Sunday, November 29, 2009

Darling Crochet Shell Cap


Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson


NOTE: The crown of this cap is made with a single crochet. The child version is made with a half double crochet.

Instructions for: Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
MC - Magic Circle
SH - Shell

Definition
( total stitches ) - This is the amount of stitches you will have on each round.
Shell for this pattern will be: 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC

Materials
Size G/4.25 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Caron 4-ply yarn

This cap will fit an approximate 22-24 inch head. Since it is made with a G hook, you can make the cap larger with a size H, I/5.5mm or J hook.

Work a magic circle MC. Chain 3 and join as an alternative to the magic circle.

Round 1: Chain 1, Work 12 SC through the magic loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. (12 SC total) You may want to get a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in the top of the first stitch. Work 2 SC in each stitch around.
(24 SC total)

Round 3:
Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (24 SC total)

Round 4: *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 36 SC.
(36 SC total)

Round 5:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 48 SC. (48 SC total)

Round 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
(48 SC total)

Round 7:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 64 SC. (64 SC total)

Round 8-9: 1 SC in each single crochet around.

Round 10:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 7 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 72 SC. (72 SC total)

Round 11: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (72 SC total) Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Round 12: Work a shell in the first stitch (shell = 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC in the same space) skip 3 stitches, *work a shell in the next stitch, Continue around from *. (18 Shell Stitches Total)

Round 13-21 :
Slip stitch over to the chain 1 of the next shell.
Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the chain 1 space of the previous shell. * Work a shell in the center chain of of the next shell. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell. (18 Shells total)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crochet SnowFlake #5


Crochet SnowFlake #5

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake 5

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake 5

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
LP - Loop
TC/TRC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 6 Steel crochet hook
Crochet Thread
Small Tapestry Needle

Chain 7, Join
Round 1: *Chain 6, SC in the in the loop. Complete 5 times total from *. CH 3, DC at the base of the beginning CH to join.

Round 2: *CH 3, SC in the next LP. CH 8, SC in the same LP.
Complete 5 times total from *. CH 3, SC in the next LP. CH 4, Triple Crochet at the base of the beginning loop to join.

Round 3: SC in the same loop, CH 7, SC in the next CH 3. *CH 7, SC in the the previous CH 8, CH 7 SC in the next CH 3,
Complete 5 times total from *. CH 7, join in the beginning SC.

Round 4: *( CH 10, SL ST in the same loop twice) CH 5, SC in the next loop. CH, 3, SC in the next loop, CH 5, SL ST in the next SC.
Complete 6 times total from *.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Puffy Spike Crochet Square


Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Puffy Spike Crochet Square

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
PS - Puff Stitch

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

Stitch Instructions
Spike Stitch

  1. Put your hook through the top of the previous single crochet.
  2. Pick up the yarn from the back side, pull it through.
  3. Wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop.
  4. Wrap the yarn over and pull through both loops.


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.

You can choose if you would like to change colors or work the pattern all in one color.

Chain 18

Row 1: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across for a total of 17. Cut the yarn to change color.
Row 2: Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the single crochet. Chain 3, skip a stitch, *work a puff stitch across, skip a stitch, continue across from * for the width. End with a double crochet in the last stitch on the edge.
Cut the yarn to change color.

Row 3:
Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the double crochet. Chain 1, work a single crochet in the top of the same stitch. Single crochet between the stitches. Work a single crochet in the top of the next puff stitch. Single Crochet between the stitches. Continue across for the length of your project.

Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 for the length.

The Single Crochet Spike will replace the row of single crochet.
Single Crochet Spike
Row 3:
Attach the new color with a slip stitch to the double crochet. Chain 1, work a single crochet in the top of the same stitch. Work a single crochet spike stitch between the stitches down through the previous row of single crochet. (see stitch instructions above for details) Work a single crochet in the top of the next puff stitch. Work a single crochet spike stitch between the stitches down through the previous row of single crochet. Continue across for the length of your project. End with a single crochet in the last stitch.



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Winner for Crochet Giveaway #13

Congratulations to NancyxBeauty as winner of giveaway #13. I hope you enjoy your crochet items once you receive the package.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crochet Holly Leaf Crochet Geek


Crochet Holly Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Holly Leaf

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
TC - Triple Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

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

Chain 15.

Round 1:

  • Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains.
  • Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 HDC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 SC in the next CH.
  • Working on the opposite side
  • Work 1 SC in the same chain
  • Work 1 HDC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 DC in the next CH.
  • Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.
  • Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST to join.
Round 2:

  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • *Work 1 HDC in the next stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • Slip stitch along the bottom of the leaf and around the stem.
  • Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS
  • *Work 1 HDC in the next stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. Repeat one more time from * if you would like a point at the top of your leaf.
This leaf can easily be modified and made to be a larger leaf with a longer chain and more stitches.


Right Hand Crochet Holly Leaf



Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Friday, November 13, 2009

Crochet Giveaway 13 - Closed


This will be giveaway #13. I will be recycling 3 crochet magazines with this giveaway. The magazines are: Magic Crochet April 2001#131, Crochet World June 1981, Crochet January 2010. Included in the giveaway are a set of steel and aluminum crochet hooks along with a package of gel grips. The giveaway will run from today November 13, 2009 through November 23, 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 here or on YouTube, you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact you.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crochet Oak Leaf


Crochet Oak Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Oak Leaf

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Oak Leaf

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
SC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook - You can use different size hooks and yarn
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Round 1
Segment 1: Chain 6.
Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Chain 6, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 3: Chain 7, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 4: Chain 6,
Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base

Segment 5 and 6:
Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.

Segment 3: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 5, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 2: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 1: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 3 Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Round 2
Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base, SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 4,5,6: 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 3 SC in the next chain, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 chains, SL ST in the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.
Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What is the Right Side of a Crochet Piece?

From time to time you may come across crochet instructions telling you to have the "right side of the work facing you." Right side means, the side facing out after your project is finished.
  1. If you like the look of the back of the stitches, that can be your right side.
  2. When you work the afghan stitch, you will have two distinct looks. Either side of the work can be used as your right side.
  3. The front side for a hat made in rounds, will be the side facing you as your are making the hat. Maybe you like the look of the inside better so that can be your right side.
  4. If you are familiar with doily's, the part facing you as you are making the doily will be your right side.
  5. Think about a store bough T-shirt. The wrong side is the inside with all of the seams holding the shirt together. The right side is the external part that looks nice and neat.
When working in rows you will always alternate sides so both sides could be considered the right side or the front side. When working in rounds, some people like to turn so the stitches are alternating in both directions. If you do not turn with rounds, you may have a distinct front side that will look a little different than the back. Right side is open for interpretation. Front side does not always mean right side.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Crochet Oblong Ear Flap for Hat and Cap



Crochet Oblong Ear Flaps

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Oblong Ear Flap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Oblong Ear Flap

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Slip Stitch yarn to the hat. Chain 5.
Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 Chains. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch, Turn.
Row 1: Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Work 3 SC in the end stitch. Working down the opposite side, Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch,Turn.
Row 2:
Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches. Work 3 SC in the end stitch. Working down the opposite side, Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches. Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in the same space where you joined the yarn to the hat. Slip stitch to the next stitch,Turn.

The ear flap will continue to get larger by 1 stitch on each side, with every additional row.

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