Friday, May 29, 2009

Cheerful Crochet Flower


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, SL ST to the top of the HDC you just completed. Work 1 HDC through the CH. Join with the beginning HDC. Cut the yarn and change color. (There will be a total of 6 chain 7 loops, and 12 half double crochet.)

Round 2: SL ST the new color through any loop. CH 1, Work 12 HDC in each loop around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and secure tail by pulling through the stitch. (There will be 6 petals with 12 HDC in each loop)

Round 3: SL ST the new color to round 1 between the petals. Work an extended SC between the petals and over round 2. Work 1 Single Crochet in the Loop Behind the Stitch of each HDC. There will be 12 SC worked on each petal. Work an extended SC between the petals, down to round 1. Complete for each petal. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch. (There will be 6 petals with the back loop edging)




Thursday, May 28, 2009

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Crochet Baby High Top Booties


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 yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through. There are 5 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through all 5 loops to complete the half double crochet decrease.

SOLE
Round 1 - Side 1: 10 Foundation Half Double Crochet, Work 4 HDC in the same space as the last stitch.
Round 1 - Side 2: Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 8 HDC, Work 4 HDC in the last HDC, join with beginning HDC. (26 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 2: Ch 1, pull up, this chain will not count as a stitch, only a step up to make the rest of the stitches. 2 HDC in the same ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 8 St's. (Increase Section) (This next section has increase stitches to form the rounded shaping of the booty) 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next St, 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST, 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 8 St's, (Increase Section) 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST, 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next St, join. (32 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, pull up, this chain will not count as a stitch, only a step up to make the rest of the stitches. 2 HDC in the same ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 8 St's. (Increase Section) 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 HDC in the next ST. 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's. 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 8 St's. (Increase Section) 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 HDC in the next ST. 2 HDC in the next ST. 1 HDC in ea of the next 2 St's. Join with the beginning HDC. Do not cut the yarn, you will be able to join it on round 5. (40Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 4: Contrasting color of your choice. Attach the new color with a SL ST. CH 1, Work 1 SC in ea ST around, join. Cut the yarn. (40 Single Crochet Total)

Round 5: Pull the loop from Round 3 up through the top of the closest single crochet on Round 4. Ch 1, pull up, this chain will not count as a stitch, only a step up to make the rest of the stitches. Work 1 HDC in ea ST around, join. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Toe Top
I am providing two was to make the toe top.
Technique 1 - Magic circle, Work 8 HDC in the loop, pull shut, CH 1, turn, Work 2 HDC in EA ST around for a total of 16 HDC. Knot to magic circle so it will not com apart.

Technique 2 - CH 3, join. Work 8 HDC in the loop, pull shut, CH 1, turn, Work 2 HDC in EA ST around for a total of 16 HDC.

Cut off a long length of tail for either technique. It will be used to sew the toe top to the sole of the bootie.

Attaching Toe top to Sole
Find the front center of the sole. Mark with a yarn marker. Count back 8 stitches. Whip stitch the each individual stitch of the top, top to the matching stitch of the sole.

Ankle Side
Row 1: Attach color of choice to the first HDC on the right side of sole. CH 1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch, Work 1 HDC in ea HDC around. ( 24 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 2: CH 1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch, Work 1 HDC in ea HDC around. ( 24 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 3: CH 1, SK the first HDC, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 21 St's. Work a HDC DEC for the last ST. ( 22 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 4: CH 1, SK the first HDC, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 19 St's. Work a HDC DEC for the last ST. ( 20Half Double Crochet total)

Row 4: CH 1, SK the first HDC, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 17 St's. Work a HDC DEC for the last ST. ( 18 Half Double Crochet total)


Row 5: CH 1, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 18 St's. Cut the Yarn. ( 18 Half Double Crochet total)

Tongue
Row 1: Attach the yarn with a slip stitch to the toe top, CH 1, Evenly work 6 HDC across toe top.( 6 Half Double Crochet Total)

Row 2-6: CH 1, 1 HDC in ea HDC across. Cut the Yarn. ( 6 Half Double Crochet Total)

Eyelet Edging and Tongue Edging
Attach same color yarn, as side or color of your choice to the top left of bootie. Work the next stitches evenly along the lace edge. CH 1, *SC, CH 2, 2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC.* There wil be 4 eyelet loops. Work single crochet evenly along the 3 sides of the tongue. Repeat between the two asterisks * one time for the opposite eyelet edging. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Ankle Edging Top
With a contrasting color or color of your choice, work 1 row of single crochet across to top. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Lace
Chain 80, SL ST back across the lace. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail. Weave the lace through the eyelets once all the tails are sewn in and everything is attached.

Star Emblem

Circle behind star - Chain 7, join. CH 1, pull up loop. Work 12 HDC in the loop. Join with the beginning HDC

Star
Technique 1 - Magic Circle , *CH 3, SL ST in loop, repeate 5 times total from *.
Technique 2 - Chain 3, join, *CH 3, SL ST in loop, repeate 5 times total from *.

Align the star on top of the circle using the best blending color of yarn, to attach the emblem, sewing all pieces at once. Knot and sew in all the tails.







Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Double Crochet Rows


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. Repeat from * for the width. For the edge, SK 2 CH's and work 3 DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 3, turn, work 2 DC in in the same stitch as the beginning CH. This is the edge 1/2 shell. *Work 5 DC in the (center)3rd stitch of the next Shell. Continue across from * for the remainder of the row. Upon completion of the row, work 3 DC in the last double crochet, edge shell to form a straight edge on each side.

Row 3: CH 3, turn, work 2 DC in in the same stitch as the beginning CH. This is the edge 1/2 shell. SC between the shells. *Work 5 DC in the (center)3rd stitch of the next Shell. SC between the shells. Continue across from * for the remainder of the row. Upon completion of the row, work 3 DC in the last double crochet, edge shell to form a straight edge on each side.

Row 4: CH 1, SC in the same ST, CH 5, *SC in the 3rd DC(center) of the next shell, CH 5, Repeat from * for the remainder of the row. SC in the last DC of the edge.

Row 5: Turn, CH 3, *work 5 DC around CH 5, DC in next SC,
Repeat from * for the remainder of the row, ending with a DC on the edge.

Row 6: Turn CH 3, work a DC in each DC across.

Row 7: Turn, CH 3, Work 2 DC in the the same ST, SK 5 DC, *Work a shell of 5 DC in the next DC, SK 5 DC, Repeat across from *.
Upon completion of the row, work 3 DC in the last double crochet ( 1/2 shell), to form a straight edge on each side.


Repeat rows 3-7 for the length of the pattern stitch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Crochet Shell Variation 4 - Afghan or Scarf




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 the next. Repeat from * for the width. For the edge, SK 2 CH's and work 3 DC in the last CH.

Row 2: CH 3, turn, work 2 DC in in the same stitch as the beginning CH. This is the edge 1/2 shell. *Work 5 DC in the (center)3rd stitch of the next Shell. Continue across from * for the remainder of the row. Upon completion of the row, work 3 DC in the last double crochet, edge shell to form a straight edge on each side.

Row 3: CH 3, turn, work 2 DC in in the same stitch as the beginning CH. This is the edge 1/2 shell. SC between the shells. *Work 5 DC in the (center)3rd stitch of the next Shell. SC between the shells. Continue across from * for the remainder of the row. Upon completion of the row, work 3 DC in the last double crochet, edge shell to form a straight edge on each side.

Repeat rows 2-3 for the length of the pattern stitch.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

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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Toddler -12 months - 3 years
Hat height = 8"
Head Circumference: 18" to 20 "
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Child - 3 - 10 years
Hat height =8.5"
Head Circumference: 19" - 20 1/2"
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Teens
Hat height 9-10"
Head Circumference: 20 1/2" - 22"
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Adult Woman
Head Circumference: 21.5" - 22.5"
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Adult Man
Head Circumference: 23" - 24"

Monday, May 18, 2009

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.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mesh Crochet Beanie Skull Cap



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. (20 Half double crochet chain 1 total)

Round 5: CH 3, HDC, CH 1 in the same space, HDC CH 1 in the next space, *HDC CH 1, HDC CH 1 in the same space(This is the increase), HDC CH 1 in the next space, Repeat around from *. Join with a single crochet. (30 Half double crochet chain 1 total)

Round 6-16: CH 3, *HDC, CH 1, in each space. Join each round with a single crochet. Complete around from *. (30 Half double crochet chain 1 total)

Band:
Round 17: CH 1, 2 SC in each space around. Join with beginning single crochet. ( 60 single crochet total)

Round 18: CH 1, Single crochet in each single crochet around, join ( 60 Single crochet total)






Thursday, May 14, 2009

Single Crochet Spike Pattern Stitch



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



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Crochet Wire Bracelet



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


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 me a difference of $16.06 and I feel ripped off in two ways. One for the ugly color and two for the price difference.
My suggestion is to beware of yarn assortments.

The other question I have is, What was Red Heart thinking in making such an ugly color?

Ugly yarn is getting shipped back for a refund.
I will still order from Herrschner's in the future. I spoke with the customer service this afternoon and they have been very helpful.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Purpose of Increase Stitches - Crochet Tip #48

The purpose of adding increases or fullness evenly throughout your project, is to make your crochet piece get larger or lay flat.
  1. Granny Squares: the extra stitches are added in the corners. This will also form pointed corners
  2. Oval: the increases are added evenly around 2 ends
  3. Circle: the increases are evenly added around the whole piece
An 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.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Abstract Cat Edging - Reverse Single Crochet



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.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Crochet Giveaway #9 - Closed


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.
  1. The giveaway is open everyone. You will need to be registered with blogger or wordpress to comment.
  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 #9 in the subject line. You can e-mail me at: stylish.crochet@gmail.com
  4. If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tips for Making a Crochet Oval


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 have a skinny middle forming on your oval and the ends are inflated, you have to many increase stitches. The solution will be to rip out the round and make less increase stitches
As you can see, there are many ways to modify an oval, to make it fit your needs.

Friday Talk


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 are hosting my husbands family reunion later in June so that is approaching fast
. We also plan on going to Atlanta to visit the aquarium. I will continue to post video on my other Youtube channel, 2btime for my travel and beach adventures. Recently we have been spending a lot of time at the beach with the temperatures in the mid 80's to low 90's. I am looking forward to a nice, slow and relaxing summer.

What are your summer plans?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Knot Stitch Crochet Hat Cover




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 second knot stitch, skip, 3 SC, work a single crochet in the next stitch. Continue around for 14 knot stitches. Work the first part of the knot stitch. You will want to end at the center top of the round. Insert the hook to the base of the beginning knot stitch. Pull the loop up and through the loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and through the loop on the hook. Work a single crochet in the top of the first KS. (15 Knot Stitch Loops Total)

Round 6-11: Work two KS. Continue around for a total of 14 loops.
Insert the hook to the base of the beginning knot stitch in the first SC. Pull the loop up and through the loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and through the loop on the hook. Work a single crochet in the top of the first KS. (15 Knot Stitch Loops Total)

Round 12: Work 1 SC in the single crochet at the top of each knot stitch for a total of 15, join with the beginning SC. This is to join the top of the cover.

Round 13: Work a single crochet in the first SC, leave the two loops on the hook, insert the hook thorough the next stitch and pull the loop up. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops for the first single crochet decrease. Work 6 more SC DEC. Upon completion of this round cut a long tail and pull through the last stitch.

Thread the yarn through the tapestry needle. Weave the needle through each stitch pulling tightly to close the gap. Sew the top secure to close up. Knot and sew in the tail.


Cut a long tail and evenly sew the cover to the edge of your hat of choice. You will be able ease the hats together if they do not fit and one has more fullness than the other.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Crochet Hat with Brim


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, slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Brim
Row 1: CH 1, Skip 1 Stitch. Work 2 HDC in each of the next 19 stitches. SK 1 ST on the hat, SL ST in the next ST.

Row 2-3: SL ST to the next Stitch on the hat, turn, Work 1 HDC in each ST across. SL ST in the next stitch on the hat.






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?


Monday, May 4, 2009

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.

Friday, May 1, 2009

How to get the right Crochet Tension




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 inconsistent stitches of various sizes. If you are a beginner, it is normal to have different size stitches. Practicing the stitches will help with stitch consistency, creating an even stitch throughout your work..

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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