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

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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,…

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

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



Crochet to Circle Square 3

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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 Chainat 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 technique…

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


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.


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

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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.


Crochet amigurumi pattern giveaway - by Seema

Seema is hosting a Crochet amigurumi pattern giveaway.  Please visit her blog on the link below to enter her giveaway.
http://seemask.blogspot.com/2010/05/crochet-amigurumi-pattern-giveaway.html

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

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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.

Stretchy Crochet Headband - Puff Stitch

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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 5…

Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch - Scarf - Afghan

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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 ed…

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?