Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crochet Pig Angry Bird Hat







Crochet Pig Angry Bird Hat




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:  Crochet Angry Bird Hat
Video Tutorial:  Crochet Angry Bird Hat Left Hand Version


Skill Level - Intermediate



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

SC - Single Crochet


Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - Light Green - Black - White - Dark Green
Tapestry Needle



Hat
Yarn Marker - This can be a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of the round


CH 3 join with the beginning chain.


Round 1: Work 12 SC through the chain. Do not Join. Work the continual round. You may want to use a yarn marker.


Round 2: Work 2 single crochet in each stitch around (24 Single Crochet


Round 3:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around (24 Single Crochet) 


Round 4:  *Work 1 SC in next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch, repeat from*  (36 Single Crochet)


Round 5:  1 SC in each stitch around (36 Single Crochet)


Round 6: *1 Single Crochet in each of the next two stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. ( 48 single crochet total)


Round 7:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around (48 single crochet total)


Round 8:  *1 Single Crochet in each of the next three stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (60 single crochet total)


Round 9: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around  (60 single crochet total)


Round 10:  *1 Single Crochet in each of the next four stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (72 single crochet total)


Round 11-12: 1 SC in each stitch around. (72 single crochet total)


Round 13: *1 Single Crochet in each of the next five stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (84 single crochet total)


Round 14-30:  1 SC in each stitch around. (84 single crochet total)




Earflaps


Row 1: Work 1 SC in each of the next 16 stitches


Row 2-10: Work 1 SC in each of the next 16 stitches (16 stitches total)


Row 11: Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 8 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (14 stitches total)


Row 12:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across (14 stitches total)


Row 13: Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (12 stitches total)


Row 14:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across (12 stitches total)


Row 15: Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (10 stitches total)


Row 16-18:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across (10 stitches total)


Row 19: Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a Single Crochet Decrease, Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (8 stitches total)


Row 20: Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work 2 Single Crochet Decrease,Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (6 stitches total)


To finish the earflap off, insert the hook in each of the next 5 stitches, drawing the loop through and leaving it on the hook.  There will be a total of 6 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.  Cut the yarn, pull through, secure.


Eyes - Make 2
White Yarn
Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC , working in continual round
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 single crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1SC in next stitch, Work 2 SC in next stitch , continue around  (18 single crochet total)
Round 4: Work 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch, continue around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: Work 1 SC in each BLO-(Back Loop Only)  (24 single crochet total)
Slip stitch to join in the next stitch.  Cut of a longer tail for sewing to the cap.


Pupil - Make
Black Yarn
Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC , join with the beginning stitch. Cut a longer section of yarn.  This section will be sewn to the White section.
Sew the yarn through the last round of stitches and pull slightly so the last round curls up to the backside.  Knot the yarn in place. Sew the eyes in place on the cap.  See image above for placement. 


Snout
Chain 5,
Round 1:  Work 1 SC in each ch work 2 SC in the same chain, work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 1 SC in the last chain, work in the continual round.  (10 single crochet total)


Round 2:  Work 2 single crochet in each stitch around. (20 single crochet total)


Round 3: 1 single crochet in each stitch around (20 single crochet total)


Round 4: Work 1 SC in the next stitch, Work 2 SC in the next stitch  (30 single crochet total)


Round 5:  Work 1 SC in the next 2 stitches, Work 2 SC in the next stitch  (40 single crochet total)


Round 6-8: Work 1 SC in each stitch around   (40 single crochet total)


Nostril Holes - Make 2
Chain 5
Round 1: Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches
Round 2-3: Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches
Cut the yarn and secure.  Weave the yarn through the last row, pull to create a curved shape.  Sew on to snout.  See image above for placement.


Flap - Below Snout
Chain 7
Row 1:  Work 1 SC in each of the next 6 chains   ( 6 single crochet total)
Row 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch across  ( 12 single crochet total)
Row 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch across (12 single crochet total)
This part will be sewn to the bottom of the snout along the long edge - See image for placement
Sew the snout to the cap.


Ear

Dark Green Yarn
Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC , join
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around , join (12 single crochet total) cut yarn and change color
Attach light green
Round 3: Work 2 SC in each stitch around ( 24 single crochet total)
Round 4: Work 1 SC in each stitch around ( 24 single crochet total)

Sew ears to cap.  They are placed approximately 3 rounds from the center.  See image for placement.





Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crochet Videos - Independent Producer

Crochet has made a big comeback on the Internet in the past few years. There are some thoughts I want to share with those of you who earn revenue on your crochet, knitting and crafting videos.  This will apply to sites other than YouTube as well. 


I know many of you participate in account monetization on YouTube or have gone on to become a full partner. The type of videos we make take a lot of time to produce.   I have been approached by a few 3rd party sites who want to purchase my videos for a flat fee and then upload them on their YouTube channel.  Some have said the future videos I make can only go on their channel.  Others have requirements that make the videos look like spam.  They can embed and link our existing videos on their sites if they are really interested in our existing content.  


I have done many Google searches for professional video production. It starts from $1000-$10,000 on up for a 15-30 second commercial video.  


Something else that is often looked over is our crochet expertise. I  have over 28 years of experience with crochet.  What we have is two fold.  The knowledge of crochet and producing a professional quality crochet video, that can be in production for several months. 


These 3rd parties want to redirect traffic to their channel or site but not pay what the videos are worth. These offers are nothing but a bad deal.   When someone makes an offer to pay you a monetary value up front, they know it will go much further. Most likely tens of thousands of times more than their measly offer of $15-$50 dollars for a video.   


One day some of you may get real offers.  Right now I have not seen anything legitimate.


My suggestion! Stay Independent, you don't need a middle man to do what you are already doing.


Please share your experiences and questions you may have.



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


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

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Baby Booby Beanie - Dedicated to Breastfeeding Moms



This is dedicated to all breastfeeding moms. I breastfed all my babies in public 29 years ago.    Women should not be forced or shamed in to a dirty bathroom to feed their babies.   When baby is hungry, feed your baby. Don't let someone else make you feel it is wrong. The divine plan for human nature set it to breastfeed your baby.  Shame on the people who take what is natural and turn it in to something else. 

Baby Booby Beanie Cap



Download a free PDF copy of this pattern here.  You are welcome to share this pattern and send through email.


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Baby Booby Beanie
Video Tutorial:  Baby Booby Beanie Left Hand Version


Skill Level - Easy


Abbreviations

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


Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 2 colors
Tapestry Needle

With Color A
Chain 2 - 

Round 1: Work 6 single crochet through the first chain - 6 single crochet total.  Do not join. Work in continual round.  You may want a yarn marker to show the first stitch.

Round 2-4:  Work 1 single crochet through each stitch around. (6 single crochet total)

Round 5:  Increase round. Work 2 single crochet through each stitch around. (12 single crochet total)

Round 6:  Work 1 single crochet through each stitch around. (12 single crochet total)

Round 7:  Work 2 single crochet through each stitch around. (24 single crochet total)

Round 8:  Work 1 single crochet through each stitch around. (24 single crochet total) Upon completion, work a slip stitch in the next stitch to even off the round, cut the yarn and pull through the loop to secure.

Round 9:  Attach color B.  Work 1 single crochet through the next stitch, work 2 single crochet through the next stitch. (36 single crochet total) 

Continue with the continual round.

Round 10-11:  Work 1 single crochet through each stitch around.  (36 single crochet total)

Round 12:  Work 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches. Work 2 single crochet through the next stitch.  (48 single crochet total)  

Round 13-25:  Work 1 single crochet through each stitch around.  (48 single crochet total)    Upon completion, work a slip stitch in the next stitch to even off the round.  Cut the yarn, pull through to secure.  Sew in all the tails.  

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Medium Cap - Size Estimate 16-20 inches
Round 13: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (48 single crochet total) 

Round 14: *1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch. continue around from * (60 single crochet total)  

Continue for length approximately 26-29 rounds.

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Large Cap - Size Estimate 21-23 Inches
Round 15: Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from * (72 single crochet total)  

Round 16:  work 1 SC in each stitch around (72 single crochet total)  

Continue for length approximately 26-30 rounds.
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Extra Large Cap - Size Estimate 23-25 Inches

Round 17:  w Work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *  (84 single crochet total)  

Round 18:  work 1 SC in each stitch around (84 single crochet total)  

 Continue for length approximately 28-32 rounds.




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Red & Tan Crochet Beanie









Red & Tan Crochet Beanie


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:  Red & Tan Crochet Beanie

Video Tutorial:  Red & Tan Crochet Beanie Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy



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

SC - Single Crochet


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



Hat
Yarn Marker - This can be a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of the round  
CH 4, join with the beginning chain.


Round 1: Work 12 SC through the chain. Do not Join. Work the continual round. You may want to use a yarn marker.


Round 2: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (12 Single Crochet)


Round 3:  Work 2 single crochet in each stitch around (24 Single Crochet)


Round 4:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around (24 Single Crochet)


Round 5:  *Work 1 SC in next stitch, work 2 SC in the next stitch, repeat from*  (36 Single Crochet)


Round 6:  1 SC in each stitch around (36 Single Crochet)


Round 7: *1 Single Crochet in each of the next two stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. ( 48 single crochet total)


Round 8:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around (48 single crochet total)


Round 9:  *1 Single Crochet in each of the next three stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (60 single crochet total)


Round 10: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around  (60 single crochet total)


Round 11:  *1 Single Crochet in each of the next four stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (72 single crochet total)


Round 12: 1 SC in each stitch around. (72 single crochet total)


Round 13: *1 Single Crochet in each of the next five stitches, Two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around the hat from *. (84 single crochet total)


Round 14-26:  1 SC in each stitch around. (84 single crochet total)


At this point you can change color or continue on with the same color.


Round 27-35  1 SC in each stitch around. (84 single crochet total)


When you work the continual round, you will end with a ridge. The even the ridge, work a slip stitch, cut the yarn, pull through the tail and give it a tug.  Sew in all the tails on the cap.











Thursday, February 2, 2012

Crochet Baby Cap Okefenokee





















Crochet Baby Cap Okefenokee

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Cap Okefenokee


Video Tutorial:  Crochet Baby Cap Okefenokee Left Hand

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



Size: Approximately 15 - 17 inches around

Stitch Combination - Set of Stitches (Stitch combo is a generic term)

1 single crochet, 2 Double Crochet - This will be called a stitch combo. The single crochet will be skipped with the exception of joining on each round.  The work will be done in the first and second double crochet for increase rounds. The second double crochet for rounds with no increases.



Work a chain 5, join.


Round 1: Work a chain 1, *1 single crochet, 2 Double Crochet through the chain, work 6 times through the chain, join with the beginning stitch. Slip stitch to the next double crochet. (6 set of stitches total)


Increase Round: The stitch combo will be worked in the first and second double crochet.
Round 2: Work a chain 1, *1 single crochet, 2 Double Crochet through the double crochet, 1 single crochet, 2 Double Crochet through the next double crochet double crochet.  Continue around from *.  join with the beginning single crochet. Slip stitch to the second double crochet. (12 set of stitches total) 


Yarn Marker: you can use a yarn marker to mark the first and last stitch for reference. You will want to change the yarn marker with each round.  This is optional if you have trouble finding the beginning of the round. I use yarn markers and find they save time in keeping the project accurate.


Round 3: Chain 1, work a stitch combo(1SC, 2DC) in the second double crochet of each set around, join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet. slip stitch to the second double crochet (12 stitch combo total)


This will be an increase round with 6 stitch combo increases.  
Round 4:  Chain 1, *work the stitch combo in the second double crochet, work the stitch combo in the first and second double crochet(increase), continue around from *. join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet. slip stitch to the second double crochet   (18stitch combo total)



Round 5: Chain 1, work a stitch combo(1SC, 2DC) in the second double crochet of each set around, join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet. slip stitch to the second double crochet (18 stitch combo total)


Round 6-12: Chain 1, work a stitch combo(1SC, 2DC) in the second double crochet of each set around, join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet. slip stitch to the second double crochet (18 stitch combo total)


Earflaps  
Row 1-2: Work 4 stitch combo's across, turn, no chain 1 on the turn. (work in the middle stitch of each combo of stitches)
Row 3: This will be a decrease row reducing down to 3 stitch combo's.  Work a single crochet in the middle stitch. Work a double crochet decrease, starting in the same stitch, working the second part in the middle double crochet of the next combo. Work one more double crochet in the same stitch as the stitch the decrease was completed in. There will be an extra stitch but it is still a decrease. The two remaining stitches will be individual. turn.
Row 4: Work 3 stitch combo across. Work in the stitch close to the edge when you get to the final combo, which is working in the decrease made on row 3. 


The sides are not going to be very even or neat.  We will work a single crochet edging upon completion, which will even up the earflaps.


Row 5-6: Work 3 stitch combo across.  Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.


Skip 3 stitch combo's and attach the yarn in the next for the second earflap.  The 3 left open is the back of the cap.  


Work a single crochet edging around the cap.


You will knot, secure and sew in any remaining tails.





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