Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Video Watch Page on YouTube

The new video watch page is being launched on YouTube this evening, so it may be difficult to navigate around the site. The following link will help you become familiar with where everything is located. If you need additional help in finding something, please ask any time.



http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?&answer=178474

Crochet Challenges - Reading Patterns

Reading patterns can be very challenging.  It may be helpful to have the common crochet abbreviations printed out and handy when you come across different patterns.  I am including a link to my crochet blog with many of the abbreviations. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Crochet Challenges ?

What do/did you find most challenging about crochet? 

Monday, March 29, 2010

What was your first crochet project?

What was your very first Crochet Project? 

 Mine was a thread snowflake. I threw it away because everything was crooked and the stitches were uneven.  Later I made a shell baby afghan for my son.  The afghan helped me learn some stitch consistency in repeating the same stitch over and over.

I threw a lot of my first crochet projects away because I thought they were ugly. I regret doing that now and wish I would have saved some of them.  I was very hard on myself and felt that everything had to look perfect.  Back then as a "green crocheter", the perfection I was looking for came with a lot of practice. This gave me the stitch consistency making everything look even. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Crochet Sock Monkey













Crochet Sock Monkey

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Sock Monkey

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Sock Monkey

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
FDC - Foundation Double Crochet

Materials
Size G/4.0 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 3 colors - Colors of your choice.
Tapestry Needle

Polyester Fiberfill or stuffing of your choice

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease - This is joining 2 single crochet together and reducing them down to 1 single crochet. You insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through. There will be two loops on the hook.  Insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops. 



Continual Round - The purpose of the continual round is to eliminate joining and seams.  You can start a continual round on any joined round.  The technique is done by working the first stitch in top of the stitch you would typically join the round. It is creating a jog up. When you come around to the beginning of the next round, you will not have to join.  Most likely there will be increasing on a continual round.  You will want to use a yarn marker to mark the first or last stitch, so you have an idea where to make your increase rounds. 

Yarn Marker - I just use scrap piece of yarn to mark rounds. I have also used paper clips and bread twisty ties.

Time Code is noted in this video on each segment.  You can click on each segment in the written instructions to be taken ahead in the video or you can scroll to the time code.



Arms, Legs and Tail - Make 5   -  Time Code: :29
Bottom Section

Row 1: Work 10 Foundation Single Crochet
Row 2-10: Work a SC in the first stitch. Work in the loop below the stitch to create the rib effect for each of the 8 stitches between. Work the last single crochet through the top of the stitch.
Working on the inside: To join, sew though the same loop below the stitch, to push the top stitch forward to complete the rib look. Sew the seam across. Gather the opening on one end. Sew and secure. Turn right side out when complete.

This is an alternative to the foundation stitches.
Bottom Section 2: Chain 3, join, 
Round 1: chain 1, work 10 SC through the loop, do not join. 
Round 2-10: work 1 SC in each stitch around.


Upper Section 
Attach the new color anywhere along the top of the row. 
Round 11: Work 10 single crochet evenly around. Do not join and work in a continual round. The first single crochet  of round 12, will be right in the top of the round 11 single crochet.
Round 12-30:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
Lightly stuff each segment.

Body - Time Code 9:56
Chain 4, join
Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 SC through the loop, do not join.
Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 4: *Work 1 SC, work 2 SC, continue around from * (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 5-17: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 18: *1 SC, 1SC DEC, continue around from * (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 19: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 20: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from * (12 Single Crochet total)
Stuff with fiberfill  on round 19 and sew the top shut upon completing round 20.


Head  - Time Code 23:29
Chain 4, join
Round 1: Ch 1, work 9 SC through the loop, do not join.
Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (18 Single Crochet total)
Round 4: *Work 1 SC, work 2 SC, continue around from * (27 Single Crochet total)
Round 5:  Even work 5 single crochet increases around (32 Single Crochet total)
Round 6-18: 1 SC in each stitch around. (32 Single Crochet total)
Round 19: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from *, 
Round 20: 1 SC in each stitch around.
Round 21: *1 SC, 1 SC DEC, continue around from *
Stuff head between round 19 and 20.  Sew head shut upon completing round 21.



Snout/Mouth - Time Code 18:08
Round 1: Work 1 FSC, FHDC, FDC, FDC, FHDC, FSC,  
Working down the opposite side. Work 2 single crochet in the FSC stitch. Work a HDC opposite the FHDC, work 1 DC opposite each FDC. HDC in the next, 2 SC in the last stitch, join. 
Round 2: Ch 1, work 1 SC in each stitch across, work 3 SC in the mouth corner for the increase, work 1 SC in each stitch across, Work 3 SC in the mouth corner for the increase, join with the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.
Round 3: Attach new color with a slip stitch close to mouth corner. There will be a top and bottom to the snout. You may want to attach a yarn marker to mark the top.  
Top: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC, 2 SC in next stitch. Continue around to the bottom with 1 SC in each stitch.
Bottom:  Work 2 SC in the same stitch  close to the mouth corner.  Work 1 SC in each stitch across.  Work 2 SC in the last stitch and 1 SC in the remaining stitches. Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 4: CH 1, Work 1 SC in each stitch around, join with the beginning stitch.
You will embellish the mouth and nose features before attaching to the face.  Align the bottom of the snout close to round 5 on the head.  Sew the bottom of the snout to the face before adding the stuffing.


Attaching Segments - Time Code 36:51


Ears - Make 2 - Time Code
CH 3, join,
Round 1: CH 1,Work 6 SC, join.
Round 2: CH 1,Work 2 SC in each stitch around, join.
Round 3: CH 1,Work 1 SC in each stitch around, join.


Eye - Make 2 - Time Code - 38:53
Chain 2, Work 3 single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Join with the beginning stitch. Cut off a long length of tail for attaching to face.  Align and sew the eyes to the face.  Use the extra tail to sew on eyebrows and any extra features. Know and secure the tail. Sew in and cut it off.
   

Sock Monkey Index



Rainbow and Star Crochet Applique'


















Crochet Rainbow & Star

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Skill Level - Easy

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

FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

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

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease -
insert the hook through the first stitch,  wrap the yarn over, pull it through, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, there are 3 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the Single Crochet Decrease.

Foundation Single Crochet - This stitch eliminates the chain. Chain 2, insert the hook through the 2nd chain from the hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 1 loop, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through both loops to complete the first stitch. The foundation stitches are worked vertically.  Insert your hook below the 2 loops to the left of your work, if you are right handed, to the right if you are left handed. Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 1 loop, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through both loops to complete the stitch. 


Star

Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: CH 1, *Work 2 SC through the loop, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *. join with the beginning  stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.
Round 2: CH 1, * Work 2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC in the same CH 2 space, Work a single crochet decrease, insert the hook through the same CH 2 space, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, insert the hook through the next CH 2 space, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, there are 3 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the Single Crochet Decrease. Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.
Round 3: CH 1, * Work 3 SC, CH 2, 3 SC in the same CH 2 space, Work a SC DEC through the first SC next to the chain and the last stitch on the opposite side, skipping the stitches between. Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.

Cut off a long length of tail for sewing the star.

Rainbow
Note: You can work increase stitches on any row of the rainbow to give it more of a curve.

Row 1: Work 20 foundation single crochet on the first row. (see description above) Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 2: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 3: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 4: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in a few stitches, work a single crochet increase. Evenly work 4 or 5 single crochet increases. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 5: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 6: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.



Sunday, March 21, 2010

Crochet Environment Question

What type of environment do you like when you are crocheting? Do you like noise, quiet or in-between? I have found that I can crochet in any place but I do better in a less distracted environment.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How to Follow me here on Blogger

The following links will provide instructions and different ways on how to follow me here on Blogger.

Comments are available for Blogger, OpenID, LiveJournal, Wordpress, AIM and Typepad. Spam became a problem with the anonymous comments so that was why I changed it a while ago.

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=104226

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/follow-your-favorite-blogs.html

Parade of Crochet Amigurumi Bears and One Rabbit

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Would any of you be interested in doing another bear video or random crochet video? I thought everyone had submitted that was going to so I apologize to anyone who would have liked to participate and missed the information.

The following are links to some of the blogs and shops.

made by c. photoblog:
http://skywaydrive.tumblr.com

http://www.emilyknitsandcrochet.etsy.com

CJ at TallisTawk
http://tallistawk.blogspot.com/


http://peanutt-thisnthat.blogspot.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31896167@N03/sets/72157608477241620/


Monday, March 8, 2010

Researching Crochet Abbreviations and Definitions - Crochet Tip #61

What are some crochet terms and definitions that you need help understanding?

You will find pattern authors that have their own terms and abbreviations. You may be new to crochet and not understand any of the language. We are global crocheters, so some terms will be different around the world, depending on the country you are in. When you stumble across something that you do not understand, I always recommend you ask the pattern author first, since they are the best resource. Sometimes it is difficult to reach the author, so you must do alternative research. That will be posting on different message forums exposing your question to a variety of people. There is usually someone who will be able to answer the question.

I am including a link to a chart, with many of the common crochet terms.

Crochet Abbreviations
http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2008/12/crochet-abbreviation-chart.html

Winners of the February-March 2010 Giveaway

Congratulation to lizbethcanez, vermuchosvideo, omarakeen, winners of the February-March 2010 Giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I will continue to do more giveaways.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Frilly Crochet Granny Square


Frilly Crochet Granny Square

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Frilly Crochet Square
Video Tutorial:
Left Hand Frilly Crochet Square


Abbreviations

CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1,3 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 1,
*2 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 4 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 3: CH 1,
*2 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 7 DC,2 DC in the next CH 2 Space (Chain 7, turn, SC in the 6th stitch over, CH 7, SC in the last Stitch, turn. SC through the loop, CH 3 SC, Ch 4, SC, *CH 5 SC 3 times*, CH 4 SC, CH 3 SC, work in both CH 7 loop, SL ST through the top of the DC) CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. Complete 4 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

You will continue the rest of the granny square by working in the top of the double crochet stitches on round 3.

Round 4: CH 1, *2 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 11 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 11 times total from *,2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 5: CH 1,
*1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 15 DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 15 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.





Thursday, March 4, 2010

Transcription Audio - Closed Captioning

Voice Recognition(Transcribed Audio), Close Captioning is available on many of my crochet videos. It is not a perfect technology but is being fine tuned by Google and YouTube. I wanted those of you who may need it to to know that it is available on the videos.

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/03/future-will-be-captioned-improving.html

I was able to pull the transcribed text from my video, edit some of the words and then re-upload the text. This is something that I am learning along the way as well.

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