Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Crochet Geek Featured in YouTube Report

My Crochet channel on YouTube - Crochet Geek, has been featured in a YouTube report.  Thank you to each an every one of you who visit my channel to learn crochet.  I learn from each of you, with the comments you leave me and the heartwarming stories you share.  I am humbled by the challenges that many of you have shared with me in learning to crochet.  Your stories help me become a better crochet teacher.  I continue to learn from you to this day, through reading your wonderful comments! I did not realize that The Art of Crochet was fading away until I started my crochet channel in 2006.  Now we are in the process of bringing Crochet back to life.  YouTube is powerful!  I am excited to see where we go next!


Crochet Love and Stitches,
Teresa


http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2011/07/celebrating-creativity-of-youtubes.html


YouTube Report PDF



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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Google+ Invites

If you would like an invite to Google+, leave your email address in the comments or send me a private message on YouTube.  Your email address never be public since comments are on moderation. I will delete the comment/message with your email immediately after I get it sent.  If you already have Google+, search for Teresa Richardson Crochet Geek.  I am adding all crocheters to my crochet circle.

I understand that some of you will not be interested, which is understandable.  I don't know when Google+ will go live.  Google+ and my YouTube channel are going to function together once it goes live. The features with Google+ are much better than anything I have now.  



Crochet Playlist of Hats

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What have you done out of Frustration with Crochet instructions, that make no sense?

Have you ever gotten so frustrated with a crochet project that you threw your work or did something unusual out of frustration?  When I was younger, I threw my yarn, hook and project across the room.  Then I beat the skein of yarn against floor and ended up with a yarn blob, knot mess.  I had to wind the mess in to a ball after that because the yarn was all in knots. After that,  I felt better and a few days later figured out the pattern.


This post is inspired by a comment on my YouTube channel, where someone told me they broke their crochet hook out of frustration.



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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Crochet Hook Grip Modification - Flexi Wrap



This will provide another way to modify your crochet hook using pencil grips and flexi wrap. The flexi wrap can be found in the first aid section of any pharmacy. A variety of pencil grips can be found in the office supply section of many stores. 




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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crochet Flower - Made from Plain Old Circles



Crochet Flower

  • You will need to create 5 small circles (2 rounds)
  • I am including the third round for this circle, even though the example is made with only two rounds.
  • You can make this project with thread.
Written by Teresa Richardson




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Size H Crochet Hook
4-Ply Worsted Weight Yarn

Chain 3, Join

Round 1: CH 1, 12 DC in the loop, join in the first double crochet.

Round 2: CH 1, 2 DC in ea DC around. ( 24 Double Crochet Total)

Round 3: CH 1, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in ne
xt ST. Repeat around from * ( 36Double Crochet Total)

You have a choice of two edgings to choose from. You can also use an edging of your own if you would like to.

Edging 1: Reverse Single Crochet

Edging 2: SL ST between stitch, *CH 3 SL ST in same sp, SL ST in next SP, Repeat around from *, join.

You will want to cut a length of yarn to attach the circles together.




  1. The first frame shows the circle, in preparation to being added to the other petals.
  2. You fold the circle about 1/3 of the way up to form a straight edge along the bottom of all 5 circles.
  3. Fold the bottom points of the large circle together and run the needle through, pulling snug and securing. You will want to shape and adjust your petal at this point.
  4. Knot and secure your petals. Hide the tail.



Saturday, July 9, 2011

Andrew's Keepsake - Crochet Tunisian













Andrew's Keepsake


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



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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Andrew's Keepsake Crochet Scarf

Video Tutorial:  Andrew's Keepsake Crochet Scarf  Left Hand Version


Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
Long Crochet Hook - I-5.5mm
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


Multiple: 6+1 - This means you will add 6 extra chains for each extra shell, to make your work wider.


Size of scarf  - 50 inches long, 6 inches wide

Afghan Stitch - There are two passes to complete a row of the afghan stitch.

Work a chain of 25.
If you are using more than 25 loops, you will want to use the longer crochet hook.

Row 1:
Pass 1: Put your hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through, *Put your hook through the next chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through, continue across from leaving all loops on your hook * until you have 25 loops on your hook.
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.

Row 2:
Pass 1: The first loop for the next row is on your hook, you will see vertical loops all the way across. Put your hook under the next vertical loop, wrap the yarn over and pull through,
*Put your hook under the next vertical loop, wrap the yarn over and pull through, continue across until you get to the last stitch.  On the edge, you will want to insert your hook below two loops on the edge.  This will make a neater appearance, wrap the yarn over and pull through. (25 loops on hook total)
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.

Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 - Keep in mind there are two passes for each row

Once you have completed the five rows of the afghan stitch, you can switch to the shorter hook if you have been using the longer hook.

Shell Row

Row 6: Work a chain one. Work a single crochet through the first stitch.  *Skip two stitches(skipping the vertical loops) Work a shell with 5 double crochet. Skip 2 stitches.  Work a single crochet.  Continue across from *.  When you finish, cut the yarn and secure.  This piece will have a front side and a back side.


Pass 1: Attach yarn to the first stitch of the shell row. Insert your hook through the top of the stitch below the two loops. Pull the yarn through. Insert your hook through the top of the next stitch below the two loops. Pull the yarn through. Continue across.  You will end with 25 loops on your hook.
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.


Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 2 - Keep in mind there are two passes for each row

You will repeat the afghan stitch rows and the shell stitch

Friday, July 8, 2011

Crochet Geek Officially on Itunes

I am set up on Itunes with a few videos.  I am going to get the basic stitch tutorials uploaded and take requests for tutorials you would like to see on Itunes.


http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crochet-mania/id448012365


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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