through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut. Knot and secure a couple of times. Sew the tail up through the center of the mouse. Cut off any remaining portion of the tail.

Ears: Magic Circle, ch1, pull loop up, Work 6 HDC through the loop. Do not join. Sew the first HDC and last HDC together to shape ear. Knot and secure both tails. Sew to the mouse body. See image for placement

Tail: CH 10, cut yarn. Sew tail to mouse. Weave the tail at the end of the tail through the chains. Knot and secure both tails and sew in to the body.

Eyes: Sew both buttons to the head. Knot and secure the tail and sew in to the body.

Front Feet: Slip stitch yarn to front bottom side of mouse. CH1, SC, turn , SC in previous SC. Cut yarn, knot, secure and hide tails in the mouse body. (Make 2)

Back Feet: Slip stitch yarn to back bottom side of mouse. CH 1, Work 2 SC, *turn, work 1 SC in ea of the 2 SC, Complete 2 times total from *. Cut yarn, knot, secure and hide tails in the mouse body. (Make 2)

Small Crochet Amigurumi Egg or Mouse


Small Crochet Amigurumi Egg or Mouse

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook (You can use different size crochet hooks)
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle
2 buttons

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
The first single crochet will be in the top of the previous round without joining. The remaining project will be worked in a continual round.

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 12 single crochet total) Mark the last stitch with a yarn marker.

Round 3-6: 1 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total)
Stuff the egg/mouse with fiberfill.
Round 7: Work 3-4 Single Crochet decrease, It will start to get snug.

Cut the yarn and secure the tail by pulling it through the stitch. Weave the needle through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut. Knot and secure a couple of times. Sew the tail up through the center of the egg/mouse. Cut off any remaining portion of the tail.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Amigurumi Crochet Mouse


Amigurumi Crochet Mouse

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:
Amigurumi Crochet Mouse

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle
2 buttons

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
The first single crochet will be in the top of the previous round without joining. The remaining project will be worked in a continual round.

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 12 single crochet total) Mark the last stitch with a yarn marker.

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

Round 4: *1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST. Continue around from* 6 times total. (18 single crochet total)

Round 5-11: 1 SC in ea SC around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Stuff the mouse with fiberfill.

Round 12: Work 9 Single Crochet decrease. (9 Single Crochet total)

Work a couple more single crochet decreases. Cut the yarn and secure the tail by pulling it through the stitch. Weave the needle through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut. Knot and secure a couple of times. Sew the tail up through the center of the mouse. Cut off any remaining portion of the tail.

Ears: Magic Circle, ch1, pull loop up, Work 6 HDC through the loop. Do not join. Sew the first HDC and last HDC together to shape ear. Knot and secure both tails. Sew to the mouse body. See image for placement

Tail: CH 10, cut yarn. Sew tail to mouse. Weave the tail at the end of the tail through the chains. Knot and secure both tails and sew in to the body.

Eyes: Sew both buttons to the head. Knot and secure the tail and sew in to the body.

Front Feet: Slip stitch yarn to front bottom side of mouse. CH1, SC, turn , SC in previous SC. Cut yarn, knot, secure and hide tails in the mouse body. (Make 2)

Back Feet: Slip stitch yarn to back bottom side of mouse. CH 1, Work 2 SC, *turn, work 1 SC in ea of the 2 SC, Complete 2 times total from *. Cut yarn, knot, secure and hide tails in the mouse body. (Make 2)

Crochet Amigurumi Egg


Crochet Amigurumi Egg

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Amigurumi Egg

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size H/5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn
Polyester Fiberfill
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
ST - Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
Single Crochet Decrease - This is where you join 2 single crochet, reducing them down to 1 stitch. Insert the hook in the first stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. This completes the single crochet decrease.

Chain 3, Join.
Round 1: 6 SC in loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
The first single crochet will be in the top of the previous round without joining. The remaining project will be worked in a continual round.

Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 12 single crochet total) Mark the last stitch with a yarn marker.

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

Round 4: *1 SC in the next ST, 2 SC in the next ST. Continue around from* 6 times total. (18 single crochet total)

Round 5-11: 1 SC in ea SC around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Stuff the egg with fiberfill.

Round 12: Work 9 Single Crochet decrease. (9 Single Crochet total)

Work a couple more single crochet decreases. Cut the yarn and secure the tail by pulling it through the stitch. Weave the needle through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut. Knot and secure a couple of times. Sew the tail up through the center of the egg. Cut off any remaining portion of the tail.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Crochet Shamrock C - Clover



Crochet Shamrock C

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Shamrock C

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
SL ST - Slip Stitch
QC - Quadruple Crochet
MC - Magic Circle
CH - CHain

Magic Circle
*CH 3, 5 QC, CH 3, SL ST through loop, complete 3 times from *,
Stem - CH 5, SL ST across the next 4 chain's.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thread Crochet Basket



With this basket, I am showing the versatility that can be achieved by using crochet thread and a steel crochet hook, from a pattern that was created in yarn. This is the same pattern that I used to make the pink basket. This basket required a size 10 crochet cotton and a size 1 steel crochet hook. You may want to stiffen the basket so it will hold its shape. Experiment and try something different.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Men's Large Crochet Beanie Cap Free Crochet Pattern


Men's  Crochet Beanie Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Large Size Beanie Cap for a Man

Materials
Size I or 5.5mm Crochet Hook
4-ply yarn

Gauge
12 Stitches - 4"
16 Rows - 4"

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

Chain 4, join
Round 1: Work 10 SC through the loop. Do not join. This cap will be worked in a spiral/continual round.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in ea SC around. This is where you will want to use a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of a round, so you have an idea where the beginning of your round starts.
( 20Single Crochet Total)

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

Round 4: 2 SC in ea SC around ( 40 Single Crochet Total)

Round 5: 1 SC in ea SC around ( 40 Single Crochet Total)
Round 6: *1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST, repeat from * around. ( 60 Single Crochet Total)
Round 7 - 35: 1 SC in ea SC around ( 60 Single Crochet Total)

To end the round even, skip 1 single crochet and slip stitch in the next. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.



Extra increase round: Work in after round 7.  Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. ( 80 Single Crochet Total)


Men's Large Crochet Beanie Cap

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Men's Large Crochet Beanie Cap - Left Hand Version

How to Crochet a Basket


How to Crochet a Basket

Skill Level: Beginner Easy

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: How to Crochet a Basket

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SH - Shell
LP -Loop
EA - Each
CH - Chain

Materials
K Crochet hook
2 Skeins of 4 Ply Yarn - 2 Strands

Chain 4, Join
Round 1: Ch 1, pull the loop up, this will not count as a stitch. 12 HDC in the loop, Join with the beginning HDC. (12 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 2: Ch 1, pull the loop up, this will not count as a stitch. 2 HDC in each stitch around, Join with the beginning HDC. (24 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, pull the loop up, this will not count as a stitch. 1 HDC in each stitch around, Join with the beginning HDC. (24 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 4: Ch 1, pull the loop up, this will not count as a stitch. 2 HDC in each stitch around, Join with the beginning HDC. (48 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 5-15: Ch 1, pull the loop up, this will not count as a stitch. 1 HDC in each stitch around, Join with the beginning HDC. (48 Half Double Crochet Total)

Shell - 6 Double Crochet

Edging: *Ch 1, SC in same space, Skip 2 DC, Shell in the next DC. Complete 8 times total from *. (8 Shells total)

Handle: CH 6, join
Round 1: 6 SC through the chain, do not join. The rest of the handle will be worked in a continual round.
Round 2-50: 1 SC in ea SC around.
The handle will be approximately 22-23 inches long.

Evenly sew the handle to the basket. Sew in all the tails.

Alternative Edging Idea: A reverse single crochet can be worked as an alternative.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat Free Crochet Pattern






Puff Stitch Crochet Hat

Free pdf download for the Puff Stitch Crochet Hat
Video Tutorial: Puff Stitch Crochet Hat


Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Puff Stitch Crochet Hat


Materials
Size I or 5.5mm crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn


Spa Blue Fleck Red Heart Yarn


Written by Teresa Richardson
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+Crochet Geek 

Abbreviations
PS - Puff Stitch
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain

Puff Stitch:
  1. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook below the chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through. There will be 9 loops on the hook.
  5. Wrap the yarn over the hook to secure puff stitches at the top.

Chain 5, join.
Round 1: Pull beginning loop up, *Puff Stitch, Ch 1, Complete 5 times total from*, Puff Stitch, SC in beginning Puff stitch to join. (6 Puff Stitch Total)

Round 2: Pull beginning loop up, Puff Stitch, Ch 1 in the same space, *PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. Complete 5 times total from *, PS in the beginning CH 1 SP , SC in beginning PS to join. (12 Puff Stitch with Chain 1between each stitch- Total)

Round 3: Pull beginning loop up, PS, CH 1 in the same space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, *PS, CH1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH SP CH 1 SP. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, complete 5 times total from *, PS in the beginning CH space, SC in beginning PS to join. (18 Puff Stitch with Chain 1between each stitch- Total)

Round 4: Pull beginning loop up, PS, CH 1 in the same space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP *PS, CH1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH SP CH 1 SP. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, complete 5 times total from *, PS in the beginning CH space, SC in beginning PS to join. (24 Puff Stitch with Chain 1between each stitch- Total)

Round 5-10: Pull beginning loop up, PS, CH 1 in the same space, 1 Puff Stitch in ea CH 1 SP around. End the round with a SC in the beginning Puff Stitch to join.

Band
Round 11: CH 1, 2 SC in ea CH 1 SP. Join with a SL ST in the beginning SC.

Round 12-13: CH 1,  SC in ea stitch around. Join with a SL ST in the beginning SC.



Monday, March 9, 2009

Crochet Snow Leprechaun


This project has a lot going on with the instructions. Let me know if you see something that does not make sense. It may be a typo. The video should be done sometime this week.

Video Tutorial:

Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Level:
Intermediate/Advanced

Materials
Fiberfill
G Crochet Hook
4-ply Yarn - Green
4-ply Yarn - White

Button Eyes
Button Nose


Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
ST - Stitch
MC - Magic Circle

Single Crochet Decrease
- Insert your hook in the first single crochet, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through the loop, leave the 2 loops on your hook. Insert the hook in to the next loop. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Pull through all 3 loops to make the single crochet decrease.

Continual Round - Instead of joining at the end of a round, do a single crochet in the first stitch. The purpose of the continual round is to eliminate ugly seams that will appear with joining.

Ending Continual Round - There will be a ridge from the last stitch of the continual round. To end the round even, skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next. This will even out the round.

NOTE: This project provides two techniques to start rounds.

Magic Circle Foundation - The magic circle is an alternative to the chain start and will give a nice tight closure to the beginning circle.

Chain Foundation - The magic circle can be replaced with a chain start. For this project you can start with a chain 3 or 4, adjusting the chain size as needed.

Body
Green Yarn
Magic Circle or Chain 4, join.
Round 1: 6 Single Crochet in the loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total) This is where you may want to mark your round with a yarn marker.
Round 3: 2 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
Round 4-9: 1 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
This is where a color change will take place. Skip 1 single crochet and slip stitch in the next SC, pull the yarn through, cut and put to secure the yarn.

White Yarn
Slip stitch in the next color of yarn.
Round 10-16: 1 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total) Stuff the body with stuffing.
Round 17: 1 Single Crochet, SC DEC, (12 single crochet total)
Round 18: Work 6 single crochet decrease total.
Weave the tail through the last round of stitches, knot and secure the tail. Hide the thread.

Head
Magic Circle or Chain 4, join
Round 1: 6 Single Crochet in the loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total)
Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total) This is where you may want to mark your round with a yarn marker.
Round 3: 2 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
Round 4: 1 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: 1 SC in next ST, 2 SC in next ST (36 single crochet total)
Round 6-12: 1 SC in ea SC around (36 single crochet total)
Round 13: *1 SC in the next ST, 1 SC DC, continue around from * (24 single crochet total)
Round 14: 1 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total) Stuff the head with stuffing
Round 15: Work 12 single crochet decrease (12 single crochet total)
Round 16: Work 6 single crochet decrease (6 single crochet total)
Weave the yarn through the stitches pulling the hole shut. Knot and secure. Hide the tail.
Sew the head and body together stitching around rounds 2 on each piece.

Hat
Magic Circle or Chain 4, join.
Round 1: 6 Single Crochet in the loop, do not join. (6 single crochet total) Work in a continual round.
Round 2: 2 SC in ea SC around (12 single crochet total) This is where you may want to mark your round with a yarn marker.
Round 3: 2 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
Round 4-10: 1 SC in ea SC around (24 single crochet total)
Round 11: 2 SC in ea SC around (48 single crochet total)
Round 12: 1 SC in ea SC around (48 single crochet total)
The end the continual round, Skip 1 SC and SL ST in the next, cut yarn and secure. Cut a length of yarn for sewing the hat to the head.

Leg - Make 2
Green Yarn
Chain 12, join
Round 1: CH 1, 12 single crochet through the loop. Do not join. The rest of the leg will be worked in a continual round. This is where you can attach a yarn marker to show the first and last stitch of each round.
Round 2-11: 1 SC in ea SC around. (12 SC total)
Skip 1 stitch, SL ST in the next to even out the round. Cut the yarn, secure and change color.
Boot
Black Yarn
Slip stitch the yarn anywhere on round 11 of the leg.
Round 12: CH 1, 2 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches. The increases are shaping the top of the boot. 1 SC in ea of the next 8 St's. (16 SC total) Do not join and work in continual round.
Round 13: 1 SC in ea of the next 16 St's. (16 SC total)
Round 14: 1 SC in ea of the next 8 Sts. 4 SC decreases. The decreases are shaping the heel of the boot. (12 SC total)
Round 15: 6 single crochet decrease (6 Single Crochet)
Weave the yarn through the last stitches and sew shut. Stuff the leg with fiberfill.

Arm - Make 2
White Yarn
Chain 8, join
Round 1: CH 1, 8 SC through the loop, do not join. The round will be worked in a continual round. This is where you may want to use a yarn marker to mark the rounds.
Round 2-11: 1 SC in ea SC around. (8 SC total)
Slip Stitch the end of the arm together. Stuff the Arm with fiberfill.
Shamrock Hand
Magic Circle
*CH 1, 2 HDC in loop, CH 1 SL ST in loop, complete 3 times from *, (3 leaves total)
CH 4, for the stem. Cut the yarn leaving a length of tail for attaching to the arm. Sew the shamrock and stem to the arm.

Scarf
Chain 50, 1 HDC in ea CH across. Sew on to the neck area.

Sew on the buttons, eye and nose. Back stitch the mouth.

Winner of Giveaway #5

Congratulations to SuzyJune, winner of Giveaway #5. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Crochet Stitch Stiffness - Crochet Tip 44

Smaller crochet hooks will produce a tighter, stiffer stitch. This will work well when making a project that you want to hold its shape, like a basket or hat. Use a larger hook to get a softer stitch, without as much stiffness. The yarn choice will also play a role in stitch stiffness.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

How to Make your own Crochet Hook Grip


How to Make your own Crochet Hook Grip


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: How to Make your own Crochet Hook Grip

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Grip for a Steel Crochet Hook

Materials

Plastic Tubing 1/4" x .170 - This can be purchased from a home improvement store.

Gooshy Grips - This can be found at Wal-Mart or an office supply store. These are pen and pencil grips.

  • Cut the plastic tubing to the same size of the grip.
  • Cut your tubing the length of the tube. This will provide give for various size crochet hooks.
  • Slide the grip over the plastic tubing.
  • Slide everything all at once over your crochet hook.
  • For a longer grip, double the size of tubing and use two grips.
  • You may not need tubing for the larger crochet hooks.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Crochet Chocolate or Vanilla Cookie



Crochet Chocolate or Vanilla Cookie

Video Tutorial:

Written by Teresa Richardson


Abbreviations

MC - Magic Circle
HDC - Half Double Crochet

Exterior Cookie - Make 2
Magic Circle or Chain 4, join.
Round 1: CH 1 pull up, this will not count as a stitch, 12 HDC through the loop, join in the beginning HDC. (12 HDC total)

Round 2: CH 1 pull up, this will not count as a stitch, 2 HDC in ea HDC around, join in the beginning HDC. ( 24 HDC total) Cut off a length of tail for sewing the pieces together.
Secure the magic circle with a knot and sew in the tail.

Frosting
Magic circle or you can start with a chain 10, join.
CH 1, pull up, 24 HDC through the magic circle. Do not pull the magic circle tight. Adjust the stitches evenly and secure the magic loop with a knot. Sew in all the tails.

Sandwich the exterior pieces, right sides out and the frosting on the inside. Evenly stitch through the cooke to secure all pieces. Knot and sew in the tail when all pieces are secure.

In the video example, I took and hot glued a magnet to the backside of the cookie so it can be displayed on my refrigerator.

Thread Crochet Edging for Placemat




Thread Crochet Shell Edging

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Thread Crochet Shell Edging

Abbreviations
TC - Triple Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
CH - Chain
SK - Skip

This edging is added to a blanket stitch edging. It can also be used on a solid crochet afghan as an edging.

Shell: The shell will be 7 triple crochet with a chain 1 between each stitch.

Round 1: 3 SC in each blanket stitch around. Make sure you add extra stitches in the corners for the added fullness that corners need.

Round 2: CH 1, *SC in same SC, skip 3 SC, Shell in next SC, continue around from *. It is alright to modify the stitch spaces by skipping more or less single crochet, to end with the same amount of shells on each side.

Round 3: CH 2, skip the first triple crochet, *SL ST in the next TC, CH 4, SL ST in the same stitch. SL ST in the CH 1 SP. Complete 4 times total from*. SL ST in the next TC, CH 4, SL ST in the same stitch. CH 2, SL ST in the next SC. Continue around. Only the top 5 triple crochet are being worked.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Current Projects for Thursday March 9, 2009


I am still here and working on new projects. I am close to completing a placemat edging tutorial with thread. Hopefully I will have it uploaded to Youtube before the weekend, provided that my Internet Service Provider cooperates with the upload. Sometimes the larger file sizes are a little stubborn. I am also working on my Snow Leprechaun. I hope the video will be done before St. Patricks Day. This will be a first toy/doll type of a project for me. I had a lot of fun making him. My husband even helped with telling me that he needed ears. Now he has pointy green ears.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Follow Up- 2009 Winter Special Olympic Scarf Project

I was amazed to see the number of people who participated in the 2009 Winter Special Olympic Scarf Project. I knew they were hoping for 5000. Can you believe they got 55,000 instead? I want to thank everyone who participated in sending a scarf. WAY TO GO!!!!!

http://www.2009worldgames.org/volunteer/scarf-project


Feel free to share links to charitable organizations who accept handmade items at any time. I will be more than happy to post a blog if you have a current project that is looking for donations.


I know Project Linus always has a need for volunteers and donations somewhere in the country. Here is the link to my GRANNY SQUARE BLOG with ideas and patterns for squares.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Crochet Giveaway #5 - Closed


What was a project that was challenging for you? The most challenging for me what the bruges lace that was oblong and had circles at each end. I messed up my count when attaching the bruges edging, so part of the piece was lopsided.

This will be giveaway #5. I will be giving away 4 hats and 2 matching doily's. The giveaway will run from today March 2, 2oo9 through
March 9, 2009. I will draw the winner on March 9, 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, give them away and share with your friends.
  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. If you are posting as anonymous, please leave something unique to identify you or I will not have a way to contact you.
  3. I will also accept e-mail submissions. Please include GIVEAWAY #5 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.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has entered so far. I had a typo, which made it look like the giveaway was only one day, when in fact it will still be running through Monday March 9. There is no limit on how many times you can enter.

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