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Friday, August 28, 2009

Crochet Baby Mary Jane Slipper Bootie - Crochet Geek


Crochet Baby Mary Jane Slippers

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Mary Jane Slippers

Video Tutorial: Foundation Half Double Crochet

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet

Materials
Size H/5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Buttons for Strap Closure

Work a chain of 9 if you prefer to use a chain instead. Work the pattern according to the instructions.

Sole and Sides
Round 1: Side 1- Make 8 foundation half double crochet. Work 4 Half Double Crochet in the same stitch. Side 2- Work 1 HDC in each of the next 6 stitches. Work 4 HDC in the last stitch. Join with the beginning stitch. (22 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 6 St's. (Increase Section) (This next section has increase stitches to form the rounded shaping of the slipper) 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 6 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. (28Half Double Crochet Total)

Round 3-4: 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 each HDC around. (28 HDC total)

Toe Top
Find the center of the slipper. Count back 6 stitches and attach the yarn. CH 2. There are going to be a lot of stitches on the hook for the top top. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert through the next stitch, leave the loops on the hook. Do this 11 times total. When all the loops have been completed, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all the loops being careful not to drop loops off of the hook. Adjust the final loop for a tight closure. Chain to secure. Cut a long tail, pull the yarn through the chain. Sew the tail through the stitches a couple of times to make sure the stitches are nice and secure. Knot and sew in the tail.

Strap
Skip 2 stitches. Attach the yarn to the 3rd stitch. Ch 1, pull up and work 12 HDC. There will be 2 stitches on each side left unworked. Work 5 Foundation Half Double Crochet to make the strap. The first FHDC will be worked in the same stitch as the last HDC. NOTE: Attach the yarn to the opposite side for the second slipper so you have a closure on each side.

Button Loop
Chain 5 for the button loop or according to your button size. Join with the opposite end of the Half Double Crochet. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Crochet Baby Mary Jane Slipper


Crochet Baby Mary Jane Slipper Left Hand



Foundation Half Double Crochet


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ecliptic Crochet Flower



Ecliptic Crochet Flower

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Ecliptic Crochet Flower

Video Tutorial: Ecliptic Crochet Flower Left Hand


Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch
CH - Chain
BEG - Beginning
CL - Cluster

How to make the cluster - CH 2, Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 2 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 3 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 4 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. Chain to secure.

Loop Behind the Stitch - Work the SC stitch in the loop behind the top of the stitch. There is a horizontal bar on the back of each stitch behind the V shape that is made. You will work the SC in that stitch. What this does is to push the top portion of the stitch to the front creating a ribbing or lip effect.

Materials
Size G/4.0 mm crochet hook
4 Ply yarn - scrap yarn will work well
Tapestry Needle

Chain 5, join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain.

Round 1: CH 1, work 12 SC through the loop. Join with a SL ST in the Beg CH. Cut yarn and change color.

Round 2: Attach new color. Ch 1, work a SC in the same ST. The Cluster will be worked over two stitches. CH 2, Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 2 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 3 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the hook, leave the remaining 4 loop on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. Chain to secure. CH 2 Work a SC in the next stitch. Continue around for a total of 6 clusters.

Round 3: SL ST in to the first SC. Work 10 DC through the center eye of each petal with a DC between each petal 6 times. Cut yarn and change color.

Round 4: Attach the new color in the top of the SC. CH 1, Work an extended SC through round 1. Work a SC through the loop behind the stitch, in each stitch around the petal for all 6 petals.



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crochet Giveaway #12 - Closed - Congratulations to CarolsVideos



This will be giveaway #12. I will be recycling 6 crochet magazines with this giveaway. The magazines are: White Crochet- 1998, Old Time Crochet- 1994, White Crochet Christmas- 1992, Crochet-May 2009, Country Afghans- Spring 1993, Crochet World- June 1979. The giveaway will run from today August 25, 2009 through September 1, 2009. I will draw the winner the following day. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. You can comment here or on YouTube.

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


  1. The giveaway is open everyone around the world.
  2. In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact.
  3. If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.

Amigurumi Shape Playlist

The playlist shows some of the basic shapes that could be used in the construction of amigurumi animals and larger stuffed toys. The Japanese use a smaller hook and thread/yarn to create the fine detail of the small animals. From the feedback I get, I have found that the word is often associated with any stuffed animal.



Monday, August 17, 2009

Wheel Stitch Square Baby Afghan Complete



It took me a couple of months but I have completed the Wheel Stitch Square Baby Afghan. I used the front post crochet stitch, which creates a textured lip effect around each wheel. The afghan is right at 33 inches/83.8 centimeters across.

This is the link for the written instructions:
Crochet Wheel Stitch Square - Catherine's Wheel

Crochet Dad has a variation of the wheel stitch square using a wheel stitch rectangle. Great idea Crochet Dad!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ideas for Afghans

This is examples of crochet afghans and blankets that will work nice and easy.










Friday, August 14, 2009

Bulky Popcorn Crochet Granny Square


Bulky Popcorn Crochet Granny Square

Video Tutorial:
Bulky Popcorn Crochet Granny Square
Video Tutorial: Bulky Popcorn Crochet Granny Square Left Hand Version

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations
PC - Popcorn
SL ST - Slip Stitch
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
PC - Popcorn

( ) Parenthesis - For this pattern, the parenthesis are used for repeating the stitches along the sides of the pattern.

* Asterisk - This is used to repeat the pattern an amount of times from the *asterisk

Popcorn Stitch -
Chain 1, pull up a loop, work 5 Double crochet in the same chain space. Slip stitch around the back of the 5 stitches to the first double crochet. This will complete the popcorn stitch. This creates a raised set of stitches.

Elongated Front Post Double Crochet - For this pattern the post stitch will be worked two rounds below. Insert the hook to right side of the stitch, (left side for left hand), bring it up to the opposite side around the post of the stitch. Pull the yarn up with a good tug so it is not pulling downward. Complete the double crochet.


Round 1:
CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 2, SL ST in the beginning stitch to join. Cut the yarn and change color.

Round 2: Slip stitch the new color in the corner chain 2 space. Chain 1, pull up a loop, work 5 Double crochet in the same chain space. Slip stitch around the back of the 5 stitches to the first double crochet. The abbreviation for popcorn is PC. This will complete the popcorn stitch. CH 2, work another PC in the same space. CH 2, *in the next CH 2 space work a PC, CH 2, PC, CH 2. Complete 3 times total from *. Slip stitch to the beginning popcorn stitch to join the round. Cut the yarn and change color.

Round 3: Attach the new color yarn in the corner space.
CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. Ch 2, work another set of 3 DC in the same CH 2 space. CH 2, Work 1 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work an elongated front post double crochet around the center stitch of round 1. See abbreviations for full description. Work one more double crochet in the same chain 2 space. CH 2, * work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next(corner) chain 2 space. CH 2, Work 1 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work an elongated front post double crochet around the center stitch of round 1. See abbreviations for full description. Work one more double crochet in the same chain 2 space. CH 2. Complete 3 times total from *. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch.

Round 4:
Slip stitch the new color in the corner chain 2 space. Chain 1, pull up a loop, work 5 Double crochet in the same chain space. Slip stitch around the back of the 5 stitches to the first double crochet to complete the first Popcorn stitch, CH 2, work another PC in the same space, CH 2, work a PC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2 work a PC in the next CH 2 space. CH 2, *work a PC, CH 2, PC in the next(corner) CH 2 space. CH 2, work a PC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2 work a PC in the next CH 2 space. CH 2. Complete 3 times total from *. Join with the beginning stitch to join.

Round 5:
Attach the new color yarn in the corner space. CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. Ch 2, work another set of 3 DC in the same CH 2 space. (CH 2, Work 1 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work an elongated front post double crochet around the center stitch of round 1. See abbreviations for full description. Work one more double crochet in the same chain 2 space. CH 2, Complete 3 times total in the CH 2 spaces). * work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next(corner) chain 2 space. CH 2, Work 1 DC in the next chain 2 space. (CH 2, Work 1 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work an elongated front post double crochet around the center stitch of round 1. See abbreviations for full description. Work one more double crochet in the same chain 2 space. CH 2, Complete 3 times total in the CH 2 spaces). Complete 3 times total from *. Join with the beginning stitch.







Thursday, August 13, 2009

Grip for the Steel Crochet Hook

This is my solution for a comfort grip on a steel crochet hook. I am still using the gooshy pencil grip along with some tack putty to compensate for the excess space. The combination of the putty and grip mold and create a custom grip making it even more comfortable. I wanted to come up with something that was not permanent on the steel hook.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Crochet Solid Rectangle



Crochet Solid Rectangle

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Solid Rectangle


The starting length can be any length to adapt to various size afghans.

Foundation: There are two ways to start.

  1. I used the foundation single crochet, with 12 stitches in the video.
  2. You can also use a chain if you prefer. which will be a chain of 13. You will be working around the chain.

Round 1: Chain 3, Work 2 DC in the end stitch. Chain 2, Work 3 more DC in the same end stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 10 stitches, Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, all in the end stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 10 stitches. Work 3 DC in the end stitch. SC in the beginning stitch to join.

Round 2: CH 3, Work 1 DC in the same space below. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 16 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC. In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 16 DC. Work 2 DC in the next space, SC to join with the beginning stitch.


Round 3: CH 3, Work 1 DC in the same space below. Work 1 DC in each of the next 7 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 20 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 7 DC. In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 20 DC. Work 2 DC in the next space, SC to join with the beginning stitch.

Continue on making your rectangle as large as you want it to be. It will continue to get larger as long as you are adding the 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the corner. If the edges start to wave, you may be crocheting to loosely. If your corners start to curl up, you may need another stitch in the corner so you can modify to a 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in your corners.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Puff Stitch Hat Video

This is the video for the puff stitch hat. Here is the link for the written instructions to the Puff Stitch Hat.

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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