Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Single Crochet



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finding a Multiple - Increasing a Crochet Round

This is going to explain how you come up with a multiple, your own combination of stitches, when you are making a round. In each round, there is a set number of stitches.  I am using 30 with this example. 

When you increase a round, you take the amount of stitches and divide the amount to find increase points.You will want to increase evenly around.  Since you have 30 stitches, you will take 30 divide it by 5, this give you 6. When you are finished, you will have completed 35 stitches, 5 times on that round.

If you find that you want more increases, you divide 30 by 6, this will give you 5.  What this means is the last number you get, you work the increase in that stitch.   You work 1 stitch in each of the next 4, work an increase in the 5th.  You will do that 6 times. On completion, the round will have 36 stitches.  

If you need more increase stitches than 5 or 6, you can take 30, divide it by 2, this will give you 15.  This means that you work one stitch, work an increase in the next stitch.  This is what I call increasing in every other stitch.  You will take 30+15, you get 45 stitches on this round.  You have increased 15 times.

If you need a different combination, you take 30 divide it by 3, this will give you 10.  You work 1 stitch in each of the next 2, increase in the next stitch. When you complete this round, you get 40 stitches, increasing 10 times. 

There are times that I have thrown in an additional increase at the end of the round, which is going to throw off the multiple. That's alright because the idea is to evenly increase and find the best size. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap Hat






Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Stripe Crochet Beanie
Abbreviations
MC = Magic Loop
SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
ST = Stitch

Size I crochet hook 
4-ply worsted weight yarn


NOTE: The easiest way to adjust the size of a hat is the use a larger or smaller crochet hook.

Gauge: 
16 Rows - 4 inches
12 stitches 4 inches


Keep in mind this is an estimate and your results may differ


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Stripe Crochet Beanie Cap

MC - Magic Circle
You can also Chain 4 and join if you are not familiar with the magic circle

Round 1: CH 1, 10 SC in your magic circle or chain. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (10 SC Total)

Round 2: CH 1, 2 SC in each ST around. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (20 SC Total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 27 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (27 SC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 36 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (36 SC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 2 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 3 stitches for a total of 48 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, 1 SC in each ST around, Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (48 SC total)

Round 9: Ch 1, *1 SC in ea of the next 6 St's, 2 SC in the next St, repeat from *, you will be increase every 7 stitches for a total of 55 stitches. Join by adding the new color through your first SC and last SC. (55 SC total)

Round 10-24: You will continue alternating color for the remaining length of your cap. (55 single crochet total)

You may wind up with a seam which is one of the downfalls of joining rounds.

Making the Cap Smaller:

  1. You can use an F, G or H hook without altering the pattern.
  2. Stop increasing after round 7 and continue on to form the sides of the cap

Making the Cap Larger:

  1. You can use a larger crochet hook

  2. You can make this cap larger by adding another increase round. At round 10, you will do 1 SC in ea of the next 5 SC, 2 SC in the next. (Approximately 65 single crochet total). Round 11-24 will be 1 SC in each stitch around. You can add more stitches or less stitches for a custom fit.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Appreciating Hand Made Crochet - Crochet Pricing Recommendations



How do you determine what you will charge for a crochet piece?

How much should we charge when selling crochet work? The formula I went by was double the cost of your materials plus half. I never the thought that was enough, so used the formula as a starting point only.

Crochet is under appreciated with the time that it takes to make larger projects. It can take several weeks or longer to make a large afghan. The same is true when making doily's. Intricate lace can take days and weeks to complete depending on the size.  


Crochet lace doily's have always been my favorite to crochet. When I would sell my work at craft events, people would tell me that it was so expensive. Many of the doily's may take two days or more to complete a doily! I wondered how many of them would go to work for $15 or $25 over two days. $15-$25 was an average price that I asked for each doily. To me the doily's were under-priced! There were always some that would pay the price I was asking. 

Realistically you will not be able to get all of your time, just don't forget to include some of your time in the price of your work.  People who sell their handmade crochet tend to under price their work. I challenge everyone selling crochet to ask just a little bit more. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket























Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Skill Level - Easy

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

CHS - Chains
STS - Stitches
EA - Each


Multiple - 8

Materials
Size K/6.50 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle



Cluster Stitch
Wrap the yarn over your hook, put your hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull the yarn through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 2 loops.  Leave the 2 remaining loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, put the hook through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through all 3 loops to complete the cluster.


Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook.
Work a chain of 28 or work 27 of the Foundation Single Crochet

Row 1:  Work a chain 1, SC in the same stitch and each of the next 2, *CH 2, Skip 2 CHS/STS ,Work a Cluster in the next(see cluster stitch), chain 2, skip 2
CHS/STS , work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches.  Continue across from * Chain 1 and turn.


Row 2:  Ch 1,SC in the same stitch and each of the next 2, *work 2 SC in the next CH 2 space. Work a SC in the cluster, work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * for the width. 


Row 3: Ch 1, this will be the step up. Work a DC in the same stitch.  Work a cluster in the next single crochet.  *Chain 2, skip 2 single crochet,  work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, chain 2, skip 2 SC, work a cluster in the next stitch. Continue across from *.  When you get across, you will work a double crochet after the cluster.


Row 4:
Ch 1,SC in the same stitch, Work a SC in the cluster, work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Work 1 SC in EA of the next 3 stitches.  Work 2 SC in the next CH 2 SP. Repeat from * for the width.

Repeat rows 1-4 for the length.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to make the Darling Crochet Shell Cap


Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Written by Teresa Richardson


Video Tutorial  Darling Crochet Shell Cap

Video Tutorial  Left Hand Darling Crochet Shell Cap


NOTE: The crown of this cap is made with a single crochet. The child version is made with a half double crochet.

Child Size Cap
Instructions for: Little Darling Toddler-Youth Crochet Shell Cap

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
MC - Magic Circle
SH - Shell

Definition
( total stitches ) - This is the amount of stitches you will have on each round.
Shell for this pattern will be: 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC

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

This cap will fit an approximate 22-24 inch head. Since it is made with a G hook, you can make the cap larger with a size H, I/5.5mm or J hook.

Work a magic circle MC. Chain 3 and join as an alternative to the magic circle.

Round 1: Chain 1, Work 12 SC through the magic loop or chain. Do not join and work in a continual round. (12 SC total) You may want to get a yarn marker to mark the first stitch of each round.

Round 2: Work 2 SC in the top of the first stitch. Work 2 SC in each stitch around.
(24 SC total)

Round 3:
Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (24 SC total)

Round 4: *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 36 SC.
(36 SC total)

Round 5:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 48 SC. (48 SC total)

Round 6: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
(48 SC total)

Round 7:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 64 SC. (64 SC total)

Round 8-9: 1 SC in each single crochet around.

Round 10:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 7 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from * for a total of 72 SC. (72 SC total)

Round 11: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (72 SC total) Skip 1 stitch and slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Round 12: Work a shell in the first stitch (shell = 2 HDC, CH 1, 2 HDC in the same space) skip 3 stitches, *work a shell in the next stitch, Continue around from *. (18 Shell Stitches Total)

Round 13-21 :
Slip stitch over to the chain 1 of the next shell.
Chain 1, pull up, Work 2 HDC, Ch 1, 2 HDC in the chain 1 space of the previous shell. * Work a shell in the center chain of of the next shell. Continue around from *, join with the beginning shell. (18 Shells total)



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