Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Puff Stitch Crochet Scarf

















Puff Stitch Scarf
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Puff Stitch Scarf
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Puff Stitch Scarf

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
PS - Puff Stitch

Materials
Size K/6.50 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Definitions

Long First Loop -
This is pulling the loop already on the hook, up about the height of a double crochet. I have found this technique blends the loops with the puff stitch, where a chain 3 will be visible.

Puff Stitch:
  1. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
  2. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
  3. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 9 loops on the hook.
  5. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull the yarn through all 9 loops to complete the puff stitch.
  6. Chain to secure.
The multiple for this stitch is 2. This means you will work an additional 2 chains for each extra puff stitch that you want to add to make your scarf wider. Subtract 2 chains to make it narrower.

Scarf Width: 7 inches/18 CM

Chain 18.
You can also replace the chain with 17 foundation single crochet.

Row 1: Make a long first loop(see definition above). Work the Puff Stitch in the first chain from the hook. *Skip a chain, work a Puff Stitch in the next chain. Continue across from * for a total of 9 Puff Stitches.
Note: There is not a chain 1 worked between each puff stitch. I found that made the row to wide.

Row 2: Make a long first loop(see definition above). Work the Puff Stitch in the top of the previous puff stitch. The hook will be worked through the top loop that joined the loops of the puff stitch on the previous row. Work a puff stitch in each stitch across for a total of 9 Puff Stitches.

Row 3-?: Repeat row two for the remainder of the length of the scarf.
This project can easily be adjusted in width to make an afghan.



Monday, September 21, 2009

Crochet Santa Hat

Crochet Pixie Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Pixie Hat

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Pixie Hat

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch

PC - Popcorn

Gauge Estimate
15 stitches
14 Rows
Keep in mind this is an estimate and your results may differ

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



The final size estimate for this hat will fit a 22"/56cm - 24"/61cm, adult head.

Chain 3, join.

Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain. (6 SC total) Mark the first stitch with a yarn marker. Do not join.

Round 2-3: The first single crochet will be worked right in the top of the previous single crochet, working the cap in a continual round. Work 1 SC through each stitch. (6 SC total)


Round 4: Work 2 SC in each stitch. (12 SC total)


Round 5-9: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (12 SC total)


Round 10: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (16 SC total)


Round 11: *Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (16 SC total)


Round 12: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (20 SC total)


Round 13: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (20 SC total)

Round 14: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (24 SC total)


Round 15-16: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (24 SC total)

Round 17: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (32 SC total)



Round 18-21: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (32 SC total)

Round 22: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (40 SC total)

Round 23: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (40 SC total)
This is the first place that you can stop increasing and continue on for the length of the cap. The size estimate will be for a 12-13 inch/32 centimeter head.


Round 24: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (48 SC total)


Round 25-27: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (48 SC total)
This is another place that you can stop increasing and continue on for the length of the cap. The size estimate will be for a 16 inch/41 centimeter head.

Round 28: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (58 SC total)

Round 29-32: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (58 SC total)
This is another place that you can stop increasing and continue on for the length of the cap.

Round 33: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (66 SC total)

Round 34-43: work 1 SC in ea SC around. (66 SC total)
Continue for the length of the cap. This will fit an adult size head.


To end, skip 1 stitch, slip stitch in the next stitch. Cut the yarn and pull the tail through. This technique will make the round even. Sew in the tail.





Edging
Round 1: Work a round of single crochet with a contrasting color. Join with the beginning stitch.


Round 2: Work 1 double crochet in each of the next two stitches. Work a popcorn in the next stitch. Continue around. Join with the beginning stitch.



Round 3: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch and popcorn stitch around. Join with the beginning stitch.







Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Turning Chain at the End of a Row - Chain and Turn or Turn and Chain - Crochet Tip #55

There can be a lot of confusion with written instructions that say "Chain and turn" or "Turn and Chain".  It all means the same thing.  I like to turn and then chain because that is what I have become accustomed to. The chain represents a stitch or the step up for the first row. 

How you turn your work is also preference and up to you. Sometimes I will notice a difference on the edge, if I turn my work counterclockwise.  Most of the time it does not make any difference and is not noticeable. If it is something that will be covered up with an edge, it will not matter.  


It is something left up for you to decide if you want to chain and turn or turn and chain.  The direction you turn your work is also preference.

Crochet Flower Edging for Hat













Crochet Flower Edging for Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Flower Edging for Hat

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Flower Edging for Hat

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SC - Half Double Crochet


Materials
Size G/-- mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle



Flower

Chain 4, join.
Chain 1 work 3 HDC through the chain loop, chain 1, Slip Stitch through the Chain loop.  Make 5 Petals total.


Chain Edging
Slip stitch in the center petal of the flower, Chain 1, SC in the same petal. Chain 5, SC in the next petal of the same flower.  *Chain 1, SC in the petal of the next flower. Chain 5, SC in the next petal of the same flower, Chain 5, SC in the next petal of the same flower.  Repeat around from *. See diagram for stitch placement.


Work 6 SC in chain loop, slip stitch in the chain 1 space between the flowers. * Work 6 SC in the chain loop, slip stitch in the next SC, 6 SC in the next chain loop. Slip stitch in the chain 1 space between the flowers.  Continue around from *.  See diagram for stitch placement.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mini Crochet Cupcake


Mini Crochet Cupcake

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Mini Crochet Cupcake

Video Tutorial:   Crochet CupCake with Cherry & Sprinkles

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet
EA - Each

Definition
Loop Behind the Stitch: Behind each stitch, there is a horizontal loop on the back side.  This is the loop that you will be working in.
Easing - Two segments are being attached together.  One piece will be intentionally larger than the other to create a design element of the project. Easing is gathering a portion of the project to match and fit the piece it is being attached to.  In the case of the cupcake, the side is slightly larger than the bottom.
Popcorn Stitch - For this pattern there will be 5 Double Crochet made in the same stitch, joining with the first stitch.
Front Post Single Crochet - Instead of working the stitch in the top, it will be worked around the post of the stitch.

Materials
Size F/3.75 mm crochet hook
3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiber Fill or Stuffing

Use the Magic Circle or small chain to start.

Cupcake Bottom -Round 1:  Work 6 SC through the loop.  Join with the beginning stitch.  Pull the magic circle to draw the stitches together.

Cupcake Bottom -Round 2:  Work 2 SC in ea SC around.  Join with the beginning stitch. (12 SC total)

Cupcake Bottom -Round 3: Work 1 SC in ea SC around. Join with the beginning stitch. (12 SC total)

~ Knot and secure the beginning magic circle. Sew in the tail.

Cupcake Side-Row 1: Chain 7, work 1 SC in ea SC across for a total of 6 single crochet.  You can use the foundation single crochet if you prefer.

Cupcake Side-Row 2-18: Ch 1, work 1 SC in the loop behind the stitch for a total of 6 single crochet.

~ When the side is complete, sew the two ends together, still using the loop behind the stitch to secure to the first row.  Sew in the tail. 

~ Sew the bottom of the cupcake to the side.  There will be a small amount of easing since the is slightly larger than the bottom.

Frosting
Work a  magic circle or a small chain
Frosting Round 1: Chain 1, work 12 HDC through the loop. Join with the beginning stitch. (12Half Double Crochet Total)

Frosting Round 2: Chain 1, work *2 HDC in the next stitch, work a popcorn in the next stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. ( There will be a total of 6 popcorn, 12 half double crochet)

Frosting Round 3: Chain 1, *work 1 HDC in each each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 HDC in the popcorn stitch. Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. 

Frosting Round 3: Chain 1, *work a front post single crochet. Chain 3, continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Stuff the cupcake and sew the top to the sides.







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