Sunday, December 29, 2013

Crochet Team Hat Crochet Geek



Crochet Team Hat Caleb

Written by Teresa Richardson
 +CROCHET GEEK 


Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch


Materials
Size K/__ mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


Size estimate will fit a size 22 - 24 inch head, adult size.

You can work this with a smaller crochet hook.  If you use a size I or J, you may want to work 17 or 18 stitches to start, since the size of the hat will be smaller with the smaller crochet hook.  

Chain 6 join.

Chain 1 for the step up on each round, this will not count as a stitch. Work the first back post double crochet around the chain one and the first stitch.

Round 1:  Work 15 double crochet through the chain, join with the beginning stitch. (15 stitch total)

Round 2: chain 1, BPDC, FPDC around each stitch. join with the beginning stitch. (30 stitches total)

Round 3: chain 1, BPDC, FPDC around each stitch. join with the beginning stitch. (60 stitches total) Cut yarn, Change color

Round 4-6: chain 1, BPDC,  FPDC,  join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn, Change color

Round 7-9: chain 1, BPDC,  FPDC,  join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn, Change color

Round 10-12: chain 1, BPDC,  FPDC,  join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn, Change color

Round 13-15: chain 1, BPDC,  FPDC,  join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn, Change color

Round 16-21: chain 1, BPDC,  FPDC,  join with the beginning stitch. Cut yarn, sew in all the tails.

I have found splitting the yarn to make knots is  a way to keep the tails hidden.  If you sew the tail in as a big strand, there is a risk that it may come out in the wash.  I will sew the tail in a little bit, split the yarn in the tail, sew or hook half of the strand over another strand, then make two knots.    Sew it in a little more, and repeat making knots.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Crochet Poinsettia Flower Crochet Geek



CROCHET POINSETTIA FLOWER 

Written by Teresa Richardson
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+LEFT HAND CROCHET

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Poinsettia Flower

Video Tutorial: Crochet Poinsettia Flower Left Hand 

Skill Level -  Advanced Beginner

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

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

Materials
Size __/__ mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


With the tutorial, I made 3 small red petals, 4 large red petals for the large leaves and 5 greenish leaves. 

Small Petal
Work a magic circle


Row 1: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 2, SC CH 1, SC, turn.
working in each single crochet
Row 2: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn.
Row 3: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn.
Row 4: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, (in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2 sl st down the chain and through the top of the single crochet, SC,) CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn.

Cut the yarn, pull through a little extra.  Thread the needle, weave through the bottom edge to pull the sides closer together.  Sew the 3 small petals together.
Large Petal
Work a magic circle


Row 1: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 2, SC CH 1, SC, turn.
working in each single crochet  (2 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase)

Row 2: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn. (3 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase)

Row 3: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn. (4 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase)

Row 4: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn. (5 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase)

Row 5: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1, SC,  CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC CH 1, SC, turn. (6 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase)

Row 6: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1 SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, turn. (7 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase

Row 7: SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, in the ch 2 space work, SC CH 2, SC, CH 1 SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, CH 1, SC, turn. (8 single crochet on each side, chain 1 between each stitch, there will be one chain 2 space to for the center point, which is the increase. 

This part will ease the petals across the bottom.
Row 8: Upon the completion of row 7, working on the bottom edge, work 6 single crochet evenly across the bottom edge.

Row 9:  Work 1 Single Crochet, Work 2 Single Crochet Decrease, work 1 Single Crochet.


Cut an extra long tail for sewing the petals together.

Flower Center

Chain 3 join.
* Chain 4, SL ST down the chain, SL ST through the chain. Complete 5 times from *.   Upon completion, cut an extra long tail to use for sewing.

You will end up with some wavy little extensions for the center of the flower.  Add more if you want more extensions.  Sew this to the center of the 3 small petals.  I did sew the center of the flower center shut.









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




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Camera Set Up on Crochet Geek

The image shows how I record crochet tutorials.  I have always used a tripod, however the one without a handle works the best.  When you are working so close to the tripod, it will pick up any sound if you brush up against it with the slightest movement.  

I was always hitting the handle hard, which would cause the camera to move. Even my hair brushing up on the handle would cause a strange echo noise.  Some vibrations are going to happen so I have come to terms with minor noises along with airplanes flying over, dogs barking, kids playing, cars driving by and construction.  Those sounds are a part of life and a part of where I live so my videos will have every day noises in the background.  Early on YouTube, I tried using music because the videos felt like something was missing. I quickly learned about ownership rights.  Every day noises have filled in, where music was not permitted.

Just a few weeks ago, two different music entities placed claims on my two different crochet videos that had no music.  One was from shoes thumping in the dryer.  The second was just a vibration in the tripod from each time I would make a stitch.  Both claims were released fairly quickly.  This also validates how no entity owns music or sounds.  All the sounds and noises have been done.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6 Free Crochet Hats PDF Download from Crochet Geek

The is a free pdf download for 6 different crochet hats. You are welcome to share the pdf.  

What other patterns from Crochet Geek would you like to see in a pdf download?  Would you like symbol charts in a pdf?

This is the list of hats in the pdf document.

  • Crochet Cable Cap
  • Crochet Liberty Cap
  • Crochet Pixie Hat or Santa Hat
  • Cable Cuff Cap Cedar
  • Chunky Yarn Cap
  • Grumpy Bird

How to download the document:
On the upper right hand side of the document, you will see file.  When you select file, down at the bottom is download.  Select download to save the pdf on your device.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Crochet Infinity Scarf Calusa Crochet Geek





















Crochet Infinity Scarf Calusa


Written by Teresa Richardson

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet

CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch


Materials
Size N/9  mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn medium weight
Tapestry Needle


Two option for startingWork a chain of 189 join.
 OR
Work 188 foundation  single crochet, join.   You will use the tail to sew the bottom part of the foundation round together.

Round 1: Work a single crochet, chain 1, skip a stitch, *SC, CH 1, skip a stitch, continue around from *,  When you get back around to the beginning, work a single crochet in the first single crochet to start the continual round.

Round 2 - 40: Work a single crochet, chain 1, skip a stitch, *SC, CH 1, skip a stitch, continue around from * for the width of your scarf.  Upon completion, work a slip stitch in the next stitch to even off the round.

I did change colors on my scarf.  With the continual round, you will work a slip stitch in the next stitch or chain to even off the round. Join with a slip stitch to attach the new color and continue working.


Knot and sew in all the tails.


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




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