Monday, June 27, 2011

Streamer Crochet Hat Teresa Richardson - with Brim by Bethintx1 - Elizabeth Ham


This is the streamer crochet hat  created by Teresa Richardson aka Crochet Geek, with a brim addition created by Elizabeth Ham aka Bethintx1 on YouTube
It makes a nice summer hat!


I have posted my set of written instructions at the bottom of this post. This external link is where you will find the crochet brim written instructions.  Both video tutorials are posted below.

The top hat section video is on my crochet channel Crochet Geek, and the brim video is on Bethintx1.  You will want to check out the other crochet tutorials that Bethintx1 - Elizabeth Ham has on her channel.

Streamer Summer Hat Brim




Streamer Crochet Hat







Streamer Crochet Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson




Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Video Tutorial: Streamer Crochet Hat


Written Instructions: crochet brim written instructions
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Abbreviations
SP - Space
DC - Double Crochet
SK - Skip

Size I/5.5mm Crochet Hook

Increase - Double Crochet, CHain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1, all in the same space

Round 1: CH 4, *DC through the loop, CH 1, repeat 9 times total from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (10 Double Crochet Chain 1 total)

Round 2: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Single Crochet Total with 10 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 3: CH 4, DC in the same Stitch(this is the first increase stitch), CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next Stitch. *Double Crochet, Chain 1, Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch for the increase, work an individual Double Crochet, Chain 1 in the next stitch. Continue around from *. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. There will be 5 increases and 5 individual stitches worked. (15 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 4: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (30 Single Crochet Total with 15Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 5: CH 4, DC in the next stitch, CH 1. DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1 in the next stitch for the first increase. *Work an individual DC, CH1 in each of the next 2 stitches, Work an increase of DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next individual stitch. Continue around from *, slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) The increases are staggered on this round and worked in the stitches on the previous round that were not increases. (20 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 5 increases done on this round.

Round 6: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (40 Single Crochet Total with 20 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 7: Chain 4, DC, CH 1 in the same stitch(increase), work DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. *DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 2 stitches. Continue around from *, Join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain 3. (30 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 10 increases done on this round.

Round 8: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 2 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 2 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (60 Single Crochet Total with 30 Chain 1 between each set of 2)

Round 9: Chain 4, work an individual DC, CH 1 in each of the next 3 stitches, DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), * Work 1 DC, CH 1 in each of the next 4, DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), DC, CH1, DC, CH1 in the next stitch(increase), continue around from *, join with a slip stitch in the beginning chain 3. (40 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total) There will be 10 increases done on this round.

Round 10: Attach contrasting color of yarn, CH 1, 1 SC in the previous CH space. CH 1, Skip over the double crochet, *work 1 SC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1. Continue from * working in each CH 1 space. Slip stitch to join with the beginning chain 3. (40 Single Crochet Total with 40 Chain 1 between each single crochet)

Round 11: CH 4, *DC, CH 1, continue around from * to the beginning. Slip stitch to join the round with the beginning chain 3. (40 Double Crochet, Chain 1 total)

Continue with rounds 10 and 11 for the length of the hat.


Friday, June 24, 2011

How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig





 










How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig


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


Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig
Video Tutorial:  How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

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

Materials
Size G/4 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiberfill or stuffing

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Continual Round - Do not Join.  Work in the top of the first stitch. This will eliminate the seam.



Yarn Marker -
This marks the first or last stitch of each round.  It can be a simple strand of scrap yarn to mark the stitch or a bread twisty tie.

Single Crochet Decrease - Insert the crochet hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through. Insert the hook through the next stitch,  wrap the yarn over and pull it through.  There are three loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all three loops.

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: Work 12 SC through the chain. Do not join and work in the continual round. (12 single crochet total)
Round 2-4:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around  (12 single crochet total)
Round 5: 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total) 
Round 6: 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total) 
Round 7:  *1 SC in each of the next 2 stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *, (32 single crochet total) 
Round 8-11: 1 SC in each stitch around (32 single crochet total) 
Round 12: 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches, CH 3, skip 3
single crochet. 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. CH 3, skip 3, 1 SC in each of the next 18 stitches.
Round 13: 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches,Work 3 SC in the chain, 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 SC in the chain. Work 1 SC in each of the next 18 stitches.
Round 14 - 17: Work 1 SC in each stitch around
(32 single crochet total)
Round 18:  Repeat round 12
Round 19:  Repeat round 13
Round 20-21: Work 1 SC in stitch around
(32 single crochet total)
Round 22:  *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work a single crochet decrease(see definition above),  repeat from ,
(24 single crochet total) (10 decrease stitches) There will be 2 extra stitches. This is an example of not being mathematically perfect for it to work.
Round 23-24: Work 1 SC in each stitch around
(24 single crochet total)
Round 25:
*Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work a single crochet decrease(see definition above), repeat from *, (18 single crochet total)
Round 26: Work 1 SC in each stitch around
(18 single crochet total)
Round 27: Work 9 Single Crochet Decrease
At this point, you do not want to secure or knot the opening.  The legs will be worked.  We will come back to this and unravel a few stitches to put in the stuffing. 

Legs - Make 4

There will be four openings at the bottom of the pig belly for the legs.  All four will be the same.
Round 1: Evenly work 10 single crochet around the opening.  We will continue with the continual round
Round 2: Work 1 SC in the next stitch, Work 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from * (15 Single Crochet total)
Round 3-4: Work one single crochet in each stitch around
Round 5: Work 1 SC in the next stitch, Work a single crochet decrease (10 single crochet total)
Cut off a long length of tail, knot and secure.  Thread your needle and weave through the last round of stitches and pull the round shut.  Knot, secure and sew in the tail.

Eyes
- The eyes can be worked before you add the stuffing or you can sew them on at the end. If you are using plastic of glass eyes, you will want to do them before stuffing and closing.
Work a chain 3, join.  Sew to head between rounds 4 and 5.


Stuffing the Pig

At this point we can stuff the pig legs and body. You will probably need to undo the last round of single crochet decrease stitches on round 27.  Once you get the pig stuff, work round 27 with the single crochet decrease.  Knot and secure.  Thread your needle and weave through the opening and pull the stitches shut.  Knot and secure, weave in the tail.

Tail - Work a chain of 10 -  Work 2 Slip stitch between different threads.  It should curl.  Once you get to the other end, weave your needle on one side and slightly pull to make the tail curl more.  I found this way made a thinner tail.  You can also work the tail with 2-3 single crochet .

Ears - Start with a magic circle or chain or 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet,  (continual round - see above for description)
Round 2: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
Round 3: Work 2 SC in each stitch around ( 12 single crochet total)
Round 4: Work 1 SC in each stitch around
( 12 single crochet total)
Work a slip stitch in the next stitch to even off the round. Cut off some extra yarn.
Sew the ears to the head at approximately round 8 and 9.  When you are finished, knot and secure the yarn.  Weave between the stitches and weave to the inside of the pig and cut off the yarn.







Thursday, June 23, 2011

How I got Started on YouTube

On Tuesday, Michael Humphrey with Forbes.com wrote a great article about how I got started on YouTube.  Maybe you want to start your own channel and turn it in to a business.  I offer tips that have worked for me. 


http://blogs.forbes.com/michaelhumphrey/2011/06/21/teresa-richardson-the-crochet-geek-whos-hooked-60000-youtubers/


Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963


Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SeaBreeze Crochet Pattern Stitch





  SeaBreeze



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



Crochet Geek YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963

Crochet Geek 2 YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  SeaBreeze Crochet Pattern Stitch

Video Tutorial:  SeaBreeze Crochet Pattern Stitch Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

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

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


Multiple:  5+5

Work a chain of 20.

Row 1: Work 1 SC in each chain across,  (19 single crochet total)


Row 2: Chain 1, this will not count as a stitch, only a step up to the next row.  Work 1 SC in each stitch across.  (19 single crochet total)


Row 3: Chain 1, this will not count as a stitch, only a step up to the next row. Work 1 DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Skip 2 stitches, work 5 DC in the next stitch, *Skip 4 stitches, work 5 DC in the next stitch. You will repeat from * for the width of the project.  To end, skip 2 stitches, work 2 DC in the last 2 stitches.


Row 4-5: Work 1 SC in each stitch across.  (19 single crochet total)


Row 6: Chain 1, this will not count as a stitch, only a step up to the next row. Work 1 DC in the same stitch, Work 1 DC in the next stitch, Skip 2 stitches, work 5 DC in the next stitch, *Skip 4 stitches, work 5 DC in the next stitch. You will repeat from * for the width of the project.   
To end, skip 2 stitches, work 2 DC in the last 2 stitches.


Repeat rows 4-6 for the length. 


You can make this pattern all one color or change colors.  For a different look, you can work additional single crochet row for a wider band between the shell row.  Tinker around with the stitch combination and have fun.


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