Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to make a Angry Bird Crochet Toy - Written Instructions by Crochet Geek




How to make a Angry Bird Crochet Toy


Written by Teresa Richardson


Skill Level - Intermediate



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



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

Fiber Fill or stuffing to stuff the ball

Stitch Instructions and Definitions

Single Crochet Decrease :  Insert your hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, leave the two loops on the hook.  Insert your hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull through, there are 3 loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.


Chain 3, join.


Round 1: Work 9 single crochet through the ring. Work in a continual round.


Round 2:  Work 2 SC in each stitch around. (18 single crochet total)


Round 3: 1 SC in each stitch around.  (18 single crochet total)


Round 4:  *1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (24 single crochet total)


Round 5: *1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (30 single crochet total)


Round 6: *1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch. Continue around from *. (36 single crochet total)


Round 7-12: 1 SC in each stitch around. (36 single crochet total)
SL ST in the next stitch. Cut the yarn and change color.
Round 13: Attach new color in any stitch *1 SC in each of the next 4 stitches, Work a single crochet decrease, continue around from *.   (30 single crochet total)  See above for Single Crochet Decrease


Round 14: *1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, Work a single crochet decrease, continue around from * (24 single crochet total)  See above for Single Crochet Decrease
Stuff the ball with fiber fill.


Round 15: *1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, Work a single crochet decrease, continue around from * (18 single crochet total)  See above for Single Crochet Decrease


Round 16: *1 SC in each stitch around.  (18 single crochet total)  


Round 17: Slip Stitch, skip a stitch (9 slip stitch total)  


Sew the top shut, knot, secure and sew in the tail.  You may need to stuff after 4-5 slip stitches and then finished after that.


Eyebrow - Black Yarn
Work a chain of 12,  Work 1 SC in each of the next 5 chains, work 3 SC in the next chain, work 1 SC in each of the next 5 chains.
Pupil
Using the same color, attach the yarn to the 5th single crochet from the edge, chain 3 slip stitch to the same single crochet.  Repeat the same steps for the opposite eye.


Eyeball - White Yarn - Make 2
Chain 3 join.
Row 1: Work 5 Single Crochet, do not join, turn
Row 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch (10 Single Crochet) 
Sew to the eyebrow making sure the pupil is on top.  The pupil will be sewn in place.


Once everything is sewn in place, work a single crochet edging around both eye sections. You will start by attaching the yarn to the eyebrow and then work the single crochet.


Beak
CH 3, join
Round 1: Work 6 SC through the ring.  Work in continual round.
Round 2: *Work 1 SC, Work 2 SC, complete 3 times total from *. (9 single crochet total)
Round 3-4: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. (9 single crochet total)
Round 5: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch.  complete 3 times total from *. (12 single crochet total)
Round 6: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, work 2 SC in the next stitch.  complete 3 times total from *. (15 single crochet total)
Round 7:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around.  (15 single crochet total)  
Stuff and sew the beak below the eyes.  Sew everything on to the ball.  







Angry Bird





Angry Bird Left Hand

Friday, May 23, 2014

Crochet 101: Double Crochet by Crochet Geek


Double Crochet


You can work a chain 3 for the beginning double crochet or work a chain, pull up and then work the full double crochet.  I have come to like the last technique better since it does not leave the holes that come with the chain.

To work the double crochet, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert your hook through the top of the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through two loops, wrap the yarn over your hook pull through two loops to complete the double crochet.

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How to make the Double Crochet


Double Crochet Left Hand Tutorial

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Crochet Rose by Crochet Geek


Crochet Rose

Chain 25.

DC in the 4th chain from the hook, 2 DC in each chain across.

Leave about a 14" tail for sewing.

Weave yarn through chain and start shaping into a rose and secure in to place.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Crochet Flower WaterColors Crochet Geek Free Crochet Patterns




Crochet Flower WaterColors

Written by Teresa Richardson

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Video Tutorial:   
Crochet Flower WaterColors

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Flower WaterColors Left Hand

Skill Level - Advanced

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


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


Cluster -  There will be 6 on round 1.

  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert hook through the ring, yarn over pull through two, leave to two remaining loops on the hook.
  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert hook through the ring, yarn over pull through two,  leave to three remaining loops on the hook.
  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert hook through the ring, yarn over pull through two,  leave to four remaining loops on the hook.
  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert hook through the ring, yarn over pull through two,  leave to five remaining loops on the hook.
  • Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert hook through the ring, yarn over pull through two.
  • There are six loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over pull through all 6 loops.

Space - Space is a generic term for working around a chain, between stitches or through a larger gap. On round 2, the term chain 4 space is used to describe working 7 double crochet around the chain.


Chain 5, join.

Round 1: Chain 1, this will not count as at stitch, this is only the step up, *work a cluster(see above for how the cluster is made). Chain 4, Work six time total from *. Work a slip stitch in the first cluster to join. ( 6 clusters, with a chain 4 between)
Round 2:  *Work 7 DC in the next chain 4 space, work a slip stitch in the top of the next joined stitch. Complete 6 times total from *. ( 6 sets of 7 double crochet, slip stitch between)

Round 3: Work a slip stitch around the post of the single crochet on round 1. Chain 1, *work a single crochet in the same place.  We are working on the back side of the petals.  I found it was helpful to pinch the petals together to work the stitch. Work a chain 7. Complete 6 times total from*, join working a slip stitch, with the beginning stitch. Work a slip stitch with the first stitch to join. ( 6 chain 7, single between)

Round 4: Working in the next chain 7 space, *3 DC, 2 TC, Chain 6, work a slip stitch in top of the same stitch, work 2 TC, 3 DC,  work a slip stitch in top of the next DC. Complete 6 times total from *. Work a slip stitch to join with the beginning stitch. ( 6 Petals, slip stitch between)




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig



How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig


Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet pig. This pig is worked with  four ply worsted weight yarn and a size H, 5 millimeter 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:  How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig 


Video Tutorial:  How to Make a Crochet Amigurumi Pig Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations

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

Materials
Size G/4 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Fiberfill or stuffing

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Continual Round - Do not Join.  Work in the top of the first stitch. This will eliminate the seam.



Yarn Marker -
This marks the first or last stitch of each round.  It can be a simple strand of scrap yarn to mark the stitch or a bread twisty tie.

Single Crochet Decrease - Insert the crochet hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through. Insert the hook through the next stitch,  wrap the yarn over and pull it through.  There are three loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all three loops.

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: Work 12 SC through the chain. Do not join and work in the continual round. (12 single crochet total)
Round 2-4:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around  (12 single crochet total)
Round 5: 2 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total) 
Round 6: 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total) 
Round 7:  *1 SC in each of the next 2 stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *, (32 single crochet total) 
Round 8-11: 1 SC in each stitch around (32 single crochet total) 
Round 12: 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches, CH 3, skip 3
single crochet. 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. CH 3, skip 3, 1 SC in each of the next 18 stitches.
Round 13: 1 SC in each of the next 6 stitches,Work 3 SC in the chain, 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 SC in the chain. Work 1 SC in each of the next 18 stitches.
Round 14 - 17: Work 1 SC in each stitch around (32 single crochet total)
Round 18:  Repeat round 12
Round 19:  Repeat round 13
Round 20-21: Work 1 SC in stitch around (32 single crochet total)
Round 22:  *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, work a single crochet decrease(see definition above),  repeat from , (24 single crochet total) (10 decrease stitches) There will be 2 extra stitches. This is an example of not being mathematically perfect for it to work.
Round 23-24: Work 1 SC in each stitch around (24 single crochet total)
Round 25: *Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, work a single crochet decrease(see definition above), repeat from *, (18 single crochet total)
Round 26: Work 1 SC in each stitch around (18 single crochet total)

Round 27: Work 9 Single Crochet Decrease
At this point, you do not want to secure or knot the opening.  The legs will be worked.  We will come back to this and unravel a few stitches to put in the stuffing. 

Legs - Make 4

There will be four openings at the bottom of the pig belly for the legs.  All four will be the same.
Round 1: Evenly work 10 single crochet around the opening.  We will continue with the continual round
Round 2: Work 1 SC in the next stitch, Work 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from * (15 Single Crochet total)
Round 3-4: Work one single crochet in each stitch around
Round 5: Work 1 SC in the next stitch, Work a single crochet decrease (10 single crochet total)
Cut off a long length of tail, knot and secure.  Thread your needle and weave through the last round of stitches and pull the round shut.  Knot, secure and sew in the tail.

Eyes
- The eyes can be worked before you add the stuffing or you can sew them on at the end. If you are using plastic of glass eyes, you will want to do them before stuffing and closing.
Work a chain 3, join.  Sew to head between rounds 4 and 5.


Stuffing the Pig

At this point we can stuff the pig legs and body. You will probably need to undo the last round of single crochet decrease stitches on round 27.  Once you get the pig stuff, work round 27 with the single crochet decrease.  Knot and secure.  Thread your needle and weave through the opening and pull the stitches shut.  Knot and secure, weave in the tail.

Tail - Work a chain of 10 -  Work 2 Slip stitch between different threads.  It should curl.  Once you get to the other end, weave your needle on one side and slightly pull to make the tail curl more.  I found this way made a thinner tail.  You can also work the tail with 2-3 single crochet .

Ears - Start with a magic circle or chain or 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet,  (continual round - see above for description)
Round 2: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.
Round 3: Work 2 SC in each stitch around ( 12 single crochet total)
Round 4: Work 1 SC in each stitch around ( 12 single crochet total)
Work a slip stitch in the next stitch to even off the round. Cut off some extra yarn.
Sew the ears to the head at approximately round 8 and 9.  When you are finished, knot and secure the yarn.  Weave between the stitches and weave to the inside of the pig and cut off the yarn.









If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Crochet Flower Recommendations

Here are some crochet tutorials for crochet flowers.  You will find a variety of flowers posted on this blog.

Share pictures with me and tell me about crochet flowers you have made or are in the process of making.


Crochet Flower Essence




Crochet Flower



Irish Rose Crochet Flower





If you look to the upper left hand side of this page, you will see a search.  This is where you can search for more crochet patterns or you can search the blog archive.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Crochet Waffle Stitch Crochet Pattern





Crochet Geek will demonstrate the crochet waffle stitch. The  waffle stitch in with this example is worked with  four ply worsted weight yarn and a size I, 5.5 millimeter crochet hook.  

Tell me some ways you are using the crochet waffle stitch.

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Crochet Waffle Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Waffle Stitch


Video Tutorial: Crochet Waffle Stitch Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

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

FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

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



Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Right Hand Version - Front Post Double Crochet - Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook to the right of the post, between the stitches, around the back and through the opposite side between the stitches on the left side of the post. Wrap the yarn over, pull it through, complete the double crochet.

Left Hand Version - Front Post Double Crochet - Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook to the left of the post, between the stitches, around the back and through the opposite side between the stitches on the right side of the post.. Wrap the yarn over, pull it through, complete the double crochet.


NOTE:  This pattern stitch will work with different size yarn and crochet hooks.

Multiple: 3

Work a chain of 26
Row 1:  Skip two chains, work 1 DC in each chain across.  (24 DC total) turn.

Row 2: Work a chain , this will not count as a stitch, Work a double crochet in the first stitch, *FPDC around the next stitch. Work a DC in each of the next 2 stitches. Continue across from *, the last two stitches will be a FPDC and a DC, turn.

Row 3:  Work a chain, this is the step up, this will not count as a stitch, Work a double crochet in the first stitch, work a DC in the next stitch, work a FPDC around each of the next 2 stitches. *Work a DC in the next stitch, work a FPDC around the next 2 stitches. Continue across from *, the last two stitches will be a DC in each stitch, turn.

Row 4: Work a chain, this is the step up, this will not count as a stitch, Work a double crochet in the first stitch, *Work a FPDC in the next stitch. Work a DC in each of the next two stitches, Continue across from *, the last two stitches will be a FPDC and DC in each stitch, turn.

Row 5: Work a chain, this is the step up, this will not count as a stitch, Work a double crochet in the first stitch, *Work a FPDC in each of the next two stitches. Work a DC in the next stitch, Continue across from *, the last two stitches will be a DC in each stitch, turn.
Repeat Rows 2, 3, 4 and 5If you are a beginner, you can find a playlist for the basic crochet stitches by clicking on this link.  Beginner Crochet Stitches





Monday, May 12, 2014

Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot



Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot

Showing how to make the knot stitch crochet baby dress.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot


Video Tutorial: Crochet Baby Dress - Solomon's Knot Left Hand

Skill Level - Advanced

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


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



There are a couple of ways to make the dress larger or smaller.
1. You can change the hook size to an E,G, or I.
2. You can add a couple more stitches to the under arm of the yoke. You could use 6 or 7 chains or chainless foundations stitch if you wanted to make the chest larger.

The chain can be used instead of the chainless foundation.


40 Chainless HDC or 42 Chains, HDC in each chain.

The foundation row was not counted as a row in the video. It is a row, however I am leaving the instructions so they match the video.

Row 1: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, *HDC in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, continue across from *, turn  (60 half double crochet)

Row 2: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC in ea ST across, turn    (60 half double crochet)

Row 3: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, *Hdc in next ST, 2 HDC in next ST, continue across from *, turn   (90 half double crochet)

Row 4-5: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, HDC in ea ST across, turn

Row 6: CH 1, this will not count as a stitch, *HDC in next 2 STs, 2 HDC in next st, continue across from *, turn    (120 half double crochet)

Row 7: Add a marker to the 40th stitch from each edge. CH 1, this will not count as a stitch,  HDC across next 16 Sts(Back Right),5 Chainless HDC ,SK 24 HDC(Right Arm Hole), HDC Across Front leaving the remaining 40 Sts for the left arm hole and back,5 Chainless HDC ,SK 24(Left Arm Hole), HDC across 16 Sts(Left Back). NOTE*- You can use a chain 5 if you are not familiar with the chainless foundation stitches.  Join with the first HDC.


This is an extra row, which will be slightly different from the original knot dress.

Row 8:  Chain 1, this will not count as a stitch. Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. There is no count for the round.  This is the flexibility of crochet as the number of stitches does not matter.

Row 9:  2 Solomon's Knot, SK 2 HDC, SC in next, continue around. Join: Work one knot stitch, insert the hook through the base of the previous stitch, pull up to secure.  You will end at the top center of the stitch.

Round 10 - :  *sc on each side of the center of previous knot. 2 Knots, SC on each side of previous knot. Work in a continual round for length of project.  Join: Work one knot stitch, insert the hook through the base of the previous stitch, pull up to secure.  You will end at the top center of the stitch.

The length of the dress is flexible.




Thursday, May 8, 2014

Preemie Crochet Baby Bootie




Preemie Crochet Baby Bootie

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a preemie crochet baby bootie. This bootie is worked with  three ply yarn and a size E crochet hook.  The booties will be approximately 2.5 inches long.

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Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  
Preemie Crochet Baby Bootie

Video Tutorial: Preemie Crochet Baby Bootie Left Hand

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

FSC - Foundation Single Crochet

Materials
Size E crochet hook
3 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


If you need help with the foundation single crochet, here is the right hand version and left hand version.

Round 1: Work 3 foundation single crochet. Work two single crochet in the same stitch, work one in the next stitch, work 2 single crochet in the last stitch.  (8 single crochet total)

Work in the continual round

Round 2: *work 1 SC, an increase of 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *   (12 single crochet total)

Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, an increase of 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *   (16 single crochet total)

Round 4-7: Work 1 SC in each stitch around (16 single crochet total)

Round 8: Work 1 SC in each of the next 7 stitches, work (11 FSC - Foundation Single Crochet), count back 5 single crochet from where the foundation stitches start and work the first single crochet of the next round.

Round 9 - 13: work 1 SC in each stitch around.


Heel

Round 1: Work 3 foundation single crochet. Work two single crochet in the same stitch, work one in the next stitch, work 2 single crochet in the last stitch.  (8 single crochet total)

Work in the continual round

Round 2: *work 1 SC, an increase of 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *   (12 single crochet total)

Round 3: *work 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches, an increase of 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *   (16 single crochet total)

Round 4:  *work 1 SC in each of the next 3 stitches, an increase of 2 SC in the next stitch, continue around from *   (20 single crochet total)

The heel will be an oblong shape.  Align the oblong oval shape to right and left side of the bootie so the long section is horizontal.






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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Crochet Caption Bloopers from Crochet Geek

Here are some caption bloopers from Crochet Geek.

Which one do you think is the funniest?

Crochet Pansy Symbol Chart Crochet Geek

This is a crochet pansy symbol chart.  The flower can be made with yarn or thread.  Work in extra stitches on the petals or less stitches.  Modify and try out different stitches.

What type of flower would you like to see in the future?

Here is the video tutorial for this flower. Crochet Pansy Flower This was one of the early videos before I was making left hand so there is not a left hand version at this time but I will keep it in mind for a future tutorial.







Monday, May 5, 2014

Communities on Facebook are Open

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Crochet Preemie Baby Booties

How to make crochet preemie baby booties. These booties are approximately 2.5 inches long.

How many booties do you plan on making and what organization will you be making them for? Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to make someone else feel special.

The written instructions will be posted later.




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