Thursday, February 27, 2014

What I do with Extra Crochet Foundation Chains at the end of my Afghan?

What do you do when you have extra chains at the end of your crochet work?  Do you rip out and start over or improvise?  Share your ideas and tips.

You have all probably experienced a time where you made your chain and thought it was exact. 

Then you discover that you have a lot of extra chains at the end. Maybe you decided that the foundation was to long so you took out some of the stitches. Sometimes multiples can be confusing so you may wind up with extra chains. What ever the reason, you don't have to rip it all out and start over. I know from experience that making a 300+ chain can take a long time and my count may not be accurate due to distractions and we all have them. There are three tips that I have found to work very well for me over the years. I am also including the link to the video tutorial posted on Youtube.

1. Sew in the whole chain. If you have stitches large enough, you can weave the extra chain in-between your stitches.

2. Pull the chain loops out until you have a tail, knot it well and sew the tail in your project.

3. Cut the chain, then pull the chain loops apart until you have a tail. You can resort to this if you have a long chain or if your beginning chain is pulled to tight to pull apart.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crochet Basic Stitches

This is two crochet playlists that provide the basic steps needed to learn crochet.  The first playlist is for the right hand.  The second playlist is for the left hand.  Each will provide an amount of slow motion, along with an option to reverse the video player when you want to see a specific step more than once.

I recommend practicing with the basic stitches when you are new to crochet. This will also help those of you who have stepped away for a while and refresh your memory.  Practicing the basics will make it easier when trying more advanced techniques.  We all have a different learning speed. Some will catch on faster than others, which is normal.  The key is to keep practicing, until you experience those ah-ha, moments.  The times when you shout, "Oh, it makes sense now"!

There is no right or wrong, as long as it stays together and you like it. If it falls apart, that just means you missed a step or two. This happens to everyone.  There are many different ways to achieve the same outcome when creating your masterpiece.

When I complete a project, I like to set my work aside for a couple weeks and then look at it again.  You will notice a different perspective from when you are in the middle of the project, to some time passing and you forgot about some the challenges along the way.  So if you forget, others will never even notice.

Practice is key and try not to be critical of yourself.  Imperfection creates the illusion of perfection.

Left Hand Crochet

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hand Winding yarn around Cardboard Tube

This technique for winding yarn around a cardboard tube was suggested by a viewer so I am sharing it with all of you.  

  1. You will get a cardboard tube of your choice. I used a toilet paper cardboard roll
  2. I cut two slits on one side and 1 slit on the opposite side
  3. Run the yarn up the center of the tube
  4. Wrap the yarn through the first slit to the outside, back to the inside and across to the opposite side
  5. This will keep the yarn from falling into the inside and getting caught in the winding process
  6. You wrap the yarn around the bottom of the tube building a ball
  7. Upon completion, you will be able to pull your yarn from the center of the ball, eliminating rolling balls.

How do you like to manage extra yarn?

Do you wind yarn balls?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chart For Basic Crochet Symbols

There are going to be slightly different variations of the symbols from fiber artists around the world.  Many are similar so you should be able to figure them out, once you have an understanding of basic symbols.  This is art, so we each have an interpretation and expression. Art evolves and changes over time.  There is no right and wrong.

What is your favorite way to follow a pattern? Charts, Written Instructions or a Video?

You are welcome to download the chart, print and share it. 

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Please join Crochet Geek's Community on Google+.  Post as many pictures as you want, get ideas and lots of free patterns from a wide range of fiber artists around the world.  Discussion is a great way to troubleshoot difficult patterns.

When you get to the page, you will select the "join community" button on the upper right.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Small Crochet Flower 1

Showing how to make a small crochet flower.   

What are way you like to use crochet flowers?

Share pictures to Crochet Geek's Community of your crochet work, get ideas and participate in discussion.

Small Crochet Flower 1

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Small Crochet Flower 1

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Small Crochet Flower 1

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.

*CH 2, 2 HDC through the loop, CH 2, SL ST through the loop. Complete 5 times total from *.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to make a Crochet Popcorn Heart Crochet Geek

Tell me how you will be using your hearts? Share pictures and participate in discussion on Crochet Geek's Community Google+ 

Crochet Popcorn Heart

Written by Teresa Richardson
Video Tutorial:  Crochet Popcorn Heart

Video Tutorial: Crochet Popcorn Heart Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

PC - Popcorn

Popcorn - Work 4 double crochet, join with the first stitch.  This creates a raised stitch.

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

Chain 6, join.

Round 1: Chain 2, Work a HDC, CH 2, *Work 2 HDC, CH 2, continue around from *, join (there will be 6 sets of 2HDC, CH 2)

Round 2: Slip stitch over to the chain 2 space, work a chain 1 which is the step up, PC CH 2, PC Ch 2 in each space around, join with the first stitch ( 12 popcorn stitches total with a chain 2 between each stitch)

Round 3: Slip stitch over to the chain 2 space, work a chain 2, which is the first stitch, work a HDC in the chain space, CH 2, 2 HDC in the same chain space. *Work 3 SC in the next chain space, work 3 SC in the next chain space. Work 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in the next chain space. Continue around to the beginning.  Join with the first stitch.  Refer to the diagram chart for stitch placement.

Flip the square around.  We will be working the 5 double crochet in the center space between the two sets of single crochet. 

Rounded Segments: 
Row 1: Work 5 double crochet with a chain 1 between each stitch, work a slip stitch in the 3rd single crochet, work a slip stitch in the next stitch turn.
Row 2: Work a popcorn, chain 2, in each double crochet across. (5 popcorn stitches, chain 2 between each) work a slip stitch in the chain 2 space, turn  It does curl up slightly at this point.
Row 3:  Work a double crochet in the popcorn stitch and 2 double crochet in each chain space across, slip stitch in chain space. Slip stitch over the the 2nd single crochet. Repeat rows 1-3 for the second rounded segment.
  ( 13 Double crochet with a chain 1 between each stitch)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Yarn Giveaway - February - Closed

Congratulations to +Suzie Cyr .  She has responded and is the winner of this giveaway.   I am going to put together another giveaway soon.  

While this giveaway is closed,  you are still welcome to leave comments and provide feedback on what you would like to see in giveaways.

Time for another giveaway  This is not a product placement or sponsorship and is something I am doing on my own.

4 skeins of Loops and Thread - 3 ply yarn

  • Soft Lilac
  • Fresh Green
  • Pale Blue
  • Soft Mint

Set of 6 Boye Crochet Hooks

Charming Stitch markers and pendant thread cutter

Hairpin Lace Loom

I will randomly select a winner on February 19, 2014, 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.
  • Subscribe to Crochet Geek on YouTube and Follow Me on Google+ +Crochet Geek
  • Tell me about what you find most rewarding with crochet or write a few sentences of what you want to write.
  • Share with your friends to Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook
  • Let me know what you would like me to give away next

Monday, February 3, 2014

How to Crochet a BasketWeave Scarf

Symbol and written instructions for making the basketweave scarf.

Written by Teresa Richardson +CROCHET GEEK 

Video Tutorial: Crochet Basketweave Scarf

Video Tutorial: Crochet Basketweave Scarf Left Hand

Skill Level: IntermediateAbbreviations
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet

FPDC =Front Post Double Crochet:
  • Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.
  • From the front of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. If you are left handed, it will be the left of the stitch.
  • Bring it up on the opposite side of the stitch.
  • Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.
  • Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it behind the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.
  • Complete your double crochet the same way that a double crochet is created.
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet:
  • Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.
  • From the back of your work, insert your hook to the right side of your next stitch. If you are left handed, it will be the left of the stitch.
  • Bring it up and around to the opposite side of the stitch inserting the hook to the back of your work.
  • Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.
  • Pull your yarn through. You will be pulling it in front of the post of the previous double crochet. This will give you 3 loops on your hook.
  • Complete your double crochet the same way that a double crochet is created.
Work a chain of 24, skip 2 chains, work a double crochet in each of the next 21 chains. The first chain 2 will count as the first stitch for a total of 22 stitch on the first row.

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