Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to make a Crochet Ball - Amigurumi





How to make a Crochet Ball - Amigurumi

Crochet Geek will demonstrate a crochet ball. This ball 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 Ball


Video Tutorial:  How to make a Crochet Ball Left Hand Version


Skill Level - Easy


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)

Round 13: *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.





Thursday, April 3, 2014

Crochet Peep












Crochet Peep

How to make a crochet peep.  We will be working with four ply worsted weight yarn and a size H/5 millimeter crochet hook.

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Peep

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Peep Left Hand Version

Skill Level - Easy

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

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



Single Crochet Decrease
Insert your hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull through, there are two loops on the hook, leave the loops on the hook. 

Chain 3 , join.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 SC through the loop. Work in a continual round, instead of joining, work a single crochet in top of the beginning stitch.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around - (16 single crochet total)
Round 3-8:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around - (16 single crochet total)
Round 9: Work 8 single crochet decrease
Stuff the body with fiberfill, sew shut.
Eye: Work a French knot through the center of the face wrapping the yarn around the tapestry need 4 times.

Wing: CH 4, SL ST in the first chain, CH 4, SL ST in the center, CH 5, SL ST in the center, CH 4, SL ST in the center, CH 4, SL ST in the center.  Make 2, sew evenly to the sides. Knot, secure and hide the tail.
Beak: Ch 3, SL ST in the first chain, Ch 3, SL ST in the 3rd chain from the hook.  Attach the beak to the center of the face, below the eyes. Sew across the center of the beak, knot, secure and hide the tail.
Feet: CH 3, SL ST in the first chain, CH 4, SL ST in the first chain, CH 4, SL ST in the first chain, Make 2 and sew in place.  knot, secure and hide the tails.






Crochet Medallion Yarn Necklace - Crochet Geek



Crochet Medallion Yarn Necklace

Crochet Geek will show how to make a medallion yarn necklace. This will be a great project to make for your kids or teach them how to crochet. This necklace is worked with  four ply worsted weight yarn and a size G, 4.25 millimeter crochet hook. 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.


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  
Crochet Medallion Yarn Necklace

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Medallion Yarn Necklace Left Hand 

Skill Level - Easy

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


Materials
Size G/4.25 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


Small Medallion

Chain 4, join
Round 1: Work 14 Half Double Crochet around the chain. Join.
Round 2: Work 16 Single Crochet around the previous round. Join. Cut the yarn, pull through and secure.
Working around the previous round will make the medallion thick and sturdy.

Attaching a contrasting color.

Round 3: Put your hook through the top of any stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through.  Slip stitch loosely through the top of each stitch around.  When you get to the beginning, cut your yarn and pull it to the front.  Insert your hook from the back of the medallion to the front and pull the tail to the back.  This will blend the slip stitches together so they look similar.  On the backside of your medallion, knot the beginning and end tails together and then sew between the stitches to hide the tails.

Large Medallion
Chain 10, join

Round 1: Work a chain 1, this is the step up and will not count as a stitch. Work 25 Double Crochet around the ring.
Cut the yarn and secure.


This next round is a round of slip stitches with a drop stitch through the center every five stitches.
Attach contrasting color through any stitch.
Round 2: Work a slip stitch through the top of 4 stitches. Drop through the center of the medallion, pull the yarn through and secure through the top of the stitch.  Repeat 5 times total.

When you get to the beginning, cut your yarn and pull it to the front.  Insert your hook from the back of the medallion to the front and pull the tail to the back.  This will blend the slip stitches together so they look similar.  On the backside of your medallion, knot the beginning and end tails together and then sew between the stitches to hide the tails.

I used the twisted cord as the top extension.

Three medallions are sewn together through the back stitches.  Each side is sewn to the larger medallion with a slight angle to the left and to the right.  The twisted cord is sewn to each of the top medallions.














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.

This suggestion was shared with me from a viewer.





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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.  

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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.






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