Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shell with 3 Double Crochet




Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Shell with 3 Double Crochet

Baby Afghan estimate: Chain 105. This will give you a 34 inch estimate for width with a size i/5.5mm hook.

Shell: For this pattern stitch, the shell will consist of 3 double crochet.

Multiple: 3 - This means that it takes 3 chains to make 1 shell of the pattern stitch.

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SH - Shell
* - repeat from (How many times you repeat will depend on how many chains you are working with)


Row 1: Work 3 double crochet in the 6th chain from the hook. *Skip 2 chains, work 3 double crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * for the width of the project. Work 1 double crochet in the last chain for the edge.

Row 2: Chain 3, turn. This first chain 3 will count as your first double crochet. *Work 3 DC(double crochet) in the 2nd DC of the next shell. Repeat from * for the width. End with a double crochet in the last stitch of the edge.

Repeat row 2 for the remainder of the length.




Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Congratulations to Tevy

Tevy is the winner of the crochet hooks and and magazines. A great big thank you to everyone that participated.

Since there are so many participants, I am also going to give away 3 boxes of Gooshy Grips.

The following are the 3 winners of the gooshy grips.

AnneB - annebreal

Crystal- Who left the happy crocheters cheer


Meredith - Just got back in to crocheting this past year

Monday, April 27, 2009

Crochet Character Cube



Crochet Character Cube

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain

Materials
Size G/4mm Hook
4 Ply Yarn

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Character Cube

Chain 16

Row 1: Work 1 single crochet in each chain across.

Row 2-17: CH 1, turn, work 1 single crochet in each single crochet across. (17 single crochet total)

Make 6 squares total

Embellishing the Squares
This is where you will want to decorate your square with an embellishment of your choice.

How to Make Letters

Video Tutorial: How to Make Letters on Crochet

Video Tutorial: How to Make Letters on Crochet - Part 2 - Rope Technique

Joining the Sides
Align the square sides together. With the contrasting color, work 15 single crochet evenly across the edges to join.

Joining the Bottom of the Cube
Work 15 single crochet evenly around each edge, making sure you work a stitch in the joining seam of each side.

Joining the Top of the Cube
Work 15 single crochet evenly around three edges, making sure you work a stitch in the joining seam of each side. Fill the cube with polyester fiberfill or the stuffing of your choice. Tear off small chunks and fill the cube. Single crochet the remaining edge. Sew in all the tails.

Multi-Purpose Crochet Cloth


Recently I have been experimenting with making crochet cloths for bathing or washing dishes. I have found that I really like the look of the Tunisian crochet stitch. The real test will be when I put them to work and see the results with the various yarn I am using. Please share your experience with crochet cloths and which type of yarn you like the best.

Friday, April 24, 2009

How to Make Letters on Crochet

A question I get quite often is how to add letters on crochet. Unless the piece
is large enough, there is just not enough room to add a recognizable letter or number. Typically you may follow a chart and crochet the shape of the letter by changing color in the middles of a row. The integrity to the shape of the letter or number will be lost with smaller projects when following a chart. My solution is to use the embroidery chain stitch. There will be more options to choose from with the embroidery chain stitch. You will be able to use cursive or even mimic your own handwriting. If you have a larger space to work with, you may want to make two rows of chains for a bold or thicker letter that will stand out and be more visible.

Video Tutorial: How to Make Letters on Crochet

Video Tutorial: How to Make Letters on Crochet - Part 2 - Rope Technique


Monday, April 20, 2009

Closed - Giveaway #8 - Crochet Magazines & Hooks


This will be giveaway #8. I will be giving away the 5 crochet magazines and 9 crochet hooks. The giveaway will run from today April 20,2009 through April 27, 2009. I will draw the winner on April 28, 2009. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter.

Please do not post your personal mailing address in the comment section. That can be e-mailed privately if you are the winner.
  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 #8 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.

Friday, April 17, 2009

How do you store your crochet patterns?


A peek in my craft closet.

If you have been crocheting for any amount of time, you will start to accumulate crochet patterns. I have 3 plastic tubs that I store my old Crochet Fantasy, Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. I put masking tape on top, writing the magazine names on the tape. This includes hardback books and leaflets. I have them separated by title, organized enough that I can usually find what I need. The Magic Crochet tub is getting to heavy for me to lift again, so I may need to utilize another tub. Individual patterns can easily be slipped in to a document protector and stored in a 3 ring binder. What is your favorite pattern storage tip?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Abstract Crochet Cats



Abstract Crochet Cats

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Abstract Crochet Cats

Baby Afghan - I chained 100 for the baby afghan and used a size K hook and 4 ply yarn.

Multiple: 5

Materials
4 ply yarn
Size K crochet hook - You can use other size hooks for this project

Abbreviations
SK - Skip
Ch - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
SP - Space

Drop Stitch - The drop stitch will be worked below the two previous row of shell stitches. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook 2 rows below, between the shell stitches, pull the yarn up. Repeat one more time for a total of 5 loops on the hook.

Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, DC in the next CH, Skip 4 chains, in the next CH(5th chain) work *2DC, CH1, 2DC, SK 4 CH's, Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 chains.

Row 2: CH 2, DC in the next DC, work *2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next CH 1 Space. Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 DC.

Row 3: CH 2, DC in the next DC, Work a dropstitch (see description), *2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next CH 1 Space. Work a dropstitch (see description). Repeat from * across for the width. Work the drop stitch between the last shell and 2 double crochet.

Row 4-5: CH 2, DC in the next DC, work *2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next CH 1 Space. Repeat from * across for the width, 1 DC in ea of the last 2 DC. 


You will change color each time you complete row 3-5.

Continue with rows 3-5 for the length of the project that you are making.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Large Wheel Stitch - Catherine's Wheel - Harlequin - Triple Crochet



This stitch is made with the triple crochet. The technique will apply to any of the wheel stitch variations.


Video Tutorial: Large Wheel Stitch - Catherine's Wheel - Harlequin - Triple Crochet

Video Tutorial: Left Hand - Large Wheel Stitch - Catherine's Wheel - Harlequin - Triple Crochet

Video Tutorial: Crochet Round Shell- Catherine's Wheel - Harlequin Stitch - Double Crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

I used a chain of 38 with the swatch in the video. This gives me 10 inches. Each wheel is approximately 2-3/4 inches across.

Baby Afghan - Chain 122. This amount includes the plus 2. This will create 10 wheels. For each additional wheel you want to make, crochet 12 more chains. Estimated is width 33 inches. Width will vary with the hook size and crochet tension.

Materials
Size K/6.5mm Hook
4 Ply Yarn

Multiple 12 + 2

Abbreviations
TC - Triple Crochet
SC - Single Crochet

Joined Stitches - The joined stitches will be done by wrapping the yarn around your hook twice, insert the hook through the stitch, pull the yarn through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops, wrap the yarn over, pull through two loops. Leave the last loop of each stitch on your hook.

Row 1: 1 SC in the 2nd chain from the hook, *skip 5 chains, 9 TC in the next chain, skip 5 chains, SC in the next chain, repeat from * across for each wheel.

Row 2: Right Edge - CH 5, Work a triple crochet in each of the next 4 TC leaving the last loop on the hook, You will have 5 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 5 loops, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through to secure. You have completed the 1/4 wheel on the right edge. Center Wheel - CH 5, SC in the next SC(5th TC), *CH 5, Work a TC in each of the next 4 TC, 1 SC, 4 TC leaving the last loop on the hook, there will be 10 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all loops, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through to secure and complete the 1/2 wheel. CH 5, SC in the next SC(5th TC), Repeat across from * across for each wheel. Left Edge -CH 5, Work a triple crochet in each of the next 5 TC leaving the last loop on the hook, You will have 6 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through to secure. That will complete the bottom section of the 1/4 wheel on the left edge.

Row 3: Right Edge - CH 5, work 4 TC in the joining loop to complete the top 1/4 of the wheel. SC in the next SC. Center Wheel -*9 TC in the next center, joining space to complete the top 1/2 of the wheel. SC in the next SC. Repeat across from * for each wheel. Left Edge - 5 TC in the edge joining to complete 1/4 wheel.

Row 4: CH 1, turn, SC in the same stitch, *CH 5, Work a TC in each of the next 4 TC, 1 SC, 4 TC leaving the last loop on the hook, there will be 10 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all loops, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through to secure and complete the 1/2 wheel. CH 5, SC in the next SC(5th TC), Repeat across from * across for each wheel.

Row 5: CH 1, turn, SC in the same SC, *9 TC in the center joining space of the next stitch. This will complete the top portion of the wheel, SC in the next SC. Repeat across from * for each wheel.

Repeat rows 2-5 for the remainder of the length of the pattern.

Suggested edgings: You can end with a flat edge and use a single crochet. I also recommend using row 5 to match up the wheels on the edge, for a rounded edging.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag



Written by Teresa Richardson

This bag can be used for a child to carry their toys in, as a bingo bag or a craft bag. Please share your comments for additional ways the bag can be used.

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Bingo Bag or Craft Bag Left Hand Version 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Abbreviations
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
EA - Each
SK - Skip
ST - Stitch
ST's - Stitches

Materials
Size H Crochet Hook
4 Ply Yarn - 728 yards

Bag
Chain 5, join.
Round 1: 12 HDC through the loop, do not join. (12 Half Double Crochet total) The remainder of the project will be worked in a continual round. You will want a yarn marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Round 2:
The first stitch will be done in the top of the previous stitch without joining, Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (24 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 2 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 4-5: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (48 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 6: *1 HDC in ea of the next 3 St's. 2 HDC in the next ST. Continue around from *. There will be a total of 12 increases. (60 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 7-24: 1 HDC in ea stitch around. (60 Half Double Crochet total)
When this round is complete you will want to end with an even edge. Skip 1 HDC and slip stitch in the next stitch.
Drawstring Round: CH 3, skip 1 stitch, *HDC in the next stitch, CH 1, continue around from *. You will end with a total of 30 HDC, CH 1 stitches. (30 Half Double Crochet, CH 1, total)

Edging: *CH 3, in the next HDC, work a shell of 1 DC, CH 1, 1DC, CH 1, 1 DC, CH 3, SL ST in the next HDC, repeat from * for a total of 15 shells.

Pocket
Chain 40, join
Round 1: CH 1, work 50 HDC through the loop, do not join. The rest of the pocket will be worked as a continual round. (50 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 2: The first stitch will be done in the top of the previous stitch without joining, work 1 HDC in ea HDC around. Get yarn marker and mark the first stitch. (50 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 3: *work 1 HDC in the next stitch, work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Repeat around from * There will be 25 increases for a total of 75 HDC. (75 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 4: *work 1 HDC in the next stitch, work 2 HDC in the next stitch. Repeat around from * There will be 37 increases for a total of 112 HDC. (112 Half Double Crochet total)
Round 5-14: 1 HDC in ea HDC around (112 Half Double Crochet total)
When this round is complete you will want to end with an even edge. Skip 1 HDC and slip stitch in the next stitch. Secure the yarn and cut. Pull the tail through the loop.
Sew the pocket to the bottom of the bag at approximately round 4 or 5. Knot well and sew in the tails. Divide the top portion of the pocket every 14 stitches. This will create 8 sections. Sew each section, creating a divider, starting at approximately the 7th round from the top of the bag. Knot and sew in the tail when you are finished.

Pull Strap
Chain 80, Slip stitch through each chain.
Weave the pull strap through the drawstring round. Knot and sew the ends together. Weave and hide the tails through the drawstring.

Carrying Handle
This round will be worked with 2 strands of yarn, crocheting over the second strand.
CH 12, join
Round 1: CH 1, Work 12 SC through the loop, crocheting over the second strand of yarn.
Round 2-50:
The first stitch will be done in the top of the previous stitch without joining, Work 1 SC in ea stitch around.




Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Finding the Last Stitch - Crochet Tip 46

When working with single crochet, it can be difficult at times to see where to put the new stitch. The ending or edge stitch are even more difficult to see when changing rows/rounds. I always stress to make sure you have an accurate count of stitches, since this is where you can drop or gain a stitch. When starting the new row/round and the instructions guide me to "Chain 1, single crochet in the same stitch", and I am not able to tell where the same stitch is, I will pull out the last stitch on the previous round. Look at the top of the stitch facing you. Chain 1, turn, look at the top of the stitch on the backside. Look closely at the stitch so you know where to put your hook.

Note: This tip will apply to any stitch.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2 - Baby Afghan


Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
Video Tutorial: Crochet Slanted Shell - Variation 2
Written by Teresa Richardson

Baby Afghan Size Estimate - If you want to make a baby afghan with a size I/5.5mm crochet hook, 4-ply yarn, you will chain 122. This will give you an estimated width of 38 inches.

Multiple is 5+2
Row 1: 3 DC in the 3rd chain from the hook, Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain, *chain 3, 3 double crochet in the next chain. Skip 3 chains, single crochet in the next chain. Repeat from * for the width of the pattern.
Row 2: Chain 4, 3 double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Skip the 3 double crochet, single crochet in the chain 3 space, chain 3, Work 3 double crochet in the same chain 3 space. Repeat across from * for the width.

Repeat row 2 for the length.



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Swag and Spike Granny Squares



Swag and Spike Granny Squares

Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares

Video Tutorial: Swag and Spike Granny Squares Left Hand

Written by Teresa Richardson

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

Front Post Double Crochet Modified - This stitch will be worked around the lower round and completed in the next stitch to be worked, which is securing the stitch in place. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the crochet hook to the right of the stitch, around the back and to the front on the left of the stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull around the stitch. Push the strand of yarn behind the hook. Insert the hook through the stitch on the previous round and complete the double crochet.

Chain 4, join.

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

Round 2: CH 1, pull loop up, 2 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 2 SL ST to join. Cut yarn and change color. (7 Double Crochet Total on each side)

Round 3: CH 1, pull loop up, 2 DC in same CH space. *1 DC in ea of next 2 ST. FPDC around the first stitch on round 1, DC in next stitch. FPDC around the last stitch on round 1. 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in CH 2 SP. Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in the CH 2 SP. CH 2, SL ST to join. Cut yarn and change color. (11 Double Crochet Total on each side)

Round 4: CH 1, pull loop up, 2 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, SC in beginning chain to join. (15 Double Crochet Total on each side)

Round 5:
CH 1, pull loop up, 2 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in each of the next 4 ST's. 1 FPDC around 3rd stitch on round 3. 1 DC in ea of next 2 St's. 1 FPDC around 6th stitch on round 3, 1 DC in ea of next 2 St's. 1 FPDC around 9th stitch on round 3, 1 DC in each of the next 4 ST's. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, 1 DC in each of the next 4 ST's. 1 FPDC around 3rd stitch on round 3. 1 DC in ea of next 2 St's. 1 FPDC around 6th stitch on round 3, 1 DC in ea of next 2 St's. 1 FPDC around 9th stitch on round 3, 1 DC in each of the next 4 ST's. Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in CH 2 space, CH 2, join with SL ST in beginning stitch.

Alternative Round 5:
CH 1, pull loop up, 2 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST's. 1 FPDC around 1st and 11th stitch on round 3. They will be joined at the top. 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST's. *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC, 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST's. 1 FPDC around 1st and 11th stitch on round 3. They will be joined at the top. 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST's. Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in CH 2 space, CH 2, join with SL ST in beginning stitch.





Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How to Modify a Granny Square Size - Crochet Tip 45

I like to mix and match granny squares, creating an assortment of colors and squares. I have found that I can get an average 6" square, 4-6 rounds, with a size G, H or I hook when that is the size I am looking for. Occasionally I will find that my last round may make the square a 7" size, which will be larger than what I want. To fix this, I will do some modification by using smaller stitches on the last few rounds to make the square closer to 6". If I am using double crochet, I will use a half double crochet or single crochet to achieve a 6" square. When you are following a pattern and your square is turning out larger than the size you want, go ahead and modify the stitch by using smaller basic crochet stitches. You can add rounds if you have a square that is just not quite large enough. Look through the pattern to see if there is a design element that you can carry to an extended round, tying it all together.

April Fool's Day

I am letting you all know that if you happen to visit Youtube today, you may find video's upside done. They have a really cute April Fool's joke going on.

I am currently working on getting a new granny square posted in the next day or two. Since we are well in to spring here down south, I have been outside placing patio blocks in front of the sunroom and spreading mulch in the flower beds.

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