Friday, December 31, 2010

Crochet SnowFlake 7












If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches


Crochet SnowFlake 7

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet SnowFlake 7

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet SnowFlake 7

Skill Level - Beginner/Intermediate

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

TC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 1 steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton
Sewing Needle

Chain 3, join with the beginning chain.



Round 1:
*Chain 3, SC in the loop, Complete 5 time from *, chain 1, HDC in the first chain to join.  We want to end in the center of the last loop.  (6 loops total)

Round 2: CH 1 SC in the same loop,* CH 5 SC in the next loop,  continue around from * 
join in the first SC (6loops total)


Round 3: Chain 1, *SC in the same SC, Chain 6, TC, CH1, TC, CH1, TC, CH 4, SL in the same stitch, CH 6 SL ST in the same ST, CH 4 SL ST in the same ST, TC, CH1, TC, CH1, TC, CH 6 SC in next SC, Complete 6 times total from *, SL ST to join with the beginning SC.






Thursday, December 9, 2010

How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament - Christopher











How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament - Christopher

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament - Christopher

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand How to Make a Thread Crochet Holiday Lace Ornament - Christopher

Skill Level - Easy

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

TC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 10 steel crochet hook
Size 10 Thread
Tapestry Needle

Round ornament or ball 7 inches/18 cm around - You can also use the plastic children play balls for a non breakable ornament or Styrofoam ball wrapped in fabric.

Work a chain of 5, join with the beginning chain.

 
Round 1: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. CH 4 SC through the loop. (complete 7 times total from *) CH 1, work a HDC to join. (8 loops total) 



Round 2: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. CH 4, SC in the same CH, CH 4, SC in the next CH. (complete 7 times total from *) CH 4, SC in the same CH, CH 1, work a HDC to join. (12 loops total) 


Round 3: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 4,  SC in the next CH. (complete 15 times total from *) CH 1, work a HDC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 4-5:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 5,  SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 6-8:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 7, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 3, work a TC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 9:  Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 6, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Sew in the tail at the center.

Round 10: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Chain 5, SC in the next CH, (complete 15 times total from *) CH 2, work a DC to join. (16 loops total)

Round 11:  Place the ornament/ball in the center of the cover after 8 single crochet. Ch 1, *SC through the loop around 16 times total. Join with the beginning stitch. This part will be awkward. Sew in all the tails.

Flower
Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: Ch 1, *SC through the loop. Ch 3, join with the beginning single crochet. (complete 6 times total from *) 


Petals
Round 2: SL ST in to the chain, CH 1, *SC in the chain, CH 1, 7 DC through the chain, CH 1, SC in the same chain.  Repeat from * for each petal.


Sew the flowers around the ornament.  You may want to embellish the center of the flower with beads.


Right Hand Version



Left Hand Version

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crochet CandyCane



Crochet CandyCane


Video Tutorial: Crochet Candy Cane

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Version 

Red Section
With red yarn Chain 50.

3 SC in each chain across. It will start to twist and be very uneven.

White Section
With white yarn Chain 50.

3 SC in each chain across. It will start to twist and be very uneven.


Straighten each individual section out so the twist is turning one way. Once that is accomplished, join the two sections together, twisting them together to form the candycane. Once they are evenly twisted, secure each end with yarn so they won't come apart. Sew in all the tails. Run a pipe cleaner through the center of the candycane. Twist the yarn section in the direction to tighten the yarn on the pipecleaner. This will grab the fibers of the pipecleaner tighten it up nice and neat. You can hotglue or dab craft glue to the pipecleaner and yarn so it will stay in place and not come apart. Shape project in to a candycane. I have found that fishing line or clear craft line will work very well for an invisible hanger.





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Which loop to crochet under - Front Loop - Back Loop or Both Loops

If there is no indication to go through the front loop of a stitch or back loop, what I do is put my hook below both loops.  The reason is that I find it looks nicer and will be more secure than one loop.   For example,  when I was first learning to crochet, I was following instructions from a leaflet I had purchased.  It was for a shell afghan.  The instructions were telling me to put the hook through the back loop of the single crochet.  By the time I was done, I had big holes with each shell I had made. The shell is a heavy combination of crochet stitches, so it is bound to pull on the individual strand creating big holes.  Going under two strands will keep it more secure and evenly distribute the slack.  That taught me to go through both loops of the single crochet for that pattern and any other pattern that does not have a decorative purpose.  I also recognized that many of the patterns were advising to go through the back or front loop, when there is no decorative purpose. In the end, it all boils down to your personal preference and the combination of stitches that work best for you.


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