Monday, May 31, 2010

Youth Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle 18-20 Inches - 45-50 Centimeters- Lightweight Summer













Youth Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle  18-20 Inches - 45-50 Centimeters -Lightweight Summer

Skill Level - Easy

Use a smaller crochet hook to make a smaller cap.


Size -18-20 Inches - 45-50 Centimeters Size H/5mm crochet hook


Size -20-22 Inches - 50-56 Centimeters Size I/5.5mm crochet hook

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

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
V-Stitch - DC, CH 2, DC, in the same space

V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 2, DC, CH 2, DC, in the same space

Attach the yarn to the hook with a slip knot. 
CH 4, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 1: CH 4, DC through the same chain, this completes the first V-stitch. Work 5 remaining V stitches  through the center loop.  Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch total)


Round 2: SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC in the same CH 1 space, this completes the first V-stitch. Work a V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 2, DC, CH 2, DC in each of the remaining 5 chain 1 spaces. Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch Increases total)

Round 3:   SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC through the same space, this completes the first V-stitch.  Work a V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 2, DC, CH 2, DC, in the next chain 1 space. *Work a V-Stitch in the next chain 1 space. Work a V-Stitch increase in the next chain 1 space. Continue around from * to the beginning. Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch,  6 V-Stitch Increase total)


Round 4:    SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC through the same space, this completes the first V-stitch. 1 V-ST in each CH 1 space around. Join with the beginning stitch.(18 V-Stitch total)


Round 5:    SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC through the same space, this completes the first V-stitch increase. 1 V-ST in each of the next 2, CH 1 space.  *DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC through the next CH 1 space, 1 V-ST in each of the next 2, CH 1 space. Continue around from*. Join with the beginning stitch. (Will increase to 24 V-Stitch total)

Round 6: SL ST to the CH 1 space. CH 4, DC, in the same CH 1 space, CH 1, DC in same space.  *Work a V-Stitch in the next CH 1. Work a V-ST in the next CH 1. Continue around from *,  Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 V-Stitch total)


Round 7-13: SL ST to the CH 1 space. CH 4, DC, in the same CH 1 space, CH 1, DC in same space.  *Work a V-Stitch in the next CH 1. Work a V-ST in the next CH 1. Continue around from *,  Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 V-Stitch total)

Round 14: Ch 1, Work a SC in each DC and CH 1 space around.  Join with the beginning stitch.

Ruffle - Round 15:  CH 1, Work 3 DC in each stitch around, join with the beginning stitch.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Similar Crochet Techniques - Different Name, Different Purpose -Crochet Decrease vs. Crochet Cluster - Crochet Tip #62

The crochet decrease may be similar or the same as a cluster of stitches.  Keep in mind that you can decrease by skipping stitches as well, but with this tip we are addressing the stitches joined at the top. The purpose of the stitch is what will make them different, while the anatomy and structure of the stitch may be identical.  It is something to keep in mind and to help prevent confusion.  I am providing two video examples.  The first is the Double Crochet Decrease.  The second is the crochet cluster.  A cluster can consist of a couple stitches to many stitches.

Double Crochet Decrease


Crochet Cluster

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to Crochet with Several Strands of yarn

 This is a demonstration on how to work with several strands of yarn at the same time.  It is not an actual project.  Working with several strands is slow and may cause discomfort in your wrist if you are not used to working with several strands.  You will want to take breaks and stretch your arm out on occasion to reduce potential discomfort.

The two following links will advance you to the segments in the video, for attaching more yarn and hiding the yarn tails.

How to add more yarn - Attaching New Color - Time Code 5:27

Hiding Tails - Time Code 6:58

How to Crochet with Several Strands of yarn





Thursday, May 20, 2010

Crochet to Circle Square 3














 

Crochet to Circle Square 3

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet to Circle Square 3

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet to Circle Square 3

Skill Level - Intermediate




Size - 6 inch/15CM through round 5.

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
DC -  Double Crochet

Materials
Size I/5.5mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 2 colors - Scraps will work great for this project
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions 

Picture Version of the Front Post Double Crochet

FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet - Video Tutorial 
Left Hand  Front Post Double Crochet - Video Tutorial 

Purpose for Chain at the beginning of round - Many times I will use a chain at the beginning of the round. It will not count as a stitch.  I use it as a step up so I can work the full crochet stitch in place of the traditional chain.  I feel this technique has a neater appearance than working a chain.  You may use a chain 2 or 3 if you prefer using traditional crochet techniques.



Attach the slip knot to the crochet hook. Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.



Round 1:   chain, this will not count as a stitch, Work 16 double crochet through the loop. Join with the beginning stitch.  (16 stitches total)

Round 2:   This will be an increase round with double crochet and front post double crochet. 
Chain, this will not count as a stitch, work a double crochet in the same stitch, work a FPDC(front post double crochet) around the stitch and chain1 on round 1.  *work a double crochet in the same stitch, work a FPDC(front post double crochet) around the stitch on round 1. Continue around  from * to the beginning, SL ST-slip stitch to join with the beginning stitch.  (32 stitches total - 16 DC-double crochet, 16 FPDC-Front Post double crochet)  Cut the yarn and change color.


Round 3:  Attach the new color of yarn with a slip knot to the crochet hook.   Chain, this will not count as a stitch, work a double crochet in the same stitch, work 2 DC-Double crochet in the next stitch. *Work 1 DC-Double Crochet in the next stitch, work 2 DC-double crochet in the next stitch.  Continue around to the beginning from*, join with the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.  (48 Stitches total)


Round 4: Attach the first color of yarn with a slip knot to the crochet hook.  Attach the yarn normally and align even, to the stitch above the FPDC on Round 2.  Chain 1, work a SC-Single Crochet in the same stitch.  Work an elongated FPDC-Front Post Double Crochet around the FPDC on Round 2.  Chain 3, Skip 2 stitches, *work a SC- single crochet in the next stitch. Work an elongated FPDC-Front Post Double Crochet around the FPDC on Round 2. Chain 3, Skip 2 stitches, continue around from *, join with the beginning single crochet. (There will be a total of 16 chain 3 loops with a single crochet/elongated Front Post Double Crochet) 


Round 5: SL ST-Slip Stitch in to the CH-chain 3 space. Chain 1, *work 3 DC-Double Crochet, CH-chain 2, 3 DC-Double Crochet in the same chain 3 space. This creates the corner point. Work 3 HDC-Half Double Crochet in the next chain 3. Work 3 SC-Single Crochet in the next CH-chain 3. Work 3 HDC-Half Double Crochet in the next chain 3. Complete 4 times total from * for each side.  Sl St-Slip Stitch to join with the beginning stitch.

You can stop at round 5 or continue with one more round.



Round 6:  CH 1, work a DC in each of the remaining 2 stitches.  *In the corner ch-chain 2 work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC.  Work 1 DC-Double Crochet in each stitch across.  There will be 15 stitches.  Complete 3 times from*.  In the corner ch-chain 2 work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Work 1 DC-Double Crochet in each of the next 13 stitches.  Join with the beginning stitch.  Cut the yarn, secure and sew in all of the tails.






How to Receive an Individual Email Message for new Crochet Uploads

This video will show how to sign up to receive an individual email message, each time I upload a new crochet video to YouTube.  In order to receive the email message, you will need a YouTube account and be a subscriber to my channel, http://www.youtube.com/tjw1963


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Defining How to Join a Crochet Chain without Twisting the Chain

 Defining How to Join a Crochet Chain without Twisting the Chain 

 The foundation chain of a blanket worked in rows can also get twisted.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Giveaway & Contest Tab - Are you hosting a contest/giveaway?

I have created a tab at the top of my blog for contests and giveaways.  If you are hosting a giveaway, please provide the name of blog, time frame and and link.  I will share it on the giveaway and contest page. The tab for this page will remain at the top of my blog and always be visible.


http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/p/giveaways-contents.html

Instant Email Notification upon Upload @YouTube

It is now possible to receive an instant email notification when I upload a video to YouTube. First you will select the channel you want to edit.  Each channel is done individually. You will click on the "Edit Subscription", and check the box that says, "Email me for new uploads", click update to save.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Squeaky Crochet Hooks - What is your solution?

I live in a warm weather climate where we may have humidity for 7-9 months out of the year.  This creates the squeak with the crochet hook.  I have used powder which helps a little bit, but it makes a mess. Do any of you have a solution that has worked for squeaky crochet hooks? 

YouTube Video Watch Page - Finding the Link to Crochet Written Instructions












It has been a few weeks since YouTube switched everyone over to the new video watch page. I want to point out that the video details have moved to the bottom of the video now. The video details are where I will post live links to my crochet blog and the written instructions for the video.  There are little arrows on the video watch page that provide details about the video. The two red arrows on each image are pointing to the video detail arrows.  The arrows on the left are the video details. The image on the left has a red arrow next to the video details, not expanded.   The image on the right has a red arrow next the video details expanded.  I hope this will make it easier to find the link for the written instructions.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Stretchy Crochet Headband - Puff Stitch

Stretchy Crochet Headband - Puff Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Stretchy Crochet Headband - Puff Stitch

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Stretchy Crochet Headband - Puff Stitch

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size F/3.7mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Puff Stitch -  Chain 1 Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, you will have 3 loops on your hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the same chain, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, you will have 5 loops on your hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the same chain, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, you will have 7 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through all 7 loops.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through the loop to secure.


Chain 74-84 for an adult size headband.
Chain 54 for a newborn size head
Make sure your chain is not twisted. Work a slip stitch with the beginning chain to join.

Round 1: Chain 1, work a puff stitch in the same chain, see definition on how to work the puff stitch. Skip one chain work a puff stitch in the next chain, skip a chain, work a puff stitch in the next chain. Continue around to the beginning.  Join, with the beginning puff stitch. Slip stitch to the next space between the two puff stitches.

Round 2:  Chain 1, work a puff stitch in the same space, see definition on how to work the puff stitch. *Work a puff stitch in the next space, work a puff stitch in the next space. Continue around to the beginning from *.  Join, with the beginning puff stitch.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch - Scarf - Afghan













Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch


Video Tutorial: 
How to do the Extended, Elongated, Long Crochet Stitches

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

EA - Each
SK - Skip

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


Multiple -
6


Note: If the extended DC on the edge are not pulled up high enough, the stitches on the edge may pucker.  You can work 1 or 2 less chains to compensate for the pucker.

Chain 30,  this will be a small swatch.  You will add chains in increments of 6 to increase the width.

Row 1: Work a DC in the 3rd CH from the hook and in each of the next 2 stitches.  CH 3, Skip 3 chains. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. *CH 3, Skip 3 chains. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. Continue across from * for the width.  Work 1 DC in each of the remaining 4 chains on the edge.  Each edge will have 4 DC.  Cut the yarn and change color.

Row 2:  Attach the new color to the previous ending point.  Chain 6, Skip the 3 DC. Work an Extended DC(see video) over the chain and through the beginning foundation chain, 2 rows below. Work 2 more extended DC. *CH 3 Skip the next 3 DC, Work an extended DC in each of the next 3 chains 2 rows below. Continue across from *.  When you get to the edge, work one last chain 3, work a DC in the last stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.

Row 3: Attach the new color to the beginning stitch.  Chain 3, working over the chain, work an extended DC in each of the next 3 stitches 2 rows below. *Chain 3, working over the chain, work an extended DC in each of the next 3 stitches 2 rows below. Continue across from * for the width. Work a DC in the last chain on the edge.  Cut the yarn and change color.

Row 4:  Attach the new color to the previous ending point.  Chain 6, Skip the 3 DC. Work an Extended DC over the chain and through the beginning foundation chain, 2 rows below. Work 2 more extended DC. *CH 3 Skip the next 3 DC, Work an extended DC in each of the next 3 chains 2 rows below. Continue across from *.  When you get to the edge, work one last chain 3, work a DC in the last stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 for the length.

Row 5: In progress - thank you for your patience. If you need further assistance, the video covers this row.
 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How to Make Crochet Hairpin Lace

This video is showing how to make crochet hair pin lace.

What are some different ways you have seen crochet hairpin lace used?

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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