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Andrew's Keepsake - Crochet Tunisian

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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…

How to Crochet Foundation Crochet Chain - Crochet Tip 20 Crochet Geek

When creating an afghan, you may find it is hard to get the chain the same size as the stitches in your afghan. You will get an afghan that is tighter at the bottom and wider as you progress. You may find yourself ripping and restarting several times to get it just right. The chain may distort your afghan pulling it to much or making the chain foundation to loose. 

As you progress with your work, you may find that you crochet looser or tighter than the actual chain. You can resolve this by making the chain looser or using a crochet hook one size larger than the size you will be using with your main project.  Another solution is to use the foundation crochet stitches also know as chainless crochet.






Foundation Single Crochet




Foundation Half Double Crochet


Foundation Double Crochet

Solid Crochet Square Baby Afghan

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This afghan is approximately 24" across. You can continue with the basic pattern to make it larger. I found that it was necessary to switch to a smaller crochet hook on round 14, otherwise it was getting to full on the edges. The video will get you started for the first 5 rounds. I would recommend a simple reverse or backward single crochet edging.

Video Tutorial:Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds

Video Tutorial: Lefty Crochet Solid Square 5 Rounds

Written by Teresa Richardson

Materials
Size K Crochet Hook
Size J Crochet Hook
4-Ply Yarn

Abbreviations
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
EA - Each
LP - Loop
SC - Single Crochet

Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 3, 2 DC through CH loop. *Chain 2, 3 DC, complete 3 times total from *, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to join.

Round 2: CH 3, 1 DC in same CH space. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, *2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC in the next CH 2 SP. 1 DC in ea of the next 3 DC, Complete 3 times total from *, 2 DC in beginning CH, CH 1, SC in beginning chain to …

Larksfoot Crochet Pattern Stitch - Baby Afghan

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Larksfoot Crochet Stitch - Baby Afghan

Video Tutorial:Larks Foot Crochet Stitch - Baby Afghan

Video Tutorial:  Larksfoot Crochet Pattern Stitch Left Hand Tutorial

Written by Teresa Richardson

Extended or Long Double Crochet - This is where you will work a double crochet several stitches below the row you are on. You will need to pull up on the stitch and allow for some additional yarn, so the stitch does not sag.

Multiple: 4
You will add 4 chains for each segment of the pattern stitch that you want to add to the width.

Example: If you want to make a baby afghan with a size I/5.5mm crochet hook, 4-ply yarn, you will chain 108. This will give you an estimated width of 34 inches.

Ch 31
Row 1: DC in 3rd CH from hook, DC in next CH, *CH 1, SK 1 CH, 1 DC in EA of next 3 CH. Continue across from * for width of pattern.

Row 2: CH 3, 1 DC in EA of next 2 DC, *CH 1, SK CH, 1 DC in EA of next 3 DC. Continue acr…

Which loop to crochet under - Front Loop - Back Loop or Both Loops

If there is no indication to go through the front loop of a stitch or back loop, what I do is put my hook below both loops.  The reason is that I find it looks nicer and will be more secure than one loop.   For example,  when I was first learning to crochet, I was following instructions from a leaflet I had purchased.  It was for a shell afghan.  The instructions were telling me to put the hook through the back loop of the single crochet.  By the time I was done, I had big holes with each shell I had made. The shell is a heavy combination of crochet stitches, so it is bound to pull on the individual strand creating big holes.  Going under two strands will keep it more secure and evenly distribute the slack.  That taught me to go through both loops of the single crochet for that pattern and any other pattern that does not have a decorative purpose.  I also recognized that many of the patterns were advising to go through the back or front …

Appreciating Hand Made Crochet - Crochet Pricing Recommendations

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How do you determine what you will charge for a crochet piece?

How much should we charge when selling crochet work? The formula I went by was double the cost of your materials plus half. I never the thought that was enough, so used the formula as a starting point only.

Crochet is under appreciated with the time that it takes to make larger projects. It can take several weeks or longer to make a large afghan. The same is true when making doily's. Intricate lace can take days and weeks to complete depending on the size.  

Crochet lace doily's have always been my favorite to crochet. When I would sell my work at craft events, people would tell me that it was so expensive. Many of the doily's may take two days or more to complete a doily! I wondered how many of them would go to work for $15 or $25 over two days. $15-$25 was an average price that I asked for each doily. To me the doily's were under-priced! There were always some that would pay the price I was asking. 

Re…

Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

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Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Every Which Way Crochet Scarf - Afghan - Blanket

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
CHS - Chains
STS - Stitches
EA - Each


Multiple - 8

Materials
Size K/6.50 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle


Cluster Stitch
Wrap the yarn over your hook, put your hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull the yarn through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 2 loops.  Leave the 2 remaining loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, put the hook through the same stitch, wrap the yarn over pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through all 3 loops to complete the cluster.


Attach a slip knot to the crochet hook.
Work a chain of 28 or work 27 of the Foundation Single Crochet

Row 1:  Work a chain 1, SC in the same stitch and each of…

How to make the Afghan Tunisian Crochet Stitch - Entrelac

Crochet Swirl Afghan

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Crochet Spiral Afghan

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Swirl Afghan

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Swirl Afghan

Skill Level - Easy

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



Gauge
4 inches - 10 CM = 7 Rows
4 inches - 10 CM = 11 Stitches

Materials
Size K/6.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn Tapestry Needle


Chain 4, join.  You can also use the magic circle to start. 

Round 1:  CH 1, This will not count as a stitch, only the step up. Work *3 DC, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch and 1 DC in the next stitch, Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Skip 1 stitch, *Work 1 DC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, CH 2, Continue around from *. When you get around to the beginning, join with the first stitch.

Round 3: Slip Stitch to the next stitch. CH 1, Work a DC in the same stitch, Work …

Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch - Scarf - Afghan

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Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Boucan Pattern Stitch


Video Tutorial: How to do the Extended, Elongated, Long Crochet Stitches

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each
SK - Skip

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


Multiple - 6

Note: If the extended DC on the edge are not pulled up high enough, the stitches on the edge may pucker.  You can work 1 or 2 less chains to compensate for the pucker.

Chain 30,  this will be a small swatch.  You will add chains in increments of 6 to increase the width.

Row 1: Work a DC in the 3rd CH from the hook and in each of the next 2 stitches.  CH 3, Skip 3 chains. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. *CH 3, Skip 3 chains. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. Continue across from * for the width.  Work 1 DC in each of the remaining 4 chains on the ed…

Star Lite Crochet Baby Afghan Blanket

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Star Lite Crochet Afghan

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Star Lite Crochet Afghan

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Star Lite Crochet Baby Afghan Blanket

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size H/5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn - 1020 yards - 932 meters
Tapestry Needle

Popcorn - Each popcorn stitch will consist of 3 double crochet, then join.

NOTE: You can reverse on each round  so the points are not leaning.   If you reverse, you will need to join the popcorn stitch on the same side you are working and push it to the front so the ridge is all on one side.   Leaning Crochet Stitches


Chain 4, Join with the beginning Stitch.

Round 1:  CH, *Work 3 DC through the loop, join with the beginning stitch to form the popcorn. CH 2, complete 6 times from *, join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2:CH, *Work 3 DC through the previous PC, join with the beginning stitch to form the popcorn.This next part will be the increas…

What was your first crochet project?

What was your very first Crochet Project?  Mine was a thread snowflake. I threw it away because everything was crooked and the stitches were uneven.  Later I made a shell baby afghan for my son.  The afghan helped me learn some stitch consistency in repeating the same stitch over and over. I threw a lot of my first crochet projects away because I thought they were ugly. I regret doing that now and wish I would have saved some of them.  I was very hard on myself and felt that everything had to look perfect.  Back then as a "green crocheter", the perfection I was looking for came with a lot of practice. This gave me the stitch consistency making everything look even.

Recycle from Clothing - Crochet Tip #58

If you have old clothing that is going to be thrown away, check it thoroughly to see what you can recycle.
Save the buttons. They work well for eyes or decorations on your crochet projects. Pockets and zippers may come in handy as an embellishment.
Some clothing may have unique designs that can be sewn on to a crochet hat or afghan.
This is a great way to stretch your crafting budget. Please share your ideas on what you recycle and use with crafting.

What is the Right Side of a Crochet Piece?

From time to time you may come across crochet instructions telling you to have the "right side of the work facing you." Right side means, the side facing out after your project is finished.
If you like the look of the back of the stitches, that can be your right side.
When you work the afghan stitch, you will have two distinct looks. Either side of the work can be used as your right side.The front side for a hat made in rounds, will be the side facing you as your are making the hat. Maybe you like the look of the inside better so that can be your right side.
If you are familiar with doily's, the part facing you as you are making the doily will be your right side.Think about a store bough T-shirt. The wrong side is the inside with all of the seams holding the shirt together. The right side is the external part that looks nice and neat.
When working in rows you will always alternate sides so both sides could be considered the right side or the front side. When working in ro…

Blankets can be made with Filet Crochet

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Afghan Image courtesy of Herr Projects. All proceeds created by Herr Projects benefit the homeless and less fortunate in the Oklahoma City area. The afghan was made with 4 ply yarn and will fit the top of a queen size bed.

You may find more Filet Crochet Charts by visiting Free Filet Crochet Charts and Patterns.




Filet Crochet
Native American 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson
Chain 301.
Chain 3 to to turn which will count as the first double crochet.Below is an estimate for the various size thread.

Size Estimate:

Crochet Cotton Size 10- width= 23", height=25.5", Steel Hook 7, 1163 yds
Crochet Cotton Size 20- width= 22", height= 24.5", Steel Hook 9, 1091 yds
Crochet Cotton Size 30- width= 21", height= 23.5", Steel Hook 11, 1020 yds

Puff Stitch Crochet Scarf

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Puff Stitch Scarf Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Puff Stitch Scarf
Video Tutorial: Left Hand Puff Stitch Scarf

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
PS - Puff Stitch
Materials
Size K/6.50 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle
Definitions
Long First Loop - This is pulling the loop already on the hook, up about the height of a double crochet. I have found this technique blends the loops with the puff stitch, where a chain 3 will be visible.
Puff Stitch:
Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 5 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same stitch or space. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through. There will be 7 loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over your hook. Insert the hook through the same s…

Crochet Giveaway #12 - Closed - Congratulations to CarolsVideos

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This will be giveaway #12. I will be recycling 6 crochet magazines with this giveaway. The magazines are: White Crochet- 1998, Old Time Crochet- 1994, White Crochet Christmas- 1992, Crochet-May 2009, Country Afghans- Spring 1993, Crochet World- June 1979. The giveaway will run from today August 25, 2009 through September 1, 2009. I will draw the winner the following day. Everyone from any country is welcome to enter. You can comment here or on YouTube.

Please do not post your personal mailing address or personal information in the comment section. That can be e-mailed privately if you are the winner.


The giveaway is open everyone around the world.
In the comment section you can leave a name, nickname or some way that I will be able to contact.
If you have previously won, I am going to ask that you wait 2 months to participate so everyone has a chance.

Wheel Stitch Square Baby Afghan Complete

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It took me a couple of months but I have completed the Wheel Stitch Square Baby Afghan. I used the front post crochet stitch, which creates a textured lip effect around each wheel. The afghan is right at 33 inches/83.8 centimeters across.

This is the link for the written instructions: Crochet Wheel Stitch Square - Catherine's Wheel

Crochet Dad has a variation of the wheel stitch square using a wheel stitch rectangle. Great idea Crochet Dad!!!

Crochet Solid Rectangle

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Crochet Solid Rectangle

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Solid Rectangle


The starting length can be any length to adapt to various size afghans.

Foundation: There are two ways to start.

I used the foundation single crochet, with 12 stitches in the video.
You can also use a chain if you prefer. which will be a chain of 13. You will be working around the chain.
Round 1: Chain 3, Work 2 DC in the end stitch. Chain 2, Work 3 more DC in the same end stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 10 stitches, Work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, all in the end stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 10 stitches. Work 3 DC in the end stitch. SC in the beginning stitch to join.

Round 2: CH 3, Work 1 DC in the same space below. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 16 DC, In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC all in the same space. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 DC. In the corner, work 2 DC, CH 2, 2 D…

Crochet Cluster Shell

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Crochet Cluster Shell

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Cluster Shell

Abbreviations
CL - Cluster
DC - Double Crochet
CH - Chain

Cluster - Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook through the stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Leave the two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it through the same stitch/chain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the loop. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops. There will be 3 remaining loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all three loops.


Cluster Shell - Cluster, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain, CH 2, Cluster in the same space/stitch/chain.


Multiple - 8

I recommend a chain of 150 for a baby size afghan.  You can increase or decrease by 8 to modify the size.

Row 1: Work a Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook. *Skip 3 chains, in the 4th work the cluster shell(Se…