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How to make a Crochet Star Sirius

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Crochet Star Sirius

Written by Teresa Richardson
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Video Tutorial:  Crochet Star Sirius

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Star Sirius Left Hand

Skill Level - Beginner Advanced

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

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook - will work with different size hooks
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Joined Single Crochet - Insert your hook through the stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull through, there will be 2 loops on the hook, insert your hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over pull through,  wrap the yarn over pull through all 3 loops.

Chain 3, join

Round 1: 3 HDC, …

Crochet Bear Applique

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Crochet Bear Applique

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Bear Applique

Video Tutorial: Crochet Bear Applique Left Hand

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Chain 4, join
Round 1:  CH 1, this is the step up, Work 12 DC through the ring,
join with the beginning stitch.

Round 2: CH 1, this is the step up, Work 2 DC in each stitch around, join.  (24 Double Crochet)

Ears
Chain 2, 3 triple crochet in the same stitch, 3 triple crochet in the next stitch, chain 2, slip stitch in the same stitch.  Work a sl st in each of the next 4 stitches,  Chain 2, 3 triple crochet in the same stitch, 3 triple crochet in the next stitch, chain 2, slip stitch in the same stitch.

Size G Crochet Hook
Snout
Chain 3, join, Work 7 Double crochet, join. Cut the yarn, pull through.
Sew to the center of the face.

Chain 2, work 2 SC in the second chain.  Sew to the snout

Size G Crochet Ho…

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 …

Rainbow and Star Crochet Applique'

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Crochet Rainbow & Star

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Star Crochet Rainbow Applique'

Skill Level - Easy

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

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

Stitch Instructions and Definitions
Single Crochet Decrease - insert the hook through the first stitch,  wrap the yarn over, pull it through, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, there are 3 loops on the hook, wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the Single Crochet Decrease.

Foundation Single Crochet - This stitch eliminates the chain. Chain 2, insert the hook through the 2nd chain from the hook, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull it through, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through 1 loop, wrap the yarn over your hook, pull through both loops to complete the first stitch. The f…

Crochet Holly Leaf Crochet Geek

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Crochet Holly Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Holly Leaf

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
TC - Triple Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
EA - Each

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

Chain 15.

Round 1:

Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains.Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 DC in the next CH.Work 1 HDC in the next CH.Work 1 SC in the next CH.Working on the opposite sideWork 1 SC in the same chainWork 1 HDC in the next CH.Work 1 DC in the next CH.Work 1 TC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 CH.Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST to join.Round 2:

Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS*Work 1 HDC in the next sti…

Crochet Oak Leaf

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Crochet Oak Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Oak Leaf

Video Tutorial:Left Hand Crochet Oak Leaf

Skill Level - Intermediate

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

Materials
Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook - You can use different size hooks and yarn
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Round 1
Segment 1: Chain 6.
Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Chain 6, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 3: Chain 7, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 4: Chain 6, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base

Segment 5 and 6: Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains. Slip stitch at the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.

Segment 3: Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 5, Slip Stitch in each of the next 4 chains.

Segment 2:Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains. Chain 4, Slip Stitch in each of the next 3 chains.

Segment 1:Slip Stitch in each of…

Crochet Thanksgiving Fall Pumpkin

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Crochet Fall Thanksgiving Pumpkin


This is a variation to the original pumpkin with the face.  I have added leaves of various colors.  This pumpkin is not as tall as the other pumpkin.  This gives you a few variations to work with. 


Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Pumpkin

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Pumpkin

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FPHDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet

ST - Stitch
EA - Each
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease


Definitions
Front Post Half Double Crochet -  Wrap the yarn over your hook.  Insert the hook to the side of the stitch(right if you are right handed, left if you are left handed), around the back and up the opposite side.  Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it around.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all loops.  This completes the front post half double crochet.


Half Double Crochet Decrease - This is taking 2 stitches, reducing and combining them to 1 stitch. Wrap the yarn over y…

Crochet Pumpkin

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Crochet Pumpkin

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:  Crochet Pumpkin

Video Tutorial:  Left Hand Crochet Pumpkin

Skill Level - Intermediate

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FPHDC - Front Post Half Double Crochet
ST - Stitch
EA - Each
SL ST - Slip Stitch
HDC DEC - Half Double Crochet Decrease


Definitions
Front Post Half Double Crochet -  Wrap the yarn over your hook.  Insert the hook to the side of the stitch(right if you are right handed, left if you are left handed), around the back and up the opposite side.  Wrap the yarn over the hook, pull it around.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all loops.  This completes the front post half double crochet.


Half Double Crochet Decrease - This is taking 2 stitches, reducing and combining them to 1 stitch. Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the first stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull through the stitch. Leave the loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn …

How do you store your crochet patterns?

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A peek in my craft closet.

If you have been crocheting for any amount of time, you will start to accumulate crochet patterns. I have 3 plastic tubs that I store my old Crochet Fantasy, Magic Crochet and Decorative Crochet. I put masking tape on top, writing the magazine names on the tape. This includes hardback books and leaflets. I have them separated by title, organized enough that I can usually find what I need. The Magic Crochet tub is getting to heavy for me to lift again, so I may need to utilize another tub. Individual patterns can easily be slipped in to a document protector and stored in a 3 ring binder. What is your favorite pattern storage tip?

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

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Ways to Use up Scrap Yarn


Loopy Granny Square
Crochet Star

Crochet Flower
Made from Circles

Crochet Lotus Bloom

There are many ways to use up scrap yarn. I am going to share a few ways with you. I invite everyone to share your ideas in the comment section.

Maybe you have made an afghan and you end up with 2-3 extra skeins of yarn. That would be enough yarn to make a hat, slippers, scarf, potholder or granny squares. I usually wind up with a ball of yarn the size or an orange or smaller. Those sizes are ideal for making flowers or multi-color granny squares. I do have a crochet Flower Blog dedicated specifically to flowers and leaves and a Granny Square, Motif and Applique blog specifically for crochet granny squares, motifs and applique. The patterns on both blogs are ideal for scrap yarn.

Crochet Leaf

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Crochet Leaf

Written by Teresa Richardson

Abbreviations:
TC = Triple Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch
EA = Each
Ch = Chain

Chain 3, join.
Round 1: CH1, 6 SC in ch 3 loop, join.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in ea SC around for a total of 6 times. (12 SC)

Round 3: *CH 1, in the next SC do, 3TC, CH Picot in the top of TC, SL ST in the top of TC, 2 TC, CH 1, SL ST in next SC. Repeat from * 3 times total. 1 SC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, (the stem will be worked in the top of the this HDC) CH 5, turn, 1 ST ST in ea chain, 1 HDC, 1 SC in last ST, join. Secure yarn. Cut, sew in tail or leave a length for using as an applique.

Crochet Applique Pumpkin

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Crochet Applique Pumpkin

Abbreviations:
SL ST = Slip Stitch
Ch = Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BEG = Beginning
SC DEC = Single Crochet Decrease
EA = Each
ST/S = Stitch/es

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Magic Circle or Chain 4, join

Round 1: SL ST through the loop or chain and complete all stitches through the center of the loop or chain, Ch 1, 3 SC, 3 HDC, 3 SC, 3 HDC, join in beg. SC. You will have a total of 12 stitches.

Round 2: CH 1, Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Single Crochet Decrease through the first and third single crochet, skipping the second SC. 3 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches (9 HDC total). Join in beginning SC DEC.

Round 3: CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. CH 1, 1 SC in ea of the next 9 STS. CH 1, SL ST in decrease of previous row. Cut yarn, secure and sew in tail.

Stem: Join new color to the …

Large Crochet Shamrock

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Large Shamrock

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial -Large Crochet Shamrock

Shamrock Leaf- *Ch 10, sl st in begining ch.CH 2, 24 HDC in chain. SL ST in beg ch 2 to secure circle*, repeat from * two more times for a total of three circles.

STEM: Ch 10, SL ST back up the CH to complete stem.

Crochet Leaf Variation 3

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Crochet Leaf Variation 3

Abbreviations
SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half-Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC/TRC = Triple Crochet
CH = Chain
EA = Each
ST = Stitch
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Chain 9

Side 1: SC, SC, HDC, DC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 9 TC

Side 2: 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, DC, HDC, SC, 2 SC, join.

Edging: Ch 2, SL in ea of the next 2 St's 2 times, CH 3, SL in ea of the next 2 St's 2 times. Join at the beginning.


Crochet Video Tutorial:Crochet Leaf Variation 3



Crochet Leaf Variation 2

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Crochet Leaf Variation 2
Crochet Abbreviations SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half-Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC/TRC = Triple Crochet
CH = Chain
EA = Each
ST = Stitch
SL ST = Slip Stitch

Pattern by Teresa Richardson
Chain 16.
Side 1:
In next chain, SC, SC, HDC, HDC, DC, DC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, DC, DC, HDC, SC, 3 SC

Side 2: SC, HDC, DC, DC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, 2 TC, DC, DC, HDC, HDC, SC, 2 SC, join.
Edging: Reverse Single Crochet.

Video Tutorial:Crochet Leaf Variation 2

Leaf Crochet Variation 1

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Crochet Leaf Variation 1

Pattern by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial:Crochet Leaf Variation 1

Abbreviations
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
SL ST = Slip Stitch

CH 12

Side 1: SC over next 4 Chains, 6 DC over next 6 Chains. 7 DC DC in last CH.

Side 2: Working down the opposite side, 6 DC over next 6 Chains, 3 SC over next 3 Chains,
3 SC in last chain, join with SL ST.

Shamrock Crochet Applique

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Small Shamrock

CH 4

Leaves: CH 3, 3 TC, CH 3, SL ST in loop, 3 times(3 Leaves)

CH 4 for stem. Sew in tail.

Shamrock Video Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGzh-wVHB1w

Practice

When you want something bad enough, you keep at it until you achieve your goal. Apply the same thought to crochet and it will be worth your time. I struggled when I first started out crocheting. A lot of it didn't makes sense to me. In 1983, I was a young mother with one baby and another one the way. I would find myself getting in to a rhythm, and then a baby would cry. I was frustrated that I couldn't crochet. I had found something that made me feel good about myself and that was crocheting. My time was limited but I still practiced every chance I got.

Today, things seem cheap and crochet is a very inexpensive hobby to do. Way back when I was young, I would finish up a project and wonder when I was going to have enough money to afford to buy a skein of yarn or ball a thread. My mom bought me a snowflake leaflet full of various snowflakes and many challenges. I had two hooks. A steele size 7 and an aluminum size I. I would recommend those sizes to anyone starting ou…