Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rectangle Crochet Granny Square




Rectangle Crochet Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Rectangle Crochet Granny Square

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

Long Side - This represents instructions for the long side within each round. There will be 3 DC, CH 1 in each chain 1 space across the long side.


Work 13 foundation single crochet.

The Multiple is 3 if you want to work a chain or add more stitches for a longer rectangle.

Round 1: CH 3, Work 2 DC in the same Space. CH 2, Work 3 DC, CH 2 3 DC in the same end stitch. (This creates the corners) *CH 1, skip 2 SC, work 3 DC in the next, Continue across from *. CH 1, work 3DC, CH2, 3DC, CH2, 3DC all in the same stitch at the end. (This creates the corners). *CH 1, skip 2 SC, work 3 DC in the next, Continue across from *. SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC in the same space.

Long Side 1:
*CH 1, 3 DC in the next CH 1 space. Continue across from *. Corner- 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. Chain 1, Next Corner - 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space.
Long Side 2:
*CH 1, 3 DC in the next CH 1 space. Continue across from *. Corner- 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. Chain 1, Next Corner - 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

Round 3: CH 3, 2 DC in the same space.
Long Side 1:
*CH 1, 3 DC in the next CH 1 space. Continue across from *. Corner- 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. CH 1, DC in the next CH 1 space, CH 1, Next Corner - 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space.
Long Side 2:
*CH 1, 3 DC in the next CH 1 space. Continue across from *. Corner- 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. CH 1, DC in the next CH 1 space, CH 1, Next Corner - 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same chain 2 space. SC in the beginning CH 3 to join.

Continue with each round to make the rectangle larger.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Streamer Crochet Hat






Streamer Crochet Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Hat


Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Hat Left Hand Version


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations
SP - Space
DC - Double Crochet
SK - Skip

Increase - Double Crochet, CHain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, all in the same space

Round 1: CH 4, *DC through the loop, CH 1, repeat 9 times total from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (10 Double Crochet Chain 1 total)

Round 2: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Single Crochet Total with 10 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 3: CH 4, DC in the same Stitch(this is the first increase stitch), CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next Stitch. *Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch for the increase, work an individual Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch. Continue around from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. There will be 5 increases and 5 individual stitches worked. (15 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 4: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (30 Single Crochet Total with 15Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 5: CH 4, DC in the next stitch, CH 1. DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next stitch for the first increase. *Work an individual DC, CH1 in each of the next 2 stitches, Work an increase of DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next individual stitch. Continue around from *, slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) The increases are staggered on this round and worked in the stitches on the previous round that were not increases. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 6: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (40 Single Crochet Total with 20 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 7: Chain 4, DC, CH 1 in the same stitch(increase), work DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. *DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. Continue around from *, Join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain 3. (30 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 10 increases done on this round.

Round 8: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (60 Single Crochet Total with 30 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 9: Chain 4, work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 3 stitches, DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), * Work 1 DC, CH 1 in each of the next 4, DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), continue around from *, join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain 3. (40 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 10 increases done on this round.

Round 10: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 1 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 1 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (40 Single Crochet Total with 40 Chain 1 between each single crochet)

Round 11: CH 4, *DC, CH 1, continue around from * to the beginning. Slip stitch to join the round with the beginning chain 3. (40 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total)

Continue with rounds 10 and 11 for the length of the hat.





Streamer Child Crochet Hat


Streamer Child Crochet Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Hat

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn

The hat size as I have made it is estimated at 17 inches or 43.2 centimeters. Using a smaller crochet hook is an easy way to modify the hat for a smaller head.

Abbreviations
SP - Space
DC - Double Crochet
SK - Skip

Increase - Double Crochet, CHain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, all in the same space

Round 1: CH 4, *DC through the loop, CH 1, repeat 9 times total from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (10 Double Crochet Chain 1 total)

Round 2: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Single Crochet Total with 10 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 3: CH 4, DC in the same Stitch(this is the first increase stitch), CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next Stitch. *Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch for the increase, work an individual Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch. Continue around from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. There will be 5 increases and 5 individual stitches worked. (15 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 4: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (30 Single Crochet Total with 15Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 5: CH 4, DC in the next stitch, CH 1. DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next stitch for the first increase. *Work an individual DC, CH1 in each of the next 2 stitches, Work an increase of DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next individual stitch. Continue around from *, slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) The increases are staggered on this round and worked in the stitches on the previous round that were not increases. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 6: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (40 Single Crochet Total with 20 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 7: Chain 4, DC, CH 1 in the same stitch(increase), work DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. *DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. Continue around from *, Join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain 3. (30 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 10 increases done on this round.

Round 8: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 1 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 1 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (30 Single Crochet Total with 30 Chain 1 between each single crochet)

Round 9: CH 4, *DC, CH 1, continue around from * to the beginning. Slip stitch to join the round with the beginning chain 3. (30 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total)

Continue with rounds 8 and 9 for the length of the hat.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Streamer Crochet Square




Streamer Crochet Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Square


Video Tutorial: Left Hand Streamer Crochet Square

Materials
Size 1/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
This pattern stitch can be made with a variety of crochet hooks and yarn.

Skill Level - Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
SK - Skip

Chain an amount for the width you want.

Row 1: Work one double crochet in the 5th chain from the hook. CH 1, Skip 1 chain, DC in the next chain. *CH 1, Skip 1 chain, DC in the next chain. Continue across from * ending with a DC in the last chain.

Row 2: CH1, SC in the next chain 1 space skipping over the double crochet. CH 1. *Single crochet in the next chain, chain 1. Continue across from * ending with a slip stitch in the top of the last double crochet.

Row 3: Chain 4, this will count as the first double crochet chain 1. *Skip the next sc, work a double crochet right over the chain of the previous row and right in to the top of the double crochet below. Chain 1, continue across from* ending with a double crochet right of the slip stitch and into the top of the double crochet.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for the length.






Thursday, July 23, 2009

Unique Ideas for Crochet Projects



When my daughter was born, I remember someone sending a little pink ceramic bootie with a flower. With that memory in mind, I thought it would be fun to stiffen the crochet hightop so it could hold flowers. I used a stiffening product called Smooth On 327. I purchased it after watching it used on a segment of Martha Stewart. The flowers are held in place with some flower foam that can be purchased from your local craft store.

I also stiffened a doily in to a basket shape. I can see many different ways to use the basket. Someone may be doing a wedding with a budget. This would be a great way to add an elegant personal touch. A liner could be added to the basket with some moss and flowers for a unique floral arrangement. You could also do a candy basket or bath accessory basket.

Unique Ideas for Crochet Projects Video



Friday, July 17, 2009

Baby High Top Booties - Toddler/Child Size


Baby High Top Booties - Toddler/Child Size

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby High Top Booties
This is the original video for the smaller bootie.
Written Instructions for smaller bootie:
Baby High Top Booties

Other than a few modifications for a larger bootie, everything is constructed the same way as the smaller bootie.
  1. The sole is a little bit longer with a couple extra rounds.
  2. The toe top has an extra row.
  3. The ankle and tongue have one extra row.
  4. There is one more eyelet for the tie.
  5. The tie is longer.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level - Intermediate

Size Estimate
Hook H/5 mm - Size 6"/15.2cm 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: 16 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 14 HDC, Work 4 HDC in the last HDC, join with beginning HDC. (38 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 14 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 14 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. (44 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 14 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 14 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. (52 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 4-5: 1 HDC in ea ST around. Join at the beginning of the round. Cut and change color. (52 Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 6: Contrasting color of your choice. Attach the new color with a SL ST. CH 1, Work 1 SC in ea ST around, join. Do not cut the yarn. (52 Single Crochet Total)

Round 7: Pull the loop from Round 5 up through the top of the closest single crochet on Round 5. 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. (52 Half Double Crochet Total)

Toe Top
I am providing two was to make the toe top.
Technique 1 - Magic circle, Work 6 HDC in the loop, pull shut, CH 1, turn, Work 2 HDC in EA ST around for a total of 12HDC. Work 2 HDC in each stitch around for a total of 24. Knot to magic circle so it will not com apart.

Technique 2 - CH 3, join. Work 6 HDC in the loop, pull shut, CH 1, turn, Work 2 HDC in EA ST around for a total of 12 HDC. Work 2 HDC in each stitch around for a total of 24.

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 12 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. ( 28 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 2: CH 1, pull up, this will not count as a stitch, Work 1 HDC in ea HDC around. ( 28 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 3: CH 1, SK the first HDC, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 25 St's. Work a HDC DEC for the last ST. ( 26 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 4: CH 1, SK the first HDC, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 23 St's. Work a HDC DEC for the last ST. ( 24 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 5: 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 6: 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. ( 20 Half Double Crochet total)

Row 7: CH 1, Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 20 St's. Cut the Yarn. ( 20 Half Double Crochet total)

Tongue
Row 1: Attach the yarn with a slip stitch to the toe top, CH 1, Evenly work 12 HDC across toe top.( 12 Half Double Crochet Total)

Row 2-7: CH 1, 1 HDC in ea HDC across. Cut the Yarn. ( 12 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
, CH 2, 2 SC.* There wil be 5 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 100, 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.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yarn Size and Confusion

Out of curiosity, I want to know how many of you feel that yarn sizing is confusing and why? I have included my thoughts.


Yarn companies should come up with system to measure yarn sizes better than what they have now. What is wrong with using millimeters as a measurement for the thickness of a strand of yarn? Similar to what is done with crochet hooks and beads. Even fishing line has had a numerical measurement for as long as I can remember.

At one time I used 4 ply worsted weight acrylic yarn and somewhere along the line it became 4 ply medium. Does this mean there is a 4 ply small, large and extra large? Another company has 4 ply medium 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. This will work up a lot smaller than the acrylic yarn mentioned. You can see the size difference with your eye. There is also the 4 ply cotton yarn. It works up a lot larger than the acrylic medium. I would like an explanation or purpose for using the same sizing language with extreme, obvious, visible different size yarns. At this point it is not surprising that everyone is confused, even myself.

It is easy to tell a person to gauge their work but that is still not going to help if a person does not understand gauge. First of all, gauge is very confusing to a new crocheter. Confused crocheters tend to get turned off and frustrated. More times than not I have gauged a piece and ended up with 1/2 or 2/3 of a stitch left over in my measurement even with changing hooks sizes. The other problem with gauge is the unique crochet style that each person will have. People tend to see a pretty yarn(I have done this myself) and have a pattern in mind not even thinking about the size of the yarn used with the pattern vs. the size they are picking up. At this point you run in to a gauge issue with a possible pattern modification. Now what you have is a beginner crocheter who is supposed to gauge a patten and modify it? More Confusion added to the mix. Gauge is something that makes sense over time. It is a Crochet AH-HA moment. To much is put on gauge.

Yarn should have a numerical millimeter sizing of the strand thickness. The yarn companies do a great job with the variety of yarn available is very nice. The measurement system needs a lot of help.

I am off my soapbox and look forward to how each of you feel about this.

Crochet Cluster Shell



Crochet Cluster Shell

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Cluster Shell

Abbreviations
CL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster
- Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook through the stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it through the same stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 remaining loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all three loops.


Cluster Shell - Cluster, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain,
CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain.


Multiple - 8

I recommend a chain of 150 for a baby size afghan.  You can increase or decrease by 8 to modify the size.

Row 1: Work a Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook. *Skip 3 chains, in the 4th work the cluster shell(See description and symbol chart above)
. Skip 3 chains, work a single crochet in the next chain. Continue across from * ending with a single crochet.

Row 2: Ch 1, pull up a long loop. Work 1/2 of a Cluster Shell in the single crochet.
(See description and symbol chart above) *Work a single crochet in the center cluster of the next shell. Work a full cluster shell in the next single crochet. Continue across ending with a 1/2 shell on the edge.

Row 3:
Single Crochet in the top of the previous cluster. *Work a cluster in the next single crochet. Work a single crochet in the center of the next cluster shell. Continue across from * ending with a single crochet.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif


Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:
Crochet Bikini Top - Triangle Shape Motif

Skill Level - Easy Beginner

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
ST - Stitch

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
Yarn/Cotton of your choice
Yarn Marker - A scrap tail will work great as a yarn marker

I will not be using a chain 1 at the beginning of each round. This is to reduce the visibility of the seam. The top can be worked in a continual round if you choose to do so.

CH 3 Join.

Round 1: Work 9 SC through the chain.

Round 2: Work 1 SC in same ST, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 2 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next ST.

Round 3: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 4 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 2 St's.

Round 4: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 6 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 St's.

Round 5: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 4 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 8 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 4 St's.

Round 6: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 5 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 10 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 5 St's.

Round 7: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 6 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 12 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 6 St's.

Round 8: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 7 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 14 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 7 St's.

Round 9: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 8 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 16 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 8 St's.

Round 10: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 9 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 18 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 9 St's.

Round 11: Work 1 SC in EA of the next 10 St's, *3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in ea of next 20 ST's. Repeat from * 2 times total. 3 SC in next ST. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 10 St's.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Crochet Abbreviations - Skip or Miss

Over the years I have come across patterns that will tell you to MISS a stitch. It does sound confusing. This is the same as SKIP a stitch. Maybe there is someone who knows more about where the term MISS came from. I suspect it is a European term from Great Britain.

SK - Skip

Winner of Giveaway #11

Congratulation's to GheckoAZ, winner of Giveaway #11.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Crochet Cluster V Stitch


Crochet Cluster V StitchWritten by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial: Crochet Cluster V Stitch
Video Tutorial: Crochet Cluster V Stitch Left Hand
Abbreviations
CL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster
- Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook through the stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it through the same stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 remaining loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all three loops.

Cluster V Stitch - Cluster, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain.

Multiple 3

Make a loose chain. Your work will be tight at the bottom and expand as you progress towards the top if your chain is to tight. You can also use a larger crochet hook to make your chain and a smaller hook for the main portion of your project.
Row 1: Work the first cluster in the 5th Chain from the hook. The first 3 chains will count as the first double crochet. Work the first cluster, CH 2, work next cluster in the same chain. Skip 2 chains and works a V Stitch Cluster in the next chain. See abbreviations for details. Continue across for each V Stitch Cluster. Double Crochet in the last double crochet.
Row 2: CH 3 turn, work a V Stitch Cluster in each Chain 2 space(center of previous cluster) across. Finish with a double crochet in the last stitch which is the chain 3 on the previous row.

Repeat row 2 for the length of the project.

You are welcome to tell me if I have an error or something that does not make sense.






Crochet Hooks - Aluminum vs Plastic, Bamboo, Wood

What I like about the aluminum and steel hooks is that they do not bend. My thoughts are if the plastic hooks have any flexibility, it may make a difference in how I crochet. Flexible plastic will slow me down and affect the consistency of my stitches. If the plastic hook is solid, then it should not make much of a difference. I will use non-flexible hard plastic hooks from time to time.

I have never used a bamboo or wooden hooks to complete a full project. The video tutorial with novelty yarn is the only experience I have had with a wooden hook. It is not enough for me to form an opinion one way or the other.


Please share your experiences and likes or dislikes about crochet hooks you have tried in the past.

Ripple Crochet Stitches

This will be the Ripple Crochet playlist. All playlists are available on my main youtube channel page. Please ask if you need help finding a video or playlist.



Single Crochet Ripple <<< Written Instructions


 







Ripple Crochet Symbol Instructions <<< Written Instructions









Ripple Crochet Variation 3 <<< Written Instructions

 





Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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