Sunday, November 9, 2014

Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree Crochet Geek

Miniature Holiday Christmas Tree

This is a quick and easy crochet Christmas Tree.  It is worked up as a crochet curly Q and then sewn together to hold its shape.  I added French Knot Berries. 

What are some ways you will use your tree?  What embellishments will you add to your tree?

Pattern by Teresa Richardson  
Crochet Geek

Chain 20

SL ST in each of the next 3 chs, 3 SC in ea of the next 4 chs, 3 HDC in ea of the next 4 chs, 3 DC in ea of the next 4 chs. 3 TC in ea of the next 4 chs.

Now you will need to shape the curly in one direction. You can adjust the fullness of your tree in how tight or loose you twist it together. Tack periodically throughout the twist so your tree will keep its shape. You can sew or tack the top point of the tree to give it more shape.
You can add decorative ornaments by adding a french knot. Other ideas to embellish your tree are: Glitter, Beads, Buttons, Wooden shapes. You will be able to find these items at a Michaels Craft Store, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby and Wal-mart Craft Section.

Here are more Christmas suggestions from Crochet Geek

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Double Thick Crochet Potholders from Crochet Geek

Today's recommended crochet videos are going to be 5 double thick crochet potholders made with crochet cotton yarn.  I have been guilty of making these potholders out of acrylic yarn in the past.  However acrylic yarn will burn and melt with  heat and hot items.  Ask me how I know.  I only recommend using 100% cotton. There is a wider range of colors with cotton yarn if you shop online.   Your local yarn store may also have some specialty yarn that will not be found in the chain stores.  Many of the local yarn stores will have a website where you can purchase yarn through mail order.

The first double thick pot holder is made with the ring at the top and two increase points similar to the ripple crochet or Chevron crochet technique. 

This next magic crochet double thick potholder is created with the single crochet. It is flexible technique where you can make different sizes. You start off crocheting what looks like a flat pouch. Upon completion, you fold the two open edges together and sew them together to create the square

Next is the a double thick crochet heart potholder. I took this technique a little further and crocheted two circles to create this heart. The circles are folded in half to make the double thickness. The sandwiched circles are sewn together and sewn to the sides of the square potholder. Then I added a little edging around the circular parts of the heart.

The shell double thick crochet potholder is based on the similar diagonal folding technique with sewing the two open edges together in the opposite direction to make the square. The only difference is we are working with the shell.

The final potholder uses the seed stitch.  A combination of the single crochet and double crochet folded in half upon completion, sewing the edges together diagonallyI added two crochet flowers to the points, for a little added decorative effect. This double thick crochet potholder is also an example of how you can use the same technique to make
larger are smaller sizes. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Crochet Round and Spiral or Continual Round - Crochet Geek

Click on Image for larger view. You will be able to see a different between the two.

There are two techniques that can be done when creating a crochet circle.

Each time you do a round, you do a slip stitch, then the chain 1 for the step up to the next round. If you are doing a spiral/continual you will not be be joining.

Here are two simple ways to remember the difference between round and spiral.
1: Round - Slip Stitch to join at the beginning of each round.

2: Spiral or Continual - No Slip Stitch

When doing a spiral/continual a marker is recommended to mark the beginning row of a spiral. I just use a scrap piece of yarn. You don't have to purchase anything fancy. Another thing that happens is that the marker will shift to the right as the beginning stitch will shift to the left.

When you are creating a doily or motif, most likely you will be working in rounds. For hats, caps, amigurumi shapes, rugs, or afghans that are continual with the same stitch, I prefer a continual round. It leaves no seam and that is what I like about the spiral. When you have a choice, the choice is up to you which technique you will be using.  

Here is a video making a crochet hat worked with the continual round.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crochet Lace Pineapple Doily - Crochet Geek

I am sharing my instructions the old fashioned way, sort of.  When I write my instructions, I use pencil and paper.  To create a chart like this takes a lot of additional time, so its easier to scan the image.  Who knows, maybe one day I may re-do the crochet symbol chart.  I know this will make sense to many of you who crochet with thread.

Please share your pictures with me when you get them complete. +CROCHET GEEK

I used a size 5 steel crochet hook and size 10 crochet cotton.

More crochet lace patterns.
Crochet Motif Juniper
Simply Elegant Crochet Lace Motif
Joined Crochet Swirl

Right Hand Tutorial

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet Crochet Geek

This is a simple and practical gift idea for students going off to college, a wedding or holidays.

What type of crochet potholder would you like to see me make?

Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Magic Crochet Potholder with the Single Crochet

Skill Level - Easy

CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch

FSC - Foundation Single Crochet
SC - Single Crochet

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

Chain 31 or work 30 FSC- Foundation Single Crochet

Round 1 -Side 1: Work 1 SC in each chain across.  (30 Single Crochet Total on the first side)
Round 1 - Side 2: Working down the opposite side of the chain, Single Crochet in each chain. Slip stitch to join with the beginning stitch. (30 Single Crochet Total on side 2)  (There will be a total of 60 single crochet, both sides)

Note:  You can work this project with joined rounds or with the continual round.  To work the continual round, you will not join.  Work the first single crochet in the top of the first single crochet, continue around.  You may want to mark the first stitch with a yarn marker so you know where the first stitch is at.

Round 2-20: Work 1 SC in each stitch around.  Join with the first stitch if you are working joined rounds.  

If you have worked the continual round, skip one stitch, slip stitch in the next to even off the round.

Cut a long tail and secure.  Fold the potholder in to a square.  Click here to See Video Segment.  Sew the two edges together. Sew in the tail.

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