Monday, May 27, 2013

Equality in Crochet Designing - Guerrilla Granny Bullying

I have been told numerous times that I didn't make or create what I made and someone else did. Even though they are hiding behind an alias so I have no idea who they are.  I did create what I made as my interpretation of crochet.  I thought about it and decided, let say that statement is true.

If everyone looked at all this designing as our ancestors, who are all dead by now, created the designs; then we are free to do what we want to do. It has already been done. Every living crocheter is copying what our deceased ancestors have already done.  It seems like we would be on equal ground.

No one owns any of the crochet designs, shapes, ideas, techniques, sets of stitches, crochet stitches or library of stitches.  Designing is an interpretation.   You only own your interpretation and body of work. Anything more would be like saying you own air.

It is not moral or ethical for anyone to suppress creativity and deploy Guerrilla Granny Bullying to push an agenda that benefits them.  We are always told what we can't do and may take it at face value. So its time to come out of the invisible prison. I encourage all of you to do research and draw your own conclusions.  Rules by a few are created to prevent a segment of the population from moving forward and changing for the better.   I am very proud of those who challenge the status quo regarding intellectual property and crochet.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crochet Motif Juniper






Crochet Motif Juniper

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek 


Video Tutorial:  Crochet Motif Juniper


Video Tutorial: Crochet Motif Juniper Left Hand
+Left Hand Crochet Skill Level - Easy

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


Materials
Size 9 Steel crochet hook
Size 10 Crochet Thread
Tapestry Needle


Make 7 circles
Work a chain of 8, join
Round 1: chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch. Work 18 double crochet through the chain, join with the beginning stitch.

We will be joining the circles with a slip stitch to the center circle. Skip, 2 stitches between each joined circle. Count back 3 stitch to join the previous attached circle, around the center circle. Refer to image for placement.

Edging - Chain 3, slip stitch in the next stitch, 6 times on each circle, work a chain 1 between each circle.

Make sure all of your tails are knotted and secure.  Sew them in upon completion.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crochet Scarf Haileah





Crochet Scarf Haileah

Written by Teresa Richardson
+Crochet Geek 


Video Tutorial:  


Video Tutorial: 

Skill Level - Easy

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


Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 9-14 WPI 

2 Skeins 249yds/227meters - Colors of your choice
Tapestry Needle


The combination of stitches used in this pattern will be a single crochet and double crochet in the same stitch. They will be worked in top of the double crochet on the previous row.

Row 1: Work a chain of 25, 1 SC in each chain across for a total of 24 single crochet 
OR
foundation single crochet of 24. Turn (24 single crochet)

I chose not to work a chain 1 on the edge to turn.  This is to make a neater, tighter edge.  The pattern will still work if you prefer the chain 1.  

Row 2: Work 1 SC, 1 DC in the same stitch, skip a stitch, work 1 SC, 1DC in the next stitch, Continue across the row. Turn  (12 sets of SC, DC combination.
Row 3 - 110: Work 1 SC, 1 DC in the same stitch, top of the DC, work 1 SC, 1DC in the next stitch, in top of the double crochet, Continue across the row. Turn  (12 sets of SC, DC combination.

Row 111: Work 1 SC in each stitch across.  (24 single crochet)

Each end has a single crochet foundation.  This is so we can attach the contrasting color at each end and continue with the SC-DC combination.

End Rows - Work on Both Ends

Row 1: Work 1 SC, 1 DC in the same stitch, skip a stitch, work 1 SC, 1DC in the next stitch, Continue across the row. Turn  (12 sets of SC, DC combination.
Row 3 - 14: Work 1 SC, 1 DC in the same stitch, top of the DC, work 1 SC, 1DC in the next stitch, in top of the double crochet, Continue across the row. Turn  (12 sets of SC, DC combination.

Flower Primus
Chain 5, join
Round 1: Work 12 Double Crochet through the chain. This is working around the chain.  Join with the beginning stitch.
Round 2: Work a single crochet around the post of the previous double crochet. *Chain 3, skip a stitch, Work a single crochet around the post of the next stitch.  Continue around from *.  There will be a total of 6 chain 3 loops.
Round 3: *Work 7 DC through the chain,  SC in the next stitch(single crochet on previous round), continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.  (6 petals with 7 double crochet in each petal)
Round 4: *Work 2 SC in the first stitch, work 2 DC in each of the next 5 stitches, 1 SC in the next stitch , slip stitch between continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch. (6 petals with SC at beginning and end of the petal, 10 double crochet between)



Reference Data


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




Saturday, May 11, 2013

Secrets to Selling Crochet Online

What crochet items do you feel are over saturated in the online sales sites like Etsy and Ebay? 


  • Make Something Unique -I have seen some sell crochet pieces for a fair higher price. However there are some unique elements to those pieces and they may have taken several days or weeks to complete.  To many advanced crocheters ask to little for their work with the time consuming pieces. They should be asking more.  To many beginner crocheters are selling basic element projects that should be kept private.
  • Do Your Research - I have tried my hand at online sales and went in the hole with all the fees and shipping. Each time you re-list, there was another fee involved.  The small quick pieces do not sell well online and there were a lot of other people making the same thing.  If you accept credit cards, you will pay the fee for the credit card.
  • Keep Trying- If I were to try selling again, I would host my items on a website and then advertise with Adwords or a similar site for promotions.
  • Find the Right Demographic -Often I see people promoting crochet items they are selling to other crocheters.  Not the ideal demographic. To sell crochet, you want to market to those who don't crochet.  Example: In my Crochet Community on Google+ , there are people who drop links to their Etsy site.  The group is for learning and showing off what they made, not selling.   


This is some of the hats I tried selling.  I think the most I sold a hat for was around $17.00 after multiple re-listings.  At the time I was selling, the relisting fees were around $.99 cents so that has taken the sales price down to $12.00 if the hat does sell.  These hats have been the inspiration for a lot of flower tutorials.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Crochet Baby Bootie Aliento






Crochet Baby Bootie Aliento

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:    Crochet Baby Bootie Aliento

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Baby Bootie Aliento Left Hand

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Skill Level - Intermediate

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

BLO - Back Loop Only
FLO - Front Loop Only
SP - Space

Double Crochet Decrease - Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert your hook through the BLO, yarn over, pull through, yarn over the hook, pull through two loops.  Leave the two remaining loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert your hook through the next BLO, yarn over, pull through, yarn over the hook, pull through two loops. There are three loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through all three loops.  This is reducing two stitches down to one stitch.

Materials
Size F/4.25 mm crochet hook
3 ply yarn  - 12- 15 Wraps Per Inch
Tapestry Needle


Length of Sole
4-1/2 Inches
10.5 Centimeters


Bootie Sole
Size F Hook

CH 14


Round 1: 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook. 1 SC in ea of the next 5 Ch's, 1 DC in each of the next 6 CH's. 7 DC in last chain(toe). 1 DC in ea of next 6 CH's, 1 SC in ea of next 5 CH's. 2 SC in BEG SP, JOIN.


Round 2: Chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch, 3 DC in same SP, DC in next ST, 3 DC in next ST. DC in each of the next 11 stitches. (Toe Increases) 3 DC in next ST, 1 DC, 3 DC in next ST, 1 DC, 3 DC in next ST, 1 DC, 3 DC in next. DC in each of the next 11 stitches. 2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next, JOIN.  ( 26 stitches total)

Round 3 - 4: CH 3, in the back loop, DC in each of the next 45 ST's. (46 stitches)
Cut yarn, Sew in Tails.

Bootie Toe Top


Row 1:
  Chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch. Work 9 double crochet, work 4 DC Decrease, work 9 double crochet. (22 double crochet after decreases)

Row 2: chain 1,Work 8 DC,  3 decreases at toe center. Work 8 DC. (19 DC after the 3 decreases)

Row 3: Chain 1,Turn baby booty wrong side out. HDC joining on opposite side with a SL ST.

Bootie Edging

Round 1: Ch 2, 31 HDC evenly around bootie opening.
Round 2: CH 3 for first HDC, CH 1. Work 15 more HDC, CH 1 evenly around bootie top. (16 HDC, CH 1) This will be the row for weaving in a tie or ribbon to tie bootie.

Round 2 - 3: CH 4, DC in same ST for first V stitch, DC, CH 1, DC in next HDC for next V stitch. V stitch in each of the remaining HDC around, join. When rows are finished, cut yarn and sew in tails.

Bootie Tie
CH 70, SC in each chain, cut of yarn and sew in tail.


Weave the crochet tie or ribbon in-between the open HDC row.

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