Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

I hope everyone enjoys the new year. I have many, many more crochet ideas for 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What are Your Crochet Accomplishments for 2009

What new projects did you make this year that you had never done before? Did you learn any new stitches or techniques? What is something you want to make that you have never done before?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vintage Crochet Patterns

Do any of you use Ebay to find crochet patterns? I know I have fun bidding on the old Vintage Crochet Patterns. They are the ones that cost .10 cents back when they were new. Now they are falling apart with a price of $2.00 or more. I do have a few that my Grandma gave me and several more that I have purchased. I have noticed that the price and demand for the Magic Crochet, Crochet Fantasy and Decorative Crochet have gone up in the Ebay auctions. I really miss new issues of Magic Crochet. It had all of the thread and lace that I love to make.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option


Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Small Crochet Wheel Headband with Flower Option

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size F/3.75mm Crochet hook
3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

The multiple is 6. For each extra shell that you want to make, add 6 extra foundation stitches.

Work 54 foundation single crochet. Join.

Side 1: Work a single crochet in the first stitch, *skip two stitches, work 6 double crochet in the next. Skip two stitches, work a single crochet. Continue from * for each segment of the pattern stitch.


Side 2
:
When you are finished, flip the band over and repeat the pattern, work the shell and single crochet in the same space as the opposite side. See diagram for stitch placement.

Flower
Chain 3, join.
Round 1: *Chain 3 slip stitch in the loop. Complete 5 times total. (5 chain 3 loops total)
Round 2: Slip stitch in to the chain 3 loop. Chain 1, *Work 5 Double Crochet in the same loop, Chain 1, Slip stitch in the same loop, Slip Stitch in the next chain 3 loop, Repeat from * for each remaining petal. (5 petals total- with 5 double crochet in each petal)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dainty Crochet Angel


Dainty Crochet Angel

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Dainty Crochet Angel

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Dainty Crochet Angel

Skill Level - Easy

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

Single Crochet Decrease - This is taking two stitches and reducing them down to one stitch. Insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it through, leave the two remaining loops on the hook. Insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops to complete the single crochet decrease.

Materials
Size H/5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiberfill or stuffing for the head

You can use a different size crochet hook to make a larger or smaller angel.

Head
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet through the chain. Do not join, work the first single crochet in the top of the next stitch.
Round 2: Work 2 single crochet in each single crochet around (12 single crochet total)
Round 3-4: Work 1 single crochet in each single crochet around (12 single crochet total)
Round 5: Work 6 single crochet decrease. (see above for details on working the single crochet decrease) Once you have complete 3 single crochet decrease, you will want to add some filling to the head. Continue with the remaining 3 single crochet decrease. Secure the yarn and sew the remaining section of the head shut.

Wings
Chain 5, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: Chain 1, pull up, work 12 double crochet through the loop.
Round 2: Chain 1, pull up, work 3 double crochet in each stitch around. (36 Double Crochet Total)

Dress
Round 1: Chain 1 and pull up. Work 1 DC in each of the next 6 stitches. Skip, 12 stitches, work 1 DC in each of the next 6 stitches. Skip 12 stitches. Join with the beginning double crochet. (12 double crochet total)
Round 2:
Chain 1 and pull up. Work 3 DC in each stitch around. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 3:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 2 DC in the next stitch. Continue around with 1 DC in one stitch and then 2 DC in the next stitch. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 4:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 5:
Chain 1 and pull up, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 2 DC in the next stitch. Continue around with 1 DC in one stitch and then 2 DC in the next stitch. Join with the beginning stitch.

Halo
Chain 9, join. Work 9 reverse single crochet.
Click here for a video tutorial on the reverse single crochet.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Modifying Hat Sizes - Crochet Tip #56

There are several sizes of hats that can be made with in a larger hat pattern. Modifying sizes can be a lot of fun. You may even find your own unique design as you are experimenting with different sizes. When making a custom hat, you will need the head size of the child/person you are making it for.

I did a recent example of different sizes in one pattern, with the Pixie Cap. The pattern shows four different stopping points, to continue on with the length of the cap. This can be done with any adult size cap when you are looking for a child/youth size or even a toddler/baby size. There may be an amount of trial and error, with fine tuning the size you want.

Hat Size Chart

Pixie Cap

What type of modifications have you made to hats and caps?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Google Translator for Crochet Patterns

Google Translation is a great tool for communicating. It is also a great way to translate written crochet patterns to your native language. I use Google Translation often and appreciate being able to communicate with everyone around the world.

Google Translation
http://translate.google.com/#

Friday, December 4, 2009

Crochet SnowFlake #6


Crochet SnowFlake #6
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake #6
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake #6
Skill Level - Intermediate
Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
Materials
Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook
Crochet Cotton
Small Needle

Chain 7, join

Round 1: *Chain 3, Single Crochet in the loop, Repeat 8 times total from *.

Round 2: Ch 3, Work 2 DC in the same loop, CH 2, *Work 3 DC, CH 2, complete 7 times total from *, join with the beginning chain.

Round 3: *Chain 4, Work a cluster through the top of the 3 previous DC. CH 4, SC in the CH 2 space. Complete 8 times total from *. Work a Triple Crochet at the base of the beginning chain, instead of the last chain 4. You will want to end at the top by the cluster. Slip stitch back in to the top of the cluster.

Round 4: ** Chain 6, join, slip stitch in to the chain 6 * CH 4 SC in the loop, complete 5 times total from * (5 chain 4 loops), CH 3, SC in the next loop, CH 3 SC in the next loop, CH 3, SL ST in the center of the next cluster, Complete 8 times total from**

Crochet Snowflake Right Hand Tutorial


Crochet Snowflake Left Hand Tutorial

Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree


Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Christmas Holiday Tree
Skill Level - Easy
Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Styrofoam Cone Shape
Floral Pins

SHELL - *Double Crochet, Chain 3, Slip Stitch in the top of the double crochet. Repeat 5 times total from *, all in the same chain.
Make 2 strips. This can easily be modified for smaller or longer larger cone shapes. If you find that your chain is to short, just make another chain estimating how much you will need and pin it on

Chain 225

Work 1 SC in the next chain. Skip 2 chains.
**Work a shell. *Double Crochet, Chain 3, Slip Stitch in the top of the double crochet. Repeat 5 times total from *, all in the same chain. skip 2 chains, single crochet in the next chain, skip 2 chains. Repeat from ** across the length of the chain.

Once you get your strips made, you will evenly wrap the shell strip, pinning around the Styrofoam cone with your floral pins, hiding the pins beneath the shells so they are overlapping the previous row.





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