Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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, Chain 2, 5 times around, Join with a half double crochet to end at the center.

Round 2: CH 1, 3 HDC in the same space, CH 1, 3 HDC in the same space, work a joined SC over the 1st and 3rd stitch on the previous round. Continue around, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch.

Round 3: SL ST to the 2nd HDC, CH 1, HDC in the same and next stitch, In the CH 1 space, work 3 HDC, CH 2, 3 HDC, work 2 HDC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work a joined SC in the last and first stitch, continue around, join with the first stitch.

Round 4:  SL ST to the 2nd HDC, CH 1, DC in the same and in each of the next 3 stitches, In the CH 1 space, work 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC, work 2 DC in ea of the next 2 stitches. Work a joined SC in the last and first stitch, continue around, join with the first stitch.



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Crochet Bear Applique




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 Hook
Eyes - Make 2
Chain 3, join, cut the yarn cutting a little extra for sewing, pull through










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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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 loop, when there is no decorative purpose. In the end, it all boils down to your personal preference and the combination of stitches that work best for you.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rainbow and Star Crochet Applique'


















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 foundation stitches are worked vertically.  Insert your hook below the 2 loops to the left of your work, if you are right handed, to the right if you are left handed. 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 stitch. 


Star

Chain 4, join with the beginning chain.
Round 1: CH 1, *Work 2 SC through the loop, CH 2, Complete 5 times total from *. join with the beginning  stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.
Round 2: CH 1, * Work 2 SC, CH 2, 2 SC in the same CH 2 space, Work a single crochet decrease, insert the hook through the same CH 2 space, wrap the yarn over, pull it through, insert the hook through the next CH 2 space, 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. Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.
Round 3: CH 1, * Work 3 SC, CH 2, 3 SC in the same CH 2 space, Work a SC DEC through the first SC next to the chain and the last stitch on the opposite side, skipping the stitches between. Complete 5 times total from *, join with the beginning stitch. SL ST to the chain 2 space.

Cut off a long length of tail for sewing the star.

Rainbow
Note: You can work increase stitches on any row of the rainbow to give it more of a curve.

Row 1: Work 20 foundation single crochet on the first row. (see description above) Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 2: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 3: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 4: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in a few stitches, work a single crochet increase. Evenly work 4 or 5 single crochet increases. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 5: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.
Row 6: Attach the new color with a slip stitch. Work 1 SC in each stitch across. Cut the yarn and change color.



Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crochet Holly Leaf Crochet Geek


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 side
  • Work 1 SC in the same chain
  • Work 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 stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • 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
  • Slip stitch along the bottom of the leaf and around the stem.
  • 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 stitch, CH 2 SL ST in the top of the HDC, HDC in the same Stitch. SL ST in ea of the next 2 STS. Repeat this part 2 more times from *.
  • *Work 1 SC in the next stitch, CH 2, SL ST in the top of the SC. SC in the same stitch. Repeat one more time from * if you would like a point at the top of your leaf.
This leaf can easily be modified and made to be a larger leaf with a longer chain and more stitches.


Right Hand Crochet Holly Leaf



Left Hand Crochet Holly Leaf

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crochet Oak Leaf


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 the next 2 chains. Chain 3 Slip Stitch in each of the next 2 chains.

Round 2
Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base, SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains.
SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 4,5,6: 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 3 SC in the next chain, 1 SC in ea of the next 2 chains, SL ST in the base.

This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf.
Segment 3: 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. 3 HDC in the next chain. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 2: Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 3 HDC in the next CH. Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 Chains. SL ST in each of the next 2 chains.

Segment 1: Work 1 SC in the next chain. Work 3 SC in the next CH, Work 1 SC in the last CH. SL ST at the base.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crochet Thanksgiving Fall Pumpkin


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 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 over and pull through.  There will be 5 loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

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

Fiberfill or stuffing to fill the pumpkin


Fall Variation Idea- This will be a fun pattern for a Thanksgiving decoration. Decorate the top with leaves of the fall colors.


Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, Work 12 HDC through the chain, join.  (12 HDC Total)


Round 2: CH 1, pull up, Work 24 HDC in each stitch around, join.  (24 HDC Total)


Round 3: CH 1, pull up,  *Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 stitches total)


Round 4: CH 1, pull up, *Work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 stitches total)


Round 5: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (48 stitches total)


Round 6: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (60 stitches total)  


Round 7-12: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts, Work a FPHDC in the next St. Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.


Round 13: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above). Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.   (48 Stitches total)


Round 14: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 Stitches total)


Round 15: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 Stitches total)


Stuff the pumpkin with some fiberfill or stuffing of your choice.


Round 16:  Work 12 HDC DEC around.  Cut a long tail. Weave the tail through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut.  Knot, secure and sew in the tail.


Stem
Start with a magic circle or chain 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet, do not join.
Work in a continual round by doing the first SC of the next round in the top of the previous SC.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around. (12 single Crochet)
Round 3-6:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around (12 Single Crochet)
To end the continual round, skip 1 stitch and work a slip stitch in the next stitch.  Cut off a long length of tail.


Stuff the stem with fiberfill. Align the stem to the center top of the pumpkin and sew it to round 21 or in the approximate area.


Leaf
Round 1: Chain 11, work a slip stitch in each of the next two chains, 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. 2 DC in the last CH, CH 2, SL ST in the same CH. CH 2, work 2 DC in the same CH. This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf(chain). Work 1 DC in each of the next chains.  Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains.  Work 1 SL ST in each of the next 2 chains. 


Round 2:  CH 2, SL ST in the top of the next Stitch. When you get around to the chains on the opposite end, you will work a slip stitch in the chain, CH 2, slip stitch in the slip stitch, CH 2 slip stitch in the chain.  Continue around with the Chain 2, slip stitch in the top of each stitch. Secure yarn, cut off the tail.


Sew the leaf close to the stem or where you want to place the leaf.  Make as many as you want to make in a variety of colors.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crochet Pumpkin





 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 over and pull through.  There will be 5 loops on the hook.  Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

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

Fiberfill or stuffing to fill the pumpkin


Fall Variation Idea- This will be a fun pattern for a Thanksgiving decoration. Decorate the top with leaves of the fall colors.


Chain 4, join.

Round 1: CH 1, pull up, Work 12 HDC through the chain, join.  (12 HDC Total)


Round 2: CH 1, pull up, Work 24 HDC in each stitch around, join.  (24 HDC Total)


Round 3: CH 1, pull up,  *Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 stitches total)


Round 4: CH 1, pull up, *Work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 stitches total)


Round 5: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (48 stitches total)


Round 6: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 2 HDC in the next ST. Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (60 stitches total)  


Round 7-18: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in ea of the next 4 Sts, Work a FPHDC in the next St. Continue around from *, join with the beginning stitch.


Round 19: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above). Work 1 HDC in the next ST.  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.   (48 Stitches total)


Round 20: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC in the next ST, work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (36 Stitches total)


Round 21: CH 1, pull up, *Work 1 HDC DEC over the next 2 STs(see definition above).  Work a FPHDC in the next ST.  Continue around from *. Join with the beginning stitch.  (24 Stitches total)


Stuff the pumpkin with some fiberfill or stuffing of your choice.


Round 22:  Work 12 HDC DEC around.  Cut a long tail. Weave the tail through the remaining stitch and pull the opening shut.  Knot, secure and sew in the tail.


Stem
Start with a magic circle or chain 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet, do not join.
Work in a continual round by doing the first SC of the next round in the top of the previous SC.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around. (12 single Crochet)
Round 3-6:  Work 1 SC in each stitch around (12 Single Crochet)
To end the continual round, skip 1 stitch and work a slip stitch in the next stitch.  Cut off a long length of tail.


Stuff the stem with fiberfill. Align the stem to the center top of the pumpkin and sew it to round 21 or in the approximate area.




Leaf
Round 1: Chain 11, work a slip stitch in each of the next two chains, 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. 1 DC in each of the next 3 chains. 2 DC in the last CH, CH 2, SL ST in the same CH. CH 2, work 2 DC in the same CH. This part will be working down the opposite side of the leaf(chain). Work 1 DC in each of the next chains.  Work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 chains. Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 chains.  Work 1 SL ST in each of the next 2 chains. 


Round 2:  CH 2, SL ST in the top of the next Stitch. When you get around to the chains on the opposite end, you will work a slip stitch in the chain, CH 2, slip stitch in the slip stitch, CH 2 slip stitch in the chain.  Continue around with the Chain 2, slip stitch in the top of each stitch. Secure yarn, cut off the tail.


Sew the leaf close to the stem or where you want to place the leaf.  Make as many as you want to make.


Shapes for Eyes and Nose


Triangle Shape
Round 1: Chain 2, Work 1 SC in the 2nd chain from the hook.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in the same stitch.
Round 3: Work 2 SC in each Stitch. (4 Single Crochet Total)
Round 4: Work 2 SC in the same ST.  Work 1 SC in each of the next 2 Stitches.  Work 2 SC in the last stitch. ( 6 Single Crochet Total)


Circle Shape


Start with a magic circle or chain 3
Round 1: Work 6 single crochet, do not join.
Work in a continual round by doing the first SC of the next round in the top of the previous SC.
Round 2: Work 2 SC in each stitch around. (12 single Crochet)



Square Shape
Chain 5,
Row 1: Work 1 SC in each of the next 4 chains. Turn
Row 2-4: 1 SC in each Stitch.
Repeat row 2 for length.




Friday, April 17, 2009

How do you store your crochet patterns?


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?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Idea's for Crochet Scrap Yarn

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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crochet Leaf







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.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Crochet Applique Pumpkin




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 center in the decrease, CH 4, SL ST back down the CH 4 times. Secure, cut tail and sew in tail.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Large Crochet Shamrock




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.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Crochet Leaf Variation 3


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



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

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Leaf Crochet Variation 1


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.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Shamrock Crochet Applique





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

Thursday, December 27, 2007

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 out since they will work with various yarns and threads. I would recommend a third basic size of F to cover the sport or baby weight yarns. You really don't need a large collection of hooks to crochet. I have found that I have favorite sizes and hooks that I always use. Thank goodness for crochet being relatively inexpensive.

The books and magazines have changed over the years. At one time we had to read the instructions. Now there are pictures with symbols to relay the instructions. I can remember my mom telling me to stay away from the books with the picture instructions because they are so confusing. By then I had already discovered the books with picture instructions and I loved them. I have found it is really helpful to learn the reading instructions as well as the picture instructions. It helps in learning advanced techniques. Practice, Practice, Practice and you will learn the art of crochet.

Beginner Crochet Stitches and Techniques

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