Sunday, March 30, 2014

How to make a Knotless Single Crochet

This video will show how to make a knotless single crochet. We are making a single crochet without the slip knot attached to the crochet hook.  

For years, I have attached a slip knot to my crochet hook when changing colors. This adds extra yarn and bulk , distorting the stitches at the join. Going knotless will reduce the amount of yarn used to join the new yarn. When it comes time to complete your project, you will still need to knot and secure your tail somewhere, to anchor the stitch so it does not come loose.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Crochet Baby Cap Two Pom Poms - Option A







Crochet Baby Cap Two Pom Poms

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet baby cap with pom poms. This cap is worked with  four ply worsted light weight yarn.  Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr  and hit the like button.  

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.

Note: If you made this cap with the pom poms, it does have small yarn tails that may come out of the yarn pom-poms. Please keep this in mind around small babies and children.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Cap Two Pom Poms

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Version Crochet Baby Cap Two Pom Poms

Skill Level - Beginner/Intermediate


Size Estimate - Newborn - 4 months 13-16 inches (size can easily be modified for a larger cap

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

FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet


Definitions
Front Post Double Crochet - Put your hook to the right of the stitch, around the post and up the opposite side. 
Complete the double crochet.
Left Hand Front Post Double Crochet - Put your hook to the left of the stitch, around the post and up the opposite side. Complete the double crochet.

Back Post Double Crochet
- Put your hook to the backside right of the stitch, around the front, to the left. Wrap the yarn over, pull it through, complete the stitch.

Left Hand Back Post Double Crochet - Put your hook to the backside left of the stitch, around the front, to the right. Wrap the yarn over, pull it through, complete the stitch.

Continual Round -
Put your hook through the top of the first stitch and work the single crochet or stitch that you are working.  This technique is worked instead of joining, to eliminate the seam that will show up when you join rounds.


Yarn Marker -  Marker for the first stitch of each round. I use scrap pieces of yarn to mark the first stitch. 

Work a loose chain of 42. Make sure the chain is not twisted. Join with the beginning chain.



Round 1: Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch.  In the same chain, work one double crochet. Work one DC in each chain around for a total of 42 double crochet. Join with the beginning stitch.


Round 2-3:
Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch.  We will be working a series of post stitches. *Work a front post double crochet. (see definitions above for details on how to work the FPDC) Work a back post double crochet for each of the next two stitches. (see definitions above for details on how to work the BPDC, continue around from * for a total of 42 stitches. Join with the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.

Round 4-11: Attach the new color of yarn to the top of any stitch. Work a chain one, single crochet in the same stitch.  Work 1 SC in each stitch around for a total of 42. Work the continual round.  You may want to use a yarn marker to mark what would be the first stitch in each round.  Upon completion, cut a long length of tail. This will be used to sew the top of the cap shut.


Thread your tapestry needle and turn the cap inside out. You will skip 6-7 stitches on each side, sewing the top, center shut. Knot and secure the strand when you get to the to the other side.  Hide the tail between the stitches. Flip the cap right side out.

Cap Corners: Attach the yarn to any stitch in the corner of the stitches that were left un-worked.  Work three rounds of single crochet. This is to make the corner stand up a little higher than the rest of the cap.  Both sides will be done the same way. Slip stitch to finish off, cut off some extra yarn.  Weave the tail through the last round, pull the top shut.

Attaching Pom-Pom: You will run your needle through the center of the pom-pom 5-10 times making sure it is secure. When you go back through, make sure it is slightly over from where you came up so you don't pull your yarn through.  When it is secure, make a knot underneath the ball. Hide the tail between the stitches.






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

Monday, March 17, 2014

How to Crochet a Crochet Ipod Sock


Crochet Ipod Sock

You will learn how to make a crochet ipod sock.  

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.

Skill Level - Easy

Written by Teresa Richardson

+CROCHET GEEK 
Crochet Video: Crochet I-Pod Sock

Size: 4.5" x 3.5"

Abbreviations

FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Crochet Ribbing Stitch: This project is going to be made with the crochet ribbing stitch. Here is a link to the half double crochet ribbing video tutorial. The ribbing is created by working in the loop behind each stitch. This pushes the two loops at the top of the stitch to the front to create a ribbing effect.

This project can easily be modified to fit different size music players.

I am including two ways to start. You can choose the Foundation Half Double Crochet or start with a Chain.

Start 1: 16 FHDC

Start 2: Chain 18, in the 3rd CH from the hook work, a HDC and 1 HDC in each CH across for a total of 16.

Note: There will be a chain 1 at the beginning of each row. The chain 1 will not count as a stitch, only a step up to the next row.

Row 1:
CH 1 turn, Do a HDC in the top of the previous stitch. Work each of the next 14 stitches in the loop behind the stitch for the ribbing, do a HDC in the top of the last ST. (16 HDC total)

Row 2-14: CH 1 turn, Do a HDC in the top of the previous stitch. Work each of the next 14 stitches in the loop behind the stitch for the ribbing, do a HDC in the top of the last ST. (16 HDC total)




Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Thoughts on Link Parties

This is a reminder to those of you participating in link parties and blog hops. This violates the Google Terms of Service so they are not permitted here. Some of the business bloggers do have very good tips, minus the link parties. You are welcome to share real crochet content with value, without spamming the Community with a bunch of meaningless links that send people in circles. Anyone can write about crochet or any niche topic. Lets see your crochet projects and tips that add value to the crochet experience!

Times have changed from the old practices regarding Search Engine Optimization. If you want to learn about Best Practices, follow the Google Webmaster channel and learn how to do it the right way.  The Google best practices change all the time.
https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleWebmasterHelp/videos

Be cautious of those SEO companies who claim they can get you to place highest in the search engine.

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66356?hl=en


How to make a Child Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle







Child Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle - Lightweight Summer


This pattern is a baby to toddler size crochet cap worked with  four ply worsted weight yarn and a size I, 5.5 millimeter crochet hook.  The size is16-18 Inches - 40-45 Centimeters. Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr  and hit the like button.  

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Child Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle - Lightweight Summer

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Child Size Crochet V-Stitch Cap with Ruffle - Lightweight Summer

Skill Level - Easy


Size -16-18 Inches - 40-45 Centimeters

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

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

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
V-Stitch - DC, CH 1, DC, in the same space


V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC, in the same space

Attach the yarn to the hook with a slip knot. 
CH 4, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 1: CH 4, DC through the same chain, this completes the first V-stitch. Work 5 remaining V stitches  through the center loop.  Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch total)


Round 2: SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC, CH 1, DC in the same CH 1 space, this completes the first V-stitch. Work a V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC in each of the remaining 5 chain 1 spaces. Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch Increases total)

Round 3:  SL ST to the CH 1 space.  Work one V-Stitch - DC, CH 1, DC in each chain 1 space around. Join with the beginning stitch.  (12 V-stitch total)

Round 4:   SL ST to the CH 1 space.  CH 4, DC through the same space, this completes the first V-stitch.  Work a V-Stitch Increase - DC, CH 1, DC, CH 1, DC, in the next chain 1 space. *Work a V-Stitch in the next chain 1 space. Work a V-Stitch increase in the next chain 1 space. Continue around from * to the beginning. Join with the beginning stitch.  (6 V-stitch,  6 V-Stitch Increase total)

Round 5-9: SL ST to the CH 1 space. CH 4, DC, in the same CH 1 space.  Work a V-Stitch in each stitch around.  Join with the beginning stitch.  Work additional rounds if you find you want a longer cap.



Round 10: Ch 1, Work a SC in each DC and CH 1 space around.  Join with the beginning stitch.



Ruffle - Round 11:  CH 1, Work 3 DC in each stitch around, join with the beginning stitch.









Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to make a Crochet Baby Dress Abigail Free Crochet Pattern by Crochet Geek






















Crochet Baby Dress Abigail

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet baby dress. This dress is worked in a lacy design, with four ply worsted weight yarn and a size I, 5.5 millimeter crochet hook. Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr & hit the like button.

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.


Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK

This is a baby slipper with a flower on the front. The image will take you to the written instructions.


Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Dress Abigail

Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Dress Abigail Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Gauge
4 Inches - 15 Stitches
4 Inches - 13 Rows


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

Size - The dress size is for a 3-12 month baby, just by changing the size of your crochet hook. If you want to make the dress even larger, increase the size of the starting chain with 3-5 extra stitches. You will need to adjust the back sections as well.


Front Top

Chain 23
Row 1: Work 1 Single Crochet in each stitch across turn. (22 single crochet total)
Row 2-5: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, turn (22 single crochet total)
Row 6: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in ea of next 18, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, turn (24 single crochet total)
Row 7: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, turn (24 single crochet total)
Row 8: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in ea of next 20, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, turn (26 single crochet total)
Row 9: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, turn (26 single crochet total)
Row 10: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in ea of next 22, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, turn (28 single crochet total)
Row 11: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, turn (28 single crochet total)
Row 12: Work 1 SC, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in ea of next 24, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, turn (30 single crochet total)
Row 13: Work 1 SC in each stitch across, cut yarn and secure. (30 single crochet total)


Top Back - Make 2
The increase will only be on one side.

Chain 12
Row 1: Work 1 SC in each chain across, turn. (11 Single Crochet Total)
Row 2-5: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across, turn. (11 Single Crochet Total)
Row 6: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 9 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC in next, turn. (12 Single Crochet Total)
Row 7: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across, turn. (12 Single Crochet Total)
Row 8: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 10 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC in next, turn. (13 Single Crochet Total)
Row 9: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across, turn. (13 Single Crochet Total)
Row 10: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 11 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC in next, turn. (14 Single Crochet Total)
Row 11: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across, turn. (14 Single Crochet Total)
Row 12: Work 1 SC in ea of the next 12 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC in next, turn. (15 Single Crochet Total)
Row 13: Work 1 SC in each single crochet across, turn. (15 Single Crochet Total)

Do not cut the last back, you will turn. Now we will be working in rounds. Rounds is where the back is connected so we are working in one big circle. The sections will be joined by the first single crochet on the underarm area.

Round 14: Work 1 SC across Top Back in each of the 15 single crochet, Work 1 SC across Top Front in each of the 30 single crochet, 2nd Top Back work 1 SC in each of the 15 single crochet. Join with the first stitch. (60 single crochet total)
Round 15: Chain 1, Work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join. (60 single crochet total)

Round 16: Work a chain 4. Work 3 DC below the two loops at the base of the stitch, skip a stitch, *work a SC in the next stitch, chain 4, work 3 DC through the top of the SC. Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, work a slip stitch to join with the first stitch. Turn, work a slip stitch across the DC to the chain 4 space.

There will be a total of 30 stitches, which is the combination. This part is flexible so you can work more stitches if you want more of a full skirt.

Round 17- 27: Work a CH 1, SC in the chain 4 space. *Chain 4 work 3 DC through the top of the SC, SC in the next CH 4 space, continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, work a slip stitch to join with the first stitch. Turn, work a slip stitch across the DC to the chain 4 space.


You can continue with the length for a longer dress. Wrap the yarn over, pull through, cut the yarn, give it a tug to secure.

Strap - Make 2
On the right side, attach the yarn on the edge. On the left side, you will attach the yarn, 6 stitches from the left.

Row 1-17: Work 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches, turn. Upon completing, cut an extra length. You will sew the stitches to the back side, matching the 6 stitches.

Button Loop - Chain 11, join. Work 1 Slip Stitch in each chain around. You will sew this to the left side. The size can easily be modified for different size buttons.

Crochet Button
Chain 2, work 6 SC through the 2nd chain.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around
Round 3: Work 1 SC in the back loop only.
Cut a long length of yarn. Weave the yarn through the last round of stitches. Pull snug. Knot and secure.
Sew to the right upper side of the dress.

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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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to make Flower Laurel - Thread Crochet by Crochet Geek




Flower Laurel - Thread Crochet

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet flower. This flower is worked with thread and a steel crochet hook.  Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr  and hit the like button.  

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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Flower Laurel - Thread Crochet

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Flower Laurel - Thread Crochet

Skill Level - Intermediate


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

TC - Triple Crochet

Materials
Size 1 steel crochet hook
Size 5 Thread
Tapestry Needle

Stitch Instructions and Definitions:  

Triple Crochet: Wrap the thread around your hook twice,  insert through the top loops of the previous stitch or below the chain, wrap the thread over, pull through.  Wrap the thread over the hook, pull through two loops, wrap the thread over the hook, pull through two loops, wrap the thread over the hook, pull through two loops.  This completes the triple crochet. 

Chain 5, join

Round 1: Chain 3, this will count as the first stitch, DC through the chain ring. *Chain 2, 2 DC, 7 times total from *, work a final chain 2, join with the beginning chain 3. (2 Double Crochet, Chain 2 - 8 total) 

Round 2: SLST to the chain 2 space. CH 1, SC in the same space, *CH 5, SC in the next space, 7 times total from *, chain 5, join with the beginning single crochet. (There will be a total of 8 chain 5 loops with a SC between)

Round 3:  SL ST to the chain 5 space. *CH 2, work 9 triple crochet through the chain 5, CH 2, slip stitch in the same space, slip stitch to the next chain 5, Complete 8 times total from *.  (There will be 8 petals with 9 triple crochet each and a chain 2 on each end)



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Crochet Granny Square Flower Julia How to Make






Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet granny square with a flower in the center. This square is worked with  four ply worsted weight yarn and a size I, 5.5 millimeter crochet hook. The square estimate is 6 inches. Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr & hit the like button.  



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Crochet Granny Square Flower Julia

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Granny Square Flower Julia

Video Tutorial: Crochet Granny Square Flower Julia Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

SP - Space

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


Petals - Make 5
Work a chain 4, join.
Row 1: Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch. Work 10 HDC through the chain. Turn
Row 2: Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch. Work 2 HDC in each stitch around.  Work a slip stitch with the first stitch.
We will have a slightly curved up teardrop shape. 

Slip stitch all the flower petals together at the base. Sew in all the tails.

Flower Center
Chain 3, join.
Row 1: Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch. Work 9 HDC through the chain.  Join.
Row 2: Work a chain 1, this will not count as a stitch. Work 1 HDC in each stitch around.  Join. It will curl up.  Sew in the center tail.
Place the flower center over the center of the flower and sew.

Square

Flip the flower to the back side and find any loop to work through.  Attach the yarn between the center and petals.

Round 1: *Work a single crochet, chain 4, evenly around.  Complete 4 times total from*, join with the beginning stitch.  

Work a slip stitch into the chain 4 space.

Round 2:  work a chain 1, the chain 1 will not count as a stitch, only the step up. *Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the CH 4 space, CH 1, complete from * 4 times total. Work a slip stitch to join with the first stitch.

Work a slip stitch over to the chain 2 space.  Work through the first chain to get over to the 2nd part of the chain.

Round 3:  work a chain 1, the chain 1 will not count as a stitch, only the step up.  Work 3 DC in the same SP, *CH 1, work 3 DC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1 work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 Space, Complete 3 times from *, work a chain 1, 3 DC in the next chain space, CH 1, work 3 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work a HDC to join.  

We will end at the center of the point by working a half double crochet to join.

Round 4:  work a chain 1, the chain 1 will not count as a stitch, only the step up.  Work 3 DC in the same SP, *CH 1, work 3 DC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1, work 3 DC in the next CH 1 SP, CH 1 work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the next CH 2 Space, Complete 3 times from *, work a chain 1, 3 DC in the next chain space, CH 1, work a chain 1, 3 DC in the next chain space, CH 1, CH 1, work 3 DC in the next chain 2 space. Work a HDC to join.  

You can continue making the square as large as you want to make it.  When you end, you can work a chain 2 to join instead of the half double crochet.



Friday, March 7, 2014

How to make a Crochet Octopus by Crochet Geek



Crochet Octopus

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet octopus. This octopus is worked with 3 colors of four ply worsted weight yarn and a size H, 5 millimeter crochet hook. Subscribe Today for free crochet lessons - http://goo.gl/DxXpTr & hit the like button.  This is a flexible pattern that can be worked with different size crochet hooks and yarn.

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.

Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK 
Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Octopus

Video Tutorial: Crochet Octopus Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

SC DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn worsted weight yarn
Tapestry Needle

Stuffing or Fiberfill - If you don't have access to stuffing, look around your home to see what you can recycle. Old clothing will work as a filling.

Continual Round - We are working in the continual round so you will want a stitch marker to mark the approximate location of the first stitch. I just use scrap yarn tails.  To work this technique, you will put your hook below the two loops of the first stitch and continue working stitches. You will not join.  This technique eliminates seams that occur with joining rounds.Don't worry about exact counts and alignment, as the stitches will shift when you are working in one direction. If  your count is off, just work how ever many increase stitches you need to catch up.  This is a forgiving pattern so the count does not have to be exact.

Single Crochet Decrease - Work the decrease using the front loop only.  This will provide a nicer and more evenly distributed decrease.  If you have a better way to decrease, use it instead. The front loop technique is putting your hook below the front loop only, wrap the yarn over pull through, you will have two loops on your hook. Put your hook through the next loop, wrap the yarn over pull through. There are three loops on your hook. Wrap the yarn over pull through all three loops.

Rounded Body

Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain

Round 2:  *1 SC, 2 SC, complete 3 times total from * (9 single crochet total)
Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch. complete 3 times total from * (12 single crochet total)
Round 4: work 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 6: *work 1 SC, 2 SC, continue around from * (36 single crochet total)
Round 7 - 15: work 1 SC in each stitch around (36 single crochet total)
Round 16: *Work 1 SC, SC DEC, continue around from * (24 single crochet total)
Round 17: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 18: working in the front loop only, work a Single Crochet, Double Crochet and Half Double Crochet in each loop around. Join with the beginning stitch.  This is an edging around the bottom.

Upon completion, cut the yarn and secure.  You will need yarn for sewing the body and under belly together so you may want to pull through some extra yarn.

Under Belly
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the chain

Round 2:  *1 SC, 2 SC, complete 3 times total from * (9 single crochet total)
Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch. complete 3 times total from * (12 single crochet total)
Round 4: work 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 5: work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 6: *work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from * (30 single crochet total)
Round 7: work 1 SC in each stitch around (30 single crochet total)

Upon completion, cut the yarn and secure.  You will need yarn for sewing the body and under belly together so you may want to pull through some extra yarn.

Arm - Make 8
Work a chain 2.
Round 1: work 6 SC through the first chain (6 single crochet total)
Round 2 - 5: working in the continual round, work 1 SC in each stitch around, (6 single crochet total)
Round 6: *Work 2 SC in the next stitch, 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. Complete twice from * (8 single crochet total)
Round 7 - 20: Work 1 SC in each stitch around, (8 single crochet total)

 Work single crochet through both sides to close off. Cut yarn and secure. I chose not to stuff my arms.  However if you prefer to stuff yours, this should be done before closing off.  I made my arms, sewing them in random shapes.

Eye - Make 2
The eye is made with 2 colors
Round 1: With the first color, work a chain 2, work 6 single crochet through the first chain, join, cut the yarn and secure.
Round 2: Attach the second color. Work 2 SC in each stitch around (12 single crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 SC in each stitch around, (12 single crochet total)
Cut and secure yarn.  You may want to cut a little extra yarn for sewing to the body.
You may want to lightly stuff the eye before sewing to the body. 

Sew the eyes to the body before closing up so you can hide the tails on the inside.

The arms will be sewn between the body and under belly. I found attaching them to the body first worked better.  Then I stuffed the body and sewed the underbelly to the body.

Make sure all your tails are knotted and secure so your piece does not come apart.





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Trying to Give Away Yarn - February Yarn Giveaway Details - Closed

I tried to contact 3 different people and no one responded so I am going to do a second chance tomorrow morning from those who respond to this blogpost.  Add me to your circles so I am able to contact you.  You can also include an email since the Google messaging does not seem to be working.

I have more yarn to giveaway but I don't want to start another giveaway until this yarn is sent.

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.


How to make a Crochet Cross Eternity




You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.

Crochet Cross Eternity

Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK 
Video Tutorial:  Crochet Cross Eternity


Video Tutorial: Crochet Cross Eternity Left Hand

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations

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


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


I used yarn with the demonstration, however you can work this with thread.

The cross is stiffened with 1/2 water, 1/2 glue so it will holds its shape.


*Work a chain of 10, join, complete 3 times total from *. Work a chain of 20 join.

In each of the chain 10 loops, work 7 single crochet, chain 4, join with the top of the SC, work 7 more single crochet.  In the chain 10 loop, work 5 single crochet, 10 half double crochet, chain 4, join with the top of the HDC, 10 half double crochet, work 5 single crochet, join with the first stitch. Cut the thread pull through, give it a tug.






Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Crochet a Corner Granny Square by Crochet Geek




Crochet Corner Granny Square

This is a corner crochet granny square.  The first two rounds are made with joined rounds.  After that will be rows.

You are welcome to share completed crochet projects, pictures, videos and free patterns to Crochet Geek's Google+ Community.

Written by Teresa Richardson
+CROCHET GEEK 

Video Tutorial:  Corner Granny Square


Video Tutorial: Corner Granny Square Left Hand

Skill Level - Easy

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

SP - Space

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

2 colors of yarn - Scrap yarn will work.


Work a chain of 4, join

Round 1: Work a chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch, Work 3 double crochet, Chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet,  work a chain 1, work a single crochet in the first double crochet.  We are ending like this to end in the center of the chain space.

Round 2: Work a chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch, Work 3 DC,  * CH 1, in the next CH 2 SP work, 3DC, CH 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, in the last space work 3 DC, work a chain 1, work a chain 2, join in the first double crochet to join. Cut the yarn, pull through give it a tug.

We will be working in rows now.  Attach the new color yarn in a different corner.

Row 3: Work a chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch, in the same space Work 3 DC, CH 1, in next space 3 DC, CH 1, in the corner work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, in the next space work 3 DC, CH 1, in the next space work 3 DC, turn.

Row 4: Work a chain 4,  in the next space work 3 DC, CH 1, in the next space work 3 DC, CH 1, in the corner work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, Ch 1, in the next space work 3 DC, CH 1, in the next space work 3 DC, CH 1, skip 3 DC, work a DC in the last DC.

You can continue working rows to make a larger piece.






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