Sunday, May 17, 2015

Andrew's Keepsake - Crochet Tunisian













Andrew's Keepsake


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Andrew's Keepsake Crochet Scarf

Video Tutorial:  Andrew's Keepsake Crochet Scarf  Left Hand Version


Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
Long Crochet Hook - I-5.5mm
Caron 4 ply yarn
Clover Gold Eye Tapestry Needle


Multiple: 6+1 - This means you will add 6 extra chains for each extra shell, to make your work wider.


Size of scarf  - 50 inches long, 6 inches wide

Afghan Stitch - There are two passes to complete a row of the afghan stitch.

Work a chain of 25.
If you are using more than 25 loops, you will want to use the longer crochet hook.

Row 1:
Pass 1: Put your hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through, *Put your hook through the next chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through, continue across from leaving all loops on your hook * until you have 25 loops on your hook.
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.

Row 2:
Pass 1: The first loop for the next row is on your hook, you will see vertical loops all the way across. Put your hook under the next vertical loop, wrap the yarn over and pull through,
*Put your hook under the next vertical loop, wrap the yarn over and pull through, continue across until you get to the last stitch.  On the edge, you will want to insert your hook below two loops on the edge.  This will make a neater appearance, wrap the yarn over and pull through. (25 loops on hook total)
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.

Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 - Keep in mind there are two passes for each row

Once you have completed the five rows of the afghan stitch, you can switch to the shorter hook if you have been using the longer hook.

Shell Row

Row 6: Work a chain one. Work a single crochet through the first stitch.  *Skip two stitches(skipping the vertical loops) Work a shell with 5 double crochet. Skip 2 stitches.  Work a single crochet.  Continue across from *.  When you finish, cut the yarn and secure.  This piece will have a front side and a back side.


Pass 1: Attach yarn to the first stitch of the shell row. Insert your hook through the top of the stitch below the two loops. Pull the yarn through. Insert your hook through the top of the next stitch below the two loops. Pull the yarn through. Continue across.  You will end with 25 loops on your hook.
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 25.


Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 2 - Keep in mind there are two passes for each row

You will repeat the afghan stitch rows and the shell stitch.



Andrew Keepsake Right Hand Version


Andrew Keepsake Left Hand Version



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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Crochet Tunisian Butterfly




I recently did a tutorial for a crochet butterfly with the Tunisian Stitch and used Lion Brand Bon Bon Yarn.  I have to admit, it was a fun project that worked up quick and easy.  Give me some ideas and challenge me to makes something else out of the Bon Bon Yarn.



Make 1 large square and 1 small square
Large Square - Chain 15, 14 Stitches - 6 Rows
Small Square - Chain 13, 12 Stitches - 5 Rows

Skill Level - Intermediate

Materials
Size E/3.25 mm crochet hook
Lion Brand Bon Bon Yarn
Tapestry Needle




Row 1:
Pass 1: Put your hook through the chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through, work an extra chain *Put your hook through the next chain, wrap the yarn over and pull through,work an extra chain, continue across leaving all loops on your hook * until you have 14 loops on your hook.
Pass 2: On the edge only, you will wrap the yarn over, pull through one loop, The remaining stitches will be wrap the yarn over, pull through two, Wrap the yarn over pull through two until you work all the loops of your hook, there will be a total of 14.

Right Hand Crochet Tunisian Butterfly


Left Hand Crochet Tunisian Butterfly




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Friday, May 15, 2015

Crochet Shell Slouch Hat Crochet Geek



With this crochet hat, I worked extra increase rounds for a slouch style cap.  Please comment and share pictures with me of you in your crochet hat.  Thanks, Teresa

Written by Teresa Richardson
Hook- Size G Crochet Hook
Yarn- Red Heart 4-ply worsted weight
Size Estimate - 22 inches around


Abbreviations
SH = Shell
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
MC = Magic Circle

I am providing two starts for the cap. You can pick which one you want to use.
Start 1: Magic Circle for starting loop.
Start 2: Chain 7, join

Round 1: CH 1, *SC in starting loop. SH of 5 DC in loop, complete 4 times from *, join in beginning SC. (4 Shells)

This next round is preparing for the shell increases. It takes two rounds to complete an increase for shells.
Round 2: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in same ST, (this will be an increase shell)SH- 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. SC in 3rd DC, complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the first part of the shell increase, you will have 4 shells with 3DC,CH 1, 3 DC in each shell. There will be 4 more shells added to each chain 1 space in the next round.)

Round 3: SL ST to 2nd DC, CH 1,*SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in CH 1 space, SC in 2nd DC, SH of 5 DC in the next SC, Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (This is the second part of the shell increase. When this round is complete, there will be 8 full shells with 5 double crochet each)
Round 4: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 8 times total from*, join in beg SC. (This is just a normal round of shells. You will have 8 shells with 5 DC in each shell)

Round 5: SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1, *SC in DC, SH-3DC, CH 1, 3DC in next SC. SC in 3rd DC. SH-5DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from*, join in beg SC. (First part of the increase. There will be 4 shells of 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC. There will be 4 shells of 5 DC. 8 Shells all together.)

The hat will take on the shape of a square at this point. This is normal for the previous and next round.

Round 6: SL ST to 2rd DC, CH 1, * SC in 2nd DC, SH-5 DC in CH 1. SC in 2 DC. SH-5 DC in next SC, SC in 3rd DC, SH-5 DC in next SC. Complete 4 times from *, join in beg SC. (Second part of the increase. There will be 12 shells total, with 5 DC in each shell) 
in the next SC.

Round 7:  Work 1 shell in each single crochet around with a single crochet in the top of the shell on the previous round. (12 shells total)

Rounds 8-9 will be increase rounds. 

Round 8: work a slip stitch to the 3rd double crochet. work a single crochet, work 2 shells with 5 double crochet in each of the next 2 single crochet valleys, the 3rd shell will be an increase worked with 3DC, CH1, 3 DC. Repeat this four times.  (12 shells total, four shells will consist of 6 double crochet, which is the set up for the increase. 

Round 9: work a slip stitch to the 3rd double crochet. work a shell in each valley around, keep in mind the increase shells and where they are located, This is the shell with 3DC,CH1,3DC. Work the single crochet in the second double crochet, work 5 double crochet in the chain 1 space, work the single crochet in the second double crochet.  You will continue around. (16 shells total)


After this there are no more increase rounds. The hat will shape into a hat even though it may not look like it at this point.

Round 10-19: 
SL ST to 3rd DC, CH 1 *SC in DC, SH-5 DC in the next SC, Complete 16 times total from*, join in beg SC. ( You will have 16 shells with 5 DC in each shell for the remainder of the hat)





Right Hand Version


Left Hand Version


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Learn How to make the Double Crochet

How many years have you been crocheting?  Please leave questions and comments.




Learn how to make the double crochet with crochet geek.


To work the double crochet, wrap the yarn over your hook, insert your hook below the two loops at 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.

Right Hand Double Crochet


Left Hand Double Crochet



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cheerful Crochet Flower Crochet Geek



How do you like to use your crochet flowers? Share your pictures and video with me.

Cheerful Crochet Flower

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial
Cheerful Crochet Flower
Video Tutorial: Cheerful Crochet Flower Left Hand

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials
Size G/4.0mm Hook
4 Ply Yarn

Red Heart Classic Yarn #249 Orange 190 yd. 
Red Heart Super Saver yarn SPRING GREEN.

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

Extended Single Crochet - This is working a loose and taller single crochet so everything is not all squashed together.

Loop Behind Stitch - If you look at the top of a stitch, you will see a "V" shape. Right behind each stitch is another loop on the back side. This is what is meant by "Loop Behind Stitch" or "Loop in Back of Stitch". By working in the back of the stitch, the top "V" portion of the stitch is pushed to the front to create a unique effect. This is the same effect done to create ribbing.

CH 6, join

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, this chain will not count as a stitch Work 1 HDC through the CH. *CH 7, SL ST to the top of the HDC you just completed. 2 HDC through the CH. Complete 5 times from *. CH 7, SL ST to the top of the HDC you just completed. Work 1 HDC through the CH. Join with the beginning HDC. Cut the yarn and change color. (There will be a total of 6 chain 7 loops, and 12 half double crochet.)

Round 2: SL ST the new color through any loop. CH 1, Work 12 HDC in each loop around. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch. Cut the yarn and secure tail by pulling through the stitch. (There will be 6 petals with 12 HDC in each loop)

Round 3: SL ST the new color to round 1 between the petals. Work an extended SC between the petals and over round 2. Work 1 Single Crochet in the Loop Behind the Stitch of each HDC. There will be 12 SC worked on each petal. Work an extended SC between the petals, down to round 1. Complete for each petal. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning stitch. (There will be 6 petals with the back loop edging)

Cheerful Crochet Flower


Cheerful Crochet Flower Left Hand


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crochet Geek Lace FunTimes on Carnival Cruise

How many of you are working on crochet lace?

My son asked me to make a lace tablecloth for him about 40 inches across.  I have been working on it for about 3-4 months.  The cruise was a good time to work each motif piece of lace.  I have about 12 more to make before its complete.  Maybe I should have taken another 8 day cruise to complete the tablecloth.  We left April 17 out of Port Canaveral on the Carnival Valor and came back on April 25, 2015.  This was a good vacation and very relaxing.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crochet Geek Amigurumi Emoticon





You will learn how to make a fun little crochet amigurumi emoticon.

Skill Level - Easy

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


Materials
Size F/3.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle



Chain 3, join
Round 1: Work 9 single crochet through the loop.
Round 2: Work two single crochet in each stitch around. (18 single crochet total)
Round 3: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around.  (18 single crochet)
Round 4:  Work 1 single crochet in the next stitch, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch, Continue around to the beginning. (27 single crochet)
Round 5:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around.  (27 single crochet)
Round 6:  Work 1 single crochet in each of  the next two stitches, work 2 single crochet in the next stitch, Continue around to the beginning. (36 single crochet)
Round 7-13:  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch around.  (36 single crochet)
Round 14:  Work 1 single crochet in each of  the next two stitches, work a single crochet decrease, Continue around to the beginning. (27 single crochet)
Round 15:  Work single crochet decrease around.  (27 single crochet)
Round 16:  Work 1 single crochet in the next stitch, work a single crochet decrease, Continue around to the beginning. (18 single crochet)
Round 17:  Work single crochet decrease around.  (18 single crochet)
Round 18:  Work single crochet decrease around.  (9 single crochet)

You will need to stuff the ball with some type of fiberfill between rounds 15 and 17 before you close it up to much.

Tongue
I split the yarn in half for the tongue because four ply yarn was to thick.
Row 1: Work a chain three. Work a single crochet in each of the next two chains. Turn
Row 2: Work two single crochet in each stitch, we will end with a total of four single crochet.

Eye
Work a chain three, join.
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet through the center.
Round 2: Work two single crochet in each stitch around for a total of twelve. ( 12 single crochet total )






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Saturday, April 4, 2015

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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