Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crochet Bloopers from Crochet Geek

Here are some crochet bloopers from a few tutorials.  Sometimes the hook and yarn do their own thing or I stumble on my words and can't say what I am thinking in my head.

Which one is your favorite Blooper?

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Crochet Foundation Crochet Chain - Crochet Tip 20 Crochet Geek

When creating an afghan, you may find it is hard to get the chain the same size as the stitches in your afghan. You will get an afghan that is tighter at the bottom and wider as you progress. You may find yourself ripping and restarting several times to get it just right. The chain may distort your afghan pulling it to much or making the chain foundation to loose. 

As you progress with your work, you may find that you crochet looser or tighter than the actual chain. You can resolve this by making the chain looser or using a crochet hook one size larger than the size you will be using with your main project.  Another solution is to use the foundation crochet stitches also know as chainless crochet.






Foundation Single Crochet




Foundation Half Double Crochet


Foundation Double Crochet

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sharing Your Creative Crochet Work

For this project, I will be sharing images of your work in a video.
#YouTubeArtists

It will be open to all crocheters and artists.

Example: if your channel is painting, sewing, woodworking or flower arranging,
all creative artists are welcome to participate. #YouTubeArtists

Surprise me with new art! However it must be family friendly.

In the comment section, leave a brief description about your image and work.

Include a link to the image to be used in the video.
NOTE: This must be an image you took & you have ownership rights to the image

This will be an on going project so let the fun begin!


Friday, January 24, 2014

How to Crochet a Thread Pineapple Ornament Crochet Geek Free Pattern













































Shell = 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC

Work a chain of 6 join.

Work 10 single crochet through the ring, join.

Row 1: Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the first stitch. chain 3, skip 2 single crochet,
work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the next stitch. Turn.

Row 2:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 1. Work 10 DC in the chain 3 space, CH 1. work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the next Ch 2 space(shell). Turn.

Row 3:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 1, DC Chain 1 in each stitch across, (there will be 10 double crochet with a chain 1 between) CH 1, work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the next Ch 2 space(shell). Turn.

Row 4:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each stitch across, SC in the last stitch (10 single crochet, 9 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 5:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (9 single crochet, 8 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 6:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (8 single crochet, 7 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 7:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (7 single crochet, 6 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 8:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (6 single crochet, 5 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 9:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (5 single crochet, 4 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 10:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (4 single crochet, 3 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 11:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (3 single crochet, 2 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 12:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 2,
SC CH 3 in each chain space across, SC in the last chain  (2 single crochet, 1 chain 3 loops). CH 2,   work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 13:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 3, SC in the chain loop, CH 3, work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 14:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 1,  work 2 DC, chain 2, 2 DC in the shell. Turn.

Row 15:  Slip stitch to the chain space Chain 1, sc in the chain space, chain 1, Work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the space, CH 1, single crochet in the next chain 2 space.  

Cut the thread, secure, sew in the tail.








Monday, January 13, 2014

Crochet for your Valentine

Two hearts to make for your valentine.  Along with a right and left hand video tutorial are written instructions and symbol chart.

What heart will you be making? What will you doing for your Valentine?  Share pictures to Crochet Geek on Google+ .



Simple Crochet Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D6kayWgMQg

Left Hand Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdvvh5Sy3to

Written Instructions
http://www.crochetgeek.com/2013/01/simple-crochet-heart.html































Crochet Heart Felicity Video Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ywEWexLT1w

Left Hand Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF6Sdj6rhZ8

Written Instructions
http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2012/08/crochet-heart-felicity.html



Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Crochet Picot Edging Tips

The picot is a length of chain that is joined together with the first chain to create a tiny little circle on the edge of your work. A picot is a decorative loop of thread or yarn worked along the edge of your crochet. Even those pretty spools of ribbon with loops are a picot. Tatting is working with the picot as well. Picot is used with different mediums. When I am working with a thread motif, I have used the picot to join each motif together.


What are ways you work with picot?



 


The edging can be used with crochet around an afghan or worked up in thread and sewn onto a shirt, dress or baby socks.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to Crochet a CupCake Hat Free Crochet Pattern Crochet Geek




How to Crochet a CupCake Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK

Video Tutorial: How to Crochet a CupCake Hat

Video Tutorial: Left Hand How to Crochet a CupCake Hat



Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - Light Weight 4 ply or 3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiberfill for Cherry

Stitch Instructions and Definitions

Working between a stitch is inserting the hook in the space between each stitch.

Single Crochet Decrease
Insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, there are 2 loops on the hook, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through, there are 3 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the single crochet decrease.

Hat Side (CupCake Paper)
Row 1: Work 14 Foundation Half Double Crochet

Row 2-46: HDC in the loop below the top of the stitch (this creates the rib effect) in each stitch across. Work the last HDC below the two loops on the last stitch of the edge. This will create a solid edge.

Sew the two edges together working through the same loop that was used to create the rib stitch on one side and through the top stitches on the opposite side. This will push the stitches to the front.

Hat Top (Frosting)
Note: You will ignore instructions to "CH 1" and "join with the beginning stitch" if you choose to use the continual round.
Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, Work 10 HDC through the loop, join with the beginning stitch. At this point you can use joined rounds or work in a continual round. If you choose a continual round, you will want to use a yarn marker. (10 HDC total)

Round 2: CH 1, work 2 DC between each stitch around, join with the beginning stitch. (20 HDC total)

Round 3: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea space, work 2 HDC between ea space. Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (30 HDC total)

Round 4: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea space around, join with the beginning stitch. (30 HDC total)

Round 5: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea space, work 2 HDC between ea space. Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (45 HDC total)

Round 6: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea space around. Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (45 HDC total)

Round 7: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea of the next 2 stitches, work 2 HDC between the next stitch. Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (60 HDC total)

Round 8: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea stitch around, Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (60 HDC total)

Round 9-18: Ch 1, *work 1 HDC between ea stitch around, Continue around from * join with the beginning stitch. (60 HDC total)

If you worked in the continual round, skip 1 stitch and work a slip stitch in the next. This will even off the round so there is not a ridge.

Edging - Scallop
Working between the stitches, work 1 SC, skip 2 spaces, *work 5 triple crochet in the next space. Work a single crochet in the same space as the triple crochet. (this is folding 5 triple crochet to the back creating a 3D raised effect) skip 2 spaces. Repeat around from *. Join with the beginning SC.

Cherry
CH 3, join with the beginning chain.

Round 1: CH, Work 6 SC through the chain. Work in a continual round. (6 single crochet)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around. (12 single crochet)

Round 3-4: 1 SC in each stitch around (12 single crochet)

Round 5: Work 7 Single Crochet Decrease. See stitch definitions above. Fill with stuff after the 3rd SC DEC and continue around. Secure the stitch and sew the top shut. Pull a loop up with the crochet hook and chain 4. Slip stitch back down the chain 3. Slip stitch and secure. Knot and Sew in the tail.







Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bottle Cap Trivet - Discussion on Motif Filling

This is a Grape bottle cap trivet made with thread. While I used bottle caps with this project many years ago, I would not recommend using bottle caps because they rust. This will make it challenging come time to wash your trivet. Fiberfill or cotton yarn will be a better alternative for filling each motif.

What are your suggestions to fill a motif, keeping heat safety in mind?


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