Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Make the Crochet Entrelac Stitch Video Tutorial

How to Make the Crochet Entrelac Stitch Video Tutorial

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Crochet Spring Rose

Crochet Spring Rose

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

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Spring Rose

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Version Crochet Spring Rose

Skill Level - Easy

DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain

SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch

TC -Triple Crochet

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

Row 1: Work 78 foundation single crochet or a chain of 79 with a single crochet in each chain.

Row 2: CH 1, * Work a Single Crochet , skip one stitch, work 5 HDC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, complete 5 times from* ,  
* Work a Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip one stitch, work 5 DC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, complete 5 times from*,  * Work a Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip one stitch, work 5 TC in the next stitch, skip a stitch, continue across from* , work a single crochet in the last stitch, cut the yarn and secure.

Row 3:  Attach the new color yarn.  Work a series of back post half double crochet around each shell, slip stitch between.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Donating for a Cause through Crochet

During tragedies, there are always scammers that will set up shop over night, to take advantage of the good nature of human beings.  Don't let that stop you from donating! Just be aware! When donating during a tragedy or any time, keep in mind that emergency supplies and support will have priority entering the devastation zone.  If you send a handmade item, it could set in a cargo bin for months as emergency needs are met first.

Here are some tips to think about when you are making your decision on how you will donate.
  1. Research thoroughly, with donating monetarily or sending your handmade work
  2. Find a trusted non-profit organization or church that has direct ties in the country
  3. Make sure there is a need
Food for Thought: How would you feel if you made several crochet blankets, to discover they got dumped in the garbage? Maybe they end up on Ebay through misrepresentation, with profit going to a scammer, instead of the place you intended them to go!

I often feel that fiber artists are exploited through tragic events. What I would like to do is to challenge crocheters to look "Outside Your Backdoor" and find a way to help neighbors in your local community. No matter what community you live in, there is always a need!

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