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Cheerful Crochet Flower

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Cheerful Crochet Flower

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Cheerful Crochet Flower

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials
Size G/4.0mm Hook
4 Ply Yarn

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
CH - Chain

Extended Single Crochet - This is working a loose and taller single crochet so everything is not all squashed together.

Loop Behind Stitch - If you look at the top of a stitch, you will see a "V" shape. Right behind each stitch is another loop on the back side. This is what is meant by "Loop Behind Stitch" or "Loop in Back of Stitch". By working in the back of the stitch, the top "V" portion of the stitch is pushed to the front to create a unique effect. This is the same effect done to create ribbing.

CH 6, join

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, this chain will not count as a stitch Work 1 HDC through the CH. *CH 7, SL ST to the top of the HDC you just completed. 2 HDC through the CH. Complete 5 times from *. CH 7…

Facebook Page

I have a page on Facebook that I forgot I had. I thought it will be a great place for to share pictures for those of you that already have accounts. You can also discuss, add video and any of the other nifty features that Facebook offers. I am on Facebook quite often.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Art-of-Crochet-by-Teresa/57794806183

Crochet Hook Grips Online

I am including an online link to purchase Gooshy Grips, and Pencil Grips.

Art Supplies Online
http://www.artsuppliesonline.com/catalog.cfm?cata_id=10230

Student Supply has a variety of pencil grips. Some are really cute and different. It does look like they require a bulk purchase so if you have a lot of crocheters in your area, you could all purchase them together.
http://www.schoolsupplyprojectboards.com/catalogs/index.asp?category=310424

Crochet Baby High Top Booties

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Baby High Top Booties

Video Tutorial:Crochet Baby High Top Booties
Video Tutorial:Crochet Baby High Top Booties Left Hand

Written Instructions for a Toddler Child size high top bootie: Baby High Top Booties - Toddler/Child Size

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level - Intermediate

Size Estimate
Hook F/3.75mm - Size 3.5"/8.9cm Sole
Hook G/4.25mm - Size 4"/10.2cm Sole

Abbreviations
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
EA - Each
CH- Chain
MC - Magic Circle
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease
( ) - Parenthesis - The parenthesis are used to include how many stitches are made on each round or other information of relevance.

Half Double Crochet Decrease - The HDC DEC is worked over 2 stitches to join and reduce it down to 1 stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook in the first stitch, pull the yarn through the stitch. Leave all 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook in the next stitch, Wrap the y…

Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Double Crochet Rows

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Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Double Crochet Rows

Written by Teresa Richardson

This pattern stitch will make a great afghan or a scarf.

Size Estimate for a K/6.6mm crochet hook:
Baby Afghan - Chain 90 for 27.5 inches or 69.9CM
Full Size Afghan - Chain 225 for 68.5 inches or 174CM
Scarf - I am recommending a chain of 28, same as the video and a smaller size G or H crochet hook.

Skill Level: Beginner familiar with crochet basics to Intermediate

Video Tutorial:Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Materials
Crochet Hook Size K was used in the video
4 ply yarn

Abbreviations
CM = Centimeters
SK - Skip
CH's - Chains
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Shell - 5 Double Crochet -For this project, the 5 double crochet worked together will be called a shell.

Multiple: 6 chains ( Chains will be added or taken away in increments of 6 to adjust the size)

Row 1: Work 2 DC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next, *SK 2 CH's, work 5 DC in the next CH, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next…

Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

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Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Written by Teresa Richardson

This pattern stitch will make a great afghan or a scarf.

Size Estimate for a K/6.6mm crochet hook:
Baby Afghan - Chain 90 for 27.5 inches or 69.9CM
Full Size Afghan - Chain 225 for 68.5 inches or 174CM
Scarf - I am recommending a chain of 28, same as the video and a smaller size G or H crochet hook.

Skill Level: Beginner familiar with crochet basics to Intermediate

Video Tutorial:Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf

Materials
Crochet Hook Size K was used in the video
4 ply yarn

Abbreviations
CM = Centimeters
SK - Skip
CH's - Chains
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Shell - 5 Double Crochet -For this project, the 5 double crochet worked together will be called a shell.

Multiple: 6 chains ( Chains will be added or taken away in increments of 6 to adjust the size)

Row 1: Work 2 DC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SK 2 CH's, SC in the next, *SK 2 CH's, work 5 DC in the next CH, SK 2 CH's, SC in…

Head Measurement for Hat - Crochet Tip #50

The most accurate way to get a custom fit for a hat, is to measure the head, working your modified pattern to a head measurement. If a gauge is available with the pattern, that will also give you an idea on how close your crochet style is to that of the author of the pattern.

The easiest way to change size with a hat pattern is to use a larger or smaller crochet hook. Another way to change size is to eliminate rounds for a smaller hat or do additional rounds with increase stitches for a larger hat.

The following chart is an estimate for various size heads.

Newborn
Head Circumference 13" - 14 "
Hat Circumference = 11.5" - 13"
Hat height = 5.5 to 6"
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Baby - 3 to 6 months
Head Circumference: 14" - 17 "
Hat height= 6.5 - 7"
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Baby - 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16" - 19 "
Hat height = 7.5"
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Crochet is Repetition - Crochet Tip #49

Crochet is repeating stitches. It may be the same stitch or a series of various stitches.

Pattern Stitches are sets of stitches being repeated. A set of repeated stitches may include 1 row or several rows to complete the pattern stitch.

An Afghan with simple to intricate designs, is made up of sets of rows, that are repeated for the length of the afghan.

When making a Granny Square there will be 4 sets of repeated stitches on each round, since a granny has 4 sides.

When making a Doily, there will be sets of repeated stitches for each round.Some doilies may have an obvious flat side where others may be round, square or oval shape.

Winner of Crochet Giveaway #9

Congratulations to Darlene as winner of the crochet magazines and hooks. Darlene saw my post on Angelwingscrocheting, where we are both members of this yahoo group.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Mesh Crochet Beanie Skull Cap

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Mesh Crochet Beanie Skull Cap

Video Tutorial: Lightweight Crochet Beanie Skull Cap

Video Tutorial:Lightweight Crochet Beanie Skull Cap Left Hand Version

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
ST - Stitch
SC - Single Crochet

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn or cotton
Tapestry Needle for sewing in the tails

Chain 3, join. You can also use the magic circle instead of the chain.

Round 1: Chain 3, This will count as the first half double crochet chain 1 now and through the remainder of the pattern. Work 9 HDC, CH 1. SC in the beginning chain to join. The single crochet will count as the chain now and through the remainder of the pattern. (10 Half double crochet chain 1 total)

Round 2: Chain 3, Work HDC, CH 1 in the same space. *HDC, CH 1, HDC, CH 1 in each space around. Repeat from *. Join with a single crochet (20 Half double crochet chain 1 total)
Round 3-4: CH 3, HDC, CH 1, in each space around. Join with a…

Single Crochet Spike Pattern Stitch

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Video Tutorial: Single Crochet Spike Stitch - Pattern Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
ST - Stitch

Spike Stitch - For this pattern, this stitch is worked two rows below, between the double crochet. There will be two double crochet between each spike. Insert the hook between, pull loop up, insert hook in the previous DC, wrap yarn over and pull through the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the spike.

Materials
4 ply yarn
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
Multiple: 2

Chain 26

Row 1: Work 23 DC across in each chain.

Row 2: CH 3 turn, DC in ea DC across.
Row 3: CH 1, SC in same ST. Work Spike Stitch in the next.

Row 4-5: CH 3 turn, DC in ea DC across.

Repeat rows 3-5 for the remainder of the pattern.

Estimate for baby afghan: Chain 126

Estimate for full size afghan: Chain 250


Crochet Wire Bracelet

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I made a visit to Joann Fabric and Crafts the other day and found some 26 gauge wire so I have been crocheting with it. I am doing well making chains but have not been very successful with a single crochet. What I did was to make 3 chains of 28 with a size H crochet hook and then I braided them together. I have lots of beads so I put a dragonfly on the front. The clasp is a bar that slips through the middle of an opening. The one I used is a heart. Once I was finished, my thought was that it might make a cute ankle bracelet or a choker.There are a lot of possibilities that can be created with wire.

Yarn Assortment - Buyer Beware

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I was excited about an order I made from Herrschner's online the other day. That has changed since receiving my order today. As you can see in this image above, they are advertising an assortment of yarns. The advertisement says "Assorted Color and Styles". I thought that is what I would get. Boy was I wrong!! The advertisement is misleading.



When I opened the box I got this putrid yarn, 8 skeins all the same color. The purpose of purchasing an assortment was for projects that I will be making in the future and to experiment with some different yarn that I may not be aware of or think about trying. So much for that thought process.


I start doing some research to see how much this ugly yarn costs. They have it for $.99 cents a skein. I paid $11.99 per yarn assortment, purchasing two total. My total cost were $23.98 for both assortments. If I were to have purchased ugly yarn instead of yarn assortment, my cost would have been $7.92 for the 8 skeins. That leaves …

The Purpose of Increase Stitches - Crochet Tip #48

The purpose of adding increasesor fullness evenly throughout your project, is to make your crochet piece get larger or lay flat.
Granny Squares: the extra stitches are added in the corners. This will also form pointed corners
Oval: the increases are added evenly around 2 endsCircle: the increases are evenly added around the whole pieceAn increase stitch is usually two of your main pattern stitches worked in the same stitch on the previous round. Sometimes it can be three stitches. If your project has chains, adding more chains is another way to increase and make your piece expand in size so it will lay flat. An example of an increase would be to work 2 double crochet in the same stitch.

Abstract Cat Edging - Reverse Single Crochet

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I finished up the crochet Abstract Cat baby afghan with a reverse single crochet edging. I have also heard it called the crab stitch and backward single crochet. My thoughts are to use a more subtle edging when using a busy pattern stitch. The last color on my afghan is made with 3 full rows. I wanted to pull the last two rows together to shape the head. I did a drop reverse single crochet to form the head so the edging completes my last segment of cats. The side edges and foundation chain are worked with reverse single crochet evenly stitched along each edge. This stitch will create additional fullness at times, so I have found that skipping a stitch every once in a while will keep it from becoming to full.

Crochet Giveaway #9 - Closed

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What is your favorite yarn to work with? Recently I have been experimenting with various brands of yarn. I really like the feel of Caron and how soft it is. I will be using it in an up coming tutorial for a baby item and a household item.

This will be giveaway #9. I will be giving away the 5 crochet magazines and 8 crochet hooks. The giveaway will run from today May 9,2009 through May 17, 2009. I will draw the winner on May 18, 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.

Due to a large amount of spam and inappropriate comments on other blogposts, I have had to modify commenting to registered users.
The giveaway is open everyone. You will need to be registered with blogger or wordpress to comment.
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 GIVEAW…

Tips for Making a Crochet Oval

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This is only a symbol illustration and has not been crochet tested to see if it will work as an oval.

NOTE: I will be making an example in the future.

Making an oval is similar to making a hat but can be more challenging. You want to keep both ends as even as possible. The red lines indicate where to place yarn markers. There is a formula to increasing, that is an adjustable formula. This means that your specific crochet tension and style may require you to do less or more increases to get the oval to lay flat.
I recommend using yarn markers at the start and end of the increases.Keep the amount of increases the same on both ends. This is very important so you will not have a lopsided oval.
If your ends start to curl up, you do not have enough increase stitches for your oval to lay flat. There may be two ways to fix this. You can rip out your round and add more increase stitches. OR you can continue crocheting and hope that your next round of increases will help it lay flat.
If you…

Friday Talk

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Me at the Tybee Island beach last weekend, May 2, 2009

Today I am continuing to work on making a video for the hat with the brim and for the puff stitch hat. I have many ideas and projects in progress.

Some of you may remember the needle case I made a few months back. Well, I lost it, needles and all, somewhere in the house, I hope. I have no kids around to blame. I would like to blame my husband for taking it but I have not come up with a purpose to why he would. I have looked in, under and behind the couch. In bags and drawers where I store my supplies. Maybe one of these days, when I am looking something else, it will turn up.

I know those of use in the northern hemisphere are looking forward to summer.This summer is looking up for us, considering my husband spent 8 months of 2008 laid-off due to position elimination. His job was directly related to housing manufacturing so we were hit early in 2008. There are a lot of us out there, so you are not alone in this recession.

We ar…

Knot Stitch Crochet Hat Cover

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Knot Stitch Hat Cover

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Knot Stitch Hat Cover

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Knot Stitch Hat Cover

Written Instructions: Half Double Crochet Hat with Brim

Skill Level - Intermediate/Advanced

Abbreviations
LP - Loop
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch
STS - Stitches
SK - Skip
KS - Knot Stitch
SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

Knot Stitch - Pull the loop up 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the loop, leaving a gap in the center. Work a single crochet between the gap to complete the knot stitch.

Materials
Size I.5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Hat Band
Work 60 Foundation Single Crochet or your can chain 61, join and work 60 single crochet.

Round 2-4: CH 1, Work 1 SC in ea SC around, join at the beginning. If you used the foundation stitch, sew up the gap that will be formed when joining the foundation in a circle. Knot and sew in the tail.

Round 5: Work the first knot stitch, then the …

Crochet Hat with Brim

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Crochet Hat with Brim

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Hat with Brim

Skill Level - Easy Beginner

Abbreviations
LP - Loop
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch
STS - Stitches
SK - Skip

Materials
Size I.5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Yarn Amount Estimate: 244 yards/223 meters

Magic Circle or Chain 3, join. You can start with either starting method.

Round 1: 10 HDC in Loop. Do not join and work in continual round. Mark the last stitch with a yarn marker so you will know where each row starts. This is for the purpose of increasing.

Round 2: 2 HDC in ea HDC around (20 Half Double Crochet)

Round 3: 1 HDC in next ST, 2 HDC around (30 Half Double Crochet)

Round 4: 1 HDC in ea of next 2 sts, 2 HDC around (40 Half Double Crochet)

Round 5: 1 HDC in ea of next 3 sts, 2 HDC around (50 Half Double Crochet)

Round 6: 1 HDC in ea of next 4 sts, 2 HDC around (60 Half Double Crochet)

Round 7-20: 1 HDC in ea HDC around. (60 Half Double Crochet)

Skip 1 stitch at the end, sli…

How Old is to Old when it come to Yarn or Thread?

I know that I am guilty of not throwing away anything when it comes to thread/yarn. I have willing accepted donated stashes in the past from other people, so I have no idea how old their yarn supplies are at the time. How old is to old when it comes to selling or giving something away as a gift? Is there an expiration date on yarn and thread? Can items you are selling be to old to sell? What are your thoughts?


New Chart Crochet Patterns

This is an introduction for some of you who may not know about my other crochet blogs that I post patterns on.

I have recently added some new patterns to my Painted Tapestry Crochet Blog and Filet Crochet Blog. Both are chart crochet using thread or yarn. People have sent me pictures of afghans they have made from the filet crochet charts and they turn out really nice. Chart patterns are very versatile. The Painted Tapestry Charts will work for cross stitch, plastic canvas in addition to the crochet.

How to get the right Crochet Tension

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This is an example I created to demonstrate crochet tension and how it will be different from time to time, even with yourself. Each swatch consists of a chain of 10, 9 single crochet, two rows, a size I/5.5mm crochet hook and 4 ply yarn for all swatches. The middle swatch is my natural crochet tension. The bottom swatch is my loose crochet tension. The top swatch is my tight crochet tension.

Video Tutorial:How to get the right Crochet Tension

This explains why two people can make the same pattern, with the same materials and get two different size results upon completion. Once you are well practiced, each person will settle in to a natural, consistent tension.

From time to time I will want a looser or tighter stitch. To achieve this, I focus and concentrate on the grip of the yarn, opposite my crochet hook. The yarn will run looser or tighter through my hand. What happens when a person is first learning to crochet is they will grab the yarn very loose or very tight creating in…