Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chunky Yarn Giveaway with Crochet Geek - CLOSED on 4-DEC-2013

 +Trish Bresolin has been notified and responded.  Thank you to everyone who participated.

Its been a while since I have done a giveaway so its time to give away some yarn and hooks.  This is not a product placement or sponsorship and is something I am doing on my own.

We have 5 Balls of Chunky yarn from Lion Brand.  On the label is the number 6 to indicate chunky.

  • 2 Balls are Grey Marble - 109 Yard - 97 meters
  • Brownish Ball with Silver is Gemstone - 92 Yards - 84 Meters
  • Red and Gray Ball is Grizzlies - 64 Yards - 59 Meters
  • Purplish Bass is Portland Wine - 81 Yards - 74 Meters
  • Crochet Hooks are Boye Size J-6mm,  K-6.5mm,   N-9mm

I will randomly select a winner on December 4th, from the comments on this blogpost.  The guidelines are as follows:

  • To comment, you will need to use a Google+ account.  This is so I have a way to contact you.  Should you be the winner and I don't hear from you in 7 days after notifying you, I will give the yarn to the next person.
  • Follow Me on Google+ +Crochet Geek
  • Tell what you would like to make with the yarn or write a few sentences of what you want to write.  Let me know what you would like me to give away next.
Friends and family of Crochet Geek not eligible to participate.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thermal Crochet Hat - Reversible Tunisian Crochet Geek

Crochet Reversible Cap - Tunisian Simple Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Thermal Crochet Hat - Reversible

Video Tutorial: Thermal Crochet Hat - Reversible Left Hand

Skill Level - Advanced Easy


CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

((    ))  -  Working Between - There are instructions repeated between the parenthesis.

Size P/11.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

You will need 2 strands of 4 ply yarn - 2 separate sources to work with.  I will refer to them as Yarn Ball A and Yarn Ball B to distinguish which source of yarn you are working with.

They can be wound up into balls or worked from skeins.  You will be flipping your work from one end to the other.  When you add the chains on your hook, it is will come from Yarn Ball A.  When you work the chains off, it will come from Yarn Ball B.

This cap will be worked with the continual round.

NOTE - The size of the chain can be larger or smaller.  The technique will still work.

Using Yarn Ball A: Work a chain of 40, make sure your chain is flat, not twisted, then join.  

Round 1: Continuing with Yarn Ball A, ((*Put your hook through the chain yarn over, pull through. Continue from* until you have several loops on your hook, 

flip your work around, we are working at the opposite end, working with Yarn Ball B and taking the loops off of your hook. Wrap the strands over your hook, pull through one loop, *yarn over pull through two loops, continue from * leaving a couple loops on your hook and flip back around, continuing with Yarn Ball A and adding loops on your hook. ))

Working between ((       )) until you are back around to the beginning with 40 loops.  Do not join.

Your yarn may twist with the flipping, so this is something to keep in mind.

Round 2 - 18:  working with Yarn Ball A, put your hook through the first vertical loop, yarn over, pull through, yarn through the vertical loop pull through,  continue until you have several loops on your hook, flip around, working with Yarn Ball B, start removing the loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops until you catch up to where you left off. Continue around to the beginning and for the length.  (40 stitches)

This next round will be a decrease round. We will be working from 40 stitches down to 20.

Round 19:  Adding the loops will be done individually, the decrease will be made when you flip around, as you take the loops off, wrap the yarn over pull through 3 loops, wrap the yarn over pull through 3 loops. Continue around, there will be 20 loops upon completion.   (20 stitches)

Round 20:  As you are picking up the loops onto the hook, be sure to put it under both of the loops where you decreased on the previous round,  yarn over pull through two loops to take off, continue around to the beginning.  (20 stitches)

There will be no more decreasing unless you want to modify and do more for your hat.

Round 21:  Wrap color A over the hook and pull through color B.  Pull the two colors snug.  We will be crocheting over color B.  *Put your hook below the vertical loop and color B, work a single crochet. Continue around from *. Work a slip stitch to join. Wrap the yarn over pull through.  Cut a long tail for both strands, knot and secure. (20 single crochet)

Thread a large tapestry needle, weave through the top of the stitches and ease the top shut.  Knot, secure and hide all your tails.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Crochet Cap Cypress - Toddler Cap Crochet Geek Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Cap Cypress

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Cap Cypress

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Cap Cypress Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

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

Size Estimate - 18 Inches/46 Centimeters

Chain 4, join
Round 1: Work 12 HDC, join with the first stitch

Round 2: Work 2 HDC between the stitches around, join. ( 24 Half Double Crochet)

Round 3: Work 1 HDC between each stitch around, join. ( 24 Half Double Crochet)

Round 4: 2 HDC between ea  ( 48 Half Double Crochet)

Round 5: SL ST into the next stitch, CH 1, this is the step up, DC in the same stitch, work a DC in the previous stitch. *Skip the next stitch, work a DC in the stitch after.  Work a DC in the skipped stitch,  continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (There will be 48 individual stitches, 24 sets of X stitches)

Round 6-10: SL ST into the next stitch, CH 1, this is the step up, Work a DC, work a DC back into the first stitch,  *Skip the next stitch, work a DC in the stitch after.  Work a DC in the skipped stitch,  continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch. (There will be 48 individual stitches, 24 sets of X stitches)

Round 11: Working in the Front Loop Only. *Work 1 HDC, 2 HDC in the next stitch,  Continue around, join.

Round 12:  *Chain three, skip a stitch, work a slip stitch in the next stitch, continue around to the beginning. Join with the beginning stitch.

Edging  Suggestions -  You can work the reverse single crochet or a chain and single crochet around. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Crochet Snowflake Shakuntala

Crochet Snowflake Shakuntala

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Snowflake #9

Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Snowflake #9 Left Hand Version

Skill Level -Intermediate

SC - Single Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stitch

Steel crochet hook
Tapestry Needle

You can use different size steel crochet hooks, different size thread and yarn.  I used size 10 crochet cotton in this project.

Chain 3, join
 Round 1: Work 12 HDC through the ring, join

Round 2: Ch 1, SC in the stitch, *Chain 7, skip a stitch in next stitch, Continue around from *, join when you get around to the beginning. (6 chains total)

Round 3: *Work 9 SC in each chain 7 loop, continue around, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 4: Slip stitch to the 4th stitch, *Chain 13, work a SC in the 4th SC.  Continue around.

Round 5:  *Work 8 SC in the chain, CH 7 SL ST,CH 9 SL ST, CH 11 SL ST, CH 9 SL ST, CH 7 SL ST, work 7 SC, continue around. join with the beginning stitch upon completion. 

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