Saturday, February 23, 2013

Foundation Double Crochet

The foundation stitch is used as an alternative to the chain.  I recommend you work a small swatch with your pattern stitch to see if the foundation will work.  In most cases the foundation stitch should work. However for some lacy style stitches, the chain may be a better fit.



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  • Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook. Take the loose end, wrap it over the main strand, now you have a loop.  Take the loop, wrap it over the main strand. Put your hook below the center strand, back up the opposite side.  This creates the slip knot.


  •  Work a chain 2, this will not count as the stitch.  It will be part of the first stitch.


  • Wrap the yarn over your hook once


  • Put the hook through the first chain


  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through the loop. Pull through once. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
 



  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through one loop. There will be three loops on your hook.



  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops. There will be two loops on your hook.
 



  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops.  There will be one loop on your hook to complete the first foundation double crochet.


***Repeat***
  • Wrap the yarn over your hook.  There are two loops at the opposite end.  Insert your hook below the two loops.  


  • Wrap the yarn over, pull through the two loops.  You will have three loops on your hook.
  


  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through one loop.  There will be three loops on the hook.



  • Wrap the yarn over your hook.  Pull through two loops. There will be two loops left on your hook.



  • Wrap the yarn over your hook.  Pull through two loops.  You have completed the foundation double crochet.  Repeat from ***Repeat*** for each stitch.




  • NOTE: As you are working the Foundation Stitch, it is falling vertical from the hook

  • Upon completion, the foundation stitch will be used horizontal








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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crochet Flower Kinga




Crochet Flower Kinga 

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek Video Tutorial:  Crochet Flower Kinga


Video Tutorial: Crochet Flower Kinga Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet
WK - Work

This set of instructions apply to both left and right hand, working in the direction you work.
Back Post Double Crochet - Insert your hook between the stitches, around the front post of the stitch and to the back.  Pick up the yarn, pull through.  Wrap the yarn over, pull through two loops, wrap the yarn over pull through two loops to complete the stitch.  

Materials
Size G/4.25 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 2 colors
Tapestry Needle


Work a chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, *SC through the chain. CH 3. Complete six times from *. 
Round 2: *SL ST in to the  next CH space. CH 1, WK 4 DC through the chain. CH 1, SL ST in the same CH. Complete six times from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 petals with 4 double crochet each)  We will cut the yarn and change color.

Attach a new color of yarn to your crochet hook. Attach the yarn around the post of the single crochet on round 1. Insert your hook from the back, around the front of the stitch and to the back.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through the loop on your hook to secure. 

Round 3:  *Chain 2We will be working 2 back post double crochet BPDC around each double crochet on the previous round.  Chain 2, work a back post single crochet. Complete 6 times total from*. join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn and secure.

If you are going to use your flower at a later time, you may want to consider cutting of an extra long tail.




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lace Crochet Flower Doily




Lace Crochet Flower Doily

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek Video Tutorial:  
Lace Crochet Flower Doily

Video Tutorial: Lace Crochet Flower Doily Left Hand

Skill Level - Advanced

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


Materials
Size 9 steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Cotton
Tapestry Needle


Chain 7, join.

Round 1: Chain 5, this will count as the first double crochet chain 3 *DC in chain, Chain 2, eight times from *. Join with the 3rd chain up.  ( 9 Double Crochet, chain 3)

Round 2:  Chain 5, DC in same stitch. *Chain 1, Work a DC, CH 2, DC in the next stitch. Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch, 3rd chain up. Slip Stitch in to the chain 2 space.

Round 3: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 2, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 2, join with the beginning chain 3.

Round 4: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 3, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 3, join with the beginning chain 3.

Round 5: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 5, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 5, join with the beginning chain 3.

Round 6: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 7, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 7, join with the beginning chain 3.

Round 7: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 9, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 9, join with the beginning chain 3.

Round 8: Chain 3, DC, CH 2, 2 DC in same space. * Chain 11, in next chain 2 space work, 2DC, CH 2, 2 DC. Continue around from *, Chain 11, join with the beginning chain 3.   Cut thread, wrap the thread over, pull through, tug to secure.

Flower
Chain 5, join.
Round 1: CH 1, *SC, Chain 4, work 7 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch. (7 chain 4 loops)
Round 2: Petal 1 - Work 7 DC in each chain, slip stitch between in the SC.
Round 3: Slip Stitch around the post of the previous single crochet, chain 1, *work a single crochet around the post. Chain 7, continue around from *, join with the beginning single crochet. (7 chain 7 loops)
Round 4:  Petal 2 - In the chain work 3DC, 2 TC, chain 6, SL ST in the top of the TC, work 2TC, 3DC, slip stitch in single crochet.

Joining the flower to the center of the doily. Work the chain 3, slip stitch to the center chain 2 between the double crochet, Chain 2, slip stitch to the triple crochet. Continue with the petal.  Each petal will be joined the same way to the opposite petal, with two petals.  The final flower will require 3 petals for joining.




Thursday, February 7, 2013

Crochet Daffodil




Crochet Daffodil

This set of instructions will teach you how to make a crochet daffodil.

Written by Teresa Richardson

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Video Tutorial:  Crochet Daffodil


Video Tutorial: Crochet Daffodil Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

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


How to Make
Single Crochet Decrease: Put the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over pull through. There will be 2 loops on the hook. Leave both loops on the hook.  Put the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over pull through.  There are 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all three loops.

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


We will be making 6 petals and 1 center.  Since this crochet, you can work in extra petals and use an odd petal count to customize and put your own unique spin on the flower.  

Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook.  There are many different techniques. Find which one works best for your.  

Petals - Make 6
Work a chain two.
Row 1:  Work 2 SC through the chain, turn
Row 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch. (4 SC total)
Row 3: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next, 2 SC in next, 1 SC, turn (6 SC total)
Row 4-5: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, (6 SC total)
Row 6: 1SC, 2SC, 1 SC in each of next 2, 2SC, 1SC  (8 SC total)
Row 7: 1SC in each stitch across (8 SC total)
Row 8: 1SC, 2SC, 1 SC in each of next 4, 2SC, 1SC  (10 SC total)
Row 9-11: 1SC in each stitch across (10 SC total)
Row 12: Work 5 Double crochet decreases (5 SC total)
See above for details on working a decrease

Row 13-15: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch across (5 SC total)

Wrap the yarn over pull through, cut the yarn, pull through and tug to secure.  You may want to cut a few extra inches to use for sewing.

Center
Chain 3 join.
Round 1: Work 6 SC,
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch (12 single crochet total)
Round 3-5: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
Round 6: Work a *chain 1, 1 HDC, 1 DC, CH 2 all in the same stitch, 12 times total from * (12 petals)  
Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through, cut, pull the tail on through, give it a tug to secure.

Take 3 petals, align them at the base where we ended with the 5 single crochet.  Sew them together at the tips.  Sew the second set of petals the same way.  Set them on top of each other and turn so the petals are off set from each other.  Sew them together so they stay in place.  Take the center, place it in the center and sew it in place.

Knot, secure and sew in the tails.






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