Friday, March 22, 2013

Crochet Cap Blaise





Crochet Cap Blaise

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek Video Tutorial:  Crochet Cap Blaise


Video Tutorial: Crochet Cap Blaise Left Hand

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations

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

FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn worsted weight - 2 colors

9-12 Wraps per inch/2.5 CM
Tapestry Needle


In the tutorial, I worked the yarn by passing one color to the front and the other color to the back.  Later in the hat I did notice that the strand passed to the front may show a little more than it being passed to the back.  You can decide if you want to keep the yarn separated, passing one to the front and one to the back or pass both to the back.  You will need to unwind your yarn every so often by passing both to the back.

The chain 1 will not count as a stitch, only the step up.

Chain 16, join.

Round 1: Work 16 double crochet through the chain, join with the beginning chain.

The double crochet will be worked between each stitch.

Round 2 - 3:  Chain 1, *FPDC, DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)

Round 4 - 5: Chain 1, *FPDC, 2 DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook of the last stitch, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)

Note:  You can stop increasing after round 4 and continue through round 12 for a toddler size cap 17 inches/43 CM around.  This is an estimate.  Your crochet style, hook and yarn size will play a role in the final outcome.

Round 6-7: Chain 1, *FPDC, 3 DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook of the last stitch, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)  

Note:  You can stop increasing after round 6 and continue through round 14 for a youth size cap 20 inches/51 CM around.  This is an estimate.  Your crochet style, hook and yarn size will play a role in the final outcome.

Round 8-16: Chain 1, *FPDC, 4 DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook of the last stitch, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)

Flaired Brim

Round 17: Chain 1, *FPDC, 5 DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook of the last stitch, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)


Round 18: Chain 1, *FPDC, 6 DC between, leave the last 2 loops on the hook of the last stitch, this is where you will change color, and draw up the new color. Repeat around from. (16 sets of stitches, Front Post Double Crochet and 1 Double Crochet)





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stripe Crochet Spiral Cap - 2 Strands




Crochet Spiral Hat 

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek Video Tutorial:  Stripe Crochet Spiral Cap - 2 Strands


Video Tutorial: Stripe Crochet Spiral Cap - 2 Strands 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 I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn worsted weight yarn 

Wraps Per Inch 9-12
Tapestry Needle


This cap will be worked with two colors at the same time.  

Optional Stitch Effect:The image shows an effect for working 7 double crochet and 7 single crochet staggering the stitches to create a wave.  I worked this after the increase rounds were over. If you want to work this on the smaller hats it can be done as well. I will use round 9 with 50 stitches as the example.  You would work 5 double crochet, 5 single crochet, staggering the stitches.

There are various places where you can stop to make smaller caps.  I have provided a size estimate for the yarn I am using

Chain 5, Join

Round 1: Work 10 SC, Color A

Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around, Color B

Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around  Color A

Round 4:  *Work 1 SC, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (30 Single Crochet Total)

Round 5:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  Color A   (30 Single Crochet Total)

Round 6:  *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 2, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (40 Single Crochet Total)

Round 7:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  Color A   (40 Single Crochet Total)  Stop Point 1 - Baby Size Cap 6 month size estimate

Round 8:  *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 3, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (50 Single Crochet Total)
Round 9:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  Color A   (50 Single Crochet Total) Stop Point 2 - Toddler size estimate


Round 10:  *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 4, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (60 Single Crochet Total)

Round 11:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  Color A   (60 Single Crochet Total)  Stop Point 3 - Youth Size Cap or Small Adult Head

Round 12:  *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 5, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (70 Single Crochet Total)


Round 13:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  Color A   (70 Single Crochet Total)  Stop Point 4 - Average Adult Size Head

Round 14-27:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around,  you will continue alternating colors  (70 Single Crochet Total)

Note: If  you need an additional increase round after round 13, this is what you will work.  *Work 1 SC in ea of the next 6, 2 SC,  repeat from* Color B (80 Single Crochet Total)









Sunday, March 17, 2013

How to Repair a Crochet Foundation without Ripping







We have all had those times where the foundation of an afghan or scarf is not as good as the rest of our work.  Since we have worked many additional rows or even finished it, we may look for an alternative to ripping out.  What I am about to suggest will seem scary and extreme but it will work and save yourself a lot of headaches.

I have repaired crochet many times and cut in to a thread doily because I didn't want to rip out.  I have repaired doily's and afghans that have had holes.  When you look at attaching a new color of yarn to an existing strand of yarn, it is not much different. 

The following is what I suggest for creating a new foundation, for a crochet afghan where the beginning is not as good as the rest of the project.

I suggest you carefully cut the loops on the previous row. Don't just cut through as you would a piece of paper or fabric because this will cut your next row as well. 

I am including an image of single crochet with this example. You will see two vertical bars that the red arrow is pointing to in the first image. Right above it is a horizontal bar, which is the top of the single crochet for the same row. If you cut each vertical bar on the same row, your next row should remain intact.

In the second image, you can look above to the next row with the green arrow, and see the same vertical bars. 

You will want to run a strand of yarn through the next row, just to keep all those stitches together and not pulling out of shape. Use a contrasting color so you can see the yarn.  I have provided two images above showing how to run a strand of yarn between the stitches.

When you get the old section cut off, you will work a slip stitch or single crochet with your yarn color to secure that row. Make sure you knot well at the beginning and at the end. You are creating a new beginning foundation for your afghan, so you want to make sure you go through all your loops and everything is secure. 

You can do this for shell stitch afghans with shaping.  The bottom of each shell and stitch will need to be loosely secured together so they maintain their shape and the stitches do not come apart.  If you worked the chain, you can slip stitch or single crochet a new chain to the bottom of the single crochet, chain 2 single crochet or slip stitch to the bottom of the 5 double crochet, chain 2.  







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





Monday, March 11, 2013

Chart Crochet

The following videos will provide one way to create a successful crochet chart piece of work.  There are other techniques so you can choose which one works best for you. 
+Crochet Geek
You can find free chart crochet patterns to download here.

Diamond Tapestry Video Tutorial



Blue Star Service Flag

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crochet Baby Slipper Tallulah




Crochet Baby Slipper Tallulah

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Baby Slipper Tallulah

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Slipper Tallulah Left Hand




Skill Level - Intermediate

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

FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

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




The chain one at the beginning of each round is optional and does not have to be worked with the single crochet. Working the chain one will create additional bulk and a seam.

Sole - Make 4
Round 1: Work 7 Foundation Single Crochet or start with a chain of 8, work 1 SC in each chain across for a total of 7.  Work 4 Single crochet in the last stitch, work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, work 4 SC in the last stitch, join with the beginning stitch. ( 20 single crochet total)

Round 2:  CH 1, Work 2 SC in the same stitch, work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches. Working the rounded section,  2SC in next, 1SC in next, 2SC in next, 1SC in next, 2SC in next, work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches. Working the rounded section, in each of the next 4 stitches work,  2SC in next, 1SC in next, 2SCin next , 1SC in next, join with the beginning stitch. 
( 26 single crochet total)

Round 3: Work 1 SC in the same stitch, 2 SC in the next. Work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches.  2SC in next, 1SC in next, 2SC in next, 1 in ea of the next 2, 2SC in next, 1 SC, 2SC,  Work 1 SC in each of the next 5 stitches, 2 SC, 1 SC, 2 SC, in ea of the next 2,  2SC in next,    join.  ( 34 single crochet total)

Round 4: Work 1 SC in each stitch around, join. ( 34 single crochet total)  Cut the yarn, pull through and secure.

Sandwich two of sole together and sew together.

Back Heel - Find the center back of the sandal,  count back 5 from the center, work 1 SC across 10, turn, work another row of 1 SC in each stitch.  There will be two rows of 10 single crochet.  Cut the yarn, pull through and secure.

Tie
Chain 60

Ankle Strap - Chain 7 join.
Round 1: Work 7 SC through the chain, do not join.  Work the continual round.  This is where you work the first stitch right through the top of the next stitch and continue crocheting.
Round 2-23: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
If you are using the tie, you will pull it through at this time.
Slip stitch the back 4 stitches together, securing both sides.
Cut the yarn and secure.

The Ankle Strap will be sewn to the Back Heel section.


Front Toe Flower
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.

Sew the 6 flower petals to the ankle strap and to the front sole.




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