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Monday, September 27, 2010

Crochet Galaxy Stitch




Video Tutorial: Crochet Galaxy Stitch - Snowflake

The multiple for this stitch is 3 + 3. Unfortunately the video tutorial has it incorrect. It can be done as 2 + 3 but it may turn out a little fuller.

The amount of stitches will remain the same for each row. Each center joined segment of the stitch will be offset each row, which creates the unique effect of this stitch. It reminds me of those little 6 point plastic beads.

Working on chain foundation: This stitch is worked with 3 stitches joined. It will be a combination of a single crochet and 2 half-double crochet joined. You put the hook through the next chain, draw up a loop. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, skip one chain and in the next put the hook through the chain and pull through the yarn; you will have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, Skip another chain and in the next chain insert your hook and draw through the yarn. You will have 6 loops on your hook. Draw the yarn through all 6 loops. Pull the yarn through one more time to secure the loops. Continue on by drawing your first loop through the previous center joined loop. The rest of the stitch is worked the same for the chain foundation. Half Double Crochet in the last stitch, CH 2 turn.

Row 2: You put the hook through the chain next to the hook, draw up a loop. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, put the hook through the center joining of the stitch in the previous row and pull through the yarn through the loop; you will have 4 loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, put the hook through the center joining of the stitch in the previous row and pull through the yarn and pull the yarn through the loop. You will have 6 loops on your hook. Draw the yarn through all 6 loops. Pull the yarn through one more time to secure the loops. Continue on by drawing your first loop through the previous center joined loop. Half Double Crochet in the last stitch, CH 2 turn.



 8/27/08   3:07 PM

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tip for trying a new #Crochet Stitch, Pattern or Technique

We all know that crochet can be frustrating at times when trying a new stitch, pattern or technique. What has worked for me in the past is to stop for a few hours or even a few days.  Most likely it will make more sense at a later time.

I am providing two playlists, the right and left hand version, that will provide the beginner crochet stitches.

Right Hand Crochet Stitch Video Playlist








Left Hand Crochet Stitch Video Playlist


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joined Crochet Swirl

















Joined Crochet Swirl

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand How to make a Crochet Thread Swirl Joined

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size 1 Steel crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions 

You will join each motif with right sides facing each other.  They will be joined with a slip stitch.  See symbol diagram from details. Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.  You can make the motif larger if you prefer larger pieces.




Chain 4, join.  You can also use the magic circle to start. 

Round 1:  CH 1, This will not count as a stitch, only the step up. Work *3 DC, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch and 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 3: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 3 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 4 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the same space as the last DC, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 4:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 5 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 6 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 5: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 7 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 8 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 6: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 9 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 10 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 7:  Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in ea of the next 11 stitches, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 12 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 3, SC in the next CH 3 space, CH 3, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Joining Motif:  Work a Slip Stitch in each double crochet on the opposite motif.  Diagram is only through round 5 but still represents how to join each motif together.





Saturday, September 11, 2010

Crochet Earring - Paula


 













Crochet Earring - Paula

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Earring - Paula

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Earring - Paula

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size 8 Steel  crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet cotton
Small Tapestry or Sewing Needle

Earring Finding


Work a chain of 40, join with the beginning stitch.



Round 1:  CH 1, Work 50 Single Crochet around the chain 40, join with the beginning stitch.


Round 2:  CH 1, SC in the same stitch, *CH 4 skip 1 stitch, SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *.  For the last chain, work a chain 2, DC in the first stitch to join. There will be a total of 25 chains.


Round 3: CH 1, SC in the same chain. *CH 4, SC in the next chain. Continue around from *.  For the last chain, work a chain 2, put your crochet hook through the center of the earring, pull the thread through the center of the hook.  Work 2 final chains.  Join with the beginning stitch.  Secure the thread, cut and give it a tug.  Sew in all the tails.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat














Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Cap - Kufi Box Hat

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

BLO - Back Loop Only

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

Chain 5, join.
Round 1:  CH 1, Work 12 single crochet through the loop, do not join. Start the next round by working the first single crochet in top of the first stitch.  This will start the continual round.


Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around.  (24 Single Crochet Total) This is where you will want to use a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of a round, so you have an idea where the beginning of your round starts.

Round 3-4:  Work 1 SC in ea stitch around. ( 24 SC total)

Round 5:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (32 SC total)

Round 6:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (40 single crochet total)

Round 7: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (48 SC total)

Round 8:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (60 SC total)

Round 9: 1SC in ea stitch around (60 single crochet total) 

Round 10:  Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. (72 SC total)

Round 11-12: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (72 SC total)

Round 13:  Skip 1 stitch, Slip Stitch in the next to even off the round.  Work 1 SC in the BLO - Back Loop Only, in each stitch around.


Round 14-25: Continue the round by the working the first single crochet in top of the first stitch.  This will start the continual round. Work 1 SC in each stitch around for the remaining length of the cap.


Round 13 Unworked Loops: Attach the same color or contrasting color of yarn to round 13 on the unworked loops.  I worked a round of reverse single crochet in the video tutorial.  You can work a round of regular single crochet if you prefer.

How to Crochet an Edging with Pomp-A-Doodle Yarn

Friday, September 3, 2010

Closed - Giveaway Crochet Hooks and Gel Grip - August 30 thru September 8th - Drawing the next Day















NOTE: Comments are on moderation thanks to spammers, so comments will not show up right away.  I will approve them each day, throughout the giveaway.  Once the giveaway is over, I will hide the existing comments.

I am going to try this again.

Two people will receive a set of crochet hooks and a set of gel grips.
I will draw the winners on September 9th.

1) Everyone from around the world is welcome to participate.

2)  If you are under the age of 18, please have your parents permission.

3) Not eligible if you have won crochet hooks in the past.

4) I am leaving this open for anonymous participants.  If you are anonymous, please provide some sort of contact information like an email address or I will have no way to contact you should your name be selected.  Do no post phone numbers or mailing addresses.

5)  You are welcome to leave 10 comments per day. 

Thank you for your participation.

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